High School: New England Football Journal Game of the Week presented by Gold Athletics: Milford 28, Natick 27

September 24, 2021

MILFORD – One play, no time left on the clock, game on the line. It’s a scenario every kid played through in their head in the backyard at some point. With a rare opportunity to play on a Thursday night due to the forecast on Friday, Natick and Milford staged an instant classic in front of a raucous crowd that ultimately came down to one play with zeros on the…

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Boston College: Suddenly, there is quite a bit of anticipation for matchup with Missouri

September 23, 2021

It’s been 34 years since an SEC team took the field at Alumni Stadium. Leading up to the game with Missouri on Saturday, there has suddenly become quite a bit of intrigue surrounding the game far beyond the novelty factor. Any time an SEC team travels to the Northeast there’s going to be a big following and Alumni Stadium should be just about sold out, but there was no real…

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UMass: Minutemen looking to continue building on positives despite tough matchup with No. 17 Costal Carolina

September 23, 2021

Let’s get this out of the way upfront, UMass is not going to beat Costal Carolina this weekend. That’s not the point. Well, it is, obviously winning is always the main objective, but where UMass is at right now, I think everyone can agree continued progress and not getting blown out on Saturday is plenty. The Minutemen have shown signs of life on offense the last two weeks against Boston…

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Holy Cross: Ng continues to defy doubters

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September 20, 2021

Story by Liam Gambon/NEFJ CORRESPONDENT Photo: Mark Seliger/HC Athletics In 2014, Derek Ng walked into the football coach’s office at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gaels were fresh off their first-ever national championship. “Walking into the coach’s office to basically say, ‘hey, I wanna tryout to be your kicker,’ they kinda laughed me off,” said Ng, a senior at Holy Cross. “I was 5-foot-7 135-pounds. They thought it was a joke because they just won a…

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Patriots: Mac Jones gets his first NFL win, but knows there’s plenty of room to improve

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September 19, 2021

Photo: NFL.com I’m sure Mac Jones had a bit of a different picture in his head when he dreamed of his first win in the NFL. It wasn’t a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance. It wasn’t a blowout. It wasn’t even all that entertaining, but New England’s 25-6 win over the Jets on Sunday gave Jones the first victory of his career. Jones finished with 186 yards and 22 completions on 30…

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Patriots: Harris bounces back with a big day & highlight reel touchdown run

September 19, 2021

Photo: USA Today After costing his team a chance to win against Miami in Week 1, Damien Harris needed to have a bounce back week. Not only did he have an important bounce back performance in a 25-6 win over the Jets, he provided Patriots fans with one of the most impressive runs they’ve seen since the days of clock killin’ Corey Dillon. Harris finished the day with 62 yards…

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Patriots: Defense leads the way in 25-6 win over the Jets

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September 19, 2021

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images Mac Jones has his first of (hopefully) many NFL wins, but Sunday was all about the defense. The Patriots offense contuined to struggle in the red zone and it appears the coaching staff hasn’t quite taken the reins off of Jones yet, but the defense intercepted Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson four times and sacked him four times in a 25-6 win. Nick Folk also made four…

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Holy Cross: Crusaders get huge bounce-back win, beating Yale 20-17

September 19, 2021

So much for the demise of Holy Cross. After beating Uconn and hopping into the national FCS rankings, the Crusaders took a huge step back with a loss to Merrimack last week and everyone was quickly jumping off the bandwagon. In typical Bob Chesney fashion, he had his team ready to go when Holy Cross made a trip to the Yale Bowl on Saturday as the Bulldogs were seemingly opening…

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UMass: Mistakes cost Minutemen again in 42-28 loss to Eastern Michigan

September 19, 2021

It’s coming UMass fans. Maybe not this year, but the change you’ve all been waiting for is clearly coming. The Minutemen lost again on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium against a good but not great Eastern Michigan team, 42-28. At first glance, it’s just another loss on a growing list of them. However, if you were in the stands or watching on NESN+ or somewhere nationally, then you know a few…

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Boston College: Eagles grind out 28-3 win over Temple to stay unbeaten

September 19, 2021

When we all look back at the 2021 Boston College football season, the September 18th game against Temple probably won’t lead the highlight reel on the ACC championship DVD. Still, the Owls were on the schedule and the Eagles needed to check another one off before the “real” games against Missouri and Clemson unofficially “start” the season. BC took care of business in Philadelphia, winning 28-3 and more importantly they…

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