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Noontime’s High School Football Notebook (Monday, Oct. 11, 2021)

By Matt Noonan

Five weeks of the Massachusetts high school football season are in the books – it went by fast, eh?

Luckily, there is still so much football left to play. Plus, the postseason is on the horizon, so these next few weeks will certainly be interesting, but also a lot of fun.

Last week, I had the privilege of covering Watertown versus Wilmington – the Wildcats departed Victory Field with a 35-14 win, thanks to quarterback Pedro Germano, who finished the game with four touchdowns, including one on the ground.

Wilmington entered the game with some momentum following a 31-22 victory over Melrose – Pedro Germano recorded two scores (one throwing, one rushing) in his team’s win over the Red Raiders – but really took over last Friday’s contest with a lengthy drive to start the second half, which included three fourth-down conversions.

Germano concluded his team’s 14-play, 77-yard drive with a 15-yard bootleg to the left side to provide the visitors with a 28-14 advantage that would eventually morph into a three-score lead on the initial play of the fourth quarter when the senior signal-caller connected with Mike Lawler for a 41-yard touchdown.  

While Germano and the offense were fun to watch, so was the defense, which was tasked with slowing down Watertown halfback Mason Andrade, who rushed for two scores in his team’s second setback.

Wilmington certainly has the capability of going on a deep playoff run, but as I learned after the contest concluded, they must play a complete four quarters, which they certainly can do.

The Wildcats visit Burlington on Friday, October 15 – kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. – while Watertown will head to Stoneham for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Since dropping their season-opener to Chelsea, Salem has been a team to watch, winning four straight, including a 12-6 victory over Saugus last weekend. Michael Ready recorded two scores in the win, including a 90-yard pick-six in the final frame to help the Witches break open a 6-6 tie and move to 4-1 in the Northeastern (South) Conference.

This week, Salem will visit Masconomet, which boasts an identical 4-1 record.

Heading into the sixth week of the 2021 season, there are only two teams unbeaten in the Tri-Valley League (TVL): Ashland and Norton.

The Clockers have scored some impressive wins this fall against Holliston (20-14) and Wayland (24-20) and will host Westwood this week in a TVL Large meeting.  The Wolverines defeated Medfield last week, 13-7, to secure a two-way tie with Ashland in the Large Division – both teams trail Norwood, which has won a pair of divisional meetings.

Look for Ashland to lean on Matt Gillis this week against Westwood, who concluded his team’s game last week against Holliston with an eight-yard touchdown reception from Luke Herter to go with two extra points.

Norton is one of two teams in TVL Small that has captured at least one divisional game thus far – Bellingham has always won a divisional matchup against Dover-Sherborn. The Lancers scored a 33-27 victory last week against Medway for their second-straight home win and will attempt to make it three consecutive victories in Norton this Friday when they host Millis.

Keep your eyes on Dedham, which bounced back last week against Millis after falling to Dover-Sherborn one week earlier by a score of 27-13.

This week, the Marauders host Bellingham in an important game for the Maroon and White.

Cathedral returned to the win column last week as they pitched a shutout against O’Bryant (35-0). Kyree Egerton rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the win to bump the team’s overall record to 3-2.

This week, Cathedral will look to capture another important contest when they travel to St. John Paul II on Saturday, October 16 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

One last thought: Natick and Wellesley have been two teams I have been keeping an eye on this fall (from afar, of course!) – the two teams met last weekend with Natick rolling past Wellesley, 42-21.

Jake Adelmann scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Redhawks score their fourth win of the season.

I expect Wellesley to bounce back this week against Brookline while Natick should pick up its fifth win against Newton North.

Pending how things shake out with the upcoming postseason, I expect Natick to make a deep postseason run while Wellesley should win at least one, maybe two rounds.

Summer Baseball Notebook: The BASE, East Boston Expos To Meet Tuesday

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By Matt Noonan 

Tuesday’s meeting between The BASE and East Boston Expos could be a preview of an exciting postseason series later this summer.

The two Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) squads, which will square-off at Alumni Field in Lowell tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., have enjoyed successful starts to their respective campaigns and have combined for 11 wins and 22 points.

East Boston’s offense is averaging nearly 10 runs per game after producing 12 runs or more three times this summer.

The Expos, who began their campaign with an opening day win over the Charlestown Townies, recently had six players record two runs in a 13-0 victory this past Saturday against the Stoneham SabresDerek Adamson, who currently boasts the second-best batting average in the YBL (.667), finished the game with three RBI.

As of this afternoon, East Boston leads all YBL squads with 59 runs while the Sabres rank first as a team in hits (73), doubles (18), and RBI (51). The Expos’ upcoming opponent – The BASE – has produced 51 runs in five contests. The league’s newest member is also averaging 10.2 runs per contest.

Following Tuesday’s must-see matchup, The BASE and Expos will meet again on Monday, July 27 at Ronan Park in Boston.

The Boston Men’s Baseball League has recently started its season with the Metrowest Royals and Metrowest Orioles logging the most games (four, to be exact) in all four divisions.

As of Monday afternoon, the Royals are the top team in the Metrowest MSBL Division with a 4-0 mark (eight points) while the Orioles are second with a 3-1 record. The Royals and Orioles have combined for 62 runs scored.

The Northeast Tides are currently the top squad in the North Shore Baseball League, which began its 2020 season on Tuesday, July 7.

On Sunday, the Tides bumped its overall record to 8-0, thanks to a 5-0 win over the Peabody Champions. Northeast will look to continue its momentum on Thursday, July 23 when they visit the Beverly Recs before hosting the Manchester Marlins on Saturday, July 25.

Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful start to its inaugural season. They have also been quite active on social media, tweeting updates, scores, and schedules to its fans, players, and coaches.

The league recently named Jackson Hornung their Player of the Week after he helped Ashland win three straight contests while registering four RBI, two doubles, and one home run. Braintree‘s Kyle Roche was tabbed the MIBL Pitcher of the week after recording 11 strikeouts while surrendering just three hits in three contests.

Ashland is one of the top teams in the MIBL Senior League with a 6-1 mark – Medfield boasts the same record – while Braintree is tied for second in the division with Quincy with a 5-2 record.

Mass. High Schools: Week Two Picks

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The Belmont Marauders begin their season on Friday, September 13th against Wakefield. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Ah, another Friday evening (and weekend) of high school football has arrived – are you ready for some Friday Night Lights?

This evening, I’ll be covering Arlington Catholic at Watertownyou can follow our coverage on Twitter @Noontime_FB – and I certainly have a prediction for the non-conference clash below.

With kickoff quickly approaching, let’s dish out picks for week two and see if I can improve my mark from last week where I picked three of seven contests correctly.


Game of the Week: Arlington Catholic at Watertown (Friday, Sept. 13th at 7 p.m.): Both teams should be in contention later this fall for their respective sectional playoffs, but for Watertown to be successful they must find a way to slow down some key transfers from Pope John’s Super Bowl team last December. Arlington Catholic boasts some impressive talent on both sides of the ball but must stop Watertown halfbacks, David Manoukian and Karim MonroePrediction: Arlington Catholic 21, Watertown 13 


Tewksbury at Needham (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): A tough test for the Rockets against a Tewksbury squad that was idle one week ago. Look for Tewksbury to jump out to an early lead and not look back. PREDICTION: Tewksbury 28, Needham 10 

Martha’s Vineyard at Mystic Valley (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Second-year coach Danny Kelly‘s squad is a year older – they gained some valuable experience last season as a young team, which should help the Eagles soar to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Mystic Valley 18, Martha’s Vineyard 14 

Stoughton at Medford (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Coach John Curley seems optimistic about his Mustangs, who should be able to deliver the first-year coach his first win. PREDICTION: Medford 21, Stoughton 10 

Wakefield at Belmont (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): After sitting idle last weekend, expect coach Yann Kumin‘s squad to be ready to go come kickoff. Look for the senior leadership on both sides of the ball to carry the Marauders to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Belmont 24, Wakefield 14

Minuteman at Matignon/St. Joseph’s Prep (Friday, Septemeber 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Warriors will look to earn their first win of the season against a Minuteman squad that graduated some key pieces from last year’s 6-5 team. Quarterback Sam Wright should be able to lead the offense up and down the field this evening for a few scores. PREDICTION: Matignon 20, Minuteman 14 

Cambridge at Arlington (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): I didn’t expect the Falcons to win their season-opener against Boston Latin, but Cambridge proved me wrong. So tonight I’ll take the Falcons over the Spyponders. PREDICTION: Cambridge 28, Arlington 21 

Medfield at Dedham (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): After a tough loss to East Bridgewater last week, look for Dedham to bounce back with an opening night win against the Warriors. PREDICTION: Dedham 28, Medfield 14 

Falmouth at Somerville (Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m.): The Highlanders capped their 2018 season with some serious momentum, which should carry into this season. But an opening day date with Falmouth is not an easy match-up. Falmouth is considered one of the top teams in Division 5 South and should certainly provide match-up problems for the Highlanders. PREDICTION: Falmouth 28, Somerville 13 

Mass. High Schools: Norwood Football Ready To Begin A New Chapter Under Coach Lopes

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Months after concluding their 2018 campaign with a 26-6 setback to rival Dedham High School, the Norwood High School football team returned to campus last month eager to start a new chapter of the program under first-year coach Manny Lopes.

Lopes, who competed and won a Super Bowl as a student-athlete with Norwood in 2000, is excited for his initial season with the Mustangs, who will visit Walpole High School on Friday, September 6th for a 7 p.m. kick-off.

“It’s exciting,” said Lopes of his team’s first contest of the 2019 season. “Its a respectful rivalry, but we have lost to them long enough, so it will be nice to put some teams out there to compete with them, and we’re excited to get out there (this Friday).”

Walpole topped Norwood, 27-0, last fall, which provided coach Chris Sullivan, a former assistant, and student-athlete with the Rebels with his initial win as the program’s head coach.

Lopes says he is excited to start his “own little rivalry” with Sullivan, who he described as a “great guy.”

Similar to Lopes, his players, including quarterback Jason Denehy are excited for their first game against the Rebels – the Mustangs’ signal-caller says he “takes pride in being a part of” the Norwood-Walpole rivalry.

“It goes back a long time and it means a lot to me from youth and especially now in high school,” said Denehy, who is eager to guide the Mustangs’ offense up and down the field this fall.

Denehy considers Walpole “one of the (stronger) opponents” Norwood will face this fall, so scoring an opening day win over the Rebels would certainly provide the squad with some momentum heading into their second season in the Tri-Valley League (TVL).

Norwood concluded its first season in the TVL with a 2-9 mark – their lone conference win came against Medfield High School last October – but from speaking with a few players last Friday during the squad’s ‘Media Day,’ they certainly seem prepared to face the conference’s large divisional foes again this season. 

Said senior tri-captain Aidan Prior, “A lot of these Tri-Valley League teams I never played before (until last season), but there were two teams we have been playing for years (growing up through youth sports) in Dedham and Westwood, so it is good to know coming back a second year what these teams are all about.”

The Mustangs will play two conference games this month against Medway and Westwood before visiting Hopkinton and Holliston in the first two weeks of October. Medfield and Ashland will visit Norwood during the final two weeks of October before the Mustangs compete in either a postseason or non-postseason clash.

Norwood will conclude November with a visit to Dedham on Thanksgiving Day with kickoff scheduled for 10 a.m.


Getting to Know the 2019 Norwood High School Mustangs

Norwood’s first season in the Tri-Valley League (TVL)The Mustangs concluded their initial season in the Tri-Valley League with a 2-9 record. Their lone conference win came against Medfield when the Mustangs defeated the Warriors last October by a score of 21-2.

Familiar FoesNorwood will see the same seven teams they competed against last season, including all six conference foes. They were competitive against Medway and Westwood but struggled against Ashland, Holliston, and Hopkinton.

But as senior tri-captain Teddy Willet said, “We got to watch these teams on film but never saw them on the field, we never played with them before, but the way I look at it is they have never seen us before and they have to come to stop us.”

Norwood’s first conference game is Saturday, September 21st against Medway, which defeated the Mustangs last fall, 34-18.

A new potential rival for NorwoodWhile Norwood will continue its rivalry with Dedham and Walpole this fall – the Marauders are also part of the Tri-Valley League, too – it seems a new rivalry is taking shape with its next-door neighbors.

Norwood and Westwood are slowly becoming rivals – the two towns don’t have the same history as Norwood-Dedham or Norwood-Walpole, but as coach Manny Lopes said, “Westwood is starting to be a little rivalry.”

One of Lopes’ coordinators said he considers Norwood-Westwood a “great rivalry,” especially after last year’s contest, which saw the Wolverines edge the Mustangs, 7-6.

Said Lopes, “Walpole and Dedham are the big ones. The Westwood one is growing, there have been some close games in the past couple of years, but it is really Walpole and Dedham.”

Norwood and Westwood will square-off Saturday, September 28th at 1 p.m.

Norwood’s CaptainsThe Mustangs named three student-athletes captains this season: Teddy Willett, who will play halfback and outside linebacker, Aidan Prior, who will be spotted at offensive guard and defensive tackle, and Connor Sheehan, who will play offensive guard and middle linebacker.

The offensive planLopes said he and his staff have implemented a new offense for the upcoming season, which will be a mix of run-pass. Lopes seems eager to watch Denehy quarterback an offense that may not feature too many designed plays but will allow the junior signal-caller to run the ball, too.

Norwood returns three starters on the offensive line, according to Lopes, including Prior and Sheehan.

Getting to know Norwood’s defenseWhile Prior, Sheehan, and Willett will be tasked with leading the Mustangs’ defense, there are some holes Lopes and his staff must fill heading into their first game on Friday.

Lopes doesn’t seem too concerned about filling the graduation gaps – he has faith in his seniors to step-up and make plays. “We’ll be fine,” said Lopes.


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MIAA Lacrosse State Championship Schedule and Predictions

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

Due to Mother Nature, all five Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state lacrosse championship games will occur tomorrow, Friday, June 21st.

Babson College will be the site for three games, including the MIAA D3 boy’s lacrosse state final between Dover-Sherborn and Grafton at 3 p.m.

Following D-S and Grafton, Longmeadow and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) will square-off in the D1 girl’s lacrosse state finals at 5 p.m. followed by the D2 state championship between Cohasset and Manchester-Essex at 7 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Stadium, the new home of the Boston Cannons, will host a pair of boy’s state championship games, beginning with the D2 state finals between Medfield and Winchester at 1 p.m. The D1 final between Lincoln-Sudbury and Hingham will take place at 4 p.m.

Here are our predictions for all five contests – remember to stay connected tomorrow for updates from all five games on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.

MIAA D1 Boy’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury over Hingham. The Warrior scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks, including a 10-6 victory in the MIAA D1 North finals against St. John’s Prep. Earlier this season, the Warriors beat the Harbormen in the Coaches Cup Finals and should once again find a way past Hingham in the state championship.

MIAA D2 Boy’s Lacrosse: Winchester over Medfield. The Sachems averaged 15.33 goals per game in a trio of MIAA D2 North postseason contests – they netted 17 in their quarterfinal win over Wakefield – and recently scored a very impressive 10-3 win over St. John’s (Shrewsbury) in the D2 state semifinals. Medfield was also a team to watch in the D2 East/Central bracket, scoring wins over Concord-Carlisle, Walpole, and Westwood before flexing their muscles against Sandwich with a 21-5 win in the state semifinals. This has the making of an exciting contest that could come down to the final possession.

MIAA D3 Boy’s Lacrosse: Dover-Sherborn over Grafton. The Raiders and Indians will square-off in the title game for the second time since 2016 and third since 2015. D-S has won both match-ups against the Indians and will certainly rely on Pierce Gregory to lead the Raiders to hopefully their final victory of the 2019 season. Henry Kenney will also be a player to watch on D-S, as well, but the Raiders must find a way to slow down Grafton’s Matt Gilliatt, who located the back of the net six times in his team’s state semifinal victory against Dracut.

MIAA D1 Girl’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Academy over Longmeadow. Postseason wins over Needham and Westwoodalong with a recent state semifinal victory against Walpole has provided the Cougars with the momentum they will need to slow down the Lancers, who are seeking their first state title since 2015 (beat Westwood, 10-9, in double-overtime). NDA last captured the D1 state championship in 2013 when they beat Longmeadow, 13-10, and will need a solid effort from their senior class, including Madison Ahern and Kelsey Kenney.

MIAA D2 Girl’s Lacrosse: Cohasset over Manchester-Essex. Cohasset’s Jane Hansen will attempt to cap her high school career with a state championship before she attempts to lead Northwestern University to a national championship next spring. Hansen and the Skippers have gained some valuable experience this spring by competing against some of the state’s top teams, including Longmeadow, Notre Dame Academy, and Wellesley. That experience should help the Skippers against a talented Hornets squad, which has scored some exciting postseason wins, including a 7-6 win over Newburyport in the D2 North finals and an 11-10 win earlier this week over Bromfield in the state semifinals.