Status quo at the top of the Power Poll; Dover, Keene crack Top 10

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Sep. 6—If you liked the top part of the preseason Union Leader High School Power Poll, you'll like the poll after Week 1 of the regular season.

The same can't be said of the bottom of the poll's top 10.

For a second straight week, Londonderry, Exeter, Bishop Guertin and Nashua North were ranked 1-2-3-4 by the poll's seven voters. All four earned double-digit victories in Week 1. Londonderry, which beat Concord 34-24, once again received all seven first-place votes.

Meanwhile, three clubs ranked in the preseason somewhere between the No. 6 and No. 10 spots, Bedford, Winnacunnet and Goffstown, were beaten and dropped out.

Dover, which blanked Seacoast rival Winnacunnet 14-0, moved from unranked to No. 8. Keene, which thrashed Goffstown 40-19, makes its first appearance in the poll in recent memory, at No. 9. And Concord grabbed the No. 10 slot, a nod to the Crimson Tide's ability to stay within range of Londonderry.

The upcoming weekend schedule features a Friday night showdown in Plaistow as No. 5 Timberlane will host No. 3 Bishop Guertin. In the other matchup of ranked clubs, on Friday night, Concord visits Keene.

Londonderry and Exeter will battle out-of-state foes on Saturday afternoon. The Lancers visit defending Rhode Island state champ Bishop Hendricken of Warwick at 1 p.m., and the Blue Hawks host Champlain Valley Union of Hinesburg, Vermont, also at 1 p.m.

Bishop Hendricken lost its opener, 31-27, last Saturday at Monsignor Farrell of Staten Island, N.Y.

Champlain Valley Union thumped host Middlebury, 56-19 last Friday.