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Player to Watch
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker/Defensive End, Class of 2010
This 6-foot-2, 215-pounder led a second-half defensive surge that pushed his past De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 23-21, last year in a matchup of nationally ranked squads. Divitto ended the season with 77 tackles and eight sacks and has committed Boston College. He is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the East and should be very tough for the De La Salle offense to deal with in this Saturday's rematch back in the Garden State. Don Bosco Prep (0-0) is No. 15 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50, while De La Salle (1-0) is No. 20.
Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Everything seems rosy these days at DeMatha. The Stags are coming off a championship season, they're No. 19 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 and seven former players have made the cut and are on current NFL rosters, including Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook. This is when Gilman could come along and ruin everything. One of DeMatha's losses last year was to Gilman, which has beaten DeMatha four times in the last nine years. Last week, DeMatha opened with a 38-0 win over Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), while Gilman improved to 2-0 by edging Bear Creek (Lakewood, Colo.), 43-36. Friday's game also should be of interest to University of Iowa fans. Future Hawkeye running back Marcus Coker is a standout for DeMatha, while future Hawkeye linebacker Jim Poggi, son of Gilman head coach Biff Poggi, will no doubt be trying to corral him.
Team on the Rise?
Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)
The Hurricanes displayed the flash and dash of a high-octane offense during a "preseason" game two weeks ago against defending Class 4A state champ Plant (Tampa, Fla.). They won that game, which doesn't count in official record-keeping, 49-33, and then opened the season last week with a 45-0 romp past Bayshore (Bradenton, Fla.). Manatee features one of Florida's top pass-catch combos in senior quarterback Brion Carnes (South Florida recruit) and senior receiver Ace Sanders, who is also highly recruited. Manatee plays at Palmetto (Palmetto, Fla.) on Friday.