, Salem, MA


October 25, 2013

Football Friday: Area leaders, games to watch for Week 8


1975: Swampscott and Bishop Fenwick were the only area teams to go 2-0 during the ‘75 World Series, which stretched over two football weekends as the Sox fell to the Big Red Machine from Cincinnati in seven games. Peabody lost to Everett, 14-12, during the Series, while Marblehead shaded Beverly, 3-0.

1967: In the midst of the Impossible Dream season from Oct. 4-12, Swampscott blanked Danvers, 28-0; Gloucester and Marblehead battled to a 14-14 tie; Salem beat B.C. High 20-6; Beverly drilled Peabody 30-6; Fenwick beat Xaverian 8-0, and Ipswich actually got to enjoy the World Series — they had a bye week.


Salem (1-5) at Peabody (2-4), tonight 7 p.m.: Last year, Salem throttled Peabody to earn their biggest win in the series in 45 years. This year, the Witches are playing for a chance to make the playoffs while the host Tanners are playing for pride in the 97th meeting between these teams. Before last year, each of the previous five meetings was decided by 10 points and two games went to overtime. Which young running back, Aaron Palmer for the Witches or Doug Santos for the Tanners, gets going could decide this one.


Pingree (4-1) at Proctor Academy (4-1), tomorrow 7 p.m.: The Highlanders are looking to bounce back after last week’s high scoring loss — and they’re doing it on the road. The game has major implications in the Evergreen League’s Clements Division, as Proctor’s only loss was also to New Hampton and the winner of this game will secure second place. Of note, Pingree has not lost back-to-back games since 2008.



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