, Salem, MA


October 4, 2013

Moving The Chains: Salem ready for its first home game tomorrow -- in Beverly



As always, a look at some other weekend games and the history behind them:

For many years — 16, to be precise — Gloucester had no problems defeating Marblehead, doing so every year from 1992 to 2007. But when the series resumed in 2011, it was Marblehead that prevailed (22-16) and repeated that feat last fall. Can the Magicians make it three straight — and five straight wins to begin this season — tonight on their new Piper Field turf (7 p.m.)?

Together in the same league bracket again as Northeastern Conference South foes, Danvers and Revere renew acquaintances after a two-year gridiron layoff tonight at Deering Stadium (7 p.m.). The host Falcons have won four of the six meetings (all by at least 13 points) and will be looking to go to 2-0 in conference play against the winless Patriots.

Peabody, which takes on Lynn Classical in the second game of a Manning Field doubleheader tonight (7:30 p.m.), would love nothing better than to gain a measure of revenge on the Rams after last year’s 40-6 home setback.

The early game in Lynn tonight features Swampscott at Lynn English (5 p.m.). Expect a high scoring contest, which is usually the case when the Big Blue (who lead the series, 33-22-2) and the Bulldogs get together.

Bishop Fenwick heads to Brockton tonight to meet league rival Cardinal Spellman for the 46th time. Parity has ruled in this series, which is as close as you can get with Fenwick holding a 23-22 edge. The Crusaders put up 44 points in a home victory last year, but dropped the previous three meetings and haven’t beaten Spellman on the road since 2007.

Masconomet hasn’t faced North Reading in eight years, but if past history is any indication the tri-town school could be in for a good outing. From 1994 to 2005, the Chieftains won 11 straight meetings to take a 22-18 overall series lead.

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