No. 9 Walpole at Foxborough, 7 p.m. -- Walpole, like many other teams, will benefit from the stateís new playoff system after a 10-1 showing in 2012 left the Rebels out of the playoffs. Foxborough will serve as no cake-walk, especially at home.
Springfield Central at No. 2 Everett, 7 p.m. -- Western and Eastern Mass. Super Bowl champions collide.
No. 17 BC High at North Attleboro, 7 p.m. -- North Attleboro got the best of BC high in last yearís Week 1 matchup. BC High tries to rebound from an injury-filled 2012 season while North Attleboro deals with the graduation of a large senior class.
No. 20 Andover at North Andover, 7 p.m. -- Itís the Jack Sylvester show for Andover this year as the Golden Warriors try to get back to the playoffs out of a tough Merrimack Valley Conference.
No. 6 Lowell at Westford, 7 p.m. -- Adam Gagne faces his first challenge as head coach of Westford when Lowell comes to town with its stockpile of skill players.
No. 16 King Philip at Middleborough, 1 p.m. -- King Philip came up just short in what amounted to the Hockomock Kelley-Rex title game, a 21-14 loss to Mansfield. The loss kept the Warriors out of the playoffs despite a 10-1 record. King Philip gets back to business against a Middleborough team that appears to be heading in the right direction.
No. 11 Bridgewater-Raynham at No. 1 St. Johnís Prep, 1:30 p.m. -- Itís the first chance for Johnathan Thomas to carry the load after sharing carries with Alex Moore, last yearís Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year. Moore graduated in the spring, turning all eyes on Thomas. Meanwhile, Bridgewater-Raynham is out to avenge a miserable 5-6 record in 2012 as they try and get back into the thick of things in the Old Colony while giving chase to No. 7 Barnstable, the leagueís only automatic qualifier to the postseason.
No. 14 Needham at Westwood, Saturday, 7 p.m. -- A pair of reigning conference champions go at it in a Saturday night showdown.
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