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Noontime’s High School Football Notebook (Monday, Oct. 11, 2021)

By Matt Noonan

Five weeks of the Massachusetts high school football season are in the books – it went by fast, eh?

Luckily, there is still so much football left to play. Plus, the postseason is on the horizon, so these next few weeks will certainly be interesting, but also a lot of fun.

Last week, I had the privilege of covering Watertown versus Wilmington – the Wildcats departed Victory Field with a 35-14 win, thanks to quarterback Pedro Germano, who finished the game with four touchdowns, including one on the ground.

Wilmington entered the game with some momentum following a 31-22 victory over Melrose – Pedro Germano recorded two scores (one throwing, one rushing) in his team’s win over the Red Raiders – but really took over last Friday’s contest with a lengthy drive to start the second half, which included three fourth-down conversions.

Germano concluded his team’s 14-play, 77-yard drive with a 15-yard bootleg to the left side to provide the visitors with a 28-14 advantage that would eventually morph into a three-score lead on the initial play of the fourth quarter when the senior signal-caller connected with Mike Lawler for a 41-yard touchdown.  

While Germano and the offense were fun to watch, so was the defense, which was tasked with slowing down Watertown halfback Mason Andrade, who rushed for two scores in his team’s second setback.

Wilmington certainly has the capability of going on a deep playoff run, but as I learned after the contest concluded, they must play a complete four quarters, which they certainly can do.

The Wildcats visit Burlington on Friday, October 15 – kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. – while Watertown will head to Stoneham for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Since dropping their season-opener to Chelsea, Salem has been a team to watch, winning four straight, including a 12-6 victory over Saugus last weekend. Michael Ready recorded two scores in the win, including a 90-yard pick-six in the final frame to help the Witches break open a 6-6 tie and move to 4-1 in the Northeastern (South) Conference.

This week, Salem will visit Masconomet, which boasts an identical 4-1 record.

Heading into the sixth week of the 2021 season, there are only two teams unbeaten in the Tri-Valley League (TVL): Ashland and Norton.

The Clockers have scored some impressive wins this fall against Holliston (20-14) and Wayland (24-20) and will host Westwood this week in a TVL Large meeting.  The Wolverines defeated Medfield last week, 13-7, to secure a two-way tie with Ashland in the Large Division – both teams trail Norwood, which has won a pair of divisional meetings.

Look for Ashland to lean on Matt Gillis this week against Westwood, who concluded his team’s game last week against Holliston with an eight-yard touchdown reception from Luke Herter to go with two extra points.

Norton is one of two teams in TVL Small that has captured at least one divisional game thus far – Bellingham has always won a divisional matchup against Dover-Sherborn. The Lancers scored a 33-27 victory last week against Medway for their second-straight home win and will attempt to make it three consecutive victories in Norton this Friday when they host Millis.

Keep your eyes on Dedham, which bounced back last week against Millis after falling to Dover-Sherborn one week earlier by a score of 27-13.

This week, the Marauders host Bellingham in an important game for the Maroon and White.

Cathedral returned to the win column last week as they pitched a shutout against O’Bryant (35-0). Kyree Egerton rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the win to bump the team’s overall record to 3-2.

This week, Cathedral will look to capture another important contest when they travel to St. John Paul II on Saturday, October 16 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

One last thought: Natick and Wellesley have been two teams I have been keeping an eye on this fall (from afar, of course!) – the two teams met last weekend with Natick rolling past Wellesley, 42-21.

Jake Adelmann scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Redhawks score their fourth win of the season.

I expect Wellesley to bounce back this week against Brookline while Natick should pick up its fifth win against Newton North.

Pending how things shake out with the upcoming postseason, I expect Natick to make a deep postseason run while Wellesley should win at least one, maybe two rounds.

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’s High School Football Stars Of The Week (Sept. 5, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week (and yes, weekend) of high school football is in the books.

A few new teams played their initial game of the 2020 season while others scored their third or fourth win, respectively. 

And just like last week when we unveiled our initial ‘High School Stars of the Week,’ it is time to highlight a slew of student-athletes from around the country that enjoyed a very successful day (or evening) on the gridiron.


Coaches, Athletic Directors, Fans, and Media Members are welcome to nominate players for our weekly ‘High School Stars of the Week’ by sending us an email to either MattNoonan@noontimesports.com or NoontimeSports@gmail.com. Please make sure to include statistics, too!


Noontime’s High School Football Stars of the Week (Sept. 5, 2020) 

Zayd Vestal (North Central | Indiana | Quarterback): Vestal led North Central to its first win over Warren Central in 21 years by completing 8 of 19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown to Northwestern University commit Theran Johnson in the second quarter. 

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): For the second-straight week, McCahill earned our weekly honor by leading the Fighting Irish to a 52-7 win last Friday over Penn. McCahill concluded the game with four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Jaxson Dart (Corner Canyon | Utah | Quarterback): Dart led the Chargers to its fourth-straight win by completing 16 of 23 passes for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Noah Kjar (Corner Canyon | Utah | Wide Receiver): Against Jordan last Friday, Kjar registered 11 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns. 

Micah Wilson (Corner Canyon | Utah | Linebacker): The junior linebacker tallied 11 total tackles last Friday in his team’s win over Jordan. As noted by the Corner Canyon’s Twitter handle, Wilson leads the team with 10.5 tackles per game

Maddux Madsen (American Fork | Utah | Quarterback): The junior signal-caller made headlines for his nine touchdown performance last week during his team’s 69-49 win over East. Madsen completed 29 of 44 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 148.7. 

Fisher Ingersoll (American Fork | Utah | Wide Receiver): Fisher concluded his team’s fourth win of the 2020 season by catching nine passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 26.7 yards per reception. 

Cruz Hepburn (Lewiston | Idaho | Runningback): Hepburn rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahed and game-winning score to lead the Bengals of Lewiston past Lake City by a score of 58-50

Jack Prka (Coeur d’Alene | Idaho | Quarterback): Prka helped the Vikings score their first win of the 2020 season last Friday over Sandpoint. The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns while adding an additional score on the ground.   

J.J. McCarthy (IMG Academy | Florida | Quarterback): McCarthy provided first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White by completing 23 of 37 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. 

Reggie Davis (Robert E. Lee | Alabama | Runningback): Davis led the Generals to a 15 point win over Eufaula by rushing for 274 yards and two scores on 27 carries. 

Cole Jennings (Opp | Alabama | Defensive Line): Jennings highlighted the Opp Bobcats’ defensive effort last week against New Brockton by registering 10 total tackles and two sacks

We’ll have more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed a few highlights from this past weekend! 

Noontime’s High School Football Stars of The Week (August 31, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Following a busy few days of high school football, it is time to not just recap a slew of action, but also unveil our first-ever Noontime Sports Stars of the Week for Monday, August 31, 2020.

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will highlight a slew of national high school football players that made an impact this past week for their respective teams.

No matter the outcome, our goal for this post (and future high school football content) remains the same: promote the student-athletes we cover in a positive way.

Again, we are super excited to begin the first of many Monday posts that will highlight the action taking place around the country this summer and fall.


Noontime Sports’ High School Football Stars of the Week (Monday, August 31, 2020)

Let’s begin in Utah where Jaxson Dart led Corner Canyon to its third-straight win of the season as the Chargers topped the Bingham Miners, 42-20.

Dart concluded the game by tossing six touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 132 yards on 11 carries. The senior signal-caller connected with four different receivers for touchdowns, including classmates Talmage Handley and Noah Kjar, who concluded with two scoring receptions, respectively.

On defense, Ryan Cahoon led Corner Canyon with 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Dart and the Chargers, who are averging 49 points per game, will visit the Jordan Beetdiggerson Friday, September 4. The Beetdiggers are seeking their first win of the 2020 season.

In Texas, Armando Lee Juarez II rushed for four touchdowns while completing four of five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown as Madisonville rolled past Diboll, 49-20.

The win – the Mustangs’ first of the 2020 season – also included a touchdown reception by Patrick Brazzell, along with two Madisonville players – Jeramiah Burns and Jace Snook – finishing the contest with 10 total tackles.

Juarez commended his entire offensive unit after the contest concluded, telling Campbell Atkins of The Madisonville Meteor that a majority of the team’s touchdowns occured from the “QB blast plays.”

In Ohio, Mentor High School won its season-opener against Medina, despite the game being delayed for 45 minutes due to lightnining.

The Cardinals, who scored an impressive 37-19 win, were led by seniors Ian Kipp and Riley Coughlin, who combined for 246 yards of total offense. Kipp, who is the Mentor quarterback, toss two touchdowns while Coughlin rushed two more scores.

Here are some additional ‘Stars of the Week’:  

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): McCahill led the Fighting Irish to an impressive 44-28 win over Carmel by completing 20 of 29 passes for 374 yards and and three touchdowns.

As noted by High School Football America, McCahill has tossed eight touchdowns this season as the Fighting Irish scored an opening day win one week earlier over Westfield.

Andrew Body (Roy Miller High School | Texas | Quarterback): The senior signal-caller guided Miller to a 62-20 win over Tuloso-Midway by completing 14 of 22 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Body also rushed twice for 37 yards.

Reise Meechan (New Philadelphia | Ohio | Running Back): The junior tailback rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns as the Quakers rolled past Canton Central Catholic by a score of 40-7.

Rylan Galvan (Sinton | Texas | Running Back): The junior halfback rushed for 302 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns against Orange Grove.

J.B. Mitchell III (Thompson | Alabama | Wide Receiver): The senior wideout, who was tabbed the Warrior Nation Network Offensive Player of the Week, concluded last Saturday’s win over Sparkman with eight receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown.

Peter Woods (Thompson | Alabama | Defensive Lineman): Woods, who is a sophomore, highlighted his team’s second win of the season against Sparkman by registering 2.5 tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks. 

Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post aims to highlight numerous high school football student-athletes from across the country through research gathered from various websites and outlets to social media and roundups.

Nominees for our weekly ‘Stars of the Week’ can be sent every Sunday to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.