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October 11, 2013

Down the Stretch

Fishermen have a lot to prove in final regular season games

The Gloucester football team will officially enter the stretch run of the 2013 regular season tonight when Lynn English pays a visit to New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium (7 p.m.)

At 3-2, the Fishermen have set themselves up nicely for a berth in the postseason despite a pair of losses, but there is still much to play for over the final two weeks of the regular season.

Gloucester is still in the running for a home game in the first round of the playoffs, and it needs to take care of business over the final two weeks of the regular season against Lynn English and Swampscott respectively to earn a postseason game at Newell Stadium.

Week 6 is also an important week around Division 3 North, as Beverly hosts Marblehead tomorrow (2 p.m.) and Danvers travels to Lynn Classical tonight (7 p.m.) in a pair of games that could greatly effect Gloucester’s standings within the division.

“The way it’s set up now, every game is important but the league games are even more important,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “The league games determine whether you make the playoffs or not and can effect your seed. This is a big week for us with Beverly playing Marblehead and Danvers playing Lynn Classical, those are teams close to us in our division. We have to look at those games in this system but the most important thing for us is to worry about our game against Lynn English. It’s an important game against a tough team and we need to beat them if we want to finish the regular season strong.”

It’s not just the standings Gloucester will be focusing on over the next two weeks, it is also looking to improve as a team. Most notably Zerilli and the Fishermen are looking to get off to better starts.

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