HS picks: North, Campbell get not in Friday night showdowns

Staring at a couple monster matchups this week, I simply cannot harp on last Saturday. I won’t mention how bad I felt, not just for the Nashua South kids (they deserved better) and for myself, who tumbled to a 6-2 week and a 44-10 season mark.

Enough on that grizzly afternoon.

Now, Hector, write this 100 times.

I will trust Alvirne. I will trust Alvirne. I will trust Alvirne … You get the point.

Seriously, what was I thinking picking against the Broncos at John Stark? Double OT? It’s all good for Tarek’s troops.

Oh well, live and learn, right? Time to buckle up for two huge Friday nighters.

Game of the Week I

Nashua North at Merrimack: This is a call out to the “Tribe.” You know who you are. Your football team is legit. I don’t know. You have true, solid Twitter presence (@mhstribe2018). But where are you at games? The bandwagon has been idling for you for weeks now. As for North, can I just state for the record that Merrimack is the next town over. And this game is huge. Enough said. Oh yes, a prediction. (Notice the week attempts at deflecting here). I really have no true feeling. Honesly, I just get the thought that Curtis Harris is poised to do something special. North 21, Merrimack 20.

Campbell at Monadnock: Two unbeatens here, so I am going to take a much more serious tone on this one. I watched at UNH last November when Monadnock smacked a Campbell team that hadn’t really been tested all season. And I watched the Cougars take every shot and still find a way to battle to the very end and win the state title.

That kind of heart is a program thing. So, I will stick with Campbell again in this epic October battle. Cougars 28, Huskies 21.

And the rest

Manchester Memorial at Nashua South: The Panthers certainly deserve a better fate after being foiled by an inexplicable lack of a whistle. They get it this week. Big. South 37, Memorial 13.

Goffstown at Bishop Guertin: Not so fast, Grizzlies. Sure, you folks see that BG is struggling. But in last week’s loss, the Cards outscored the previous six Bulldogs opponents, hanging 27 on No. 1 Bedford. Both Goffstown and Guertin went to the No. 2 QB last week. I smell a season-altering event.

BG 18, Goffstown 12.

Hollis Brookline at Alvirne: I’ve already lost my apple-picking privileges in Hollis with last week’s pick against the Cavaliers. This one should get me a lifetime ban Cavs’ snack shack (one of the best halftime takes around, by the way). I will trust Alvirne. I will trust Alvirne … Broncos 42, HB 37.

ConVal at Milford: The Spartans have certainly paid it forward. They get a nice, comfy week before the rugged regular season finals. Milford 36, CV 6.

Souhegan at Manchester West: Character-proving week for Souhegan. Now can the Sabers keep their mind on business? Fellas, you’ve done way too much work to slip up here. Souhegan 27, West 7.