September 10. 2018 7:05PM

Week 3 High School Football Power Poll: Lancers, Central move up

Staff report


The Mack Plaque matchup, albeit two weeks away, got a bit juicier in this week’s New Hampshire Union Leader High School Football Power Poll.

As Pinkerton Academy of Derry remained in the No. 1 spot, the Astros’ rivals from across the apple orchards, Londonderry, jumped two spots into a tie for No. 4 in the weekly statewide rankings released today. The Lancers (2-0), who beat Salem 28-21 in a thriller last Friday, are tied with Manchester Central (2-0), which beat Keene 35-16 on Sunday. The Little Green were previously fifth.

Londonderry hosts Pinkerton on Friday, Sept. 21, in the rivals’ annual battle. Coaches and players, though, will always warn to take things “one game at a time,” which in this case means the Astros are focused on hosting No. 9 Exeter (1-1) and the Lancers are game-planning for a road contest at Timberlane of Plaistow in three days.

The Pinkerton-Exeter game is one of two this weekend pitting ranked teams against each other. The other features Central at No. 7 Merrimack (tied with Salem) on Friday night.

Pinkerton (2-0) stayed No. 1 a third straight week after its 56-28 victory at Dover, which was a shootout until the Astros pulled away late.

Bedford and Winnacunnet of Hampton remained in the Nos. 2-3 spots for another week after dominating performances over the weekend. The Bulldogs (2-0) drubbed Concord 44-3, while the Warriors, the defending Division I state champs and Power Poll champs, blasted Portsmouth/Oyster River 47-14. Bedford hosts rival Goffstown on Friday night while Winnacunnet hosts Spaulding of Rochester.

Plymouth (2-0) leads all Division II squads, in sixth. Another Division II club, Hanover (2-0), received votes for the first time.