NO. 5 BC HIGH (2-1) AT NO. 13 FALMOUTH (3-0), Friday 7 p.m.
The skinny: Twenty-two to twenty inside two minutes: BC High's two-point attempt is stopped by the Clippers defense and they escape with a win that puts Falmouth football back on the map. This week's matchup moves down Route 28 to Falmouth and will likely come down to which team's running back -- BC High's Preston Cooper and Falmouth's Nelson Baptiste -- has the bigger game.
Hall: Eagles feel like they’re coming into town on a mission. And you’ve got to admit, they haven’t exactly been stiffs so far. BC, 21-12
Barboza: With the weather potentially wreaking havoc on this one, it's two teams slugging it out on the ground. BC, 14-7
No. 17 ST. JOHN’S PREP (2-1) AT NO. 3 BROCKTON (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: The Boxers have to move past last week's overtime loss to Xaverian and there will be no letdown this week against Top 25 opponent St. John's Prep. The Eagles are also trying to put last week's loss to Everett in the rear-view mirror. This one could come down to either team's running game with Trevon Offley (who run very hard against the Hawks last week) going toe-to-toe with Tyler Coppola.
Hall: The upside with Paul Mroz is tremendous, and I’ve even heard a few comparisons to former Boxer and NFL quarterback Mark Hartsell. I expect him to get back on track tonight. Brockton, 28-13.
Barboza: Trevon Offley will go off in this one. Brockton, 27-7
No. 24 BARNSTABLE (2-1) AT NO. 2 EVERETT (2-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The skinny: Both teams like to throw the ball, which could make this either a shootout or a one-sided affair. The tale of the tape figures to favor Everett, which has a stellar secondary led by Manny Asprilla, Matt Costello, Ra’ees Wingard and Kenny Calaj. But Barnstable’s D.J. Crook, meanwhile, has thrown for 14 scores and nearly 1,000 yards through the first month.
Hall: I don’t know what’s cooler, Barnstable going for two every time out of a Tebow-like formation, or Shaquille Taylor lining up as the lead blocker in Everett’s goal line packages. Everett, 35-14
Barboza: The Red Raiders have to play ball control to have a chance in this one. Mr. Reddy, get at your ready. Still, too much on the Crimson side. Everett, 31-20
BISHOP GUERTIN (3-0) AT NO. 8 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: Guertin, the No. 3 ranked team in New Hampshire, owned the Knights in the two teams’ meeting last season in Nashua, winning 52-13 and outgaining them 450-121 in yards of offense. CM, led by a highly-touted junior class that includes Armani Reeves and Camren Williams, is coming off a dominant win over Hartford, one of the top teams in Vermont.
Hall: If Reeves looks as good tonight as he does on film, there will be some happy heads in West Roxbury. CM, 28-14
Barboza: Ditto. Reeves will be the name on everybody's tongue come Monday morning. CM, 27-21
MEDWAY (2-1) AT NO. 16 HOLLISTON (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: Holliston and its no-huddle "blood" offense, is scoring at a blistering pace, averaging 48 points per game and already racking up over 1,000 yards of offense in the first month of the season. Medway, a TVL dark horse led by Mike Ozella and Matt Ford, has rebounded with two very nice wins following a 23-14 loss to Norton on opening weekend.
Hall: This was such an epic game last season, however I just think the Panthers have too many weapons. That said, the Mustangs have been candid in the past about their tendency not to blitz (back when I was at The Globe, a player once told me the coaches "tell us blitzing is just covering up your weaknesses"); I wonder if that strategy might actually benefit the Mustangs, with the Panthers’ spread tendencies and the talent Medway’s got in the trenches. Holliston, 35-28.
Barboza: Is a tropical wind the only thing that can slow the Panthers' attack? Maybe not. Holliston, 28-26
NEEDHAM (3-0) AT WEYMOUTH (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: In a matchup that some feel has huge implications on the Bay State Carey race, Weymouth enters tonight’s game coming off a 41-14 defeat of Milton. Led by brothers Dylan and Aussie Colarusso, the Wildcats are strong and deep in the running game (nothing new here). Needham, led by senior quarterback Kevin Brennan, is high-powered on offense again, averaging 32.6 points per game.
Hall: Kevin Mackin’s squads are always well-coached on the line. Perhaps not coincidentally, he’s a great wrestling coach. OK, so I was also born at South Shore Hospital, way back in ’85. Weymouth, 24-7.
Barboza: Colarusso (squared) for the win. Weymouth, 21-14
REVERE (3-0) AT SWAMPSCOTT (2-1), Saturday, 12 p.m.
The skinny: Trae Weathers has been playing like Carl Weathers (aka "APOLLOOO CREEEEED") in the last year or so and has picked up where he left off (1,225 rushing yards, 16 TDs in 2009) in 2010 for the 3-0 (3-0?!) Patriots. The key, however, will be how Revere's defense can contain Steve Dembowski's spread offense.
Hall: I like feel-good stories. I also like ordering a Super Roast Beef with sauce and mayo at Kelly’s. Revere, 27-21
Barboza: This one's purely sentirmental and what it would mean if Revere got out to a 4-0 start. Revere, 14-7
BEST OF THE REST
No. 4 St. John’s (S) 28, Fitchburg 14
No. 15 King Philip 21, Foxborough 7
No. 12 Reading 24, Melrose 3
No. 21 Dennis-Yarmouth 35, Marshfield 21
Rockland 14, Mashpee 0
Hopkinton 17, Norton 10
Andover 28, Haverhill 7
Acton-Boxborough 17, Concord-Carlisle 14
Somerset 23, Dartmouth 17
Billerica 38, Dracut 35
Nashoba 13, Holy Name 6
Wilmington 16, Lexington 7
Methuen 27, Lowell 13
No. 22 Westford 21, Masconomet 20
Marlborough 14, Shrewsbury 10
Silver Lake 13, Scituate 0
Central Catholic 25, Tewksbury 19
Lincoln-Sudbury 28, Wayland 24
No. 1 Xaverian 30, Somerville 20
Dexter 21, New Hampton 10
BB&N 24, St. Sebastian’s 17
Rivers 35, Governor’s Academy 17
Burlington 31, Belmont 28
No. 25 Plymouth North 26, Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) 21
New Bedford 16, Bridgewater-Raynham 3
Minnechaug 27, East Longmeadow 23
South Hadley 17, West Springfield 14