High-SchoolMassachusetts: Julian Picard

Super Tuesday: Playoff picks

November, 29, 2011
11/29/11
12:07
PM ET
The MIAA football playoffs start tonight, so let's dive into the predictions. ESPN Boston has done a great job breaking down the Eastern Mass games, so let's focus on CMass and WMass here.

Central Mass Playoff Picks

DIVISION 1

St. John's Shrewsbury (7-4) vs. Shrewsbury (5-6)
The Pioneers have too much speed, including senior WR Efrain Montalvo (905 receiving yards).
ST. JOHN'S SHREWSBURY 24, SHREWSBURY 10

Leominster (8-3) vs. Fitchburg (6-5)
Leominster won this matchup, 21-14, on Thanksgiving. I don't think it will be so close this time around.
LEOMINSTER 31, FITCHBURG 14

DIVISION 2

Gardner (11-0) vs. Holy Name (7-4)
This was a 34-0 drubbing in favor of Gardner when the teams met in October. Senior RB Jamison Craft (1,622 yards, 27 TDs) has a great game and Gardner rolls again.
GARDNER 31, HOLY NAME 14

Nashoba (11-0) vs. Shepherd Hill (8-3)
The Chieftains offense is too balanced and too explosive for Shepherd Hill.
NASHOBA 35, SHEPHERD HILL 7

DIVISION 3

Auburn (10-1) vs. Groton-Dunstable (6-5)
The one-two punch of senior backs Dan Flink and Fred Taylor will power Auburn to an easy win.
AUBURN 38, GROTON-DUNSTABLE 6

Hudson (8-3) vs. Oakmont (7-4)
Oakmont relies on senior RB Tyler Osborn and junior RB Jacob Zagwyn to pull off the upset.
OAKMONT 23, HUDSON 13

DIVISION 4

Nipmuc (7-4) vs. Northbridge (6-5)
Can Northbridge's passing offense score enough points on a cold night? I think the Rams avenge their regular-season loss to Nipmuc with with a late drive directed by junior QB Matt Phelan.
NORTHBRIDGE 28, NIPMUC 24

Grafton (7-4) vs. Southbridge (7-4)
With all the talented running backs in this game, expect a low-scoring, ball-control contest.
SOUTHBRIDGE 14, GRAFTON 7

DIVISION 5

Narragansett (11-0) vs. Clinton (5-6)
Senior RB Sean Young should run wild in this one.
NARRAGANSETT 30, CLINTON 7

Leicester (7-4) vs. Bartlett (7-4)
Bartlett handled Leicester fairly easily just a few weeks ago; look for senior linebacker D.J. Kirby-Thomas to make a big impact.
BARTLETT 20, LEICESTER 7

DIVISION 6

Assabet (10-1) vs. Littleton (5-6)
Assabet's pair of 1,000-yard backs (senior Nate Costello, junior Paul Harpin) should be enough to cruise in this game.
ASSABET 31, LITTLETON 13

Valley Tech (9-2) vs. Bay Path (9-2)
Bay Path won, 34-7, when these teams met on Nov. 5, but I'm picking Valley Tech to pull the biggest upset of the day. Senior RB Julian Picard runs wild in the second half.
VALLEY TECH 22, BAY PATH 14


Western Mass Playoff Picks


DIVISION 1

Springfield Central 30, Minnechaug 13

Longmeadow 35, West Springfield 20

DIVISION 2

Putnam 34, Wahconah 14

Springfield Commerce 17, Hoosac Valley 10

DIVISION 3

Mount Greylock 24, Mahar 20

Lee 17, Belchertown 13

DIVISION 4

McCann Tech 38, Turners Falls 20

Palmer 26, Pioneer Valley 22

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