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Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams (Oct. 17, 2022)

Tommy Kane recorded a late fourth-quarter interception last Friday, which helped Westwood hold off Ashland, 19-14. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of Massachusetts high school football have concluded – that was quick!

Before we get ready for yet another busy week of games, let’s highlight our weekly Eastern Massachusetts teams of the week that enjoyed a successful effort last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 17, 2022)

Amesbury: In a battle of undefeated Cape Ann squads, it was the Indians that held onto beat North Reading, 30-27. With the win, Amesbury improved to 5-0 overall. Nick Marden concluded Friday’s meeting with the Hornets with three touchdowns to go with a pair of two-point conversions.

Belmont: The Marauders picked up their third win of the season, including their second Middlesex League Liberty win by Lexington, 35-20. Adrien Gurung highlighted the win with three touchdowns – all three scores came on the ground, including a pair in the opening quarter.

Catholic Memorial: The Knights survived a midseason scare by St. John’s Prep to move to 5-0 overall and 2-0 against Catholic Conference foes. Carson Harwood recorded two touchdowns against the Eagles, including a 51-yard score in the final frame that was followed by a two-point conversion.

Lowell Catholic: Make it six-straight wins for the Crusaders as they cruised past Nashoba Valley Tech last Friday by a score of 38-0. Nick Sawyer and Alijah Iraola combined for four touchdowns.

Newton South: The Lions snapped their three-game losing streak with a 13-0-win last Thursday over Wayland. Owen Dunker provided the Blue and Orange with an early lead in the opening quarter before Everson Quissanga connected with Paxton Boyd for a 20-yard touchdown in the final session.

Plymouth South: The Panthers extended their current winning streak to six games by defeating Quincy, 42-12. Quarterback Cole Brunstrom recorded two touchdowns in the win, including an 11-yard scamper in the third quarter. Heath McGilvray and Justin Lachance each accounted for one rushing touchdown in the final frame.

Rivers: The Red Wings scored a wild (and exciting) overtime win on Saturday, thanks to quarterback Max Stevelman, who recorded five touchdowns against Belmont Hill. Amir Lindsey caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime to send Rivers to 4-0 overall in the Independent School League (ISL).  

Wakefield: Make it six-straight wins for the Warriors as they exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to score an important conference win over Woburn last Friday. Quarterback Javin Willis recorded two touchdowns in the win – his initial score was a 95-yard strike to Christian Delgado.

Walpole: Andrew Falzone recorded three rushing touchdowns to send the Timberwolves past Braintree last Friday. Falzone recorded scores of six, eight, and 12-yards. With the win, Walpole moves to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Bay State Conference (BSC) Herget Division.

Westwood: Quarterback Brendan Donegan recorded three touchdowns against Ashland, including a 43-rushing score at the end of the first quarter that helped Westwood score an important Tri-Valley League (TVL) Large victory. Tommy Kane sealed the win with a fourth-quarter interception.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Week Six Matchups to Watch

Alex Carucci and the North Reading High School football team host Amesbury on Friday in an important Cape Ann clash with Amesbury. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/ NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Five weeks of Massachusetts high school football is in the books.

Three weeks of the regular season remain.

As expected, this week – week six, to be exact – features some important conference tilts that will certainly impact next week’s power rankings.

Here are a few games I’ll be watching, both today and tomorrow, as well as Saturday.

Newton South at Wayland (Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.): The Warriors of Wayland are seeking their first win.

Newton South, which has one win this fall, is hoping to capture its first Dual County League (DCL) contest since beating Boston Latin and Cambridge last October.  

Quarterback Everson Quissanga should be able to toss a few touchdowns this evening so the Lions can prevail with not just their second win of the 2022 season, but also some additional momentum heading into their final two contests. PREDICTION: Newton South over Wayland

Norwood at Holliston (Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.): It’s hard to pick against Holliston, which is one of a few teams in the hunt for a Tri-Valley League (TVL) Large crown.

The Panthers bounced back from a non-league setback to Milton with an impressive win over Ashland, thanks to quarterback TJ Kiley, who tossed three touchdowns against the Clockers.

Norwood remains in the mix for a league title but needs to win this game. PREDICTION: Holliston over Norwood

Walpole at Braintree (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): Walpole bounced back from its initial setback of the season to Milton by rolling past Shrewsbury.

This week, Walpole visits Braintree for an important Bay State Conference (BSC) meeting – the Timberwolves topped the Wamps, 28-0, last season before concluding the regular season with a pair of wins over Needham and Newton North.

While Braintree has certainly been competitive this fall, I am not sure if they will be able to slow down Walpole’s Corey Kilroy, Andrew Falzone, and Jamal Abdal-Khallaq on Friday. PREDICTION: Walpole over Braintree

Belmont at Lexington (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): The Minutemen have won back-to-back contests and need a win to keep pace with Reading for a Middlesex League Liberty crown.

Last season, Belmont beat Lexington, 14-3.

The Marauders are certainly in the mix for a division crown, thanks to a 32-30, victory last Friday over Winchester.

In a way, this is a “must-win” for the Marauders to keep their conference title hopes alive – of course, they would need some help if they were able to prevail – but in the end, expect Lexington to make a few more plays in the second half to secure its third-straight victory. PREDICTION: Lexington over Belmont

Amesbury at North Reading (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): Both teams enter this important Cape Ann league clash with explosive offenses.

North Reading has produced five touchdowns or more in five contests this fall, thanks to Craig Rubino, Alex Carucci, Brandon Eng, Ty Rich, and Will Batten.

Amesbury has scored 32 points or more this fall – in fact, they have finished three contests with 40 points or more. Additionally, their defense has pitched a pair of shutouts against Hamilton-Wenham and Ipswich.

Against Ipswich, five members of the Amesbury offense located the end zone, including Nick Marden and Henry O’Neill as the Indians secured a 16-0 lead after one quarter.

Friday’s winner will secure the inside track for a conference title. PREDICTION: North Reading over Amesbury

And a few more games to watch – consider this a round of “quick hitters.”  

  • Salem over Masconomet: The Witches have won five-straight contests to secure a 2-0 record in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference. Look for Salem to continue its winning ways on Thursday.
  • Milford over King Phillip: This game will be close, but in the end, the Hawks will prevail, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown from Nick Araujo.   
  • Westwood over Ashland: Expect another big game from quarterback Brendan Donegan, who connected with Jack McDaniels and Thomas Kane last week in a 21-6 win over Medfield.    
  • Stoneham over Watertown: The Raiders have been a great story, but Friday’s meeting with the Warriors begins a tough stretch for a Watertown squad that is currently tied atop the Middlesex League Freedom Division.
  • Brockton over Pinkerton (N.H.): After suffering a week two setback to Franklin, the Boxers have been rolling, scoring wins over Dartmouth, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Dartmouth. Look for Brockton to score its fifth win against a team from New Hampshire.

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 10, 2022)

Nelson Mendes-Stephen and the Lexington High School football team scored its second-straight win on Saturday over Arlington. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Five weeks of Massachusetts high school football is in the books.

And with it being Monday, it’s time to share our weekly Eastern Massachusetts teams of the week that enjoyed a successful outing last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the gridiron.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 10, 2022)

Braintree: In a battle of 2-2 Bay State Conference squads, it was the Wamps of Braintree that prevailed as the Blue and White topped Needham, 14-0. Mario Franciosa-Johnson and Ryan Brooks each recorded a touchdown. Braintree will go for its fourth win on Friday when they host Walpole.

Brighton: The Bengals bounced back from a week four setback to West Bridgewater by scoring an impressive 34-12 victory over TechBoston. Coach Randolph Abraham credited his defense for helping Brighton score an important Boston City League victory. Brighton’s defense will be a unit to watch on Friday against Excel High School.  

Brockton: McKenzie Quinn made history last Friday by becoming the first female student-athlete to record a touchdown for the Boxers. Brockton defeated Dartmouth, 50-7, to improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Southeast Conference play. Brockton will host Pinkerton Academy (NH) on Saturday.

Lexington: Make it back-to-back victories for the Minutemen as Lexington topped Arlington on Saturday, 45-28, to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the Middlesex Liberty Division. Lexington leaned on quarterback Nelson Mendes-Stephen and halfback Joseph Suh to secure some additional momentum for Friday’s contest with Belmont.  

Medford: The Mustangs snapped their four-game losing streak by erasing a 12-0 deficit to defeat Somerville, 39-12. Stevens Exateur and Justin Marino sparked the comeback for Medford by combining for four touchdowns in the second quarter. Medford will visit Everett on Friday.

North Reading: Quarterback Alex Carucci and wide receiver Craig Rubino shined last Friday in the Hornets’ fifth-straight win of the 2022 season. The senior duo combined for seven touchdowns, including three in the second half as North Reading rolled past Triton, 47-8. The Hornets will host Amesbury on Friday.

Reading: Quarterback James Murphy and the Rockets edged Woburn last Friday in an exciting Middlesex League clash, which saw the two teams combined for 75 points. Murphy concluded his team’s fifth contest with five touchdowns while the Reading defense denied Woburn an opportunity to push ahead on the ensuing possession. Reading will visit Arlington on Friday.

St. Mary’s: After losing a heartbreaker to Bishop Fenwick, the Spartans bounced back with a 48-6 win over Bishop Stang, thanks to quarterback Tyler Guy, who recorded four touchdowns, including two rushing scores in the second half. St. Mary’s will visit Arlington Catholic on Saturday evening.

Stoneham: The Spartans provided coach Bob Almeida with his 200th win on the sidelines last Friday as Stoneham topped Melrose, 30-13. Colin Farren and James Landers combined for four touchdowns while Ty Baker and Dominic Florino each booted on PAT. Stoneham will visit Watertown on Friday.

Xaverian Brothers: The Hawks soared past Boston College High School last Friday to secure their first Catholic Conference victory of the 2022 season. Henry Hasselbeck tossed four touchdowns with three scores landing in the hands of Jonathan Monteiro. Xaverian Brothers will entertain Malden Catholic on Friday.  

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 3, 2022)

Tyler Yen and the Wellesley High School football team scored a 43-6 victory last Saturday over Newton North. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com

Four weeks of Massachusetts high school football is complete – that was fast!

And with it being Monday, it’s time to share our weekly Eastern Massachusetts teams of the week that enjoyed a successful outing last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the gridiron.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 3, 2022)

Bishop Fenwick: The Crusaders needed not one, but two extra sessions to defeat St. Mary’s last Friday in what could help Bishop Fenwick accomplish its goal of winning the Catholic Central Large crown. Anthony Nichols clinched the win in the second overtime while Bryce Leaman recorded three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) in his team’s fourth win of the season. Bishop Fenwick will host Cardinal Spellman on Friday.

Dover-Sherborn: Michael Polk rushed for a pair of touchdowns while Garrett Webb connected with Henry Moore for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Raiders topped Dedham in its initial Tri-Valley League (TVL) Small matchup. With the win, D-S becomes the first TVL squad to win four contests. The Raiders host Bellingham on Saturday.

Malden: For the second-straight week, the Golden Tornadoes joined our list – Malden is currently one of four Greater Boston League (GBL) squads with a 2-0 league record. The Navy Blue and Gold capped the opening month of the season with a 44-12 victory over Somerville, thanks to Mak Blaise, who rushed for three scores, including a pair in the opening quarter. Malden faces a challenging week five test against Lynn Classical.

Milton: The Wildcats scored an impressive – and yes, hard-fought win last Friday, beating Walpole, 28-14, in a game that featured two 3-0 Bay State Conference (BSC) squads. Owen McHugh recorded three touchdowns in the win – two through the air and one on the ground to provide the Red and White with some additional momentum for this week’s meeting with Weymouth.

Nashoba Valley Tech: Coach Danny Kelly’s squad picked up its fourth-straight win, including a Commonwealth Small victory over Georgetown last Friday, thanks to Connor Buchmann, who rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Through four contests, Buchmann has rushed for more than 500 yards and six touchdowns. The Vikings will entertain Lynn Tech on Friday.   

Needham: Make it back-to-back wins for the Rockets as halfback Tate Hoffmeister continued his early-season success by registering three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Weymouth. Needham will attempt to win its third-straight contest on Friday when they visit Braintree.

North Reading: The Hornets’ winning ways continued last Friday as North Reading cruised past Ipswich, 48-6. Alex Carucci tossed two touchdowns in the win while rushing for a pair of one-yard scores in the opening quarter. North Reading will attempt to win its third-straight Cape Ann contest on Friday when they host Triton.

Revere: The Patriots scored their second-straight win, downing Lynn English, 47-0, last Friday to even their record at 2-2. Last Friday’s win was Revere’s second-straight GBL victory, which was highlighted by a pair of touchdown passes from Carlos Rizo. Maykin Gonzalez rushed for two touchdowns in the win. Revere visits Everett on Friday.

Wellesley: After dropping a heartbreaker one week earlier to Walpole, the Raiders bounced back with a big win last Saturday over Newton North. Tyler Yen and Tom Burton combined for five first-half touchdowns against the Tigers. Wellesley visits Natick on Thursday for an important Bay State Conference (BSC) meeting.  

Westwood: After surrendering a late touchdown in week three to Quincy, the Wolverines bounced back with a 48-21 victory over Medway last Thursday. Brendan Donegan tossed five touchdowns in the win while Tommy Kane recorded three catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Westwood begins Tri-Valley League (TVL) Large play this week against Medfield.  

Summer Baseball Notebook: The BASE, East Boston Expos To Meet Tuesday


By Matt Noonan 

Tuesday’s meeting between The BASE and East Boston Expos could be a preview of an exciting postseason series later this summer.

The two Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) squads, which will square-off at Alumni Field in Lowell tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., have enjoyed successful starts to their respective campaigns and have combined for 11 wins and 22 points.

East Boston’s offense is averaging nearly 10 runs per game after producing 12 runs or more three times this summer.

The Expos, who began their campaign with an opening day win over the Charlestown Townies, recently had six players record two runs in a 13-0 victory this past Saturday against the Stoneham SabresDerek Adamson, who currently boasts the second-best batting average in the YBL (.667), finished the game with three RBI.

As of this afternoon, East Boston leads all YBL squads with 59 runs while the Sabres rank first as a team in hits (73), doubles (18), and RBI (51). The Expos’ upcoming opponent – The BASE – has produced 51 runs in five contests. The league’s newest member is also averaging 10.2 runs per contest.

Following Tuesday’s must-see matchup, The BASE and Expos will meet again on Monday, July 27 at Ronan Park in Boston.

The Boston Men’s Baseball League has recently started its season with the Metrowest Royals and Metrowest Orioles logging the most games (four, to be exact) in all four divisions.

As of Monday afternoon, the Royals are the top team in the Metrowest MSBL Division with a 4-0 mark (eight points) while the Orioles are second with a 3-1 record. The Royals and Orioles have combined for 62 runs scored.

The Northeast Tides are currently the top squad in the North Shore Baseball League, which began its 2020 season on Tuesday, July 7.

On Sunday, the Tides bumped its overall record to 8-0, thanks to a 5-0 win over the Peabody Champions. Northeast will look to continue its momentum on Thursday, July 23 when they visit the Beverly Recs before hosting the Manchester Marlins on Saturday, July 25.

Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful start to its inaugural season. They have also been quite active on social media, tweeting updates, scores, and schedules to its fans, players, and coaches.

The league recently named Jackson Hornung their Player of the Week after he helped Ashland win three straight contests while registering four RBI, two doubles, and one home run. Braintree‘s Kyle Roche was tabbed the MIBL Pitcher of the week after recording 11 strikeouts while surrendering just three hits in three contests.

Ashland is one of the top teams in the MIBL Senior League with a 6-1 mark – Medfield boasts the same record – while Braintree is tied for second in the division with Quincy with a 5-2 record.