EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

November 13, 2013

Everett's defense may make the difference

Central Catholic will take on a new challenge Saturday afternoon at Everett.

For the first time in the playoffs, the Raiders will be on the road and, for one of the first times this year, they’ll be a definite underdog.

Everett, which is traditionally at or near the top of the ladder, has been ranked No. 1 in Eastern Mass. much of the season and is coming off a 21-0 pasting of Lowell. It’s switched from a spread offense to a run-first scheme with success, averaging 31 points a game, but its defense is what has really stood out.

Against Lowell, University of Wisconsin-bound defensive back Lubern Figaro had two interception and, except for one play early, the Red Raiders could not run the ball.

Central’s offense is much more balanced than Lowell, and quarterback Mike Milano is playing his best ball of the season. But it still may be difficult for the Raiders to score much on a defense that is giving up just eight points a game.

If this game were in Lawrence, I’d pick the Raiders, but it’s not. Prediction: Everett 21, Central Catholic 14

TOMORROW’S GAMES

Chelmsford (5-4) at Andover (5-4)

This is a good chance to see how much Andover has improved in the last few weeks And it’s a chance for redemption after Chelsmford beat the Warriors 43-22 earlier in the season.

Prediction: Chelmsford 30, Andover 28

Lynn Classical (5-4) at North Andover (4-5)

The Knights still have a chance for a winning season. That should be ample motivation.

Prediction: North Andover 34, Lynn Classical 28

Lawrence (2-7) at Peabody (3-6)

Playing for pride is what this game is all about, and Lawrence has done that while winning two of its last four.

Prediction: Lawrence 36, Peabody 29

Weston (3-6) at North Reading (5-4)

C.J. McCarthy (264 yards, 5 TDs last week) and the Hornets continue to make a statement.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch Watson: 'I'm always going to cry' Is the use of pine tar considered cheating? Draft Preview: Jake Matthews Draft Preview: L'Damian Washington Calipari's Next Kittens
Boston Sports
NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday McAdam: MLB replay system already affecting Sox Running Strong: Marathon Sports Manager, Shane O'Hara reflects back on Marathon bombings Merloni: An imperfect game we're trying to make perfect Felger sounds of on the MLB replay system McAdam: Pedroia D.L. stint 'not hard to imagine' NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch