High School football games start three weeks from Friday.
The Merrimack Valley Conference announced on Thursday its football schedule for the upcoming season, which was moved from last fall to a brand new Fall II season to better accommodate challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Week 1 will take place the weekend of March 12 and the six-week regular season will run until April 16, followed by the MVC playoffs. Each team will conclude the regular season against its traditional Thanksgiving Day rival, if that team is also a conference member.
All of the teams in Division 1 are scheduled to play a six-game league schedule, with the exception of Central Catholic, which will play five. All of the teams in Division 2 are scheduled to play five league games.
Here are the schedules for local teams:
Lowell: vs. Central Catholic, at Andover, at Lawrence, at Chelmsford, vs. Methuen, vs. Haverhill.
Billerica: Open, at North Andover, at Tewksbury, vs. Dracut, vs. Haverhill, at Chelmsford.
Chelmsford: at North Andover, vs. Tewksbury, at Dracut, vs. Lowell, Open, vs. Billerica.
Dracut: at Tewksbury, Open, vs. Chelmsford, at Billerica, vs. North Andover, at Methuen.
Tewksbury: vs. Dracut, at Chelmsford, vs. Billerica, at North Andover, vs. Lawrence, Open.
CHELMSFORD 52, BILLERICA 48 Meghan Goode hit 4 3-pointers and had 21 points to power Chelmsford, which finished the season at 9-3.
Ellen Angwin finished with 12 points, while Mia Beauchesne added 11 for the Lions.
PELHAM 54, GOFFSTOWN 53 With Pelham up one with 11 seconds left, Goffstown had the ball, but Pelham stood strong and came out with the win.
Jasmine Becotte led Pelham’s scoring with 17 points, followed by Tallie Carney with 14. Megan Molettieri chipped in 11 points.
Pelham ends the regular season with two games against Sanborn next week.
PELHAM 75, SOUHEGAN 40 Unbeaten Pelham (11-0) came out firing on offense and never looked back.
All 11 Pythons got in the scoring column, led by Jake Dumont with 22 points (6 3-pointers) and Jake McGlinchey with 15.
Zach Jones dominated the interior with 11 rebounds and Jake Herrling led the strong Pythons’ defense.
LOWELL 59, HAVERHILL 49 With the win, the Red Raiders finished the season at 8-4.
Senior guard Jaceb McKenzie wrapped up his career with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Lowell, while sophomore forward George Turkson had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Chris Ouko added 11 points.