This season, the Globe's Michael Grossi and Mike Carraggi predict the outcomes of the week's biggest games. Think you can do better? Drop your thoughts into our comment box.
BC High at Brockton
Grossi — The play of the Boxers offensive and defensive lines will be key in this game. Brockton will have to control the BC High rushing attack on defense and have to keep its young quarterback clean on offense. If the Boxers do this, they will bring home a win in their home opener. Brockton
Carraggi — BC High will be fine when the Catholic Conference schedule kicks into gear, but Brockton is not the place you want to be breaking in a relatively new team. No offense to our Morrissey Blvd. neighbors, but I don’t see how the Boxers don’t end the drama shortly after halftime. Brockton
Everett at Leominster
Grossi — The Crimson Tide enters the season with Super Bowl dreams as they return almost all of their talent from last year. The Everett passing attack as well as its aggressiveness on defense will be too much for Leominster. Everett
Carraggi — Did you blink? Then you must have missed it. That was Everett’s ‘slump’, which included a three-loss season that ended in a Super Bowl defeat. The Tide has its strongest team since the Isaac Johnson days, and another championship appearance is in the cards. Everett
Foxboro at Falmouth
Grossi — This matchup epitomizes speed versus size. And in this instance, I am going to take Foxboro and its size. The Warriors have three talented offensive linemen that weigh over 250 pounds. I look for them to control the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively in this game. Foxboro
Carraggi — I like the Steve Femino era to start off with a bang in Falmouth. Besides, he’s going up against a coach with only 218 more career wins than him in Foxboro’s Jack Martinelli. Still, Falmouth will be out to prove that last year’s surprising surge wasn’t a fluke. Falmouth
Swampscott at Gloucester
Grossi — The Fishermen defense is even more loaded this year than last year. Chris Unis returns from injury and should be a terror for opposing offenses to block. Gloucester might experience some growing pains on offense but its defense is more than good enough to make up for that. Gloucester
Carraggi — Gloucester lost out on some serious offensive firepower since the Fishermen’s Super Bowl win, but they always churn out playmakers. What Swampscott should really be concerned about is that suffocating defense. Gloucester’s the real deal again, and they start their title defense out on the right foot. Gloucester
Lynn Classical at Catholic Memorial
Grossi — I'm going with the upset here. The Knights have been touted as one of the most talented and athletic teams in the state. However, their one weakness is their line play. Lynn Classical has an extremely strong offensive and defensive line. I look for the Rams to control the tempo of this game and frustrate the Catholic Memorial offense by not letting them on the field. Lynn Classical
Carraggi — CM takes a lot of abuse because its line usually can’t match up with the behemoths that reside in Westwood and Dorchester. But the Knights still boast a handful of hogs over 250 pounds, and that is what’s going to keep Classical’s line neutralized enough for Coach Campea’s boys to shine. Should be a close one that isn’t decided until the last few drives. Catholic Memorial
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