Bob Holmes’s high school football picks

Masconomet over Gloucester — If rumors are true, Jim Pugh has already fit the 2,009-pound pumpkin with a jersey and helmet and has asked the MIAA for a waiver.

Xaverian over Duxbury — First, a recap: New Jersey schools 118, Catholic Conference 0. But as long as this isn’t Duxbury (N.J.), I love the Hawks.

Burlington over Reading — Always tough picking between Freedom and Liberty.

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Lincoln-Sudbury over Waltham — Vultures can stomach a lot of gross things, but the first loss of the year was tough to swallow for Orville (3-1), Drumlin Farm’s longtime resident. Hawks, which are inferior birds, have no chance against L-S.

Dorchester over Charlestown — Nothing against English, but how about a little love for the soon-to-be 5-0 Bears? Did someone say Top 20?

Cambridge over Everett — Stop laughing. Everett can’t score, and Cambridge is averaging 41 points over its last three games.

Staff picks by Bob Holmes (season, 15-9).