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October 03. 2013 8:49PM

Dad vs. son in Saturday matchup

Roger Brown's First and 10: Which Hines shines?


Goffstown defensive end Brockton Hines rushes the passer during practice on Wednesday. Hines will be playing against his father and Bedford High School coach, Kurt Hines, when the teams square off on Saturday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Roger Brown's grid picks

DIVISION I
Exeter 21, Nashua South 17
Winnacunnet 21, Spaulding 13
Concord 27, Londonderry 7
Central 21, Merrimack 20
Pinkerton 35, Memorial 14
Salem 28, West 7
Bishop Guertin 21, Alvirne 7
Keene 28, Timberlane 14
Dover 14, Nashua North 12
Bedford 34, Goffstown 20

DIVISION II
Portsmouth 42, Kingswood 14
Merrimack Valley 28, Pembroke 21
Kennett 20, Hanover 19
Monadnock 20, Laconia 7
Souhegan 20, John Stark 6
Trinity 42, Kearsarge 14
St. Thomas 27, Hollis/Brookline 13
Plymouth 34, Lebanon 13
Milford 21, Windham 20
Sanborn 28, ConVal 6

DIVISION III
Somersworth 30, Epping/Nwrkt 12
Newport 35, Raymond 6
Pelham 20, Winnisquam 14
Gilford 29, Farmington/Nute 6
Campbell 26, Franklin 6
IL/M'borough 34, Fall Mountain 14
Stevens 28, Mascoma 20


Record last week: 21-6
Record this season: 76-33

It's been an unusual week at the Hines residence in Goffstown.

Both Kurt Hines and his son, Brockton, have been preparing for Bedford's Homecoming game against Goffstown. Kurt is Bedford's head coach. Brockton is a defensive end who plays for Goffstown.

Saturday's game (2 p.m. kickoff) will be the first time Brockton has suited up to play against a team coached by his father.

"Not only am I the head coach, I'm also the offensive coordinator, so I'm game-planning against my son," Kurt said. "As the coach at Bedford, to achieve my goal, I have to beat my son."

Bedford is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll. Goffstown is 1-3.

Brockton suffered a concussion in practice earlier this season and didn't play in Goffstown's last two games, but said he's been cleared to play Saturday.

Brockton, a 16-year-old junior, is also good friends with several Bedford players.

"It's been calm in the house," Brockton said. "There's been some friendly banter, but it's all in good fun. We've had a tough season so far, but we have nothing to lose. I think it will be a good experience.

"We don't have a friendly wager yet, but he's brought it up."

Kurt and Goffstown coach Justin Hufft coached together for seven years as assistants at Souhegan High School in Amherst. Kurt spent one season as an assistant coach at Goffstown before he left for Bedford.

Saturday's game is sure to take a toll on Jillian Hines — Kurt's wife and Brockton's mother — as well. Jillian often helps out the Goffstown Booster Club, and even held one of the weekly pasta dinners for the Goffstown team at her house earlier this season.

"I'm an emotional wreck," Jillian said. "I'm probably not sitting in the stands. I'll probably be on my own in my car behind the concession stand so I won't hear all the chatter."

Brockton and Kurt each said they expect Jillian to be rooting for Goffstown on Saturday. Kurt isn't the only family member who will be pulling for Bedford, however.

"My daughter Sophia is a sophomore a Goffstown, and she's the first person to give me a hug after the game — win or lose," Kurt said. "So there will be one Goffstown resident rooting for Bedford this week — two including myself.

"After the game, win or lose, there's going to be tears."

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TONIGHT'S matchup between No. 3 Nashua South (4-0) and No. 5 Exeter (3-1) at Stellos Stadium is the marquee game in the state this weekend.

Exeter, which has won the last two Division I titles, is coming off Saturday night's 21-14 overtime loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua. The Blue Hawks have allowed more than 500 passing yards in their last two games.

"I know they've struggled against the pass the last couple weeks, so what do you think they've been working on?" Nashua South coach Scott Knight said. "(Exeter coach) Billy Ball watches a ton of film, so he'll know our tendencies. They're a well-coached team.

"We could use a signature win this year," said Knight. "We really don't have one. It's not a playoff game, but it's a big one."

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MONADNOCK of Swanzey (4-0) is one of three unbeaten teams in Division II, but won't be anywhere near full strength for tonight's home game against Laconia (2-2).

Monadnock coach Linwood Patnode said linebacker/place-kicker Mischa Hoffman will miss tonight's game with a concussion. Quarterback Isaiah Prince is also nursing a lower-leg injury suffered in last weekend's 27-19 victory over Sanborn of Kingston.

"My gut tells me he'll go, but he won't be 100 percent," Patnode said. "He was in such pain on the field I thought for sure it was a fracture. Isaiah's been a treat to watch on offense this year."

Plymouth (4-0) and St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover (4-0) are the other unbeaten teams in Division II.

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SALEM will honor all veterans at tonight's home game against Manchester West. Veterans will be allowed into the game for free and will be recognized for their service before the national anthem. All veterans are invited to attend.

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FOURTEEN of the 17 teams in Division III will enter the weekend with a record at or above the .500 mark. Four of the five teams in Division III North — Gilford, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, Newfound and Winnisquam of Tilton — are 2-2.

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THE starting time for today's Division I game between Pinkerton Academy of Derry and Manchester Memorial has been moved from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. The game will be played at Memorial.

Roger Brown covers high school football for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at rbrown@unionleader.com. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.


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New Hampshire High School Football Grid Chart

DIVISION I
TeamOAPFPAThis WeekLast Yr.
EAST CONFERENCE
Exeter3-111064At Nashua South, Friday, 735-21
Winnacunnet3-110596At Spaulding, Friday, 734-20
Spaulding2-27788Winnacunnet, Friday, 720-34
Dover1-386153At Nashua North, Saturday, 7DNP
Timberlane1-368107Keene, Friday, 6:306-35
NORTH CONFERENCE
Bedford4-012412Goffstown, Saturday, 2DNP
Concord4-021160Londonderry, Friday, 744-36
Man. Central2-290106At Merrimack, Friday, 7DNP
Man. Memorial1-3121171Pinkerton, Friday, 46-49
Man. West0-426191At Salem, Friday, 7DNP
SOUTH CONFERENCE
Merrimack3-1147134Central, Friday, 7DNP
Pinkerton3-111150At Memorial, Friday, 449-6
Londonderry2-299102At Concord, Friday, 736-44
Goffstown1-3109105At Bedford, Saturday, 2DNP
Salem0-422129West, Friday, 7DNP
WEST CONFERENCE
Nashua South4-014264Exeter, Friday. 721-35
Bishop Guertin3-19969At Alvine, Friday, 7DNP
Keene2-28927At Timberlane, Friday, 6:3035-6
Alvirne1-378115Bishop Guertin, Friday, 7DNP
Nashua North0-444115Dover, Saturday, 7DNP
DIVISION II
TeamOAPFPAThis WeekLast Yr.
EAST CONFERENCE
St. Thomas4-016441At Hollis-Brook., Saturday, 7DNP
Merrimack Valley3-112781At Pembroke, Friday, 70-40
Portsmouth3-1173100At Kingswood, Friday, 7DNP
Pembroke1-383129Merrimack Valley, Friday, 740-0
Kingswood1-394109Portsmouth, Friday, 7DNP
NORTH CONFERENCE
Plymouth4-016650At Lebanon, Saturday, 2:3040-21
Laconia2-270111Monadnock, Friday, 7DNP
Kennett2-258106Hanover, Friday, 718-7
Lebanon1-35892Plymouth, Saturday, 2:3021-40
Hanover1-35278At Kennett, Friday, 77-18
SOUTH CONFERENCE
Trinity3-114498At Kearsarge, Friday, 7DNP
Milford3-115161At Windham, Saturday, 2:30DNP
Windham3-110280Milford, Saturday, 2:30DNP
John Stark1-346143At Souhegan, Friday, 7DNP
Souhegan0-482148John Stark, Friday, 7DNP
WEST CONFERENCE
Monadnock4-012766At Laconia, Friday, 7DNP
Sanborn2-2111101ConVal, Saturday, 30-17
Kearsarge2-23175Trinity, Friday, 7DNP
ConVal0-414134At Sanborn, Saturday, 317-0
H/Brookline0-462112St. Thomas, Saturday, 7DNP
DIVISION III
TeamOAPFPAThis WeekLast Yr.
EAST CONFERENCE
Epping-Newmrkt2-16640At Somersworth, Friday, 70-42
Bishop Brady2-2122110Winnisquam, Saturday, 631-0
Farmington-Nute0-3690At Gilford, Saturday, 1:3037-14
Raymond0-367101Newport, Friday, 76-54
NORTH CONFERENCE
Winnisquam2-210783At Pelham, Friday, 7DNP
Gilford2-290109Farmington-Nute, Sat, 1:3014-37
Newfound2-2100100Int.-Lakes-Moult., Sat., 1:30DNP
Int.-Lakes-Moult.2-290121At Fall Mtn., Sat., 6:30DNP
Franklin0-441167Campbell, Saturday, 333-29
SOUTH CONFERENCE
Pelham3-09120Winnisquam, Friday, 7DNP
Bow3-111928At Gilford, Saturday, 1:30DNP
Campbell2-17184At Franklin, Saturday, 329-33
Somersworth2-2109106Epping-Newmarket, Friday, 742-0
WEST CONFERENCE
Newport3-19262At Raymond, Friday, 754-6
Mascoma Valley2-110466Stevens, Sat., 3DNP
Stevens2-210786At Mascoma, Saturday, 3DNP
Fall Mountain2-28089I-L,-Moult. Sat., 6:30DNP

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