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Week 2 football preview: Early showdown coming between Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep



Week 2 football preview: Early showdown coming between Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep

Rarely does a football team allow more than 40 points in a game and wind up with the win.

No. 3 Central Catholic and No. 4 St. John’s Prep managed to pull it off.

These two teams meet Saturday (1 p.m.) and it’s reasonable to predict if one of these talented teams allow 40 points, they aren’t going to leave the field undefeated. St. John’s Prep enters the game having beaten Central Catholic four straight times, twice in the postseason.

Central Catholic gave up 52 points, but managed to drop 67 on Springfield Central. If there is any solace, the Raiders were far better on defense in the second half, allowing just a pair of touchdowns, while forcing three turnovers.

“I liked our team character in the second half,” CC coach Chuck Adamopoulos said. “Everyone knows that Ayden Pereira had a great game, but we had a lot of different guys step up, people like Justice McGrail and Mathias Latham.

“We’re going to have to better because St. John’s Prep is very explosive on offense. They can run the ball on one series, then open it up on the next one.”

St. John’s Prep required a little more drama to defeat Marshfield. Leading the entire game, the Eagles watched as Marshfield took a 42-41 lead with 35 seconds left. The visitors proceeded to drive 73 yards with Jack Perry capping off the winning drive by connecting with Jesse Ofurie on a 26-yard TD with five seconds left to give them a pulsating 47-42 win.

“I give our guys a lot of credit for keeping their poise,” St. John’s Prep coach Brian St. Pierre said. “We work on a lot of those scenarios in practice, two-minute drill, one-minute drill, going without timeouts. It was nice to see them take what we worked on in practice and do it in the game.”

Not surprisingly, both coaches feel the game will come down to which side can neutralize the other more.

“We struggled on defense last week, but I think we will be better this week,” St. Pierre said. “Central Catholic has a big-play offense and their quarterback will have to be our focus – he’s a very good player.”

Elsewhere on Saturday, Wellesley and Milford come off solid opening-week wins and will meet in Wellesley.

The Friday schedule is loaded with terrific matchups. A juicy Patriot League crossover game pits No. 13 Scituate at No. 9 Duxbury. The Dragons haven’t lost to a PL opponent since Hingham defeated them in 2007.

The Catholic Conference will be in the limelight as No. 1 Catholic Memorial hosts LaSalle (RI), No. 5 Xaverian travels to Bridgewater-Raynham, while BC High hosts a talented Springfield Central squad. In Central Mass., St. John’s (Shrewsbury) looks to get back on the winning track when it takes on rival Shrewsbury.

A trio of terrific nonleague matchups headline the Middlesex League slate. No. 10 Barnstable takes the long road trip to Reading to meet the 12th-ranked Rockets, No. 6 Lincoln-Sudbury visits Melrose and St. Bernard’s heads to Stoneham.

An old school Bay State Conference rival is on tap as Walpole travels to No. 14 Natick. East Boston and Brighton meet in an early-season battle for bragging rights in the city, while Nantucket and Mashpee is the premier matchup on the Cape.

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