Boston College: Local talent staying home to “Get In” with Hafley & the Eagles

December 15, 2021

Since the day Jeff Hafley was introduced as the new head coach at BC, he has been committed to making sure some of the best talent in Massachusetts stays home. It’s one thing for a new coach to say he’s going to try and keep the best local players in the area, but it’s another thing to convince them to stay when other major universities are calling and basically begging…


High School: Valdamar Brower leaves Springfield Central for UMass

December 8, 2021

As first reported by Nathan Strauss of WMUA, Springfield Central Coach Valdamar Brower is stepping down to become the defensive line coach at UMass. After leading the Springfield Central program for the past 14 years and leading them to three straight Super Bowl titles, Brower is going back to his alma mater where he played from 1999 to 2004. Brower’s name has been bandied about in recent weeks as a…


High School: Springfield Central reigns supreme in Division One

December 2, 2021

By Adam Kurkjian FOXBORO — Springfield Central heard its critics loud and clear. When the Golden Eagles won Division 3 state titles in 2018 and 2019, the chorus from the rest of the state was, “Well, they should be playing in Div. 1.” Well, on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, Springfield Central conquered the state’s highest classification with a 22-15 win over Central Catholic. And junior quarterback William Watson had…


High School: Division 1 Super Bowl Preview

December 1, 2021

Division I Super Bowl Preview Players to Watch Springfield Central: QB William Watson, RB Tariq Thomas, WR Joe Griffin, TE/DE Josiah Griffin, WR Tykarryon Daniels, WR/DB Mattias Barbour Central Catholic: QB Ayden Perreira, TE/DE Preston Zinter, WR/DB Justice McGrail, OT/DT Jaden Wiggins, RB/DB Matthias Latham Game Preview: Central Catholic and Springfield Central will meet for the second time this season but the stakes are much higher this time around. Central…


High School: After long wait, MIAA Super Bowls will return to Gillette Stadium

November 22, 2021

When Hull and Randolph kickoff on Wednesday December 1 with the Division VIII Super Bowl on the line, it will end a 725 day wait to have a high school football game played again at Gillette Stadium. That game, along with seven other Super Bowl matchups had start times announced by the MIAA on Monday. This year’s schedule will be a three-day football-a-palooza on Wednesday and Thursday with the final…


High School: What We Learned: Springfield Central 40 Xaverian 15

November 13, 2021

WESTWOOD — Springfield Central came to Eastern Mass. Friday and made a statement in a 40-15 win in a Division 1 quarterfinal. The Golden Eagles advanced to face Franklin in the semifinal. Central was very impressive on both sides of the ball. Here are some thoughts from the game. — Tykarryon Daniels will make teams pay for doubling Joe Griffin. Wide receiver and Boston College commit Joe Griffin commanded extra attention…


High School: Watson delivers 3 TDs in Central’s lopsided win over Xaverian

November 12, 2021

WESTWOOD – The clash of Eastern & Western Massachusetts high school football powers came into full effect at Xaverian Brothers High School Friday night. Western Mass took this chapter, as No. 5 Springfield Central ousted No. 4 Xaverian 40-15 in the Division 1 quarterfinals. “I’m very proud of our kids. I was thinking about, we had a bad practice on Tuesday and I was worrying about where we were going…


High School: Springfield represents the state well in loss to IMG

September 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD- The first thing you notice when you look at IMG Academy is their physicality. The physical make up of the team is next level. They are bigger, faster and stronger. Despite that, Springfield competed on Saturday night in a 49-0 loss. The Eagles gave up an opening drive touchdown when IMG quarterback A.J Duffy (Florida State commit) hit tight end James Olsen in the back of the end zone…


High School: Springfield Central’s big second half helps Golden Eagles roll past BC High

September 17, 2021

BOSTON – After a tough, high scoring 67-52 loss to Central Catholic in their season opener, the Springfield Central football team knew they had to turn the page and focus on the task at hand. After a back-and-forth first half on the road at BC High off Morrissey Boulevard Friday night, the Golden Eagles did just that. Springfield Central scored 34 unanswered points, en route to a 50-20 blowout over…


High School: Week 1 Top 25

September 12, 2021

It was great for week for several programs around the state, most notably the programs in the Hockomock league. Here is Adam Kurkjian’s Week One Top 25. 1. Catholic Memorial (1-0) — Made quick work of an overwhelmed opponent. 2. Central Catholic (1-0) — Ayden Pereira, take a bow! 3. Everett (1-0) — Crimson Tide won another classic with Xaverian. 4. St. John’s Prep (1-0) — Speaking of classics ….