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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Week 7 football picks

By By Mike Grimala

For this week's picks, there are several high-caliber matchups throughout the state, but the obvious headliner is No. 1 Everett vs. No. 3 BC High. I'll tackle that game separately tomorrow with a more in-depth preview, but for now here are the rest of the Week 7 predictions.

Week 7 picks

North Quincy (1-5) at No. 2 Duxbury (6-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Duxbury's rep is on offense, but the Dragons have the best defense in the state right now.
DUXBURY 31, NORTH QUINCY 0

No. 5 Chelmsford (5-1) at Dracut (2-4)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Dracut shouldn't be able to score more than two touchdowns in this game, and one of those is a garbage TD.
CHELMSFORD 35, DRACUT 13

Bridgewater-Raynham (4-1) at No. 6 Xaverian (4-2)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
With two powerful defenses facing off, I give the edge to Xaverian, which should be able to move the ball more cohesively.
XAVERIAN 20, BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM 13

Tantasqua (2-4) at No. 7 Auburn (5-1)
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Rockets should roll up 200-plus rushing yards without breaking a sweat. Big game for senior RB Fred Taylor.
AUBURN 28, TANTASQUA 3

Oliver Ames (5-1) at No. 8 Mansfield (5-1)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Could OA actually make this a game in Mansfield? I think they'll hang for 2-3 quarters.
MANSFIELD 23, OLIVER AMES 14

Acton-Boxboro (4-2) at No. 10 Concord-Carlisle (6-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
I think A-B matches up well here, and the Colonials did beat C-C last season.
ACTON-BOXBORO 17, CONCORD-CARLISLE 12

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