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November 10, 2013

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LONDONDERRY’S GRIFFIN GRABS FIRST NFL TD

The Houston Texans continue to struggle this year, falling to 2-7 with a 27-24 loss to Arizona yesterday.

That couldn’t dampen the euphoria for Ryan Griffin of Londonderry. The rookie tight end out of UConn only caught one ball yesterday from backup QB Case Keenum, but the catch was good for two yards and Griffin’s first career touchdown.

Griffin, a sixth-round pick this year, now has three catches so far as a rookie.

PLAYOFFS HERE TO STAY

The new MIAA football playoffs have been digested and dissected enough already, and the sectional title weekend hasn’t been approached yet.

I have to say that so far, for the most part, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the playoffs.

Personally, I just feel folks are going to have to get used to it. Thanksgiving games will be their own, set aside little season-ender for most, just like they have been. But the playoffs are fair, much more fair than the system has been in the past.

Interesting to note, there were complaints in the opening weekend about blowouts and teams not belonging in the playoffs. I definitely recognize that issue. But that situation is caused not by these playoffs. It is the fact that there are two many divisions. Six is too many.

Four would fit a lot better and would eliminate the 2-5 types from the equation. The “second-place” in a five-team league automatic bid is another topic for discussion as well.

But as for the playoffs, in my eyes, they are here to stay, and we’re all better for it.

BOTH NORTH TITLE GAMES SATURDAY

Remember both the Division 1 title football game with Central at Everett and the Division 4 Game with Bedford at Pentucket will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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