Editor's Note: The Globe's Mike Carraggi and Michael Grossi predict the outcomes of the week's biggest games. Think you can do better? Drop your thoughts into our comment box.
Plymouth North at Dennis-Yarmouth
Grossi - Plymouth North has won games with a combination of defense and a clock-controlling running attack. The Eagles will need to hold onto the ball and score points to offset Dennis-Yarmouthís high powered offense. Pick: Plymouth North
Carraggi - I was halfway finished explaining why D-Y would pull the upset, but I then realized how grinding Plymouth Northís schedule has been. The Eagles are going to take D-Y out of its comfort level, and there is no way the Dolphins put up 30 plus points like they have been accustomed to. Pick: Plymouth North
Madison Park at East Boston
Grossi - These two have been on a collision course since the beginning of the season. East Boston has played a tougher schedule and I think that will benefit them against Madison Park. Also, Eastie has a better record against common opponents. Pick: East Boston
Carraggi - Whoever wins should forfeit the Super Bowl. That would stick it to the Evil Empire (MIAA). Pick: East Boston
Pentucket at North Andover
Grossi - Like most of these matchups, this one is for all the marbles. Pentucket has played inspired football, but the presence of Brandon Walsh will give North Andover the Cape Ann Large title. Pick: North Andover
Carraggi - Skeptical of whether or not Brandon Walshís numbers are a byproduct of a questionable schedule, I put in some calls to a few coaches around the league. The general consensus was that he is as good as advertised. Plus, North Andover burned me last week. Pick: North Andover
Xaverian at Catholic Memorial
Grossi - After two straight losses, Xaverian has gotten back on track by beating two of the better teams in the state. The Hawks have clicked on offense and defense recently and that wonít stop against Catholic Memorial. Look for a heavy dose of Joe Colton on offense and also look for Colton to match wills with Armani Reeves. Pick: Xaverian
Carraggi - Catholic Memorial must find a way to use this pent-up frustration in a positive way. They have the talent to knock Xaverian off its Catholic Conference perch, but the Knights just havenít found that winning formula yet. CM is a fascinating team, but Xaverian is a proven one. Pick: Xaverian
Bishop Feehan at Somerset
Grossi - Bishop Feehan has come on strong in Eastern Athletic play behind the running of OíBrien McHayle. However, Somerset has yet to be slowed down offensively and I think its defensive front can hold the point of attack against the Feehan run game. Pick: Somerset
Carraggi - This one will be a lot closer than people may think, but I just canít warm up to the idea of Somerset being thrown off The Bus so close to paydirt. There is a reason this team has scored the way it has the past eight or nine games: the offense is really good. Pick: Somerset
BB&N at Lawrence Academy
Grossi - I canít help but wonder if Lawrence Academy is trying to lull us all to sleep with their sloppy play as of late. I think the Spartans use this game to show us all that their past results were just an effort to try and keep the scores close for the sake of competitive balance. Pick: Lawrence Academy
Carraggi - Leave the conspiracy theories to Holmes and Grossi. Belmont Hill fought tooth and nail against the LA juggernaut, which simply had an off game and played extremely undisciplined. But the talent was undeniable and even had Lawrence lost, it would still get my endorsement to take the ISL championship. Pick: Lawrence Academy
Lynn Classical at Gloucester
Grossi - This game is between two very physical and imposing teams. Both teams like to run it down your throat. Gloucester got a little banged up in its last game, losing Brandon Cusumano to a broken collarbone, but other than that is relatively healthy. I look for home field advantage and its clock-controlling offense to tilt the game in Gloucester ís favor. Pick: Gloucester
Carraggi - Iím taking this opportunity to make a plea to the Gloucester press box for a space heater. Lynn Classical has a great chance at an upset, matching up very well with what works for Gloucester. The Rams are going to have to play a bit of keepaway and have some fortuitous bounces, but they have what it takes to pull a slim win over a very strong league rival. Pick: Lynn Classical
Lynnfield at Hamilton-Wenham
Grossi - Hamilton-Wenham gives up more points per game than it scores yet is somehow 6-2 and nearing a league title. However, I think the Lynnfield offense spoils the Generalsí postseason plans. Pick: Lynnfield
Carraggi - Everything points to Lynnfield taking the cake in the Cape Ann (Small), and the little punk in me wants to pick Hamilton-Wenham just for the sake of it. But scoring 33 points per game? Allowing 9 ppg? The Newburyport loss is the only thing that makes me believe Lynnfield isnít more than capable of sealing the deal. Pick: Lynnfield
Swampscott at Beverly
Grossi - If not for a blip against Winthrop , Swampscott would be in the driverís seat for the Northeastern Small title. I donít think the Big Blue will have trouble putting up points but they will have to stop the Wing-T attack the Beverly employs. Pick: Swampscott
Carraggi - Beverly might be the exciting pick because of the recent streak after an 0-5 start, but it is also the logical one. That slide included losses to Concord-Carlisle, Melrose , Lynn English, Gloucester , and Lynn Classical. Not exactly the NFC West. Pick: Beverly
Medway at Holliston
Grossi - Holliston is known for its offensive prowess. However, the Panthers defense has been nearly impenetrable since its loss to Medway. They have two shutouts and havenít given up more than 7 points in a game. Pick: Holliston
Carraggi - In all honesty, if Medway had not already topped Holliston early in the year, I might be swayed to pick against the Panthers. But no team is going to beat this Holliston squad twice in one year. Pick: Holliston
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