Football Week 2 Preview Capsules

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua South's Anthony Agor makes a reception in front of Salem's Matthew Soldano during Friday night's season opener at Stellos Stadium.


Alvirne (0-1) at Nashua North (1-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Stellos Stadium.

LAST WEEK: Nashua North 48, Timberlane 24; Pinkerton 48, Alvirne 0.

LAST YEAR: Nashua North 42, Alvirne 20.

FYI: The Broncos are extremely young with just 11 seniors led by back Hayden Callery, while a Titan senior back, R.J. Jenkins, could give them a lot of trouble after he ran for 264 yards on 16 carries. North will be looking to pick up where it left off last week in the conference opener for both.

TOM KING’S PICK: North 42, Alvirne 7.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: North 31, Alvirne 14.

Nashua South (0-1) at Pinkerton (1-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Pinkerton Academy’s Alumni Field.

LAST WEEK: Salem 40, Nashua South 14; Pinkerton 48, Alvirne 0.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: The Panthers will be looking to rebound in a big way from a sub-par defensive effort, hoping to take some pressure off QB Sean Holland and avoid a tough 0-2 start.

The Astros, meanwhile, will have to adjust to facing a different level team this week, but they seem to have plenty of scoring threats in QB Aiden Goujon, receiver Ryan Auger and back Ty Hicks.

TOM KING’S PICK: Nashua South 28, Pinkerton 26.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Pinkerton 22, Nashua South 20

Bishop Guertin (0-1) at Merrimack (1-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Merrimack’s Student Memorial Field.

LAST WEEK: Londonderry 55, Bishop Guertin 21; Merrimack 27, Keene 7.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: The Cardinals were reeling after last weekend, losing starting running back Tyler Faulkner and suffering defensive issues. Merrimack, on the other hand, has tough duo in back Joe (126 yards rushing) and QB Ben Eichman that could cause more trouble for the Cards. Guertin once again will rely on QB Sam Raitt but also watch for sophomore back Ben Plumley. Bobby Bunis had a key pick for Merrimack, which will face a good battle vs. the Cardinals size for control of the line of scrimmage.

TOM KING’S PICK: Merrimack 31, Guertin 21

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Merrimack 17, Bishop Guertin 14


Sanborn (0-1) vs. Hollis Brookline (0-1)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: At Hollis

LAST WEEK: Windham 49, Hollis Brookline 18; St. Thomas 27, Sanborn 0

LAST YEAR: Hollis Brookline 28, Sanborn 22

FYI: There were pretty telling openers for both teams. Hollis Brookline lost its quarterback, Joey Delaney, to a broken collarbone early vs. the Jaguars. Sophomore Sander Wimmer entered and did a commendable job in relief, despite spending much of the time running for his life. The Cavaliers, playing the special night game at home under the portable lights, have to and most likely will do a better job in the trenches. Chris Hannah, on 22 carries, accounted for 156 of Sanborn’s 190 total yards in the opening loss to St. Thomas. Meanwhile, HB looked a bit susceptible against the run last week vs. Windham.

TOM KING’S PICK: Hollis Brookline 27, Sanborn 7

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Hollis Brookline 31, Sanborn 17

Windham (1-0) vs. Milford (0-1)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: At Milford

LAST WEEK: Windham 49, Hollis Brookline 18; ConVal 17, Milford 14 (OT)

LAST YEAR: Windham 42, Milford 6

FYI: Windham blitzed through the South Division without a loss last year and hasn’t appeared to have taken a step backwards if last week’s win is any indication. The Jaguars have an explosive rushing game with Tommy Emrick, Royce Belski and Jake Aleksa. Windham played some pretty solid defense, too, against Hollis Brookline with nine QB sacks. Milford ran into a stingy ConVal defense in the opener and a handful of Spartan mistakes were too much to overcome. Any mistakes this time around will likely be lethal vs. the Jags.

TOM KING’S PICK: Windham 24, Milford 18

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Windham 37, Milford 7

Campbell (1-0) vs. Inter-Lakes (1-0)

LAST WEEK: Inter-Lakes 60, Fall Mountain 14; Campbell 41, Raymond 0

LAST YEAR: Did Not Play

FYI: So who blinks this week? Each team rolled up the points in the opener. Inter Lakes will have its hands full trying to stop this two-headed Cougar running machine. Keegan Mills (146 yards) and Ryan Yanuszewski (131) rolled up the numbers a week ago. The road trip is the first of a handful of brutal rides for Campbell.

TOM KING’S PICK: Campbell 34, Inter-Lakes 7.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Campbell 32, Inter Lakes 12

TOM KING: 5-4.