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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.

Daily Noontime: Monday, July 13, 2020

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By Matt Noonan

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready for another great week.

This week, the ‘Daily Noontime’ will be taking a mini-vacation – I will only be posting it today and Friday, July 17, as I will be taking a few days off, but will look forward to reconnecting with everyone later this week.

As always, you can stay connected with Noontime Sports on social media – I am sure you will see some tweets or posts while away, but in the meantime let’s kick-off a brand new week with a ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a great day, everyone!


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As always, thanks so much for stopping by to read today’s Daily Noontime and we will look forward to producing a brand new one later this week following a short, three-day vacation! 

Inside The Training Room’s Virtual Workouts

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The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has been able to offer its clients classes virtually

By Matt Noonan 

Since mid-March, our workout routines have looked a lot different.

We’re no longer rushing to our local gym or fitness center to watch the news on the treadmill or lift weights. Instead, we have shifted our daily (or weekly) exercise routines to our homes where workouts are being conducted in kitchens, living rooms, basements, home offices, and bedrooms.

We have also taken part in virtual exercise classes through Zoom, which is something The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has enjoyed offering its clients. The Training Room currently offers various exercise classes from circuit training to online cycling with classes being held in the morning, midday, and evening, as well as on weekends.

And while the state of Massachusetts did permit fitness centers and gymnasiums to reopen this week – currently, gyms are closed in Boston and Somerville until next Monday, July 13 – The Training Room has decided to continue its remote offerings, which will be something they will continue to do once it is safe to resume in-person activities.

“When the doors (to our two gymnasiums) open, we are planning to offer both (an in-person and online experience),” said Tyler Cote, who is the general manager of The Training Room.  “I am really excited about this option.

“I think having both of these options is important and that is our plan going forward. We also want to do what our clients want and continue to provide them with the best service possible.”

Cote said the online services both he and his colleagues have provided these past few months have certainly been enjoyable, but also a great way for coaches and clients to remain connected.

We recently spoke with Cote to learn more about the gym’s virtual classes, as well as how he has been able to provide instruction remotely.


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How have the online classes gone from your perspective? 

We were a bit unsure of how everything would work, especially coaching through a computer, but the staff has taken right to it. You figure out what angles you need to see when you’re coaching to sometimes moving your computer so our clients can see your feet through for exercise or your hips, so we have learned how to provide instruction remotely these past few months.

I really think now that we have it down really, really well. 

What is a virtual circuit training class? Is it any different than your in-person classes?  

Normally we would run eight to ten stations in-person and we would go through them four times. But for our online classes, you can go from one exercise to another much quicker, so the pace of these classes is a little faster. And the format is the following: five exercises – we do them twice and then take a break. We then do the same five exercises again followed by another break. And then we introduce five new exercises at the end of the session. 

I think people are really enjoying this format. I also think people are looking at circuit training online as much more of an aerobic challenge than it has been in the past.

Obviously, there are some things that equipment might limit, but we have done a really good job with putting together classes where if you have the equipment you can totally use it, but if you don’t there are options for you to use just your bodyweight. We also have been mindful of those that can’t jump in place because they live in apartments so we do provide alternative exercises for those that cannot run in place. 

How are you able to watch everyone’s exercises and forms through a computer? 

I was adamant from the start of making sure I would see everyone doing the same exercise at the same time. I consider myself lucky that I knew our clients really well and that I can speak to them directly throughout the session. So, all in all, it has been an adjustment, but it has worked out extremely well. 

Lastly, tell me about the online kettlebell classes. How have they gone from your perspective? 

We rented out a majority of our equipment to our clients – we have two facilities (herein Somerville) with a lot of equipment. We also had some clients buy their own kettlebells, but a lot of my clients have been doing (kettlebell training previously) and have set up home gyms at their place with two bells. One is a lighter bell which they can use for presses and rowing, and then a heavier bell for different types of swing variations.  

What Would Be The Best New England FCS, D-II & D-III Football Matchups?

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What if WPI (left) and Springfield College (right) played against some local FCS and D-II football teams?

By Matt Noonan 

Trying to decipher if and when a college football season will occur this fall remains a mystery to many these days, including yours truly. But what if the upcoming season featured more regional games, specifically contests that saw the various New England FCS teams competing against D-II and D-III squads?

How about D-II and D-III teams squaring-off either under the lights or during a gorgeous October afternoon?

Could it happen? Maybe – I am not entirely sure, but it is an interesting thought, right?

While we may not know if and when a college football season will occur (or officially begin), here are a few ideas for some potential matchups that would be worth watching (or following).

American International College, Springfield College, and Western New England: How about AIC, Springfield, and WNE competing against each other to determine the best football team in Springfield, Massachusetts? Springfield and WNE have met in week one these past few years with the Pynchon SAW trophy on the line – the hardware is named after the city’s founder William Pynchon – so why not add AIC to the mix?

Holy Cross vs. New Haven: The Chargers (New Haven) are currently slated to compete against Dartmouth College in September, so why not play against the Crusaders, who advanced to their first postseason since 2009 last fall? This could be a really interesting game against two teams that finished in the top half of their respective conference last season.

Assumption College vs. WPI: I floated this potential matchup earlier this week in my ‘Noontime Commentary‘ piece about the upcoming fall sports season. I think this could be an interesting game, but I am not sure who would win. These two teams are literally down the road from each other, so we could call this game the ‘Battle of Salisbury Street.’ Thoughts?

Bentley University vs. New Hampshire: After finishing its 2019 campaign with a 6-4 record, I think these Falcons (Bentley) are ready to take on the Wildcats of New Hampshire. Whether this game is played in Waltham, Massachusetts, or Durham, New Hampshire, there would be an interest in this contest with both programs attracting a slew of student-athletes from the six New England states to their respective campus every year.

Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University: Welcome to the ‘Battle of Cambridge and Somerville!’ Yes, I know there is already the ‘Battle for the Picket Fence’ between Cambridge Rindge & Latin and Somerville High School, so why not have Harvard, MIT, and Tufts compete for bragging rights for both cities? It could be some interesting games for sure, but in the end, Harvard would prevail. Go Crimson!

Noontime Rewind: Our Favorite Stories of 2019

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With 2019 slowly winding down and a new year – and yes, decade, too – upon us, it is time to look back at some of our favorite posts we produced over the past 12 months.

We hope you enjoyed a look back at some of our favorite posts of 2019 – we can’t wait to produce some similar posts in 2020 while trying new ways to share (and highlight) the New England sports scene! 

Happy Holidays, everyone!