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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 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