Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl previews


St. John’s Prep (10-1) vs. Brockton (9-3)

at Bentley University, Waltham, 6 p.m.

The rundown – They met in September, which ended in a 27-12 win for the Prep and Brockton quarterback Austin Roberts breaking three vertebrae. The Boxers started the season 3-3, but brushed off the slow start and are on an impressive six-game winning streak heading into the rematch. The dynamic duo of Alex Moore and Johnathan Thomas, who have combined for 30 touchdowns this season, anchor the Eagles offense against a Brockton defense that has allowed only 45 points in its last six games.


Barnstable (11-0) vs. Everett (10-1)

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, 1:30 p.m.


The rundown – John DiBiaso’s gang is going for its third consecutive Super Bowl victory. The trio of Jakarrie Washington, Kenny Calaj, and Gilly DeSouza has been outstanding for the Crimson Tide. But in Everett’s way is the one team it lost to this season – top-ranked, unbeaten Barnstable. With Nick Peabody’s breakthrough year under center and Dylan Morris’s Division 1A-leading 13 touchdown receptions, will Everett get its revenge or will the Red Raiders prevail once again?

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Reading (12-0) vs. Mansfield (8-4)

at Bentley University, Waltham, 2 p.m.

The rundown – Of the teams playing for Super Bowl titles, Mansfield is coming off the most surprising semifinal victory. There wasn’t much buzz around the Hornets before their Tuesday matchup against Duxbury, but Mansfield was able to slay the Dragons and hand Duxbury its first loss since 2009. Reading’s offense, led by Drew Belcher, has been incredible, but the real story is a Rocket defense that has allowed just 4.8 ppg. The Rockets will seek revenge for their 2010 Super Bowl loss to Mansfield, when the Hornets overcame a 26-7 halftime deficit.


Beverly (12-0) vs. Natick (11-1)

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, 3:30 p.m.

The rundown – If both teams play up to their offensive potential, the combined score might reach 100 points. Sixth-ranked Natick is led by versatile quarterback Troy Flutie and his 33 touchdown passes, 19 of which went to Brian Dunlap. And on the other side is an undefeated No. 7 Beverly team that hasn’t lost since Nov. 11, 2011. CAL/NEC 2 MVP running back Brendan Flaherty leads the Panthers with 24 touchdowns.



Wayland (9-3) vs. Sharon (9-3)

at Bentley University, Waltham, 10 a.m.

The rundown – After clinching its first playoff berth, Sharon wrote the first chapter of its playoff history with a pulse-pounding, 7-6 win over Pembroke in Tuesday’s semifinal. Wayland enters on a five-game winning streak, a stretch in which it has outscored opponents, 148-34. With 20 seniors on the roster, the Dual County (Small) champs will look for Robert Williams’s explosiveness to carry the offense.


Lynnfield (9-2) vs. Bishop Feehan (9-2)

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, 8 p.m.

The rundown – Kyle McGah ran for four touchdowns against Amesbury to send the Pioneers to the Super Bowl. However, Bishop Feehan only allows an average of 6.5 points per game, the lowest in Division 3A. On offense, senior Matt Allen leads the Shamrocks with 17 touchdowns. But much like Feehan, Lynnfield’s defense has done a great job of keeping opponents out of the end zone.


St. Mary’s (11-1) vs. Abington (12-0)

at Curry College, Milton, 10 a.m.


The rundown – It’s been over a year since Abington lost, and it doesn’t plan on stopping now. The Green Wave will have their work cut out for them, though, as they take on the dual rushing attack of Jordan Manthorne and Jordan Collier. Both rushed for more than 1,000 yards and will look to run their way to a Division 4 title.


Cathedral (10-2) vs. Madison Park (8-4)

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, 9 a.m.

The rundown – This will be the Panthers second consecutive trip to the Division 4A Super Bowl, one they are hoping will have a different outcome from last year’s 16-14 loss to Blue Hills. The duo of Kejonte Hickman and Kadeem Edge will lead Cathedral, but Madison Park, which ended the regular season with two straight losses, looks rejuvenated after beating Bristol-Plymouth in the semifinals.


Upper Cape (9-1) vs. Dorchester (10-0)

at Curry College, Milton, 1 p.m.

The rundown – After winning just four games last year, Dorchester had an impressive 2012 campaign in which its defense allowed an average of 5.8 points, including six shutouts. The Bears also have key offensive contributors such as Demetrius Leary and Robinson Cyprien, but Jon Dumont leads a motivated Rams team looking to win its first state championship.


Football Committee over MIAA agreement — If the Spaulding football is as bad as coaches say, then don’t grumble about it, don’t form a sub-committee. Item 1 on the Jan. 22 agenda: get rid of the thing.

St. John’s Prep over Brockton — If the Eagles can shut out Andover, they’ll have no trouble doing the same to the Boxers.

Barnstable over Everett — Too bad that casino isn’t open now because I’d bet the house on this one.

Reading over Mansfield — For Mansfield, beating the Rockets would be the equivalent of hitting the lottery twice in one week.

Beverly over Natick — If you think the unauthorized football used by Natick (to throw four touchdown passes) was an innocent mistake, raise your hand. Thought so.

Wayland over Sharon — When you sit across from a Sharon parent, picking against the Eagles is risky. But there’s no way Sharon holds Wayland to one score.

Bishop Feehan over Lynnfield — The Shamrocks’ two losses are to Division 2 schools. Lynnfield is a nice story, but Bishop Feehan is the better team.

Abington over St. Mary’s — Only a grinch would pick against Jim Kelliher and Abington.

Cathedral over Madison Park — It may be scoreless at the half, but eventually the Cathedral offense will be too much for the Cardinals.

Dorchester over Upper Cape — Here’s hoping members of the Dorchester Eagles continue the high school’s success and don’t end up being whisked away by Metco.

Staff picks by Bob Holmes

Last Tuesday, 6-10 (season 48-41)