Games to Watch in EMass. football




Division 1

Everett at Mansfield, Friday, Sep. 14, 7 p.m. The two-time defending D1 state champions face a Mansfield team with D2 championship aspirations. Senior quarterback Damani Scott could even give Everett’s speedy defense issues.

King Philip at Attleboro, Friday, Sep. 21, 7 p.m. — There is a chance King Philip takes a state-best 27-game winning streak to Attleboro. The Bombardiers have the size up front to bully the Warriors and potentially end their run.

Xaverian at Catholic Memorial, Friday, Sep. 28, 7 p.m. — The Knights have an athletic defense and a sage veteran now on the sideline in John DiBiaso. Will that be enough to stop the Hawks’ patented smash-mouth offense?

St. John’s Prep at Bridgewater-Raynham, Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. — The Eagles take another trip South to face a perennial power. If victorious, this could put a bow on Prep’s resume and gift them with a high seed in the D1 North state tournament.

Division 2

Lincoln-Sudbury at Melrose, Friday, Sep. 14, 7 p.m. —The Division 2 finalist will have an early test against the defending Division 4 state champion. A big and physical Warriors squad will look to embrace those attributes against a Red Raider squad that features speed.

Central Catholic at North Andover, Friday, Sep. 21, 7 p.m. — The Scarlet Knights have a talented cast returning and can make an early statement in the Merrimack Valley Conference and Division 2.

King Philip at Mansfield , Friday, Sep. 28, 7 p.m. — Will the Hockomock League title be decided in this last September matchup?

Division 3

Tewksbury at BC High, Friday, Sep. 21, 7 p.m. — The defending Division 3 North champ Redmen will be challenged by a BC High squad entering Week 3 under new coach Jonathan Brillo.

Malden Catholic at Bishop Feehan, Friday, Sep. 28, 6:30 p.m. — Feehan is one of the programs that found its way onto Malden Catholic’s slate when the Lancers radically altered their schedule, dropping three of their four Catholic Conference opponents.

Hingham at Duxbury, Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. — Duxbury has won 10 straight Patriot League titles. The Dragons knocked Hingham off twice last season, including a thrilling 14-13 come-from-behind win in the regular-season finale.

Division 4

Wayland at Hopkinton, Friday, 7 p.m. — These two teams clashed on opening night, with the Hillers hanging on for an 18-14 victory. Hopkinton went on to capture the D4 South title. This could be a D4 semifinal preview.

Wilmington at Melrose, Friday, Sep. 28, 7 p.m. — Until dethroned, Melrose reigns over the Middlesex Freedom League, but Wilmington could prove to be a difficult test for the defending state champions.

Division 5

Somerville at Lynn Classical, Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. — A deep and talented Rams team could meet its match in a late regular season contest against Somerville. The Highlanders are one of the fastest teams in the North and possess and explosive defense capable of stopping some of the top teams in the state.

Dennis-Yarmouth at Marshfield, Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. — In the final year of the Atlantic Coast League, the two perennial conference powers meet in a contest that could decide the league title. The reigning D5 state champion Dolphins dominated the Rams in last season’s clash.

Scituate at East Bridgewater, Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. — A duel of two of the best QBs in the South, Aidan Sullivan (Scituate) and Liam LeVangie (EB).

Division 6

Norwell at Rockland, Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. — These two Division 6 South semifinalists from 2017 meet in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Division 7

Tech Boston at Latin Academy, Friday, Sep. 21, 6 p.m. – A clash of two of the best teams in the Boston City League. This will go a long way in determining the BCL North champ.

Division 8


Pope John at St. John Paul II, Saturday, Oct. 13 — This North/South battle could have major implications in the next-to-last week of the regular season.

Globe correspondents on the school staff contributed to this report.

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