It’s only Week 2 of the season so we’re still making our way through a number of great teams to see this year. This week I’ll get an opportunity to be up on the North Shore for our game of the week, Acton-Boxboro vs. Chelmsford, but there’s tons more to watch than that. Here are 10 games to watch in Week 2, plus my picks.
3:30 p.m. Latin Academy (0-1) at Madison Park (1-0) – It’s the first game of the year for Madison Park, which won the Boston North league last year. The Cardinals play a Latin Academy team that didn’t have a good first showing against Millis, a 27-6 loss. Madison Park features senior running back Isaibrier White while sophomore quarterback Kyle Dance leads Latin Academy.
My pick: Madison Park
7 p.m. Andover (1-0) at Gloucester (0-1) – Gloucester’s 26-game winning streak was snapped last week in a 41-0 blowout to Lynn English. The Fishermen lost 22 seniors from last year. Andover started strong with a 30-20 win over North Andover powered by three touchdowns from C.J. Scarpa. They also have Andrew Coke at running back.
My pick: Andover
7 p.m. Barnstable (1-0) at Dennis-Yarmouth (1-0) – Barnstable stormed the high school football season with a 65-0 win over Durfee. QB D.J. Crook was up to his usual dominance, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Dennis-Yarmouth, in an equally impressive win, beat Taunton 41-7 behind quarterback Matt Montalto’s 270 yards and three touchdowns. Both quarterbacks were on our QBs to watch list.
My pick: Barnstable
7 p.m. Springfield Central (0-1) at Everett (1-0) – The Crimson Tide are rolling. QB Jonathan DiBiaso is on point (four TDs last week) and with last week’s win over Central Mass power Leominster (47-12) should be telling that Springfield Central doesn’t have much of a chance either. The Western Mass team comes into Everett
without their with a new starting QB.
My pick: Everett
7 p.m. Auburn (1-0) at Holliston (1-0) – Central Mass power Auburn is on a 38-game winning streak, the best in the state. They’re playing a Holliston team that is on a 10-game winning streak. Somebody’s gotta lose. Holliston features running backs Max Athy and Jake Frechette, while Dan Barone is under center for the Panthers.
My pick: Holliston
1 p.m. Natick (1-0) at Norwood (0-1) – It was interesting to see another Flutie doing so well for Natick. But there really is nothing to smirk about. Troy Flutie, the nephew of New England legend Doug Flutie, threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-7 win over Brookline last week. The Red and Blue face a Norwood team in a Bay State Herget matchup that dropped its first game to Needham, 19-12. Tommy Munro quarterbacks Norwood.
My pick: Natick
1 p.m. Cohasset (1-0) at Hingham (0-1) – Cohasset had a strong victory against Quincy, getting multiple touchdowns on offense and defense. Running backs Jamie Faber and Kyle Livingstone are their weapons. Hingham depends on seniors Kevin McCarthy and Rob Murray in their backfield.
My pick: Cohasset
1 p.m. Pope John (Everett) vs. Pope John II (Hyannis) at Chelsea – In its first year as a varsity program, Pope John II, hailing from Hyannis, is already off to a fast start with a 46-6 win over Upper Cape. Pope John, out of Everett, didn’t have such a great start, losing its opener 31-8 to Greater Lawrence. Watch out for receiver Malcolm Brown (Pope John of Everett) who was on our players to watch list.
My pick: Pope John (Everett)
1 p.m. Dighton-Rehoboth (1-0) at Apponequet (1-0) – Ethan Berry and Bryan Rocha powered Dighton-Rehoboth in Week 1 as coach Dave Driscoll picked up his 200th career win. Zack Nanfelt (3 TDs) and Nate Michael (2 TDs) lead Apponequet. This South Coast league matchup is worth the price of admission.
My pick: Apponequet
7 p.m. St. John’s Prep (0-1) at Central Catholic (0-1) – St. John’s Prep lost its opener to No. 11 Dracut, 13-7. Tom Gaudet quarterbacks Eagles again this year. Central Catholic dropped its opener 9-7 to Marlborough. Matt McDermott is back at QB for CC, which features running backs Fortune Kalala and Santino Brancato.
My pick: St. John’s Prep
Last week: 5-5
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UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect a change regarding Springfield Central's quarterback. Springfield Central switched quarterbacks last week.
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