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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.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020


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.

Daily Noontime: February 6, 2019

Happy National Signing Day, Everyone! (PHOTO COURTESY: Sports Illustrated)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Wednesday – a.k.a. hump day – as well as National Signing Day, too!

We’ll be keeping our eyes on social media today to find out where our high school student-athletes will be taking their talents to next fall.

But in the meantime, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime for February 6, 2019 – have a great day, everyone!

In The News

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI):

  • We started our D3 State Lacrosse Teams for 2019 last night, highlighting student-athletes from California and Colorado. More to come later today!
  • We had some new student-athletes honored yesterday by the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA). (Men’s Report | Women’s Report).

Video of the Day: Jimmy Kimmel shares his thoughts on the State of the Union!

Mass. College Football: Bentley’s Hill Earns 1st Team All-Northeast-10 Honors For 2nd Time

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about wide receiver Jeff Hill, who was voted to the All-Northeast-10 Conference first team:

 WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second straight year, Bentley University junior wide receiver Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HS) has been voted to the All-Northeast-10 Conference first team.

Hill led the Northeast-10 in both receiving yards (1,225) and yards per reception (16.3) while catching 75 passes for the 6-5 Falcons. Included were a dozen touchdown catches for a team-high 72 points. Nationally, he ranks 13th in Division II in receiving yards, 14th in receiving yards per game and 15th in receiving touchdowns.

Of his dozen touchdowns, half were for 30 yards or more, including 77 yards (vs. Saint Anselm), 76 (vs. Merrimack), 73 (vs. Southern Connecticut) and 60 (vs. Pace).

Hill finished the 2013 season with six 100-yard games, including 199 against Saint Anselm, 178 against Southern Connecticut and 166 at Merrimack. His 1,225 yards was the third highest single season total in program history and he became the fourth Falcon to catch at least 75 passes in a season.

On Bentley’s all-time list, Hill ranks third in receiving yards (2,376) and touchdown catches (25), sixth in receptions (132), and is one TD reception away from cracking the top ten in points.

Also recognized by the Northeast-10 with selection to the All-Rookie Team were freshmen Tyler Ford (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan HS) and Sam McDonald (Norfolk/King Phillip Reg. HS).

McDonald, who started the final four games at free safety, shared the Northeast-10 lead in interceptions with five, all coming during the season’s final six games, including two against Southern Connecticut State. He was in on 22 tackles and also had three pass break-ups.

Ford was fourth in the NE-10 in punting, finishing at 37.3 with 11 of his 43 ending up inside the 20. He averaged at least 40 in six games and had a long of 60 at Pace University.

St. John’s Prep Ends Mansfield’s Playoff Run, 64-55


St. John's Prep junior forward Steve Haladyna and his team were too much for Mansfield to handle! (Credit Dan Libon)

By Matt Noonan

BOSTON, MA – At times it seemed possible that Mansfield High School was going to upset St. John’s Prep, but with the game on the line and the Hornets without their star player, senior forward Jeff Hill during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, the Pioneers sank their free-throw shots and punched their ticket to the MIAA Division I state finals in Worcester on Saturday, as St. John’s Prep prevailed, 64-55.

“I think we did a pretty good job defensively against them,” said St. John’s Prep head coach Sean Connolly. “They have a kid [Michael] Lofton who is very good. Creates a lot of mismatches [and] once he gets to the paint it’s tough because he’s such a good passer, but overall, I thought we did a good job defensively.”

Defense seemed to be the key ingredient for the Pioneers success on Tuesday, as St. John’s Prep held the Hornets to just seven points during the first quarter, which came on behalf of Hill, who knocked down three baskets and went [1-3] at the line during the opening eight minutes.

Yet, the Hornets fought back during the second quarter, when Hill led the team on a 7-2 run to end the first half. Not only did Mansfield rely on Hill during the first half, but also, senior forward Joseph Gracia who knocked down a clutch three pointer during the closing seconds, as well as junior guard Brian Hershman scored on a layup after his team forced a Pioneers turnover.

While the Hornets appeared rejuvenated from forcing turnovers and scoring on the transition, Mansfield head coach Michael Vaughn seemed determined that his defense would help his struggling offense score points and win the game.

“I thought our defense did exactly what we had to to win the game,” said Vaughn.

Entering the second half, St. John’s Prep scored first and eventually took advantage of Mansfield’s missed shots, as the Pioneers extended their lead to 41-29, but being resilient, the Hornets stormed back again. The Hornets may have indeed struggled to convert jump shots or long rang three-pointers, so they utilized their taller players, such as Jeff Hill and senior forward Michael Lofton to score points in the paint.

“We haven’t shot well against teams that are good defensively,” said Vaughn. “We kind of find ways to muster points and score in spurts and coming in the shots weren’t falling, we had some early looks and all of a sudden we stopped shooting them and every shot you don’t take is like a miss as well because it just makes the defense that much more beneficial.”

Once the fourth quarter began, the Hornets continued to stop the Pioneers and draw closer to their lead, but once Hill committed his fifth foul of the game, it seemed as if Mansfield wasn’t going to be headed to the state title game in Worcester.

“I can’t say enough about what Hill brought to the table,” said Vaughn. “When we struggled offensively you could kind of see our offensive moral being down and Jeff just motored. He gave us everything he possibly had to a point.”

“I think it made it a little bit easier for us having him out, probably the best defender,” said Connolly.

With Hill done for the game and Mansfield’s title hopes slipping a way, the Hornets would pull within three points, but that would be as close as they could get, as Vaughn ordered his team to foul their opponents and send St. John’s Prep’s best player to the line, senior guard Pat Connaughton, who knocked down three free-throws during the final minutes. He also electrified the crowd during an open court steal, which prompted him to show off his vertical jump and dunk the ball too, which clearly electrified the crowd.

“Coach said, I had to get a dunk at the Garden, I played here three games and hadn’t one yet,” said a smiling Connaughton.

St. John’s Prep finished the game with critical free-throws and will return to school in preparation for their biggest game of the season, the state title, which will be occur on Saturday the DCU Center in Worcester.