Roger Brown's First & 10: Lenahan's finale should be a doozy for Plymouth
"That's one thing about the players on this team — they won't quit," Portsmouth coach Brian Pafford said following Saturday's game. "They play hard to the end. I think this is the third game where we've had to score late to win."
Lenahan, who was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in June, will enter that game with a 355-70-1 record as Plymouth's coach.
FANS will be in for a treat if Saturday's Division I championship game is anything like the regular-season meeting between top-seeded Concord (11-0) and third-seeded Pinkerton Academy of Derry (9-2).
Concord won that contest 21-14 in overtime, even though Pinkerton outplayed Concord for much of the second half. Concord trailed 14-6 late in the fourth quarter, but put together an eight-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped by Robbie Law's 12-yard TD pass to Jacob Szulc with 51 seconds to play.
Concord will by trying to win its first state championship since 2000, when it beat Manchester Central 38-0 to win the Division I title. Pinkerton is 10-4 in Division I championship games. The Astros' last title came in 2010, when they beat Nashua North, 14-7.
POINTS won't come easy in Saturday's Division III championship game between top-seeded Bow (9-1) and second-seeded Stevens of Claremont (8-2).
Stevens, which advanced by beating third-seeded Epping-Newmarket 13-0 in the semifinals, hasn't allowed more than six points in any of its last five games.
Bow won the regular-season meeting 28-14, but the Cardinals have won seven games in a row since that loss.
Roger Brown covers high school football for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.
This week's New Hampshire Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll will be announced this morning during Kelly Brown's 7:30 sports report during "The Morning Buzz" radio show on WGIR-FM, and posted on UnionLeader.com shortly thereafter. For more on the Power Poll, see Tuesday's "First & 10" column in the New Hampshire Union Leader.