With an even bigger showdown against 5-0 Rockland coming up this weekend –– on Cohasset’s homecoming, no less –– it’ll be interesting to see what Afanasiw has up his sleeves.
1. Somerset (5-0)
2. Dighton-Rehobeth (4-1)
3. Apponequet (4-1)
4. Scituate (3-2)
5. Martha's Vineyard (4-0)
6. Swampscott (4-1)
7. Saugus (3-1)
8. Pembroke (3-1)
9. Bourne (3-2)
10. Bishop Stang (3-2)
1. Rockland (5-0)
2. Holliston (4-1)
3. Cohasset (5-0)
4. Abington (5-0)
5. Mashpee (4-1)
6. Lynnfield (5-0)
7. St. Mary's (5-0)
8. Spellman (5-0)
9. Norton (5-0)
10. Westwood (4-1)
Games to watch:
Rockland at Cohasset -- Both teams qualified for the EMass playoffs last year, with the Skippers winning the South Shore League and the Bulldogs winning the Division 3 Patriot Fisher. This year, with Rockland having moved to the SSL, both teams are off to 5-0 starts, putting the squads in a tie with Abington for first and just one game ahead of 4-1 East Bridgewater and Mashpee.
Mashpee at Abington -- In major SSL showdown, part two, the Falcons (4-1, 1-1 SSL) and Green Wave (5-0, 2-0) are looking to separate from the thick pack atop the league. Abington beat up on Mashpee, 35-12, late last season, but this year’s matchup figures to be a bit closer, considering the Falcons nearly knocked off still unbeaten Rockland two weeks ago.
Somerset at Martha’s Vineyard -- The talent drop off in the East Athletic League drops off after the Raiders (5-0, 1-0 EAL) and Vineyarders (4-0, 1-0), making this battle of unbeatens a potential defacto league title game. Because this game wasn’t going to be big enough, Martha’s Vineyard coach Donald Herman enters the contest with 199 career wins.
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