The top three teams in the Union Leader Power Poll remained unchanged. And just like last week’s preseason poll, the three teams are separated by two points.
It’s the order that’s different.
Londonderry High moved up one spot from last week’s preseason poll and is the new No. 1 in the statewide rankings of high school football teams. Salem, last week’s No. 3, moved up to No. 2, and Bedford dropped from first to third despite collecting the same number of points (44) as last week. The top three clubs won by a combined 130-13 last Friday.
It is believed to be the Lancers’ first visit to the No. 1 spot in the 12-year history of the Power Poll.
Neither Londonderry nor Salem is likely to rest on its laurels. The Lancers and Blue Devils play each other on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill, Mass., in a Week 2 showdown of Division I South Conference contenders. (It’s Salem’s home game; the high school’s Grant Field is being renovated.)
Among the big jumpers this week were Exeter, which vaulted from seventh to fourth; and Bow, which is eighth in the poll after being unranked in the preseason. The Falcons made good on a 2-point conversion and edged Plymouth on Saturday 8-7, ending the Bobcats’ 27-game win streak in Division II.
Bow visits Kingswood on Friday night in Wolfeboro.