Every Monday, Mike Carraggi brings you insight from the week that was in Division 1 football. Check back tomorrow for the Games of the Week.
There haven’t been many surprises in the first two weeks of Division 1. Nick LaSpada has led Billerica to 38 points per game, Everett is the only team without a loss in the Greater Boston League, and Brockton and Xaverian are already duking it out for state supremacy.
Nay, after two weeks the biggest shocker is Lowell at 2-0. Under new head coach Jeff Moore, the Red Raiders sit with LaSpada’s Indians and Chelmsford atop the Merrimack Valley Conference (Large) with the same amount of wins that they accrued all of last season.
Led by the two-headed quarterback attack of R.J. Noel and Kyle Edwards, Lowell has rebounded from a miserable 2-9 season that served as a step back for a program seemingly on the rise. The Red Raiders went 8-3 the previous season under coach Al Pare, averaging 12.5 points per game.
This year, under the oversight of Moore and the play of Noel and Edwards, the Red Raiders have put up 62 points in two games. Along with senior running back Angel Escalera and a stingy defense, Lowell has the potential to be a serious obstacle in the stacked MVC.
Moore, a Lowell native who won a Super Bowl and 20 games in his two previous years in Dracut, set as a goal at the beginning of the season to ‘return to the upper half of the league.‘
That’s a tall order with Billerica or Chelmsford expected to emerge from the MVC, Central Catholic playing the dark horse role, and Andover outgunning most teams. Lowell’s two opponents have a combined 1-5 record, and the Red Raiders have yet to face a conference opponent in the small or large division. With two wins in the bank already, and the final nine games all against MVC teams, Lowell will have a chance to show what they are made of. And it’s a pretty safe bet to say they won’t be going 2-9 again.
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