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FOOTBALL FRIDAY: A capsule look at the area’s other games

By Tom King - Staff Writer | Sep 23, 2022

Nashua South's Nathan Smith tackles Merrimack's Garron Brown as Panther Hayden Leone (24) looks on during last Friday's game in Merrimack. The Tomahawks host Bishop Guertin in a big West Conference game tonight. (Telegraph photo by TOM KING)

Believe it or not, Nashua North vs. South isn’t the only game on the schedule tonight. Bishop Guertin vs.Merrimack and Bow at Milford are two of the bigger games.

Here’s a look and how we think things will turn out in those other games:



BISHOP GUERTIN (3-0) at MERRIMACK (2-1, 2-0)

WHEN: Tonight at 6:30.

WHERE: MHS Student Memorial Field.

LAST WEEK: Merrimack 27, Nashua South 21; Bishop Guertin 68, Goffstown 7.

LAST YEAR: Bishop Guertin 48, Merrimack 35.

FYI: BG’s defense will be tested by the arm of Merrimack QB Trent Jackson, especially with the Tomahawks’ quick slant game. However don’t discount BG safety Matt Santosuosso making plays, as he’s as talented on defense as he is on offense as a running quarterback. These teams usually play high scoring affairs, could be the same deal. Good test for both teams.

PREDICTION: Bishop Guertin 37, Merrimack 22.

CONCORD (2-1) at ALVIRNE (0-3)

WHEN: Tonight at 7.

WHERE: Alvirne High School.

LAST WEEK: Concord 43, Manchester Central 15; Pinkerton 42, Alvirne 6.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: QB Zack Doward runs the Tide’s potent offense, but its engine is running back Elia Bahuma, who rushed for 197 yards last week with 19 of his 29 carries going for more than five yards. The Broncos will hope to have the return of a handful of starters that missed last week, when they dressed just 28 players. Judging from how the Tide has played so far, they’ll need every body.

PREDICTION: Concord 42, Alvirne 12.


BOW (2-1) at MILFORD (1-2)

WHEN: Tonight at 7.

WHERE: Milford High School.

LAST WEEK: Gilford-Belmont 52, Bow 33; Hanover 40, Milford 14.

LAST YEAR: Milford 42, Bow 13.

FYI: The Spartans are looking to right the ship on both sides of the ball, but they were a bit shorthanded a week ago.

Bow opened some eyes with a win over Plymouth a couple of weeks ago, but now Gilford-Belmont is a contender in the East at 3-0. Bow has a bevy of backs – Logan Gordon, Blake Scarinza to name a couple – and a QB, Owen Walton, who can make throws. Milford has given up 40-plus the last two weeks, so the Spartans will look to shore that up.

PREDICTION: Milford 27, Bow 24. Spartans, if healthy, can bounce back.


WHEN: Tonight at 7.

WHERE: Pelham HS.

LAST WEEK: Hollis Brookline 47, Lebanon 0; Pelham 55, John Stark 14.

LAST YEAR: Did not play.

FYI: The Pythons, led by Jake Travis, who can throw and run, are continuing the dominance they enjoyed in Division III now in Division II. They’ve outscored the opposition 130-21 in their first three games. HB got that winning feeling back led by QB Jacob Valez, who threw three TD passes, and Colin Robinson, who had 11 tackles. But the Pythons are a different animal, especially at home.

PREDICTION: Pelham 45, Hollis Brookline 12.



WHEN: Tonight at 7.

WHERE: Campbell HS in Litchfield.

LAST WEEK: Campbell 16, Stevens 0; Monadnock 22, Inter-Lakes 20 (OT)

LAST YEAR: Campbell 43, ILM 8.

FYI: The Cougars have outscored the opposition 97-8, in part thanks to the dominant running of sophomore back Scott Hershberger, but this special Homecoming night game may be like last week, a tougher game. ILM is seen as a playoff contender and gave Monadnock a hard time, losing a 14-0 lead with nine minutes left and falling in overtime.

PREDICTION: Campbell 24, ILM 21.


SOUHEGAN (3-0) at LEBANON (0-3)

WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m.

WHERE Lebanon HS.

LAST WEEK: Souhegan 41, Manchester West 14; Hollis Brookline 47, Lebanon 0.

LAST YEAR: Lebanon 41, Souhegan 0.

FYI: The Raiders are a mere shell of their former selves, and the Romy Jain-Carson Behn-J.J. Bright Sabers will likely be able to do whatever they please, even on the road. The key will be to come out of this without any injuries.

PREDICTION: Souhegan 50, Lebanon 0. Take last year’s score, reverse it and add nine.


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