Here are our Week 4 games to watch as league play kicks off across the state and some Thanksgiving Day rivals play the first of two scheduled games this season.
No. 15 Plymouth South (2-0) at Plymouth North (2-1), 4 p.m. – Dylan Oxsen and Plymouth South head across town to take on rival Plymouth North.
No. 1 Xaverian (2-0) at No. 20 Barnstable (1-1), 6 p.m. – Fresh off its beatdown of previous No. 1 Bridgewater-Raynham last Saturday, Xaverian tries to serve as the first top-seeded team to win this season.
Concord-Carlisle (2-0) at Bedford (2-0), 6:30 p.m. – A pair of unbeatens and Dual County Small rivals square off with possible playoff implications at stake.
No. 18 North Attleborough (2-0) at No. 6 Mansfield (2-0), 7 p.m. – Hockomock League play kicks off this weekend with a clash of 2-0 Kelley-Rex squads. The six-team Kelley-Rex section of the Hockomock has five 2-0 teams.
No. 10 Central Catholic (2-1) at No. 19 Andover (1-1), 7 p.m. – Central Catholic tries to get back on track after its 40-21 loss at home to St. John’s Prep.
No. 13 King Philip (2-0) at Taunton (2-0), 7 p.m. – Taunton has put up a lot of points so far this season, but the King Philip defense will serve as a far greater challenge.
Arlington (2-0) at No. 4 Reading (1-0), 7 p.m. – Reading barely got by Dracut last week and now they face an Arlington team with a pair of blowout victories on its résumé.
New Bedford (1-1) at No. 7 Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1), 1 p.m. – Bridgewater-Raynham was roughed up last week in a lopsided loss at Xaverian and will try to get back on track against New Bedford this week.
No. 5 Everett (1-1) at No. 3 St. John’s Prep (2-1), 1:30 p.m. -- St. John’s Prep gets another Top 5 team this week in Everett. The Prep is coming off back-to-back double digit victories after its season-opening loss to Bridgewater-Raynham. The Crimson Tide were on a bye last week after their 20-8 loss to Xaverian.
Pope John Paul II (3-0) at Cathedral (3-0), 8 p.m. – Pope John Paul II is off to a fabulous start and scoring points at will, but Cathedral has been rolling over teams.
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