ST. JOHN’S PREP (9-1) vs. ANDOVER (10-1)
at Cawley Stadium, Lowell, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — The easy way to look at this is Andover wants a high-scoring game, St. John’s Prep does not. If Andover’s CJ Scarpa (32 TD passes), Will Keikkinen Heikkinen (9 TD receptions), and Cam Farnham (11 TD receptions) add to their totals, it will be one and done for the Eagles. But one thing should make Andover fans nervous: Prep had little trouble beating Central Catholic, the same team that went to the wire with the Golden Warriors on Thanksgiving.
WEYMOUTH (8-3) vs. BROCKTON (8-3)
at Weymouth, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — Two teams, finally healthy, but with plenty of concerns. Has anyone forgotten Weymouth’s loss to 2-8 Norwood? And that Thanksgiving mashing at the hands of Walpole wasn’t pleasant. But with David Harrison and a healthy Ozzy Colarusso, the Wildcats are dangerous. The Brockton losses have been easier to swallow. Reading (11-0), St. John’s Prep (9-1), and Pinkerton (10-2) are talented teams. Led by Austin Roberts, the Boxers have won five in a row.
MASCONOMET (9-2) vs. EVERETT (9-1)
at Manning Field, Lynn, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — The almost three-week layoff will hurt Everett. The almost three-week layoff will help Everett. Which sentence you agree with will determine your feelings on this one. Except for the rain-soaked loss to Barnstable, the Crimson Tide have overcome a long list of injuries and had another great season, led by Greater Boston League MVP Jakarrie Washington. As for Masco, the Chieftains have a lot of guys who contribute to an impressive puzzle.
LINCOLN-SUDBURY (10-1) vs. BARNSTABLE (10-0)
at Taunton, 5:15 p.m.
The rundown — If offense wins games and defense wins championships, who would you pick in this one? No. 1-ranked Barnstable has scored 50 or more points three times and has the highest scoring offense in the division at 37.6 points per game. No. 12 L-S has the best defense in the division, allowing just 8.1 points per game. Last season in this same game on this same field, L-S handed Barnstable a 13-0 lead before scoring the next 14 points to take the surprising win. If it’s low scoring again, the answer to the that first question should be L-S.
TEWKSBURY (7-4) vs. READING (11-0)
at Reading, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — Reading should not be deceived by Tewksbury’s record. The Redmen beat 9-2 Lowell, and almost beat L-S (15-12), Andover (51-42), and Central Catholic (16-7). And of course, Tewksbury beat Reading last fall in the playoffs on the Rockets’ home turf. Although Tewksbury may not need a GPS to get to Reading, it will need to find a way to stop Middlesex Liberty MVP Drew Belcher and score against a Rockets defense that was the best in EMass (4.7 ppg).
DUXBURY (11-0) vs. MANSFIELD (7-4)
at Bridgewater-Raynham, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — With 37 straight wins and facing an opponent with four losses, including two of its last three games, it would be easy to write in Duxbury as a Super Bowl participant. But just in case, better to use a pencil. For starters, Mansfield must shore up a defense that gave up 183 yards on the ground on Thanksgiving to Foxboro’s Kiivone Howard. Even if that happens, Duxbury quarterback Sean McCarthy directs an offense that is relentless and diverse.
BEVERLY (11-0) vs. BURLINGTON (10-1)
at Burlington, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — Except for Burlington’s 22-15 loss to unbeaten Reading, this could be a matchup of unbeatens. No. 7 Beverly is led by CAL/NEC Division 2 MVP Brendan Flaherty and an offense that checks in at 37.2 ppg. No. 8 Burlington is led by Middlesex Freedom MVP Anthony Cruz (1,302 yards rushing, 383 yards receiving) and Marcus Odiah (1,727 yards rushing). Cruz and Odiah, also the school’s career rushing leader, can wear you down. Beverly beat Division 1A powers Masco (9-2) and Lynn Classical (7-3) by a combined 72-21.
NATICK (10-1) vs. PLYMOUTH SOUTH (8-3)
at Braintree, 7:45 p.m.
The rundown — Maybe you’ve heard, Natick has another Flutie. But the interesting note about junior quarterback Troy Flutie isn’t his impressive offensive numbers (29 TD passes), it’s his recent work on defense. Playing defensive back, he has interceptions in his last two games. But that may not be as important against Plymouth South, which prefers to grind it out, led by Dylan Oxsen and his school-record 35 touchdowns and 211 points. South’s three losses were all in September. Since then, the Panthers have won seven straight.
WAYLAND (8-3) vs. WESTWOOD (8-3) Continued...