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Roger Brown's Grid Picks: Taking Pinkerton over Exeter, Alvirne in an upset


September 13. 2018 11:13PM




DIVISION I

Tonight

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.

DIVISION II

Tonight

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.

Saturday

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.

DIVISION III

Tonight

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.

Saturday

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.

DIVISION IV

Tonight

Winnisquam at Fall Mountain, 7 p.m.

Hang in there, Fall Mountain. The victories are coming. Winnisquam, 22-12.

Saturday

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


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