No. 4 Natick set to take on No. 17 Weymouth in football

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For most teams, losing arguably the state’s most prolific wide receiver to injury a week before its season opener would be an insurmountable hurdle.

But No. 4 Natick isn’t like most teams. And having senior quarterback Troy Flutie, the soon-to-be Boston College Eagle, under center certainly doesn’t hurt. The Redhawks march onto the field for their 2013 opener and first test run without injured Brian Dunlap Thursday night as they travel to No. 17 Weymouth. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m.

Dunlap, a junior, suffered a foot injury in a scrimmage Aug. 24 against Holliston that required surgery and was determined to be season-ending. Natick coach Mark Mortarelli knows Dunlap’s production — 86 catches, 1,550 yards, 23 touchdowns in 2012 — will be hard to match.

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