High school picks: Merrimack footballers prepared for this major exam

Another week, another near-perfect performance, dropping only my upset special in a heart-breaker as St. Thomas nipped Alvirne.

Hey, Broncos, shout out to you guys. I give it up to you after that bid. All heart, all out. Good things are going to happen to you this season. I just don’t know about this week (see below).

So, without further ado, we dive into Week 3 with a sparkling 14-2 season mark.

Game of the Week I

Manchester Central at Merrimack: My esteemed colleague, Tom King, tells us that Friday night’s Manchester Central showdown at Merrimack could indeed be a harbinger of playoff things to come in Division I.

I know little of that. But I do know that after a pair of walkover wins, both teams need a severe challenge. And this is it.

Contrary to popular beliefs, there is a more telling test to be had in the shadow of the Turnpike between the lines than the one in the stands where we wonder whether or not this scribe can cut himself off after just one of those amazing MHS cheeseburgers.

Please, Merrimack, discipline. All those flags last week didn’t hurt, but they will against the Little Green.

As the song says, “I believe that we will win.” In this case, we are all T’hawks, 32-30. Just don’t bet your TK Bobble head doll on it.

Game of the Week II

Alvirne at Souhegan: One of these days, I will ask the Souhegan folks why they go with the 7:30 p.m. start.

Is it a traffic issue?

Anyways, Alvirne will have plenty of time for the trip up Amherst Street. Save the stop at Chick fil-A for the ride home boys.

This one has the makings of an Amherst instant classic. I’m going with the hosts. They know all the back roads and will certainly be on time.

Souhegan 23, Alvirne 22.

And the rest

Manchester Memorial at Nashua North: Loved the heart showed by Memorial a week ago. The Titans are just better, 31-17.

Nashua South at Keene: The ride is for the birds. The game is all about the cats. Purple Panthers prevail, 27-0.

Bishop Guertin at Concord: Word is that BG had as good a week at practice as we’ve seen recently. I like the Cards but only for so long. Concord wears Guertin down for 12-7 decision.

Milford at Pelham: Two teams enter, one leaves with an upper hand in the Division II playoff race. Never in a million years did I ever think I’d see a Tom Babaian-coached Pythons team throw it more than the opposition. That’s certainly going to be the case Friday night.

I’m with Sparty and the grind-em-up Jones gang.

“U-2” wins, 24-17.

ConVal at Hollis Brookline: Good things are cooking in Cavs’ country. And just wait till the battering ram, Brandon Iodice, gets going. HB by many, 34-12.

Campbell at Newport: Homefield advantage is worth three points, right? Cougars 66-3.