Before I get to the high school football picks, I want to remind you about a few charity events this weekend.
Tomorrow morning, the first annual Miles for Mike Cross-Country Festival will be at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury. Local coaches Joe Colbert of Triton and Ernie Bissaillon of Amesbury organized the event in honor of Mike Farmer, the longtime Amesbury cross-country coach who died this summer after battling cancer for years.
The meet was formerly known as the Cape Ann League Freshman-Sophomore Meet, although it will be expanded in future years to include middle school teams and non-league high school teams.
Colbert and Bissaillon are starting a Miles for Mike Foundation, which will raise funds to promote youth running in the area.
“We hope to make this an annual event and really have it become a local tradition,” Colbert said. “We feel like it could really become big in the coming years.”
The second note: The Pentucket and Newburyport soccer teams will face off tomorrow in the annual ALS Cup, with the proceeds from the gate receipts going to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Pentucket boys have won their last seven meetings against Newburyport and hold an 8-3 advantage since the start of the Cup in 2002. This year’s boys game will start at 3 p.m. in World War Memorial Stadium.
The girls game will come first at 1 p.m., and Pentucket will be looking to earn its first victory in the 10th year of the charitable matchup.
On to the picks.
Ipswich at Newburyport, 7
For a Week 2 game, this is pretty close to must-win territory for Newburyport. The Clippers (0-1) fell short against Lynnfield last week, and they can’t afford to drop to 0-2 against Division 4 teams with the new playoff format. Ipswich lost to North Reading 33-7 last week, and the Hornets will be next on the schedule for the Clippers. Considering Newburyport’s October schedule includes Pentucket, Triton, Masconomet and Saugus, it is imperative the Clippers take advantage of the relatively weak opponent.