Roger Brown's First & 10: This year, No. 1 is a no-doubter
There’s no such debate this year. Concord ran the table and finished the season as the only unbeaten team in the state (12-0). Concord punctuated its season by beating Pinkerton Academy of Derry 42-14 in Saturday’s Division I championship game. Concord entered that game ranked No. 1 in the poll. Pinkerton was No. 2.
“This has been a long time coming for us,” Concord running back/linebacker Marc Gaudet said. “Our goal has always been to be the best team in New Hampshire. People said Bedford was better than us. Pinkerton was better than us. We proved them all wrong.”
The 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.
HOW even was Saturday’s Division II championship game between top-seeded Plymouth and second-seeded Portsmouth? Plymouth had a 319-315 edge in total offense, and needed overtime to post a 21-14 victory. Plymouth coach Chuck Lenahan said of the 20 championships he’s won at Plymouth, this was the only one decided in overtime.
It was Lenahan’s final game as Plymouth’s head coach, and he will also retire as the school’s athletic director at the end of the school year. He said a new athletic director will likely be hired before the next head coach is selected.
“Hopefully we stay in-house,” he said. “I don’t think it will be that difficult.”
TOP-SEEDED Bow used a familiar formula to beat second-seeded Stevens of Claremont 20-6 in Saturday’s Division III championship game: stingy defense, exceptional special teams and a dominant running game.
Bow’s first two kickoffs pinned Stevens deep in its own territory. The Cardinals started their first possession on their 7-yard line, and their second possession began on their 14. Bow had to travel only 19 yards for its first touchdown.Ryan Tanguay’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Bell was the first TD Bow had allowed in nine quarters.
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.