Friday Football Feast: Playoff fever grips region
So it is playoff time in the Granite State, where every game from here on out is the “Game of the Week,” and prognosticators holding tenuous win percentages (57-12, .826) panic at the prospect of all these tough selections to make.
The time to roll it up, or in my case most often, fall flat on my face in the home stretch, is right now.
It is also the time for you – a collective you, all of you — to get out and support these area kids as they forge into November and carve out some memories to cherish, win or lose, for the rest of their lives. Remember, all six of these games involving local teams are kicking off on Saturday at 1 p.m.
So let’s dig in.
Merrimack at Nashua North: Curtis Harris will not play, and that suddenly turns this match into a true rock fight.
All that’s needed is some torrential rain to turn the field into a mud bog like last year. (Yes, I know they are playing on the fake stuff at Stellos, so it can’t be muddy).
Merrimack isn’t healthy either with QB James Dowling’s ankle being an issue.
The determining factor in my pick here? The North folks openly poking fun at the Big Fella on social media.
For the first time in my life, I’m a-scared.
Titans 23, T’Hawks 17
Nashua South at Exeter: As corny as this sounds, you wonder if last week’s meeting between the two was a tuneup or a mirage.
The Panthers have certainly shown divergent moments in the regular season, at times slugging it out with the best and at times dropping down to levels you might believe are below them.
I have to bank on a veteran coach like Scott Knight having his kids ready to rumble.
Panthers 19, B’Hawks 12
Souhegan at Bow: Come-clean moment here for me. One of the best events I’ve covered in my time at The Telegraph was Souhegan’s playoff upset at Bow a year ago.
Don’t know if it was the commute, the camaraderie I felt I saw between the Sabers or the fact that I’d probably pay for the video or coach Robin Bowkett on the sidelines game by game.
He’s worth a Netflix subscription. So I have to hope for a repeat.
Sabers 31, Falcons 21
Hollis Brookline at Kennett: Tough, tough trip. But honestly, there is no hotter team in the state right now than the Cavs. Off the record, one non-HB coach told me that this is a good draw for the Cavaliers.
I tend to think those words are pretty solid.
Air Wimmer 35,
Alvirne at Milford: Broncos’ coach Tarek Rothe said it best.
The team with the ball last wins.
Just too much history and drama in such a short time here.
If the rumors are correct and Alvirne is indeed being shoved back up to Division I in 2020, there is no reason to let this season end.
Broncos 27, Sparty 26
Stevens at Campbell: I grant a ton of stock in Campbell’s gritty performance at Lebanon last week.
If ever a team wanted to make a statement, the Cougars did with back-to-back wins over Monadnock and Lebanon.
Campbell showed grit and the ability to adjust to adversity on the fly in both games.
Cougars 24, Cards 12