In Week 4, the emphasis has now turned to league games with key matchups being played across Eastern Massachusetts. However, there’s still a few nonleague games worth taking in for the casual fan. The 10 games to watch here are a sampling of some of the top competition to look forward to this weekend.
Mansfield (3-0) at King Philip (2-1), 7 p.m. – Great programs in Mansfield and King Philip and a great matchup for Friday night in the Hockomock (Kelly-Rex) league. King Philip has allowed only 14 points this season. Mansfield had a tough 8-0 loss to Stoughton last week. Watch out for King Philip’s Charles Ruffin and Mansfield’s Greg Donahue.
My pick: King Philip
Billerica (2-1) at Dracut (2-1), 7 p.m. – This will be a good nonleague matchup. We like to tout the great quarterbacks around here and this game will feature one of the best in Billerica’s Nick LaSpada. The problem is Dracut has a better team.
My pick: Dracut
Hull (2-1) at East Bridgewater (3-0), 7 p.m. – In the South Shore league, we’ll get a good idea of how good East Bridgewater is and whether Hull can hang. Tim O’Brien has emerged as a force for East Bridgewater. Watch out for Hull’s Chris Shaffer.
My pick: East Bridgewater
Latin Academy (2-1) at Dorchester (1-1), 3:30 p.m. -- We’ll get a chance to see which team will contend with Brighton in the Boston South league this season. Watch out for Dorchester’s Robin Cyprien and Latin Academy’s Shavar Lazarus.
My pick: Latin Academy
New Bedford (2-1) at Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1), 7 p.m. -- One thing we can get from this non-league matchup is how much other teams should fear them. New Bedford is coming off a tough loss to Duxbury. It’s one thing the two teams have in common after B-R dropped its Week 1 matchup with the Dragons. Watch out for B-R’s Eric Wabrek and New Bedford’s Myles Meideros.
My pick: Bridgewater-Raynham
St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) at BC High, 2 p.m. – The question is simple enough: Will BC High go 0-2 against New Jersey. This is the second nonleague matchup the Eagles will face against a New Jersey prep school, losing in Week 2 to DePaul Catholic.
My pick: BC High
Lynn English (2-1) at Swampscott (3-0), 2:30 p.m. – Lynn English had a disappointing collapse last week against Beverly, losing 36-35 on a last minute touchdown. Swampscott has banged some good wins. Watch out for Swampscott’s connection between QB Michael Walsh and WR Nick Meninno.
My pick: Lynn English
St. Paul’s (1-0) at Belmont Hill (1-0), 3:30 p.m. – So last week, both of these ISL schools surprised us with stunning wins over BB&N and Rivers. At 1-0, somebody’s gotta lose and be the favorite. Keep an eye on Belmont Hill’s George McLaughlin and St. Paul’s Richard Bradley.
My pick: Belmont Hill
Weymouth (3-0) at Needham (2-1), 4:30 p.m. – This Bay State (Carey) matchup will likely solidify Weymouth’s stranglehold on the conference or propel Needham as a team to beat. There are two great wide receivers to watch in this game with Weymouth’s Khary Bailey-Smith and Needham’s Mark Riley.
My pick: Weymouth
Everett (3-0) at Barnstable (2-1), 5 p.m. – It’s an arms race. Two of the top three quarterbacks in Eastern Massachusetts are playing in this game with Everett’s Jonathan DiBiaso and Barnstable’s D.J. Crook. But it’s obvious that DiBiaso has more weapons at his disposal.
My pick: Barnstable
Last week: 4-6
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