High School Football: Thoughts on Week One of the MIAA Playoffs.

E.J Perry and the Andover Warriors have a date with St. John’s Prep in the second round of the MIAA playoffs. 

Week One of the MIAA Football playoffs went according to plan but Week 2 featured some key match-ups and potential upsets. 

1. Everett proved on Saturday night that you can’t count them out in Division One North. Crimson Tide coach John DiBiaso has a talented squad and they played up to their ability against Haverhill.

2. Lexington, Andover lived up to the pre-game hype. E.J Perry and the Warriors kept chipping away and when the game was on the line, Perry delivered. 

3. King Philip, Wellesley, B.R and Marshfield all won their opening round playoff games. That means we are going to have two great games this weekend in Division 1A South.

4. St. John’s Prep dominated Acton-Boxboro on Saturday. The Eagles look like a force and with Mike Yarin coming along at quarterback, the Prep is heading towards a collision course with Everett.

5. Xaverian made quick work of Franklin setting up a second meeting with Catholic Memorial who beat Needham. The Hawks are rolling along and with all due respect to the other teams in the bracket, I don’t see anyone beating them in the next two weeks.

6. The Division 2 South match-ups this coming weekend could be two of the best games of the weekend. Stoughton at Duxbury, North Attleboro at Dartmouth. Enough said! 

7. It’s hard to believe, but there people out there who thought that Middleboro was going to beat Holliston. People are still second guessing Todd Kiley’s Panthers.

8. Central Mass isn’t as loaded as it usually is but St. John’s Shrewsbury might have the formula to win a Super Bowl. They run the football effectively out of their spread offense and they play good defense. That recipe usually tastes good this time of year.

9. In D2 North, Tewksbury hosts the always dangerous Beverly Panthers while Billerica hosts Masco. Both games should be good but I’d be lying if I said the football fan in me wasn’t pulling for a Tewksbury, Billerica rematch next weekend.

10. Watertown is flying under the radar but John Cacace’s Raiders have been one of the better teams in Eastern Mass this season and have a chance to make a statement in D3 North this weekend as they host Newburyport in Round 2.