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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Playoff Granite State football, SNOB Film Festival returns

Concord's Leo Sudieh, right, breaks a tackle by Manchester Memorial's Isaac Velez before stepping out of bounds on a run during the homecoming football game at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon, September 28, 2013.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Concord's Leo Sudieh, right, breaks a tackle by Manchester Memorial's Isaac Velez before stepping out of bounds on a run during the homecoming football game at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon, September 28, 2013. (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

It’s playoff time for football in the Granite State. Four area teams are vying for a championship in their respective divisions.

And there’s some crazy story lines with just those teams, too. Concord High is currently in the midst of a perfect season, Merrimack Valley has made the playoffs for the first time in its history (and bouncing back from a 14 game losing streak), and both Bow and Bishop Brady are returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

This weekend also marks the debut of the new playoff format for the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, too. The NHIAA’s six football divisions have been merged into three.

Get pumped everybody! My high school was terrible at football (while I was there, at least), so it’s fun to see so much success in one season.

The Crimson Tide has some well wishers down South, too.

Need some more information on all of Saturday’s matchups? ESPNBoston’s beatwriters have you covered.

And if you’ve noticed, I haven’t been referring to any Friday matchups. That’s because there aren’t any this year, and at least one columnist thinks that’s a travesty.

So get out there and support your teams, and good luck to everyone competing!

In other news

∎ The Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival is back in town this weekend. Check out the Insider’s preview to help you figure out which events you’re going to go to.

∎ According to a report, the man who shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then himself warned neighbors beforehand via email.

∎ The police at UNH described the scene on campus after the Red Sox championship victory as a “riot.”

∎ Law enforcement officials in New Hampshire are concerned about the growing number of meth labs found in the state.

∎ A New Hampshire man was arrested in Hampton for illegally trafficking weapons in New Jersey.

∎ Alice B. Fogel is set to become the Granite State’s next Poet Laureate.

∎ A personal favorite, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan is coming to New Hampshire to perform at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth.

∎ My household won’t be the only folks enjoying a brew on Thanksgiving. I shouldn't forget about the turkeys.

∎ UNH women’s hockey topped Providence College 4-2 last night.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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