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Noontime’s High School Notebook: Osgood, AC Look To Continue Early-Season Momentum

Isaiah Osgood, a dual-threat quarterback, has enjoyed a successful start to his senior season with the Arlington Catholic football team. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

Isaiah Osgood loves his team’s energy.

The senior quarterback for Arlington Catholic couldn’t help but smile while watching his team warm up prior to their Wednesday afternoon practice.

“The energy here is great,” he said.

That energy – perhaps some early-season excitement, too – has resulted in a 2-1 start for the Cougars, which hope to continue its recent momentum on Friday against Bishop Stang.

Arlington Catholic defeated Bishop Stang last season, 39-36, but the early-October victory did not result in additional wins for a Cougars squad that missed the postseason.

Despite recent struggles by a program that has averaged one or two wins per season over the last four years, Osgood and his teammates are determined to rewrite the program’s “narrative.” And so far, they have by winning two of their first three contests.

“Going into (our game) against Wilmington, we had a mindset that we wanted to start off refreshed as a football team in general,” said Osgood.  

Indeed, the Arlington Catholic football team looked refreshed in the opening week, especially Osgood, who began his second season as a full-time starter by recording four touchdowns in the opening day win.

Unfortunately, the week one victory did not translate to a week two win. Instead, the Cougars stumbled against a Bishop Fenwick squad that is currently averaging 31.0 points per game.

Should we mention this year’s Bishop Fenwick defense has pitched two shutouts already? Yet, they did allow two touchdowns to the Arlington Catholic offense.

Losing to the Crusaders was perhaps the motivation Arlington Catholic needed heading into its second Catholic Central (CC) matchup last week as the Cougars rolled past Archbishop Williams, thanks to six touchdowns from Osgood.

This week, the team hopes its week three victory can carry them to another win – perhaps a few more, so this year’s squad can accomplish its preseason goal of returning to the postseason for the first time since 2017.

Quarterback Isaiah Osgood leads his offense during Wednesday’s practice. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports)

Competing for a state championship would be a dream come true for Osgood, who has yet to experience postseason football with the Cougars.

“Going into the season, we knew we wanted to be in the playoffs,” he said. “We know we (can be) a playoff team.”

The postseason in Massachusetts doesn’t begin for a few more weeks, so luckily there is still plenty of time to accomplish this goal.

For now, Osgood and his teammates will keep their attention on tomorrow’s foe, Bishop Stang, which boasts an identical 2-1 record.

Osgood said it’s been a good week of practice for a team that spent all of Tuesday improving its defensive schemes before focusing on a slew of offensive rushing plays on Wednesday.

The team’s energy – well, more excitement for practicing – was noticeable. Players were smiling, cracking jokes, and commending their teammates that were zigging and zagging their way into the Cougars’ secondary.

“The energy of this team has been great,” said Osgood. “This season feels special to me.

“It’s a special team” we have here at Arlington Catholic, the senior signal-caller would add.

A special team that hopes to begin a new chapter of success that dates back to Super Bowl championships in 1993 and 2008, along with a slew of league titles.

Noontime’s Week Four Picks

OK, after taking a week – maybe two? – off from picking high school football games, allow me to make some predictions for games taking place Thursday and Friday.

Arlington Catholic over Bishop Stang. The Cougars will win their second-straight contest and improve to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in CC play. Look for another big game from Isaiah Osgood.  

Weymouth over Needham. I expect the Wildcats to lean on its rushing attack against a Rockets defense that will be tasked with finding ways to slow down Cam Fernandez, Tyler Nordstrom, and Cameron Aieta.

Milton over Walpole. After watching the Timberwolves rally to beat Wellesley last week, it’s hard to pick against them. But I think Milton might be the best team in the Bay State Conference (BSC) – they have won three-straight contests, as well as scored an impressive opening day win against a Scituate squad that appeared in a Super Bowl last December.  

Westwood over Medway. The Wolverines will cap the opening month with a win after dropping a heartbreaker last Saturday to Quincy in the final seconds. Look for a big game from Westwood’s Brendan Donegan and Thomas Warren.

Dover-Sherborn over Dedham. The D-S defense has pitched back-to-back shutouts – I expect the Raiders’ early-season success to continue for a fourth-straight week against a Dedham squad that lost to Canton last week by a score of 14-0.  

Woburn over Arlington. If Arlington is going to score its first Middlesex League victory, the Spy Ponders will need a big game from Kayden Millis. Bryan Ferreira is the player to watch on the Tanners, which had their two-game winning streak snapped last week against Bedford.

North Reading over Ipswich. Will Batten and the Hornets will continue their early-season success on Friday with a win over Ipswich.   

Malden over Somerville. Halfback Mack Blaise will enjoy another successful evening on the ground, leading the Golden Tornadoes to their third win in four weeks.

Revere over Lynn English. The Patriots’ two-game losing streak was snapped last week, thanks to Maykin Gonzalez, who rushed for a trio of first-half touchdowns. Look for another big game from Gonzalez on Friday against the Bulldogs. 

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 26, 2022)

Walpole’s Logan Keyes (18) and Andrew Falzone (23) were a big part of last Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Wellesley. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to share our Eastern Massachusetts high school football teams of the week.

Like we did last week in our initial post, we will highlight 10 teams each week that enjoyed a successful outing in their previous contest.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 26, 2022)

Arlington Catholic: Quarterback Isaiah Osgood’s early season success continued last Friday as the senior signal-caller recorded four touchdowns (two through the air and two on the ground) as the Cougars rolled past Archbishop Williams, 40-7.  AC will host Bishop Stang on Friday – the Cougars beat the Spartans last year by a score of 39-36.

Burlington: The Red Devils moved to 2-1 on the season by outlasting Cambridge last Friday, 28-27. Burlington concluded the non-league meeting with 337 yards of total offense, including 265 yards on the ground. Look for another big game from halfback Joe Poland and quarterback Anthony Gerrior this week when they visit Watertown.

Cohasset: For the third-straight contest, quarterback William Baker tossed two touchdowns as the Skippers sailed past Norwell for its second win of the season last Friday. Baker completed 15 of 21 passes in the win for 192 yards with touchdown passes landing in the hands of Liam Appleton and Shane Mulcahy. Cohasset hosts Carver on Friday.

Needham: The Rockets snapped their two-game losing streak with a 22-6 victory last Friday over Newton North. Needham’s initial win of the 2022 season was highlighted by halfback Tate Hoffmeister, who rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns to go with a pair of two-point conversions. Kai Barnes was also a player to watch, making numerous stops and plays on defense. Needham hosts Weymouth on Friday.

Pembroke: Halfbacks Jack Tosone rushed for 154 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns while Brendan Kanya added 147 rushing yards with three scores as the Titans topped Plymouth North for their second-straight win. Pembroke will cap the initial month of play with a week four meeting with Scituate.   

Quincy: Quarterback Andrew Novak tossed a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner to Jacey Ham, which helped the Presidents outlast Westwood. Stephen Gallant added an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the team’s third win. Quincy is idle this weekend but will return to the gridiron on Friday, October 7 against Hanover.  

Reading: The Rockets are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to early season wins over Melrose, Barnstable, and Danvers. Halfback Alvin Day highlighted Reading’s win over Danvers last week with 85 rushing yards on 22 carries to go with one catch for eight yards. Quarterback James Murphy tossed two touchdowns in the win. Reading will welcome Belmont to campus on Friday.

TechBoston: The Bears make their second-straight appearance on our weekly list following their third-straight victory last Friday over East Boston. Ahmir Carrington stuffed the stat sheet with 265 yards of total offense, including a pair of kick returns for touchdowns. TechBoston faces Brighton next Friday in an important Boston City League clash.  

Waltham: Quarterback Jack Renaud was the player to watch last Thursday as the senior signal-caller tossed three touchdowns in the Hawks’ 37-7 victory over Newton South. This week, Waltham visits Westford Academy, a team that beat the Hawks last season by a score of 50-19.  

Walpole: The Timberwolves make their second appearance on this list after rallying to defeat Wellesley on Saturday. Quarterback Corey Kilroy led back-to-back scoring drives in the final session, which helped Walpole erase a nine-point deficit. Andrew Falzone sealed the comeback with an interception. Walpole visits Milton this week in a battle of 3-0 teams.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Revisiting Walpole’s Win Over Wellesley

Walpole quarterback Corey Kilroy led the Timberwolves on back-to-back scoring drives in the fourth quarter. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan

For two weeks, the Walpole High School football team seemed unstoppable.

The Timberwolves cruised past Framingham, 56-0, in their season-opener before clinching their first win over Natick in eight years one week later.

On Saturday, Walpole’s early-season momentum was tested, but the Timberwolves prevailed, despite yielding not one, but three touchdowns for the first time this season.  

Walpole erased Wellesley’s nine-point lead after three quarters by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 27-23 victory.

“(It’s) the first time this year (our team has) been down, fighting adversity,” explained Walpole coach Chris Sullivan.

“(Our team) showed me no signs of getting down. They were just hungry … just super proud of these guys. They never gave up.”

Indeed, the Timberwolves did not give up.

They received a major boost from quarterback Corey Kilroy, who led the Blue and Orange on back-to-back scoring drives during the final frame that saw Jamal Abdal-Khallaq and Logan Keyes reach the end zone.

Additionally, Walpole’s defense made some key plays, beginning with a third down stop by Sean O’Brien that set up Keyes’ go-ahead score. Andrew Falzone secured the win by intercepting Wellesley quarterback Vincent Ferrara on the ensuing possession.

Falzone’s interception ignited a celebration on the Walpole sidelines, along with a sigh of relief by many players and coaches that watched the offense execute back-to-back kneel downs.

“At halftime, we flipped a switch (and) everyone started to pick up the energy,” said Kilroy, who tossed three touchdowns in the win. “We knew what we needed to do, so we started executing … we came back, play after play, drive after drive.”

Added Keyes, “Everyone did their job and executed.”

Saturday’s performance, especially down the stretch, was impressive. It was a team effort, which will be needed again this week when Walpole visits Milton on Friday evening.

Like Walpole, Milton has won its first three contests, beating Framingham, Scituate, and Holliston.

Milton’s opening day win against Scituate erased memories of last year’s season-opener, which saw the Sailors beat the Wildcats, 34-20. Scituate would go on to win the Division 4 state championship by edging Duxbury, 14-13.

Sullivan knows Milton presents many challenges but knows Walpole will be prepared.

“They are a dynamic team,” Sullivan said of Walpole’s week four opponent. “It’s going to be tough … but I think the kids are up for the challenge.”

Friday’s kickoff between Milton and Walpole is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brooks Field Turf.

Staying within the Bay State Conference (BSC), Needham secured its first win of the season last Friday over Newton North.

Halfback Tate Hoffmeister rushed for 191 yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns, along with a pair of two-point conversions. Coach Doug Kopcso tweeted about the performance against the Tigers yesterday – he said, “Hoffmeister had himself a career night versus Newton North in Needham’s 22-6 victory.”  

Needham, which dropped its first two contests of the 2022 season to King Phillip and Natick, which attempt to capture its second contest of the season on Friday when they welcome Weymouth to Memorial Park at 7 p.m.

Weymouth, which began its season with back-to-back wins over Malden Catholic and Newton North, lost to Hingham yesterday by a score of 20-15.

The Wildcats’ five-point setback to the Harbormen was highlighted by a stifling defensive performance, including Jayce Mellish, who concluded the contest with a sack and fumble recovery.

Hingham will host Whitman-Hanson on Saturday – the Panthers enter the week four meeting with a record of 2-1.

Malden heads into the final week of September with a great deal of momentum after picking up its first Greater Boston League (GBL) win against Chelsea.

The Golden Tornadoes have won two of three contests thus far while averaging five touchdowns per game.

This week, Malden will attempt to cap the opening month of the season with a win against Somerville, a squad they edged last September by a score of 14-12.

Last season’s win over the Highlanders was the first for coach Witche Exilhomme, who is in his second season with the Golden Tornadoes.  

Finally, two teams fans of high school football should keep their eyes on, both this week and next month: Burlington and Quincy.

Burlington has won two of three contests this fall under first-year coach George Balian, who will lead his alma mater into their first Middlesex League contest this Friday against Watertown.

The Red Devils outlasted Cambridge on Friday before beating Westborough in their season-opener by a score of 19-0.

Watertown beat Burlington last season, 14-7.

Quincy edged Westwood last night, 48-46, thanks to a go-ahead and a game-winning touchdown pass from Andrew Novak.

Novak connected with Jacey Ham down the far sidelines for the game-winning score to provide Quincy with its third-straight win of the season.

Ham concluded the non-league clash with three catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns while Novak completed 6 of 11 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 100 yards on 12 carries.

Quincy beat Westwood last fall by two touchdowns.

The Presidents will be idle this weekend. They will welcome Hanover to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 7 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 19, 2022)

An impressive rushing attack by the Weymouth High School football team helped the Wildcats score a 35-20 victory last Saturday over Newton North. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Two weeks of Massachusetts high school football are in the books.

Beginning today – and yes, every Monday throughout the remainder of the 2022 season – we will be highlighting 10 Eastern Massachusetts high schools for our weekly Teams of the Week post (you can also see the team we highlight on our Instagram channel).

The goal of this weekly post is to provide various schools, communities, and programs with some additional publicity following their recent outing.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 19, 2022)

Billerica: The Indians are off to a 2-0 start, thanks to back-to-back wins over Lowell (38-0) and Westford Academy (32-14). Quarterback JT Green will be the player to watch this week when the Green and White welcome Wilmington (0-2) to campus on Friday.

Brighton: Coach Randolph Abraham’s squad has produced 104 points through two contests, thanks to quarterback Sahmir Morales, who will be a player to watch this week when the Bengals welcome O’Bryant High School (0-1) to Daly Field.

Hanover: After dropping their season-opener to Duxbury, Hanover bounced back last Friday with a 42-6 victory over Plymouth North. Numerous Hawks reached the end zone, including wide receivers Joe Curran and Dave Quinlan, who combined for 11 catches for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Quinlan also fished with two tackles for a loss and one interception. This week, Hanover will visit Stoughton (1-1).

Holliston: One week after scoring a big opening day win against Foxborough, the Panthers scored another impressive victory by beating Medway, 48-0. Quarterback TJ Kiley highlighted the Red and White’s second win with five touchdowns, including two on the ground. This week, Holliston will visit Milton (2-0), which beat the Panthers last season by a score of 37-13.

North Attleboro: The Rocketeers needed an extra session to edge Mansfield last week to bump their current record to 2-0. North Attleboro is idle this week before welcoming Franklin (2-0) to town next Friday, September 30.

TechBoston: The Bears picked up their second win last Friday over Georgetown. Quarterback Leo Bowman and Ahmir Carrington combined for 239 rushing yards against the Royals – Bowman also registered two touchdowns. Coach Raul Brown’s squad will attempt to score its thirds-straight win this week against East Boston High School (0-2).

Walpole: Halfback Andrew Falzone rushed for three touchdowns last week as Walpole blanked Natick, 26-0. This week, the Timberwolves head to Wellesley (1-1) for a Saturday afternoon clash against a Raiders squad that beat Walpole one year ago by a score of 24-10.

Westwood: Quarterback Brendan Donegan registered 284 yards of total offense last week to go with five touchdown passes as the Wolverines rolled past Bellingham, 40-7. Westwood heads to Quincy (2-0) on Friday with hopes of continuing its early-season success.  

Whitman-Hanson: Make it back-to-back wins for the Panthers, which scored a hard-fought 7-0 win over Foxborough last Friday. Coach Zack Botelho’s squad will be on the road again this week, visiting Rockland (1-1) on Friday.

Weymouth: A total team effort, along with an impressive rushing attack led by Anthony Smith, Cameron Aieta, and Cam Fernandez helped the Wildcats score a 35-20 victory on Saturday against Newton North. Weymouth will visit Hingham on Saturday in a battle of 2-0 squads.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Leftover Thoughts From Week One

Will Batten (No. 6) recorded four touchdowns last Friday in North Reading’s season-opener against Northeast Metro Tech. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting first week of the Massachusetts high school football season.

There were some exciting finishes, along with outcomes that raised an eyebrow. Additionally, there were games like the one I witnessed that was a tale of two halves.

Last Friday, I made the trek to North Reading to watch the Hornets score an opening night win over Northeast Metro Tech.  

The game was highlighted by Will Batten’s four touchdowns – two on the ground and two through the air (receptions) – that helped the Hornets secure a 28-0 lead that morphed into a 35-20 victory.

While North Reading’s offense – and yes, its defense – highlighted the opening half, it was the Northeast ground game that shined during the final two frames. Halfbacks Chris Zullo and Lael Jean-Baptiste zipped through various gaps the Knight offensive line paved with a few bursts resulting in touchdowns.

The Knights outscored the Hornets, 20-7, during the final 24 minutes.

North Reading seeks its second win on Friday when they visit the Greater Lawrence Technical School for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Northeast will host Saugus on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. – the Sachems lost to the Knights last season by a score of 28-0.

One outcome that surprised me last week was Xaverian Brothers beating Everett, 49-14.

To be honest, I thought the game would be a bit closer, but the contest was highlighted by a young man whose last name is Hasselbeck.

Henry Hasselbeck, the son of Matt Hasselbeck, who happens to be a Xaverian Brothers alum and played in the National Football League (NFL), shined in his debut with the Blue and Gold by throwing three touchdowns and finishing the non-league matchup with 190 passing yards.

One of Hasselbeck’s touchdowns was highlighted on ESPN this week – it was a five-yard leaping score that saw the junior signal-caller leap over an Everett defender at the five-yard line.

In addition to Hasselbeck, halfback Michael Oates added three rushing touchdowns.

Xaverian hosts Bridgewater-Raynham in its home-opener on Friday – the Trojans dropped their season-opener to Milford by a score of 42-0.

I thought Wilmington would beat Arlington Catholic in its season-opener. But clearly, I was wrong.

Quarterback Isaiah Osgood was the player to watch last Saturday as the senior signal-caller recorded four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) against the Wildcats. The four scores helped the Cougars score an opening day win, as well as gain some much-needed momentum for this week’s matchup with Bishop Fenwick High School.

Noontime’s Games to Watch in Week Two

Tech Boston (1-0) at Georgetown (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6 p.m.: Halfback Ahmir Carrington rushed for two scores in Tech Boston’s season-opener last week against Boston English/New Mission. He will once again be a factor this week against the Royals. PREDICTION: Tech Boston over Georgetown

Medfield (1-0) at Dedham (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Medfield’s defense shined last week against Medway, thanks to Matthew Stevens who finished with 14 total tackles. Let’s see if the Warriors’ defense can carry them to another victory against a Dedham squad that produced two scores last Friday against Westwood. PREDICTION: Medfield over Dedham

Waltham (1-0) at Winchester (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: A pair of 1-0 squads will square off in Winchester on Friday evening after both squads scored an opening day win over a squad from Newton (Waltham beat Newton North, 23-20, while Winchester topped Newton South, 13-6). PREDICTION: Waltham over Winchester

Bellingham (1-0) at Westwood (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Clearly, I was wrong about my hometown Wolverines last week as Westwood topped Dedham in its home-opener. This week, I’ll be more optimistic about Westwood, but if the Green and White are going to score its second win, they will need to slow down wide receiver Michael Spera. PREDICTION: Westwood over Bellingham    

Wellesley (1-0) at Milford (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Both teams looked pretty good in their respective season-opener – perhaps this is an early postseason preview? Maybe, but I think the Scarlet Hawks will be able to make a few more plays to secure its second win of the 2022 season. PREDICTION: Milford over Wellesley