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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 LEADER/WGIR/WMUR FOOTBALL POWER POLLThe 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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