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.
Acton-Boxboro at Chelmsford
Grossi – Chelmsford finally got the monkey off its back, stopping Acton-Boxboro’s 10-game winning streak in the series last season. I think Chelmsford will take this game and embark on its own winning streak. Pick: Chelmsford
Carraggi - The tide has finally turned in this juicy rivalry. Chelmsford countered a decade worth of gut-punches with a haymaker last year, and it's the Colonials' turn to taste the sting of close defeats. Pick: Chelmsford
Wellesley at Walpole
Grossi – This clash between Bay State (Herget) rivals figures to be a good one. Walpole reloaded this season after graduating a plethora of talent. Wellesley is looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. I think Wellesley takes that first step toward the playoffs by topping Walpole tonight. Pick: Wellesley
Carraggi - In this league, games even this early in the season carry playoff implications. Walpole could have folded up after Ryan Izzo left and been content with recent success, but it is thirsting for another visit to Gillette. Pick: Walpole
Barnstable at Dennis-Yarmouth
Grossi – Dennis-Yarmouth blew the doors off Taunton last week. Now they have a chance to upset another Old Colony League team. However, that won’t happen. Barnstable is just too explosive, and there is no stopping DJ Crook. Pick: Barnstable
Carraggi - Barnstable has been on a warpath since mid-season last year, and shows no signs of slowing down. Kudos to D-Y getting a key opening week win against a strong opponent, but the Red Raiders are the class of the Old Colony League. Pick: Barnstable
Central Catholic at St. John's Prep
Grossi – Last year’s contest came down to the final seconds, with Central Catholic squeezing out a victory. I think St. John’s Prep hasn’t forgotten about that loss and will use it as motivation to knock off the Raiders. Pick: St. John’s Prep
Carraggi - These two teams stack up about as even as two non-league opponents can. Both are well-coached with strong, balanced offenses and stubborn defenses, as well as a hankering for playing tight games. Central squeaks it out with Trae Musumarra being the slightest of differences. Pick: Central Catholic
Wilmington at Austin Prep
Grossi – Both teams are coming off impressive wins. Wilmington has an explosive offense led by Sean Hanley. Austin Prep uses its potent ground attack to punish opponents. I like Wilmington in this spot because of its offense and the fact that Austin Prep could be without Billy Maradei. Pick: Wilmington
Carraggi - Austin Prep is a ground-and-pound, hard-nosed team. Ball control will be the Cougars most potent strategy, and a game of keep-away is just what the doctor ordered against Wilmington. Pick: Austin Prep
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