Longo’s Friday Football Feast: Souhegan-HB should be a classic
The big fella can’t mess this one up. Can he?
A second unbeaten 8-0 week, yes two in the last three, has left the season mark at 39-7 (a cool .848 win percentage), well above the cherished 80 percent goal for the year with three weeks left in the regular season.
Admittedly, last week was pretty cut and dry, save for the upset of correctly predicted of Souhegan by Pelham High.
We know way too well how quickly fortunes can change, and there’s plenty of time to mess this superb start up.
On to the run for the playoffs. Time to crank it up.
Game of the Week
Souhegan at Hollis Brookline: OK, time to come clean. There are times my trips to The Swamp are focused a lot more on a bag of fresh apples, or the mac-and-cheese at the Cavaliers’ snack shack.
This is not one of them.
Souhegan coach Robin Bowkett, in sheer coachspeak, noted Friday night, “They’re all big.”
Well, this one is supremely larger for both sidelines, super-sized if you will.
The team that exits Saturday at 5-2 will have an exponentially better chance to be playing in November than the team that does not.
Two stud QBs, HB’s Sander Wimmer and Souhegan’s Austin Jain.
Two big-time playmakers. Quinten Wimmer and Luke Manning.
Excellent complementary talent on offense. Blake Bergerson, Austin Johnson and Marc-Andre Thermitus for the Cavs … Ryan Hauser, Aidan Casey and Connor Holland for the Sabers.
A hit man leading the defense. Quinn Connors for HB and Mike Maroun for Souhegan.
This one could be a classic.
Saber Nation 36, Air Wimmer 35
And the Rest
Spaulding at Nashua South: South smells playoffs. No need to overlook the Red Raiders here. Home crowd at Stellos. In the words of Bill Belichick, and yes every other football coach north of Hartford and south of Newfoundland, “Do your job,” South.
Panthers 34, Raiders 12
Portsmouth at Merrimack: I have stated in the past that there is no chance I will ever pick a team called the ClipperCats.
This one is easy, and I don’t care how angry Portsmouth/Oyster River is after last week’s loss.
T’Hawks 31, BobClips 6
John Stark at Alvirne: These are the best of times. These are the worst of times. You figure out why I chose to butcher Charles Dickens’ work up for this one.
Broncos 45, Generals 7
Sanborn at Milford: After a rugged slate, all six opponents were .500 or better, Milford gets a two-week respite.
Sparty 44, Indians 9
Campbell at Inter-Lakes: These are the best of … Whoops, sorry, used that one already. Another 300 game for Keegan Mills could be in the works as Campbell bowls over (get it?) Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough.
Cougars 33, Lakers 6
Nashua North at Keene: The ride and Route 101 on a busy Saturday morning are North’s two greatest foes.
Titans 34, B’Birds 3
Winnacunnet at Bishop Guertin: Must, must, must, must, must win for the Cards.
Did I mention this is a must-win? I get good vibrations on this one.
Cards 21, Hampton Beach Boys 16