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Week 3 football preview and picks: BC High vs. Chelmsford

Week 3 brings a full slate of impact matchups across Massachusetts, starting in Chelmsford, where No. 3 BC High travels to take on the No. 8 Lions tonight. Chelmsford is coming on stronger than "Pumped Up Kicks," climbing the POWERADE state rankings after blanking Acton-Boxboro last week. BC High, on the other hand, is coming off a shootout loss to DePaul (N.J.).

And that's just one of many marquee games this week. On to the picks...

The Game:

No. 3 BC High at No. 8 Chelmsford

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Players:

BC High — Preston Cooper is one of the best backs in the state, and one of the very few players capable of taking games over. Look for Cooper to get the tough yards on the ground and also do some damage catching the ball out of the backfield.

Chelmsford — Quarterback Colby Emanouil was pivotal in the Lions' win over Acton-Boxboro last week, picking up huge first downs with his legs while rushing for over 100 yards. The senior is tough to bring down once he gets around the corner.

The Stakes:

BC High is looking to bounce back from an out-of-state loss by picking up a win against one of Massachusetts' best teams, while Chelmsford could vault into the top five with a victory.

The Prediction:

The Chelmsford defense looked unbelievable in a 26-0 shutout of A-B last week, but in Week 1 Westford Academy was able to gash the Lions for more than 200 rushing yards. Which defense will show up? I think Cooper bursts free often enough to put points on the board, and the BC High defense steps up after getting beaten soundly last week.

BC HIGH 20, CHELMSFORD 13

Other notable games:

St. Peter Marian at No. 7 Auburn

Auburn has now won 39 games in a row, and this Rockets alum is going to pick them in the next 39. AUBURN 22, ST. PETER MARIAN 6

No. 6 Xaverian at Brockton

Brockton still doesn't have it together on defense. The Boxers should get better as the season goes on, but right now they can't stop Xaverian. XAVERIAN 35, BROCKTON 14

Catholic Memorial at No. 10 St. John's (Shrewsbury)

CM appeared to be back on the track last week, before their game against Trumbull (Conn.) was called due to lighting issues. But I think SJS moves the ball on the ground and pulls this one out. ST. JOHN'S (SHREWSBURY) 17, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 14