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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.

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.

Mass. High Schools: North & South Football Postseason Pairings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The road to the Massachusetts high school football championships at Gillette Stadium officially begins this week for a slew of teams that are scheduled to compete in the North and South quarterfinals.

Below are the top seed for all eight divisions in the North and South, as well as a link to their respective brackets.


2019 MIAA North Tournaments

MIAA Division 1 North: Central Catholic (6-1) 

MIAA Division 2 North: Reading (6-1) 

MIAA Division 3 North: Danvers (7-0) 

MIAA Division 4 North: Melrose (7-0) 

MIAA Division 5 North: Pentucket (6-1) 

MIAA Divison 6 North: Shawsheen (6-0) 

MIAA Division 7 North: Manchester Essex/Rockport (5-1)

MIAA Division 8 North: Lynn Tech (5-2) 


2019 MIAA South Tournaments

MIAA Division 1 South: Catholic Memorial (7-0)

MIAA Division 2 South: Natick (7-0) 

MIAA Division 3 South: Hingham (6-1)

MIAA Division 4 South: Milton (7-0)

MIAA Division 5 South: Canton (7-0)  

MIAA Division 6 South: Cardinal Spellman (6-0)

MIAA Division 7 South: Cohasset (5-2) 

MIAA Division 8 South: West Bridgewater (7-0) 

Mass. High Schools: Games To Watch (Week Five)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fifth week of the Massachusetts high school football season began a few days ago – Rivers was edged by Hamden (Conn.), while Kipp Academy and Stoughton scored wins last night.

This evening, we have some very intriguing (and important) matchups to follow, as well as some games to watch tomorrow, too.

Here are some predictions for games both today and tomorrow, including our Noontime Sports Game of the Week between Masconomet and North Reading.


Game of the Week: Masconomet at North Reading (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): The Hornets have been very impressive this season, scoring recent wins against Hamilton-Wenham (41-15) and Newburyport (28-14). North Reading quarterback Jack Keller will be challenged against a Chieftains defense, which is yielding an average of 8.6 points per game. Masconomet halfback Will Hunter will be the key for the Red and White as they look to score an important Cape Ann League (CAL) road win. PREDICTION: Masconomet over North Reading

Millis at Medway (Friday, Oct. 4th at 3:45 p.m.): After falling to Dover-Sherborn one week ago, look for Brian Kane and the Mohawks to find a way to bounce back on the road against the Mustangs of Medway. PREDICTION: Millis over Medway 

Wellesley at Natick (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4 p.m.): A pair of 4-0 teams are set to kick-off at 4 p.m. this afternoon- look for Natick to make one or two extra plays down the stretch s to secure a hard-fought and important conference win against the Raiders. PREDICTION: Natick over Wellesley 

Wakefield at Burlington (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4:30 p.m.): Burlington was impressive one week ago against Watertown – look for a similar effort this afternoon against Wakefield. PREDICTION: Burlington over Wakefield 

Medford at Everett (Friday, Oct. 4th at 5 p.m.): Medford has certainly shown improvements the past few weeks, but this will be a tough conference test for the Blue and White. PREDICTION: Everett over Medford 

Waltham at Cambridge (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): Carl-Heinz Renaudin highlighted the Hawks’ win last week against Newton South and will certainly be a player to watch against a Falcons squad that is eager to return to the win column. PREDICTION: Waltham over Cambridge 

Ipswich at Somerville (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 2:30 p.m.): Give the Highlanders credit for facing some tough competition in the first month. That experience should help them find a way to tame the Tigers of Ipswich at Dilboy Stadium. PREDICTION: Somerville over Ipswich 

Malden at Hamilton-Wenham (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Both teams enter Saturday’s mid-afternoon clash seeking a win. The Generals have the upper-hand in this match-up, but look for the Golden Tornadoes to provide them with some challenges in all four quarters. PREDICTION: Hamilton-Wenham over Malden. 

Holliston at Westwood (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Holliston has looked very impressive in its first three games and should continue its recent momentum against Westwood on Saturday. PREDICTION: Holliston over Westwood 

St. John Paul II at Matignon/St. Joseph (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Warriors, who fell to Austin Prep last week on the road. St. John Paul cracked the win column last Friday with a 28-14 win over CathedralPREDICTION:. St. John Paul II over Matignon/St. Joseph 

Mass. High Schools: Week One Football Picks

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The first week of the Massachusetts High School football season is here – it technically began last night with a few games – but before a few more contests commence later today, let’s dish out (and share) our predictions for week one.

As always, stay connected with our Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS


Week One Football Picks: Friday, Sept. 6th, 2019 

Norwood at Walpole (4 p.m.): A new era of Mustangs football begins this afternoon when first-year coach Manny Lopes leads Norwood down the road to face the Rebels in an intriguing non-conference clash. PREDICTION: Walpole 21, Norwood 10

Ashland at Westwood (4:30 p.m.): The Wolverines finished 4-7 last fall, but return some key players on both sides of the ball, including some talented seniors that should help Westwood squeak out an opening day win. PREDICTION: Westwood 21, Ashland 18 

Springfield Central at Everett (5 p.m.): Everett returns a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, which should help the Tide roll to an opening day victory. PREDICTION: Everett 28, Springfield Central 20 

Needham at Natick (6 p.m.): The Rockets will once again be a team to watch in the Bay State Conference (BSC) this fall, but face a challenging week one test against a Natick team that will be led by quarterback Will LedermanPREDICTION: Natick 28, Needham 17 

Acton-Boxborough at Lexington (6 p.m.): A new era begins in Lexington with coach Mike Hill, who is bullish about his team’s size and speed, which should help the Minutemen claim an opening day victory. PREDICTION: Lexington 24, A-B 14 

Wellesley at Weymouth (7 p.m.): Matthew Maiona and the Raiders offense should have no problem locating the Weymouth end zone a few times this evening. PREDICTION: Wellesley 28, Weymouth 14

Dedham at East Bridgewater (7 p.m.): Both teams return just a few starters from last season, which makes this an intriguing match-up to follow. Dedham is coming off one of its best seasons in program history and will most certainly lean on its returners in this one. PREDICTION: Dedham 14, East Bridgewater 10 

Malden Catholic at Winchester (7 p.m.): First-year coach Bill Raycraft will lead a Lancers squad into its initial contest of the 2019 season with hopes of utilizing its speed on both sides of the ball to secure a week one victory. PREDICTION: Malden Catholic 21, Winchester 14 

Boston Latin at Cambridge (7 p.m.): The Wolfpack will pride itself on its experience this fall, which should help Boston Latin score an opening day win in Cambridge. Matt Susich will be one of a few players to watch this evening – the senior will play quarterback and linebacker for the Wolfpack this season.


As always, stay connected with our Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS.