With the high school football season about to kick off, The Boston Globe offers a look at some of the most important games of the 2012 season.
EVERETT AT LEOMINSTER, Friday: The Crimson Tide enter this campaign with a 25-game winning streak. That, however, might be in jeopardy during the first week as they travel to Leominster to face the Division 1 CMass Super Bowl Champions. Everett was one of the few teams to beat Leominister last season during their title run.
BROCKTON AT READING, Sept. 14: Brockton’s first month will be something to keep a close eye on. In three of their first four, the Boxers face the best of the Catholic Conference in BC High, Xaverian and St. John’s Prep. This game against defending Middlesex Large champion Reading might be considered a breather, unless of course the Division 2 Rockets are as good as some think.
NATICK AT WEYMOUTH, Oct.12: With Troy Flutie and company on one side and Ozzy Colarusso on the other side, all signs point to this being a great, high-scoring game. Colarusso on defense against Natick’s tall wide receivers will be a must-see matchup.
EVERETT AT XAVERIAN, Oct. 13: The battle on the line between Everett’s John Montelus (Notre Dame commit) and Xaverian’s Maurice Hurst Jr. (Michigan), two of the best players in the state, will be worth heading to Westwood.
HOPKINTON AT HOLLISTON, Oct. 19: Last year this game decided the Tri-Valley Large as Holliston won, 20-0, to give Hopkinton its only loss of the season. Look for Hopkinton linebacker Ryan Bohlin to have an impact in making sure his team doesn’t get blanked again.
NORTH ATTLEBORO AT MANSFIELD, Oct. 26: With both teams battling in the Hockomock, and coaches Don Johnson and Mike Redding being former teammates, this is always a good game. The two tied for first with KP last fall and this one could decide who finishes on top this fall.
BARNSTABLE AT BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM, Nov. 2: Defending Old Colony League champion Barnstable has one of the best QBs around in Nick Peabody. And since the OCL has shrunk to three teams, it’s safe to say this one has huge playoff implications.
CATHEDRAL AT POPE JOHN (EVERETT), Nov. 10: A rematch of the game that decided the Central Catholic Small winner in 2011. Cathedral won, 16-12, and went on to the Super Bowl.