The Globe high school staff and correspondents have combed through all the football schedules this season and have come up with a number of tilts fans should consider when making their rounds. These are the must-watch games of 2012.
Every week, we'll deliver right here on the high schools blog our games to watch with predictions from correspondents Anthony Gulizia and Jason Mastrodonato.
Without further ado, make sure you get these games in your calendar:
Everett at Leominister, Friday: The Crimson Tide enter this campaign with a 25-game winning streak. That, however, might be in jeopardy during the first week of the season as they travel to face the Division 1 Central Super Bowl Champions. Everett was one of the few teams to beat Leominister last season during their title run.
Brockton at Reading, Sept. 14: All four of Brockton's first games will be something to keep a close eye on. In three out of their first four games they face BC High, Xaverian and St. John's Prep. This game against Reading will be a good indication on how Brockton's year will go because they matchup well against the Division 2 Rockets.
Natick at Weymouth, Oct.12: With Troy Flutie and company on one side and Ozzy Colarusso on the other side, all signs point to this being a great, high-scoring game. Colarusso on defense against Natick's tall wide receivers will be a must-see matchup.
Everett at Xaverian, Oct. 13: The battle on the line between Everett's John Montelus (Notre Dame commit) and Xaverian's Maurice Hurst Jr. (Michigan), the two best players in the state, will be, by itself, worth the price of admission.
Hopkinton at Holliston, Oct. 19: Last year this game decided the Tri-Valley Large as Holliston won, 20-0, to give Hopkinton its only loss of the season. Look for Ryan Bohlin to have an impact in making sure his team doesn't get blanked again.
North Attleborough at Masnfield, Oct. 26: With both teams battling in the Hockomock, and coaches Don Johnson and Mike Redding being former teammates, this is always slated to be a good game. Despite winning the Hockomock title last year, North Attleborough was the one team in the league that beat Mansfield.
Barnstable at Bridgewater-Raynham, Nov. 2: With one of the best quarterbacks around, Barnstable's Nick Peabody, combined with a result that should shape the playoff race, this Old Colony League matchup is a can't-miss.
Cathedral at Pope John (Everett), Nov. 10: This is an epic rematch of a crucial game last season which decided the winner of the Central Catholic League. Cathedral beat Pope John, 16-12, and went on to play Blue Hills in Division 4A Super Bowl.
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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.
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Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Alex Hall | @AlexKHall | Baseball
- Colleen Casey | @ColleenCasey226 | Softball
- Mike Giesta | Boys lacrosse
- Catherine Calsolaro | @catrenee13 | Girls lacrosse
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Boys volleyball
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