Roger Brown's Grid Picks: Taking Pinkerton over Exeter, Alvirne in an upset
September 13. 2018 11:13PM
Londonderry at Timberlane, 6:30 p.m.
The Lancers have Pinkerton next weekend. Londonderry, 34-7.
Manchester Memorial at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m.
The Crusaders need to get more from their offense. North, 36-12.
Bishop Guertin at Concord, 7 p.m.
BG is still struggling to score. Concord, 20-14.
Exeter at Pinkerton, 7 p.m.
This starts a difficult three-game stretch for the Astros, who have Londonderry next weekend and Salem the week after. Pinkerton, 21-14.
Salem at Portsmouth, 7 p.m.
The ClipperCats have allowed 96 points in their two games. Salem, 41-14.
Dover at Windham, 7 p.m.
Can Dover slow down Windham’s running game? Windham, 28-27.
Nashua South at Keene, 7 p.m.
The Panthers climb back over the .500 mark. South, 26-14.
Manchester Central at Merrimack, 7 p.m.
Tough test for both of these defenses. Central, 27-21.
Spaulding at Winnacunnet, 7 p.m.
Spaulding hasn’t scored a point this season and may be facing the best defense in the state. Winnacunnet, 34-7.
Goffstown at Bedford, 7 p.m.
Bulldogs remain on a roll. Bedford, 35-14.
Hanover at Kingswood, 7 p.m.
Marauders move their record to 3-0. Hanover, 34-14.
Merrimack Valley at Kennett, 7 p.m.
The Eagles need to win this one. Plymouth and John Stark are up next. Kennett, 35-7.
Milford at Pelham, 7 p.m.
In a game that could go either way, home-field advantage has to be worth something. Pelham, 21-19.
Alvirne at Souhegan, 7:30 p.m.
Let’s call this a mild upset. Alvirne, 14-13.
Plymouth at Gilford/Belmont, 1:30 p.m.
The Bobcats can stretch the state’s longest winning streak to 18 games. Plymouth, 41-14.
Bow at John Stark, 2 p.m.
This may be the weekend’s best matchup in Division II. John Stark, 22-21.
Sanborn at St. Thomas, 2 p.m.
The Saints remain unbeaten. St. Thomas, 33-12.
ConVal at Hollis/Brookline, 2 p.m.
Cougars may have a tough time with the Cavaliers’ offense. Hollis/Brookline, 35-7.
Manchester West at Pembroke, 2:30 p.m.
One of these teams will collect its first win. West, 28-20.
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough at Stevens, 7 p.m.
Things get a little tougher for the Cardinals this week. Stevens, 26-14.
Laconia at Somersworth, 7 p.m.
The Toppers have been outscored 85-6, but opened the season with games against Campbell and Monadnock. Laconia, 26-12.
Monadnock at Lebanon, 7 p.m.
The Huskies would make the playoffs if they were in Division II. Monadnock, 36-14.
Kearsarge/Mount Royal at Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 1 p.m.
The RedHawks play four of their next five games at home. Time to make some hay. Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 19-12.
Trinity at Epping/Newmarket, 1:30 p.m.
The Pioneers should improve to 3-0, but they play Monadnock and Campbell in back-to-back weeks after this. Trinity, 42-12.
Campbell at Newport, 1:30 p.m.
The Cougars may be better this season than they were a year ago. Campbell, 42-7.
Winnisquam at Fall Mountain, 7 p.m.
Hang in there, Fall Mountain. The victories are coming. Winnisquam, 22-12.
Franklin at Farmington/Nute, 1:30 p.m.
Changing a program’s culture isn’t easy, and Farmington/Nute hasn’t won a game since 2016. Franklin, 33-6.
Mascoma at Bishop Brady, 2 p.m.
Battle between two first-year head coaches, Mascoma Kyle Colburn and Bishop Brady’s Jermaine McKenzie. Mascoma, 22-20.
Newfound at Raymond, 2 p.m The Bears put up 61 points in their opener against Bishop Brady. They should meet a little more resistance this week. Newfound, 28-20.
Last week: 24-5; 2018 record: 41-13