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…


High School: Division 1 Super Bowl – St. John’s Prep 13, Springfield Central 0

December 3, 2022

By Tyler Amaral NEFJ Correspondent FOXBOROUGH — St. John’s Prep relied on a dominant defensive effort to derail the high-flying Springfield Central offense and capture the Division 1 state championship, 13-0. For the Eagles, it’s their third state championship in four seasons, excluding the 2020 COVID Fall II season. Springfield Central (10-2) came into Saturday’s game averaging a shade under 52 points per game. Against in-state opponents, the Golden Eagles…


High School: Division 1 – Springfield Central 54, Methuen 14; Golden Eagles can’t be stopped & soar into the D1 title game

November 18, 2022

By Tony Catalina NEFJ Correspondent SHREWSBURY – Fourth-seeded Springfield Central left no doubt as to who was the scariest team in Division 1 as they easily handled No. 8 Methuen 54-14 on Friday night, earning another trip to Gillette Stadium to play for the state championship. “I thought it was a good win, I thought we went out there and executed at a high level,” head coach Bill Watson said…


High School: Division 1 – Springfield Central 56, Xaverian 22; Golden Eagles waltz into D1 semifinals

November 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — The senior class for the Springfield Central program has accomplished a lot over these last few years. The Golden Eagles won a Division 3 state title over a strong Duxbury team. Covid took away its chances at another crown in Fall II. But then Central won the D1 state championship in 2021. So, Friday night, that group had a chance to play its last game on its home…


High School: Springfield Central flexes their muscle early in Central 52-0 win over Westfield

October 7, 2022

By Tony Catalina NEFJ Correspondent WESTFIELD – From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, there was no doubt who the most dominant team in Western Massachusetts is when Springfield Central hammered Westfield 52-0 on Friday night. Central is now 4-1 and as usual, the Golden Eagles were powered by Nebraska Cornhusker commit William Watson. In typical SC fashion, the performance was dominant in all three phases and the team…


High School: St. John’s (DC) pulls away from Springfield Central

September 24, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — After Springfield Central’s 41-24 loss to Washington, DC-area powerhouse St. John’s College, the comments from the hosts were not unlike any other big game. The Golden Eagles lamented the inability to play the second half the way they did the first. There was talk of fatigue hitting the team hard. In some ways, it was a loss like any other. But in reality, Springfield Central accomplished more in…


Recruiting: Josiah Griffin announces his commitment to Boston College

September 17, 2022

Immediately following Springfield Central’s 56-12 win over B.C High last night, three star defensive end Josiah Griffin announced he is committing to Boston College. Springfield Central senior Josiah Griffin announces his commitment to… BOSTON COLLEGE. Griffin will be joining his older brother, Joe, on the Eagles roster next [email protected] — Garrett Cote (@garrett_cote) September 17, 2022 Griffin will be joining his brother Joe who is currently a freshmen with…


High School: NEFJ & Gold Athletics Game of the Week – Springfield Central 38, Central Catholic 0

September 9, 2022

LAWRENCE – In both the 2019 and 2021 season openers, Central Catholic and Springfield Central put up incredible offensive displays. In both of those games, the teams combined for 94 and 119 points respectively. When the teams met again in the Division 1 Super Bowl last year, it was a bit more defensive, with the Golden Eagles winning by seven in a game that had just 37 points combined. On Friday…