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Thoughts & Observations From The First Two Weeks of Mass. High School Football

Arlington Catholic quarterback Isaiah Osgood threw one touchdown last Saturday in his team’s first Catholic Central Large (CCL) meeting of the 2021 season. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Two weeks of Massachusetts high school football are in the books. And a third is set to begin this evening with a few games to watch, including Natick (2-0) at Milford (2-0) — the game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. 

Before we officially begin the third week, allow me to share some thoughts and observations from the first two weeks.

  • This week, we’ll be making the trek to Medford (1-1) — the Mustangs will host their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) tilt of the 2021 season by welcoming Revere (1-1) to Hormel Stadium for a 6 p.m. 

    Both teams scored week two victories with Revere beating Chelsea while Medford outlasted Cambridge. Medford’s win over Cambridge was their first on their home turf in three seasons. 

    As of this morning, Medford and Revere are two of four teams in the GBL that boast a 1-1 record, however, the Patriots and Everett both own identical 1-0 marks in conference play. 

    Lynn English, Malden, and Somerville are seeking their first wins of the 2021 season — could that happen this week? 

  • Last Saturday, I had the chance to watch two Catholic Central Large (CCL) teams compete at Hormel Stadium with Bishop Fenwick scoring an impressive 48-7 win over Arlington Catholic

    The game was highlighted by an impressive ground attack that was led by Troy Irizarry, who scored three touchdowns. The Crusaders’ defense was also fun to watch — they certainly did not make things easy on a Cougars offense that registered just one score after recording 30 points one week earlier against Lowell Catholic

    Arlington Catholic quarterback Isaiah Osgood has tossed three touchdowns this season — his third occurred last Saturday against Bishop Fenwick on a long toss down the far sidelines to Andrew Sullo
  • While it was only one game, I certainly believe the Crusaders are going to be a team to watch this fall, despite graduating some key pieces from its Fall II squad earlier this spring. Bishop Fenwick graduated 18 seniors last spring, but one might not know that by the way, this team has played in the first two weeks. 

    Bishop Fenwick quarterback Steven Woods will continue to be a signal-caller to watch — the same could be said for Costa Beechin (wide receiver/defensive back), Chris Faraca (wide receiver/defensive line), and Troy Irizarry (running back/defensive end). 
  • Going back to Medford-Revere, here are a few players I am looking forward to watching on Friday: Dominick Terranova (Medford | QB), Alvin Legros (Medford | WR), Isiah Blake (Medford | RB), Osman Elkouram (Medford | LB), Augusto Gonsalves (Revere | DE), Wilmer Rodriguez (Revere | RB), Davi Barreto (Revere | RB), and Max Doucette (Revere | LB).

  • Kipp Academy Lynn Collegiate football coach Jim Rabbitt joined me this week on the Noontime Sports Podcast — you can hear the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, as well as on other platforms, too.

    Jim and I discussed a variety of topics, including his playing days at Framingham State, his path to becoming the head coach of the Panthers, and what he and his team learned from their 2019 campaign, which saw Kipp Academy fall short of advancing to its first-ever state championship at Gillette Stadium.

    This week, Kipp Academy, which has won its first two contests, will look to continue its early season momentum when they travel to Georgetown for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Royals enter the week three clash with a 1-1 record.

  • There are quite a few teams that boast a 2-0 record, but here are the squads — well, programs, to be exact — that I am interested in watching this week to see if they can pick up their third-straight win:

    East Bostons: The Jets soared past Brighton last Friday and appear to be the team to watch in the Boston City League.

    North Reading: The Hornets are averaging 47.5 points per game but will they be able to score six or seven touchdowns tomorrow against 2-0 Pentucket?

    St. Mary’s (Lynn): Keep your eyes on the Spartans tomorrow evening as they travel to Bishop Feehan for a battle of 2-0 squads.

    Malden Catholic: The Lancers have scored back-to-back wins to start their season against Gloucester and Weymouth, but face a tough test tomorrow against Scituate, which lost a heartbreaker last Friday to Duxbury.

    And a few more: Billerica, Chelmsford, Lunenburg, Wakefield, Marblehead, North Quincy, Ashland, Norwood, Dover-Sherborn, Norton, and Cathedral.

Noontime Football Postgame: Bishop Fenwick 48, Arlington Catholic 7

Bishop Fenwick’s Costa Beechin and the Crusaders leaned heavily on the run game to beat Arlington Catholic on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

MEDFORD, Mass. — After relying on its passing game to score an opening day win over South Hadley last Friday, Bishop Fenwick turned to its rushing attack on Saturday to score an impressive 48-7 victory over Arlington Catholic at Hormel Stadium.

Troy Irizarry highlighted his team’s initial Catholic Central Large (CCL) win by rushing for three touchdowns, including two scores in the opening session.

Costa Beechin (25-yards) and Luke Connolly (13-yards) each rushed for one score, as well, while Steven Woods tossed his fourth touchdown of the season early in the opening frame when he capped a two-play, 28-yard drive with a 21-yard strike to Chris Faraca on the left side.

Arlington Catholic, which outlasted Lowell Catholic last Friday, registered its only score at the end of the first quarter when quarterback Isaiah Osgood located Andrew Sullo down the far side for a 27-yard touchdown.

The touchdown was Osgood’s third of the season.

While Osgood’s touchdown did provide somewhat of a spark for the Cougars in the second quarter, it quickly disappeared late in the session when Bishop Fenwick’s Michael DiFelice pounced on a loose ball with two minutes remaining. Woods appeared to have mishandled the snap on his opponent’s one-yard line, but luckily DiFelice fell on the loose ball quickly — for a moment, it appeared as if maybe Arlington Catholic’s Niko Ceppi had recovered the loose ball, but the head referee flung his hands into the air shortly after the play had ended to signal it was a touchdown, not a touchback.

Bishop Fenwick is back in action next Friday, September 24 when they host Austin Prep at 7 p.m. while Arlington Catholic will visit Archbishop Williams for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Mass. High Schools: Week Two Picks

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The Belmont Marauders begin their season on Friday, September 13th against Wakefield. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Ah, another Friday evening (and weekend) of high school football has arrived – are you ready for some Friday Night Lights?

This evening, I’ll be covering Arlington Catholic at Watertownyou can follow our coverage on Twitter @Noontime_FB – and I certainly have a prediction for the non-conference clash below.

With kickoff quickly approaching, let’s dish out picks for week two and see if I can improve my mark from last week where I picked three of seven contests correctly.


Game of the Week: Arlington Catholic at Watertown (Friday, Sept. 13th at 7 p.m.): Both teams should be in contention later this fall for their respective sectional playoffs, but for Watertown to be successful they must find a way to slow down some key transfers from Pope John’s Super Bowl team last December. Arlington Catholic boasts some impressive talent on both sides of the ball but must stop Watertown halfbacks, David Manoukian and Karim MonroePrediction: Arlington Catholic 21, Watertown 13 


Tewksbury at Needham (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): A tough test for the Rockets against a Tewksbury squad that was idle one week ago. Look for Tewksbury to jump out to an early lead and not look back. PREDICTION: Tewksbury 28, Needham 10 

Martha’s Vineyard at Mystic Valley (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Second-year coach Danny Kelly‘s squad is a year older – they gained some valuable experience last season as a young team, which should help the Eagles soar to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Mystic Valley 18, Martha’s Vineyard 14 

Stoughton at Medford (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Coach John Curley seems optimistic about his Mustangs, who should be able to deliver the first-year coach his first win. PREDICTION: Medford 21, Stoughton 10 

Wakefield at Belmont (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): After sitting idle last weekend, expect coach Yann Kumin‘s squad to be ready to go come kickoff. Look for the senior leadership on both sides of the ball to carry the Marauders to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Belmont 24, Wakefield 14

Minuteman at Matignon/St. Joseph’s Prep (Friday, Septemeber 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Warriors will look to earn their first win of the season against a Minuteman squad that graduated some key pieces from last year’s 6-5 team. Quarterback Sam Wright should be able to lead the offense up and down the field this evening for a few scores. PREDICTION: Matignon 20, Minuteman 14 

Cambridge at Arlington (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): I didn’t expect the Falcons to win their season-opener against Boston Latin, but Cambridge proved me wrong. So tonight I’ll take the Falcons over the Spyponders. PREDICTION: Cambridge 28, Arlington 21 

Medfield at Dedham (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): After a tough loss to East Bridgewater last week, look for Dedham to bounce back with an opening night win against the Warriors. PREDICTION: Dedham 28, Medfield 14 

Falmouth at Somerville (Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m.): The Highlanders capped their 2018 season with some serious momentum, which should carry into this season. But an opening day date with Falmouth is not an easy match-up. Falmouth is considered one of the top teams in Division 5 South and should certainly provide match-up problems for the Highlanders. PREDICTION: Falmouth 28, Somerville 13 

Mass. High Schools: Wednesday Scoreboard

NS High School Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS 

Another busy day of Eastern Massachusetts high school sports are in the books, and below are the various outcomes from baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball.

Athletic Directors, coaches, student-athletes, and fans can submit scores to us on Twitter by tweeting to @NoontimeSports, @Noontime_HS or @NoontimeLax. 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 12, Arlington Catholic 1
  • Dover-Sherborn 12, Westwood 5
  • Bishop Fenwick 20, Archbishop Williams 2
  • North Reading 20, Lowell Catholic 4
  • Hopkinton 10, Medway 5

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Westwood 17, Dover-Sherborn 7
  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 17, Arlington Catholic 9
  • Revere 11, Methuen 10

Baseball 

  • Lynn Classical 13, Malden 0
  • Needham 2, Weymouth 1
  • Walpole 5, Braintree 4
  • Newton North 5, Natick 4
  • Andover 10, Lowell 3
  • Matignon 15, Pope John 4
  • Waltham 13, Cambridge 7
  • Westford Academy 4, Boston Latin 0
  • Revere 11, Medford 4

Softball

  • Wakefield 12, Northeast 5
  • Boston Latin 8, Cambridge 7
  • Austin Prep 9, Matignon 4
  • Somerville 3, Salem 1
  • Medford 4, Revere 3

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Malden 3, Lynn Classical 2
  • Medford 4, Revere 1

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Cambridge 4, Bedford 1
  • Malden 4, Lynn Classical 1
  • Boston Latin 4, Wayland 1
  • Somerville 5, Salem 0
  • Revere 4, Medford 1

Boy’s Volleyball 

  • Boston Latin 3, Wayland 0
  • Greater Lawrence Tech 3, Somerville 0

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Mass. College Football: Week 9 Honor Roll

Mr. 4,000! On Saturday, Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark! (Photo Credit: Matt Nooann for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The ninth week of the college football season is in the books. And now it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Treavor Scales (Harvard) – The senior tailback returns to the list following an impressive outing against Dartmouth where he rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Joshua Boyd (Harvard) – Against the Big Green, the senior from Hyde Park recorded seven tackles (five solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss.

Nick Clancy (Boston College) – In one of the more exhilarating contests of the season, the senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Maryland with nine tackles (four solo), a tackle for a loss and three pass breakups.

Mike Fess (Holy Cross) – Despite his team’s heartbreaking defeat to Fordham, the junior wide receiver hauled in eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Against Merrimack College, the Mansfield native caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s sixth victory of the season. All eight of the receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down, and five of the receptions came on third-down plays. Hill was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College) – This week’s NE-10 Defensive Player/Special Teams Player of the Week recorded a game-high 12 tackles (six solo), along with two interceptions and a pass breakup in his team’s 37-34 win against Saint Anselm.

Sonny Dillinger (Assumption College) – On Senior Day, the senior safety recorded 10 tackles (six solo), a half tackle for a loss, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his team’s win against Pace University.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The junior quarterback from Framingham tallied four touchdowns and accumulated 417 yards of total offense. Guadagnoli completed 19-of-34 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 76 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Mitch McClune (WPI) – Against St. Lawrence, the Pembroke native set a school record with four interceptions in his team’s first Liberty League win of the season. McClune was named this week’s Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week.

John Antonopoulos (WPI) – The junior from Cambridge, who was mentioned on this week’s Liberty League Honor Roll, accounted for four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) and recorded a career-best 347 yards in WPI’s 36-17 victory against St. Lawrence.

Kayln Smithson (Mount Ida College) – In his team’s epic win against Becker College, the sophomore linebacker accounted for five tackles (four solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup.

Darren Hartwell (Williams College) – Against Hamilton College, the senior wide receiver from North Reading registered 297 all-purpose yards (138 yards on three kick returns, 73 yards on four punt returns). He electrified the crowd from the start with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which provided the Ephs with all the momentum. He also caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown (38-yard score). Hartwell’s touchdown reception marked his 19th of his career, a new school record.

Mike Murphy (Endicott College) – In his team’s 50-45 win against Western New England College, the senior receiver from Chelmsford hauled in 11 catches for 139 yards and a single game school record five touchdowns. Murphy was named this week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic gunslinger completed 38-of-47 passes for a school record 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior tailback from Salem eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark with 126 yards and one score in his team’s victory against Coast Guard.

Dan Dowling (Westfield State) – The senior linebacker/punter, who was this week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 15 tackles (14 solo) and forced fumble in his team’s loss to Massachusetts Maritime.