By Justin Roche
With week one over in New Hampshire we look back and recap on the opening weekend.
New Hampshire Division 1 Friday Night
The Alvirne Broncos traveled up to Spaulding in Rochester NH to kickoff against the Red Raiders
Concord hosted the defending division one champions the Londonderry Lancers. Londonderry finished the game with over 500 yards on offense led by senior quarterback captain Drew Heenan. The Lancers look to go back to back and open with a 34-24 win over Concord.
Salem traveled to the queen city to face off against Manchester Central. Salem jumped out to an early lead. The Blue Devils of Salem led by David Jacques finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns. Salem opens their 2022 campaign with a 35-7 win over Manchester Central.
Dover hosted Winnacunnet in a defensive battle on Friday night. Dover won the game 14-0.
Exeter Blue Hawks played host to the Portsmouth-Oyster River Clippercats. The Blue Hawks put up 31 points and held Portsmouth to 14.
Manchester Memorial traveled to Timberlane, as Timberlane made the jump for Division two to Division one in 2022.
Bedford went down to Stellos Stadium to play Nashua North where Nashua North put on a clinic for defenses led by Toby Brown’s three sacks and scoop and score. North won 19-7.
Merrimack played the first out of state game of the year while they traveled to Bonny Eagle in Maine and fell short to them 33-27.
New Hampshire Division 2 Friday Night
Gilford-Belmont visited Kennett to kickoff the season in division two. Let’s just say everyone wrote this one off as a win for Kennett besides Gilford-Belmont. Gilford pulled out a 29-19 win over Kennett.
Laconia hosted Lebanon, after Laconia making the jump from division three to division two. Laconia opens up with a huge win over Lebanon 41-6.
Merrimack Valley traveled to Saint Thomas Aquinas in Dover. The game went to overtime and it was a thriller St. Thomas pulled out a hard fought win 13-9.
Hollis-Brookline played host to Hanover in their season opener. Hanover pulled out a huge win 35-6.
Milford traveled to John Stark in Weare NH where Milford played spoiler in John Starks home opener. The final score was 27-16 Milford.
Manchester West went down and played Pelham. Pelham moved up divisions after winning back to back state championships in division three. The Pelham Pythons took an early 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Going into the fourth quarter the Pythons 327 total yards. Pelham had five different players score touchdowns in their home opener on Friday night. Pelham’s three year starting quarterback Jake Travis led the way with 86 rushing yards along with a 55 yard touchdown. The final score was 34-7 in Pelham’s favor.
New Hampshire Division 3 Friday Night
Kearsarge traveled to ConVal to open up the 2022 season in division three. Senior running back for Kearsarge John Fraioli finished the game with four total touchdowns and 232 yards. Kearsarge won 36-21.
Epping-Newmarket visited Campbell for a late afternoon game on Friday. Campbell’s running back Scott Hershberger rushed for 298 yards. Campbell starts the season with a win over Epping 38-8.
Monadnock hosted Fall Mountain, Monadnock held Fall Mountain to 0 points Friday night. The final was 34-0.
Kingswood traveled to Trinity to face the division three title favorites and Trinity did not disappoint. Trinity won by a landslide of 67-8.
New Hampshire Division 1 Saturday
Pinkerton Academy jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with help from senior Jacob Albert as they traveled to Windham. At halftime Pinkerton led Windham 21-7, but Windham did not go away. Tiger An helped Windham come back with 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Windham scored in the fourth quarter with around eight minutes left to play, Windham elected to go for the late game lead by going for two the attempt was stopped by the Astros. The final score was 28-27 Pinkerton.
One of the battles of Nashua happened on Saturday night when Nashua South played Bishop Guertin. BG pulled away with a 37-7 win over South. Souths’ only touchdown was scored by Perez from two yards out. Senior quarterback Matt Santosuosso played an amazing game for BG with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.
Goffstown went to Keene to play the Blackbirds. The Blackbirds put on a show and put up 40 points on an amazing 40-19 win over Goffstown in the first week of New Hampshire football.
New Hampshire Division 2 Saturday
Bow hosted Sanborn on Saturday afternoon. Bow pulled out a 31-14 win.
Pembroke played at Plymouth on Saturday in the opening weekend of New Hampshire high school football. Plymouth won 31-16 over Pembroke.
Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton opened their season at home against Souhegan. Sophomore Romy Jain of Souhegan had four total touchdowns to help Souhegan beat Hillsboro 60-6.
New Hampshire Division 3 Saturday
Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough hosted Stevens in the only Saturday game in division three. With help from Interlakes wide receiver Joey Doda who caught four balls and racked up 114 yards and two touchdowns led the way for the Lakers with a 26-22 win over Stevens.