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.
Everett at Xaverian
Grossi -- I think Xaverian negates Everettís highly potent offense with a steady dose of Joe Colton. Pick: Xaverian
Carraggi -- It's taken me a solid 10 minutes to think of a reason Everett might take this one, but outside of the receiving corps and general skill position players, the Tide doesn't have a clear edge anywhere on the field. While I love my parking spot at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Route 16, the journalist in me likes Xaverian in this one. Everett isn't quite ready to take back the crown, but like the Brockton-Xaverian game, this one could be a coin flip. Pick: Xaverian ( in a 17-14 victory)
St. Johnís Shrewsbury at St. Johnís Prep
Grossi -- Central meets East in this battle between similarly named schools. St. Johnís Shrewsbury has rolled over its competition this year and that doesnít stop this week. Pick: St. Johnís Shrewsbury
Carraggi -- Too bad last week's 341 rushing yards by Tyler Coppola was a once-in-a-lifetime game. Prep really could have used it this week against one of the state's most dominant teams. An improved Eagles team is not going to get away with not having a reliable passing attack against the Pioneers. Pick St. John's...........OK, Shrewsbury
Rockland at Cohasset
Grossi -- Both of these teams are evenly matched and stand at 5-0. I give the slight edge to the home team. Pick: Cohasset
Carraggi -- Another undefeated team will bite the dust in the South Shore League (maybe two if Abington falls to Mashpee.) Rockland's defense and ground game, always a winning formula, will prove to be the difference in this one. Pick: Rockland
Plymouth North at Marshfield
Grossi -- I am basing this pick on performance against common opponents. Marshfield got shut out by Bridgewater-Raynham while Plymouth North beat the Trojans 20-7. Pick: Plymouth North
Carraggi -- The Blue Eagles have struggled to gain the respect they deserve, while the Rams are trying to hang onto whatever mystique they've garnered in recent years. Marshfield's big hurrah against Dennis-Yarmouth was also their last. Pick: Plymouth North
Somerset at Marthaís Vineyard
Grossi -- Marthaís Vineyard coach Donald Herman is going for his 200th career victory in this tilt. However, he will have to wait a week as Somerset's unstoppable ground game comes to town. Pick: Somerset
Carraggi -- This year seems to have a shortage of elite teams in Eastern Mass, but there sure are a boatload of quality squads. Somerset and Martha's Vineyard bring their combined 9-0 record to the table and the winner leaves with what should be the Eastern Athletic Conference title. (Yes it's early, but it's the truth.) Somerset has the talent, but this could be one of those games. Pick: Martha's Vineyard
Lawrence Academy at Governorís Academy
Grossi -- Lawrence Academyís scoring average really took a hit because of last weekís win by forfeit. They start to correct it this week with an easy win. Pick: Lawrence Academy
Carraggi -- If pro wrestling were real life, I would have banked on St. George's hitting Governor's Academy with a steel chair in the final two minutes, allowing Lawrence Academy to pick up the win and revealing a surprising alliance (and the only legit reason why last week's debacle ever happened.) Ah, if only. Pick: Lawrence Academy
Madison Park at Brighton
Grossi -- Although the MP Machine started the season in October, they have shown no signs of rust. Iíll take them to top Boston South leading Brighton. Pick: Madison Park
Carraggi -- While I'll leave the specifics of this matchup to Division 4/4A wizard Lorenzo Recupero, something picked up in my first few years on this beat is to not pick against Madison Park in any sport when you are unsure. These guys always seem to bring it. Pick: Madison Park
Mansfield at Attleboro
Grossi -- After seeing Mansfield dominate King Philip last week, I am not sure that anyone can beat them. Pick: Mansfield
Carraggi -- Quarterback George Busharis has left little doubt that he's the right man for the job. Hanging 28 on KP is no small feat. Pick: Mansfield
Northeast at North Andover
Grossi -- Although Northeast is undefeated, it hasnít faced a team like North Andover yet. Pick: North Andover
Carraggi -- Northeast winning this game is about as improbable as Grossi catching me in the picks this year. I'll go ahead and spot him one anyways. Pick: Northeast
Danvers vs. Beverly
Grossi -- Something has got to give in this tussle between 0-5 teams. Beverly has come close to winning a couple times and kept Gloucester within arms reach through a half so I will go with the Panthers. Pick: Beverly
Carraggi -- Maybe the Patriots can trade Wes Welker to one of these teams for a draft pick? It's certain to be a high one. Danvers kept it close against a surprising Revere squad a few weeks back, but Beverly had Gloucester on its heels after a quarter. Pick: Beverly
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