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Mass. High Schools: Somerville Unveils 2019 Football Schedule

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The Somerville Highlanders will play a trio of regular-season games at Dilboy Stadium this fall. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com) 

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The Somerville High School football team’s schedule for the 2019 season has been released with the Highlanders scheduled to host a trio of regular-season contests, including their season-opener against Falmouth on Saturday, September 14th with kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Six days after hosting the Clippers the Highlanders will entertain Malden on Friday, September 20th for their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) meeting before visiting the defending Division I champions St. John’s Prep (Danvers) one week later.

The Highlanders will commence October with a visit from Ipswich on Saturday, October 5th before embarking on a three-game road trip with visits to Concord-CarlisleEverett, and Medford.

Somerville will spend the month of November competing in postseason or non-postseason contests before capping the month with their annual pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting with Cambridge to compete for the Picket Fence. Somerville captured the Picket Fence last season, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Louis Montina.

The Highlanders concluded 2018 with a 4-7 record – they snapped their seven-game losing streak with a trio of non-postseason wins against Wilmington, Wakefield, and North Reading before edging Cambridge, 23-19.

2019 will mark the first time since in three years that Somerville will compete in the GBL after competing the past two seasons in the Northeastern Conference (NEC).

Coach Makonnen Fenton will welcome back some key pieces from last year’s squad, including Montina, halfback Fred Castin and wide receiver Miyard Joseph.


Somerville High School 2019 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 31st – Jamboree at Everett High School (3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 14th – Falmouth at Somerville (12 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 20th – Malden at Somerville (7 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 27th – Somerville at St. John’s Prep (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 5th – Ipswich at Somerville (2 p.m.) 
  • Friday, October 11th – Somerville at Concord-Carlisle (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 18th – Somerville at Everett (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 25th – Somerville at Medford (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Somerville at Cambridge (6 p.m.)

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Mass. High Schools: Hill Is Ready To Coach The Lexington Minutemen

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Mike Hill, who previously coached the Matignon/St. Joseph football program will be coaching the Lexington High School Minutemen this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For Mike Hill, Friday cannot come soon enough.

The former Matignon / St. Joseph Prep football coach is eager to begin a new chapter in his coaching journey this Friday, August 16th with Lexington High School – the team is scheduled to commence their new season with an 11:30 a.m. practice.

“We are really excited about the beginning of the 2019 season,” said Hill, who is eager to be coaching in the Middlesex League.

Hill inherits a talented Minutemen squad that has competed in the last three Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 1 North playoffs and is expected to once again contend for a sectional title in November.

“Lexington has had a successful run over the last few years, and this group is determined to continue what the team has done during that span,” said Hill.

For Lexington to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need to lean on their upperclassmen, including senior halfback and linebacker Kevin Xiong, junior tailback and defensive back Mason Hatfield, and senior wide receiver and strong safety Justin Siri.

Additionally, the squad will also rely on seniors Charles MabardyEthan Xi and Nick Orf at wide-out, while Xi and Orf will also be expected to assist the Minutemen’s secondary.

Lexington’s depth at multiple positions will certainly help the Blue and Gold in their pursuits of a league title, but also a sectional and state championship, too.

Heading into the team’s initial practice, Hill says the focus will be on “the little things” – fundamental tackling, ball security on offense, and sustained drives – which he believes will help the Minutemen position themselves for a successful showing against Acton-Boxborough in week one.

“We certainly feel we have a talented bunch, but there are certain challenges we have to overcome,” said Hill. “We have a difficult challenge with the schedule this year (with two) tough non-league games against Acton-Boxborough and Concord-Carlisle, who are both well-coached and very talented.

“Additionally, the Middlesex Liberty division will be a challenge, too, so we need to focus on (playing) our best game week every week.”


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Mass. High Schools: Introducing Our High School Football Coverage Plan

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone!

With great excitement, I am happy to share (and introduce) our Noontime Sports high school football coverage plan, which will begin this month with some features (and previews) on a slew of Eastern Massachusetts football teams.

These previews will provide some early insight on each team heading into the upcoming season, as well as what they must do to reach Gillette Stadium in early December to compete in a Super Bowl.

Our previews will be posted here, but also promoted through our social media channels, too, including Twitter – make sure to follow @NoontimeSports (our site’s main handle) and @Noontime_FB for in-game coverage, scores, and future football posts.

Once the 2019 season begins, my goal is to cover one game per week – possibly two. We will let you (the fans and friends of our site) pick our ‘Game of the Week’ through a Twitter poll, which will feature four different contests. The poll will be posted every Tuesday morning on our site’s main Twiter handle, so again, make sure to follow @NoontimeSports so you can cast your vote for upcoming coverage.

We will announce our ‘Game of the Week’ every Thursday – I can’t wait for our first game!

In addition to game-day coverage, my plan is also to produce some weekly (or bi-weekly features) on teams, players and coaches. All ideas are welcome – please send pitches or story ideas to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.

With another high school football season fast approaching, I am super excited to get started with coverage – additionally, I am eager to meet with coaches and student-athletes to learn more about their upcoming campaigns, which begin in just a few weeks.

Football Friday Notebook: Friday Night Lights Returns to New England!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports fans and friends!

We have some exciting news to share: Friday Night Lights has officially returned to New England – let’s go!

(Special thanks to Coach Eric Taylor for some inspirational words to kick-off the very first Friday Night Lights weekend in New England!). 

So, while we anxiously await for games to kickoff, let’s dish out some links and news from the New England football world.


Friday Night Lights Games to Watch/Follow/Attend Tonight (Friday, Aug. 31st)

WPI at Anna Maria, 7 p.m.
Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m.
Nichols at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Becker at MIT, 7 p.m.
Dean at Curry, 7 p.m. 


News and Notes from the New England Football World 

Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful debut under center last night for the Coast Guard Academy football team – he finished with 411 yards of total offense. He tossed a career-best 336 yards for two scores, while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Despite falling to Coast Guard in its first-ever varsity contest, University of New England quarterback Brian Peters said it was “awesome” to be on the gridiron last night.

Despite the distance, the UNE fans made sure to support their Nor’Easters on the road last night when they traveled to New London, Connecticut to face-off against Coast Guard.

Prior to last night’s tilt against UNE, Coast Guard offensive coordinator Ray LaForte told quarterback Ryan Jones the following: “I’m going to make you better.”

University of Maine pounded its rival last night, defeating University of New Hampshire, 35-7, in Orono, Maine. Perhaps this was a statement win?

Last night was the final preseason game for the New England Patriots, so here are 17 thoughts from the great Chad Finn of the Boston Globe!

Finally, an in case you missed it piece from the Washington Post: A California high school football team has chosen to cancel its season after being outscored, 102-0, in its first two contests.


Tweet of the Week 

Did you see Danny Etling‘s 86-yard touchdown run last night against the New York Giants? If not, make sure to watch it now (below!).


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Football Friday Notebook: Coast Guard Set To Open Its 2018 Season Next Thursday Against Univ. of New England

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Friday, Noontime Sports Fans and Friends!

One week from today, we will have some ‘Friday Night Lights‘ to cover – we will also have a few week one games in the book, including Coast Guard Academy-University of New England.

So, let’s kick-off the second to last weekend of August with a brand new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook,’ which we all know you love!


New England Football Links & Stories


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