SouthCoast HS Football Playoffs: Week 1 Preview
It feels a little weird typing this just 24 hours before trick-or-treaters will start banging on the door, but the high school football postseason begins this Friday for six SouthCoast teams.
Apponequet, Old Rochester, New Bedford, GNB Voc-Tech, Dartmouth and Bishop Stang are all in, and will all see quarterfinal playoff action this Friday night. All games are at 7 p.m.
Old Rochester is the only local team with a home game. The Bulldogs (7-0) will open play in Division 5 South by hosting Seekonk, whom they just beat last Friday night, 31-14.
Apponequet, which will battle ORR on Thanksgiving Day for the South Coast Conference crown, is competing in Division 4 South. The 6-1 Lakers will visit Norton, which is also 6-1.
Sticking with the SCC teams, GNB Voc-Tech (4-3) is making its first appearance in the MIAA playoffs in school history, competing in Division 5 South. The Bears travel to 6-1 Abington, who has lost only to powerhouse Duxbury this season.
New Bedford (3-4) has to wait until Thanksgiving for a chance to win the Big 3 championship, but their upset win over Brockton last week should give them a ton of confidence heading into the Division 1 South playoffs. The Whalers head to Attleboro on Friday, facing the 6-1 Bombadiers, who have defeated their opponents by an average margin of 19.5 points this season.
Dartmouth (3-4) will travel to Kingston to face Silver Lake (4-2) in the Division 3 Southeast playoffs, and Bishop Stang (4-3) heads to Westwood (6-1). The Wolverines average 31 points a game and win by an average margin of 16.3 points.
Three area teams did not qualify for the playoffs, so they’ll be playing in the non-playoff bracket for the rest of the season. Two of the three will start that bracket off on the road this week.
Wareham (1-6) has to travel to Medway (4-3), and Fairhaven (3-4) will visit Archbishop Williams (2-5), both on Friday night at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Old Colony (3-4) hosts Carver (2-4) at 2:30 p.m.