We've got high school football on Thursday (not JV's) and high school football on Sunday. The weekend is spread out thanks to Yom Kippur and we're more than happy because of it. Here are 10 games worth watching this weekend sorted by date.
1. Wellesley at Walpole, 7 p.m. -- What Walpole did last week to Newton North was vicious. Or splendid, depending on your point of view. Quarterback Troy Salvatore showed some talent and running back Kenny Woods proved to be an ample replacement for the graduated all-time state scoring leader, Ryan Izzo. And it's a league game. Nothing like something important occurring on a Thursday.
2. Acton-Boxborough at No. 9 Chelmsford, 7 p.m. -- Chelmsford showed off a stout defense last week against Waltham, shutting out the Hawks 21-0. Senior Matt Powers was the Lions' mastermind on defense, intercepting two passes, both leading to touchdowns on the offensive end for the Lions. A-B is also coming off a shutout, blanking Woburn 23-0 as Nick Finnamore (interception) and Eric Apgar (forced fumble) were instrumental in the win. And let's not forget last year in which Chelmsford broke its 10-game losing streak to A-B in 28-21 overtime victory. These two schools have a history of dramatic endings to this game and we're bound to have good highlights.
3. No. 4 Gloucester at Andover, 7 p.m. -- Gloucester's Gilbert Brown was a sight to behold last week as he had three rushing touchdowns including a 51-yard jaunt. Teammate Jordan Shairs (two running TDs, one TD catch) didn't look too bad either. Andover is coming off a strong win over North Andover (21-9). Tight end Brian Miller caught 10 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. And don't forget to keep your eyes on running back Andrew Coke who piled up 118 yards on 23 carries.
4. No. 11 Barnstable at Dennis-Yarmouth, 7 p.m. -- DJ Crook threw for 392 yards and six touchdowns for No. 11 Barnstable last week spreading the love around to three different receivers who had two touchdowns each. Dennis-Yarmouth put a pounding on Taunton (43-18) as junior quarterback Matt Montalto was 11 for 17 for 102 yards and three touchdowns while chipping in a not-so pedestrian 130 yards on the ground. It'll be the battle of the quarterbacks on the Cape.
5. No. 19 North Attleborough at Bishop Feehan, 7 p.m. -- Bishop Feehan (previously No. 20) just dropped out the of the Globe Top 20 after taking a disheartening loss to Attleborough 49-14. In the meantime, North Attleborough moved into the Top 20 (previously No. 23) after beating up on Dartmouth (26-7) last week. For Bishop Feehan, losing to two of their rivals back-to-back would really smart after finishing 2009 with a Super Bowl win.
6. Woburn at No. 5 Billerica, 7 p.m. -- Billerica quarterback Nick LaSpada accounted for five touchdowns last week, including three passing and two rushing. What can I say, he's a talent and if you have an opportunity to see him, do so.
7. No. 13 Central Catholic at No. 20 St. John's Prep, 1 p.m. -- We made this our Game of the Week in The Huddle after both teams had strong wins in their openers. Trae Musumarra needed just 13 carries to rack up 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Central Catholic. Tommy Gaudet rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another for St. John's Prep.
8. No. 10 Westford at Dracut, 6 p.m. -- The game was moved from Friday to Saturday, but that doesn't take away from its luster. No. 10 Westford squeaked past Lexington 19-13 in Week 1 as Pat Dugan threw for three touchdowns to lead the Grey Ghosts. Dracut's Matt Silva is a good quarterback to watch.
9. Waltham at No. 1 Xaverian, 1:30 p.m. -- Week 1 was great for Xaverian. It put new QB Chris Calvanese, a junior, in live action as the starter and he flourished, going a perfect 9-for-9 passing and rushing for 127 yards and two scores. Let's see if he can keep the perfect streak going.
10. Needham at Newton North, 1 p.m. -- It still won't be easy for Newton North to pick up its first win at their new stadium. Needham's got a good back in Matt Vespa and a quarterback to account for at all times in Kevin Brennan. Newton North will be looking to bounce back after its opening loss to Walpole.
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