It's opening night and there are so many games to choose from. But here are 10 that you're guaranteed to enjoy Friday night.
1. No. 5 BC High at No. 2 Brockton, 7 p.m. -- As Bob Holmes said in the preview edition of The Huddle, it's great to see where both of these teams will stand after Week 1. Lots of talent on the field, including BC High running back Preston Cooper and Brockton receiver and defensive back Albert Louis-Jean. Talent is really all over the place. This is the closest thing you'll get to a college game on Friday.
2. Austin Prep at East Boston (Airport Stadium), 6 p.m. -- We've got two football teams with great legacies here. One is rebuilding and the other is carrying 14 seniors. Either way, we'll get to see if the one is for real (Austin Prep) and if the other can hang (East Boston). The Jets look to avenge last season's opening loss to Austin Prep.
3. No. 9 Chelmsford at Waltham, 7 p.m. -- Waltham has 11 lettermen on the squad including quarterback Colin Whittier who missed 2009 with a wrist injury. This is his opportunity to come back with a bang. Waltham will have to worry about bruising running back Joe Gennaro who tallied more than 1,300 yards rushing last season for Chelmsford. He's one of our players to watch.
4. Duxbury at No. 17 Bridgewater-Raynham, 4 p.m. -- Duxbury brings back an experienced offensive core of players, particularly at wide receiver. They're still using two quarterbacks according to coach Dave Maimaron, but both are more than capable of taking over. They'll need all the talent they can get against a Bridgewater-Raynham team that lost only one home game last year (6-1) and were Super Bowl runner-ups in Division 1A.
5. Greater Lawrence at Somerville, 7 p.m. -- Maybe you're looking for potential in an up-and-coming team. Or maybe you want to see a dynamic talent in a small bite. Somerville is still looking to turn the corner as a program and Greater Lawrence features one of the top backs in the state production-wise in Joe Pizzuto. Pizzuto ran for 2,132 yards and had 27 touchdowns. You're going to want to see what he does this year.
6. No. 3 Everett at Leominster, 7 p.m. -- I won't hesitate to include Everett football games in this list every week. The Crimson Tide play a tough team in Leominster and they have enough talent on hand to crave the eye of college scouts week in and week out. Keep your eyes on Everett's junior quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso and his connection with receiver Matt Costello. Running back Manny Asprilla is also a beast for the Tide.
7. Lynn Classical at No. 8 Catholic Memorial, 7 p.m. -- Junior quarterback A.J. Doyle should be the difference maker for the Catholic Memorial Knights. He's got a couple of wide receivers that are getting looks from Division 1 colleges in Armani Reeves and Camren Williams. Lynn Classical boasts Nicky Grassa at quarterback, the brother of one of last year's leading scorers for the team, Jasper. In coach Tim Phelps' third season with Lynn Classical, the team is counting on its young players in the program to help turn the corner.
8. North Andover vs. Andover, 7 p.m. -- I smell a rivalry in September. I love this cross-town stuff and if you're from Andover, you should love it too. It's E.J. Perry's first season at coach for Andover but he inherits 10 lettermen. The team has speed, including likely tailback Pat Farnham, who, along with wide receiver and brother Cam Farnham, is a cousin of the recently cut Patriot Buddy Farnham who played receiver for Brown. For North Andover, the talent is deep and all over the place. They're returning a number of star players from last season's 8-3 squad including quarterback Brandon Walsh. Running back Jack Murphy is what ninth-year coach John Rafferty described as elusive.
9. Whittier at Southeastern, 7 p.m. -- Last year's undefeated Super Bowl champion squad at Whittier all but graduated its skilled players, but the Wildcats bring back 14 of their 15 linemen for a solid foundation. Southeastern is returning 19 seniors and are looking to make a splash after a disappointing start to last season (0-3).
10. Lexington at No. 10 Westford, 7 p.m. -- Patrick Dugan is a stud of a quarterback for the No. 10 Westford. His team has a ton of veterans back from last year's 8-4 squad. Bill Tighe returns for his 35th season manning the sidelines at Lexington. He's the oldest coach in the country at 86. Connor Murray, a mix of quarterback and running back, will lead Lexington.
Read up on all of the teams mentioned here and more in our 2010 EMass football previews.
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