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October 11, 2013

Pentucket, Triton, Newburyport on track for playoffs

We’ve hit the halfway point of the high school football regular season, and it’s time to look at the playoff standings for the local schools. If the season were to end heading in to tonight’s games, Pentucket (3-0) would have a coin flip with fellow unbeaten Watertown (4-0) to decide the top seed in the Division 4 playoffs. Among the other local teams, Triton (3-1) would be the fifth seed, Newburyport sixth, and Amesbury would miss out on the playoffs since the Indians currently sit in 11th.

Here are the complete Division 4 standings:

Division 4

School Record Own Opp. Points Rating

1t. Pentucket 3-0 30 18 48 16

1t. Watertown 4-0 40 24 64 16

3. Lynnfield 4-0 38 15 53 13.25

4. Bedford 3-1 30 16 46 11.5

5. Triton 3-1 30 9 39 9.75

6. Newburyport 2-2 20 16 36 9

7. Winthrop 3-1 34 1 35 8.75

8. North Reading 2-2 20 11 31 7.75

9. Swampscott 1-4 10 22 32 6.40

10. Weston 2-3 18 11 29 5.80

11. Amesbury 1-3 10 13 23 5.75

12t. Arlington Catholic 1-3 8 13 21 5.25

12t, Stoneham 1-3 12 9 21 5.25

14. Hamilton-Wenham 1-3 10 10 20 5

15t. Ipswich 1-3 8 5 13 3.25

15t. Saugus 0-4 0 13 13 3.25

On to the picks.

Tonight’s games

Newburyport at Triton, 7

Expect this game to come down to the final possession. Newburyport and Triton both lost to Pentucket by a touchdown or less, and both teams were driving deep in Pentucket territory as the clock expired. I’ll go with the experience of Triton quarterback Bradley Whitman and tailback Justin Spillane in what figures to be a close game all the way.

The pick: Triton 21, Newburyport 20

Ipswich at Amesbury, 7

Amesbury needs this win to stay alive in the playoff picture, although a victory over Ipswich won’t give the Indians much of a boost in the playoff rating, which measures strength of schedule. The Indians might actually be favored in their next three games, with Georgetown and Manchester Essex waiting after this one. The question is: Can Amesbury earn a playoff berth with a 4-3 record if two of those victories come against Division 5 foes? Perhaps we’ll find out.

The pick: Amesbury 28, Ipswich 7

Pentucket at Masconomet, 7

It seems like Pentucket’s year, as the Sachems keep snatching victories from the jaws of defeat. I thought Masco was the best team in the CAL Large until last week, when the Chieftains struggled to a 21-18 victory over North Reading. Add in the injury to Masco’s leading rusher, Mike Tivinis, and I’m giving the Sachems the edge.

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