High School: Thanksgiving Day – Wellesley 24, Needham 17; Jimenez seals win for Raiders with late interception in 135th installment of historic rivalry

November 24, 2022

NEEDHAM – After a thrilling overtime game in the 134th edition of the oldest Thanksgiving Day public school rivalry in 2021, it was going to be hard to top the atmosphere that last year’s game provided. Still, Needham hosted Wellesley on a beautiful and somewhat chilly Thanksgiving morning on Thursday for the 135th installment of the game and once again, it came down to the very end. Leading by seven…

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High School: Massachusetts Thanksgiving Day Recaps

November 24, 2022

We recap some of the top games in Massachusetts in what was a beautiful day for football. St. John’s Prep 27 Xaverian 14: The Eagles Carson Browne scored two touchdowns and the defense made some key stops in the second half to propel St. John’s Prep to a Thanksgiving Day win ahead of next week’s Super Bowl Showdown against Springfield Central. Andover 52 North Andover 12 (Wednesday night): The Warriors…

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High School: Thanksgiving Day – Franklin stuns King Philip with late comeback, 29-28

November 24, 2022

WRENTHAM — Following Franklin’s thrilling, 29-28 win over King Philip on Thanksgiving morning, there was some confusion on the winning sideline. The Panthers had just beaten King Philip for the second year in a row, and they’d also won at least a share of the league title for consecutive years. What nobody seemed to know, was just when the last time Franklin had accomplished either feat. But maybe that discussion…

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High School: Brockton runs past B-R at Fenway, 31-20

November 24, 2022

BOSTON — There was a wonderful sort of symmetry to the whole thing. Over the years, Brockton coach Peter Colombo has had some great quarterbacks. But his best offenses have usually come behind a mammoth offensive line and a punishing ground attack. On Wednesday night at Fenway Park, Colombo coached his last game leading the Boxers in much the same manner he’s won with other squads. Behind the running exploits…

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High School: Watertown 21, Belmont 7, Raiders take down Belmont at Fenway

November 23, 2022

By Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent BOSTON – Watertown Quarterback Johnny Cacace and Running back Will McHugh couldn’t believe they were playing football from historic Fenway Park. “It was a very special moment. It made you feel humble for a second, then you have to put your head down and play football.” Cacace said, with his dad and head coach John Cacace to his side. “It meant everything. This is a once…

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High School: St. Mary’s 34, Austin Prep 21; Spartans get Thanksgiving win at Fenway

November 23, 2022

By Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent BOSTON- Coming off of a one point win against Rockland five days ago in the division six semifinals, St. Mary’s high school was feeling fast as they entered their Thanksgiving game against Austin Prep. After the opening 12 minutes from historic Fenway Park, it was safe to say the Spartans hadn’t slowed down. St. Mary’s carried a 13-point lead into the first quarter break, an advantage…

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High School: Thanksgiving Preview

November 22, 2022

It’s that time of year. With the high school football season in Massachusetts coming to a close, you see a number of great matchups on Thanksgiving. Some people are down on the tradition, but we at NEFJ still love it, with all its flaws. This is the last time many of the student-athletes will ever put on the pads and helmet again. For that reason alone, this is a special…

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High School: Connecticut Top 25 – Thanksgiving Week

November 21, 2022

Image Courtesy Record-Journal Poll put together by Jake Klein NEFJ Correspondent 1. West Haven – Last week: IDLE – Next Up: at No. 11 Fairfield Prep, Wed., 6 p.m. 2. Southington – Last Week: IDLE – Next Up: at No. 21 Cheshire, Thu., 10 a.m. 3. Greenwich – Last Week: IDLE – Next Up: at No. 18 Staples, Thu., 10 a.m. 4. Maloney – Last Week: IDLE – Next Up: at Platt, Thu.,…

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High School: Final Prep School Poll

November 21, 2022

Image Courtesy Ray Teodora/Twitter Polls put together by Jake Klein NEFJ Correspondent 1. Brunswick – In a bizarre game, Brunswick topped previously-undefeated Choate 33-21 to claim the overall NEPSAC championship. The Bruins flew under the radar all season, in part thanks to their league and in part thanks to a lack of high-powered offense. But their defense was tremendous all season, and Elijah Cromartie and company put enough points on…

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High School: 11/20 Chaos Poll

November 20, 2022

Bowl season hit the NEPSAC, and it made for a wild final weekend. Williston Northampton had a good showing against a very talented Loomis Chaffee squad. It was a mixed bag for the ISL teams. Brooks had a nice showing with a win over St. Sebastian’s, and Lawrence Academy posted a strong win over Dexter. Rivers was another big winner this weekend, and makes a strong jump. 11/20 Chaos Poll…

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