Let’s take a look at some of this weekend’s Super Bowl match-ups and some of the key players that will impact these games. We will pick the outcome of these games later on this week.
Division 1 – Xaverian versus Everett in the Division 1 Super Bowl in Lynn on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Wow, what a game. They already met back in September with Xaverian coming out on top in a close 17-14 win but this Everett offense has improved dramatically since that game having scored over thirty five points in every game since the end of September. Not only do they have U Conn bound QB Jordan McAfee running their offense but they also have a number of running backs and wide receivers including Marvens Fedna, Chris Jenkins, Mike Sainristal and Jason Maitre that can contribute at a high level. The problem is they will be going against the Xaverian defense which is the best in the state with stars like Brown bound DE Cal Flanders, LB AJ Ryan, LB Colin Lama and DB Mehki Henderson. If McAfee can throw against the Hawks defense they could generate enough points to pull the upset.
Division 1A – King Philip versus Reading at Gillette Saturday at 8:00 PM. KP looks to finish off a perfect season coming off a tough 33-28 victory over Bridgewater Raynham. Led by RB Shane Frommer, RB John DeLuca and a punishing offensive line, look for KP to win out over a tough Reading team led by QB Corey Diloretto and RB Nick DiNapoli.
Division 2 – Duxbury versus Shrewsbury at Gillette. After not playing their starters on Thanksgiving, we finally see the full Duxbury squad on the field against Shrewsbury. Loaded with talent including QB Bobby Maimaron with offensive threats in RB Devin DeMeritt and Harvard bound WR Ryan Reagan. Duxbury sacrificed a perfect season by losing to a very good Marshfield team in a 53-0 drubbing on Thanksgiving so look for Duxbury to come out flying and win against a solid Shrewsbury team led by MLB Mike Mulvena and OLB A.J. Laramee. It would have been fun to see the full Duxbury team on the field against a Marshfield team that had three close losses to undefeated Falmouth, undefeated King Philip and a very good Catholic Memorial team. The MIAA really needs to move to a Super 8 type format where the top eight teams across divisions are pulled out and play one another for the state championship. Sitting starters on Thanksgiving in advance of a Super Bowl game just goes against everything high school football is all about.
Division 2A – Marblehead versus Falmouth at Gillette at 3:30 PM. In a match-up of unbeaten teams, can QB Nick Couhig, RB Mike LaFrange and the Clippers finally give Marblehead a game? The Magicians have dominated every game they have played this season but the Falmouth offense has been consistent as they have racked up wins over good competition. That being said, look for Marblehead TE Andy Clough and WR Derek Marino to power the Marblehead offense to a win.
Division 3 – Hanover versus Grafton Saturday at Gillette at 11:00 AM in a match-up of unbeaten teams. Look for Hanover running back Brad Rodgers and Grafton’s WR/DB Ifeatu Melifonwu to provide the fireworks in a close game.
Division 3A – East Bridgewater versus St. Mary’s of Lynn at Gillette at 9:00 AM – Unbeaten St. Mary’s led by RBs Calvin Johnson and Abraham Toe look to stay perfect against a tough East Bridgewater squad led by junior RB Eric Duhamel.
Division 4 – Mashpee versus Wachonah at Gillette – Sophomore WR Devaun Ford, 6’4″ WR Michael Barrows and QB Nick Carpenter look to lead the Mashpee Falcons and look to keep pace with the high scoring Wahconah offense led by senior QB Will Genaway.
Division 4A – Maynard versus Millis-Hopedale Saturday at Worcester State at noon. The high scoring Maynard offense led by senior RB Nate Duplessis looks to stay unbeaten against a skilled Millis-Hopedale team led by star WR Brian Espanet and 6’8″ and 255 pound freshman tackle Kevin Pyne.