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Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday night is missing something

George Scione
George Scione

It’s Friday night. What football game are you going to this evening?

This question may have been asked multiple times throughout the day around the office watercooler. Despite one’s school affiliation, the answer was the same for everybody – none. ...

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It’s Friday night. What football game are you going to this evening?

This question may have been asked multiple times throughout the day around the office watercooler. Despite one’s school affiliation, the answer was the same for everybody – none.

Friday night in the fall is high school football. This week, in New Hampshire, it’s all about Saturday.

Sure, there are more things one could complain about regarding this new playoff format. After all each division hosts at least one quarterfinal game – also known as a conference title game – in which two of the top four teams in the division are squaring off. Yes, that glitch in the current structure, which is all about highlighting regional rivalries, has been beaten into the ground.

Now, the NHIAA is laying the smack down on football fans statewide. To be honest, the governing body is not alone in this wronging of high school football supporters. Schools were given the opportunity petition a switch from the scheduled 1 p.m. kickoffs to another time during the day. They have all opted to stick with the afternoon start.

Why there is not at least one football game per division Friday and staggered games – starting between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. – Saturday is beyond comprehension.

Common sense dictates the more games fans can go to the better for sport, school and NHIAA.
A game Friday and three more for each division spread out over Saturday equals more fans in the stands and dollars at the gate.

Stripping the players, coaches and entire community of football on the night they all want to be playing and cheering is a travesty.

Don’t worry, you’re not entering the “Twilight Zone.” Welcome to the Granite State.

Pick six

Nashua South 34, Keene 24: The Panthers will get revenge for that Week 8 loss in the Elm City.

Concord 24, Manchester Central 17: The Crimson Tide will repeat their Week 1 defensive stranglehold on the fleet-footed Jesiah Wade and remain unbeaten.

Spaulding 24, Exeter 14: The Red Raiders earned the top seed in the Division I East Conference with good reason. They are better then the Blue Hawks.

Plymouth 24, Kennett 12: Chuck Lenahan’s farewell tour won’t end in Week 1 of the Division II tournament.

Pelham 44, Bow 35: It will be a shame to see one of the top two teams in Division III eliminated in Round 1. But that’s how the flawed playoff system works.

COMBO: Pinkerton Academy 48, Londonderry 10; Windham 24, Trinity 21; Portsmouth 28, Merrimack Valley 24; Monadnock 31, Sanborn 22; Gilford 22, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 21; Stevens 21, Newport 17; Bishop Brady 14, Epping-Newmarket 7.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520 or gscione@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Scione on Twitter (@Telegraph_BigG).