Anthony pegged Barnstable to end Everett's 28-game win streak, while Jason rolled with Weymouth, which pulled out a victory on the wings of David Harrison's game-winning touchdown pass with just 20 seconds to play.
The difference maker? Lincoln-Sudbury's thrashing of Framingham, and Jason rolled with the Warriors.
Week 4: Mastro, 3-2; Anthony, 2-3.
Season: Mastro, 25-10; Anthony 18-7.
Here are our games to watch for Week 5, along with our predictions.
No. 15 Burlington (4-0) at No. 5 Reading (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Both teams have impressed early and have rolled to 4-0 starts. Reading has impressed with its stellar defense, which hasn't allowed a point. That said, Burlington and running back Marcus Odiah have torn through opposing defenses and will make for a good matchup. While I think Reading's D finally concedes a touchdown, I believe junior quarterback Drew Belcher leads the Rockets past Burlington to stay undefeated. Reading 28, Burlington 14.
Mastro: Two very good teams here, and I think Odiah is an extremely talented back who has incredible speed, but also the ability to find holes and run behind his linemen. But I think Reading is the better overall squad. The biggest game on either of these teams' schedules was the 12-0 shutout the Rockets handed Brockton in Week 2, and that's what impressed me most. There are dozens of teams that could shut out Melrose or Arlington on a Saturday afternoon, but keeping Austin Roberts and the Boxers offense out of the end zone had to be a huge confidence boost for that new 4-3 defense in Reading. You nailed the score in this one.
Reading 28, Burlington 13. Xaverian (1-3) at No. 4 Duxbury (4-0), Saturday, 3 p.m.:
Anthony: When it rains, it pours, and September was a gloomy month for the Xaverian Hawks. After pummeling Malden Catholic in Week 1, the Hawks have lost three straight -- most recently losing to Andover 15-13 last weekend. The schedule doesn't get brighter, as Charlie Stevenson's squad faces the Dragons, No. 9 Bridgewater-Raynham and No. 2 Everett. Duxbury back Jon Hurvitz has wreaked havoc on opponents, scoring eight touchdowns in the first four games. Xaverian's defensive line, anchored by Maurice Hurst, is aggressive, but I think Hurvitz and the Dragons find their way past the Hawks in this one. Duxbury 21, Xaverian 17.
Mastro: I wish I could pick against you here Anthony, but I can't. Bottom line is that Xaverian's 1-3 start isn't encouraging. We know it plays one of the toughest schedules out there, but it's hard to build momentum on offense and build any fluidity on defense when you're on a three-game losing streak and have scored just four touchdowns in the last three weeks. Hurst and Hunter Taute are a couple of big men who can do some damage, so you can't count Xaverian out here, but I like the overall speed and athleticism of this Duxbury team. Duxbury 29, Xaverian 7.
No. 4 St. John's Prep (3-1) at No. 9 Bridgewater-Raynham (3-1), Saturday, 3 p.m.:
Anthony: This just might be the best matchup of the weekend, and it's only one of two contests that have two Top 20 teams against each other. After a Week 1 loss to Duxbury, B-R has outscored opponents 103-21 behind running back Brandon Gallagher (seven touchdowns). There's no question Eagles running back Johnathan Thomas can match or beat Gallagher's output Friday. In the last three games, Thomas has eclipsed 100 yards. St. John's stout defense was tested two weeks ago against one of the state's best offenses in Everett, and should be able to slow down the Trojans. St. John's Prep 21, Bridgewater-Raynham 12.
Mastro: This may sound ridiculous -- but I'm not totally convinced that Everett is one of the state's best offenses, at least after watching Barnstable shut it down last weekend. The way the Red Raiders forced Everett's speedy receivers inside and contained their speed, it almost took away any downfield threat the Tide had. But had Barnstable's coaching staff not been scouting when Everett played St. John's Prep, who knows what would have happened? And if the Eagles played the Tide again this season, I think I speak for many when I say that game could go either way. Prep's well-constructed offensive line and dynamic rushing duo have me still believing this is a premier team in Eastern Massachusetts. St. John?s Prep 21, Bridgewater-Raynham 7.
Whittier (3-1) at Northeast (3-1), Saturday, 10:30 a.m.:
Anthony: This Saturday morning matchup features two teams that have charged back from opening-week losses. After losing to Stoneham, Whittier has strung together three straight wins, while Northeast did the same after falling to Bishop Fenwick. Northeast quarterback Troy Tartarini sparked the Knights offense in last week's 36-0 win over Greater Lowell, but he'll certainly be matched by Whittier's Connor Bradley. Both have the ability to control the game, but I think Northeast wins this shootout. Northeast 35, Whittier 27.
Mastro: Whittier's offense has averaged 36 points over the last three weeks, but it has done it against three defenses that have averaged 27 points against this year. Meanwhile, Tartarini has looked like a stud. Northeast rolls. Northeast 34, Whittier 20.
Foxboro (3-1) at Stoughton (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Anthony: Both teams roll into this matchup riding the momentum of huge wins last week. Foxboro shut out then-No. 7 North Attleboro, while Stoughton derailed Mansfield with a 25-6 win. Foxboro's Kiivone Harris (12 touchdowns) and Stoughton's Frank Morris (9 touchdowns) are the top two scorers in Division 3, and the fireworks will be on display Friday night. Through four games, Stoughton has allowed just 26 points, and defense often wins a matchup featuring two great running backs. Stoughton 25, Foxboro 15.
Mastro: This game is about one thing: David Wade, the 17-year-old Stoughton senior who was shot dead by his older brother last weekend. You see this a lot, particularly in high school sports, where a team that goes through major adversity comes through better and stronger. When Justin Bailey died suddenly last winter, the Natick hockey team went on a roll. When Meghan McCarthy died, Danielle DePierro wore her jersey and led the Tewksbury basketball team on a run. There's a football game to be played in Stoughton on Friday night, but in a close game, give the edge to the team that's playing for more than a "W." Stoughton 28, Foxboro 20.
Whitman-Hanson (3-1) at Hanover (1-2), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: Don't overlook this as a Division 2 team that's going to roll over a Division 3 team. Hanover is no bunch of scrubs, and quarterback Ryan Bennett is one year bigger and stronger after starting all of last fall as a junior. If the offensive line can continue to build cohesiveness and give Bennett more time, he could start to have his way with opposing defenses. The Panthers, meanwhile, were haunted by turnovers in last week's 19-3 loss to Pembroke when first-year quarterback Tom Sapienza was picked off three times. I think this is capable of going either way, but on a warm, sunny Friday in Hanover, this could be Bennett's day to shine. Hanover 22, Whitman-Hanson 13.
Anthony: The weather was brutal last weekend, so Sapienza gets a pass in my book. The first-year quarterback has looked good in the first three games of the season, throwing a touchdown in every contest. Wide receiver Dondre James has appeared to be Sapienza's favorite target, hauling in four of his seven touchdowns. While Bennett has shown progress, I think Hanover comes up short in this one. Whitman-Hanson 21, Hanover 15.
Nauset (4-0) at Scituate (3-1), Saturday, 3 p.m.: Mastro: A lot depends on whether or not Scituate quarterback Mike Stewart (knee) remains sidelined. But regardless, the running game behind 6-foot-5, 265-pound senior John Foster has been good enough for the Sailors. Foster even contributed five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in last week's 14-12 win over Triton and might be one of the better two-way linemen in the area. But Nauset keeps finding a way to win games, whether it's with defense or offense. I think this comes down to the wire, with the experience on the Warriors' side providing the difference. Nauset 20, Scituate 14. Anthony: In two of Nauset's four wins this season, the Warriors have let the opposition score first, and Scituate loves piling the points on early. Like Jason pointed out, a lot depends on Sullivan's health, but I think the Sailors' three-headed rushing attack of Chris Bearce, Noma Okundaye and Dawayne Kirton can still provide enough offensive explosiveness. Nauset has pulled out some close wins, but if this one comes down to the last possession, I think Scituate takes it. Scituate 26, Nauset 20.
Pentucket (3-1) at North Reading (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: Cody Rothwell is having quite the season for Pentucket. After leading Pentucket to a pair of high-scoring wins over Hamilton-Wenham and Danvers, he again was the best player on the field in a 14-0 win last weekend over an Ipswich team that plays tough defense. He finished with both touchdowns, including a 70-yard run, and two interceptions. The Hornets won't make it easy, but Rothwell is a game-changer. Pentucket 21, North Reading 14.
Anthony: Mastro, I see your Cody Rothwell and I raise you Carl Lipani. In Week 1, the senior back rushed for four touchdowns and in the last two games, he's ripped off 459 yards and four touchdowns. These two are going to steal the spotlight Friday night, and I like Lipani and North Reading in this one. North Reading 22, Pentucket 16.
Acton Boxborough (3-1) at Wayland (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.:
Mastro: As A-B's season goes on and it starts to get back some players who went down with injuries in the preseason, it will get better. And A-B's three-headed running attack with William Tejeda, Thomas Saponaro, and Billy Jackman has been quite effective in racking up yardage while keeping each fresh enough to make an impact on defense. Wayland has been putting up big numbers on offense this year and won't make it easy, but the Colonials take this one. Acton-Boxborough 27, Wayland 14.
Anthony: Since taking a tough loss to Chelmsford Week 2, the A-B has rolled through opponents, outscoring them 89-30 for a pair of energizing wins. Wayland has also had its way with opponents, outscoring teams 89-12 in the last two weeks. That said, I think Acton-Boxboro brings a much tougher challenge than Boston Latin and South Boston did to Wayland. I'm with you on this one, and I think the Colonials come back home with a win. Acton-Boxboro, 28, Wayland 12.
New Bedford (2-2) at No. 1 Barnstable, Friday, 6 p.m.:
Mastro: I figured we could each use an easy win, and Barnstable at least deserved to have its name in here after last week's upset over Everett. But predicting the score in this game could be as hard as picking the outcome of any game on this list. I'm going to say Nick Peabody connects with Dylan Morris four times. In the first half. Then the subs come in. Have to give New Bedford credit though -- that's one difficult schedule. Barnstable 49, New Bedford 7.
Anthony: New Bedford has hit a tough stretch, losing back-to-back games 42-14 against two great teams in Duxbury and Bridgewater-Raynham. On Friday, it's not going to get any easier for the Whalers. After Barnstable's slugfest with Everett, I think Peabody's going to have some fun in front of the home crowd. But just imagine if Barnstable was so drawn from last week's contest that they came out flat-footed and New Bedford shocked the No. 1? Nah, not this week. Barnstable 36, New Bedford 14.
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