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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.

    Ashland (4-7; 2012 record);

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    Tri-Valley League Small/Division 5

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    Framingham (5-6);

    Bay State Carey/Division 1

    Lexington (4-7);

    Middlesex Liberty/Division 1

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    Waltham (7-3);

    Dual County Large/Division 2

    Watertown (6-5);

    Middlesex Freedom/Division 4

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    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.