UMass: Brown believes offense will turn things around; defense already doing so

September 28, 2022

Photo – Amy Palmieri/AP On Tuesday night during his weekly media availability, UMass head coach Don Brown did something many may never expect an old school coach like him to do. He brought up analytics. Brown was asked if the defense and offense are progressing to his liking through the first few weeks of the season even though results haven’t showed up on the scoreboard as fast as he and…

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Boston College: Griffin earning bigger opportunity; becoming a role model for local players

September 27, 2022

CHESTNUT HILL – Former Springfield Central standout Joe Griffin caught his first career touchdown pass during Boston College’s loss to Florida State on Saturday. It’s the first of many he’ll be catching during his career in Chestnut Hill. The speedy freshman wideout is getting more opportunities to showcase what he can do as he gets more comfortable playing football at the Division 1 level and could become a much bigger…

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Boston College: Despite struggles, Mahogany’s presence still helpful for young O-line

September 27, 2022

Photo – BC Athletics CHESTNUT HILL – It’s the understatement of the century to say that the Eagles desperately miss All-ACC offensive lineman Christian Mahogany. Following the ugly loss to Florida State this past weekend, the Eagles were back at practice on Tuesday morning preparing for Louisville. The young O-line is still working to get better, but Mahogany’s presence on Saturdays is still greatly missed. There’s a small chance he…

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High School: Connecticut Top 25 – Week 3

September 26, 2022

Poll put together by Jake Klein, NEFJ Correspondent 1. New Canaan Coupled with a Greenwich loss, New Canaan’s 14-7 win over Fairfield Prep jolts them into the top spot in the state. Luke Reed ran for both Rams touchdowns, but the star of the game was their defense. Led by linebacker Matt Salmini—who had a pick and a 38-yard fumble return—the New Canaan defense stifled three-straight second half drives by…

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Patriots: Ravens spoil home opener; Jones injured late

September 25, 2022

 Credit: Michael Dwyer/AP FOXBOROUGH – It’s not hyperbole to call the Patriots’ 37-26 home opening loss to the Ravens on Sunday afternoon one of the worst losses in recent memory. This was primed to be one of those special sports weekends in New England, with Vince Wilfork being inducted into the team Hall of Fame to kick the festivities off. The Patriots got the offensive performance fans had been desperately clamoring…

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Boston College: Things go from bad to worse as Eagles get blown out by Florida State

September 25, 2022

Photo – Garry McCullough/AP When Boston College kicked the ball off to Florida State right around 8 P.M on Saturday night in Tallahassee, there was optimism that BC would look better than it had in two of the first three weeks. About a minute later, that went out the window when Trey Benson returned the kick 93 yards for a touchdown. Florida State never looked back, rolling to a 44-14…

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Holy Cross: No. 13 Crusaders open Patriot League play with blowout win against Colgate

September 24, 2022

Photo – @HCrossFB Another week, another statement made by the Crusaders. This wasn’t the offensive explosion we’re used to seeing from Holy Cross, but there was very little doubt in Hamilton, NY as the Crusaders rolled over Colgate 35-10. Now at 4-0 (1-0 Patriot League), Holy Cross continues to show that they are a true FCS title contender, despite the disrespect shown by the poll voters last week following the…

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UMass: Minutemen hang around but can’t score in loss to Temple

September 24, 2022

Photo – @UmassFootball Down just seven at halftime on Saturday, UMass had a golden opportunity to win two straight games for the first time in a long time. Unfortunately, in a defensive struggle, the Minutemen could only muster 259 yards of total offense – including just 80 passing yards – in a 28-0 loss to the Owls. UMass also didn’t help itself by any means, racking up 11 penalties for…

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High School: Walpole 27, Wellesley 23; Timberwolves stun Raiders with 13 unanswered in the 4th

September 24, 2022

WELLESLEY – It looked as if Walpole was going to suffer its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon when the Timberwolves trailed by nine heading to the fourth quarter. Not so fast. Behind 13 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes – including the game winning 19 yard touchdown run from Logan Keyes with less than two minutes remaining – Walpole stunned Wellesley 27-23. The T-Wolves stay perfect…

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High School: NEFJ & Gold Athletics Game of the Week – Marblehead 12, North Andover 7

September 24, 2022

NORTH ANDOVER – Marblehead extended its winning streak to 23 games on Friday night with a 12-7 win over North Andover, but you wouldn’t have known it postgame. The streak is currently the longest in the state and put the defending Division 3 Super Bowl champs at 3-0, but head coach Jim Rudloff wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in what was an old school three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust type of game. “It…

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