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Changing prospects

Changing prospects

With the introduction of a new state playoff system, a number of high school programs will kick off this season with renewed hope for, and a legitimate shot at, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in memory.

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Ashland (4-7; 2012 record);

Tri-Valley League Small/Division 5

Framingham (5-6);

Bay State Carey/Division 1

Lexington (4-7);

Middlesex Liberty/Division 1

Waltham (7-3);

Dual County Large/Division 2

Watertown (6-5);

Middlesex Freedom/Division 4

Player to Watch

Mike Panepinto, Needham:

The shifty running back rushed for 2,085 yards and 26 touchdowns last fall.

Phil Perry can be reached at paperry27@gmail.com.
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