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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.  

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.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Leftover Thoughts From Week One

Will Batten (No. 6) recorded four touchdowns last Friday in North Reading’s season-opener against Northeast Metro Tech. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting first week of the Massachusetts high school football season.

There were some exciting finishes, along with outcomes that raised an eyebrow. Additionally, there were games like the one I witnessed that was a tale of two halves.

Last Friday, I made the trek to North Reading to watch the Hornets score an opening night win over Northeast Metro Tech.  

The game was highlighted by Will Batten’s four touchdowns – two on the ground and two through the air (receptions) – that helped the Hornets secure a 28-0 lead that morphed into a 35-20 victory.

While North Reading’s offense – and yes, its defense – highlighted the opening half, it was the Northeast ground game that shined during the final two frames. Halfbacks Chris Zullo and Lael Jean-Baptiste zipped through various gaps the Knight offensive line paved with a few bursts resulting in touchdowns.

The Knights outscored the Hornets, 20-7, during the final 24 minutes.

North Reading seeks its second win on Friday when they visit the Greater Lawrence Technical School for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Northeast will host Saugus on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. – the Sachems lost to the Knights last season by a score of 28-0.

One outcome that surprised me last week was Xaverian Brothers beating Everett, 49-14.

To be honest, I thought the game would be a bit closer, but the contest was highlighted by a young man whose last name is Hasselbeck.

Henry Hasselbeck, the son of Matt Hasselbeck, who happens to be a Xaverian Brothers alum and played in the National Football League (NFL), shined in his debut with the Blue and Gold by throwing three touchdowns and finishing the non-league matchup with 190 passing yards.

One of Hasselbeck’s touchdowns was highlighted on ESPN this week – it was a five-yard leaping score that saw the junior signal-caller leap over an Everett defender at the five-yard line.

In addition to Hasselbeck, halfback Michael Oates added three rushing touchdowns.

Xaverian hosts Bridgewater-Raynham in its home-opener on Friday – the Trojans dropped their season-opener to Milford by a score of 42-0.

I thought Wilmington would beat Arlington Catholic in its season-opener. But clearly, I was wrong.

Quarterback Isaiah Osgood was the player to watch last Saturday as the senior signal-caller recorded four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) against the Wildcats. The four scores helped the Cougars score an opening day win, as well as gain some much-needed momentum for this week’s matchup with Bishop Fenwick High School.

Noontime’s Games to Watch in Week Two

Tech Boston (1-0) at Georgetown (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6 p.m.: Halfback Ahmir Carrington rushed for two scores in Tech Boston’s season-opener last week against Boston English/New Mission. He will once again be a factor this week against the Royals. PREDICTION: Tech Boston over Georgetown

Medfield (1-0) at Dedham (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Medfield’s defense shined last week against Medway, thanks to Matthew Stevens who finished with 14 total tackles. Let’s see if the Warriors’ defense can carry them to another victory against a Dedham squad that produced two scores last Friday against Westwood. PREDICTION: Medfield over Dedham

Waltham (1-0) at Winchester (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: A pair of 1-0 squads will square off in Winchester on Friday evening after both squads scored an opening day win over a squad from Newton (Waltham beat Newton North, 23-20, while Winchester topped Newton South, 13-6). PREDICTION: Waltham over Winchester

Bellingham (1-0) at Westwood (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Clearly, I was wrong about my hometown Wolverines last week as Westwood topped Dedham in its home-opener. This week, I’ll be more optimistic about Westwood, but if the Green and White are going to score its second win, they will need to slow down wide receiver Michael Spera. PREDICTION: Westwood over Bellingham    

Wellesley (1-0) at Milford (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Both teams looked pretty good in their respective season-opener – perhaps this is an early postseason preview? Maybe, but I think the Scarlet Hawks will be able to make a few more plays to secure its second win of the 2022 season. PREDICTION: Milford over Wellesley    

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.

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.