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September 30. 2013 8:16AM

Power Poll: Crimson Tide roll into No. 1 ranking

Exeter High School's overtime loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua Saturday night paved the way for Concord to take over the top spot in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll of the state's high school football teams.

An overtime victory over Winnacunnet of Hampton the previous week had enabled the Blue Hawks to cling to the No. 1 ranking, but Saturday's 21-14 loss to the Cardinals at Stellos Stadium dropped Exeter to No. 5.

Previously No. 2 Concord, which improved to 4-0 with a 69-41 thrashing of Manchester Memorial Saturday afternoon, received five of a possible six first-place votes in balloting by representatives of the three statewide media outlets. Bedford, also 4-0 after a 30-0 rout of Salem Friday night, received one first-place vote and moved up a notch, from No. 3 to 2.

Nashua South, the only other unbeaten team in Division I, is third, followed by Pinkerton Academy of Derry, which has won three straight after a season-opening loss to Bedford.

Exeter tumbled to No. 5 but remained ahead of Bishop Guertin, at No. 6. Both teams are 3-1.

Rounding out the top 10 are Winnacunnet (3-1), Plymouth (4-0), Keene (2-2) and Trinity of Manchester (3-1).

Plymouth is the only other 4-0 team in the rankings, coming off a 35-14 pounding of Trinity Saturday in a match-up of Division II title contenders.

Two other Division II teams, Portsmouth (3-1) and St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover (4-0) also received votes.

For more on the Power Poll, see Roger Brown's "First & 10" column in tomorrow's New Hampshire Union Leader and at UnionLeader.com.

UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR FOOTBALL POWER POLL

The top 10 high school football teams in New Hampshire, as voted by the staffs of the New Hampshire Union Leader, WGIR AM and FM, and WMUR-TV after Week 4 of the 2013 NHIAA season, with first-place votes/points in parentheses:

1. Concord, 4-0 (5/59)

2. Bedford, 4-0 (1/55)

3. Nashua South, 4-0 (47)

4. Pinkerton, 3-1 (40)

5. Exeter, 3-1 (37)

6. Bishop Guertin, 3-1 (28)

7. Winnacunnet, 3-1 (26)

8. Plymouth, 4-0 (20)

9. Keene, 2-2 (8)

10. Trinity, 3-1 (5)

Also receiving votes: Portsmouth, 3-1 (4), St. Thomas Aquinas, 4-0 (1)


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