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    GlobeNorth: Targeting a playoff berth

    George Rizer for The Boston Globe

    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

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    Lynn Classical (7-3);

    Northeastern South; Division 2 North

    Haverhill (8-3);

    Merrimack Valley Small; Division 2 North


    Malden (3-8);

    Greater Boston League; Division 1 North

    North Reading (8-2);

    Cape Ann; Division 4 North



    Johnathan Thomas,

    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.

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