In the Atlantic Coast League, Falmouth and Dennis-Yarmouth are both 3-0. Both have some big tests this weekend. Falmouth hosts BC High and Dennis-Yarmouth hosts league rival and perennial contender Marshfield. Both teams have also played very well this season. As of right now, these two teams are the front runners to play for a playoff berth.
Wildcats on the prowl
For the past few years, Masconomet has been the class of the Cape Ann (Large). This year, the torch has been passed to Wilmington. The Wildcats have an electrifying running game. Their defense is very complete. They can stop the run and they have two of the better defensive backs in the state in Chris Frissore and Sean Hanley. If the Wildcats keep up their high level of play, their final season in the CAL will end in success.
The Wild Wild Dual County (Small)
The combined record of the teams in the DCL Small is 13-4. Five of the teams have winning records. Last year’s champ, Concord-Carlisle is 2-1 and looks to have the talent to compete again. The team to keep an eye on is Wayland. They have a complete offense that can both run and throw. They also have Manwon Brisbane, who can control the game with his legs. The Warriors beat Westford last week and that opened eyes. Now they just have to keep up their level of play.
Can anyone catch Duxbury?
The Green Dragons have separated themselves from their Patriot League competition. The thing that separates them is their defense. Duxbury allows 11.3 points per game. The next closest defensive stalwart in the league is holding opponents to 21.5 ppg. The only thing that the Green Dragons need to work on is their rushing attack. If they can become more consistent team on the ground, they will be dangerous.
GAMES TO WATCH
BC High at Falmouth, Friday at 7 p.m. – Falmouth beat BC High last season and will look to do so again Friday. The Clippers will have to play tough defensively to prevail in this game.
Marshfield at Dennis-Yarmouth, Friday at 7 p.m. - Dennis-Yarmouth can take that leap forward to ACL supremacy with a win Friday over Marshfield. However, the Rams are hoping to do to Dennis-Yarmouth what it did to Falmouth last season; squash an upstart with its clock controlling run game.
Dracut at Billerica, Friday at 7 p.m. – Dracut got its first win last week while Billerica took its first loss. The Middies offense should have no problem scoring as the Billerica defense is porous. The question is can Dracut’s defense stop Nick LaSpada a couple times?
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