OK, so maybe not the best results for us in the first week of our predictions.
Week one picks: Mastro: 6-4; Anthony: 6-4
Season: Mastro: 6-4; Anthony: 6-4
That said, for two guys from Northeastern Ė a university without a football program Ė not too shabby.
Here are our 10 games to watch for Week 2, along with our predictions.
No. 6 Brockton (1-0) at No. 12 Reading (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Iíll go out and say this is undoubtedly the best game of the week. Brockton, fresh off a 21-0 upset of BC High, is looking to stay hot while Reading tries to make a push at climbing the Top 20. I think this one is close, but Brockton quarterback Austin Roberts lifts the Boxers to victory with a fourth-quarter surge. Brockton 27, Reading 22.
Mastro: George Costanza said it so well last week, I think Iíll have to refer to him again on this one: The Boxers are back babay! Granted it was against a BC High team thatís been struck with the injury bug, but a good team nonetheless (hereís to a speedy recovery for Brendan Craven). My heart also lies with any team using an undersized QB, and Roberts canít be more than 5 feet 8 inches, though his highlight video on YouTube says he can bench 205. Thatís impressive. And boy can he run. But this one comes down to defense, and weíll find out just what the Boxers are made of. Brockton 28, Reading 15.
No. 14 Needham (1-0) at No. 16 Mansfield (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Mansfield impressed in its 49-15 win over Westfield last Saturday, as five different players reached the end zone. Can Needham handle the Hornets attack? Not this week, as quarterback Ryan Charter and the Rockets fall short. Mansfield 21, Needham 15.
Mastro: How about that coming-out party for Mikey Panepinto last week? Panepinto is a new synonym for athlete. Both he and his brother Nico are also tremendous lacrosse players, but Mike seems rejuvenated after sitting out most of the spring with a broken collarbone. He averaged 19.8 yards per carry last week against Norwood, piling up 179 yards on the ground. I think Needham takes this one. Needham 28, Mansfield 14.
No. 18 Central Catholic (1-0) at No. 3 St. Johnís Prep (1-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.:
Anthony: St. Johnís Prep entered the season as one of the strongest teams on paper, returning 18 starters from last season, and they proved it with a 49-6 win over Dracut. Expect the Prep to be more challenged this week by a talented Central Catholic team, but chalk up another win for the Eagles. Running backs Johnathan Thomas and Alex Moore will trouble Central Catholicís defense. St. Johnís Prep 35, Central Catholic 17.
Mastro: Until someone figures out how to stop that Prep running duo and dominant offensive line, you wonít find me picking against the Eagles. And having Thomas on both sides of the ball this year appears to be working Ė he had two picks last week and they were both exceptional. Interested to see what Central is made of, but Prep should take this one. †St Johnís Prep 28, Central Catholic 13.
Hingham (1-0) at Cohasset (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Border wars at its finest. Better ocean, better beaches, better seafood? This week, all the trash talk on the South Shore is about who has the best football program. Last year Cohasset came up short in a 14-10 loss to its neighbors, but on Friday the tides turn. Cohasset 21, Hingham 12.
Mastro: Junior Sam Benger ran all over Medway last weekend, rushing for 220 yards and four touchdowns, including a whopper of a finale Ė a 90-yard blast in the fourth quarter. Iím looking for more of the same this week as the Harbormen expose Cohassetís inexperience. Hingham 18, Cohasset 13.
Tewksbury (0-1) at Haverhill (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: The season is still early and conference matchups are few and far between. This week, however, some Merrimack Valley competition is on tap. Running back Chance Brady was dominant in Week 1, racking up 226 yards and four touchdowns. While his numbers may decrease slightly this week, Haverhill continues its quest for the league title with an easy win over Tewksbury. Haverhill 28, Tewksbury 7.
Mastro: OK, maybe itís the fourth cup of coffee talking, but Iím going with my gut in this one, and my gut says Lincoln-Sudbury isnít as bad as coach Tom Lopez wanted us to believe in the preseason. That said, Tewksburyís 15-12 loss to the 1A Super Bowl runner-ups from a year ago is a pretty strong showing. There are a lot of young guys on that team, but if the defense can contain Brady, I think Tewksbury could pull one out on the road here. Barista, fill me up. Tewksbury 21, Haverhill 14.
Dennis-Yarmouth (0-0) at No. 4 Barnstable (1-0), Friday, 6 p.m.:
Mastro: This probably wonít be a close game, but the rivalry on the Cape is at least something we have to discuss. The ghost of Matt Montalto haunted the Dolphins in their season-opener, or at least it looked that way. D-Y jumped out to a 12-0 start over Canton before the Bulldogs took over the lead and lightning overwhelmed the area, forcing a postponement just before halftime. Bottom line, it wasnít encouraging for a D-Y team that graduated 20 seniors. Nick Peabody might have his way with the Dolphins in this one, and Barnstable is sure to be rocking. Barnstable 35, D-Y 14.
Anthony: During the preseason, many predicted that Peabody will be one of the top quarterbacks in the area and he didnít disappoint in Week 1. He demolished Durfeeís defense, throwing four touchdowns and running for two more in a 55-6 win. Expect some opening jitters from D-Y, who has yet to play a complete game, and another electric performance from Peabody. Barnstable 28, D-Y 7.
Newburyport (1-0) at North Reading (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: Iím sure Ed Gaudiano wishes he had his All-League quarterback Connor Wile healthy for this one, but what an inspiring defensive performance by junior corner Trevor Bradbury last week. Bradbury recovered two fumbles, hauled in two interceptions and made eight tackles for the Clippers in a 7-6 win over Lynnfield, which couldnít convert a third quarter PAT to even the score. North Reading returns a lot off last yearís team though, and I think the Hornets squeak this one out, but I could see it going either way. North Reading 21, Newburyport 14.
Anthony: Running back Carl Lipani made easy work carving up Saugusís defense last Friday and reached the end zone four times. Can Lipani shoulder the offensive load without Wile? I think so, and I think Newburyport goes home with a tight loss. North Reading 21, Newburyport 20.
Lynn Classical (1-0) at No. 19 Beverly (1-0), Saturday, 1 p.m.:
Mastro: There was nothing overwhelming about Classicalís 35-16 win over Methuen last week, but it was just an overall strong showing with three players rushing for at least 90 yards. Beverly pounded Concord-Carlisle in their opener, but the Patriots arenít as strong as youíd expect this year. I like Brendan Flaherty and the Panthers in this one, but another tough one to call. Beverly 20, Classical 13.
Anthony: Flaherty carried the Panthers to victory last week, and now itís time for the Kenny Pierce show. Last season, on Sept. 23, Pierce exploded for five scores against English in one of his two five TD performances of his junior year. Can Pierce shred another Lynn defense? Maybe not for five scores, but Iíll settle at three. Beverly 28, Classical 15.
Framingham (1-0) at No. 8 Walpole (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: Chris Bloomingdale is looking mighty good at quarterback for the Flyers, but I donít see them stopping the Rebelsí explosive offense that includes junior quarterback Will Bolster and senior Mike Rando, a home threat whenever he touches the ball. Thinking this might be a shootout. Walpole 34, Framingham 26.
Anthony: Framingham and Walpole both flashed their offensive prowess in opening week wins, each eclipsing the 40-point mark. That said, Walpole has a bit more firepower in this battle. Three paces and draw! I think the Rebels take this shootout with ease. Walpole 31, Framingham 12 .
Acton-Boxborough (1-0) at Chelmsford (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: What impressed me most about Chelmsfordís win over Westford last week was that the running game was working just fine without Eddie Sheridan, who led Eastern Mass. with 24 touchdowns last season. Jeff díAuria exploded for more than 100 yards and four scores while Westford was held to 26 points (which against that offense isnít easy). I think the Lions can take advantage of a beat-up A-B squad under the home lights. Chelmsford 26, A-B 15.
Anthony: Itís extremely hard to pick against Chelmsford this week, especially after such a convincing road win in Week 1 over Westford. DíAuria ran hard in all four quarters, and look for him to leave no doubt that he can fill the big shoes of Eddie Sheridan. He had four touchdowns last week, and unfortunately for the Rebels, I think he tacks on three more. Chelmsford 28, A-B 12.
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