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October 19, 2012

Week 7: Now for the games that count


The pick: Newburyport 14, Saugus 6

Pentucket at Winthrop, 7

Pentucket has struggled getting significant offensive production from anyone other than its do-everything tailback Cody Rothwell. It will be interesting to see how much coach Steve Hayden leans on the bruising offensive weapon now that league play is under way. Last week, Rothwell had 22 touches for a total of 196 yards and a touchdown. Still, Winthrop is a very difficult team to play on the road, as was evidenced by last week’s shocking overtime win over Saugus.

The pick: Winthrop 16, Pentucket 12

Saturday’s games

Amesbury at Triton, 2

Amesbury quarterback Matt Talbot has been remarkably efficient this season, accounting for five rushing touchdowns and nine passing touchdowns in six games. Last week, the senior captain had three carries, all of which resulted in touchdowns in a win over Georgetown. Triton will offer a challenge with its passing offense, but I think the Indians make fewer mistakes.

The pick: Amesbury 27, Triton 13

North Reading at Georgetown, 2

I would imagine this will be Georgetown’s last home game at Haverill Stadium now that the field restrictions in Georgetown have been lifted. The mosquitos might be gone, but the Royals are still reeling from the injury bug. Last week, Georgetown played without starting quarterback Niko Edwards, leading rusher Tim Dillon and leading receiver Colby Ingraham. With freshmen and sophomores playing on both sides of the ball, Georgetown will be hard-pressed to stop the CAL’s top rusher in Carl Lipani.

The pick: North Reading 34, Georgetown 13

Last week’s record: 3-1

Overall record: 18-11

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