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Mass. High Schools: Somerville Unveils 2019 Football Schedule

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The Somerville Highlanders will play a trio of regular-season games at Dilboy Stadium this fall. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com) 

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The Somerville High School football team’s schedule for the 2019 season has been released with the Highlanders scheduled to host a trio of regular-season contests, including their season-opener against Falmouth on Saturday, September 14th with kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Six days after hosting the Clippers the Highlanders will entertain Malden on Friday, September 20th for their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) meeting before visiting the defending Division I champions St. John’s Prep (Danvers) one week later.

The Highlanders will commence October with a visit from Ipswich on Saturday, October 5th before embarking on a three-game road trip with visits to Concord-CarlisleEverett, and Medford.

Somerville will spend the month of November competing in postseason or non-postseason contests before capping the month with their annual pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting with Cambridge to compete for the Picket Fence. Somerville captured the Picket Fence last season, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Louis Montina.

The Highlanders concluded 2018 with a 4-7 record – they snapped their seven-game losing streak with a trio of non-postseason wins against Wilmington, Wakefield, and North Reading before edging Cambridge, 23-19.

2019 will mark the first time since in three years that Somerville will compete in the GBL after competing the past two seasons in the Northeastern Conference (NEC).

Coach Makonnen Fenton will welcome back some key pieces from last year’s squad, including Montina, halfback Fred Castin and wide receiver Miyard Joseph.


Somerville High School 2019 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 31st – Jamboree at Everett High School (3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 14th – Falmouth at Somerville (12 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 20th – Malden at Somerville (7 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 27th – Somerville at St. John’s Prep (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 5th – Ipswich at Somerville (2 p.m.) 
  • Friday, October 11th – Somerville at Concord-Carlisle (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 18th – Somerville at Everett (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 25th – Somerville at Medford (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Somerville at Cambridge (6 p.m.)

Stay connected with our Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS

Mass. High Schools: Hill Is Ready To Coach The Lexington Minutemen

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Mike Hill, who previously coached the Matignon/St. Joseph football program will be coaching the Lexington High School Minutemen this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For Mike Hill, Friday cannot come soon enough.

The former Matignon / St. Joseph Prep football coach is eager to begin a new chapter in his coaching journey this Friday, August 16th with Lexington High School – the team is scheduled to commence their new season with an 11:30 a.m. practice.

“We are really excited about the beginning of the 2019 season,” said Hill, who is eager to be coaching in the Middlesex League.

Hill inherits a talented Minutemen squad that has competed in the last three Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 1 North playoffs and is expected to once again contend for a sectional title in November.

“Lexington has had a successful run over the last few years, and this group is determined to continue what the team has done during that span,” said Hill.

For Lexington to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need to lean on their upperclassmen, including senior halfback and linebacker Kevin Xiong, junior tailback and defensive back Mason Hatfield, and senior wide receiver and strong safety Justin Siri.

Additionally, the squad will also rely on seniors Charles MabardyEthan Xi and Nick Orf at wide-out, while Xi and Orf will also be expected to assist the Minutemen’s secondary.

Lexington’s depth at multiple positions will certainly help the Blue and Gold in their pursuits of a league title, but also a sectional and state championship, too.

Heading into the team’s initial practice, Hill says the focus will be on “the little things” – fundamental tackling, ball security on offense, and sustained drives – which he believes will help the Minutemen position themselves for a successful showing against Acton-Boxborough in week one.

“We certainly feel we have a talented bunch, but there are certain challenges we have to overcome,” said Hill. “We have a difficult challenge with the schedule this year (with two) tough non-league games against Acton-Boxborough and Concord-Carlisle, who are both well-coached and very talented.

“Additionally, the Middlesex Liberty division will be a challenge, too, so we need to focus on (playing) our best game week every week.”


Stay connected with our Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS

New England D3 Football Preseason Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to begin in a few days with teams returning to their respective campuses later this week (and month) to prepare for their upcoming campaigns. And with the return of New England D-III football it can only mean one thing: a preseason poll, which features our Top 20 teams from the region.

Similar to last season (and the year before), Noontime Sports will produce a weekly poll, which will appear on Mondays throughout the 2019 season. Fans can expect our next poll to be posted Monday, September 2nd as games will begin later that week on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, and will feature 20 teams, not 10 like we did previously.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, August 12th, 2019

1. Trinity College

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

2. Western New England 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-1 CCC

3. Springfield College 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

4. Framingham State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 7-1 MASCAC

5. Amherst College 

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

6. Bridgewater State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-2 MASCAC

7.  Salve Regina University 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

8. Coast Guard Academy 

2018 Record: 7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

9. WPI 

2018 Record: 6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC

10. Endicott College 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

11. MIT 

2018 Record: 9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC

12. Husson University 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-0 ECFC

13. Williams College 

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC 

14. Western Connecticut 

2018 Record: 8-2, 6-2 MASCAC

15. Tufts University

2018 Record: 7-2, 7-2 NESCAC

16. Middlebury College

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC
17. Nichols College  2018 Record: 5-5, 3-3 CCC
18. Plymouth State  2018 Record: 6-4, 5-3 MASCASC
19. Dean College 2018 Record: 5-5, 4-2 ECFC
20. Colby College  2018 Record: 3-6, 3-6 NESCAC

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Curry College, and Westfield State. 

Mass. High Schools: Introducing Our High School Football Coverage Plan

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone!

With great excitement, I am happy to share (and introduce) our Noontime Sports high school football coverage plan, which will begin this month with some features (and previews) on a slew of Eastern Massachusetts football teams.

These previews will provide some early insight on each team heading into the upcoming season, as well as what they must do to reach Gillette Stadium in early December to compete in a Super Bowl.

Our previews will be posted here, but also promoted through our social media channels, too, including Twitter – make sure to follow @NoontimeSports (our site’s main handle) and @Noontime_FB for in-game coverage, scores, and future football posts.

Once the 2019 season begins, my goal is to cover one game per week – possibly two. We will let you (the fans and friends of our site) pick our ‘Game of the Week’ through a Twitter poll, which will feature four different contests. The poll will be posted every Tuesday morning on our site’s main Twiter handle, so again, make sure to follow @NoontimeSports so you can cast your vote for upcoming coverage.

We will announce our ‘Game of the Week’ every Thursday – I can’t wait for our first game!

In addition to game-day coverage, my plan is also to produce some weekly (or bi-weekly features) on teams, players and coaches. All ideas are welcome – please send pitches or story ideas to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.

With another high school football season fast approaching, I am super excited to get started with coverage – additionally, I am eager to meet with coaches and student-athletes to learn more about their upcoming campaigns, which begin in just a few weeks.

New England Football: Yale Picked To Capture The Ivy League

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The 2019 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll was released this morning with Yale University checking-in atop the eight-team list with nine first-place votes.

Yale, which was picked to finish first in the Ancient Eight one year ago, concluded its 2018 campaign with a 5-5 record, including a 3-4 mark in league play.

Dartmouth College and Princeton College checked-in second and third, respectively – two the teams combined for six first-place nods with the Tigers claiming four of them while Harvard University secured the fourth position with one first-place vote.

Penn University checked-in fifth overall while Columbia University placed sixth with one first-place vote. The Lions finished 6-4 last season – they won their final two games against Brown University (42-20) and Cornell University (24-21).

Cornell and Brown rounded out the eight-team poll, checking-in seventh and eighth, respectively.

Princeton captured the 2018 Ivy League crown with a 10-0 mark – it was the 13th time in league history that an Ancient Eight team has finished its campaign without a single setback.

Yale won the league crown in 2017, while Penn and Princeton were tabbed co-champions in 2016. Harvard and Dartmouth also shared the Ivy League title in 2015.

The 2019 Ivy League season officially begins Saturday, September 21st.


Stay connected with our New England football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter! 

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