Roger Brown's First and 10: Concord is No. 1 — and hungry
Concord's Leo Sudieh, gets by Central's Joe Vratsenes, during the NHIAA Division I Conference Finals, at Memorial Field Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The victory advanced Concord to Saturday's Division I semifinals. It also allowed the Crimson Tide (10-0) to remain a unanimous pick as the No. 1 team in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll.
Portsmouth (9-1) occupies the No. 6 spot, and will be at home against No. 10 Trinity of Manchester (8-2) in the Division II semifinals. Trinity beat Portsmouth 58-37 in the regular season's first week.
Central (7-3) is ranked No. 8, followed by Plymouth (9-1) in the ninth spot. The Bobcats will meet Sanborn of Kingston (6-4) in the other Division II semifinal.
STEVENS of Claremont received a strong performance from running back Donald Pellerin in Saturday's Division III West championship game.
Pellerin has carried the ball 237 times for 1,332 yards this season. He has scored 20 touchdowns.
ALEX PARENTEAU took over as Keene's quarterback midway through a loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua in Week 3. The Blackbirds are 7-0 in games Parenteau has started at QB.
Parenteau rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two TDs in Saturday's victory over Nashua South. It was Keene's second victory over South in three weeks.
The Keene-Pinkerton semifinal will be Keene's first home playoff game since 1993, when the Blackbirds lost to Spaulding of Rochester in the Division I quarterfinals.
Roger Brown covers high school football for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia