High School Schedule/Selections, Tourney Explanations, Pro Pick

Regular Season Winding To A Close...

High school football was once run in a certain manner. We'd play through Thanksgiving, and then stage a series of Super Bowls. You'd get a limited playoff schedule with a lot (19) of Super Bowls.

All that was scrapped this year, save the Thanksgiving rivalry games. We now have a giant tournament that spans 4 weeks. Imagine 4 division groups- North, South, Central and West- broken up by enrollment size. Set them up in a sort of NCAA March Madness tournament that, because somebody has to name it, I shall call "The Gobbler."

Before, just the league champs made the playoffs, and they fought through a two-game playoff to make the Super Bowl. Now, those teams, some runner-ups, and a carefully-selected group of wild cards will enter a tournament. The South will play itself out, then the winner gets the North... while similar things are going on in Central and West. EMass plays Irrelevantville for all the mahhhhbles on December 7th.

Teams that don't make the playoffs- there will be much debate when the tournament officials cull the flock- will be scheduled on the fly somehow and play some meaningful-to-them games. Teams that are eliminated early in the tournament will play in a sort of consolation tournament comprised by seeding.

The tournament will be interrupted for the Thanksgiving games, which I presume will feature the bench players of any smart team in the tournament. A coach would be admirable but foolish to risk his star players in what is essentially a holiday exhibition game. I expect that the formerly fierce Duxbury/Marsh Vegas game will instead be a class reunion with a JV game being played behind it.

Essentially, we lose a week of spring football training and gain a week of December football. I like that part, I can stretch this gig into the Christmas shopping season.

I don't have a great opinion one way or the other on the matter. It makes little difference as to how I operate, although I admittedly operate in a particular, specialized niche. Most coaches I hear commenting on the matter like it the old way.

I have given you the basics... here is the complicated version.

Here are the power rankings from the Boston Globe, which seem pretty much in line with what the leaders look like heading down the stretch. Keep in mind, some teams with rotten records will rank higher because they played teams in higher divisions....

SOUTH

Division 1
  RECORD OWN OPP. PTS. RATING
Xaverian 5-1 48 47 95 15.83
Bridgewater-Raynham 4-2 36 49 85 14.17
Attleboro 5-1 42 42 84 14
BC High 4-2 38 38 76 12.67
Weymouth 4-2 38 27 65 10.83
Catholic Memorial 2-4 20 40 60 10
Brockton 3-3 28 31 59 9.83
Newton North 3-3 26 33 59 9.83
New Bedford 2-4 18 27 45 7.5
Franklin 2-4 18 24 42 7
Framingham 1-5 10 18 28 4.67
Brookline 0-6 0 16 16 2.67


Division 2
Mansfield 6-0 58 72 130 21.67
Barnstable 5-1 58 61 119 19.83
Natick 6-0 58 45 103 17.17
King Philip 5-1 46 51 97 16.17
Needham 5-1 54 35 89 14.83
Duxbury 4-1 32 37 69 13.80
Marshfield 4-2 32 36 68 11.33
Wellesley 3-3 28 25 53 8.83
Braintree 2-4 22 26 48 8
Quincy 4-2 34 12 46 7.67
Taunton 2-4 22 24 46 7.67
Durfee 0-6 0 17 17 2.83


Division 3SE
Plymouth South 4-1 42 40 82 16.40
Plymouth North 4-2 38 32 70 11.67
Dighton-Rehoboth 4-2 34 35 69 11.5
Silver Lake 4-2 44 25 69 11.5
Dartmouth 3-3 28 38 66 11
Nauset 3-3 28 30 58 9.67
Somerset Berkley 3-3 26 21 47 7.83
Pembroke 1-4 10 22 32 6.40
Falmouth 1-5 8 28 36 6
Sharon 1-5 8 25 33 5.5
Sandwich 1-5 10 20 30 5
Whitman-Hanson 0-6 0 25 25 4.17


Division 3SW

Oliver Ames 6-0 58 42 100 16.67

Hopkinton 4-2 38 42 80 13.33

North Attleborough 3-3 34 40 74 12.33
Stoughton 5-1 48 24 72 12
Walpole 4-2 38 29 67 11.17
Milton 3-3 28 29 57 9.5
Hingham 2-4 22 27 49 8.17
Medfield 3-3 26 21 47 7.83
Bishop Feehan 2-4 16 21 37 6.17
Milford 1-5 8 27 35 5.83
Norwood 0-6 0 25 25 4.17
North Quincy 1-5 8 11 19 3.17

Division 4
Westwood 5-1 52 65 117 19.5
Holliston 6-1 66 38 104 14.86
Norton 5-1 44 45 89 14.83
Dennis-Yarmouth 4-2 48 40 88 14.67
Scituate 5-1 56 29 85 14.17
Apponequet 5-1 44 39 83 13.83
Medway 3-3 32 51 83 13.83
Hanover 3-3 34 38 72 12
Foxborough 4-2 46 16 62 10.33
Bishop Stang 4-2 44 14 58 9.67
Middleborough 3-4 34 24 58 8.29
Wareham 1-5 8 21 29 4.83
Randolph 0-6 0 21 21 3.5
Canton 0-6 0 20 20 3.33
Coyle & Cassidy 0-6 0 20 20 3.33
Dedham 0-6 0 20 20 3.33

Division 5
Old Rochester 6-0 64 39 103 17.17
East Bridgewater 5-1 50 46 96 16
Abington 5-1 52 37 89 14.83
Cardinal Spellman 5-1 54 30 84 14
Rockland 4-2 44 40 84 14
Greater New Bedford 3-3 30 36 66 11
Seekonk 4-2 42 20 62 10.33
Dover-Sherborn 3-3 30 29 59 9.83
Archbishop Williams 2-4 24 30 54 9
Martha's Vineyard 2-4 24 27 51 8.5
Fairhaven 3-3 32 18 50 8.33
Norwell 2-4 16 31 47 7.83
Ashland 3-3 28 15 43 7.17
Bourne 1-5 10 23 33 5.5
Bellingham 0-7 0 29 29 4.14
Case 0-7 0 23 23 3.29


Division 6
Millis/Hopedale 5-1 60 38 98 16.33
Cohasset 5-1 54 41 95 15.83
Diman 5-1 50 42 92 15.33
Bristol-Plymouth 5-1 52 38 90 15
Pope John Paul II 4-2 40 44 84 14
Blue Hills 4-2 40 43 83 13.83
Mashpee 4-2 40 33 73 12.17
Bishop Connolly 4-2 42 30 72 12
West Bridgewater 4-2 40 30 70 11.67
Southeastern 3-3 32 28 60 10
Upper Cape 3-3 30 27 57 9.5
Nantucket 3-3 30 21 51 8.5
Carver 2-4 20 26 46 7.67
Monomoy 2-4 20 25 45 7.5
Old Colony 2-4 20 25 45 7.5
Hull 2-4 22 20 42 7
South Shore Voc-Tech 2-4 20 20 40 6.67
Tri-County 0-6 0 23 23 3.83
Cape Cod Tech 0-4 0 12 12 3
Holbrook/Avon 0-4 0 12 12 3

Now that we're done there, let's get to this week's gi-normously important games:

Atlantic Coast
7:00 P.M.
Dennis-Yarmouth at Marshfield (-1)

This should be a good game. Marsh Vegas is clawing for a spot in the Division 2, while D-Y can hardly afford to coast in Division 4. Vegas will be haunted by the prospect of their starters playing Duxbury's junior varsity in a meaningless Turkey Bowl, and that will get them past a tough D-Y squad.

Marshfield, 21-20


7:00 P.M.
Plymouth South at Falmouth (+11)

South is the top seed in 3SE unless they screw up, and losing to Falmouth would be screwing up.

South, 34-13



7:00 P.M.
Sandwich at Plymouth North (-10)

North has the second seed, and is rooting for a crack at their sister school in the playoffs.

North, 21-10

 

Eastern Athletic
6:00 P.M.
Coyle & Cassidy at Martha's Vineyard (-7)

C&C is winless, and about to play an island team after a ferry ride.

Martha, 17-9


Hockomock

7:00 P.M.
Taunton at North Attleborough (-14)

North Attleboro (yes, I spell it like that) are the Red Rocketeers, I believe.

NA, 41-10

 

Old Colony
6:00 P.M.
Dartmouth at NO. 6 Barnstable (-13)

Dartmouth isn't a bad team, but they have too many Ls at this point to be very pleased to be going to Barnstable. This game will probably knock them out of the playoffs.

Barnstable, 24-14


Patriot
7:00 P.M.
Quincy at NO. 7 Duxbury (-7)

You'd think that urban kids would be tougher than suburban kids.... and they probably are when you're talking about fistfights and so forth... but the suburban kids go to football camps every summer from 5 years old and on, and it makes a difference by the time they get to high school. Quincy needs this game, but they don't get it.

Duxbury, 24-23



4:00 P.M.
Hingham at Whitman-Hanson (+4)

Hingham should handle business against a hard-luck Panther gaggle.

Hingham, 18-12



7:00 P.M.
Scituate at North Quincy (+8)

NQ's playoff hopes are dead, but they can earn a better spot in the Chump Round with an upset.

Scituate, 30-17
 

7:00 P.M.
Pembroke at Hanover (-7)

Hanover is barely in playoff contention, and can't afford any foolishness from long-out-of-it Pembroke.

Hanover, 24-14


South Coast
7:00 P.M.
Fairhaven at Dighton Rehoboth (-10)

D-R holds a more comfortable position, while Fairhaven simply has to win to stay in contention. 

D-R, 30-28



7:00 P.M.
Apponequet at Wareham (+8)

Wareham has been eliminated since about Labor Day.

App, 34-7



7:00 P.M.
Greater New Bedford at Bourne

Run-GNB absolutely needs this win, and I feel that Bourne will play Spoiler.

Bourne, 17-16

 

7:00 P.M.
Seekonk at Old Rochester (-5)

Assuming top-rated OR wins, it will knock Seekonk down to #8. That will set up Seekonk at OR as Round One in the playoffs.

OR, 21-20


South Shore
7:00 P.M.
East Bridgewater at Abington (+1)

This is the best game in the interior South Shore. EB is ranked #2 in Division 5, and playing on the road against #3 Abington. 

EB, 24-21



7:00 P.M.
Mashpee at Cohasset (-7)

Cohasset is a scoring machine, while Mashpee occupies a very tenuous position on the playoff bubble.

Cohasset, 37-24



7:00 P.M.
Hull at Monomoy (-1)

These kids have a lot in common... they both live at the end of a long drive, they're both 2-4, they're both eliminated from the playoff, and they both will be jockeying for position in the consolation games.

Monomoy, 17-14

 

7:00 P.M.

Rockland at Carver (+7)

Carver improved as the season went on, but Rockland is a legitimate contender in a larger division.

Rocky, 27-21
 

7:00 P.M.
Norwell at Randolph (+5)

Winless Randy has to beat someone, and Norwell looks like a nice cherry to pop.

Randolph, 14-13


Nonleague

7:00 P.M.
Nauset at Durfee (-3)

Nauset needs help to make the playoffs. "Help" is not Fall River High, even if FRHS is winless.

Nauset, 41-39

 

SATURDAY


Big Three
1:00 P.M.
Brockton at New Bedford (+10)

Again, New Bedford needs help to make the playoffs. Again, "help" does not equal Club Homeboy.

Brockton, 27-13

 

Catholic Central
8:00 P.M.

St. Joseph’s Prep @ Pope John Paul II (-10)

I think that Saints technically outweigh Popes in power, but Popes are sort of God-on-Earth.

PJP2, 30-17

 

Mayflower

5:00 P.M.
West Bridgewater @ Nantucket (+7)

WB needs to do 2 things Saturday. 1) Win this game. 2) Hope someone ahead of them in the playoff chase screws up.

WB, 20-10



1:00 P.M.
South Shore Voc-Tech @ Upper Cape Voc-Tech (-7)

We, IMHO, have the better Voc-Tech.

UCT, 27-10
 

Nonleague
2:00 P.M.
Wilbraham & Monson @ Tabor (PE)

I like to pick a private school game now and then, even if I have no idea where School #2 is... I suppose Western Massachusetts.

Tabor, 41-38

 

YTD: 83-42

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PROS

10/24 8:25 ET Carolina -6 At Tampa Bay 40.5

Tampa has a rookie QB, and their franchise RB is hurt.

Caolina, 20-7

YTD: 55-51 (after Carolina/TB)

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