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October 4, 2013

New playoff system gives teams hope


On the other hand, Pentucket is still playing for a CAL Large title, with a big game against Masco looming next weekend. Will the Sachems overlook the Clippers? They better not, because this could be their stiffest test, with the exception of Masco, on the remainder of the regular-season schedule.

The pick: Pentucket 20, Newburyport 14

Hamilton-Wenham at Amesbury, 7

Hamilton-Wenham (1-2) posted a 28-14 victory over Ipswich last weekend, but these aren’t the same Generals from recent seasons. Amesbury is going to have to find a way to tackle better, otherwise it’s going to be a long season on the defensive side of the ball. The Indians are allowing 41 points per game through their first three. If they can hang around, they have enough weapons on offense to pull it out late.

The pick: Hamilton-Wenham 35, Amesbury 21

Triton at Saugus, 4

Saugus seems like it could be on the receiving end of Triton’s frustration after the 19-13 loss to Pentucket last weekend. Triton coach Pat Sheehan felt his team played below its potential in the loss, and he’s had six days to get that message across to his players. I expect a solid effort from the Vikings despite the long commute and the weird start time.

The pick: Triton 31, Saugus 10

Georgetown at Ipswich, 7

There’s a good chance whichever team loses this game finishes winless on the season. Ipswich has been more competitive against CAL opponents than Georgetown, so I’ll take the Tigers.

The pick: Ipswich 14, Georgetown 13

Tomorrow’s game

Governor’s Academy at St. Sebastian’s, 7

Govs coach Jim O’Leary said St. Sebastian’s (1-1) will be one of the team’s toughest opponents, but that’s what you would expect to hear from a coach who is trying to keep his team focused in the midst of a 20-game win streak. O’Leary said the same thing before each of the last two games, and his team has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 51-0. Let the shutout streak continue.

The pick: Govs 28, St. Sebastian’s 0

Last week’s record: 3-1

Overall record: 8-3

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