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October 17, 2013

With two weeks left, football playoffs coming into focus (with video podcast)


Others: Pentucket (4-0) has emerged as a favorite along with Lynnfield. Those two, Watertown and Bedford look like good bets to make it, while the rest of the bracket may come down to whoever finishes second in the CAL Large and Small divisions. Newburyport, Triton, Amesbury, North Reading and H-W are all vying for spots; Winthrop (3-2) would likely get in with one more win.

Division 5 North

Bishop Fenwick: The Crusaders are one win away from a Catholic Central League title, and if they defeat St. Mary’s and Archbishop Williams to end the regular seaosn 7-0 they will be the No. 1 seed. Northeast Regional and Brighton are also undefeated, but the Crusaders have more wins over teams in higher divisions and a better power rating.

Even with two weeks to go, it’s safe to say that the road to the Division 5 North title runs through Margin Street and the Black-and-Gold.


North Shore Tech: The Bulldogs find themselves in the biggest field in the North with 19 teams, but they have an opportunity to earn an auto-bid Saturady afternoon by wrapping up the Commonwealth Small title with a home win over Minuteman.There are a number of tough places to play in the bracket, including Chelsea, Latin Academy and Cathedral, so it would behoove North Shore to win this weekend, and next against Mystic Valley, to try to climb their way into the top four and earn a home game.




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