Are you ready for some High School Super Bowls?
Super Saturday is upon us, which means it’s time to make some bold predictions for the upcoming Division I, II and III Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowls, which will be played at Gillette Stadium.
Here’s our staffs predictions for three Saturday championship games, enjoy.
Division III – Concord Carlisle vs. Oliver Ames
Dan Libon – If you are wondering what the Patriots could do on Saturday against the Tigers, then you might want to revisit their shutout victory from earlier this season against Lincoln Sudbury. It would be a great story if Oliver Ames comes out on top, but in all honesty, C-C has too many weapons on both sides of the ball. C-C 28 OA 17
Ryan Lanigan – The Patriots will feel right at home at Gillette Stadium, but not many teams fill the stands like the townies from Easton. There is no doubt CC is an elite team, but I’ve gone on record before saying, Oliver Ames is a team that screams “determination.” This could turn into one of the more entertaining games of the day. OA will make it close, but they’ll fall just short. C-C 24 – Oliver Ames 14.
Matt Noonan – The story of Oliver Ames has been an exciting one this year, but against the Patriots of Concord-Carlisle, I’m expecting the Tigers to lose. CC has a great offensive and defensive unit, and oh, by the way, they also lost at Gillette Stadium last year, so that’s some motivation for the Patriots to win, right? CC 28 – OA 10
Division II – Duxbury vs. Tewksbury
DL – With the longest winning streak in the state, Duxbury is in great position to win their second Division II championship in two-years. They can beat you with quarterback Matt O’Keefe or by shutting down their opponent on defense. Duxbury 14 Tewksbury 0
RL – Duxbury did a wonderful job keeping Charles Ruffin and the King Philip offense out of the end zone to advance to the Super Bowl while Tewksbury has recovered from a rough start to play in the big game. I believe Coach Dave Maimaron will have the Dragons ready to go. Duxbury 28 Tewksbury 7
MN – Hands down, I’m picking Duxbury. They’re fast, quick, aggressive and athletic, and certainly, they’ve got a quality quarterback that’s most likely going to toss two touchdowns before the buzzer sounds. Duxbury 21 – Tewksbury 7
Division – Boston College High School vs. Needham
DL – What am I most excited for in this particular matchup? Hmm… the two top tight ends in the state! Expect BC High quarterback Bartley Regan to have plenty of time in the pocket when looking for teammate Jameson McShea. BC High 28 Needham 14
RL – Both of these teams are beyond deserving to be in the Super Bowl. As a Brockton High graduate, I’ll give a lot of credit to Needham for knocking off New Bedford – our Big 3 rival. BC High has done a marvelous job recovering from the loss of star running back Preston Cooper. The Eagles defense, (four shutouts) will be clashing with a Needham team that has posted 42 points in two straight games. It will be close, but I think BC High will pull it out. BC High 21 Needham 14.
MN – After losing quarterback Drew Burnett to a season ending injury, Needham has rallied around Ryan Charter, who enters Saturday’s tilt with 14 touchdowns in six games. Needham head coach Dave Duffy admitted after Tuesday’s game that their opponent on Saturday is tough, big and physical. However, the Rockets are a team that have always exhibited a lot of heart and passion this season, so I’m expecting the underdogs to somehow find a way to knock-off the Eagles in this one. Needham 28 – BC High 24