We have reached Week 9 of the high school football season. With three weeks left to go, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty in league play.
Here is a look at the Division 2 and 2A playoff picture.
Bay State Herget
Walpole can wrap up a league title with a win this week over Framingham. Wellesley still has an outside shot at representing the Herget in the Division 2 playoffs. The Red Raiders would have to win out and Walpole would have to lose its remaining games for that to happen as the Rebels hold the tiebreaker.
Mansfield is in the driverís seat in the Hock. As of right now, if Mansfield wins two of its final three games, it is in. The Hornets face their last real test this week when they play Franklin. After that, they face Canton and Foxboro. Those two teams have a 3-12-1 record combined.
King Philip and North Attleboro still have a mathematical chance, but need a lot of help as Mansfield has already beaten the both of them.
Merrimack Valley Small
The playoff rep from the MVC Small will most likely be decided on Thanksgiving. And just like last year, the two teams vying for that spot will be Dracut and Methuen. The only thing different this year is that Methuen will be the home team on Turkey Day.
Reading is the odds on favorite to win the league title. The Rockets still have games against Woburn and Lexington that could present a challenge.
Lexington can win the league title if it wins out and Woburn loses once. Woburn can win if it wins out and Burlington loses once. Burlington also has a shot but needs to win out and it needs Reading to lose twice.
Plymouth North is at the top of the league standing. The Eagles have big wins over Falmouth and Marshfield. They still have a big game against Dennis-Yarmouth next week.
Dennis-Yarmouth and Marshfield both still can win the league. Dennis-Yarmouth needs to win out and needs Marshfield to lose another game. Marshfield needs to win the rest of its league games and have Plymouth North lose twice.
Cape Ann Large
Four of the five teams in the Cape Ann Large have a chance at the league title and a playoff spot. North Andover is the only undefeated team in league play, but the Scarlet Knights still have to face the three other teams vying for the title: Masconomet, Wilmington and Pentucket.
Pentucket has the next best chance to grab a playoff berth. The Sachems beat Wilmington and still have to play North Andover and Masconomet.
Wilmington and Masconomet both need help as each lost to other contenders.
Dual County Small
Concord-Carlisle and Wayland both are undefeated in league play, but face each other this week. Concord-Carlisle beat Weston already and has a tough Thanksgiving game against Bedford, but is probably the favorites. Wayland still has Weston on the schedule and Bedford.
Bedford and Weston still have chances but need some help as each team has a loss in league play.
Duxbury is on the precipice of a league title and a playoff berth. If Hingham loses to Whitman-Hanson this weekend, Duxbury will win the league. The Green Dragons play Hingham the next week and a win will result in a league title. If Hingham wins both this week and next, there will be a three way tie between Hingham, Silver Lake (assuming it beats North Quincy) and Duxbury.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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