Saturday, October 20, 2018

NFL Week 7 Primer (With Picks): Just The Picks, Ma'am - Just The Picks

Drew Brees and the explosive Saints offense will take on Baltimore's shutdown defense in one of the biggest matchups of the weekend.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Jeremy is tired. He's spent this week watching the Red Sox win the pennant rather than trying to come up with something interesting to write in this here preview part of the weekly picks. So we're skipping the preview. Like, basically all of it - you're reading the preview right now.

We put together a slightly more respectable week last week. We agreed on 12 picks and went 6-5-1 (a winning record!). We disagreed on just three picks last week, and Joe took home winners with the Jets and 49ers, while Jeremy won by a half-point with the Chiefs. Entering Week 7, Joe currently sits 12 games under .500, so he only needs to be one game better than a standard issue coin per week over the rest of the season (plus another single game here or there) to get back on the winning side. Jeremy has an uphill battle - he's 20 games worse than average. He's pretty embarrassed about it. Let's just get to the picks.

VIDEO: Maynard Edges Littleton in CMass Classic

Video by Matt Siegel (@SportVideoMA)

Maynard, Mass. - In one of the most exciting games of the high school football weekend, Maynard held off Littleton, 22-20, in the premier small school match up of the season in Central Mass.

The game will have major implications come playoff time, but for now, check out video highlights of the game, captured by our Matt Siegel, below.

Central Stays Golden with Big Win Over Longmeadow

Central quarterback Isaac Boston scrambles free during the Golden Eagles dominant win over Longmeadow.

By John McGuirk (@Patsfan1313)

Longmeadow, Mass. -- You had to assume the buzz kill endured by Longmeadow following last week's stunning defeat against non-contender Chicopee Comp would simply not go away.

On top of Springfield Central coming to town Friday evening, it seemed poised to be a tough night for the Lancers. The No. 15 Golden Eagles, regarded as one of the finest athletic and well-coached programs state-wide, showed off their firepower as they routed Longmeadow 46-0 in a much-anticipated AA Division match-up.

In spite of the large number of points being scored, it was Central's defense that earned its share of bows. Longmeadow’s offense was rendered helpless versus a vaunted Golden Eagles attack which held them to a mere 46 yards. In fact, the Lancers only passed across midfield once during the entire game.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

MIAA Football: Week Seven Picks

With a TVL-Large title on the line, Holliston will host upstart Ashland in one of this weekend's most interesting games.
By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612), Featuring Joe Parello (@Herewegojoe)

Well, the final week of the MIAA Football regular season is upon us and editors Matt Feld and Joe Parello are here to make their picks for the top games across Massachusetts.

No fear, this will not be the final time we post picks for our top games of the week. We will post picks weekly throughout the postseason and into Super Bowl weekend. 

Additionally, we will have our picks out for each of the Eastern. Mass sectionals out next week, and Central/Western Mass. sectionals the week following. 

Heading into week seven, here are our two editors shake up in the standings. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox split the first two games, leaving both editors at 1-1. As a result, we elected to not add that result. Joe is slowly creeping his way back:

Feld: 43-13
Parello: 38-18

Now, for this week's picks!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MIAA Football: Five Games with the Biggest Postseason Implications

Lincoln-Sudbury is hoping to hold-off Reading and clinch a top-two seed in Div. 2 North

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Throughout the MIAA regular season, we have released every Wednesday our top five games to watch during the upcoming week.

With this being the final week of the MIAA High School Football regular season, however, we thought we would take a different approach and take a look at the five games that carry the largest postseason implications heading into the final weekend.

While the teams headed for the postseason are determined in almost every section across the state, battles for top four seeding and even home-field advantage throughout can be found in games being played in all four districts.

The MIAA will release the tournament pairings for the North and South on Sunday morning at 10am and SuiteSports will be there to post the seedings, schedule, and provide initial reaction for all eight divisions.

Until then, however, here are our five games that carry the biggest postseason weight this week.