Super Saturday football breakdown and picks


Division 1: BC High (9-3) vs. Needham (9-3), 6 p.m., Gillette Stadium

BC High players to watch: FB/LB Luke Catarius; QB Bartley Regan; RB/DB Deontae Ramey-Doe; TE/DE Jameson McShea; WR/DB Gordon McLeod; WR/DB Lincoln Collins OL Mike Prendeville; LB Zach West.

Needham players to watch: Mark Riley, Sr. TE; Nico Panepinto, Sr. WR; Ryan Charter, Sr. QB; Mike Vespa, Sr. FB/LB; Dan Pierce, Jr. WR/DB; Ronny Rosser, Soph. DB; Andrew Murowchick, Sr. K.

The skinny: The Eagles again disposed Chelmsford for the second time this season while Needham thrashed New Bedford to set up this playoff matchup. Both of these teams have overcome notable injuries this season to offensive leaders (Preston Cooper at BC and Drew Burnett at Needham, respectively) to arrive on the big stage.

X-factor: Needham tight end Mark Riley. Big enough to play tight end and athletic enough to play wideout, he presents matchup problems. Will it be talented outside linebacker Zach West tailing Riley throughout the game? The matchup is worth watching.

Scott Barboza: It's a testament to the Rockets for having the depth and moxie to get to this stage, but pure talent will take over in this one. BC High, 27-20.

Brendan Hall: Sorry, BC High fans. Not giving you the glory this time. BC High, 35-7.

Division 1A: Everett (12-0) vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (11-1), 7 p.m., Bentley University

Everett players to watch: QB Jonathan DiBiaso; RB/LB Vondell Langston; WR/DB Kenny Calaj; WR/DB Jakarrie Washington; WR/DB Jalen Felix; WR/DB Jaylen McRae; OL/DL Jon Montellus; OL/DL Ralph Jonathas.

Lincoln-Sudbury players to watch: Matt Cahill, Sr. QB; Dan Cellucci, Sr. RB; Chris Giorgio, Sr. RB; Brian Carroll, Sr. RB; Kyle Ashley, Sr. OL/DL; Jack Harris, Sr. WR.

The skinny: Everett brings its high-flying offense (state-best 41.8 points per game) into Bentley University where it will be the overwhelming heavy favorite against the Warriors. Jonathan DiBiaso (104 career TD passes) has a number of dangerous targets to throw to. L-S counters with a rushing attack led by Cellucci, Giorgio and Carroll.

X-factor: Everett's offensive line anchored by junior tackle John Montelus -- one of New England's top Class of 2013 prospects -- is one of the state's best. If they give DiBiaso time to get into a groove early, this could be over quick.

Barboza: Again, great ride for the Warriors, but this is the Crimson Tide we're talking about. Can we host our own "Bowl Championship Series" playoff next weekend with BC High, Duxbury and Everett? The invites are in the mail. Everett, 37-28.

Hall: Look at it this way. Jonathan DiBiaso has at least gotten to win one Super Bowl at Gillette, and next year the Tide will be back here on the Foxborough turf. Everett, 35-0.

Division 2: Duxbury (12-0) vs. Tewksbury (7-5), 3:30 p.m., Gillette Stadium

Tewksbury players to watch: RB/CB Chris Bettano; QB/S Kevin Saunders; OL/LB Derek Tarpey.

Duxbury players to watch: Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/DB; Khai Perry, Soph. RB; Andrew Buron, Sr. WR/DB; Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB; James Burke, Sr. WR/DB; Don Webber, Sr. WR; Max Randall, Sr. LB; Gordon Acha, Sr. OL/DL; Rob Kosharek, Jr. OL/DL; Joe Guilfoile, Jr. WR/DB.

The skinny: Duxbury received its biggest scare of the season, sweating out a 7-0 win over King Philip to advance while the Redmen earned a 21-6 win over Reading in one of the more surprising results of Tuesday night. However, Tewksbury comes in having played a battle-tested schedule with several wins over Merrimack Valley Large opponents while Duxbury also boasts marquee non-league wins in the regular season over the likes of Xaverian and Bridgewater-Raynham.

X-factor: Dragons wide receiver Don Webber is perhaps the finest route-runner in the state and is often double-covered by opposing defenses, allowing room for Andrew Buron, Guilfoile and Naton to work underneath. It will be interesting to see what Brian Aylward's inventive coaching staff has up its sleeve.

Barboza: Expect the Dragons to look to power the ball a bit more than they did against King Philip on Tuesday. The way this defense is playing right now, all it seems the offense needs is three points to victory. Duxbury, 24-14.

Hall: Redmen are going to throw the kitchen sink at Duxbury, but the Dragons are about as steady and consistent as they come. Duxbury, 28-14.

Division 2A: Dennis-Yarmouth (12-0) vs. Wakefield (10-2), 3 p.m., Manning Field (Lynn)

Dennis-Yarmouth players to watch: Matt Montalto, Sr. QB; Dylan Hodsdon, Sr. WR/RB/LB; Damion Johnson, Sr. WR/S; Quan Lovett, Sr. WR/DB; Rufus Hamilton, Sr. WR/DB; Hunter Oppedisano, Sr. OL/LB; Tommy Kennedy, Sr. OL/DL; Joe Furness, Sr. RB.

Wakefield players to watch: LB Zach Bates; RB Josh Puccio; RB/DB Dan Cardillo; QB James Bourque; E/DB Nick Calderone.

The skinny: D-Y scored one of the most eye-opening victories of Tuesday night with a 46-20 dismantling of a talented Walpole defense. Wakefield, which scored a dramatic 7-6 win over Marblehead, will have to dictate tempo early to keep All-State quarterback Matt Montalto from getting into a groove.

X-factor: Damion Johnson draws plenty of attention from the secondary, when Dylan Hodsdon gets going in both the running and passing game, the Dolphins can kick it into another gear.

Barboza: No disrespect to Walpole, but the Dolphins' score on Tuesday didn't even do it justice as to how thorough their victory was. D-Y, 34-24.

Hall: The Cape's dream season is almost complete. D-Y, 21-0.

Division 3: Concord-Carlisle (12-0) vs. Oliver Ames (7-4), 9 a.m., Gillette Stadium

Concord-Carlisle players to watch: RB/DB George Craan; RB/DB Tyquan Culbreath; TE/DE Henry Bumpus; RB/LB Tim Badgley; OL/DL Andrew VanderWilden; OL/LB Thomas Kleyn; OL/DL Trevor Castrichini.

OA players to watch: Jared Schneider, Sr. QB; Brian Rezendes, Sr. RB/LB; Jake McDougall, Sr. OL/LB; Alex Tepper, Sr. WR; Keith Sullivan, Sr. OL; Brian Crosby, Sr. RB/DB; Dean Soucie, Sr. RB/LB

The skinny: The Patriots were denied a Super Bowl title at Gillette last year by Duxbury and Oliver Ames is representing the Hockomock as a league champion of any kind for the first time since 1964. The Tigers rumbled past previously unbeaten Pembroke to earn a berth while C-C slipped past defending champion Holliston, 32-27.

X-factor: Much has been written about Craan and Culbreath in the C-C backfield, but Badgely is a key cog in the Patriots' offensive machinery -- not to mention, the experience he brings to their linebacking corps.

Barboza: Line of the day during Thursday's media day at Gillette Stadium posed by C-C's Bumpus, Kleyn and VanderWilden to the Needham captains: "Why don't you guys have mohawks, too?" C-C, 31-23.

Hall: Patriots playing for a regional title at the home of the Patriots. How can you pick against that? C-C, 30-17.

Division 3A: Hamilton-Wenham (12-0) vs. Bourne (12-0), noon, Manning Field (Lynn)

H-W players to watch: QB/DB Trevor Lyons; RB/LB Elliott Burr; WR/DB Matt Putur; OL/DL Taylor Drinkwater.

Bourne players to watch: Drew Girouard, Sr. TE/DL; Nick Pereira, Jr. WR/DB; Jason Moriarty, Sr. QB; Joe Epps, Sr. RB/DB; Jack Schmitt, Sr. OL/DL.

The skinny: H-W, owners of one of the state's stingiest defenses (7.3 points allowed), gets put to arguably its toughest test of the year in a Bourne squad led by running back Joe Epps. The senior is second in Div. 3A in scoring (19 rushing TD), and is coming off an impressive performance in a Tuesday night playoff against Bishop Feehan (11 carries, 112 yards, 3 TD).

X-factor: The Generals must find a way to keep Epps, arguably one of the fastest running backs south of Boston, from getting to the corner. The 170-pounder has some wheels.

Barboza: Epps has to among the fastest players we've seen all year save for Armani Reeves. Bourne, 27-24.

Hall: Robert Perryman's not walking through that door. But Joe Epps is. Bourne, 24-21.

Division 4: Cardinal Spellman (12-0) vs. Mashpee (12-0), 8 p.m., Gillette Stadium

Spellman players to watch: RB Pat Hinkley; RB Dan Kustka; OL/LB Dan Barry; OL/DL Kevin Grey; OL/DL Joe Glynn.

Mashpee players to watch: Jordan Keli’inui, Sr. RB; Graham Kilpatrick, Sr. OL/DL; Jared Taylor, Jr. RB/LB; Zach Orcutt, Sr. QB/S; John Bernard, Sr. RB/LB.

The skinny: Mashpee has run over opponents with a wrecking crew in the backfield comprised for Keli'inui and Taylor. Spellman is a near mirror image with Hinkley and Kustka combining to run for over 2,000 yards this season replacing the dynamic play of graduate Blaise Branch.

X-factor: Hinkley. A shoulder injury sustained while making a tackle in the Cardinals' win over Shawsheen on Tuesday threatens Hinkley's availability in Saturday's game. Will he be ready to go? If not, that's a huge loss for Spellman on both sides of the ball.

Barboza: You heard it here first, Hinkley does his best Willis Reed/Pedro Martinez/Curt Schilling impression and delivers when it counts. Spellman, 14-13.

Hall: Even if Pat Hinkley is 100 percent, and even though there isn't a more deserving coach than Ron St. George, it's going to be hard to break this Falcons D. Mashpee, 14-10.

Division 4A: Boston Cathedral (12-0) vs. Blue Hills (11-1), 10 a.m., Bentley University

Cathedral players to watch: OL/DL Treyvon Clegg; RB Geeavontie Griffith; QB/S Matt Owens; RB/DB Carlos Bermudez; QB/DB Antonio Thomas; OL/DL Mohammad Briamah.

Blue Hills players to watch: Vincent Burton, Jr. RB/S; Isaiah Teixeira, Sr. RB/LB; John Curran, Sr. QB; David Neil, Soph. WR.

The skinny: Burton has accumulated 52 rushing touchdowns since the start of his sophomore season, but this may be the fastest defense he's faced yet. Cathedral is coming off an emotional last-second win Tuesday night against Chelsea, and can score in a hurry with Griffith (2,107 rushing yards, 23 TD) leading the charges.

X-factor: We strongly advise against punting to Carlos Bermudez.

Barboza: Things I enjoy about my job: having phone conversations with Cathedral head coach Duane Sigsbury about computer technology. High hilarity. Cathedral, 17-14.

Hall: I repeat, don't punt to Carlos Bermudez. Cathedral, 14-0.

Division 5: Latin Academy (7-4) vs. Nantucket (9-2), Noon, Taunton High School

Barboza: The Whalers shalt harpoon the Great White Whale ... Um, something like that. Nantucket, 17-13.

Hall: Because I want to see colleagues Corey Allen and Jack McCluskey happy. Latin Academy, 12-6.


Division 1: Leominster (9-3) vs. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (8-4), 11 a.m., Gillette Stadium

Leominster players to watch: RB/DB Geraldo Rivera; QB Garrett DelleChiaie; TE/LB Shaun Addo; RB/DL Cortez Ludden; E/DB Kevin O'Connor; OL/DL Jeffrey Cheng.

St. John's players to watch: E/LB Drew Orton; RB/DB Sean Wilson; QB Connor Kurtz; OL Ryan Anger; OL Brendan Melanson; WR Efrain Montalvo.

The skinny: Leominster is back on the big stage after beating Twin Cities rival Fitchburg for the second time in six days in Tuesday's playoff game, while the Pioneers blew out crosstown rival Shrewsbury. These teams are no strangers to each other either. The Blue Devils made a statement in a 23-15 overtime win over St. John's in Leominster in October.

X-factor: Rivera is one of the most explosive players outside of 495, or anywhere in the state for that matter. If he gets going early, watch out.

Barboza: The second time is even sweeter. Leominster, 28-21.

Hall: I'm sure the post-game celebration back in the Twin Cities will be huge, too. Leominster, 17-16.

Division 2: Nashoba (12-0) vs. Holy Name (8-4), 2 p.m., Fitchburg State

Barboza: The Naps will do it with 12 men playing both ways on the field. Holy Name, 13-10.

Hall: Chieftains will finish in our poll where they're likely to start 2012 -- in the Top 10. Nashoba, 21-14.

Division 3: Auburn (11-1) vs. Hudson (9-3), 3 p.m., Worcester State

Barboza: Might be one of my favorite matchups of the day. Auburn, 24-21.

Hall: This one will be by the hair, but overall there is more firepower in Auburn than Hudson's talented backfield. Auburn, 28-27.

Division 4: Southbridge (8-4) vs. Northbridge (7-5), 12:30 p.m., Worcester State

Barboza: North over South. Northbridge, 17-10.

Hall: I'm trying to stay on Dave Lefort's good side.

Division 5: Leicester (8-4) vs. Clinton (6-6), 10 a.m., Worcester State

Barboza: What everybody from outside of New England thinks we sound like: "JAWWWWNNNNN LESSSSSTAHHHHH." I'm going with his namesake. Leicester, 23-17.

Hall: I'm Irish, so naturally I'm biased on this one. Clinton, 20-10.

Division 6: Assabet (11-1) vs. Bay Path (10-2), 11 a.m., Fitchburg State

Barboza: Picking blind here, so I'll go with the girls' hockey hotbed. Assabet, 20-14.

Hall: Aztecs are one of the most consistent vocational schools around. Assabet, 18-12.


Division 1: Springfield Central (10-2) vs. Longmeadow (10-2), 1:30 p.m., Gillette Stadium

Central Players to Watch: Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB; Cody Williams, Soph. QB; Rich Williams, Sr. TE/LB; Aaron Owens, Jr. LB/FB; Ismael Figueroa, Jr. OL/DL; Quentin Jones, Sr. DE.

Longmeadow Players to Watch: T.J. Norris, Sr. RB; Frankie Elder, Jr. QB; Austin Sierra, Jr. RB; Robbie McClure, Jr. OL/DL; Devante Clarke, Jr. RB.

The skinny: Central ended Longmeadow's 52-game league winning streak when the two met back in October, and this should be an exciting rematch. Two of the region's strongest running games face off here, with the Eagles averaging nearly 220 yards per game behind the workhorse Malone (1,916 yards, 20 TD). Norris (1,313 yards, 23 TD) looks poised again after missing some time with an ankle sprain.

X-factor: The emergence of Sierra during Norris' injury has given the Lancers another threat out of the backfield. Central's defense, which has forced 21 fumbles, will have to keep the running game in check.

Barboza: The Lancers' reign is interrupted -- at least for one year. We'll see if the Golden Eagles have more in store past this year. Central, 17-14.

Hall: It's been a dream season for the Golden Eagles, and things are only going to get better from herein. Central, 21-20.

Division 2: Springfield Putnam (11-1) vs. Springfield Commerce (8-4), 12:30 p.m., Westfield State

Barboza: I feel like this game should be played at Blunt Park. Putnam, 34-21.

Hall: No disrespect to Commerce, but Pinkney is going to run in whichever direction he wants. Putnam, 28-10.

Division 3: Mt. Greylock (11-0) vs. Lee (10-2), 10 a.m., Westfield State

Barboza: In the words of Tenacious D, "Swimming in a sea of Lee." Lee, 31-24.

Hall: I grew up in Westminster, home to half of Mt. Wachusett, so naturally I'm biased towards the hills. Mt. Greylock, 14-3.

Division 4: McCann Tech (10-1) vs. Pioneer (8-3), 3 p.m., Westfield State

Barboza: Going with the volleyball powerhouse here. Pioneer, 21-16.

Hall: My father went to college at the former North Adams State, so take a guess where I'm going with this one. McCann Tech, 13-7.