High School: New Hampshire Top 25-Week 4

By Justin Roche

Week four is already over and the season is flying by but let’s break it down a bit.

1. Londonderry (3-1) Last week ranking 1

Londonderry put on another show in week four for their home fans as they played their rival Pinkerton. Londonderry pulled out a big win 31-6 to pretty much set themselves up for the number one seed in the Central.

2. Bishop Guertin (4-0) Last week ranking 3

BG traveled to Merrimack to play their week four matchup. BG continues to roll with a huge win 42-6. BG has a total of 170 points on the season and have only allowed 40 through four weeks of action.

3. Nashua North (4-0) Last week ranking 6

Nashua North continues to put up scary numbers as that game between BG and North will be a big one in four weeks. North played Nashua South in the Battle of the Bridge and North put up 47 points to Souths zero points in week four. That week eight matchup between Nashua North and Bishop Guertin will most likely be played for the top seed in the West.

4. Spaulding (4-0) Last week ranking 8

Spaulding continues to shock everyone by advancing to 4-0 going into week five in week four they beat a very good Dover team 36-23. Spaulding’s quarterback Kaiden Melendez continues to lead the way for the Red Raider squad.

5. Pelham (4-0) Last week ranking 5

Pelham continues to roll this time at home against Hollis who is now 1-3 with a lone win over Lebanon 47-0. Pelham shut down Hollis in the first half and continued to do so in the second half Pelham won the game 51-6. Through four weeks of action Pelham has only allowed 27 points. Pelham plays at Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton on Saturday for a kickoff at one oclock.

6. Souhegan (4-0) Last week ranking 4

Despite dropping down a few spots Souhegan is still a title favorite in division two this season along with Hanover, Pelham and Gilford-Belmont. Souhegan remains undefeated through week four after putting up 61 points over Lebanon and holding Lebanon to zero. Souhegan has a two head monster between running back JJ Bright and quarterback Romy Jain.

7. Timberlane (3-1) Last week ranking 13

Timberlane jumped up big this week after being ranked 13th now 7th after a monster win over a very solid Keene team. Timberlanes only loss on the season is against Bishop Guertin which was a 23-20 final in week two. Timberlane beat Keene 42-14 in week four and they look ahead to an Exeter team who is 4-0 in their week five matchup.

8. Exeter (4-0) Last week ranking 8

Exeter drops one spot even though they pulled out a win vs Winnacunnet in week four the score was only 3-0 with a very late game winning field goal by Exeter. Exeter has to go in and play at Timberlane in week five as they play the 3-1 Owls.

9. Pinkerton (3-1) Last week ranking 2

Pinkerton drops a good amount this week after a tough loss to Londonderry 31-6. Pinkerton has a great group of guys and one of the best coaches in the state so they will most likely turn it around. Pinkerton has developed a three headed monster in the backfield with two star seniors and one star junior in Cole Yenaco senior, Jacob Albert senior, and Caden Michaud junior. Pinkerton will host Salem this week as it is a must win for Pinkerton if they want to hold down the second spot in the Central.

10. Trinity (4-0) Last week ranking 12

Trinity stays as the title favorite in division three and are on a roll now 4-0 after beating Monadnock 28-0. Trinity does play a tough team in Campbell in week five but I do not think anyone thinks Trinity will lose a game the rest of the season and go on and win the division three championship.

11. Gilford-Belmont (4-0) Last week ranking 9

Gilford just does not know how to lose in 2022. They are now 4-0 after beating Pembroke 60-20. Gilford continues to put up video game numbers this season. They do end the season with a very tough four game stretch. They play at Plymouth, Merrimack Valley, Hanover and to end the season at Saint Thomas. Their week five matchup is against Laconia.

12. Hanover (4-0) Last week ranking 11

Hanover rolls to 4-0 after beating Hillsboro-Deering 54-7. This team is undefeated and still flying under a lot of peoples radar. Do not be surprised if they are in the semi finals in early November.

13. Windham (2-2) Last week ranking 17

WIndham gets back to .500 after beating a good Salem team in Windham’s blackout game 20-14. Windham looks ahead to Alvirne as Windham has played their tougher part of the season already.

14. Dover (3-1) Last week ranking 10

After a tough loss to Spaulding for Dover in week four with a final score of 36-23 they look ahead their schedule does not get any easier. They wrap up the year with Exeter, Timberlane, and Nashua North for their last three games of the year.

15. Concord (3-1) Last week ranking 14

Concord wins big against Alvirne 56-7 in week four. Concord is one of those teams who were flying under the radar but not anymore after losing week one to Londonderry they have not looked back since they are 3-0 since that game. Concord does have a tough road ahead to end the season with Salem, Windham, and Pinkerton.

16. Bow (3-1) Last week ranking 19

Bow advances to 3-1 after a big win over Milford 34-6. Bow has one loss this season which came week three against Gilford-Belmont. Bow will be looking for the second seed in the East in division two but they will be competing with Saint Thomas, Kennett, and Plymouth.

17. Plymouth (3-1) Last week ranking 21

Plymouth moves up a few spots after moving to 3-1 on the year. They beat Laconia 32-22 in week four and now they will be looking ahead to play a very tough Souhegan in week five.

18. Bedford (3-1) Last week ranking 20

Bedford stays hot after losing their season opener they have not looked back and have been killing it ever since. In week four they beat Goffstown 49-0 and advance to 3-1 on the year.

19. Campbell (4-0) Last week ranking 18

Campbell is one of two undefeated teams left in division three. That will end this weekend as we have Campbell and Trinity playing each other for first place and most likely the number one seed in division three.

20. Saint Thomas Aquinas (2-2) Last week ranking 23

Saint Thomas pulled out a big win over Kennett in week four 13-7 to get back to .500. Saint Thomas plays at Pembroke this week and they will be looking to get above .500 on the season.

21. Kennett (2-2) Last week ranking 15

After being in the top 15 last week Kennett drops to 21 after losing to Saint Thomas in a great game 13-7. Kennett looks to get above .500 in week five as they play at Sanborn.

22. Fall Mountain (3-1) Last week ranking 24

Fall Mountain moves up a few spots after a 33-0 win over ConVal. Fall Mountain will be

fighting for a playoff spot come late October as they end the season with Campbell and Trinity.

23. Portsmouth-Oyster River (2-2) Last week ranking Not Ranked

Portsmouth cracks the top 25 after a 18-12 win over Manchester Memorial. Portsmouth has lost two games so far this season 12-10 to Spaulding and 31-14 to Exeter. Portsmouth-Oyster River plays Dover this week in a huge game.

24. Merrimack Valley (2-2) Last week ranking Not Ranked

Merrimack Valley yes Merrimack Valley is in the top 25 after starting the season 2-2 and a win over John Stark in week four. This week they have a big game as they are on the road at Bow.

25. Salem (1-3) Last week ranking Not Ranked

Although Salem has a losing record at the moment do not count them out because when it comes late October early November you do not want to see the Blue Devils. They have a must win this week against Pinkerton as they look to get back into the win column after dropping three games in a row.