Eye on five
With the introduction of a new state playoff system, a number of high school programs will kick off this season with renewed hope, with a legitimate shot at qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in memory.
Lowell (9-2 record/2012);
Merrimack Valley Large; Division 1 North
Lynn Classical (7-3);
Northeastern South; Division 2 North
Merrimack Valley Small; Division 2 North
Greater Boston League; Division 1 North
North Reading (8-2);
Cape Ann; Division 4 North
PLAYER TO WATCH
St. John’s Prep:
The explosive 5-foot-11-inch, 205-pound senior will try to top a junior campaign in which he piled up 1,794 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.