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High school football picks for Thanksgiving

Xaverian over St. John’s Prep — Ignore the six losses and pay attention to what matters. The Hawks haven’t lost in a month, have the best player in the conference in Hunter Taute, and are playing at home.

Stoneham over Reading — By the time the Rockets figure out they actually have to work to beat Stoneham, the Spartans will have the upset of the day sewn up.

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Lincoln-Sudbury over Newton South — Orville the Drumlin Farm turkey vulture loves the taste of victory almost as much as the taste of raw turkey meat. And Orville (9-1) can’t see the Lions crossing midfield against the division’s best defense.

Amesbury over Newburyport — This won’t be the 99-6 game of 1951, but it will be the exclamation point on an impressive turnaround season for the Indians; 9-2 feels much better than 4-7.

Holbrook over West Bridgewater — Is it too late to insert the always exciting coin flip into the new playoff format? Nothing says Thanksgiving like three guys flippin’ a coin at midfield.

Southeastern over South Shore — Let’s make sure we have this straight. South Shore started the season 0-6, could lose to Southeastern to finish 4-7, but will go to the playoffs if Holbrook wins and the coin lands in its favor? Makes perfect sense.

Boston English over Boston Latin — Stop Jhalen Bien-Aime. It’s really that simple.

Medford over Malden — Thanksgiving brings out the sap in me, and I hate to think of the Medford kids, with everything they’ve been through this year, going 0-10. No team should go winless.

Marshfield over . . . OK, maybe not. No reason to get carried away.

Last week: 2-3. Season: 39-26.

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