High School: Milton captures Northeast 7v7 New England crown

August 5, 2022

By Adam Kurkjian PEABODY — It was a hot day at Bishop Fenwick for the Northeast 7v7 New England championship on Thursday. However, a few things kept it playable. First, the first games did not start until 4 pm, and the last games were played under the cover of darkness. Second, there was a consistent breeze blowing in to cool everyone off. When all was said and done, Milton came away…


High School: MIAA Pre-Season Top 40 Countdown

August 3, 2022

As the calendar turns to August, we once again kick off our high school coverage with the 40-team MIAA preseason countdown. Over the course of the offseason, we pared down this list from one of closer to 75. It was truly difficult to get the number down to 40. This is an exhaustive exercise each year, but fun to do. We will start — in alphabetical order — with the…


College: New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island unofficially kick off the season with CAA Media Day

July 28, 2022

Photo: CAA The Colonial Athletic Association had its Media Day on Thursday, and the three teams from our coverage area — New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island — all expressed high hopes for the 2022 season. For UNH, wide receiver Brian Espanet, who had a tremendous high school career at Millis, spoke about wanting to live up to the program’s strong tradition while carving a new path for the Wildcats…


High School: Springfield Central to Host St. John’s College of Washington, DC. On September 24th

July 19, 2022

Never say that the Springfield Central football program is afraid of a challenge. For the second year in a row, the Golden Eagles have rocked the out-of-state scheduling world. On Monday, Central locked up a major opponent for the 2022 season when it connected with St. John’s College of Washington, DC. The game will take place at Central on Sept. 24. St. John’s previously had a commitment with a Canadian…


High School: Kurkjian’s Northeast 7 on 7 North and South Recap

July 18, 2022

Over the weekend, we took in a heaping helping of 7-on-7 at the Northeast 7v7 North and South regionals. Milton coach Steve Dembowski does a phenomenal job running the tournament, and the event was a success again. On Saturday, it took place at Exeter High School in New Hampshire, while Sunday was at Oliver Ames. The only blip was for about an hour when it poured down rain on Sunday….


Recruiting: Xaverian’s Jon Mould commits to Harvard

June 28, 2022

One of the top offensive linemen in New England has made his college decision. Jon Mould, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound rising senior from Xaverian, announced on Twitter Tuesday that he has made a verbal commitment to Harvard. Committed. Without the unwavering support of my family, coaches, and friends I could never have reached where I am today. While I am excited for the next chapter of my life to begin at…


Recruiting: Jackson Connors McCarthy commits to the University of Buffalo

June 25, 2022

One of the top players in the Independent School League made his college choice on Thursday when the Brooks School’s Jackson Conners-McCarthy made his verbal commitment to the University of Buffalo. Extremely blessed. Proud to say I’m committed to the University of Buffalo💙💙 @CoachMoLinguist @coachwhite_c @KevinCorless @elemc1111 pic.twitter.com/4kzS91WFX1 — jackson conners-mccarthy '23 (@jacks0nmccarthy) June 24, 2022 Conners-McCarthy, who began his career at Andover High before transferring to Brooks, is an interesting…


UMass: Recapping our interview with Don Brown

June 9, 2022

On Monday, UMass coach Don Brown appeared on The New England Football Show sponsored by Mortgage Right. What followed was a wide-ranging discussion that lasted over 51 minutes. The conversation touched on Brown’s career and his various stops, his coaching philosophies, and what he sees from the Minutemen this fall, among other things. We decided to give a summary of what was said. Needless to say, Brown is very excited…


Boston College: Tyler Murphy and Steven Daniels return to Boston College as part of the recruiting department

June 2, 2022

Two familiar faces are back at Boston College in new roles, the program announced Wednesday. Former Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy and ex-BC linebacker Steven Daniels have been slotted to spots as assistant director of recruiting/player personnel. Relentless competitor 👊 Welcome back to the Heights, Tyler Murphy‼️#ForBoston pic.twitter.com/3sRpuzufQn — BC Football (@BCFootball) June 1, 2022 Both Murphy and Daniels had success — and relatively recent success — in playing with BC….


UMass: 5 Observations from the UMass Spring Game

May 1, 2022

AMHERST — It was a beautiful day for football Saturday in Amherst, as UMass held its spring game. Now, it was not quite football in its purest form, as there was no live tackling, and a lot of what you saw was 85 percent of what you’d see on a Saturday in the fall. But as it is, the defense defeated the offense, 20-3, in the modified scoring system. So…