Friday Football Feast: Time to reconsider a team or two

So the statistical wizards on my personal staff went to work after watching me throw a perfectly good season of picks away with a 3-4 Week 8.

They tell me, I am now 45-2 in games that don’t involve Merrimack and Alvirne and 2-14 in games with them.

How does a 30-year veteran of high school sports coverage see teams multiple times in one season and still have no clue what they’re about to do on any given Friday night?

Some might call it incompetence. I would say it’s just some colossal bad luck.

With that said, Alvirne is back, in yet another coin flip, this time at home against Milford Friday night. And let’s be honest, it’s kept me up all hours of the night this week.

So here goes one man’s attempt to wash away the bitter taste of a pathetic sub-.500 mark from a week ago.

Game of the week I

Milford at Alvirne: Two local 6-2 teams with the reward of home playoff position hanging in the balance. Again, Alvirne always shows me its grit, its heart, its resilience. Is it enough? You need an abacus to track all the big plays Gavin Urda has delivered for the Spartans. I say the kid has a couple in reserve for the Broncos. Milford 29, Alvirne 27

Game of the week II

Merrimack at Bedford: Are these the best two teams in the state? Tough to argue against it. Merrimack brought it all together last week against North. The Tomahawks chopped their penalties and mistakes and played brilliantly. Can they replicate it? Not yet. Bedford stays perfect. Bulldogs 31, Tribe 21.

And the rest

St. Thomas at Hollis Brookline: Must-win again for the Cavaliers, who have been hearing that for a long time. I like this matchup for HB. I was impressed Friday night. HB 35, Saints 19.

Bow at Souhegan: Playoff game, plain and simple. Sabers strap on the honor of the South Conference here against the 7-1 Falcons from the North. Defend it well, boys. Souhegan 24, Bow 17.

Concord at Nashua North: Great choice of opponents for the Titans on the eve of the playoffs. Concord isn’t King Kong. But this isn’t low Tide either. Titans stick to business and win comfortably. North 31, Capital City High 14.

Nashua South at Manchester Central: The heart says South. The head says Little Green. Don’t expect a ton of defense. I’m going to battle with Brendon Frost in my foxhole. Panthers 41, Pequeno Verde 32.

Bishop Guertin at Manchester Memorial: There is a coach on Twitter who uses the catch phrase, “football is different.” Guertin players find out why Friday night when they grab another win. BG 18, Memorial 6

Lebanon at Campbell: Hey Lebanon. Wrong place. Wrong time. Cougars 33, Raiders 7.