Straight from our high school football preview, games to watch in the 2011 season:
WAKEFIELD AT LEXINGTON, Saturday: George Peterson, the successor to legend- ary Lexington coach Bill Tighe, leads his Minutemen to battle for the first time. And thatís not the only change. This is a nonleague game for the first time in series history with Wakefield in Middlesex Small, Lexington in the large.
XAVERIAN AT BROCKTON, Sept. 23: If construction stays on schedule at Mar- ciano Stadium, this intense non-league matchup should be the first game at the new and improved home field of the Boxers. Xaverian has won four in a row against Brockton, including last yearís two-overtime thriller.
EVERETT AT ST. JOHNíS PREP, Sept. 24: The Crimson Tide visit the Eagles in Week 3 for a rematch of last seasonís Division 1 Super Bowl. Everettís move to Division 1A makes a Super Bowl meeting in 2011 impossible, so this will be the only chance for the Eagles to get revenge this season.
EVERETT AT BARNSTABLE, Oct. 1: Based on last yearís 43-14 Everett win, this may not be a scoreboard-to-watch. But with Barnstableís D.J. Crook and Ever- ettís Jonathan DiBiaso both chasing Tom Colomboís long-standing career TD record of 85, it could be the seasonís must-see game.
DENNIS-YARMOUTH AT MARSHFIELD, Oct. 14: Marshfield handed the Atlantic Coast League champions their only loss last season and with Matt Montalto back to lead the D-Y offense, this one could decide the league title.
ST. MARYíS AT CARDINAL SPELLMAN, Oct. 22: Spellman took last yearís matchup, 18-9, and went on to win the Catholic Central Large title. With St. Maryís All-Scholastic Todd Collier back, the Spartans could hold the edge this season.
LOWELL AT ANDOVER, Nov. 11: These teams combined for 170 points in an eight-overtime thriller last season. Globe All-Scholastic running back Andrew Coke scored eight touchdowns for the victorious Golden Warriors.
NORTH ATTLEBORO AT MANSFIELD, Nov. 11: Coaches Don Johnson and Mike Redding ó former teammates at North Attleboro and Holy Cross ó face off after each led their teams to impressive 10-1 seasons last fall. Mansfield won the head- to-head matchup, 24-15, and went on to win the Division 2 Super Bowl.
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- 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 winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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