After an exciting Week 3, Jason turned in another 8-2 performance. Likewise, Anthony followed with an identical 5-5 finish, as he did in Week 2. A model of consistency, right?
Week 3: Mastro, 8-2; Anthony 5-5
Season: Mastro 22-8; Anthony 16-14
Here are our games to watch for Week 4, along with our predictions.
No. 2 Barnstable (3-0) at No. 1 Everett (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: I thought Everett was going to lose last week against St. Johnís Prep, and I was wrong. But again, thereís reason to believe Barnstable can beat Everett. Everett held the Prep to just seven points, but the Eagles struggled to convert plenty of opportunities Ė including a scoring chance from Everettís 1-yard line right before the half that would have given St. Johnís a two-possession lead. Barnstable has outscored opponents 145-34, led by senior Nick Peabodyís Division 1A-leading 13 touchdowns. Donít expect him to leave the chances on the table. Those at last weekís game saw Everett lock down the Eaglesí running game, so the downfield threat might be the only way past the Tide, but it will be tough with athletic defensive backs like Jakarrie Washington. Everett packís a powerful punch on offense, led by kicker-turned-safety-turned-quarterback Gilly DeSouza at the helm. Did I mention he still does all three effectively? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Barnstable 26, Everett 21.
Mastro: Nick Peabody is quite the quarterback. But Everett is quite the team. Yes, the Tide could have very well lost that game against St. Johnís Prep, but the more important thing is that they played that game. They also played against Leominster and Springfield Central. Everett served the only loss to all three of those teams. Barnstable played a good Sandwich team, but running over Dennis-Yarmouth and Durfee canít compare to a game against Everett. Iím going with the battle-tested, Gilly DeSouza-run Crimson Tide.
Everett 31, Barnstable 21.
No. 12 Needham (3-0) at No. 14 Weymouth (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Both teams have rolled out to a 3-0 lead, and itís likely this game decides the Bay State conference title. Needham running back Mike Panepinto is off to a hot start, and his eight touchdowns lead Division 1. Who falls in at No. 2? Weymouthís junior wide receiver David Harrison, with seven. Go figure. Thereís a lot to like here in both teams, and itís sure to be a slugfest. But I think Needham has been better-tested thus far, and a big 21-14 win over Mansfield in Week 2 proved the Rockets mean business. Panepinto rose to the occasion and ripped off all three touchdowns, so donít expect him to back down from the Wildcats.
Needham 28, Weymouth 21.
Mastro: Iím not sure either of these teams has really been battle-tested, with a combined record of their opponents standing firm at 4-14. But itís still early in the season. The schedules are often lighter to start, and weíll see what each is made of as we get into some league play. For now, give me Ozzy Colarusso.
Weymouth 28, Needham 21.
Lincoln-Sudbury (3-0) at Framingham (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Lincoln-Sudbury lost 27 seniors last season, but that hasnít stopped Tom Lopezís team from jumping out to a 3-0 start. The Warriors have surrendered just 19 points all season, but they will face a tough test against Framingham. The Flyers played No. 8 Walpole extraordinarily tight in Week 2, losing 27-21, only to come back in Week 3 and trounce Newton North 47-20. Flyers quarterback Chris Bloomingdaleís eight touchdowns are just three behind Division 1 leader CJ Scarpa (Andover), and he loves connecting with Matthew Cronin (4 TDs).
Framingham 31, Lincoln-Sudbury 20.
Mastro: I love the way Bloomingdale is playing. I think thereís more to be said for the way that those summer 7-on-7 leagues can really help a maturing quarterback. But in my three-plus years covering high school sports, I donít think Iíve seen better overall athletes than those from L-S and Concord-Carlisle. Regardless of graduation, new kids keep stepping up. The Warriors are still very good. And Chris Giorgio is one heck of a player.
Lincoln-Sudbury 29, Framingham 22.
Melrose (2-1) at No. 5 Reading (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Readingís defense is yet to give up a touchdown, only giving up two points all season, which came in a 46-2 win over Lawrence when a failed extra-point was returned. Itíll be interesting to see how long the dominant streak can continue, and this game is one to watch. While the Rockets touchdown streak might be in jeopardy, their win-loss record wonít be. Drew Belcher is a duo-threat, punishing opponents this season with both his arm and legs so far. He leads Division 2 with eight touchdown passes, and while he only has just one rushing touchdown, he picked up 120 yards on the ground against a stout, Brockton defense.
Reading 35, Melrose 14.
Mastro: I doubt this one will be very close. I think Drew Belcher is really growing into himself as an overall player and the Reading defense may very well pick up another shut-out here against a Melrose team that lost a lot to graduation.
Reading 28, Melrose 0.
Wareham (3-0) at Somerset-Berkley (3-0), Saturday, 1 p.m.:
Anthony: If youíre down on the South Shore Saturday afternoon, this game is one to get to. Both teams boast prolific offensive attacks. Wareham has outscored opponents 106-27, while Somerset-Berkley has ran a margin of 112-15 on opponents. Wareham running back Darien Fernandez has emerged as one of the areaís top backs, if not the best, with seven touchdowns. Six of them came in Week 1, but Fernandez runs hard and is threat on a weekly basis. Most run games come between the tackles or outside the guards, but Fernandez has a got 6-foot-7-inch center in Quintin Silveira to block for him. Somerset running back Garret Carlos is no slouch either, rushing for four touchdowns in his first two games, but I think Wareham escapes this one with the win.
Wareham 20, Somerset-Berkley 17.
Mastro: Until I see someone stop Fernandez and quarterback Anthony Abbott in the same game, I wonít be picking against Wareham unless the opponents are wearing Batman capes. And actually, Wareham has a couple quick, strong running backs that can pile up the yardage when Fernandez needs a breather. Itís just a solid offense, all around.
Wareham 28, Somerset-Berkley 14.
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- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
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