Springfield Central trips Central Catholic in Division 1 state final at Gillette

FOXBOROUGH – This time a calculator to keep score wasn’t necessary.

After scores of 67-52 in September and 52-42 in September of 2019, in their previous two games both won by Central Catholic, we got a real, honest-to-goodness football game in the Division 1 state championship at Gillette Stadium.

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Pentucket stuns Triton on last-second TD, 2-point conversion

BYFIELD — With everything the team has been through this season — and with how well Triton was running the ball Thursday morning — Pentucket co-coaches Steve Hayden and Dan Leary made a massive decision.

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Dramatic first win for Brooks

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks scored the final 20 points of the game in the fourth quarter to pull out a dramatic 33-28 win over Tabor Saturday afternoon. 
Michael Wolfendale of Methuen had a TD pass to Nomar Tejada then scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards to rally the Green and White in the fourth quarter of the season finale.
Tejada caught five passes for 95 yards and had a team-high eight tackles. Rayden Waweru added seven tackles and an interception. Andrew Agosti (3.5 sacks) and Jeremy Ernch (2.5 sacks) were immense.
It was a memorable sendoff for the seniors, who got their first win of the fall and a week after Brooks forfeited to Lawrence Academy "due to injury and illness."
An elated coach Patrick Foley said, "I am so happy for our entire team and particularly for our seniors. We talked all week about giving everything we had for them and sending them out with a win. Every guy on our team did that. I am super proud of them."

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Mustapha stars, but Salem rally fall short in semis

LONDONDERRY — Salem coach Steve Abraham had a message for his players as the clock ticked down in Saturday's New Hampshire Division 1 semifinal.

"I challenged them," said Abraham. "I told them, no matter what that scoreboard says, you keep swinging until the game's over, and they did. This team has heart."

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Pelham romps to Division 3 title


BEDFORD — With junior quarterback Jake Travis leading the way, the Pelham football team put a cap on a magical season in the Division 3 state championship at Bedford High School Saturday afternoon.

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A week after legendary win, Methuen falls to top-seeded Franklin in Division 1 quarters

FRANKLIN — In the hunt for a second straight state tournament upset, and a trip to the Division 1 semifinals, Methuen came on flying Friday night.

On his first pass of the game, Rangers quarterback Drew Eason found a wide-open Will McKinnon for a 48-yard gain, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by JP Muniz and a 7-0 lead 5:11 into play.

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Central Catholic, St. John's Shrewsbury


LAWRENCE — This was nothing unusual for Central Catholic senior Justice McGrail.

Except that the stakes were higher and the stage was brighter.

Whatever the case, McGrail stood out Friday night as the Raiders took care of St. John's of Shrewsbury, 37-13, in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 1 football playoffs.

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Surrette, Hillies pound Cambridge for first win

HAVERHILL — Adrian Surrette was immense on both sides of the ball, to lead Haverhill High to its first tournament victory of the season, 42-7, over Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Friday night.
Offensively, the junior ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries and threw for a third score. Defensively, he intercepted a pair of passes in the first quarter.
The Hillies dominated on both sides of the ball, rolling up more than 350 yards of total offense, including 301 on the ground. Defensively, Haverhill was nearly perfect, shutting down everything the Falcons tried to do. Cambridge was held to minus-2 yards rushing on 12 attempts and quarterback Ben Berlinsky, under a heavy pass rush all night, was sacked twice and intercepted three times.
Cambridge (1-8) didn't earn its first first down without the help of a penalty until midway through the third quarter. And by that point, Haverhill had built a 28-0 lead and had the game well in hand.
For Haverhill Head Coach Tim O'Connor, it was a gratifying result, given the hard work his team has put in and its struggles against the iron of the Merrimack Valley Conference.
"It's been a long time coming," said O'Connor. "I'm proud of the effort and I'm proud of the commitment level. The level of loyalty of all the kids has been exceptional and I'm just really proud of them."
Haverhill (1-9) wasted no time setting the tone for the game. On Cambridge's second play from scrimmage, Surrette stepped in front of a Berlinsky pass for an interception, setting up the Hillies at the Falcons' 34 yard line. Five plays later, senior Tristin Naylor (10 rushes, 66 yards) swept around left end for a 7-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead.
On the first play of the second quarter, quarterback Shawn Joubert scored on a 4-yard run, capping a 51-yard drive. Alec Valenti rushed for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0. 
But the Hillies weren't done.
Later in the quarter, they put together a 78-yard scoring drive that ate up nearly seven minutes. Surrette put the exclamation point on the drive with a perfect 52-yard touchdown pass to Naylor, who split the defense and snared the pass in stride.
Haverhill extended the lead to 28-0 on its opening drive of the third quarter, with Joseph Spero scoring from two yards out.
Cambridge finally broke the shutout when Berlinsky (9 of 15, 82 yards) connected with Libaan Aden on a 9-yard touchdown pass. But that third quarter drive featured the only offensive first downs the Falcons would manage for the game.
Haverhill wrapped up the scoring in the fourth quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Surrette, the first from 3 yards and the second, a highlight-reel 52 yard scamper.
In between, the Haverhill defense recorded its third interception. This one was a spectacular leaping grab by sophomore Davin Carreiro.
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Melendez, Reggies blank Arlington Catholic

WEST ANDOVER — Greater Lawrence Tech's defense stymied Arlington Catholic throughout in a 13-0 non-playoff game win Friday at Louis E. Gleason Field. Isiah Suero and Manny Vasquez scored on short runs and the defense did the rest for the Reggies (now 3-7). Tackles Juan Alvarado and Dom Colon both had five tackles and a sack. Julian Melendez contributed two sacks. Outside linebacker Joe Carroll's pretty over-the-shoulder interception sealed the shutout. The Reggies' last shutout was 21 games ago ... 43-0 over Nashoba Tech on Oct. 18, 2019. Arlington Catholic dropped to 2-8.

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Whittier falls short in Tech semifinals

NEW BEDFORD — A bus ride of more than two hours was the start of a tough evening for the Whittier Tech football team.

The Wildcats fell behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter, and lost to Greater New Bedford 35-8 in the quarterfinals of the Tech School tournament. 

"The kids went out and hung in there after a long, rough ride out there fighting traffic," said Whittier head coach Kevin Bradley. "We played well, and we were in the game. But we didn't capitalize on a few opportunities. I felt like we could have scored one or two more touchdowns in the first half."

Whittier's lone score came in the second quarter. Running back Jyzaiah Ferreira ran in a 4-yard touchdown. Quarterback Cam West then found Cam Richards for the two-point conversion.

Standout running back Julien Acevedo-Torres once again led the Wildcats offense with 98 rushing yards on 12 carries. He also caught four passes for 28 yards. Noah Mercier had a 48-yard grab from West, who ended the game 14-of-19 throwing for 131 yards. 

Ferrera on defense and Niko Burke led the Wildcats defense, while Tom Galvin excelled on special teams. special teams. 

Whittier now moves onto its traditional matchup with rival Greater Lawrence on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on Whittier Tech's home field (6 p.m.)

"The kids will be pumped for the holiday game," said Bradley. "They've been playing hard all year, so I can't complain. We'll get back to practice and get ready for a good game."
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