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Week 10 picks: Hockomockomania

11/11/2011

Ah, the last high school football weekend before Thanksgiving. While Turkey Day gets all the pub, many league races are decided before then. In the Hockomock league, no game is more important than tonight's matchup between Mansfield and North Attleboro. Currently No. 7 in the POWERADE state rankings, Mansfield (8-1) can ensure a playoff spot by winning out. But North Attleboro (7-1) has been tough this season, featuring one of the better defenses in EMass. So don't wait for Thanksgiving to start thinking about big games and playoff chances.

Week 10 picks

North Attleboro (7-1) at No. 7 Mansfield (8-1)

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

The North Attleboro defense has been sharp this season, but Mansfield can grind it out like few others. The senior running back duo of Greg Donahue and Blayne Taylor has rushed for 963 yards and 10 touchdowns this season on 6.8 yards per carry. The Hockomock title is Mansfield's to lose.

MANSFIELD 28, NORTH ATTLEBORO 13

Malden (5-3) at No. 1 Everett (9-0)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

This game can't be taken for granted, though it may have looked that way at the beginning of the season. But Malden has actually won its last three games and five of its last six, including handing Swampscott its only loss three weeks ago. Malden senior O'Shane McCreath is a big-time running back, but I don't think Everett will look past this game.

EVERETT 38, MALDEN 18

No. 9 Concord-Carlisle (9-0) at No. 5 Lincoln-Sudbury (9-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Does anyone believe in Lincoln-Sudbury? I do. I've got them at No. 5 in the POWERADE state rankings because their defense is legit. The Warriors haven't give up more than 14 points in any game this season, with three shutouts mixed in. But Concord-Carlisle will test that defense with a high-powered running game. I still think L-S holds up. Come out on the limb with me.

LINCOLN-SUDBURY 24, CONCORD-CARLISLE 17

No. 2 Duxbury (9-0) at Hingham (5-4)

Friday, 7 p.m.

The winner of this game is the Patriot League champion. Duxbury tuned up by destroying Hanover last week, 49-0, on the strength of a school-record six TD passes from senior Matt O'Keefe. Overall, Duxbury has five receivers who have caught at least four TDs this season. I don't think Hingham can keep up with that kind of passing attack.

DUXBURY 35, HINGHAM 13

St. John's Prep (4-4) at No. 3 BC High (6-3)

Friday, 6 p.m.

Once again, senior RB Deontae Ramey-Doe was awesome last week, rushing for more than 200 yards. St. John's Prep hasn't shown it can contain a ground game as powerful as BC High's. I'm trying not to over-think this one.

BC HIGH 30, ST. JOHN'S PREP 15

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