Editor's note: 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.
Marshfield at Dennis-Yarmouth
Grossi – Marshfield has had a stranglehold on the Atlantic Coast League title for years now. The Dolphins are the upstart trying to knock off the wily veteran. I'll take the upstart. Pick: Dennis-Yarmouth
Carraggi - The Rams aren't going to win the ACL this year, but they won't go down quietly to upstart Dennis-Yarmouth. They have one last gasp, and we'll see it this weekend. Pick: Marshfield
BC High at Falmouth
Grossi - Last year, Falmouth came into BC High’s house and beat them in a great game. This year, BC High will go into Falmouth’s house and take home a victory. Pick: BC High
Carraggi - As talked about in this week's "The Huddle", these two teams really started taking opposite paths with Falmouth's 2009 upset over BC High. I know what the rankings say, but I'd argue that BC High is going into this one as the underdog. Pick: Falmouth
St. John’s Prep at Brockton
Grossi – Brockton lost a tough game to Xaverian last week and this week, I think the Boxers take out their frustration on St. John’s Prep. Pick: Brockton
Carraggi - It sounds strange to say, but the last three years Prep has not been any more legit a contender in the Catholic Conference than Malden Catholic. But how Paul Mroz rebounds off a subpar (by his standards) effort against Xaverian will be a key factor in deciding this game. Pick: Brockton
Rockland at Mashpee
Grossi – While all the focus the past few years has been on Cohasset and Abington in the South Shore League, Mashpee has been right in contention with those two teams. They take another step forward with a win over Rockland. Pick: Mashpee
Carraggi - There are five 3-0 South Shore League teams heading into this weekend, four of which averaging over 36 points per game (with Abington averaging a paltry 29.) Admittedly I have no reason for picking Rockland in this fireworks display, but I am. Pick: Rockland
Needham at Weymouth
Grossi – Weymouth has run over opponents this season and that doesn’t stop this week. Pick: Weymouth
Carraggi - Needham's defense will put a damper on another game with a pair of 3-0 league opponents butting heads. This might be the biggest hurdle Weymouth has to jump on its way to the Bay State Carey championship this season. Pick: Weymouth
Dracut at Billerica
Grossi – Dracut got its first win last week while Billerica took its first loss. The Indians have to improve defensively to compete for the Merrimack Valley (Large) title. The beginning of the improvement starts this week. Pick: Billerica
Carraggi -- LaSpada vs. Carroll one week. LaSpada vs. Silva this week. LaSpada vs. Brady next week? The Indiands have the offense to contend for a playoff spot, but that holier than thou (when thou is the Detroit Lions) defense is going to cost them in that division. Dracut doesn't have the firepower Methuen did, however. Pick: Billerica
West Roxbury at Madison Park
Grossi – Madison Park has the advantage of rest as it hasn’t played a game this season. That will help as they start the season off right with a win. Pick: Madison Park
Carraggi -- I bet if the Celtics adopted Madison Park's strategy, they would have won the championship last season. Good luck getting used to game speed MP. Pick: West Roxbury
Wayland at Lincoln-Sudbury
Grossi – Wayland is just too explosive for Lincoln-Sudbury to keep up with. Pick: Wayland
Carraggi -- Wayland trampled Westford last weekend, but has to come down off that high to avoid overlooking Lincoln-Sudbury. For high school kids, don't count on that being a given. Pick: Lincoln-Sudbury
BB&N at St. Sebastian’s
Grossi - BB&N's complete offensive attack leads to a victory. Pick: BB&N
Carraggi -- John Papas still has firepower to contend with almost everyone not named Lawrence Academy. Pick: BB&N
Barnstable at Everett
Grossi – While on paper this game looks like a matchup between quarterbacks, the players with the most impact will be the defensive backs. Everett has a suffocating secondary led by Manny Asprilla and that will be the difference. Pick: Everett
Carraggi - This one wins the "Most Anticipated Game That Turns Out to be a Laugher" award. Not even close. I officially lose this pick if Everett wins by less than 20.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
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