First & 10
Roger Brown's First & 10: Bishop Guertin game plan foils Exeter
Plymouth High and Manchester's Trinity High met at Gill Stadium Saturday afternoon in a football game between two Power Poll rivals. Trinity is ranked seventh while Plymouth is ninth. Plymouth's Jared Keel dives into the end zone wrapped up by Trinity's Carmen Giampertruzzi for a first quarter Plymouth score. Bruce Taylor/Union Leader
Well for one thing, Cote has a winning record against Exeter: 1-0.
BG knocked off Exeter — the No. 1 team in last week’s Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll — 21-14 in overtime Saturday night at Stellos Stadium. It was the first meeting between the programs since Cote became BG’s head coach in 2011. In his 10 years of coaching, including seven at Manchester West, Cote had never Exeter.
Exeter was one of three teams in last week’s Power Poll that lost Saturday. No. 5 Pinkerton knocked off No. 10 (tie) Londonderry 35-14, and No. 9 Plymouth defeated No. 7 Trinity of Manchester 35-14.
Cote said BG devised a game plan similar to the one Winnacunnet of Hampton used in a 35-34 loss to Exeter two weeks ago.
“We studied that film where Winnacunnet had some success throwing against them,” Cote said. “We didn’t think our run game would be effective because we didn’t feel we could line up toe to toe with them. They’re tough tackle to tackle.”
“I would say Tom Hurley came of age,” Cote said. “He stepped it up when we needed him too.”
PINKERTON’S victory Saturday night was its 14th in a row against Londonderry. That includes playoff wins in 2006 and 2008.
It was Pinkerton’s third straight victory since opening the season with a 14-12 loss to Bedford.
PLYMOUTH (4-0) stamped itself as the team to beat in Division II with its triumph over Trinity (3-1). The Bobcats took the lead on their first offensive possession and turned in a dominant defensive performance at Gill Stadium.
“Who knows, maybe we’re a little better than I think we are,” Plymouth coach Chuck Lenahan said. “Maybe we’ll win one more game.”