Postseason football pairings announced

Quarterback Graham Inzana and Swampscott High will be top seed in Division 5 North this weekend. (Spenser R. Hasak)

The quests for state championships in football begin this weekend and 10 Item area teams will compete for the banners in their respective divisions.

It begins in Division 1 North, where the St. John’s Prep Eagles (6-1) earned the No. 2 seed. St. John’s will host No. 7 Haverhill Friday night (7).

The Peabody Tanners (3-4) earned the No. 6 seed in Division 2 North. On Friday night (7), they’ll travel to No. 3 Reading.

In Division 3 North, the English Bulldogs (6-1) earned the No. 2 seed. They’ll host No. 7 Concord-Carlisle Friday night (7:30) on the back end of a double-header at Manning Field. On the front end of the twin-bill, No. 4 St. Mary’s will host No. 5 Georgetown in the first round of play in Division 7 North Friday evening (7).

Marblehead won the Northeastern Conference outright with an undefeated regular season (7-0). The Magicians drew the top seed in Division 4 North and host No. 8 Dracut Friday night. Also, No. 6 Revere (3-4) visits No. 3 North Reading Friday night (7).

In Division 5 North, Saugus (2-5) earned the No. 6 seed. The Sachems will visit No. 3 Weston Friday night (7).

Bishop Fenwick (6-1) drew the No. 4 seed in Division 6 North. The Crusaders host No. 5 Greater Lowell Friday night (7).

There are two games scheduled for Saturday. Swampscott (6-1) drew the No. 1 seed in Division 5 North and will host No. 8 Triton at noon. In Division 8 North, Tech (5-2) earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Roxbury Charter.

The non-playoff schedule has yet to be released.


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