Let’s hope those seniors who are weighing whether to play today due to injuries make smart decisions. It’s always better to ask, “What would I give to play one more game?” rather than, “Why didn’t I play that last game?”
On to the picks.
Amesbury (4-6) at Newburyport (5-5)
Ten days ago, I felt like Newburyport was the clear favorite in this game. The Clippers finished off the non-playoff game with a 13-0 victory over Triton, and Amesbury lost to Winthrop 28-14. It felt like the two teams were moving in different directions heading to the finish line. Now? I think it might be a close game. Newburyport has been hit hard with injuries, and Amesbury is playing with a ton of motivation for the first time in a month. The Indians were never big fans of their postseason schedule after they missed the Division 4 playoffs. I think it’s going to be another game like last year when every play seemed so important all the way to the final whistle.
The pick: Newburyport 14, Amesbury 7
Pentucket (7-2) at Triton (5-5)
Triton coach Pat Sheehan spent the last month talking about how his team needed to refocus its collective goal after falling to Watertown in the Division 4 playoffs. The Vikings never got the message, dropping each of their last three games. In the leadup to this game, Sheehan’s been a lot less optimistic and more honest about his team’s lot in life. And the reality of the situation is that if Triton doesn’t play well today, this year’s seniors will remember their final season of football as a disappointment. Pentucket coach Steve Hayden could have been speaking to the Triton players earlier this week when he said, “A loss is a loss. You just have to get back to work. Such is the same with life.” It’s time for the Triton seniors to show they can overcome adversity.