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August 26, 2013

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Football season nears

There may still be 11 (VERY long) days until opening night of Massachusetts high school football next Friday. But for those looking for their high school gridiron fix, there are plenty of quality scrimmages hitting the field this week.

One highlight is tomorrow at Andover High when the defending MVC Large champion Golden Warriors — led by game-breaking back Jack Sylvester — host EMass. Division 3A Super Bowl finalist Lynnfield at 5 p.m..

Then on Wednesday, Haverhill will travel to face defending EMass. Division 1 Super Bowl champion St. John’s Prep and Maryland recruit Johnny Thomas at 4 p.m. An interesting side note is that new Hillies back Ian Kessel played his freshman season at the Prep.

Griff’s great

It’s looking more and more like New York Giant Zak DeOssie — who will be in Foxboro on Thursday — soon will not be the only local in the NFL, as Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin seems poised to make the Houston Texans’ roster. Coach Gary Kubiak recently noted how impressed he was with the tight end’s athleticism. Griffin caught two more passes in last night’s Texans loss.

Less impressive, however, is the Q&A the Texans’ website did with Griffin. Of the seven questions, two are about pizza and one is simply “Where’s Waldo?’ Very, very strange.

Pay up

Former Merrimack College star Shawn Loiseau was fined $7,875 for a late hit in the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason matchup with Zak DeOssie and the Giants.

Joy set to go

Andover’s Brian Miller and North Reading’s Bobby Vardaro aren’t the only Boston College football players with Merrimack Valley ties.

Former Chelmsford High star Tim Joy is entering his sophomore season with the Eagles. The linebacker/special teams ace made 13 tackles in nine games last season, including five against Florida State.

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