(2) Xaverian 21, (7) Springfield Central 20 — Defense sends Hawks to D1 Final Four

November 10, 2023

WESTWOOD — The last three times Xaverian played Springfield Central, each game followed a familiar script. For a little while, Xaverian would hang close with Central, but then the same thing happened. The Golden Eagles hit big play after big play, and either ran away with a dominant win, or held on as Xaverian was forced out of its game plan. Then, finally, on Friday night in a D1 quarterfinal,……


(7) Springfield Central 24, (10) Central Catholic 7 — Golden Eagles pull away for D1 Sweet 16 win

November 3, 2023

By Tony Catalina NEFJ Correspondent SPRINGFIELD — In a playoff matchup featuring two Division 1 powers with a lot of history against one another, the No. 7 Springfield Central Golden Eagles advanced with a 24-7 win over the No. 10 Central Catholic Raiders. The history between these two teams is well documented. With Springfield Central winning the last three matchups, including in Week 1 of this year, Central Catholic had……


Springfield Central 44, Westfield 7 — Golden Eagles pull away

October 13, 2023

By Tony Catalina NEFJ Correspondent SPRINGFIELD — If you heard Springfield Central coach Bill Watson in his postgame huddle, you would’ve thought his team lost to Westfield. Well, it didn’t, and it wasn’t particularly close, either. Central took the lead and never looked back as the Golden Eagles made a statement on Friday night with a 44-7 win. What Watson was upset about was the fact the first half was……


Springfield Central 44, Xaverian 41 — Young guns shine for Golden Eagles

September 22, 2023

WESTWOOD — As Springfield Central players went through Friday night’s postgame handshake line, star Xaverian wide receiver Jonathan Monteiro had a message for his opponents. “We’ll see you again,” Monteiro repeated over and over. Fans and observers of Massachusetts high school football could only be so lucky to see these teams in a rematch. In a wild game that has to be considered one of the year’s best at this……


Q&A with Springfield Central coach Bill Watson

September 10, 2023

On Sunday, Springfield Central beat Central Catholic, 44-26, in a game suspended from Friday night. Freshman quarterback Jareth Staine threw four touchdown passes, and three different running backs — Ja’Cyion Cox, Preston Longo, and Isaiah Rogers — found the end zone. Although we did not get a chance to cover the game, we wanted to reach out to Central coach Bill Watson and get his thoughts. Here is an edited……


New England prospects take in UMass practice

April 1, 2023

We were over in Amherst Saturday at UMass’ first padded practice of the spring, and we were far from the only visitors on hand to watch the Minutemen. UMass had a pretty significant presence of prospects, from class of 2027 to class of 2024. Most of the ones we saw on hand were from New England programs, but there were some from other states mixed in. We are going to…


Recruiting Roundup: Springfield Central

March 27, 2023

  Over the last five years, few programs have made bigger gains that Springfield Central. Since 2018, the Golden Eagles have won two Division 3 state titles, and a Div. 1 crown in 2021. Last year, Central made the D1 title game again but lost to St. John’s Prep at Gillette. Many of the contributors to that success have moved on to their college careers. The members of the class…