ESPN Boston's Week 3 picks

Another week over, a new one’s about to begin.

Here are five games we're looking for on this weekend’s football slate, with predictions from staff writers Brendan Hall and Scott Barboza, along with predicted scores on the other games you should be paying attention to.

NO. 1 BROCKTON (2-0) AT NO. 2 XAVERIAN (2-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The skinny: What hasn’t been said about this matchup already? The Boxers and the Hawks are about as evenly matched as you can imagine, even when looking at the teams’ history playing each other. The all-time series between Brockton and Xaverian is tied 13-all. We expect this “rubber match” will be just as close.

Hall: Six letters: ALJ (Albert Louis-Jean). FTW. Brockton, 21-13

Barboza: The matchup I’m watching is Boxers running back Trevon Offley against the Hawks linebackers, led by Chris Tamasi. But I think Brockton has too many weapons in the passing game. Brockton, 28-24

NO. 17 METHUEN (1-1) AT NO. 9 BILLERICA (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

The skinny: Methuen’s Cal Carroll (six TDs—five passing, one rushing) is coming off a huge week against Malden. And Billerica’s defense has been prone to giving up yards in large chunks, so this one could turn into a shootout pretty quickly.

Hall: The Rangers impressed the heck out of me last week with a dominant second half against Malden. They will be Billerica's toughest test to date, and I like the chances of an upset here. LaSpada is all-world once again, but don't sleep on Raudy Minaya. Methuen, 17-10

Barboza: For the first time this year, LaSpada doesn’t put up video game numbers. But the Indians still win. Billerica 31-24

BB&N (0-0) AT BELMONT HILL (0-0), Saturday, 2 p.m.

The skinny: Last year, BB&N provided the only legitimate challenge to Lawrence Academy’s supremacy. But last year’s roster has been largely stripped away and some are calling for the Knights to have a down year. Quarterback Eric Bertino is back though and should get help from a couple of transfers in linebacker Chris Coady and lineman Dan Connaughton. BB&N faces a first-week challenge from Belmont Hill quarterback Tyler West and top-target receiver Zach Williams.

Hall: Another rite of fall here. Of all the years, I think this is the year Kevin Fleming takes down the Knights. Belmont Hill, 14-10

Barboza: The cupboard may be bare compared to last year, but the Knights still have enough. BB&N, 17-14

NO. 15 ST. JOHN’S PREP (2-0) AT NO. 3 EVERETT (1-0), Saturday, 2 p.m.

The skinny: The Crimson Tide spent last week with their heels kicked up on a bye week, while the Eagles went down to the wire and escaped with a 22-21 comeback win over Central Catholic. So it will be interesting to see how the teams look early. For St. John’s Prep to win, the name of this game will be ball control and keeping Everett’s spread attack off the field as long as possible.

Hall: The Eagles will likely provide better coverage matchups than what the Tide saw in week one, but it's going to be very tough to shut down not one, but two elite receivers as skilled as the Asprilla-Costello pair. Everett, 22-14.

Barboza: The Eagles secondary has a tall task in covering Asprilla and Costello. I like the Tide in that regard. Everett, 14-13

SILVER LAKE (2-0) AT PLYMOUTH NORTH (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The skinny: After nearly pulling off a big upset for the second week in a row, Plymouth North fell to Duxbury, 16-12, with a two-point conversion play creating the difference. Now, Matt Walsh and the Eagles are home to welcome regional non-league rival Silver Lake. The Lakers, led by senior quarterback Mitch Graziano, are off and running after wins over Coyle-Cassidy and New Bedford.

Hall: Right now, I can't think of anyone with more steely nerves with the game on the line than Matt Walsh. Maybe he can save this economy, too. P-North, 24-21.

Barboza: This one’s a coin flip, but I like the Lakers’ ability to defend the run a little bit more. Silver Lake, 27-24


Durfee 20, Taunton 16

Lynn English 28, Beverly 21

Apponequet 17, Seekonk 14

Franklin 21, Attleboro 10

No. 25 Barnstable 31, Sandwich 21

Abington 27, Bishop Feehan 14

Marshfield 17, Bridgewater-Raynham 14

Catholic Memorial 27, Hartford (Vt.) 10

Central Catholic 27, Dracut 21

Scituate 14, Cohasset 7

Revere 21, Danvers 14

No. 13 Falmouth 27, Dartmouth 14

No. 6 Gloucester 31, Winthrop 7

No. 23 Dennis-Yarmouth 34, Hingham 24

Wakefield 14, Lexington 13

Lincoln-Sudbury 28, Masconomet 20

Lawrence 20, Lowell 17

Malden 14, Acton-Boxborough 7

Somerville 21, Malden Catholic 17

Medfield 27, Hopkinton 14

Weymouth 16, Milton 14

Rockland 24, Rutland (Vt.) 20

Stoughton 21, Foxborough 20

Tewksbury 27, Andover 20

Lynn Classical 28, Marblehead 21

Duxbury 27, New Bedford 24

Lawrence Academy 31, Milton Academy 24

St. Sebastian’s 21, Noble & Greenough 14

Somerset 23, Bishop Stang 21

Governor’s Academy 21, Thayer Academy 14

Rivers 14, St. Paul’s 7

Martha’s Vineyard 27, Coyle-Cassidy 20