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.
East Boston at West Roxbury
Grossi -- East Bostonís ground game is too much for West Roxbury to overcome in this one. Pick: East Boston
Carraggi -- This is a much bigger game for West Roxbury (0-2 in the Boston North) than Eastie (1-0), but the Jetsí talent should prevail over a good West Roxbury teamís urgency in a tight one. Pick: East Boston
King Philip at Mansfield
Grossi -- This is the year that King Philip finally gets over the hump. The Warriorsí defense is downright nasty, and that will be the difference. Pick: King Philip
Carraggi -- This is two worlds colliding. King Philipís defense (3.5 points per game) or Mansfieldís offense (29.8 ppg)? Itís 2010, baby! Gimme the offense. Pick: Mansfield
Reading at Wakefield
Grossi -- Readingís defense is just too imposing for them to lose to a one-dimensional team like Wakefield. Pick: Reading
Carraggi -- We might have to wait until a Oct. 29 date with Burlington to see how good Reading really is. But they are definitely better than Wakefield. Pick: Reading
East Bridgewater at Cohasset
Grossi -- Another week, another top flight game in the South Shore League. Both teams enter the game undefeated and evenly matched. Both score more than 35 points per game and give up fewer than 14 points per game. This game is the definition of a toss up. Pick: East Bridgewater
Carraggi -- This contest will determine who has the edge in the South Shore League...well until next weekend at least. There are four undefeateds in the SSL, otherwise known as the Bizzaro NFC West. The Skippers squeak this one out. Pick: Cohasset
Westwood at Norton
Grossi -- The winner of this game has the inside track to the Tri-Valley League title. Iíll put my money on Sean Amaru to lead the Wolverines to a win. Pick: Westwood
Carraggi -- Sean Amaru, Division 3Aís second-leading scorer, is the best player in a fairly evenly-matched game. When in doubt, go with that. Pick: Westwood
Chelmsford at Methuen
Grossi -- Shut down Cal Carroll and you shut down Methuen. That is easier said than done, but Chelmsford has the defense to do just that. Pick: Chelmsford
Carraggi -- Methuen has been on fire against some serious competition, but I donít see how they can keep it up against another elite opponent. Chelmsford's defense and running game is just too good. Pick: Chelmsford
Longmeadow at Catholic Memorial
Grossi -- The offensive numbers in this game should be astounding. I look for Armani Reeves to have another impressive showing. Pick: Catholic Memorial
Carraggi -- As chronicled in the most recent Carraggiís Corner, the Knights are bent on proving they are for real this season. Regardless of what happens against Longmeadow, CM will be in great position (assuming health) heading into its Catholic Conference schedule. Pick: Catholic Memorial
Lowell at Dracut
Grossi -- This game marks the return of Jeff Moore to Dracut, and I donít think it is going to be a rosy one. Dracut has hit its stride under new coach Jason Houston, as evidenced by last weekís 60 point outburst. Pick: Dracut
Carraggi -- Every shred of logic tells me to pick Dracut in Jeff Mooreís long-awaited return. Why start listening to logic now? Lowell has shown an increase in talent and heart over last yearís squad and is itching for an upset to get on the map. Pick: Lowell
Xaverian at Lynn English
Grossi -- I learned my lesson when I picked against the Hawks when they played Brockton, and I wonít make the same mistake twice. Xaverian is just too complete of a team to lose. Pick: Xaverian
Carraggi -- Here is the X-Menís remaining schedule: at Lynn English, hosting Everett, at Bridgewater-Raynham, at St. Johnís (S), hosting BC High, at Catholic Memorial, hosting St. Johnís Prep. This might be their easiest game left. Pick: Xaverian
Rivers at Groton
Grossi -- The two-headed monster of Ben Patrick and Taariq Allen gets the job done for the Red Wings. Pick: Rivers
Carraggi -- I was going to make an ISL joke, but I should just quit while Iím ahead. Pick: Rivers
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