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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.

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.

Mass. High School Football: Week One Highlights & Takeaways

Malden Catholic scored an opening night win last Friday against Weymouth. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

The first official week of the Massachusetts high school football season is in the books. 

Here are some highlights (and yes, takeaways, too) from the initial week of the 2021 season.  

  • For starters, it was great to see fans back in the stands last Friday and Saturday.

    I was at one of the games — a non-conference clash between Malden Catholic and Weymouth that saw the Lancers roll past the Wildcats by a score of 35-6. The game was highlighted by some impressive defensive plays, along with a rushing attack that will once again be on display this week when the Blue and Gold host Gloucester on Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Speaking of Gloucester, the Fishermen dropped their season-opener to Hamilton-Wenham last Friday evening by a score of 13-7.

    The Generals defense kept the Fishermen’s offense in check, limiting Gloucester to just one touchdown, a 62-yard rushing score by Caleb DeCoste, which provided them with their first and only lead of the contest.

    Friday’s clash between the Fishermen and Lancers will be one to keep an eye on — could the Lancers begin their season with back-to-back wins?
  • Scituate is going to be a team to watch, both this week and throughout the fall — the Sailors scored an impressive victory last Friday over Milton, thanks to Keegan Sullivan, who rushed for four touchdowns, including a 67-yard score in the third and 66-yard touchdown in the fourth to secure a 34-20 victory. 

    This week, the Sailors visit Duxbury on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff — the Dragons also scored an opening win by downing Bridgewater-Raynham by a score of 42-0.
  • The Norwood Mustangs are going to be a team to watch and yes, beat, in the Tri-Valley League (TVL).

    Norwood commenced its 2021 campaign with a 21-14 victory over Stoughton last Friday — the win was highlighted by a trio of student-athletes, including Matt Alves, who recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter.

    Sean Steeves was also instrumental in the win — he was named to the Boston Globe’s EMass Players of the Week after tallying three interceptions against Stoughton, along with seven total tackles.

    Norwood returns to the field on Saturday, September 18 when they host Falmouth, which lost its season-opener to Plymouth North by a score of 18-14.
  • Jathan Greene was the player to watch last Friday afternoon in Brighton’s season-opener against O’Bryant.

    Greene led the Bengals with three touchdowns — two on the ground, one through the air — while Damian Blacknall added an 82-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.

    Following Greene’s initial score against the Tigers, Quarterback Sahmir Morales connected with Isiah Joseph for a 36-yard touchdown, which provided the visitors with a 14-0 lead after one frame.
  • Brighton’s opponent this week — East Boston — also scored an opening day win over Boston Latin, thanks to a trio of rushing scores from Jaye Kincade, Jashua Delacruz, and Randy Bermudez.

    The Jets beat the Bengals during Fall II by a score of 20-12, so it will be interesting to see if the Blue and Yellow can duplicate that performance from March on Friday.
  • A few additional thoughts … congrats to Brian McCray on his first win as the head coach at Belmont. The Marauders defeated Cambridge last Friday by a score of 20-7 … Wayland looked rather impressive last Friday as the Warriors rolled past Hopkinton by a score of 40-6. Shayne Sutton could not be stopped as the senior rushed for four touchdowns against the Hillers …  Chelsea, which is competing in the Greater Boston League (GBL), scored an opening day against Salem, and will look to continue their early season  momentum against Revere, which lost its home opener to Peabody by a score of 28-7. The two teams will square-off in Chelsea on Friday at 6 p.m. 

We’ll have a few more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by to read our first-week highlights — and yes, some takeaways and thoughts, too. 

Mass High School Hoops: Brighton 53, Stoughton 42

The Brighton Bengals clinched a spot in Saturday's Div. 2 state championship with a win against Stoughton High School on Monday. (Photo Credit: C.J. Legner)

By Tim Rosenthal 

BOSTON, MAAfter falling just short of appearing at the TD Garden last season, Brighton and Stoughton went into Monday’s Division 2 State semifinal matchup looking to advance one step closer to Massachusetts high school glory.

Stoughton got the first shot taking a 16-13 first quarter lead, but Brighton adjusted and took control with a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter – spanning nearly eight minutes – and came away with a 53-42 victory.

Brighton will face the winner of the St. Bernard’s-Mahar matchup in the Division 2 state finals on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester.

“It feels good in this moment,” said Brighton coach Hugh Coleman, whose team is now 21-3 on the season. “For us, I think we feel that this is a natural progression for us to get this far, but we know that it won’t be handed to us by any team and that we have to go out there and work for it.”

Working through its share of struggles in the first half, Brighton worked to take the lead just before halftime thanks to a clutch shot by sophomore Malik James, (the team’s co-scoring leader with 11 points). But after James’ missed a lay-up with seconds left in the first half, Stoughton regained momentum with a dunk before the buzzer, as senior Antonio Ferriera tied things up at 26-26.

Thankfully for James and his teammates, Brighton regained its composure in the locker room.

“I was a little mad at myself because it was a wide open lay-up and I should’ve just laid it in,” James said. “I was kind of mad at myself but then I had to get my mind back in the game and play the rest of the 16 minutes to pull out the victory.”

After playing man-to-man for most of the first half, Brighton adjusted to a zone defense near the end of the half and the result paid dividends.

Brighton came out of the locker room in the same defense, which frustrated Stoughton all night as seen with its 19 turnovers.

Moreover, Brighton also had a distinct rebounding advantage on both sides of the glass making things difficult for Stoughton coach John Gallivan and company.

“They were awfully big and we didn’t do a great job boxing out,” Gallivan said. “We can’t do that against a team that’s that long and that aggressive…A lot of times we made the first stop, but they got the putbacks and they just wore you down after awhile. They are a tough team.”

With the takeaways and rebounding, Brighton used the transition game to run the floor behind James and fellow junior guard Theo Oribharbor, who both dished out several assists in the victory. The duo put the team ahead for good when they started the 10-0 run in the middle of the third quarter that also saw a clutch shot from junior Daivon Edwards (11 points) and an alley-oop to senior Jerard Mayes (8 points).

While Stoughton was able to stop the bleeding and pull back within three late with under four minutes left – behind three’s from juniors Aaron Calixte (game-high 17 points) and Mauro Oliveira (9 points) – Edwards sank another clutch shot from beyond the arc and sank the Black Knight’s hopes for an upset on this night.

“He’s a really, really good shooter,” Coleman said about Edwards. “[He’s] a little streaky at times and he’s kind of struggled this tournament. But there’s been stretches where he came out and hit big shots and he’s more than capable of doing it.”