Roger Brown's First and 10: Concord, Pinkerton could clash again
"It's a great question," he said. "I'm going to say yes. We did it when it counted. We may see them again. (Pinkerton) is a good football team. I think we're pretty good and we made plays when we had to."
Pinkerton's defense appeared to have the game in hand. The Astros had a 14-6 lead late in the fourth quarter, and had sacked Concord quarterback Robbie Law four times in the second half.
"I will tell you that if there were any questions about whether we belong in the top with everyone else - of course we do. I always knew that. We will be there in November. They will be there in November. Whether we'll play each other I don't know.
Concord's next test will come Friday night, when it faces Bedford (6-0) at home. That game will likely feature the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in next week's Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll, which will be released Monday morning.
Portsmouth's 49-28 victory over St. Thomas of Dover on Friday night created a three-way tie at the top of the Division II East standings. Portsmouth, St. Thomas and Merrimack Valley are all 5-1, but the Clippers would win all of the tiebreakers since they also beat Merrimack Valley earlier this season.
Portsmouth quarterback Donovan Phanor completed 13 of 27 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns, and carried the ball 16 times for 163 yards and one TD.
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Londonderry is another team that took a giant step toward securing a playoff berth Friday, when it beat Merrimack 45-14.
Quarterback Alex Parenteau rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns in Keene's 30-19 triumph over Winnacunnet of Hampton on Friday night. ... Lebanon received three field goals from offensive tackle Grayson Hardy (33, 35 and 43 yards) in its 30-14 triumph over Hanover. Hardy has made five field goals this season. ... Central running back Jesiah Wade followed up last weekend's 556-yard rushing performance against Merrimack by running for 150 yards on 22 carries in Central's 33-6 victory over Manchester West on Friday. Wade scored two rushing TDs, caught a TD pass and returned a kick for a touchdown. ... Quarterback Trevor Knight rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on four carries in the third quarter of No. 3 Nashua South's 42-22 victory over Dover. Knight finished the game with 221 yards rushing as South improved to 6-0.