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Noontime Football Postgame: Revere 34, Medford 6

By Matt Noonan

MEDFORD, Mass. – Revere entered Friday’s Greater Boston League (GBL) clash with a simple goal: earn its first conference win.

And that goal was attained, thanks to both an impressive ground game and a solid defensive effort that carried Revere to a 34-6 victory over Medford at Hormel Stadium.

Davi Barreto and Mark Marchese each registered two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Anwar Marbouh capped his team’s scoring with a three-yard keeper late in the final session.

Sure, the Revere (2-1, 1-0 GBL) offense was impressive to watch in all four sessions, but the same could be said for the Patriots’ defense, which provided plenty of challenges for a Medford (1-2, 0-1 GBL) squad that produced 28 points last week in a non-league victory over Cambridge.

Revere’s front four forced Medford quarterback Dominick Terranova out of the pocket on multiple occasions while the secondary was able to contain wide receiver Alvin Legros, who finished the game with a 35-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter to pull the hosts within three scores (27-6).

“Just watching the defense go off … it’s just great,” said Barreto, who located the end zone twice in the first half.  

Added Revere coach Lou Cicatelli, “We’ve got a really, really good front four, and we like to bring a lot of pressure and mix up some stunts.”

In addition to recording a few sacks in the second half, the defense also forced a fumble at the end of the game — Augusto Goncalves stripped the ball away from Terranova, which was quickly scooped by Abbas Atoui.

The Patriots’ defense, as well as its offense, too, will be a unit to watch next week when they travel to Lynn English while Medford will look to bounce back against Lynn Classical.

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 Football Postgame: Bishop Fenwick 48, Arlington Catholic 7

Bishop Fenwick’s Costa Beechin and the Crusaders leaned heavily on the run game to beat Arlington Catholic on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

MEDFORD, Mass. — After relying on its passing game to score an opening day win over South Hadley last Friday, Bishop Fenwick turned to its rushing attack on Saturday to score an impressive 48-7 victory over Arlington Catholic at Hormel Stadium.

Troy Irizarry highlighted his team’s initial Catholic Central Large (CCL) win by rushing for three touchdowns, including two scores in the opening session.

Costa Beechin (25-yards) and Luke Connolly (13-yards) each rushed for one score, as well, while Steven Woods tossed his fourth touchdown of the season early in the opening frame when he capped a two-play, 28-yard drive with a 21-yard strike to Chris Faraca on the left side.

Arlington Catholic, which outlasted Lowell Catholic last Friday, registered its only score at the end of the first quarter when quarterback Isaiah Osgood located Andrew Sullo down the far side for a 27-yard touchdown.

The touchdown was Osgood’s third of the season.

While Osgood’s touchdown did provide somewhat of a spark for the Cougars in the second quarter, it quickly disappeared late in the session when Bishop Fenwick’s Michael DiFelice pounced on a loose ball with two minutes remaining. Woods appeared to have mishandled the snap on his opponent’s one-yard line, but luckily DiFelice fell on the loose ball quickly — for a moment, it appeared as if maybe Arlington Catholic’s Niko Ceppi had recovered the loose ball, but the head referee flung his hands into the air shortly after the play had ended to signal it was a touchdown, not a touchback.

Bishop Fenwick is back in action next Friday, September 24 when they host Austin Prep at 7 p.m. while Arlington Catholic will visit Archbishop Williams for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Noontime Football Postgame: Malden Catholic 35, Weymouth 6

Malden Catholic celebrates its first win of the 2021 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

MALDEN, Mass. — The Malden Catholic football team scored a convincing 35-6 victory on Friday evening against Weymouth in front of their home crowd at Donovan Field at Brother Gilbert Stadium.

Here are some takeaways and thoughts, as well as a few observations from the Lancers’ initial win of the 2021 fall season.

  • Friday’s win was a complete team effort. However, what really impressed me was the Lancers defense, along with their special teams.

    After forcing the Wildcats to go three and out on their initial series, Michael Azzari recorded a punt block, which would eventually be followed later in the half with a key sack during the final seconds of the second quarter, which allowed the Lancers to enter the break with a 21-6 advantage.

    When I asked Azzari about his blocked punt in the beginning of the first quarter, he thought he was going to score. “It was crazy,” he said.

    Unfortunately, the Lancers were unable to score on the ensuing possesion — the Weymouth defense, which did pose challenges to some running and passing plays — was able to stop Malden Catholic on the Wildcats’ one-yard line.

  • Malden Catholic first-year Jaiden Williams was a players to watch on both offense and defense this evening. Not only did he record a 12-yard rushing touchdown midway through the opening session, but he also recovered a key fumble late in the third quarter on defense.

    Williams said he was very excited to play his first varsity contest — he told me after the game how excited he was hearing his name echoed throughout the stadium. “I feel great,” Williams said when discussing his first varsity game and touchdown. “It’s a feeling I can’t explain.”

  • In addition to being impressed by Williams, I also enjoyed watching senior Aidan Sweeney, especially on his 50-yard touchdown run to the left at the end of the first half.

    When I asked Sweeney about his lone touchdown of the non-conference clash, he said that it was “somewhat our trick play.” Sweeney

    As you can see below, it appeared as if a few members of the Lancers offensive line were going in different directions before Sweeney burst through to the left side.

    “Thankfully, it worked out,” he said.

    Indeed, it did. And that touchdown — the team’s third of the contest — seemed to keep momentum on the Lancers’ side.

Sweeney will certainly be a player to watch on the Lancers this fall, but so will Williams and other members of the offense, along with quarterback Ryan Perry, who did a good job leading the squad on a few long drives that resulted in points.

  • All three players I spoke with after the game credited their teammates for the win, but also the fans, too — it was an exciting atmosphere for football that I (and most likely many) have not experienced since 2019.

    Said Azzari, “The energy was crazy, the crowd was going wild, it was a great time

Malden Catholic will look to continue its early momentum next Friday, September 17 when they host Gloucester at 7 p.m. The Fishermen lost to Hamilton-Wenham by a score of 13-7.

Weymouth will look to bounce back next Friday, as well, against Newton North.

Opinion: There Was No Need For Duxbury To Use anti-Semitic Play Calls

The Duxbury High School Football Team used anti-Semitic play calls during a recent game this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anderson Mancini on Visual Hunt / CC BY)

By Matt Noonan

There was no need for the Duxbury High School football team to use anti-Semitic language at the line of scrimmage earlier this month when the Dragons opened their spring season against Plymouth North High School.

According to the Boston Globe, the Dragons shouted words like “rabbi” and “dreidel” at the line of scrimmage – they even referenced Auschwitz, too, and because of these inappropriate actions, Duxbury Superintendent John Antonucci announced Wednesday afternoon that he had fired head coach Dave Maimaron.

Maimaron, who is a special education teacher within the Duxbury school system, has been placed on administrative leave, and according to the Patriot Ledger, “the school is hiring a law firm to conduct an investigation.”

As for Maimaron’s assistant coaches, they are currently “under review.”

Friday’s Patriot League clash between Duxbury and Hingham High School has been called off. And as of now, it remains an unknown as to when fans of the Dragons will see their team return to the gridiron.

And while this story seems to be changing on a minute-by-minute basis, I can’t help but wonder why Maimaron, as well as his student-athletes, felt this language was appropriate? Seriously, didn’t someone question the tenured coach’s motives when choosing these offensive words to alert the offense about executing another play?

Like many, I want action now – I want to know how a program that has been so successful over the past few years was never flagged or penalized for using inappropriate language. Additionally, I would like to know why it took just one football game – were there others? – to alert both the Duxbury community and general public about this high school football team’s inappropriate actions.

But as much as I want action – and yes, more answers, too! – I also want to know how the Duxbury school system, along with other districts throughout the state, will learn from this horrific incident.

I believe this is a teachable moment, not just for the football players, but for all of us. And that is something Rabbi Howard Cohen of the Congregation Shirat Hayam said earlier this week to the Boston Globe. Cohen said he would make himself available to the school and I certainly think he would be a great resource, but the same could said for Barry Finegold, a state senator that penned an open letter to the Duxbury football team with hope of helping the Green and White truly understand their actions from two weeks ago.

No matter what transpires over the next few days and weeks, I hope this this particular episode will help our coaches, athletic directors, and administrators, as well as the student-athletes understand that inappropriate actions and behaviors have consequences. And the Duxbury football team has had to learn this the hard way.