The Panthers have won three straight games since losing to the Fishermen.
“In a lot of ways that’s good in terms of preparation; you’ve already played them once, so you have some scouting,” Bauer said. “It also brings a new challenge though, because that was early in the season. We’ve gotten better, but they have also. I think that will be a big challenge.”
North Shore Tech’s Paul Worth knows his team faces a big challenge in Division 6 first round opponent Cathedral.
Cathedral, which will host the Bulldogs on Saturday (time TBA), defeated North Shore in the playoffs last year, but this Bulldogs team has been riding a hot streak.
The Bulldogs have won four in row since starting 1-2.
“We had them last year in the first round and we’re very, very happy we have them again; we get a chance to get them back,” Worth said. “They have their quarterback back and the running back is back, but their offensive and defensive lines graduated. They were really strong and I don’t think they were as good this year after watching film on them. I’m still anticipating another good football team.”
Hamilton-Wenham coach Andrew Morency is also anticipating a very good first round opponent.
The Generals snuck into the Division 4 North bracket as the 8 seed and drew a team Morency knows a little about. Although they didn’t meet in the regular season this year, Hamilton-Wenham will see No. 1 Pentucket, a Cape Ann League foe.
“Looking at the film, they’re a very fast team. What a group of hard working individuals. They’re polished, but I feel with our schedule, we faced everyone like the Fenwicks, Lynnfields and North Readings,” Morency said. “There’s nothing we haven’t seen, but Pentucket is certainly formidable.”