Brockton has more talent and, if these teams face each other in the playoffs again, will win. But this Saturday is the more polished Xaverian's day to shine, proving why they are the Globe's No. 1 team.
Not much separates these two squads and if we have to eat our words, we'll just be happy for a great football game between the two best teams in the state.
Whoever stays home to watch college football will be missing the day's best football game.
Others to watch:
Methuen at Billerica, Friday at 7
Last time these two teams met, the Indians squeaked out a win behind Nick LaSpada's 405 all-purpose yards. At the rate he's going, he'll put on quite the encore.
Malden at Acton-Boxboro, Friday at 7 p.m.
Malden was favored by some heading into the Methuen game (OK, by us), but could not compete with the Rangers' physicality, which led to a second-half explosion. Things won't get much easier for what was the chic pick to wrestle the GBL-crown away from Everett.
St. John's Prep at Everett, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Prep jumped to 2-0 with a slim victory over Central Catholic last weekend. The Eagles have looked good running the ball, and stopping the run may qualify as Everett's biggest weakness.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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