High School Football Capsules Week 3

DIVISION I

Nashua South (0-2)

at Merrimack (2-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: MHS’s Student Memorial Field.

LAST WEEK: Pinkerton 28, Nashua South 6; Merrimack 42, Bishop Guertin 19.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: With two weeks done in the season, South is entering something it didn’t think it would have to deal with this early – a must win game to avoid what would be a crippling 0-3 start. The Panthers have already been bitten by the injury bug with linebacker Jared Bieren and back Jaylan Pacheco out last week and unsure about this week. Merrimack, meanwhile, keeps going strong with the Eichaman brothers, back Joe and QB Ben, leading the way. A big one for them as well before they get into a tough conference schedule.

TOM KING’S PICK: Merrimack 26, Nashua South 20

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK : Merrimack 28, Nashua South 7

Nashua North (2-0)

at Londonderry (2-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: LHS’s Sawyer Field.

LAST WEEK: North 38, Alvirne 6; Londonderry 27, Timberlane 7.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: These are two teams who are off to surprisingly good starts, with Titans QB Mike Loveless playing like he’s been starting for two years instead of being a first-year starting junior. Londonderry has a good offense led by slippery sophomore back Jeff Wiedenfeld, but senior QB Mike McAlister is tough too. North’s defense will be challenged a lot more than it has been the first couple of games.

TOM KING’S PICK: North 28, Londonderry 24.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Londonderry 36, Nashua North 35

Timberlane (0-2)

at Bishop Guertin (0-2)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Nashua’s Stellos Stadium.

LAST WEEK: Merrimack 42, Bishop Guertin 19; Londonderry 27, Timberlane 7.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: Winner stays alive for the season, the loser likely hopes for the best but fears the worst. Guertin has a couple of winnable games, and senior QB Sam Raitt remains the most dangerous Cardinal on the field offensively, while BG’s defense continues to struggle. Timberlane has been greatly hurt by the preseason loss of standout back Jacob Post (torn ACL) for the year.

TOM KING’S PICK: BG 31, Timberlane 17

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: BG 28, Timberlane 27

Alvirne (0-2) at Keene (0-2)

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Keene’s Alumni Field.

LAST WEEK: Nashua North 38, Alvirne 6; Salem 57, Keene 14.

LAST YEAR: Keene 18, Alvirne 6. FYI: The Broncos have yet to score an offensive touchdown in eight quarters, with freshman QB Kyle Gora learning the ropes. Keene has struggled as well, but may have the edge playing at home. But that Alvirne defense in the secondary is tough.

TOM KING’S PICK: Keene 14, Alvirne 12.

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Keene 14, Alvirne 13

DIVISION II

Milford (0-2) at Pelham (1-1)

WHERE: Harris Field, Pelham

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Windham 28, Milford 7; St. Thomas 42, Pelham 7

LAST YEAR: Milford 20, Pelham 6

FYI: Clearly, Milford has to be considered the more desperate team as an 0-3 start basically kills any playoff hopes. If last week’s results mean anything, Milford has to be feeling a bit positive. The Spartans hung with Windham. In Week 1, Windham powder-kegged Hollis Brookline, and the Cavs came back to beat Sanborn. Meanwhile, ConVal, the team that beat Milford in OT in Week 1, drilled West in Week 2. Bottom line, Milford isn’t your average 0-2 team.

TOM KING’SPICK: Milford 17, Pelham 12

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Milford 23, Pelham 14

St. Thomas (2-0) at Souhegan (1-0)

WHERE: Amherst

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

LAST WEEK: St. Thomas 42, Pelham 7; Souhegan drew a bye.

LAST YEAR: St. Thomas 31, Souhegan 12

FYI: The last thing Souhegan was looking for was a bye after the Week 1 thriller with John Stark. Still, you have to expect first-year coach Robin Bowkett’s boys will be raring to go in the home opener. Slowing down Shawn DeKorne and the Saints’ passing game is only part of the problem. Halfback Tim Bouchard piled up over 200 yards from scrimmage with a pair of TDs in last week’s win.

TOM KING’S PICK: Souhegan 34, St. Thomas 27

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Souhegan 34, St. Thomas 31

DIVISION III

Campbell (2-0)

at Farmington-Nute (0-2)

WHERE: Farmington

WHEN: Saturday, 2 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Campbell 42, Inter Lakes 0; Fall Mountain 26, Farmington-Nute 14

LAST YEAR: Campbell 54, Farmington-Nute 6

FYI: Campbell hasn’t given up a point yet this year, and there’s a great chance the stingy Cougars won’t this week either. The trip up to Farmington is as much of an enemy as the opponent, which dropped its opener to Bishop Brady, 59-2, could be.

TOM KING’S PICK: Campbell 44, Farmington Nute 7

HECTOR LONGO’S PICK: Campbell 36, Farmington-Nute 0