When your quarterback executes a successful drop kick for the 69th point of the game, you know things are going well.
It’s been that kind of an autumn for the Londonderry High Lancers, who beat Manchester Central 69-22 last Friday in a regular-season finale to remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the statewide Union Leader Football Power Poll released today.
Shortly after Jake McEachern’s drop kick — a rarity at any level of football these days — the Lancers (9-0) shifted into a playoff mindset. They will host neighboring Pinkerton Academy in a Division I quarterfinal on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lancer Park. The Astros, tied for sixth in this week’s poll, beat Bedford in a winner-gets-in contest on Friday.
Londonderry has held down the top spot since Sept. 10 — a string of nine straight weeks — while outscoring the opposition 430-95. But the Lancers know all about their recent history with Pinkerton; Londonderry’s 42-24 victory on Sept. 27 broke a 22-game losing streak against its rival.
The state’s other Division I unbeaten, Nashua North, remained solidly No. 2 in this week’s poll. The Titans will host Merrimack in their quarterfinal contest.
Perhaps the biggest news out of this week’s poll is the number of teams receiving votes. Fifteen clubs, including two from Division III (Lebanon and Campbell), earned at least one vote.
Also, Division II pace-setter Bow (9-0) moved up a notch, into a tie for sixth.