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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.

New Eng. High School Notebook: Games To Watch This Weekend (Apr. 26th-28th)

NS HS LAX

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome to Friday – we made it!

We have some great high school lacrosse games to follow, so let’s dive into some matchups you will certainly want to follow both today and this weekend.

For starters, Duxbury will host Medfield in a non-conference clash, which will certainly tell us a lot more about both teams. The Dragons are coming off an exciting 8-7 overtime win last night over Hingham, thanks to a Mike McCutcheon, who netted both the equalizer and game-winner.

The win certainly provides the Dragons with some momentum heading into Saturday’s late afternoon meeting with a Warriors squad, which secured the second position in this week’s Boston Globe Boy’s Lacrosse Top 20.

Medfield has yet to drop a single game this season and will enter Saturday’s marquee clash with an 8-0 mark following back-to-back Tri-Valley League (TVL) wins over Bellingham and Norton.

Following their win over Norton, Medfield announced some exciting news about Tommy Gill, who will be attending Hotchkiss School in Connecticut following graduation later this spring.

In addition to Duxbury-Medfield, lacrosse fans should certainly keep their eye on an important Catholic Central League (CCL) clash between Bishop Fenwick and St. Mary’s of Lynn. Both teams will meet in Peabody on Saturday with face-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

Here are a few other games to keep an eye on.

  • Massachusetts Lacrosse (Girls): Foxborough at Walpole (Friday, Apr. 26th at 3:45 p.m.)
  • Maine Lacrosse (Boys): Thornton Academy at Cape Elizabeth (Friday, Apr. 26th at 6 p.m.)
  • Massachusetts Lacrosse (Boys): Concord-Carlisle at Reading (Saturday, Apr. 27th at 1 10 a.m.)
  • Massachusetts (Boys): Walpole at Xaverian Brothers (Saturday, Apr. 27th at 1 p.m.)
  • Massachusetts Lacrosse (Boys): Lincoln-Sudbury at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) (Saturday, Apr. 27th at 2 p.m.)
  • Massachusetts & Rhode Island Lacrosse (Boys): La Salle (R.I.) at Boston College High School (Saturday, Apr. 27th at 3 p.m.)
  • Connecticut Lacrosse (Boys): Darien at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) (Sunday, April 28th at 10 a.m.)
  • Massachusetts Lacrosse (Boys): Lincoln-Sudbury at Haverford (Pa.) (Sunday, April 28th at 2 p.m.)

Mass. High Schools: Thursday Scoreboard

NS High School Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another busy day of high school sports is in the books, so let’s unveil our Thursday scoreboard.

As usual, make sure to submit scores for our evening scoreboard by tweeting to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_HS. 

Boy’s Lacrosse 

  • Winthrop 14, Malden 2
  • Westwood 18, Norton 4
  • Newton North 10, Wellesley 5
  • Needham 19, Braintree 4
  • Scituate 15, North Quincy 2
  • Duxbury 8, Hingham 7 (OT)
  • Cohasset 9, Walpole 7
  • Revere 5, Medford 3

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Newton South 16, Cambridge 9
  • Lincoln-Sudbury 16, Westford Academy 11
  • Needham 15, Braintree 3

Baseball

  • Weston 13, Cambridge 10
  • Melrose 4, Stoneham 3
  • Winchester 6, Reading 1
  • Wilmington 7, Burlington 6
  • Woburn 6, Arlington 3
  • Brockton 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
  • Medford 4, Salem 1

Softball 

  • Cambridge 15, Bedford 3
  • Revere 5, Somerville 0
  • Andover 8, Haverhill 7

Boy’s Track & Field 

  • Somerville 82, Salem 54

Girl’s Track & Field 

  • Somerville 89, Salem 25

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Concord-Carlisle 3, Wayland 2

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Somerville 4, Everett 1

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New England High School Notebook: Breaking Down Our Mass. Top 10 Polls

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome to the second to last week of April where we find both Lincoln-Sudbury and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in the top spot of their respective eastern Massachusetts polls, which were posted today on Twitter.


This week’s Noontime Lax Eastern Massachusetts Top 10 Polls (as seen on Twitter): 

Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, Apr. 22nd)

Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, Apr. 22nd) 


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse News & NotesL-S secured the top spot this week in our boy’s Top 10 following an impressive 12-9 win last Saturday over second-ranked Hingham in the 2019 Coaches Cup championship, which was held at Winchester High School.

Matt Ward helped the Warriors erase the memories of last year’s semifinal loss to the Harbormen by netting six goals and dishing out one assist, while Johnny Herlihy added five points on three goals and two assists.

Prior to their win over Hingham, Lincoln-Sudbury topped Concord-Carlisle (14-5) and Winchester (15-10).

As noted in Tommy Cassell‘s game story, the win over Hingham was a tribute to the seniors from last year, who saw their 58-game winning streak against Massachusetts teams snapped, along with members of this year’s team that wasn’t on the field last Saturday.

Moving up to the third position this week on the boy’s poll was Medfield, which scored two impressive wins last week over Xaverian Brothers (9-6) and Pinkerton (New Hampshire) (17-5). Both wins are solid and should continue to provide coach John Isaf‘s unit with some momentum heading into their upcoming three-game road trip with visits to Bellingham, Norton, and Duxbury.


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse News & NotesOne can make the case for Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)and Wellesley for being in the top spot, but for the second-straight week, the Cougars secured the top spot, while the Raiders moved into second. Norwell checked-in third overall, while Walpole and Westwood secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Notre Dame boasts just one loss this season against a non-Massachusetts team – the Cougars lost to Radnor (Pennsylvania) last week but rebounded with a 15-10 win over Franklin, which checked-in ninth this week.

In addition to a recent win over the Panthers, the Cougars have also scored wins against Cohasset (19-9) and Duxbury (18-5) but face some challenges ahead against Norwell (next Monday), along with Needham and Westwood next month.

Speaking of Westwood, the Wolverines recently edged the Rockets last week, 13-12, thanks to four goals from Kayla Conway and eight points (two goals and six assists) from Alex Finn.

Needham, however, managed to rebound a few days later with a convincing 22-8 win over Wayland.

Both Needham and Westwood will remain teams to watch this week, as well as next month, too, but so are squads like Reading, Lincoln-Sudbury and Wayland.


We’ll have more on local Massachusetts high school lacrosse later this week, but as always make sure to stay connected with us on Twitter at @NoontimeLax