On Tuesday, the MIAA state football playoffs will be held with 16 games in Eastern Massachusetts deciding which teams will vie for a Super Bowl title. Here's a rundown of all the games and who to watch.
All games are on Tuesday Nov. 27. Next
St. John's Prep vs. Andover
at Lowell (Cawley Stadium), 7:45 p.m.
Both teams had tough Thanksgiving Day wins to make it to the playoffs. St. John's Prep (9-1) dropped Catholic Conference rival Xaverian 9-0 and Andover (10-1) edged Central Catholic 22-19 to punch its ticket. CJ Scarpa (32 touchdown passes) leads Andover's offense, which puts up 37.1 points per game. St. John's Prep, which has held its opponents to 8.1 points per game, features dual threats in Alex Moore (19 touchdowns) and Johnathan Thomas (13 touchdowns). Andover would love a shootout, but Prep's defense won't allow it. The Eagles haven't given up more than 19 points all season, and that was to Everett. But that doesn't mean they're not beatable. Next
Weymouth vs. Brockton
at Weymouth High School, 7:45 p.m.
Weymouth (8-3) comes into the playoffs licking its wounds after a 48-21 loss to Walpole on Thanksgiving. Brockton (8-3) has won some tough games down the stretch and is taking a five-game winning streak into the playoffs. Weymouth features quarterback David Harrison, who has accounted for 21 touchdowns this season. He's both a threat running and throwing the ball. He can also turn and hand the ball off to Ozzy Colarusso (8 touchdowns), who is back after missing six games with a shoulder injury. Brockton, which runs the triple option, is powered by quarterback Austin Roberts (14 rushing touchdowns). It's a run-first offense for the Boxers and Roberts has shown he's adept at getting tough yards and getting to the corners. Next
Masconomet vs. Everett
at Lynn (Manning Field), 7:45 p.m.
Can Masconomet, the Globe's No. 16 team, beat No. 2 Everett? Nothing is a given, but the Chieftains (9-2) are on a five-game winning streak with impressive wins against Lynn English, Revere, and North Andover. Dylan Mann has led Masconomet's offense with 17 touchdowns. Everett (9-1), which began the year as the preseason favorite to win the Division 1A Super Bowl, features an array of talented receivers and linemen. But will the Crimson Tide be rusty? They haven't played since Nov. 9, with no Thanksgiving Day rival after Cambridge pulled out of the series. Jakarrie Washington has posted 20 touchdowns this season running the ball while quarterback Gilly DeSouza has surprised all with his steady hand in the face of injuries. Next
Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Barnstable
at Taunton High School, 5:15 p.m.
In a rematch of last year's playoff game, Barnstable (10-0) is squaring off with Lincoln-Sudbury (10-1) looking to exact a little revenge after a 14-13 win for the Warriors. Barnstable, the Globe's No. 1 team, lights up the sky with quarterback Nick Peabody (30 touchdowns) usually throwing from the shotgun. He's got great talent around him in Dylan Morris (13 touchdowns) and Tedaro France (16 touchdowns). Lincoln-Sudbury favors the ground game. Chris Giorgio leads L-S with 15 touchdowns on the ground. Next
Reading vs. Tewksbury
at Reading Memorial High School, 7:45 p.m.
As one of the venerable schools left on the undefeated bus, Reading (11-0) is favored not only because of its record, but because of its vaunted defense. The Rockets are allowing 4.7 points per game, the best in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Drew Belcher, a two-year starter, quarterbacks Reading. He's tossed 19 touchdowns and run for another eight. Tewksbury (7-4) is on a five-game winning streak and features an array of running backs, including Ed Matovu (10 touchdowns) and James Sullivan (6 touchdowns). Next
Duxbury vs. Mansfield
at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, 7:45 p.m.
The owners of the state's longest winning streak, Duxbury (11-0) has won 37 straight and Mansfield (7-4) is going to have a tough time upending the Green Dragons. Duxbury features the talented Jon Hurvitz (16 touchdowns) and is quarterbacked by Sean McCarthy. Mansfield has more than a few options to go to on offense in Kevin Mackie, Robert Rapoza, and Brendan Hill. Next
Burlington vs. Beverly
at Burlington High School, 7:45 p.m.
There are tons of great running backs on these two teams, with Burlington (10-1) featuring a lighting and thunder-like combo in Anthony Cruz and Marcus O'Diah, who have combined for 43 touchdowns. Beverly (11-0) has two thoroughbreds in Brendan Flaherty (20 touchdowns) and Kenny Pierce (12 touchdowns). They're both veterans of the Panthers' 2010 Super Bowl win. Beverly hasn't given up more than 14 points. Despite a last-second loss to Reading, Burlington has rolled over opponents, putting up 33 points per game. Next
Plymouth South vs. Natick
at Braintree High School, 7:45 p.m.
There's some firepower on both teams here. Natick may have one of the more recognizable names on its team in Troy Flutie, but he's certainly earned a measure of respect on his own. Flutie has quarterbacked the Redhawks to a 10-1 season, throwing 29 touchdown passes to lead Division 2A and running in another 13 scores. His favorite targets are sophomore Brian Dunlap (16 touchdown receptions) and Justin Robinson (6 touchdowns). Natick will be taking on a Plymouth South team that features the top scoring player in Eastern Massachusetts, Dylan Oxsen. Oxsen has tallied 35 touchdowns, powering Plymouth South to an 8-3 record and seven straight wins. Next
Westwood vs. Wayland
at Reading Memorial High School, 5:15 p.m.
Wayland (8-3) has a ferocious defense, allowing only 9.5 points per game. The Warriors have allowed only 21 points in the last month, setting up an interesting matchup with the high-powered Westwood Wolverines (8-3). Westwood's Alex and Bo Berluti have a chemistry that's unmatched, with Alex tossing 13 of his 24 touchdown passes to his brother. They lead a Westwood team that's put up 27.5 points per game. Next
Pembroke vs. Sharon
at Braintree High School, 5:15 p.m.
Pembroke is hot right now, winning its last five games. Colin Claflin (8 touchdowns), Brian Tinkham (7 touchdowns), and Ryan Chapman (7 touchdowns) lead the offensive effort for the Titans. Sharon has lost two of its last four, including its Thanksgiving Day game against Oliver Ames, 35-7. Sean Asnes leads Sharon with 9 touchdowns. Next
Lynnfield vs. Amesbury
at Lowell (Cawley Stadium), 5:15 p.m.
Lynnfield (8-2) is another team with a tough defense, allowing only 9.4 points per game. Lynnfield clinched a playoff spot on Thanksgiving by beating North Reading, 14-7. Running back Kyle McGah (13 touchdowns) leads the Pioneers. Amesbury (9-2) is on an eight-game winning streak, edging Newburyport on Thanksgiving for a spot in the playoffs as well. Matt Talbot, who plays quarterback for Amesbury, has thrown 15 touchdowns and run for another 10. Next
Dighton-Rehoboth vs. Bishop Feehan
at Taunton High School, 7:45 p.m.
Bishop Feehan's most impressive win to date, a 24-7 win over Somerset Berkley, secured the Shamrocks a playoff spot on Tuesday. Bishop Feehan (8-2) has held opponents to 6.5 points per game, going three straight weeks without giving up score at one point. The team has five shutouts. Matt Allen has 14 touchdowns for the Shamrocks. Dighton-Rehoboth (9-1) is led by Kyle Rose's 11 touchdowns. D-R's lone loss came against none other than Somerset Berkley. Next
Shawsheen vs. St. Mary's
at Lynn (Manning Field), 5:15 p.m.
Both teams have explosive players, with Shawsheen's Devonn Pratt (19 touchdowns) and St. Mary's Jordan Collier (20 touchdowns) contributing greatly to their team's success. Also watch out for St. Mary's Jordan Manthorne (13 touchdowns). St. Mary's has a sturdier defense, allowing 10.4 points per game, but both teams are equipped for a shootout. Shawsheen is averaging 35.2 points per game. Next
Abington vs. Millis-Hopedale
at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, 5:15 p.m.
Millis-Hopedale (8-3) is stumbling into the playoffs, having lost its last two games to Medway on Thanksgiving and Medfield on Nov. 9. The Mohawks are led by Ian Strom (10 touchdowns). Abington (11-0) has proved itself as a stellar team this season, beating teams in playoff contention across several divisions, including Plymouth South and Tri-Valley League Large runner-up Holliston while blowing away South Shore rival Mashpee, 34-7. Abington's Babila Fonkem (13 touchdowns) leads the way for the Green Wave. Next
North Shore vs. Cathedral
at Burlington High School, 5:15 p.m.
North Shore (8-3) will have had 10 days off since its last game come Tuesday while Cathedral will be coming off a four-day hiatus after playing on Thanksgiving. That'll certainly be an advantage to North Shore, which puts up 32.5 points per game. They can thank Ross Murphy (17 touchdowns) for a good chunk of that. Cathedral's on a seven-game winning streak and is led by top flight receiver Kadeem Edge (13 touchdown receptions). Next
Bristol-Plymouth vs. Madison Park
at Weymouth High School, 5:15 p.m.
Bristol-Plymouth (5-6) won when it needed to most, beating a vaunted Blue Hills team 28-26 on Thanksgiving to snatch a spot in the playoffs. It was nothing short of a surprise after an up-and-down season. Madison Park (7-4) is still reeling after two straight losses, including a 16-14 loss to Dorchester for the unofficial Boston championship and a tepid 6-0 defeat to O'Bryant on Thanksgiving. Both teams have a number of players who can do damage on offense, but this one may come down to defense. Madison Park is allowing only 7.6 points per game. Back to the beginning
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