ESPN Boston Week 2 Football Picks

No. 7 NATICK (0-0) at WEYMOUTH (0-0), Thursday, 4 p.m.

Scott Barboza: For all the offensive questions on either side, I’m taking a look at the Redhawks defense in this one and linebacker Gus Black. Natick, 31-24.

Brendan Hall: Wondering where Dave Harrison lines up tonight for Weymouth given the recent injury trouble. The Wildcats are at their best when funneling their offense through a dual-threat quarterback, and if Harrison's not a go they could be in trouble. For Natick, look for Troy Flutie to spread the ball around a little more now that Brian Dunlap is on the shelf. Natick, 27-17.

BC HIGH (0-1) at ANDOVER (0-1), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: With a game under their collective belts, Eagles quarterback Sean Holleran and Co. will have a better outing in Week 2. BC High, 20-14.

Hall: Eagles badly needed that win over North Attleborough last weekend, and if they don't score a victory here, I don't know what direction this team goes in. BC High, 13-7.

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH (0-0) at CAMBRIDGE (1-0), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: Falcons keep the Week 1 momentum rolling. Cambridge, 26-21.

Hall: A-B is going to provide a stiffer test than Greater Lawrence last week. Still, this one should have some fireworks to it. A-B, 35-31.

No. 19 TEWKSBURY (1-0) at LINCOLN-SUDBURY (1-0), Friday, 6 p.m.

Barboza: Doesn’t matter if it’s James Sullivan or Eddie Matovu, the Redmen are getting it done on the ground. Tewksbury, 21-14.

Hall: This is a tough rushing attack to scout, and while L-S will provide a stiff challenge like they always too, the Redmen are on a mission this season. Tewksbury, 20-10.

ATTLEBORO (0-0) at No. 24 BISHOP FEEHAN (0-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: Blue Bombardiers will start a new era with a bang against their cross-town rival. Attleboro, 20-14.

Hall: With the full undivided attention on Isaiah Douglas, one of the few holdovers from last year's Super Bowl champs, the senior two-way star shines. Feehan, 17-10.

No. 14 XAVERIAN (0-0) at No. 1 EVERETT (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: Crimson Tide showed they’re vulnerable last week; the new-look Hawks’ defense is opportunistic. Xaverian, 17-10.

Hall: That was a sloppy win by Everett, but the question at Xaverian remains: where will the points come from? Everett, 13-6.

WESTWOOD (1-0) at No. 22 KING PHILIP (1-0), Saturday, Noon

Barboza: The Wolverines may have had the upset of Week 1, but Joe Johnston and Christian Flaherty looked pretty locked in last week. King Philip, 27-21.

Westwood: You hear those footsteps? That's Bo Berluti coming around the corner. Wolverines make it 2-for-2 over ranked opponents in as many weeks. Westwood, 26-16.

No. 9 BROCKTON (0-0) at No. 5 ST. JOHN’S PREP (0-1), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Barboza: Both teams looking for win No. 1. It has slugfest written all over it. Prep, 10-7.

Hall: This one's going to be a grinder, but in the end Brockton's three-headed monster in the backfield outduels Prep's Loch Ness Monster at tailback. Brockton, 16-13.

No. 25 MILLIS/HOPEDALE (1-0) at EAST BRIDGEWATER (0-0), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Barboza: Look for another big week from the Mohawks’ Chris Ahl. M/H, 20-7.

Hall: This one's going down to the wire -- EB is no slouch -- but in the end the Mohawks' front four will hold on just enough to escape with victory. M/H, 24-20

No. 15 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-0) at No. 23 HAVERHILL (1-0), Saturday, 3 p.m.

Barboza: Week 1 was proof positive that Haverhill is for real, I just like the Raiders a little more in this one. Central, 31-27.

Hall: Last week's win over Lawrence was an uncharacteristic one -- how often do the Raiders get into shootouts? -- but Central cleans it up this week and does just enough to hold off Haverhill's star in the making, Ian Kessel. Central, 20-17.

No. 4 BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM (1-0) at No. 13 DUXBURY (1-0), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: Duxbury has been an Achilles’ heel for the Trojans in recent years. That trend changes this week. B-R, 23-21.

Hall: The Dragons of Duxbury have had B-R's number for I don't know how many years now, through the good and bad. Something tells me it's going to be different this year, the Trojans just have that edge to them. B-R, 21-13.

GAME OF THE WEEK – No. 12 ST. JOHN’S of SHREWSBURY (0-0) at No. 8 LEOMINSTER (0-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Barboza: Make it five in-a-row for the Blue Devils. Leominster, 27-20.

Hall: This past summer, I predicted St. John's would win this season-opening matchup and get this albatross off its back. After watching both of these squads tune up in the preseason, I'm switching my pick. You know the Pioneers are going to deploy something we haven't seen before, but I like Neil O'Connor's unpredictability just a little bit more. Leominster, 28-21.

Last Week’s Records:

Barboza – 5-6

Hall - 7-4