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Noontime’s High School Games to Watch In Week Seven

Wellesley’s Max Poirier and Vincent Ferrara will be two players to watch on the Raiders Friday when they visit Framingham. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan)

By NoontimeSports.com

The final two weeks of the Massachusetts high school football season have arrived.

As expected, this is an important stretch for so many teams with the statewide postseason tournament looming in the distance.  

Like we did last week, it’s time to highlight a few games to watch (and follow) over the next few days.  

Wellesley at Framingham (Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m.): Since falling to Walpole last month, the Raiders have bounced back, winning three-straight contests, thanks to an offense that has generated 40 points or more in two games this month.

Wellesley boasts a 3-0 record in the Bay State Conference (BSC) Carey Division and clinch a perfect record against all four foes with a win over Framingham.

Expect a big game from Wellesley’s Max Poirier and Tom Burton, who helped the Raiders score a 31-0 victory earlier this month against Natick. PREDICTION: Wellesley over Framingham

Amesbury at Lynnfield (Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.): Amesbury scored an important win last Friday as the Indians outlasted North Reading, 30-27.

The three-point win over the Hornets has Amesbury in the driver’s seat for a Cape Ann crown.

Lynnfield, North Reading, and Newburyport remain in the mix for a league crown, so Friday’s meeting between the Pioneers and Indians is a very important matchup.

The Pioneers have won two of their last three contests and three of their last four outings.

Against Pentucket, quarterback Tyler Adamo tossed two touchdowns while Robert Marley recorded a pair of scores, including a 45-yard pick-six.

Both Marley and Adamo will be players to watch on Friday against Amesbury. PREDICTION: Lynnfield over Amesbury

North Reading at Newburyport (Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.): Like Amesbury-Lynnfield, North Reading-Newburyport is also a big game as both schools have won three of four conference contests, respectively.

Last season, the Hornets beat the Clippers after falling to Amesbury one week earlier. North Reading’s 42-7 win over Newburyport provided the Hornets with enough momentum to go on a late-season run to the Division 5 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Craig Rubino and Alex Carucci will be two players to watch on Friday for North Reading – the same could be said for Jack Hadden of Newburyport. PREDICTION: North Reading over Newburyport

Bedford at Concord-Carlisle (Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.): After starting their season with one win and two losses, the Patriots have rebounded, winning three-straight contests, including a 41-13 victory last Friday over Waltham.

This week, Concord-Carlisle’s recent momentum will be tested against a Bedford Buccaneers squad that has won five of six games this season.     

Bedford has not lost since the opening week when they fell to Shawsheen by a score of 30-26.

Since losing to the Rams, the Buccaneers have won five-straight matchups and have produced seven touchdowns in back-to-back games against Cambridge and Waltham.

Against Cambridge, Eric Miles, who plays halfback and linebacker for the Buccaneers, rushed for six first touchdowns in the opening half.

Miles will certainly be a player to watch on Friday after rushing for 10 touchdowns in his last two contests. PREDICTION: Bedford over C-C

Hopkinton at Westwood (Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.): One year ago, the Hillers of Hopkinton edged Westwood, 15-12.

This season, the expectation is both teams will produce a few more points on Friday.

Tommy Kane sealed an important 19-14-win last Friday for Westwood over Ashland and will certainly be tasked with helping the Wolverines’ defense slow down a Hillers squad that is averaging 23.7 points per game.

Hopkinton erupted for a season-high 43 points last week against Medfield to clinch its fifth win of the season, along with its second Tri-Valley League (TVL) Large victory. Quarterback Robert Litscher highlighted the win over the Warriors by tossing three touchdowns, including two in the second quarter.

Both teams enter Friday’s week seven meeting with identical 5-1 overall records. The winner will be able to keep pace with Holliston for a TVL Large crown. PREDICTION: Westwood over Hopkinton

Quick-Hitters

Chelsea at Medford (Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m.): The Mustangs will look to bounce back from a week six setback to Everett against Chelsea, which has won two of its last three contests. PREDICTION: Medford over Chelsea

Lynn Classical at Revere (Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m.): Both teams currently reside in the top half of the Greater Boston League (GBL), but in a way, this is somewhat of a must-win for the Patriots. Since falling to Peabody in week two, the Rams have won three-straight contests. PREDICTION: Lynn Classical over Revere

Melrose at Burlington (Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m.): Melrose bounced back from a week five setback to Stoneham with a 20-7 win over Winchester. Their winning ways should continue Friday against Burlington. PREDICTION: Melrose over Burlington

Wakefield at Watertown (Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.): The Warriors of Wakefield have won six-straight contests this fall and should be able to continue their recent momentum on Friday. Watertown is looking to bounce back from a 28-24 setback to Stoneham last week. PREDICTION: Wakefield over Watertown

Lowell Catholic vs. Manchester Essex (Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at Tyngsborough High School): The Crusaders are on a roll – they have won six-straight contests and should be able to continue their recent momentum against Manchester Essex, which has dropped its last two contests. PREDICTION: Lowell Catholic over Manchester Essex

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Week Six Matchups to Watch

Alex Carucci and the North Reading High School football team host Amesbury on Friday in an important Cape Ann clash with Amesbury. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/ NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Five weeks of Massachusetts high school football is in the books.

Three weeks of the regular season remain.

As expected, this week – week six, to be exact – features some important conference tilts that will certainly impact next week’s power rankings.

Here are a few games I’ll be watching, both today and tomorrow, as well as Saturday.

Newton South at Wayland (Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.): The Warriors of Wayland are seeking their first win.

Newton South, which has one win this fall, is hoping to capture its first Dual County League (DCL) contest since beating Boston Latin and Cambridge last October.  

Quarterback Everson Quissanga should be able to toss a few touchdowns this evening so the Lions can prevail with not just their second win of the 2022 season, but also some additional momentum heading into their final two contests. PREDICTION: Newton South over Wayland

Norwood at Holliston (Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.): It’s hard to pick against Holliston, which is one of a few teams in the hunt for a Tri-Valley League (TVL) Large crown.

The Panthers bounced back from a non-league setback to Milton with an impressive win over Ashland, thanks to quarterback TJ Kiley, who tossed three touchdowns against the Clockers.

Norwood remains in the mix for a league title but needs to win this game. PREDICTION: Holliston over Norwood

Walpole at Braintree (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): Walpole bounced back from its initial setback of the season to Milton by rolling past Shrewsbury.

This week, Walpole visits Braintree for an important Bay State Conference (BSC) meeting – the Timberwolves topped the Wamps, 28-0, last season before concluding the regular season with a pair of wins over Needham and Newton North.

While Braintree has certainly been competitive this fall, I am not sure if they will be able to slow down Walpole’s Corey Kilroy, Andrew Falzone, and Jamal Abdal-Khallaq on Friday. PREDICTION: Walpole over Braintree

Belmont at Lexington (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): The Minutemen have won back-to-back contests and need a win to keep pace with Reading for a Middlesex League Liberty crown.

Last season, Belmont beat Lexington, 14-3.

The Marauders are certainly in the mix for a division crown, thanks to a 32-30, victory last Friday over Winchester.

In a way, this is a “must-win” for the Marauders to keep their conference title hopes alive – of course, they would need some help if they were able to prevail – but in the end, expect Lexington to make a few more plays in the second half to secure its third-straight victory. PREDICTION: Lexington over Belmont

Amesbury at North Reading (Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.): Both teams enter this important Cape Ann league clash with explosive offenses.

North Reading has produced five touchdowns or more in five contests this fall, thanks to Craig Rubino, Alex Carucci, Brandon Eng, Ty Rich, and Will Batten.

Amesbury has scored 32 points or more this fall – in fact, they have finished three contests with 40 points or more. Additionally, their defense has pitched a pair of shutouts against Hamilton-Wenham and Ipswich.

Against Ipswich, five members of the Amesbury offense located the end zone, including Nick Marden and Henry O’Neill as the Indians secured a 16-0 lead after one quarter.

Friday’s winner will secure the inside track for a conference title. PREDICTION: North Reading over Amesbury

And a few more games to watch – consider this a round of “quick hitters.”  

  • Salem over Masconomet: The Witches have won five-straight contests to secure a 2-0 record in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference. Look for Salem to continue its winning ways on Thursday.
  • Milford over King Phillip: This game will be close, but in the end, the Hawks will prevail, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown from Nick Araujo.   
  • Westwood over Ashland: Expect another big game from quarterback Brendan Donegan, who connected with Jack McDaniels and Thomas Kane last week in a 21-6 win over Medfield.    
  • Stoneham over Watertown: The Raiders have been a great story, but Friday’s meeting with the Warriors begins a tough stretch for a Watertown squad that is currently tied atop the Middlesex League Freedom Division.
  • Brockton over Pinkerton (N.H.): After suffering a week two setback to Franklin, the Boxers have been rolling, scoring wins over Dartmouth, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Dartmouth. Look for Brockton to score its fifth win against a team from New Hampshire.

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 10, 2022)

Nelson Mendes-Stephen and the Lexington High School football team scored its second-straight win on Saturday over Arlington. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Five weeks of Massachusetts high school football is in the books.

And with it being Monday, it’s time to share our weekly Eastern Massachusetts teams of the week that enjoyed a successful outing last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the gridiron.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Oct. 10, 2022)

Braintree: In a battle of 2-2 Bay State Conference squads, it was the Wamps of Braintree that prevailed as the Blue and White topped Needham, 14-0. Mario Franciosa-Johnson and Ryan Brooks each recorded a touchdown. Braintree will go for its fourth win on Friday when they host Walpole.

Brighton: The Bengals bounced back from a week four setback to West Bridgewater by scoring an impressive 34-12 victory over TechBoston. Coach Randolph Abraham credited his defense for helping Brighton score an important Boston City League victory. Brighton’s defense will be a unit to watch on Friday against Excel High School.  

Brockton: McKenzie Quinn made history last Friday by becoming the first female student-athlete to record a touchdown for the Boxers. Brockton defeated Dartmouth, 50-7, to improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Southeast Conference play. Brockton will host Pinkerton Academy (NH) on Saturday.

Lexington: Make it back-to-back victories for the Minutemen as Lexington topped Arlington on Saturday, 45-28, to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the Middlesex Liberty Division. Lexington leaned on quarterback Nelson Mendes-Stephen and halfback Joseph Suh to secure some additional momentum for Friday’s contest with Belmont.  

Medford: The Mustangs snapped their four-game losing streak by erasing a 12-0 deficit to defeat Somerville, 39-12. Stevens Exateur and Justin Marino sparked the comeback for Medford by combining for four touchdowns in the second quarter. Medford will visit Everett on Friday.

North Reading: Quarterback Alex Carucci and wide receiver Craig Rubino shined last Friday in the Hornets’ fifth-straight win of the 2022 season. The senior duo combined for seven touchdowns, including three in the second half as North Reading rolled past Triton, 47-8. The Hornets will host Amesbury on Friday.

Reading: Quarterback James Murphy and the Rockets edged Woburn last Friday in an exciting Middlesex League clash, which saw the two teams combined for 75 points. Murphy concluded his team’s fifth contest with five touchdowns while the Reading defense denied Woburn an opportunity to push ahead on the ensuing possession. Reading will visit Arlington on Friday.

St. Mary’s: After losing a heartbreaker to Bishop Fenwick, the Spartans bounced back with a 48-6 win over Bishop Stang, thanks to quarterback Tyler Guy, who recorded four touchdowns, including two rushing scores in the second half. St. Mary’s will visit Arlington Catholic on Saturday evening.

Stoneham: The Spartans provided coach Bob Almeida with his 200th win on the sidelines last Friday as Stoneham topped Melrose, 30-13. Colin Farren and James Landers combined for four touchdowns while Ty Baker and Dominic Florino each booted on PAT. Stoneham will visit Watertown on Friday.

Xaverian Brothers: The Hawks soared past Boston College High School last Friday to secure their first Catholic Conference victory of the 2022 season. Henry Hasselbeck tossed four touchdowns with three scores landing in the hands of Jonathan Monteiro. Xaverian Brothers will entertain Malden Catholic on Friday.  

Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 26, 2022)

Walpole’s Logan Keyes (18) and Andrew Falzone (23) were a big part of last Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Wellesley. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to share our Eastern Massachusetts high school football teams of the week.

Like we did last week in our initial post, we will highlight 10 teams each week that enjoyed a successful outing in their previous contest.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 26, 2022)

Arlington Catholic: Quarterback Isaiah Osgood’s early season success continued last Friday as the senior signal-caller recorded four touchdowns (two through the air and two on the ground) as the Cougars rolled past Archbishop Williams, 40-7.  AC will host Bishop Stang on Friday – the Cougars beat the Spartans last year by a score of 39-36.

Burlington: The Red Devils moved to 2-1 on the season by outlasting Cambridge last Friday, 28-27. Burlington concluded the non-league meeting with 337 yards of total offense, including 265 yards on the ground. Look for another big game from halfback Joe Poland and quarterback Anthony Gerrior this week when they visit Watertown.

Cohasset: For the third-straight contest, quarterback William Baker tossed two touchdowns as the Skippers sailed past Norwell for its second win of the season last Friday. Baker completed 15 of 21 passes in the win for 192 yards with touchdown passes landing in the hands of Liam Appleton and Shane Mulcahy. Cohasset hosts Carver on Friday.

Needham: The Rockets snapped their two-game losing streak with a 22-6 victory last Friday over Newton North. Needham’s initial win of the 2022 season was highlighted by halfback Tate Hoffmeister, who rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns to go with a pair of two-point conversions. Kai Barnes was also a player to watch, making numerous stops and plays on defense. Needham hosts Weymouth on Friday.

Pembroke: Halfbacks Jack Tosone rushed for 154 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns while Brendan Kanya added 147 rushing yards with three scores as the Titans topped Plymouth North for their second-straight win. Pembroke will cap the initial month of play with a week four meeting with Scituate.   

Quincy: Quarterback Andrew Novak tossed a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner to Jacey Ham, which helped the Presidents outlast Westwood. Stephen Gallant added an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the team’s third win. Quincy is idle this weekend but will return to the gridiron on Friday, October 7 against Hanover.  

Reading: The Rockets are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to early season wins over Melrose, Barnstable, and Danvers. Halfback Alvin Day highlighted Reading’s win over Danvers last week with 85 rushing yards on 22 carries to go with one catch for eight yards. Quarterback James Murphy tossed two touchdowns in the win. Reading will welcome Belmont to campus on Friday.

TechBoston: The Bears make their second-straight appearance on our weekly list following their third-straight victory last Friday over East Boston. Ahmir Carrington stuffed the stat sheet with 265 yards of total offense, including a pair of kick returns for touchdowns. TechBoston faces Brighton next Friday in an important Boston City League clash.  

Waltham: Quarterback Jack Renaud was the player to watch last Thursday as the senior signal-caller tossed three touchdowns in the Hawks’ 37-7 victory over Newton South. This week, Waltham visits Westford Academy, a team that beat the Hawks last season by a score of 50-19.  

Walpole: The Timberwolves make their second appearance on this list after rallying to defeat Wellesley on Saturday. Quarterback Corey Kilroy led back-to-back scoring drives in the final session, which helped Walpole erase a nine-point deficit. Andrew Falzone sealed the comeback with an interception. Walpole visits Milton this week in a battle of 3-0 teams.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Revisiting Walpole’s Win Over Wellesley

Walpole quarterback Corey Kilroy led the Timberwolves on back-to-back scoring drives in the fourth quarter. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan

For two weeks, the Walpole High School football team seemed unstoppable.

The Timberwolves cruised past Framingham, 56-0, in their season-opener before clinching their first win over Natick in eight years one week later.

On Saturday, Walpole’s early-season momentum was tested, but the Timberwolves prevailed, despite yielding not one, but three touchdowns for the first time this season.  

Walpole erased Wellesley’s nine-point lead after three quarters by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 27-23 victory.

“(It’s) the first time this year (our team has) been down, fighting adversity,” explained Walpole coach Chris Sullivan.

“(Our team) showed me no signs of getting down. They were just hungry … just super proud of these guys. They never gave up.”

Indeed, the Timberwolves did not give up.

They received a major boost from quarterback Corey Kilroy, who led the Blue and Orange on back-to-back scoring drives during the final frame that saw Jamal Abdal-Khallaq and Logan Keyes reach the end zone.

Additionally, Walpole’s defense made some key plays, beginning with a third down stop by Sean O’Brien that set up Keyes’ go-ahead score. Andrew Falzone secured the win by intercepting Wellesley quarterback Vincent Ferrara on the ensuing possession.

Falzone’s interception ignited a celebration on the Walpole sidelines, along with a sigh of relief by many players and coaches that watched the offense execute back-to-back kneel downs.

“At halftime, we flipped a switch (and) everyone started to pick up the energy,” said Kilroy, who tossed three touchdowns in the win. “We knew what we needed to do, so we started executing … we came back, play after play, drive after drive.”

Added Keyes, “Everyone did their job and executed.”

Saturday’s performance, especially down the stretch, was impressive. It was a team effort, which will be needed again this week when Walpole visits Milton on Friday evening.

Like Walpole, Milton has won its first three contests, beating Framingham, Scituate, and Holliston.

Milton’s opening day win against Scituate erased memories of last year’s season-opener, which saw the Sailors beat the Wildcats, 34-20. Scituate would go on to win the Division 4 state championship by edging Duxbury, 14-13.

Sullivan knows Milton presents many challenges but knows Walpole will be prepared.

“They are a dynamic team,” Sullivan said of Walpole’s week four opponent. “It’s going to be tough … but I think the kids are up for the challenge.”

Friday’s kickoff between Milton and Walpole is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brooks Field Turf.

Staying within the Bay State Conference (BSC), Needham secured its first win of the season last Friday over Newton North.

Halfback Tate Hoffmeister rushed for 191 yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns, along with a pair of two-point conversions. Coach Doug Kopcso tweeted about the performance against the Tigers yesterday – he said, “Hoffmeister had himself a career night versus Newton North in Needham’s 22-6 victory.”  

Needham, which dropped its first two contests of the 2022 season to King Phillip and Natick, which attempt to capture its second contest of the season on Friday when they welcome Weymouth to Memorial Park at 7 p.m.

Weymouth, which began its season with back-to-back wins over Malden Catholic and Newton North, lost to Hingham yesterday by a score of 20-15.

The Wildcats’ five-point setback to the Harbormen was highlighted by a stifling defensive performance, including Jayce Mellish, who concluded the contest with a sack and fumble recovery.

Hingham will host Whitman-Hanson on Saturday – the Panthers enter the week four meeting with a record of 2-1.

Malden heads into the final week of September with a great deal of momentum after picking up its first Greater Boston League (GBL) win against Chelsea.

The Golden Tornadoes have won two of three contests thus far while averaging five touchdowns per game.

This week, Malden will attempt to cap the opening month of the season with a win against Somerville, a squad they edged last September by a score of 14-12.

Last season’s win over the Highlanders was the first for coach Witche Exilhomme, who is in his second season with the Golden Tornadoes.  

Finally, two teams fans of high school football should keep their eyes on, both this week and next month: Burlington and Quincy.

Burlington has won two of three contests this fall under first-year coach George Balian, who will lead his alma mater into their first Middlesex League contest this Friday against Watertown.

The Red Devils outlasted Cambridge on Friday before beating Westborough in their season-opener by a score of 19-0.

Watertown beat Burlington last season, 14-7.

Quincy edged Westwood last night, 48-46, thanks to a go-ahead and a game-winning touchdown pass from Andrew Novak.

Novak connected with Jacey Ham down the far sidelines for the game-winning score to provide Quincy with its third-straight win of the season.

Ham concluded the non-league clash with three catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns while Novak completed 6 of 11 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 100 yards on 12 carries.

Quincy beat Westwood last fall by two touchdowns.

The Presidents will be idle this weekend. They will welcome Hanover to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 7 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.