High School: Dudes of the Week for Week 5

October 12, 2021

It was another great weekend of high school football action in Massachusetts. So without further ado, here are our dudes for Week 5. Scituate senior quarterback Henry Gates completed 16/25 for 333 yards and 3 touchdown passes. He also had a rushing touchdown in the Sailors win over North Quincy. Scituate senior wide receiver James Cannon caught 7 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the win over North Quincy….

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High School: Ten Thoughts on Week 5

October 11, 2021

We are officially past the halfway mark of the high school football season in Massachusetts. Teams are starting to assert themselves and take control of leagues. With three weeks left in the regular season, it will be a sprint to the finish line. Here are my thoughts on the week that was. Milford made a major statement with their 27-24 overtime win over Mansfield. The Scarlet Hawks are legit. Let’s…

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High School: Week 5 Massachusetts Top 25 Poll

October 10, 2021

By Adam Kurkjian Not a ton of movement in the top 10, and a few games in Central and Western Mass. caused some movement. This should be another fun week coming up as top-ranked Catholic Memorial takes on St. John’s Prep. On to the rankings . . . Week 5 Top 25 1. Catholic Memorial (4-0) — Bring on the Prep! 2. Everett (4-0) — Should stay perfect until the playoffs. 3….

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High School: New England Football Journal Game of the Week presented by Gold Athletics: Tewksbury 12, Billerica 10

October 9, 2021

TEWKSBURY – It’s far too early to know just how big Michael Sullivan’s game winning interception on Friday night was for Tewksbury, but it was a potential season altering play. The Redmen hosted Billerica in a crucial MVC matchup that turned into a defensive slugfest. Billerica had the ball and was driving for a potential game-winning score in the final minute before Sullivan picked off a Joseph Green pass over…

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High School: What We Learned: Norwood 38 Hopkinton 16

October 8, 2021

Norwood beat Hopkinton 38-16 in a game that was a back and forth until the Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter. Here are three thoughts on the game. 1 Mustangs ground is potent: The one, two punch of Bryan Metayer and Subodh Dhakal is the most lethal tandem in the Tri-Valley League. Anytime Norwood needed a big play tonight, they leaned on their two senior backs to make it….

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High School: After strange week, No. 7 Lincoln-Sudbury stays unbeaten with blowout win over Acton-Boxborough

October 7, 2021

SUDBURY – It wasn’t your typical Acton-Boxborough, Lincoln-Sudbury atmosphere on Thursday night. After a non-team related fireworks incident that put Fitchburg cheerleaders and fans in danger during an LS victory last weekend, the Warriors had their first DCL contest of the season against their rival moved to Thursday at 6 PM with only two parents or guardians allowed in per player and cheerleader for both teams. The usual raucous crowd…

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High School: Ten Thoughts on Week Four

October 5, 2021

Here are ten thoughts on the week that was in high school football Franklin has arrived as a program after their 28-10 win over Mansfield. It has taken Eian Bain five years but he has built the Panthers into a contender. I saw Catholic Memorial in person Friday night and they are as good as advertised. I am not sure anyone can keep up with them speed wise. Xaverian hammered…

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High School: New England Football Journal Game of the Week presented by Gold Athletics: Franklin 28, Mansfield 10

October 2, 2021

FRANKLIN – In 2009, Tom Brady had only won three Super Bowls and was a year removed from a torn ACL. The Red Sox had only won two World Series titles, the Celtics were the defending NBA champions and the Bruins were two years away from winning a Stanley Cup. It was also the last time Franklin had beaten Hockomock League rival Mansfield…until Friday night. Thanks to four touchdown passes…

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High School: Thoughts on Week 3

September 29, 2021

The weekly schedule continues to produce great games in Massachusetts and this past weekend was no exception. Here are my thoughts on week 3. Franklin’s impressive 27-14 win over Duxbury sets up a showdown on Friday night at home against Mansfield. It has been a long time since the Panthers were in this position but they are legit and have a chance to make a statement this week. Speaking of…

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High School: Top 25 Poll for Week 3

September 26, 2021

Another crazy week for MIAA football, but our top five remains the same. Springfield Central took on mega-power IMG Academy, and even though the Golden Eagles lost in lopsided fashion, those who saw the game said Central comported itself well. On to the rankings . . . Week 3 Top 25 1. Catholic Memorial (2-0) — Rhode Island’s best — Bishop Hendricken — up next. 2. Everett (3-0) — Another…

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