High School: Week 3 Preview

Another huge week on tap in both the MIAA and NEPSAC. A lot of these results will shape how we view the rest of the season.

Let’s take a closer look.

St. John’s (DC) at No. 2 Springfield Central — As I said in a Twitter thread on Tuesday, St. John’s is the definition of a national high school football program. This is as talented a team as you will see. Springfield Central has been rolling through its early schedule. If the Golden Eagles can pull this one out, there’s no telling what they can accomplish.

No. 3 Xaverian at No. 4 King Philip — As far as in-state games, this is the best one on the docket. Xaverian has been excellent so far, while King Philip has rolled in wins over BC High and Needham. Have to feel that this one is a tossup, and expect the running games to be in focus.

No. 5 Duxbury at No. 7 Franklin — Both of these teams have two quality wins so far. Duxbury beat Hanover and Scituate, while Franklin beat Wachusett and Brockton. It appears that Franklin has just reloaded, while Duxbury has shown good balance on offense. Franklin may be the slight favorite here.

No. 11 Marblehead at No. 20 North Andover — This is a great game, and may be even more of one after the first couple of weekends. Marblehead is coming off a bit of a close call in a win over Lynnfield. North Andover earned a nice victory over Lincoln-Sudbury to start the year, and is very good up front.

No. 24 Holliston at No. 17 Milton — This looks like another real good one. Holliston was a little bit down by its standards the last couple years, but looks to be back this fall. Milton has been throwing it efficiently, and is one of the early favorites in Division 3. This feels like a tossup.

No. 6 Milford at Natick — Milford looks like one of the best teams in the state early on. The Scarlet Hawks have been strong on both offense and defense. Natick is coming off a lopsided loss to Walpole, but we still feel the Redhawks have enough to be dangerous.

Worcester South at No. 19 Grafton — Right now, it looks like Grafton is either the best, or second-best team in Central Mass. The Gators are coming off a real nice win over Masconomet. Worcester South has come a long way, and has beaten Leicester and St. Paul so far.

No. 21 Walpole at Wellesley — Walpole made a statement with its win over Natick. The Timberwolves looked great on both sides of the ball, and could be in for a special season. Wellesley is 1-1 with a win over Longmeadow and a loss to Milford.

Middleboro at Taunton — Both of these teams are in our 15 out. We want to keep an eye on both. Middleboro was good last year, and seems to have carried over that momentum. Taunton was targeted as a sleeper in the Hockomock, and will be tough to beat this season.

Bishop Feehan at St. Mary’s — Bishop Feehan is off to a bit of a slow start with losses to Attleboro and North Attleboro. St. Mary’s looks like one of the favorites in D6 and already owns wins over Winthrop and KIPP Academy. St. Mary’s is explosive on offense.

Auburn at Maynard — Each of these teams has a quality win over an Eastern Mass. team so far. Maynard beat Chelmsford, and Auburn defeated Swampscott. This should be an even matchup of two 2-0 teams who should have big postseason plans.

BB&N at Milton Academy — The ISL is getting started this week, and the league is jumping right in with a game between two of the best teams in the NEPSAC. This will be played under the lights in Milton. Milton has won this in each of the last two ISL seasons, and the winner has an inside track on the league title.