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October 28. 2013 12:24PM

Power Poll: Nashua South falls two spots after loss to Keene

Keene's 35-21 victory over visiting Nashua South cost the Purple Panthers a chance at a perfect season and dropped them two spots in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll, but it wasn't quite enough to lift the Blackbirds over the Panthers in the rankings of the state's top high school football teams.

Concord (8-0) remained a unanimous No. 1 selection in the weekly balloting of representatives from the three statewide media outlets, while Bedford (7-1) returned to the No. 2 spot, with South (7-1) slipping from second to fourth, one rung above Keene (6-2).

If both teams win their final regular-season home game, South will have a chance to gain revenge against Keene in the Division I West championship game.

Pinkerton Academy of Derry (6-2) is ranked third.

Rounding out the top 10 are Manchester Central (6-2), Bishop Guertin of Nashua (5-3), Portsmouth (7-1), Exeter (5-3) and Plymouth (7-1).

Trinity of Manchester dropped out of the rankings after a 52-20 loss to Windham on Saturday, while Central, winner of six straight after opening the season with back-to-back defeats, entered the top 10 for the first time.

Central concludes the regular season on Friday at Bedford, with the winner advancing to face Concord in the Division I North championship game and the loser eliminated from the playoffs.

For more, see Roger Brown's "First & 10" column in Tuesday's editions of the 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 8 of the 2013 NHIAA season, with first-place votes/points in parentheses:

THIS WEEK / LAST WEEK
1. Concord, 8-0 (6/60) / 1. Concord, 7-0 (6/60)
2. Bedford, 7-1 (54) / 2. Nashua South, 7-0 (54)
3. Pinkerton, 6-2 (46) / 3. Bedford, 6-1 (47)
4. Nashua South, 7-1 (44) / 4. Pinkerton, 5-2 (41)
5. Keene, 6-2 (36) / 5. Bishop Guertin, 5-2 (26)
6. Manchester Central, 6-2 (21) / 6. Portsmouth, 6-1 (23)
7. Bishop Guertin, 5-3 (18) / 7. Keene, 5-2 (21)
8. Portsmouth, 7-1 (16) / 8. Trinity, 6-1 (13)
9. Exeter, 5-3 (15) / 9. Plymouth, 6-1 (11.5)
10. Plymouth, 7-1 (10) / 10. Exeter, 4-3 (3.5)

Also receiving votes: Spaulding, 5-3 (8); Monadnock, 8-0 (2)

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