Sanborn stuns Gilford

KINGSTON — Sanborn didn't just beat Gilford Saturday afteroon, the Indians stunned the entire state with a convincing 24-0 win.

Sophomore Jackson Paradis led the offense yet again for the Indians (2-6), rushing for 133 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown while also hauling in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Sarette. Ben Giles also had a touchdown, and Austin Kalinowski drilled a 34-yard field goal as the Indians led 17-0 at half and 24-0 after three quarters.

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Defense holds strong for Brooks

CONCORD, Mass — A missed extra point turned out to be the difference.

Thankfully for Brooks, Brian Barker-Morrill made both of his point-after tries in a 14-13 win over the Middlesex School Saturday afternoon.

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Thompson, Phillips hang tough at Suffield

SUFFIELD, Conn — For a minute, it looked likea big upset was in the making.

Phillips trailed just 14-7 early in the fourth quarter against a talented Suffield Academy team after Andover's Michael Thompson hit North Andover's Matt Sapienza for a 35-yard touchdown. 

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Pentucket stumbles into the playoffs

WEST NEWBURY - Looking to solidify a playoff seeding that had it rated fourth in Division 5 North heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Pentucket instead was unable to contain a one-win team from the south.

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Windham runs past Pinkerton to keep playoff hopes alive

DERRY - Ever since the calendar flipped to October, Windham has had a job to do.

After a rocky 2-3 start, the Jaguars pretty much knew they needed to win out to make the playoffs. And that's what they've done.

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Central rolls past Haverhill

HAVERHILL — Central Catholic may have returned just three starters this fall, but the goal for the regular season remained clear.
“Our goal is always to hang an (MVC Division 1) championship banner in the gym,” said Raiders QB Jared Silverio. “We want to do it every year. So it’s huge to go out and earn a big win tonight.”
Central Catholic took care of business on Friday, surging past Haverhill 41-0 in its regular season finale. 
The win sends the Raiders (5-2) into the postseason hot — winners of four straight — and clinches at least a share of the MVC Division 1 title. They just need a victory over winless Lawrence on Thanksgiving to take the title on their own.
“It’s a big accomplishment for us,” said senior Cam Boes. “And it feels great to get a good win today. We were ready. We marched down and scored a couple of quick touchdowns, and that was huge.”
Central wasted no time taking control.
The Raiders forced a three-and-out to start the game, then marched 76 yards and Silverio barreled in from 6 yards out for a score. 
Central then forced another three-and-out, and the Raiders’ other QB —Aidan Gordon — found Shaun Morgan, who tip-toed the sidelines and broke away for a 45-yard score.
 “We were feeling good going into the night,” said Silverio. “It was big to score quick. The defense had a few big stops, and we put points on the board early.”
The Raiders kept rolling from there. Two possessions later, Silverio took a keep, dodged three defenders and ran in from 24 yards out for a TD. And with 1:53 until halftime Silverio threw a jump pass for a 3-yard score to Nick Donatio.
Silverio completed his big day with a 10-yard touchdown strike to Boes on the first possession of the second half. Jared Gillis capped the scoring with a 3-yard run.
“Our offense really played well,” said Boes. “Jared threw some great passes and our line was protecting him really well. I think we are playing our best offense right now.”
While the offense was rolling, Central’s defense was even better. 
The Raiders limited Haverhill to just 59 yards and two first downs for the game. Central’s Joe Howshan, who had battled a groin injury, intercepted a pass and appeared to recover a fumble on back-to-back possessions.
Mark Kassis and Anthony Caggianelli combined on a sack early for the Raiders, and Ryan Finneran added a sack later.
“We were prepared for their offense,” said Boes. “Our line kept their offensive line off the backers, and everyone else was flying around making plays.”
The Raiders now wait to see who they will take on in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament. 
“I think we are hitting our stride at the right time,” said Boes. “Our last three games we have really come together, and we feel ready for the playoffs.”
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Methuen, Lawrence


LAWRENCE — Methuen had two main goals against Lawrence Friday night.

The Rangers wanted a nice bounce-back win after losing to Central Catholic and they wanted to establish its running attack.

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Undefeated North Andover wins MVC title, No. 1 seed

 BILLERICA — This September, the North Andover High football team was expected to be in position to have a special season.

At 7-0, clinching a Merrimack Valley Conference small schools title, with signature wins over Central Catholic, Tewksbury and Methuen, the Scarlet Knights have checked all of the boxes.

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Salem, Spaulding

SALEM – A week after knocking off the defending state champ to put itself in control of its playoff destiny, Salem remained squarely in the Division 1 postseason hunt with a dominating 54-0 victory over Spaulding.
The victory moved the Blue Devils (3-2 in the South, 6-2 overall) into second-place in the South, half a game ahead of Pinkerton (2-2, 6-2), which lost to Salem last month.
“If we win next week (against 4-4 Dover), we’re in,” Salem coach Rob Pike said. “The kids know that any week anything can happen. We got a few lucky breaks tonight, and we executed. The kids prepared all week like they knew it was going to be a game. And they came out and did well.”
After building a 40-0 halftime lead, the only remaining question Friday night was whether Zachary Gibbons and his right leg would get a school record. After missing a couple extra-point chances in the first half, the senior kicker connected on his fifth of the night and the 102nd of his career late in the third quarter. That kick eclipsed the previous mark set by Chris Saulnier, who finished his high-school career in 2009 – the last time the Blue Devils won a state title.
“I was pretty mad at myself for missing those (in the first half) because prior to that I’d only missed two all season,” said Gibbons, who also had one of Salem’s five fumble recoveries. “One was a muffed snap and the other one was blocked, so I think the nerves got to me. It feels great to have (the record). It’s a lot of pressure off my shoulders, and it felt good.”
Salem gave Gibbons plenty of chances, scoring eight touchdowns against a winless Spaulding squad that has won only 45 games in the past 21 years, according to its longtime statistician.
“There’s a lot that goes into that (extra-point) operation with the snap and the hold,” Pike said. “Everything has to be perfect … (Gibbons) has been great his whole career and he’s been consistent.”
The Blue Devils scored five times on the ground with runs by Riley Mulvey (17 yards), Daniel Johnston (6), Brandon Wall (25), Aidan McDonald (1) and Jackson Burns (23). Only one of Salem’s seven scoring drives lasted more than four plays or 75 seconds.
Linebacker Connor Chute scored his first career touchdown with a 38-yard fumble return that provided a 33-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first half.
Kyle Poulin, who attempted only three passes, threw a pair of touchdown passes of 33 yards to Michael Ference and 75 yards to Mulvey en route to a season-high 108 yards. Poulin now has seven scoring tosses against only one interception.
“Really, all year, Kyle has been doing well for us,” Pike said. “He executes well and does an excellent job for us. And we have guys who can go get it like Michael Ference, Alex Weston and Donovan Abraham, so we will need that (in the postseason) probably.”
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Lovett stars but Winnacunnet wallops Owls

PLAISTOW — Timberlane had no answers for Winnacunnet (6-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak with a 56-8 romp. Cameron Lovett was one of the bright spots for the Owls (1-7). The junior caught four passes for 41 yards and the Owls' lone score, a 27-year pass from Sean Rudd. Timberlane will wrap up its season Friday at Spaulding (7 p.m.).

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