Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Takeaways from Week 7 of Massachusetts High School Football

St. John's Prep head coach Brian St. Pierre has the Eagles playing their best football as the playoffs begin.
By John Sarianides (@xnojoe)

Ed. Note- Our Massachusetts football guru John Sarianides is back with 10 thoughts on the HS football weekend that was.

1. I can't say I'm surprised that Tewksbury beat Billerica. The Redmen are well coached and they are physical enough to match up with a team like the Indians.

2. St. John's Prep might be the most dangerous team entering the playoffs. The Eagles were impressive in their 17-7 win over B.R Friday night, proving that they can win, tight physical games, not just shootout.

3. Xaverian's defense dominated B.C High on Friday. The Hawks have only given up one touchdown in their last five games. That's impressive.

4. If you think Wellesley is a defense only program, think again. They scored 36 points against Milton and proved that they have an offense capable of winning games in the playoffs.

5. St. John's of Shrewsbury buried arch rival Leominster on Saturday. Dave Palazzi's Blue Devils have been inconsistent all season long, and that inconsistency caught up with them against the Pioneers.

6. Everett at Haverhill will be the best match-up of the weekend in the first round of the playoffs. We'll find if the Hillies are for real and if they have arrived.

7. King Philip and North Attleboro rolled through the Hockomock League during the regular season. It'll be interesting to see how both programs do in the playoffs. They have not been challenged of late.

8. Bridgewater-Raynham at Natick is one of the more intriguing matchups in the first round of the Division 1A South playoffs. B-R will be heavily favored, but don't look past the Red and Blue. They are well coached and tough to beat at home.

9. Andover at Lexington in D1 North could be an epic first round match up. Both teams runs run the spread and both teams play fast. There will be plenty of points in this game. Sal Frelick vs. E.J Perry is an excellent quarterback match up.

10. Potential Round One Upsets:

Middleboro at Holliston (D3 South)
Everett at Haverhill (D1 North)
Bedford at North Reading (D3 North)
Stoneham at Shawsheen (D3A North)
Marshfield at Mansfield (D1A South)

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