Lots of action across Division 3 and Division 3A this weekend to preview, but first, a look at my current power rankings for D-3 and D-3A.
1. Somerset (3-0)
2. Dighton-Rehobeth (2-1)
3. Apponequet (2-1)
4. Scituate (1-2)
5. Martha's Vineyard (3-0)
6. Swampscott (2-1)
7. Saugus (2-1)
8. Pembroke (3-0)
9. Middleboro (2-1)
10. Feehan (0-3)
1. Holliston (3-0)
2. Rockland (3-0)
3. Westwood (3-0)
4. Cohasset (3-0)
5. Abington (3-0)
6. Mashpee (3-0)
7. Lynnfield (3-0)
8. St. Mary's (3-0)
9. Spellman (3-0)
10. Austin Prep (1-2)
A number of the teams listed above will square off against one another. Here’s a sneak peak at this weekend’s marquee matchups.
Rockland at Mashpee –– There are five unbeaten teams in the South Shore League right now, including the Bulldogs and Falcons. Neither team has played a close contest yet, and both offenses have been electric, averaging 38 and 40 points per game, respectively.
Medway at Holliston –– Sean Mayo and the Panther offense have been unstoppable so far in 2010 –– evidenced by the team’s 48 points per game –– but Medway has played well defensively, albeit against lesser competition than Holliston. The Panthers should come away with the win, especially at home, but Medway may supply them their toughest test yet.
Westwood at Millis-Hopedale –– The Mohawks put up a tough fight in the second half of their 48-24 loss to Holliston last week, and will need a victory against the Wolverines to keep pace in the TVL. Holliston did run the ball effectively on Millis, which means the Mohawk defense could be in for a long day against Sean Amaru, who’s emerging as one of the area’s best running backs.
Silver Lake at Scituate –– The 1-2 Sailors have lost contest to two very good teams in Rockland and Cohasset, and beat up on Plymouth South, 28-14, in their lone win. A showdown with the Division 2A Lakers doesn’t make Scituate’s schedule any easier.
Revere at Swampscott –- The Big Blue just slid by Peabody with a 30-28 overtime victory last week, and will need an even bigger effort against the Patriots, who are 3-0 in Division 1A with a 17-point average margin of victory.
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