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October 26, 2012

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STAKES JUST GOT RAISED

It’s a huge week on several fronts of the high school football scene.

Central and Lowell collide in the marquee matchup of the night, a true elimination type affair in the MVC race.

Lowell’s Cam Latta and Jack Galvin vs. the amazingly resilient Raiders.

Something tells me it’s coming down to one big play tonight at Cawley, and I like Ryan Doherty and Santino Brancato in that situation. Those two Central seniors are gamers.

Realizing that Chelmsford has reeled without its starting quarterback Bob Sullivan, all three losses were to quality teams and all came by one touchdown. It makes tonight’s collision on the slow turf in the Lions’ den a nightmare for unbeaten Andover.

The New Hampshire game of the week is clearly tonight’s Windham-Trinity (each is 7-1) matchup with the Division 4 No. 2 seed and a home playoff game hanging in the balance.

What do you do if you’re Windham coach Bill Raycraft? Do you go all out against the powerhouse Pioneers, knowing full well that you are facing them a week from tomorrow in the D4 state semis? Or do you hold something in reserve?

TOUGH BREAK

Best wishes and a hearty get well go out to Northern Essex Community College freshman, Jaylen Alicea, of Lawrence. The former

Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer will lose at least two months of his early freshman season with a fractured foot, suffered on the court about a week ago.

Hopefully, all goes accordingly and coach Darrin Stratton can have him back running the show before January.

OFF AND RUNNING

A solid opening round of two-under par 69 has Andover’s Rob Oppenheim in a 19th place tie after one round of the Web.com Tour Championship. Oppenheim enters the final event of the 2012 season in 41st place in the money leaders, about $44,000 behind the 25th and pivotal spot, which comes with a PGA Tour card.

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