Adam Kurkjian Posted September 1, 2017 Report Share Posted September 1, 2017 Bones inspired me to get one of these going. I know a lot of you don't care, but some do, and this is for you. Let's get into it... My preseason top 5 at the moment looks pretty much the same as it did previously: 1. Everett - Watched some film on their first scrimmage. They have speed everywhere. OL needs to gain experience but their skill will make up for it. 2. Central Catholic - Hearing great things still. QB is maybe the best in the state and the OL is excellent. Physical. Experienced. 3. St. John's Prep - Lost their best skill player to a knee injury but still has plenty going for it. Maybe a year away. 4. BC High - Defense and both lines should be fine. Right now, the leader in a jumbled D1 South. 5. St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Got an up-close look at them last week. Pretty solid. Will know a lot more after the first two weeks. Others of note (not the next best teams, but just ones to monitor) Catholic Memorial - D1 South sleeper has some good line play, always their Achilles heel. Xaverian - Walloped by Central Catholic in a scrimmage. They lost a lot to graduation and will need to grow up quick. Brockton - Talent is improved. Mostly young and inexperienced. Had its moments in a scrimmage at Everett. Mansfield - Had some down years but the talent is creeping back up (the highlights from the BC High scrimmage are intriguing), and 2018 will be even better. Springfield Central - Posted already about their scrimmage with Paramus Catholic. Key will be how OL holds up. Lexington - If the Central QB isn't the best in the state, then Lexington's is. Will be in a lot of shootouts. Final round of scrimmages are tonight, then next week we get into the real stuff. Week 1 Games To Watch (9/8 and 9/9) Friday night (all games at 7 p.m. ET) Bridgewater-Raynham at Duxbury - Bit of a tossup. Duxbury lost a ton of skill but OL and front seven are strong. Central Catholic at Dartmouth - Long bus ride for Central (traffic will be hell so they're leaving at 2:15 p.m.) and Dartmouth is solid, but the visitors should prevail. North Attleboro at King Philip - I might go to this. Both solid, top 25-type teams. KP is always extremely physical. St. John's (S) at Catholic Memorial - SJS jumped out to a big lead last year and held on. These are both top 10 teams in the state. Saturday afternoon Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) at Springfield Central (1 p.m.) - SC schedules fearlessly here, then has St. John's (S) the week after. Brockton at Lexington (1 p.m.) - Expect a lot of points. Xaverian at Everett (2:30 p.m.) - X will do its best to keep Everett's offense off the field. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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