N.H. football squads eye postseason play


The final weekend of the New Hampshire high school football season is upon us.

New HampshireEight teams from each division -- two per conference -- will advance to next weekend’s conference championship games, which will serve as the postseason’s quarterfinal round.

Here’s what’s still at stake in each division:


Four teams have already qualified for postseason play in Division I: Concord (8-0), Nashua South (7-1), Pinkerton Academy (6-2) and Londonderry (4-4). Londonderry will play at Pinkerton Academy in next weekend’s Division I South championship game.

Keene (6-2) can clinch a playoff spot by beating Alvirne (1-7) Friday. If Keene wins, it will play Nashua South in the Division I West title game. Keene handed Nashua South its only loss (42-28) last weekend.

Spaulding (5-3) and Exeter (5-3) will be the two teams that move on from Division I East if each wins Friday. Spaulding plays at Dover (2-6), and Exeter is home against Nashua North (3-5). If either Spaulding or Exeter loses Friday, the door will be open for Winnacunnet (5-3) to reach the postseason.

The winner of Friday’s game between Manchester Central (6-2) and Bedford (7-1) will face Concord in the Division I North title game.


Seven of the eight playoff teams have been determined in Division II: Monadnock (8-0), Portsmouth (7-1), Plymouth (7-1), Windham (7-1), Trinity (6-2), Sanborn (5-3) and Kennett (4-4).

Sanborn will play Monadnock in the Division II West title game, and Trinity will face Windham in the Division II South title game.

Merrimack Valley will clinch a postseason berth if it beats Plymouth on Saturday, or if St. Thomas (6-2) loses to Trinity. A St. Thomas win and a Merrimack Valley loss would make it possible for St. Thomas to advance, depending on results of other Division II games this weekend. Either Merrimack Valley or St. Thomas will face Portsmouth in the Division II East championship game.

Kennett will face Plymouth in the Division II North championship game.


The matchups in two of the four Division III conference championship games are set in Division III: Epping-Newmarket (3-4) will face Bishop Brady (3-4) in the Division III East title game; and Bow (6-1) will meet Pelham (7-0) in the Division III South championship game.

Stevens (5-2) and Gilford (6-2) have also qualified. Stevens will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Mascoma Valley (5-2) and Newport (5-2) for the Division III West title, and Gilford will meet either Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough (4-3) or Winnisquam (3-4) in the Division III North championship game. Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough will advance if it beats Epping-Newmarket on Saturday, or if Winnisquam loses to Newfound (2-5).




Spaulding at Dover

Nashua North at Exeter

Bishop Guertin at Timberlane

Winnacunnet at Nashua South

Manchester Central at Bedford

Goffstown at Concord

Manchester West at Manchester Memorial

Salem at Londonderry

Pinkerton at Merrimack

Alvirne at Keene



Kennett at Kingswood

Pembroke at Mondadnock

Hanover at Portsmouth

St. Thomas at Trinity

Milford at Laconia

Lebanon at Kearsarge

Hollis/Brookline at Souhegan

Sanborn at Windham


Merrimack Valley at Plymouth

Con-Val at John Stark



Raymond at Stevens


Franklin at Bishop Brady

Epping/Newmarket at IL/Moultonborough

Pelham at Farmington-Nute

Winnisquam at Newfound

Campbell at Bow

Fall Mountain at Somersworth

Newport at Mascoma Valley


1. Concord (8-0)

2. Bedford (7-1)

3. Pinkerton (6-2)

4. Nashua South (7-1)

5. Keene (6-2)

6. Manchester Central (6-2)

7. Bishop Guertin (5-3)

8. Portsmouth (7-1)

9. Exeter (5-3)

10. Plymouth (7-1)

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and publishes the New Hampshire Football Report. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.