OK, so you've heard that Xaverian, the Globe's No. 1 team, is playing Brockton, the Globe's No. 2 team on Saturday. Great. You're in the loop. But there's more to Week 3 action and more powerhouse games Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Here are 10 other pretty good games to watch in Week 3.
1. Bishop Feehan at Abington, 7 p.m. -- Abington coach Jim Kelliher is poised to win his 200th career game against the Shamrocks. In 36 years, he's 199-161-10. Bishop Feehan has put up 21 total points in the first two weeks while surrendering 82 in losses to Attleboro (49-14) and North Attleborough (33-7). Abington (2-0) is led on the field by running back Dylan Pietrasek, who already has two touchdown runs of 40 yards or more.
2. No. 15 Holliston at Millis/Hopedale, 7 p.m. -- Quarterback Sean Mayo has been having a great season through two games for Holliston, throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more as the Panthers have rolled over their opponents. However, Millis./Hopedale won't be playing dead. The Mohawks have started their season 2-0 as well, beating up on the likes of Ashland (27-0) and Bellingham (20-17). This Tri-Valley League showdown will be a tough test for both teams.
3. No. 14 Methuen at No. 5 Billerica, 7 p.m. -- Methuen, while 1-1, bounced back from a huge loss to Plymouth North in Week 1 to beat Malden 42-12. They're led by quarterback Cal Carroll. The quarterback for Billerica? Let's just say Mr. Gatorade is having a good year. Nick LaSpada has passed for five touchdowns and run for another five, accounting for five touchdowns in each game this season. He's as dangerous out of the pocket as he is gunning the ball down field.
4. Lowell at Lawrence, 7 p.m. -- Two towns, two good teams. Lowell is 2-0 and Lawrence is 1-1 having lost a tough one last week to Tewksbury. Lowell QB R.J. Noel tossed three touchdowns last week in the team's win over Nashua South (N.H.) while Lawrence has struggled offensively (19 total points). But the intrigue here is really in two towns that border each other and more than likely have kids that already know each other very well. Plus, a short commute for visiting fans is always nice.
5. Malden Catholic at Somerville, 7 p.m. -- Two 1-1 teams looking to show some life. Malden Catholic got themselves started last week with a 55-0 win over Medford. Somerville's Joshua Scarry is the Highlanders' back of choice. Gotta love that name.
6. No. 3 Everett at No. 13 St. John's Prep, 2 p.m. -- (From Globe North writer Doug Saffir) An early-season nonleague showdown between two of the top programs in Eastern Massachusetts. No shortage of talent on either side, but quarterbacks Tommy Gaudet (Prep) and Jonathan Dibiaso (Everett) are two to watch. Gaudet scored 16 of his teamís 22 points in a one-point win over Central Catholic. Dibiaso tossed five TD passes in Week 1.
7. Lawrence Academy at Milton Academy, 1 p.m. -- (From Globe West correspondent Jeff Schaible) The Independent School League slate kicks off with the defending league champion hitting the road for Milton. LA returns a load of talent including four seniors who have committed to BCS-level schools: QB Mike Orloff (Danvers) and WR Marcus Grant (North Carver) to Iowa; lineman Max Ricci (Jamaica Plain) to Boston College, and fullback Anthony Knight (Halifax) to North Carolina State.
8. Duxbury at New Bedford, 1 p.m. -- Kane Haffey has been solid for Duxbury at quarterback, tossing two touchdowns last week in a close win over Plymouth North. New Bedford started the season with high hopes after a 33-6 win over Wareham, but were undone by Silver Lake last week (27-15). There's motivation here for them to right the ship. Should be good theater.
9. Somerset at Bishop Stang, 1 p.m. -- Both teams come into the game 2-0 for this Eastern Athletic contest. Bishop Stang has allowed only two points this season while Somerset is led on offense by running back Seth DeMello.
10. Austin Prep at Saugus, 11 a.m. -- At 1-1, each team is looking to gain its footing this season. Saugus' running back Shameer Guillame is a threat to behold. And Austin Prep's Tyler Finigan leads the ground game for the Cougars.
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