High School: Boston Junkyard Dogs & Northern Knights earn wins on opening day of The League

May 2, 2022

MALDEN – With a large, vocal crowd on hand Sunday afternoon at Malden Catholic High School, you would have thought it was an MIAA regular season football game. Nope. That was just “The League” hosting its season opening games on what turned out to be a beautiful spring day. Week one ended with the Northern Knights and Boston Junkyard Dogs earning wins in the first games of the month-long season….

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High School: The League preview

May 1, 2022

Anybody ready for some May football? No, we’re not going back to a “Fall II” season, relax. The Elite Football League begins its first slate of games on Sunday at Malden Catholic and there’s quite a bit of buzz around it. This is the second year of “The League” and really the only option for truly competitive high school football in this area during the spring. Local and non-local college…

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High School: MHSFCA Combine hits Gillette Stadium May 1st

April 24, 2022

There are always a lot of camps and combines available to football players this time of year. One of the best is coming up on May 1 at Gillette Stadium. The annual MHSFCA — Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association — is running its annual combine on that date. It is one of the best around for many reasons, but a big one is accuracy. This combine will feature laser-timed…

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High School: Bellingham’s Elder caps high school football career at Gillette…with a scholarship

March 13, 2022

As a high school quarterback in Massachusetts, the ultimate goal is to finish your career on the field at Gillette Stadium holding a trophy. Gavin Elder did a ton for the Bellingham Blackhawks football program, but he wasn’t able to cross that off his list. On Saturday afternoon, he did get to officially finish his high school football career at Gillette, just not in the way he envisioned. Elder received…

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UMass: Brown’s passion for football & the UMass program is as strong as ever

March 12, 2022

FOXBOROUGH – Around 8:35 on Friday night, UMass head coach Don Brown had a small group of four coaches huddled around him at the far end of Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club. Brown slightly bent his knees for a second or two, placed his hands in front of him as if he was about to engage with an opponent, gave some instruction, nodded slightly and then continued to shake every hand…

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High School: The MHSFCA announces their all-state teams

January 30, 2022

The MHSFCA announced their all teams on Saturdays. Here are some thoughts on the teams. The list culminates what was a tremendous 2021 season for high school football in Massachusetts. Division One: Franklin had one of the best seasons in program history. Jared Arone and Mack Gulla paved the way for the Panthers leading one of the best offenses in the state. Division One has the best junior talent in…

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High School: Thoughts on the first Football Committee meeting of the year

January 21, 2022

The MIAA held their first football committee meeting of the year and there were several topics that were discussed. The three major topics were playing the Super Bowls at Gillette, point differential and when rankings are released. Here are my thoughts on all three topics. Playing at Gillette: MIAA associate executive director Richard Pearson said that he hopes the Super Bowls can continued to be played at Gillette. Both the…

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High School: MIAA neglects the MHSFCA proposal for a ten game season and streamlined playoffs

July 1, 2020

The MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee agreed on Monday to an eight division structure for high school football in Massachusetts. The committee also finalized plans to move to a new statewide playoff format in 2021. The committee also announced that the first two years of the state wide playoff format would entail of an eight game regular season meaning they did not take into consideration the proposal put forth by the…

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High School: MHSFCA proposed plan is what is best for high school football long term

May 21, 2020

The MIAA held meetings last week with athletic directors and representatives from several sports including football. The primary focus of these meetings was the division structure in Massachusetts high school sports. Eight sports including football were required to go to five divisions starting in 2021. After meeting and discussing the five division concept, the football committee voted 14-0 in favor sticking with the eight division format. Former St. John’s Prep…

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