Editor's note: The Globe's Mike Grossi gives a look into what to watch for in Division 2 and 2A football this weekend.
GAMES TO WATCH
Lexington at Wakefield, Friday at 7 pm – This game has major implications for both teams. Wakefield lost a tough game to a physical Lynn Classical squad last week and is looking to get on the right foot this week. The Warriors want to show why people had such high expectations of them. Lexington wants to show the rest of the Middlesex League that it can hang with the top dogs.
Arlington at Wilmington, Friday at 7 pm – This game has some juicy storylines. Wilmington is coming off a strong performance against Austin Prep and wants to keep momentum for a possible playoff push. Also, next year, both of these teams will be Middlesex League rivals and this provides a kick start for the ensuing rivalry.
Central Catholic at Dracut, Friday at 7 pm – Dracut needs a victory in this one. Although the Middies played two tough opponents in Marshfield and Westford, 0-3 isn’t a good way to build confidence and momentum going into league play. Also, a victory over Central Catholic would put the rest of the Merrimack Valley Conference on notice that the Middies are a force to be reckoned with.
Hingham at Dennis-Yarmouth, Friday at 7 pm – Dennis-Yarmouth cracked the Globe Top 20 for the first time last week after holding off Barnstable in a shootout. The Dolphins have to guard against a letdown this week. Hingham is an explosive team and could have a chance to upset the Dolphins.
Methuen at Billerica, Friday at 7 pm – I am going to go out on a limb and say that there will be a lot of offense and scoring in this game. Methuen crushed Malden last week thanks to 6 touchdowns (5 passing) from quarterback Cal Carroll. Billerica’s Nick LaSpada has shown no ill effects from his knee injury. This match-up between gunslingers promises to be a must see.
Tewksbury at Andover, Friday at 7 pm – Tewksbury has put on a show in its first two games. The Redmen beat a tough Lincoln-Sudbury team as well as beat Lawrence. The Redmen have a huge test in Andover on Friday and the way they play could decide whether or not they will make a playoff push this season. A win over a talented Andover team will instill confidence.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Glen Duffy, Natick – The question is can Duffy keep it up. He has scored seven touchdowns the first two weeks and is the Red and Blue’s go to guy close to the goal line and to get tough yards.
CJ Logan, Watertown – The Red Raiders have dominated their opponents the first two weeks. Logan is the triggerman of an offense that averages 49 points per game. He has four rushing touchdowns and one passing.
Jordan Aronson, Sharon – Aronson has four touchdowns this season. He is the most dangerous player on Sharon and with him, the Eagles have a chance to play spoiler in the Hockomock League.
Sean Connolly, Tewksbury – Connolly has led the Redmen to a 2-0 mark and with him under center, will have a chance to make noise in the Merrimack Valley (Small).
Peter Hennigan, Nauset - Thought to be a rebuilding year, Nauset has started the 2010 campaign 2-0. Hennigan has been a big part of that, rushing for six touchdowns.
Matt Montalto, Dennis-Yarmouth - Montalto has been a big contributor to the Dolphins' success. He has five touchdown passes and two rushing scores.
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