Division 2 Games to Watch
Mansfield at Attleboro , 7 p.m. Friday– After defeating one of the chief contenders in the Hockomock, Mansfield faces an upstart Attleboro squad that is beginning to turn some heads. The Blue Bombardiers pulled out a victory as time expired last week against Foxboro. Mansfield will have to rein in Attleboro ’s Nate Robitaille. Robitaille is very athletic and has the ability to change a game with his arm and his feet. Also, keep an eye on Attleboro ’s JJ Jolaoso. Jolaoso is a running back and a linebacker that has really imposed his will in the past couple of weeks.
Tewksbury at Dracut, 7 p.m. Friday – Tewksbury was able to slow down the Billerica offense last week but it still wasn’t enough to pull out a victory. The Redmen face another explosive offense in Dracut . The question is whether or not the Redmen can get steadier play from back up quarterback Kevin Saunders if starter Sean Connolly misses another game.
Natick at Wellesley, 2 p.m. Saturday – After getting shut out by Needham last week, Natick will be looking to show the rest of the Bay State League that it is a team that won’t roll over. The Red and Blue will have to employ a steady ground attack in this one. Needham was able to throw a bit on Natick and it makes me wonder if Wellesley will try to attack that flaw and expose it.
Players to Watch
Will Richards, Franklin – Richards had the unenviable task in replacing graduated quarterback Nick Colson for the Panthers. Despite the pressure, Richards has performed very well. He has five touchdown passes and three touchdowns rushes this season.
Chris Malonis, Dracut – Most of the talk about Dracut has centered on quarterback Matt Silva. However, Malonis has provided a steady and explosive target for Silva. He has eight touchdowns on the season, seven coming on receptions. He also has nearly 400 receiving yards in his last two games alone.
Brandon Walsh, North Andover – The talented junior quarterback has North Andover poised for a playoff run. Walsh’s 13 touchdown passes leads Division 2A and he has three rushing scores.
Harry Rein, Hingham – Rein is the do-it-all guy for Hingham. He has four touchdown passes, three touchdowns on the ground and has converted 16 extra points. If Hingham wants to hang with Duxbury, Rein will need to continue to produce.
- Dracut is one of two teams to score more than 30 points per game and give up more than 30 points per game. The other team is Billerica , which Dracut defeated 60-42 two weeks ago.
- North Attleboro hasn’t allowed a team to score more than one touchdown against them.
- Five of the 10 teams in the Middlesex League score less than 10 points per game.
- Arlington is giving up 31 points per game but leads the Dual County League (Small) because it is the only team that won a league game so far.
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