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November 1, 2013

First signs of needed improvement in playoff system


We’ll have to see how it all plays out before making any final judgments.

On to the picks.

Tonight’s games

Newburyport at Bedford, 7

Please note the schedule change on this game. It was originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., but was moved back due to a Bedford state-tournament soccer game. As for the matchup, Bedford (5-1) boasts one of the top defenses in the state — a unit that is allowing 5.0 points per game. Bedford has allowed a total of nine points since Sept. 20. On the other hand, Newburyport’s offense has struggled at times this season. In its three losses, Newburyport averaged 9.0 points per game.

The pick: Bedford 14, Newburyport 6

Watertown at Triton, 7

Watertown (4-3) has lost its last three after starting 4-0. In those losses, the Watertown defense struggled, allowing an average of 30.7 points per week. We know Triton can score in a hurry under quarterback Bradley Whitman, who has been particularly good the last few weeks.

The pick: Triton 34, Watertown 17

Amesbury at Weston, 7

The teams didn’t have a single common opponent this season, so I imagine it’s been difficult for the Amesbury coaching staff to gather game tape to install a game plan. Weston (3-4) comes from the Dual County League Small, which also includes playoff teams like Bedford and Concord-Carlisle.

The pick: Weston 20, Amesbury 12

Georgetown at Shawsheen, 2:30

Georgetown got its passing game untracked last week in a loss to Hamilton-Wenham for the first time since opening-day starter Colby Ingraham went down with an injury. Replacement quarterback Patrick Bjork completed 13 of 24 passes for 138 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nick DePasquale.

The pick: Shawsheen 22, Georgetown 7

BB&N at Governor’s Academy, 3

This was slated to be a battle of unbeaten teams until both schools lost for the first time last weekend. The Govs actually lost for the first time in 24 games, a streak dating back to 2011. BB&N fell to St. Sebastian’s, a team the Govs beat earlier this season.

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