Roger Brown's First & 10: Crimson glide
Concord players celebrate tjeir state football championship on Saturday, in Concord. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Concord improved its record to 12-0 — the first unbeaten and untied season in the program’s history — by trouncing Pinkerton Academy of Derry 42-14 in Saturday’s Division I championship game. It was Concord’s first state championship since 2000.
“We knew we had a good senior class and we were pretty talented, but we took one thing at a time and let it happen,” Concord coach Eric Brown said following Saturday’s victory. ”I think it was probably the third or fourth game when we realized we were pretty good. Pretty explosive.
“He’s really efficient,” Smith said when asked about Law. “Behind (Nashua South’s) Trevor Knight, Robbie Law is one of the best quarterbacks in the state. He does everything right. He reads defenses well. Without him our offense wouldn’t be anything. He does a great job running this offense.”
Plymouth, which beat Portsmouth 21-14 in overtime Saturday to win the Division II championship, is ranked No. 6. It was Chuck Lenahan’s final game as Plymouth’s head coach.
Bedford, the only team in the poll that didn’t qualify for the playoff, is No. 7, followed by Portsmouth at No. 8 and Manchester Central at No. 9. Central will face Trinity of Manchester on Thanksgiving.
Running back Manny Latimore finished his high school career as Pinkerton’s all-time leading rusher with 4,142 yards. Matt Jordan held the previous record of 4,099 yards.
LENAHAN on the possibility of coaching the New Hampshire team against Vermont in next summer’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl: “I haven’t looked that far ahead. I haven’t thought about it. That’s really a no-win job. I’d have to speak with my staff. A lot of things would have to happen before I even considered it.”