Ayer-Shirley (0-1) at West Boylston, 7 p.m. (0-1)

Ed's pick: Ayer-Shirley 28 West Boylston 14

WEST BOYLSTON -- Ayer-Shirley proved last Saturday at Tyngsboro that it has the necessary tools in the shed to hang with the big boys. Late in the fourth quarter, the Panthers had a chance to tie the game at 21-21, but an incomplete pass on fourth down, turned the ball over to the hosts who milked the clock. Panthers' senior captain and quarterback Zak Walker was 10-of-25 for 157 yards and one touchdown. Another player to watch for both offensively and defensively is senior Dre Carmona. Carmona housed a 90-yard interception in the third quarter against Tyngsboro. West Boylston fell,40-34, in a shootout last Friday in Littleton. Quarterback Alex Thomas was four-of-10 for 85-yards with no touchdowns through the air. The Lion to watch for tonight in West Boylston, is running back Alex Churchill. Churchill rumbled for 169-yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns in his team's loss to Littleton.

Westborough (0-1) at North Middlesex(0-1) , 7 p.m.

Ed's pick:

North Middlesex 35

Westborough 28* Upset of the week

TOWNSEND -- Head coach Sandy Ruggles' North Middlesex Patriots narrowly shocked the Central Mass. high school football region last Friday at Foley Stadium. The Patriots fell 27-19 to No.3 ranked Doherty. Not too shabby, considering Ruggles' boys finished, 3-8, the year before.


But, is last Friday's performance a fluke? We'll find out tonight, when they host a Westborough Rangers team who is coming off of a 42-21 road loss to defending Div. 2 State Champion, Nashoba. For both teams, Tonight's showdown will be a good barometer for where they are this early in the season. Last season's meeting in Westboro went down to the wire, as North Middlesex was able to eek out the win in overtime. Late in the second quarter of last Friday's loss to No. 3 Doherty, North Middlesex strung together 19 unanswered points. Junior quarterback John Boutwell and running back Dylan Woods should carry the Patriots into battle tonight. For the visitors, expect dual-threat quarterback Dan Orlando to carry the bulk of the load. In last Thursday's loss to Nashoba, Orlando rushed for 38 yards on seven carries and threw for 117-yards and three touchdowns. For some reason, I still like the Patriots to pull off the upset.

Groton-Dunstable (1-0) vs. Hudson (1-0)

Ed's pick: Hudson 35

Groton-Dunstable 21

GROTON -- Sorry Crusaders fans, Hudson appears to be good, really good. The Hawks come into Groton soaring high after their 33-0 shutout of Auburn, a team who previously had not lost in 22 consecutive games. Hudson senior quarterback Dan Mendes rushed for over 100-yards. Mendes scored three of his team's four touchdowns on the ground. Not to mention, he also booted a 37-yard field goal. The key for Derek Asadoorian's young Crusaders' team is to stay aggressive and not over pursue the shifty Mendes. For Groton-Dunstable, it hopes to continue its winning ways after coming off a 28-6 season-opening victory over a big Gardner team. The offense is led by senior Quintin Forbes, who threw for more than 100-yards and two touchdowns in last week's win. Joey Orlando led the Crusaders' defense with 11 tackles, while Ronnie Peck chimed in with nine. The Hawks will be looking for revenge after Groton-Dunstable stormed its nest last October and blanked them, 21-0, at the Morgan Bowl. It should be a good, competitive game in Groton tonight. But, Do the Crusaders have what it takes to get it done?