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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.

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.”

Updates from the TD Garden: State Semi-Finals/D4 Championship

There's only one goal in high school basketball... play like a champion! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

By NoontimeSports.com 

BOSTON, MA – We were live from the TD Garden on Monday for the MIAA state semi-finals. Here are some quick highlights/links from the four games that occurred.

Eastern Mass/ Division 4 Championship: St. Mary’s of Lynn 70, Cathedral 64 

Despite trailing for a majority of the opening quarter, St. Mary’s of Lynn rallied to net back-to-back baskets to end the first session with a 17-15 lead, which they never relinquished, as the Spartans defeated Cathedral High School, 70-64 in the MIAA Div. 4 eastern finals.

“These guys did everything you asked them to, [and] we knew that this Cathedral team was going to comeback,” said St. Mary’s head coach Kevin Moran.

“Our school’s doing really well right now. Hockey teams, girls basketball team, [so] we just wanted to make our mark in the school and make our school proud,” said St. Mary’s junior Randolf Thurman.

Cathedral mounted a 12-2 comeback late in the fourth quarter, but various free throws helped St. Mary’s preserve their first quarter lead, as well as the victory, too.

Div. 3 Semi-Finals: Danvers 68, Wareham 45 

Senior George Merry paced Danvers with 22 points, while junior Nick Bates added 17 points, as the Falcons flew past Wareham in the semi-final match, and punched their ticket to the state championship on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Danvers held Wareham to nine points in the first frame, but the Vikings responded in the third quarter with 36 unanswered points. However, their comeback wasn’t enough as the Falcons preserved their lead and outscored the Vikings in the final session, 14-9.

Div. 2 Semi-Finals: Brighton 53, Stoughton 42 

Senior Decorise James and sophomore Malik James each turned in 11 points, while junior Theo Oribharbor added 10 points, as Brighton defeated Stoughton, and clinched a spot in the Div. II state championship.

Both teams entered their dressing rooms with the score locked at 26-26, but once the second half started, Brighton registered nine points in the third and 18 points in the fourth, which secured the victory.

Div. 1 Semi-Finals: Brockton 67, Charlestown 64 (OT)