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#1 King Philip vs. #3 Bridgewater-Raynham
By Greg Dudek, Boston Herald
 
With longtime head coach Dan Buron still at the helm of No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham, not much has changed for the Trojans as they enter the Division 2 South final against top-seeded King Philip, which is a rematch of last year’s sectional final.
 
B-R has stuck to its winning ways behind a very physical style of play, hard-nosed defense, and a running-based offensive attack.
 
Senior linebacker Bryce Shaw, who is committed to the U.S. Naval Academy, seems to be in on every tackle and leads a stout defensive unit. The defense also has an athletic secondary with seniors Joey D’Emilia and Danny Taylor anchoring the group.
 
Offensively, the Trojans come right at opponents with bruising running backs in senior Devante Greaves and Shaw.
 
Greaves is the main back after backing up Shawn Noel last year. Greaves has the ability to shake off tacklers with regularity and has the speed to get away from defenders, too. In last week’s 42-21 sectional semifinal win over Natick, Greaves shouldered the offensive load with 27 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
 
Shaw fits more of a fullback role, but B-R likes to catch defenses by surprise and hand it off to him.
 
After an up-and-down season a year ago, senior quarterback Corey Sullivan has hit his stride this year. His leap up in play is another reason why the Trojans average 32.7 points per game.
 
And B-R won’t be intimated going into Macktaz Field as it plays one of the toughest schedules in the state.
#1 North Attleboro vs. #2 Duxbury
By Greg Dudek, Boston Herald
 
For the third year in a row, Duxbury and North Attleboro will meet in the playoffs, but this version of the second-seeded Green Dragons is different than what the top-seeded Red Rocketeers have seen in the past.
 
Gone are the star playmakers, which includes the state’s all-time leader in career passing touchdowns in Bobby Maimaron along with wide receiver Ryan Reagan (now playing at Harvard) and running back Devin DeMeritt, that led Duxbury to the Division 2 state title a season ago.
 
The offense isn’t as dynamic as in years past, but Duxbury still averages 30 points per game with junior John Roberts at quarterback.
 
Roberts is a dual-threat and has very solid targets on the outside in 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver James Miele and 6-foot-1 sophomore wideout Will Prouty.
 
The running game is bolstered by seniors Frankie Tower and Joe Gooley, who scored three touchdowns to go along with 93 yards rushing in Duxbury’s 38-13 sectional semifinal win over Hingham. The pair of backs won’t do anything fancy but are tough between the tackles and have enough speed to break big gains.
 
While all eyes are on Duxbury’s high-powered offense, its defense is actually one of the best units in the state.
 
Gooley, who does a majority of his playmaking at linebacker, spearheads the defense as the Green Dragons have allowed more than two touchdowns only once this year and let up 9.9 points per game.

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PREDICTIONS

Game of the Week Staff
 
Ryan
Lanigan
Josh
Perry
Matt
Bosh
Jeff
Pickette
 

 

#1 King Philip vs. #3 Bridgewater-Raynham
Friday, 7:00

 

#1 North Attleboro vs. #2 Duxbury
Friday, 7:00

 

Mansfield vs. Natick
Thursday, 6:00

 

Milford @ Bishop Feehan
Thursday, 6:30

 

Taunton @ Brockton
Thursday, 6:00

 

Attleboro vs. Weymouth
Friday, 4:00

 

Canton vs. Norwood
Friday, 7:00

 

Foxboro vs. Medfield
Friday, 7:00

 

Franklin vs. Wellesley
Friday, 6:00

 

Oliver Ames vs. North Quincy
Friday, 6:00

 

Sharon @ Norton, 6:00
Friday, 7:00

 

Stoughton @ Hingham
Friday, 6:00

 

#1 King Philip vs. #3 Bridgewater-Raynham
Ryan Lanigan: King Philip
Josh Perry: King Philip
Matt Bosh: King Philip
Jeff Pickette: King Philip
 
#1 North Attleboro vs. #2 Duxbury
Ryan Lanigan: North Attleboro
Josh Perry: North Attleboro
Matt Bosh: North Attleboro
Jeff Pickette: North Attleboro
 
Mansfield vs. Natick
Ryan Lanigan: Mansfield
Josh Perry: Mansfield
Matt Bosh: Natick
Jeff Pickette: Mansfield
 
Milford @ Bishop Feehan
Ryan Lanigan: Milford
Josh Perry: Milford
Matt Bosh: Milford
Jeff Pickette: Milford
 
Attleboro vs. Weymouth
Ryan Lanigan: Attleboro
Josh Perry: Attleboro
Matt Bosh: Attleboro
Jeff Pickette: Attleboro
 
Canton vs. Norwood
Ryan Lanigan: Canton
Josh Perry: Canton
Matt Bosh: Canton
Jeff Pickette: Canton
 
Foxboro vs. Medfield
Ryan Lanigan: Foxboro
Josh Perry: Foxboro
Matt Bosh: Foxboro
Jeff Pickette: Foxboro
 
Franklin vs. Wellesley
Ryan Lanigan: Franklin
Josh Perry: Franklin
Matt Bosh: Wellesley
Jeff Pickette: Wellesley
 
Oliver Ames vs. North Quincy
Ryan Lanigan: Oliver Ames
Josh Perry: Oliver Ames
Matt Bosh: Oliver Ames
Jeff Pickette: North Quincy
 
Sharon @ Norton
Ryan Lanigan: Sharon
Josh Perry: Sharon
Matt Bosh: Sharon
Jeff Pickette: Norton
 
Stoughton @ Hingham
Ryan Lanigan: Stoughton
Josh Perry: Stoughton
Matt Bosh: Stoughton
Jeff Pickette: Stoughton
 
Taunton @ Brockton
Ryan Lanigan: Taunton
Josh Perry: Taunton
Matt Bosh: Brockton
Jeff Pickette: Brockton
 

Records

Ryan Lanigan: 44-28
Josh Perry: 55-17
Matt Bosh: 50-22
Jeff Pickette: 55-17

  
  

Lanigan
44-28

Perry
55-17

Bosh
50-22

Pickette
55-17