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Power Poll: Salem still No. 1, but No. 2 a close call

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September 25. 2017 11:50PM


Goffstown did nothing wrong over the weekend. The Grizzlies remained unbeaten by hammering unranked Portsmouth, 49-14, on Saturday — but dropped from second to third place in the weekly New Hampshire Union Leader High School Football Power Poll released today.

So why the change? Clearly, poll voters were focused more on Winnacunnet of Hampton than Goffstown. For a second straight week, the Warriors (4-0) defeated a highly ranked foe, on Saturday handling then-No. 6 Exeter, 23-7, at Bill Ball Stadium. The Warriors’ win over their Seacoast rival followed a thumping of then-No. 1 Bedford in Week 3.

“We knew from the start of the season that we had the potential to be the best team in the state,” said Winnacunnet’s Carter Havey. “These last two wins have really proven we’re a really special team. We have a lot of talent. All we can do from here is keep working hard, not get cocky. It’s about working hard and just moving forward.”

Conveniently, the debate between Winnacunnet and Goffstown will likely be settled on Saturday when they tangle at 2 p.m. (new date and time) in Hampton.

For a second straight week, Salem, Division I’s other unbeaten club, remained the unanimous No. 1 after winning handily at Timberlane. The Blue Devils host 1-3 Alvirne on Friday night.

This week’s poll is highlighted by the addition of a Division III team for the first time this season: Campbell of Litchfield. The Cougars, 4-0 with a victory margin of 208-9, jumped into 10th, tied with three Division I teams. They host Bishop Brady in their homecoming game on Saturday night.

Plymouth Regional, which beat Bow in a matchup of last season’s Division II final, jumped one spot, to fourth.

St. Thomas Aquinas (4-0) also cracked the poll for the first time this season, taking the ninth spot. The Saints host No. 7 Windham, also 4-0, in a Division II showdown Saturday in Dover.

After Week 4

The top 10 high school football teams in New Hampshire, with record, first-place votes/points in parentheses, plus last week’s rankings.

1. Salem, 4-0 (6/60), 1st
2. Winnacunnet, 4-0 (51), T-3rd
3. Goffstown, 4-0 (46), 2nd
4. Plymouth, 4-0 (42), 5th
5. Bedford, 3-1 (41), T-3rd
6. Pinkerton, 3-1 (27), 9th
7. Windham, 4-0 (23), 7th
8. Exeter, 2-2 (16), 6th
9. St. Thomas, 4-0 (9), NR
T-10. Campbell, 4-0 (4), NR
T-10. Londonderry, 3-1 (4), 8th
T-10. Man. Central, 3-1 (4), NR
T-10. Nashua South, 2-2 (4), NR
Other receiving votes: Bow, 3-1 (3), 10th


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