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Final NH D1 Poll: #1 Bedford left no doubt en route to second straight State title

New Hampshire D1 Poll

4Bp. Guertin41262
8Manchester Central89110
9Bp. Brady96121

In the final analysis, the chasm was wide, perhaps wider than anyone had anticipated. No. 1 Bedford (19-1-1) left absolutely no doubt with its 7-0 whitewash of Concord that secured the Bulldogs’ second straight D1 State title. They started fast and never let up, driven by a core group of seven seniors.

A three-peat certainly isn’t out of the question, though coach Marty Myers and his staff will need to replace a significant chunk of offense.

By nearly every metric, No. 2 Concord (17-4-0) enjoyed an outstanding season even though it began and ended with losses to Bedford (3-2 and 7-0). In between, the Crimson Tide rattled off a 14-game in-season winning streak and reached the 20th State title game in program history. Coach Dunc Walsh loses seven to graduation.

No. 3 Salem (14-4-2) rolled into the post-season on a prolonged winning streak and stretched that to 10 games before bowing out against Concord in the semifinals. It was the Blue Devils’ first semifinal appearance in nine years and resulted from a good blend of seniors and talented underclassmen.

Veteran coach Gary Bishop likely squeezed about all he could have out of No. 4 Bishop Guertin (12-6-2), which fell to Bedford in the semis. Two of those losses came to Concord and two others were to Massachusetts Division 1A semifinalist Malden Catholic and finalist Central Catholic. It was a young team; only four graduate.

No. 5 Hanover (13-6-0) rode the experience of nine seniors to a quarterfinal appearance. The Marauders closed the regular season by winning 11 of 13.

The tournament played completely to form – the top four seeds prevailed in the quarterfinals; the top two teams won in the semifinals; and the No. 1 seed claimed the crown.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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