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    Westwood, MA 09/10/16 Everett and Xaverian high school football.....................(George Rizer for the Globe) for SPORTS XAVERIAN BACK #33 DEVON PICCININ BREAKS TWO ARM TACKLES AND FOLLOWS BLOCKING UP FRONT...
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    Devon Piccinin (33) and Xaverian have already beaten Everett this season, 17-14 back on Sept. 10.

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    A look at all eight MIAA high school football Super Bowls on Saturday, Dec. 6.

    Division 1: Everett (9-2) vs. Xaverian (10-1)

    Where: Manning Field, Lynn.

    When: Saturday, 1 p.m.


    Tickets: www.gofan.com; $10 for adults; $7 for students.

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    Coaches: Everett — John DiBiaso (35th season, 290-78); Xaverian — Charlie Stevenson (24th year, 206-62-1).

    Scoring: Everett (39.7 ppg.); Xaverian (25.8).

    Defense: Everett (15.5); Xaverian (7.6 ppg).


    The heavies up front: Everett — David Pierre (6-foot-3, 300 pounds); Xaverian — Jake Guidone (6-4, 280 pounds).

    Stat check: Everett — Sophomore Mike Sainristil has been a weapon in all three facets, scoring four touchdowns in Everett’s three playoff games — two on interception returns — and one each on a catch-and-run and kickoff return; Xaverian — Senior back Devon Piccinin has found the end zone 18 times, tied for second in Division 1. His defining performance came in the playoffs when the senior scored all five touchdowns in a 34-29 squeaker over Catholic Memorial.

    The captains: Everett — QB Jordan McAfee (Sr.); RB Marvens Fedna (Sr.); WR/DB Carlins Platel (Sr.); WR/LB RJ Fialli (Sr.); OL/DL David Pierre (Sr.); OL/DL Duval Paul (Sr.); OL/DL Bobby Lopes (Sr.); OL/DL Michael Smith (Sr.); OL Richardson Maitre (Sr.); Xaverian — WR/CB Mekhi Henderson (Sr.); QB Mattison Cronin (Sr.); RB/LB Colin Lama (Sr.); TE/LB A.J. Ryan (Sr); OL/DL Daniel Gioioso (Sr.); TE/DL Cal Flanders (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: Everett — 24; Xaverian — 30.

    Last Bowl appearance: Everett — 2014; Xaverian — 2015.


    Outlook: After early season last-minute losses to Xaverian and Billerica, Everett has found another gear, outscoring its three playoff opponents by a combined 83 points. Team speed and size, spearheaded by two-way lineman Duval Paul, could be kryptonite for a Xaverian attack that has struggled to jumpstart its passing game. The Hawks will need what they’ve gotten all season out of their three defensive leaders: lineman Cal Flanders, linebacker A.J. Ryan and cornerback Mekhi Henderson.

    Prediction: With its litany of dynamic weapons on both sides of the ball and special teams, Everett will have less difficulty finding the end zone, and thus gain retribution for its 17-14 loss to the Hawks in Week 1. Everett 21, Xaverian 10

    Division 1A: King Philip (11-0) vs. Reading (8-3)

    Where: Gillete Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: NECN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: King Philip — Brian Lee (12th year, 86-14); Reading — John Fiore (13th year, 111-58).

    Scoring: King Philip (31.1 ppg); Reading (28.2 ppg).

    Defense: King Philip (11.5 pg); Reading (15.8 ppg).

    The heavies up front: King Philip — Carl Sanuth (6-1, 325 pounds); Reading — Cormac O’Brien (6-4, 345 pounds).

    Stat check: King Philip — John DeLuca put his versatility display this season, seeing time at quarterback, wide receiver, and running back. The 5-foot-10 senior has amassed 503 rushing yards on 59 carries and had made 14 catches for 95 yards; Reading — Senior Nick DiNapoli (1,077 yards, 11 TDs on 165 carries) and junior Jack Geiger (483 yards, seven TDs, 59 carries) anchor the running game.

    The captains: King Philip — WR/LB John DeLuca (Sr.); OL/DL Dan Lowen (Sr.); OL/DL Paul Macrina (Sr.); DE/TE Brett Mazur (Sr.); Reading — QB Corey DiLoretto (Sr.); LB/FB Joe Bradley (Sr.); DT Cole Murphy (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: King Philip — 22; Reading — 22.

    Last Bowl appearance: King Philip — 1st Super Bowl appearance; Reading — 2015.

    Outlook: King Philip’s stingy defense and an explosive running game carried the team to an 11-0 record and the program’s first Super Bowl appearance. But the Warriors will have to contend with an experienced Reading team that knows what it’s like to play under the bright lights at Gillette and is hungry for a title after falling in last year’s Division 2 Bowl to Nashoba.

    Prediction: A definite nail-biter, but KP finds a way to hold off Reading and finish its perfect season with the Division 1A hardware. King Philip 21, Reading 20

    Division 2: Duxbury (11-1) vs. Shrewsbury (9-3)

    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: NECN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: Duxbury — Dave Maimaron (12th year, 118-24); Shrewsbury — John Aloisi (3rd year, 19-14).

    Scoring: Duxbury (41.1 ppg); Shrewsbury (25.8 ppg).

    Defense: Duxbury (15.9 ppg); Shrewsbury (19.5 ppg).

    Up front: Duxbury — Quinn Murphy (6-5, 300 pounds); Shrewsbury — Jared Godek (6-2, 230 pounds).

    Stat check: Duxbury — Nine of the Dragons’ 11 wins have been by 21 points or more; Shrewsbury — After starting the season 3-3, the Colonials have won their last five games.

    The captains: Duxbury — WR Ryan Reagan (Sr.); QB Bobby Maimaron (Sr.); LB Nick Gearin (Sr.); LG Sean Lema (Sr.); Shrewsbury — RB/LB AJ Laramee (Sr.); TE/DL Jared Godek (Sr.); WR/LB Connor McAulay (Sr.); OL/LB Mike Mulvena (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: Duxbury — 25; Shrewsbury — 18.

    Last Bowl appearance: Duxbury — 2011; Shrewsbury — 2007.

    Outlook: Duxbury is the clear favorite. The Dragons ripped off 11 straight wins before resting their starters on Thanksgiving Day against Marshfield (a 53-0 loss); Bobby Maimaron headlines a talented cast on offense. The Colonials might be outmatched, but they have some serious momentum and are eyeing an upset. Whichever team wins the battle up front will prevail.

    Prediction: Duxbury’s size and depth will be too much for Shrewsbury to handle, and the Dragons’ ability to play several players on one side of the ball will pay dividends. Duxbury 42, Shrewsbury 20

    Division 2A: Marblehead (11-0) vs. Falmouth (12-0)

    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: Marblehead — Jim Rudloff (8th year, 71-20 record); Falmouth — Derek Almeida (3rd year, 24-10).

    Scoring: Marblehead (33.6 ppg), Falmouth (36 ppg).

    Defense: Marblehead (9.3 ppg); Falmouth (12.3 ppg).

    The heavies up front: Marblehead — Bo Millett (6-3, 220 pounds); Falmouth — Noah Rowell (6-1, 305 pounds).

    Stat check: Marblehead — Senior back Jaason Lopez led the offense with 15 touchdowns while senior QB Drew Gally and senior defensive end Bo Millett swept the NEC offensive and defensive players of the year; Falmouth — Senior tailback Michael LaFrange and senior quarterback Nick Couhig have combined for 35 of their team’s TDs this season.

    The captains: Marblehead — DE/OT Bo Millett (Sr.); RB/CB Jaason Lopez (Sr.); TE/DL Manning Sears (Sr.); FB/LB Harry Craig (Sr.); Falmouth — LT Evan Elichalt (Sr.); RB/OLB Michael LaFrange (Sr.); QB/DB Nick Couhig (Sr.); C/LB Zach Murphy (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: Marblehead — 19; Falmouth — 17.

    Last Bowl appearance: Marblehead — 2009; Falmouth — 1994.

    Outlook: Both teams are looking for their first football state championship in school history and a perfect season. Falmouth senior quarterback Nick Couhig has led a high-flying triple option attack while Marblehead senior defensive end Bo Millett and company have limited opponents to only nine points per game.

    Prediction: Making its first Bowl appearance in 22 years, Falmouth pulls out a close win on the strength of their explosive attack and defensive toughness. Falmouth 19, Marblehead 13

    Division 3: Hanover (11-0) vs. Grafton (12-0)

    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: Hanover — Chris Landolfi (4th year, 33-11); Grafton — Chris McMahon (3rd year, 25-10).

    Scoring: Hanover (34.7 ppg); Grafton (31.5 ppg).

    Defense: Hanover (11.6 ppg); Grafton (9 ppg).

    The heavies up front: Hanover — Pat Flynn and Matt Hughes (6-3, 270 pounds); Grafton — Miles Fiore (5-11, 245 pounds)

    Stat check: Hanover — Senior Brad Rogers has piled up 1,298 yards and 24 touchdowns on 164 carries in nine games, with four TDs in each of his last two games (against Holliston and Triton); Grafton — Ifeatu Melifonwu, a 6-4, 190-pound back committed to Syracuse, has 1,803 rushing yards on 178 carries with 25 touchdowns. He also has three receiving scores.

    The captains: Hanover — WR Jeff Wheeler (Sr.); DE Mike Nimeskern (Sr.); OL Matt Hughes (Sr.); OL/DT Pat Flynn (Sr.); Grafton — RB/DB Ifeatu Melifonwu (Sr.); FB/LB Jack Fontana (Sr.); TE/DE Adam Swerling (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: Hanover —19; Grafton — 9.

    Last Bowl appearance: Hanover — 1976; Grafton — 2012.

    Outlook: All season, Hanover has dominated opponents in the trenches with a line led by Pat Flynn, Tim Mullane and Matt Hughes with Brad Rogers, Wyatt Shisler and Jeff Wheeler supplying the flair. Grafton has relied on a stingy defense and Syracuse-bound Ifeatu Melifonwu, whose older brother, Obi, is a standout safety at UConn and an NFL prospect.

    Prediction: Hanover’s O line dominates at the D3 level, and the rest of the offense has been clicking through the postseason. Hanover 34, Grafton 19

    Division 3A: St. Mary’s (11-0) vs. East Bridgewater (10-2)

    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: St. Mary’s — Matt Durgin (9th season at St. Mary’s, 20th overall, 82-31 at St. Mary’s, 159-72 overall); East Bridgewater — Shawn Tarpey (12th season, 89-54-1).

    Scoring: St. Mary’s (38.0 ppg); East Bridgewater (25.0 ppg).

    Defense: St. Mary’s (9.5 ppg); East Bridgewater (14.2 ppg).

    The heavies up front: St. Mary’s — Liam Reddy, (6-2, 270 pounds); East Bridgewater — Brian Damon (6-1, 200 pounds).

    Stat check: St. Mary’s — Junior back Calvin Johnson leads Division 3A in scoring with 29 touchdowns, nine of which have come from over 40 yards; East Bridgewater — Has outscored its foes 111-36 in the playoffs.

    The captains: St. Mary’s — RB Abraham Toe (Sr.); OL Liam Reddy (Sr.); RB Calvin Johnson, (Jr.); FB/LB Joey Silvestri (Sr.); DL Anthony DelVecchio (Sr.); LB Brendan Donahue (Sr.); FS Marcus Atkins (Jr.); OL Fred Blaise, Sr., DL Cam Sakowich (Sr.); East Bridgewater — FS/WR Greg Plunkett (Sr.), LB Nick Khoury (Sr.); RB/LB Pat Snow (Sr.); DE/TE Brian Damon (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: St. Mary’s — 9; East Bridgewater — 16.

    Last Bowl appearance: St. Mary’s — 2012; East Bridgewater — 2015.

    Outlook: The Spartans have one of the highest scoring offenses in EMass., led by the 1-2 punch of Calvin Johnson and Abraham Toe; they have yet to face a test as tough as East Bridgewater. The game could come down to which first-year starting QB makes more plays, Vikings sophomore Liam LeVangie or Spartans junior Marcus Atkins.

    Prediction: East Bridgewater beat St. Mary’s in the playoffs last year, 26-18, and it will get by narrowly again. East Bridgewater 24, St. Mary’s 21

    Division 4: Mashpee (11-1) vs. Wahconah (10-1)

    Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

    When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

    Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium: $17 for adults, $14 for students.

    TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

    Coaches: Mashpee — Matt Triveri (12th year, 104-33); Wahconah — Gary Campbell Jr. (15th year at Wahconah, 21st overall, 165-57-1).

    Scoring: Mashpee (38 ppg); Wahconah (36.9 ppg).

    Defense: Mashpee (13.8 ppg); Wahconah (12.2 ppg).

    The heavies up front: Mashpee — John McNamara (6-foot-4, 260 pounds); Wahconah — OL/DL Jake Barnaby (6-3, 260 pounds).

    Stat check: Mashpee — Sophomore Devaun Ford has racked up 750 yards rushing, 500 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns for Mashpee. Senior Jason Andrade has rushed for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns; Wahconah — Senior QB Will Genaway has thrown for 1,301 yards and 20 TDs; classmate Connor Washburn (26 catchs, 531 yards is his primary target). Sophomore Connor Noyes (750 yards, six TDs) and junior Tanner Hastings (905 yards, 13 TDs) lead the running attack.

    The captains: Mashpee — FB Jack Rodriguez (Sr.); OL/DT Caleb Gonsalves (Sr.); QB/S Nick Carpenter (Sr.); LB/TE Dominick Fellini (Sr.); LT/DT Drew Ridenour (Sr.); RB Jason Andrade (Sr.); Wahconah — QB Will Genaway (Sr.); OL/MLB Kyle Noyes (Sr.).

    Seniors: Mashpee — 8 ; Wahconah — 15.

    Last Bowl appearance: Mashpee — 2015; Wahconah — 2014.

    Outlook: Both teams are strong up front. Wahconah gets the edge with a more seasoned line, but Mashpee has played against similar teams in Nantucket and Abington. Mashpee and Wahconah have a balanced attack. This game will be very close, a turnover one way or the other will decide it.

    Prediction: This one won’t be over until the final whistle, but Mashpee edges by. Mashpee 22, Wahconah 21

    Division 4A: Maynard (12-0) vs. Millis (9-3)

    Where: Worcester State University.

    When: Saturday, 12.

    Tickets: www.gofan.com; $10 for adults; $7 for students.

    TV, radio: www.nfhsnetwork.com.

    Coaches: Millis — Dana Olson (3rd year, 24-10); Maynard — Harold Ogilvie (6th year, 44-23).

    Scoring: Millis (23 ppg); Maynard (31.4 ppg).

    Defense: Millis (14.7 ppg); Maynard (9.1 ppg).

    The heavies up front: Millis — Danny Fallon (6-1, 260 pounds); Maynard — Timmy Lawton (6-2, 250 pounds).

    Stat check: Millis — Junior quarterback Bryce Latosek has 23 TD passes, nine to UMaine-bound receiver Brian Espanet. Back Kurt Hopkins added 1,000 yards rushing; Maynard — Running back P.J. Falzone has 101 carries for 740 yards and eight touchdowns.

    The captains: Millis — DE Jack Moriarty (Sr.); OL Danny Fallon(Sr.); OL Gerry Crepeau (Sr.); WR PJ Adams (Jr.); Maynard — RB P.J. Falzone (Sr.); TE Eric Kiley (Sr.); OL Akram Semakula (Sr.).

    Seniors on the roster: Millis — 14 ; Maynard —13.

    Last Bowl appearance: Millis — 1999; Maynard — 1986.

    Outlook: Millis lost in the Division 6 state semis before losing to Mashpee last season. Now, led by junior quarterback Bryce Latosek, senior receiver Brian Espanet, and 1,000-yard rusher Kurt Hopkins, the Mohawks are one win away from a Super Bowl title. This will be Maynard’s first state championship appearance in any sport. The Tigers are undefeated dressing just 26 players.

    Prediction: Millis takes it — too many weapons in both the passing and the running game. Millis 35, Maynard 28

    Compiled by Brandan Blom, Karl Capen, Trevor Hass, Emily McCarthy, Michael McMahon, and Josh Schrock.