Friday Football Feast: All eyes on Alvirne-Milford
I have a huge scoop this week. True story. Just immense. Almost made me scream, “Stop the presses!”
Sales of Maroon-and-Gold pom poms are through the roof this week at the Alvirne High School store. And traffic in and out of town in Hudson has been brutal from two different sides as the folks from Hollis, Brookline and Pelham undergo “Adopt-a-Bronco” week.
All kidding aside, if my math is right – a 50-50 proposition at best – a four-way tie at 7-2 is a four-way tie at 7-2. We can let the folks from the NHIAA and their abacuses to settle the playoff seedings, but if Alvirne, Pelham and HB all win this week, it creates a four-team tie (with Milford) at the top.
So, I say, since each of the four schools won its crossover game vs. the North, it’s hoodies for everyone.
That is, if the Broncos can first and foremost deal with Sparty on Friday night.
That, on this final pre-playoff week, is the “Game of the Week,” for sure.
Milford would love to play the role of the miser, assuming the sole champion position at 8-1 with a victory.
Dealing with an Alvirne bunch, angered by its performance last week at The Swamp in Hollis, should not be a simple task. The Broncos could find reason to rally from a hangnail. It’s just what they do.
While many finales will this week will be about seniors playing their last games or playoff teams resting starters for the postseason, this one is an all-out war.
Plenty of great stuff coming up. Pure, physical, the perfect way to end the 2019 regular season.
Alvirne 22, Milford 20
And the Rest
Winnacunnet at Merrimack: Win and pray the wheels of justice spin in your direction as it pertains to the playoffs.
Merrimack gets it done.
T’Hawks 31, Beach Boys 7
Nashua North at Portsmouth: Healthy or not, the Titans keep Curtis in bubble-wrap this week.
Still, North has enough to survive and stay perfect.
Titans 14, CatClippers 12
Exeter at Nashua South: Speaking of protecting your players, this one might as well be dubbed the “Bubble Wrap Bowl” as each team is staring dead ahead at the other next week when it counts.
No truth to the rumor that Coach Ball is switching to the spread this week, while Coach Knight tries the straight-T.
B’Hawks 3, Panthers 2
Hollis Brookline at St. Thomas: The hottest team in New Hampshire takes a Saturday afternoon drive to the Seacoast.
Saint Thomas isn’t playing for much and the Lones gang is.
Cavs 37, Saints 8
Souhegan at Bow: The Falcons have all the I’s dotted and all the T’s crossed, having locked up the North and home field in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Is there an advantage to having the No. 1 seed, not the No. 2? In my eyes, no. I’d rest everyone. And Souhegan needs something good to happen heading into the postseason..
Sabers 21, Falcons 7
Campbell at Lebanon: The pessimist wonders what happened to Campbell as a 26-6 lead evaporated in the second half. The optimist says the Cougars got smacked in the face and responded like a champion, pulling away from a gritty Monadnock team late.
If you know me, you know for sure I am the eternal optimist.
Dover at Bishop Guertin: Dover was hurting without Darien Lopez last week.
Guertin knows all about injuries. BG has done a better job hanging on in the battle of attrition.
Cards 29, Wave 14
Oh yeah, the bad news
You thought I was conveniently omitting the numbers, didn’t you. The big fella finally flinched last week, going just 5-2 as Hollis Brookline and Nashua North would have none of the script penned here.
Good for you both. I’ve tumbled to 51-10 and I’m not happy about it.