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H.S. Football Power Poll -- Astros-Lancers: No. 1 vs. No. 5

Staff report
September 17. 2018 5:20PM

Lancers Evan Cormier, the quarterback, during the game against Salem on Friday night in Londonderry during the second quarter. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)

The stage is set for the first meeting of top-five teams in the New Hampshire Union Leader High School Football Power Poll.

It also happens to be the Mack Plaque rivalry game.

Not surprisingly, unbeaten Pinkerton Academy of Derry, which met a challenge last Friday night from then No. 9-Exeter, remained atop this week’s poll for a third straight week. Next up for the Astros is their biggest rival, Londonderry, on Friday night at Lancer Park.

Londonderry cruised at Timberlane of Plaistow, 44-14, to remain in the top five. The Lancers are fifth in this week’s poll, actually down a trace from their spot from a week ago (tied for fourth).

Both Pinkerton and Londonderry are 3-0. The Lancers have not beaten the Astros since 2001.

Movement at the top of the poll went virtually unchanged after Week 3 of the NHIAA season. The biggest shakeups came in spots 8, 9 and 10, where Windham (2-1) returned to the poll, Nashua North (2-1) advanced a spot and Hanover (3-0) entered for the first time this season. The Marauders last Friday stayed unbeaten with a 40-0 victory in Wolfeboro against Kingswood.