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Noontime’s Eastern Massachusetts High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 19, 2022)

An impressive rushing attack by the Weymouth High School football team helped the Wildcats score a 35-20 victory last Saturday over Newton North. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Two weeks of Massachusetts high school football are in the books.

Beginning today – and yes, every Monday throughout the remainder of the 2022 season – we will be highlighting 10 Eastern Massachusetts high schools for our weekly Teams of the Week post (you can also see the team we highlight on our Instagram channel).

The goal of this weekly post is to provide various schools, communities, and programs with some additional publicity following their recent outing.

Noontime’s High School Football Teams of the Week (Sept. 19, 2022)

Billerica: The Indians are off to a 2-0 start, thanks to back-to-back wins over Lowell (38-0) and Westford Academy (32-14). Quarterback JT Green will be the player to watch this week when the Green and White welcome Wilmington (0-2) to campus on Friday.

Brighton: Coach Randolph Abraham’s squad has produced 104 points through two contests, thanks to quarterback Sahmir Morales, who will be a player to watch this week when the Bengals welcome O’Bryant High School (0-1) to Daly Field.

Hanover: After dropping their season-opener to Duxbury, Hanover bounced back last Friday with a 42-6 victory over Plymouth North. Numerous Hawks reached the end zone, including wide receivers Joe Curran and Dave Quinlan, who combined for 11 catches for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Quinlan also fished with two tackles for a loss and one interception. This week, Hanover will visit Stoughton (1-1).

Holliston: One week after scoring a big opening day win against Foxborough, the Panthers scored another impressive victory by beating Medway, 48-0. Quarterback TJ Kiley highlighted the Red and White’s second win with five touchdowns, including two on the ground. This week, Holliston will visit Milton (2-0), which beat the Panthers last season by a score of 37-13.

North Attleboro: The Rocketeers needed an extra session to edge Mansfield last week to bump their current record to 2-0. North Attleboro is idle this week before welcoming Franklin (2-0) to town next Friday, September 30.

TechBoston: The Bears picked up their second win last Friday over Georgetown. Quarterback Leo Bowman and Ahmir Carrington combined for 239 rushing yards against the Royals – Bowman also registered two touchdowns. Coach Raul Brown’s squad will attempt to score its thirds-straight win this week against East Boston High School (0-2).

Walpole: Halfback Andrew Falzone rushed for three touchdowns last week as Walpole blanked Natick, 26-0. This week, the Timberwolves head to Wellesley (1-1) for a Saturday afternoon clash against a Raiders squad that beat Walpole one year ago by a score of 24-10.

Westwood: Quarterback Brendan Donegan registered 284 yards of total offense last week to go with five touchdown passes as the Wolverines rolled past Bellingham, 40-7. Westwood heads to Quincy (2-0) on Friday with hopes of continuing its early-season success.  

Whitman-Hanson: Make it back-to-back wins for the Panthers, which scored a hard-fought 7-0 win over Foxborough last Friday. Coach Zack Botelho’s squad will be on the road again this week, visiting Rockland (1-1) on Friday.

Weymouth: A total team effort, along with an impressive rushing attack led by Anthony Smith, Cameron Aieta, and Cam Fernandez helped the Wildcats score a 35-20 victory on Saturday against Newton North. Weymouth will visit Hingham on Saturday in a battle of 2-0 squads.

Noontime’s High School Notebook: Leftover Thoughts From Week One

Will Batten (No. 6) recorded four touchdowns last Friday in North Reading’s season-opener against Northeast Metro Tech. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting first week of the Massachusetts high school football season.

There were some exciting finishes, along with outcomes that raised an eyebrow. Additionally, there were games like the one I witnessed that was a tale of two halves.

Last Friday, I made the trek to North Reading to watch the Hornets score an opening night win over Northeast Metro Tech.  

The game was highlighted by Will Batten’s four touchdowns – two on the ground and two through the air (receptions) – that helped the Hornets secure a 28-0 lead that morphed into a 35-20 victory.

While North Reading’s offense – and yes, its defense – highlighted the opening half, it was the Northeast ground game that shined during the final two frames. Halfbacks Chris Zullo and Lael Jean-Baptiste zipped through various gaps the Knight offensive line paved with a few bursts resulting in touchdowns.

The Knights outscored the Hornets, 20-7, during the final 24 minutes.

North Reading seeks its second win on Friday when they visit the Greater Lawrence Technical School for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Northeast will host Saugus on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. – the Sachems lost to the Knights last season by a score of 28-0.

One outcome that surprised me last week was Xaverian Brothers beating Everett, 49-14.

To be honest, I thought the game would be a bit closer, but the contest was highlighted by a young man whose last name is Hasselbeck.

Henry Hasselbeck, the son of Matt Hasselbeck, who happens to be a Xaverian Brothers alum and played in the National Football League (NFL), shined in his debut with the Blue and Gold by throwing three touchdowns and finishing the non-league matchup with 190 passing yards.

One of Hasselbeck’s touchdowns was highlighted on ESPN this week – it was a five-yard leaping score that saw the junior signal-caller leap over an Everett defender at the five-yard line.

In addition to Hasselbeck, halfback Michael Oates added three rushing touchdowns.

Xaverian hosts Bridgewater-Raynham in its home-opener on Friday – the Trojans dropped their season-opener to Milford by a score of 42-0.

I thought Wilmington would beat Arlington Catholic in its season-opener. But clearly, I was wrong.

Quarterback Isaiah Osgood was the player to watch last Saturday as the senior signal-caller recorded four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) against the Wildcats. The four scores helped the Cougars score an opening day win, as well as gain some much-needed momentum for this week’s matchup with Bishop Fenwick High School.

Noontime’s Games to Watch in Week Two

Tech Boston (1-0) at Georgetown (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6 p.m.: Halfback Ahmir Carrington rushed for two scores in Tech Boston’s season-opener last week against Boston English/New Mission. He will once again be a factor this week against the Royals. PREDICTION: Tech Boston over Georgetown

Medfield (1-0) at Dedham (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Medfield’s defense shined last week against Medway, thanks to Matthew Stevens who finished with 14 total tackles. Let’s see if the Warriors’ defense can carry them to another victory against a Dedham squad that produced two scores last Friday against Westwood. PREDICTION: Medfield over Dedham

Waltham (1-0) at Winchester (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.: A pair of 1-0 squads will square off in Winchester on Friday evening after both squads scored an opening day win over a squad from Newton (Waltham beat Newton North, 23-20, while Winchester topped Newton South, 13-6). PREDICTION: Waltham over Winchester

Bellingham (1-0) at Westwood (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Clearly, I was wrong about my hometown Wolverines last week as Westwood topped Dedham in its home-opener. This week, I’ll be more optimistic about Westwood, but if the Green and White are going to score its second win, they will need to slow down wide receiver Michael Spera. PREDICTION: Westwood over Bellingham    

Wellesley (1-0) at Milford (1-0) Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.: Both teams looked pretty good in their respective season-opener – perhaps this is an early postseason preview? Maybe, but I think the Scarlet Hawks will be able to make a few more plays to secure its second win of the 2022 season. PREDICTION: Milford over Wellesley    

Mass. High School Football Notebook: Early Optimism for Somerville; Week One Picks

A new chapter of Somerville’s high school football program begins Saturday under first-year coach David Pereira. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

A brand-new season of Massachusetts high school football begins this week – one game to watch this evening is Georgetown visiting Boston Latin Academy in Jamaica Plain at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow – and yes, Saturday, too – will feature more games to watch (and follow).

With a new season comes hope and optimism – one team that appears both excited and eager for a new season is Somerville.

The Highlanders begin a new chapter this fall with first-year coach David Pereira, who previously oversaw the Belmont defense. Pereira is a Somerville native and has enjoyed teaching a sport he has played most of his life, including in college with Framingham State University.

Pereira and I connected earlier this summer for a podcast interview – feel free to jump back into the podcast portal to hear our chat – but I recently visited with him, along with the team last week. I also saw Somerville compete against the Boston Latin School last Friday – the Highlanders allowed an early touchdown in their non-league scrimmage with the Wolfpack before responding with a few scores before halftime.

Somerville’s defense improved every series against the Wolfpack with their biggest play coming before intermission: a key fourth down stop.

Making key third (and fourth) down stops will be critical for a unit that struggled to slow down both conference and non-conference foes last fall. But with a coach that knows a thing (or two) about defense, don’t be surprised if this unit gradually improves week-by-week.

“We just have to go out there and worry about ourselves, and that’s all that really matters (at this time),” said Pereira when discussing the early outlook for the Highlanders.

The Highlanders face North Quincy in their season-opener on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Staying within the Greater Boston League (GBL), one game worth watching (or following on social media) tomorrow is a non-conference tilt between Everett and Xaverian Brothers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the game taking place at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Everett and Xaverian met last year with the Crimson Tide scoring an opening day win in Westwood. The victory would be followed by a few more – Everett advanced to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division I Tournament but saw its bid for a state title conclude with an opening round setback to Methuen.

The early-season expectation is that Everett will be one of 16 teams vying for a D-I state title this fall – the same could be said for Franklin, Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep, Xaverian, and Springfield Central.

Another GBL squad to watch this fall is Lynn Classical.

Coach Brian Vaughn begins his sixth season with the Rams, who have certainly challenged themselves this summer with back-to-back scrimmages against St. John’s Prep and Reading.

The Green and White begin their campaign tomorrow against Lexington, a team they defeated last year in their season-opener by a score of 38-7.

Brian Vaughn Jr. won’t be under center this fall for Lynn Classical, so all eyes will be on the team’s former slot receiver, Robert Faessler, who be tasked with leading an offense that was able to produce 32 points or more in a few early season contests last year.

Lastly, GBL fans should keep an eye on Revere, a squad that concluded its 2021 campaign with six wins and two losses.

Sadly, the 6-2 record did not translate to a postseason appearance for the Patriots, which will certainly be determined to do whatever it takes to secure a spot in the Division III playoffs.

Coach Lou Cicatelli will lean on a few key members of last year’s squad, including Max Doucette, who anchored Revere’s Wing T offensive line.

Revere visits Peabody on Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Noontime’s High School Football Picks for Week One

  • Revere over Peabody: The Patriots begin their 2022 campaign with an opening day win against the Tanners to earn some much-needed momentum for their home-opener next week against Plymouth South.
  • North Reading over Northeast: Quarterback Alex Carucci begins his senior season with the Hornets by throwing a few touchdowns in North Reading’s season-opener.
  • Dedham over Westwood: Hard to pick against my hometown Wolverines — yes, I am a Westwood High School alum — but I expect coach Mike Cloutier to begin his second season with a win over the Green and White.
  • Arlington over Medford: The Spy Ponders are young, but will lean on quarterback Jake Schiano and running back Kayden Mills to score an opening day victory against the Mustangs.
  • Wilmington over Arlington Catholic: Coach Craig Turner and the Wildcats will be a squad to watch in the Middlesex League this fall — look for the Blue and White to score an early season win to provide them with some momentum for next week’s matchup with Greater Lowell Tech.

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.

Mass. High Schools: Somerville Unveils 2019 Football Schedule

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The Somerville Highlanders will play a trio of regular-season games at Dilboy Stadium this fall. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com) 

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The Somerville High School football team’s schedule for the 2019 season has been released with the Highlanders scheduled to host a trio of regular-season contests, including their season-opener against Falmouth on Saturday, September 14th with kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Six days after hosting the Clippers the Highlanders will entertain Malden on Friday, September 20th for their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) meeting before visiting the defending Division I champions St. John’s Prep (Danvers) one week later.

The Highlanders will commence October with a visit from Ipswich on Saturday, October 5th before embarking on a three-game road trip with visits to Concord-CarlisleEverett, and Medford.

Somerville will spend the month of November competing in postseason or non-postseason contests before capping the month with their annual pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting with Cambridge to compete for the Picket Fence. Somerville captured the Picket Fence last season, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Louis Montina.

The Highlanders concluded 2018 with a 4-7 record – they snapped their seven-game losing streak with a trio of non-postseason wins against Wilmington, Wakefield, and North Reading before edging Cambridge, 23-19.

2019 will mark the first time since in three years that Somerville will compete in the GBL after competing the past two seasons in the Northeastern Conference (NEC).

Coach Makonnen Fenton will welcome back some key pieces from last year’s squad, including Montina, halfback Fred Castin and wide receiver Miyard Joseph.


Somerville High School 2019 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 31st – Jamboree at Everett High School (3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 14th – Falmouth at Somerville (12 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 20th – Malden at Somerville (7 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 27th – Somerville at St. John’s Prep (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 5th – Ipswich at Somerville (2 p.m.) 
  • Friday, October 11th – Somerville at Concord-Carlisle (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 18th – Somerville at Everett (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 25th – Somerville at Medford (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Somerville at Cambridge (6 p.m.)

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