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Phillips offense struggles in opening loss

Coming off a magical 2013 season that saw Phillips go unbeaten and won the Etter Bowl, the Big Blue opened 2014 on a sour note, falling to Loomis Chaffee 13-0 on Saturday.

"Our defense played with a lot of courage and played an excellent game," said Big Blue coach Leon Modeste. "But they were on the field the whole game. Our offense struggled and made it tough on our defense."

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Sanborn blocks late PAT to earn victory

KINGSTON — With Sanborn holding a one-point lead by Hollis-Brookline a short kick away from tying the game, the Indians broke through and blocked the extra point, locking down a 14-13 victory on Saturday.

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Porter’s three third-quarter touchdowns lead Pentucket past Amesbury

WEST NEWBURY — After two quarters of frustration, it took Jeff Porter just one play to turn the entire game around for Pentucket.

On the second play of the second half, the running back took a handoff going right and broke free for a 60-yard touchdown, his first of three scored on three consecutive touches as the Sachems scored 28 points in the third quarter alone to roll past Amesbury 36-7 Saturday.

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Andover's Eberth, Prep crunch Central

DANVERS — Turnovers, stupid penalties and multiple drops … Not the way you knock off one of the state’s premier football powers.

“It was probably the most frustrating game I ever coached,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos, minutes after watching his team turn the ball over on five straight second-half possessions to hand St. John’s Prep a 27-12 win before about 2,000 fans here yesterday.

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Astros rally

 

Trailing 2-1 in the second half, Pinkerton's boys soccer team rallied for a 3-2 victory over Salem. Colton Burnham was superb in net for Salem while making 16 saves.

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Lancers 4-2-1!

 

Led by its defense, which didn't allow a shot on goal, Lawrence's surprising field hockey team improved to 4-2-1 with a 1-0 victory over Haverhill. Emily Castillo scored the lone goal for the Lancers. Alex Comeau made 10 saves for the Hillies.

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Andover tackles frustration out on Methuen

ANDOVER — The instant the ball popped free, Kevin Chen already had his eyes on the end zone.

“There was no way I was going to dive on the fumble,” said the Andover running back/defensive back. “I knew I was going to scoop it up and score.”

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Pelham loses to Trinity

Pelham led by a touchdown after the first quarter, but was shutout the final three periods.

The Pythons lost 27-13 to Trinity on the road to fall to 1-1.

Pelham was coming off a bye last week and a 49-8 victory over ConVal two weeks ago.

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Lancer defense arrives at halftime

LAWRENCE — Kicked, mangled, eviscerated.
 
The Lawrence High defense hit rock-bottom last night.
 
Ahh, the resilience of youth.
 
After allowing 118 points in its first 10 quarters of action — including 35 to Dracut High in the first half last night —  the Lancers lifted themselves from the depths and put up 22 glorious, scoreless minutes.
 
 The second half whitewash of the Middies proved just enough as Lawrence High move to 2-1, 2-0 in the MVC Small, by rallying for a heart-pumping 38-35 victory before about 400 fans here at Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.
 
"We have good coaches, who wouldn't allow us to get down on ourselves," said junior Eddie Cabrera, whose first two career interceptions denied Dracut drives into Lancer territory last night. "We stepped it up. I'm proud of this defense for what we did."
 
Remember, this is a Lancer team that gave up 42 points to winless Methuen last week.
 
And you have to wonder what they were thinking when Tyler Bassett broke off back-to-back kick returns for TD in the second quarter as the Middies built leads of 28-14 and 35-21.
 
"Kickoffs killed us, we'll need to make some changes on that," said Lancer coach Mike Yameen. "But in the second half, the kids played well. Bassett is so good. We'll take it."
 
Lawrence simply kept fighting.
 
The offense, teeming with weapons, was bound to wear down the Middies, who dress only 35 players.
 
And they did just enough.
 
Bill Belichick would have been proud of the strategy as the Lancers cut the Dracut lead to 35-29 with a score in the waning seconds of the first half then came out and seized their first lead on the opening possession of the third quarter.
 
Nelson Valerio (19 of 26, 226 yards) dove in from the 1 with 18.5 seconds left in the second quarter. Cabrera came on for the PAT kick and ended up getting twice the return on investment.
 
"I kicked the ball into my own guy's back and it came right back to me," said Cabrera. "So I just ran into my own guy, but as I did that he helped push me into the end zone."
 
If the Middies thought that one a bit odd, the winning TD was one for Youtube.
 
Jacob Toledo swept left and broke downfield for a huge gain, but a Middie jumped on his back at the Dracut 40, stripping the ball loose. In a scramble, the ball went forward and bounced free, when Toledo got up, scooped the football up at the 31 and raced to paydirt for the score.
 
Cabrera's kick made it 36-35, a number that would stand until late when the Lancers' put the finishing touches on the defensive masterpiece with a safety.
 
"That's a pretty good offense, (Bassett)'s a fast dude. He can throw it, too," said Cabrera. "The whole week I've been saying that this secondary is a no-fly zone. They completed some passes, but we made the plays when we needed to in the second half."
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Timberlane snaps losing streak

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PLAISTOW – Watching Timberlane not only stare down fourth-quarter adversity but also come out on the victorious side, you’d think it was used to game-on-the-line pressure.

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Brooks, Thayer Academy

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks christened its new field and lights last night with a 38-18 win over Thayer.

Junior Jalen Martinez of Methuen scored two touchdowns. K.J. Moore threw TD passes to Coy Candelario of Haverhill for 42 yards and 27 yards to Nick Konovalchick of North Andover. Chris Cervizzi of North Reading added a 41-yard TD run.

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VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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VIDEO: Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni

Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni talks about his new love of hurdles, and his hopes to break the school record in the 400.

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VIDEO: Haverhill runner Mike McNaughton

Haverhill's Mike McNaughton talks about his career as a runner.
 
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VIDEO: Andover lax star Jaymi Cohen

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