ESPNBoston's Week 2 picks

(Editor's note: Several of the game predictions in the "Rest of the Best" category were already played Thursday. Check out the scores here.)

One week in the book and a new one’s about to start.

Here are six 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.


The skinny: Prep opened with a 31-0 win over Peabody, highlighted by Tyler Coppola’s 63-yard touchdown run. Meanwhile, Central Catholic scored a 28-14 victory over Marlborough, but had to rally late, breaking a 14-14 tie with 14 fourth-quarter points. Mike McDermott and new transfer Ben Onet split the quarterbacking duties. Onet, a junior who played at DeMatha Catholic (Md.) last year, was declared eligible hours before last week’s game and will be an X-factor to the Raiders’ success this season.

Hall: DeMatha Catholic alums Brian Westbrook, Danny Ferry and Adrian Dantley arrive to show their support. Central Catholic, 24-23

Barboza: I think this one comes down to each team’s running game. As much as I like Tyler Coppola, I like the Raiders’ linebackers led by Musumarra and Jaycob Morales to fill the running lanes. I feel a low-scoring affair coming in this one and I think the visitors will be rude house guests to the Eagles. Central Catholic, 10-7.


The skinny: Barnstable is coming off a record-setting night from junior quarterback D.J. Crook, ESPNBoston’s week one Player of the Week (school-record 422 yards, 6 TD), while getting remarkable production from wide receiver Jordan Henderson, too. D-Y turned many heads north of the Cape with a 43-18 stunner over Taunton, and there’s another Montalto (Matt) under center which means, yes, the Dolphins can chuck, too.

Hall: I watched the film from the Taunton game, and was impressed with how physical the Dolphins were at the point of attack. Still, I think Crook goes off for a triple-double, and Henderson sinks two free throws late to ice the win. Barnstable, 45-44

Barboza: Two words: BARN. BURNER. Barnstable, 42-35

MALDEN (1-0) AT NO. 20 METHUEN (0-1)

The skinny: On the heels of a last-minute upset at the hands of Plymouth North last Friday, Methuen will be on the rebound and looking for a little momentum before MVC play begins. The Golden Tornadoes are big in the trenches, but were snake-bitten in the preseason with injuries to Jamie McInerney (ACL) and Chris Miller (ACL). Still, they looked smooth in their week one win over Haverhill, especially athlete Franky Dunn (four touchdowns).

Hall: Let’s call this game “R3”, because there’s going to be some serious hit-stick action on both sides. Also be on the lookout for Malden’s junior linebacker, Witchevalence “Witchie” Exilhomme. The name might twist your tongue, but he’s a specimen. Tornadoes take it late. Malden, 14-10

Barboza:Methuen will come out with guns ablaze after last week's upset. Methuen, 14-10


The skinny: Both teams looked remarkably polished in their season-openers, with KP’s Chris Cacciola (177 rushing yards, 3 TD) leading a win over Wayland while Attleborough’s Nate Robitaille showed his alleged 4.6 speed wasn’t a fib, scoring five times in three different ways (passing, rushing, returning). After blowing out city rival Bishop Feehan, 49-14, the Bombardiers are kicking off their first league game as the newest member of the Hockomock.

Hall: Another high-scoring affair. I’m feeling lucky, and I’m in a good mood, but at the end of the day I think the Warriors have more horses to get it done. KP, 38-35.

Barboza: Upset special alert: I like the Blue Bombardiers in the Hockomock opener. Attleborough, 28-21


The skinny: The Clippers took care of business last week with a win over Foxborough, and now must travel to Dilboy Stadium to face upstart Somerville. The Highlanders are coming off a 28-0 shutout of Greater Lawrence, keeping speedster Joe Pizzuto out of the end zone and getting solid production from quarterback Rob Pratt (193 all-purpose yards, 2 TD).

Hall: Highlanders are finally seeing their ambitious scheduling strategy pay off, and their skill players are underrated. OK, so I also live in Davis Square, and would like my neighbors to remain happy. Somerville, 21-20.

Barboza: Too much Dillon Mansfield for Somerville to handle. Falmouth, 20-14

NO. 16 LONGMEADOW (1-0) AT NO. 4 ST. JOHNS (S) (1-0)

The skinny: Both teams are coming off dominating shutout wins, the Pioneers blasting Holy Name 40-0 while Longmeadow dispatched Amherst 47-0. After getting pounded in last year’s meeting in Longmeadow, 42-14, the Lancers travel to Shrewsbury looking to return the favor.

Hall: Richard Rodgers had five touchdowns in last year’s meeting, and he could have five more this year if the Lancers' coverage over the top isn’t airtight. Still, I think this will be a lot more competitive than in 2009. St. John’s, 28-21.

Barboza: Best of the Central versus best of the West. Central prevails. St. John’s, 30-21

The Rest of the Best:

Abington 14, Archbishop Williams 10

No. 17 Reading 24, Masconomet 21

Stoughton 21, Somerset 7

Apponequet 28, Dighton-Rehoboth 21

Foxboro 27, Dartmouth 14

No. 6 Gloucester 31, Andover 27

Westwood 34, Hopkinton 24

Marshfield 14, Lincoln-Sudbury 6

Medway 28, Medfield 17

Wayland 24, Newton South 7

Weymouth 17, Framingham 16

Swampscott 34, Winchester 21

Hingham 21, Cohasset 13

No. 1 Brockton 30, Taunton 23

No. 24 Duxbury 31, Plymouth North 20

No. 5 BC High 21, Springfield Central 0

Catholic Memorial 35, Haverhill 14

No. 10 Mansfield 14, Minnechaug 12

Nashua South 14, Lowell 0

North Attleborough 28, Bishop Feehan 17

Cardinal Spellman 16, Norwell 13

Saugus 22, Salem 7

Milford 17, Tyngsborough 0

No. 12 Wakefield 21, Lynn Classical 20

Rockland 24, Whitman-Hanson 6

Billerica 35, Woburn 17

Whittier 17, Revere 14

Greater Lawrence 28, South Boston 14

Austin Prep 6, Wilmington 3

New Bedford 21, Silver Lake 3

Lawrence 22, Tewksbury 21

No. 2 Xaverian 28, Waltham 17

No. 11 Westford 38, Dracut 35

Franklin 24, Arlington Catholic 22

Burlington 21, Arlington 0

Needham 17, Newton North 10

No. 25 Auburn 21, Grafton 17

Nashoba Regional 25, Clinton 13

Doherty 34, Leominster 32

Shepherd Hill 21, Gardner 8

Shrewsbury 17, Westborough 6

West Springfield 14, Holyoke 0

Oakmont Regional 24, Tantasqua Regional 14