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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.

Mass. High School Football Notebook: Early Optimism for Somerville; Week One Picks

A new chapter of Somerville’s high school football program begins Saturday under first-year coach David Pereira. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

A brand-new season of Massachusetts high school football begins this week – one game to watch this evening is Georgetown visiting Boston Latin Academy in Jamaica Plain at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow – and yes, Saturday, too – will feature more games to watch (and follow).

With a new season comes hope and optimism – one team that appears both excited and eager for a new season is Somerville.

The Highlanders begin a new chapter this fall with first-year coach David Pereira, who previously oversaw the Belmont defense. Pereira is a Somerville native and has enjoyed teaching a sport he has played most of his life, including in college with Framingham State University.

Pereira and I connected earlier this summer for a podcast interview – feel free to jump back into the podcast portal to hear our chat – but I recently visited with him, along with the team last week. I also saw Somerville compete against the Boston Latin School last Friday – the Highlanders allowed an early touchdown in their non-league scrimmage with the Wolfpack before responding with a few scores before halftime.

Somerville’s defense improved every series against the Wolfpack with their biggest play coming before intermission: a key fourth down stop.

Making key third (and fourth) down stops will be critical for a unit that struggled to slow down both conference and non-conference foes last fall. But with a coach that knows a thing (or two) about defense, don’t be surprised if this unit gradually improves week-by-week.

“We just have to go out there and worry about ourselves, and that’s all that really matters (at this time),” said Pereira when discussing the early outlook for the Highlanders.

The Highlanders face North Quincy in their season-opener on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Staying within the Greater Boston League (GBL), one game worth watching (or following on social media) tomorrow is a non-conference tilt between Everett and Xaverian Brothers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the game taking place at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Everett and Xaverian met last year with the Crimson Tide scoring an opening day win in Westwood. The victory would be followed by a few more – Everett advanced to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division I Tournament but saw its bid for a state title conclude with an opening round setback to Methuen.

The early-season expectation is that Everett will be one of 16 teams vying for a D-I state title this fall – the same could be said for Franklin, Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep, Xaverian, and Springfield Central.

Another GBL squad to watch this fall is Lynn Classical.

Coach Brian Vaughn begins his sixth season with the Rams, who have certainly challenged themselves this summer with back-to-back scrimmages against St. John’s Prep and Reading.

The Green and White begin their campaign tomorrow against Lexington, a team they defeated last year in their season-opener by a score of 38-7.

Brian Vaughn Jr. won’t be under center this fall for Lynn Classical, so all eyes will be on the team’s former slot receiver, Robert Faessler, who be tasked with leading an offense that was able to produce 32 points or more in a few early season contests last year.

Lastly, GBL fans should keep an eye on Revere, a squad that concluded its 2021 campaign with six wins and two losses.

Sadly, the 6-2 record did not translate to a postseason appearance for the Patriots, which will certainly be determined to do whatever it takes to secure a spot in the Division III playoffs.

Coach Lou Cicatelli will lean on a few key members of last year’s squad, including Max Doucette, who anchored Revere’s Wing T offensive line.

Revere visits Peabody on Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Noontime’s High School Football Picks for Week One

  • Revere over Peabody: The Patriots begin their 2022 campaign with an opening day win against the Tanners to earn some much-needed momentum for their home-opener next week against Plymouth South.
  • North Reading over Northeast: Quarterback Alex Carucci begins his senior season with the Hornets by throwing a few touchdowns in North Reading’s season-opener.
  • Dedham over Westwood: Hard to pick against my hometown Wolverines — yes, I am a Westwood High School alum — but I expect coach Mike Cloutier to begin his second season with a win over the Green and White.
  • Arlington over Medford: The Spy Ponders are young, but will lean on quarterback Jake Schiano and running back Kayden Mills to score an opening day victory against the Mustangs.
  • Wilmington over Arlington Catholic: Coach Craig Turner and the Wildcats will be a squad to watch in the Middlesex League this fall — look for the Blue and White to score an early season win to provide them with some momentum for next week’s matchup with Greater Lowell Tech.

Daily Noontime: Monday, July 6, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend while celebrating America’s birthday safely. Did you enjoy a hot dog and hamburger this weekend?

Let’s kick-off a brand new week – well, technically the start of phase three here in Massachusetts – with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Monday, July 6, 2020.

Have a great day, everyone, and remember to stay safe and healthy, too!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, July 6, 2020

Mass. High Schools: Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Rankings (May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

The final week of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse regular season has arrived, which means its time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Eastern Massachusetts poll.

Our next poll will be our last – it will be posted at the conclusion of the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin Sunday, June 2nd.

As always, stay connected with our lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax, as well as @Noontime_HS for additional high school sports coverage! 


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury
  2. Hingham
  3. Acton-Boxborough
  4. St. John’s Prep (Danvers)
  5. Winchester
  6. Concord-Carlisle
  7. Medfield
  8. Xaverian Brothers
  9. Duxbury
  10. Franklin

On The Rise: Boston College High School, Central Catholic, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Foxborough, Hanover, Hopkinton, Marblehead, Marshfield, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton North, Norwell, Reading, Silver Lake, Wayland, Westford Academy, and Westwood. 


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

  1. Westwood
  2. Walpole
  3. Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
  4. Franklin
  5. Cohasset
  6. Needham
  7. Wellesley
  8. Norwell
  9. Concord-Carlisle
  10. Wayland

On The Rise: Braintree, Chelmsford, Dover-Sherborn, Duxbury, Foxborough, Hanover, Ipswich, Lexington, Lincoln-Sudbury, Manchester-Essex, Marblehead, Natick, Newburyport, North Andover, Reading, and Swampscott. 

Mass. High Schools: Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Rankings (May 13th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

Happy Monday, everyone – hopefully everyone had a great weekend, including an awesome Mother’s Day, too.

Monday’s usually mean a brand new set of ranking for Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse, so below are our latest Top 10 polls, as well as our ‘teams on the rise.’

As always, stay connected with @NoontimeLax for game updates, scores and more on Twitter!


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 13th, 2019

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury
  2. Medfield
  3. Concord-Carlisle
  4. Hingham
  5. Winchester
  6. St. John’s Prep (Danvers)
  7. Xaverian Brothers
  8. Acton-Boxborough
  9. Duxbury
  10. Needham

On The Rise: Austin Prep, Billerica, Bishop Fenwick, Boston College High School, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Franklin, Foxborough, Hopkinton, Marblehead, Marshfield, Melrose Natick, Newton North, Norwell, Reading, Silver Lake, St. Mary’s (Lynn), Wayland, and  Westwood. 


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 13th, 2019

  1. Westwood
  2. Walpole
  3. Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
  4. Franklin
  5. Norwell
  6. Needham
  7. Concord-Carlisle
  8. Lincoln-Sudbury
  9. Wellesley
  10. Dover-Sherborn

On The Rise: Chelmsford, Cohasset, Duxbury, Foxborough, Lexington, Ipswich, Manchester-Essex, Marblehead, North Andover, Reading, Swampscott, Wayland, and Weston.