Mass High School Football – Week 4 Poll and Notes (9/28/17)…

Very interesting weekend of football coming up with many of the games being played tonight or tomorrow afternoon.

  1. Everett High School (3-0) – The good news for the competition is that there are probably more than ten seniors who will graduate from this Everett team and go on to play college football.
  2. BC High (3-0) – Beat a pretty good Hudson Catholic team down in New Jersey last week and now will play at Brockton this week.
  3. St. John’s Shrewsbury (3-0) – The Pioneers play a very good Wachusett Regional team this week before a showdown with Shrewsbury High School next week.
  4. Central Catholic High School (3-0) – The Central Catholic offense continues to produce but their defense gave up a lot of points against Methuen and now face an always tough Billerica team.
  5. Marshfield High School (2-1) – Marshfield dominated against a solid Falmouth team and they will now play Nauset Regional this week.
  6. Lexington High School (3-0) – Maybe the most fun team to watch in the state this year as their offense is just loaded with playmakers.
  7. Xaverian Brothers High School (1-2) – Hard to slide the Hawks down too far given their losses came to the top ranked team in Massachusetts and the top ranked team in New York.
  8. Bridgewater-Raynham High School (2-1) – Bryce Shaw stepped it up on offense to help B-R rebound from a tough loss at Xaverian Brothers.
  9. St. John’s Prep (1-2) – Another team with two losses but both were to top five ranked teams.
  10. Mashpee High School (3-0) – A mid October game against Nantucket is looming as this was the Falcons only loss last season.
  11. King Philip High School (3-0) – Maybe the best game of the week tonight as Mansfield travels to KP in a Hockomock League showdown.
  12. Marblehead High School (3-0) – The Magicians appear to be a team determined to make it back to the Super Bowl this season.
  13. Mansfield High School (3-0) – Managed a win against Franklin and the Hornets now get a shot to take down the defending Super Bowl champions as they travel to play King Philip tonight.
  14. Duxbury High School (2-1) – Replaced a lot of talent from last year’s Super Bowl championship team but it looks like things are coming together and their defensive play has been terrific.
  15. Falmouth High School (2-1) – The Clippers ran into a hot Marshfield team that not too many public programs can play with this season.
  16. North Attleboro High School (2-1) – Still have Foxboro and Stoughton coming up on their October schedule.
  17. Natick High School (3-0) – A big win over Milton has Natick looking very good at this point in the season.
  18. Andover High School (2-1) – Similar to Duxbury, Andover replaced a lot of key skill positions and things appear to be headed in the right direction.
  19. Lincoln-Sudbury High School (3-0) –  A team that is scoring a lot of points in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
  20. North Andover High School (3-0) – Looking back at our poll from last week we sort of saw that their upset win over Tewksbury was a possibility.
  21. Foxboro High School (2-1) – A scrappy team with an excellent defense and solid wins over Hingham and Stoughton.
  22. Reading High School (2-1) – A tough loss to Lexington but a lot of teams are going to be saying that this season.
  23. Tewksbury High School (2-1) – Not too surprised with their loss to North Andover as their first two wins were both close games.
  24. Dennis-Yarmouth High School (3-0) – Back to back games in October against Falmouth and Marshfield will be a big test for a very solid D-Y team.
  25. Stoughton High School (2-1) – A tough loss to Foxboro as multiple turnovers doomed the Black Knights.


Weekend Football Wrap Up (9/26/17)….

Gabe DeSouza of North Andover had a pretty big weekend helping his team in all three phases of the game as they upset Tewksbury by a score of 35-16. Watching his film from that game and seeing how athletic he is one has to wonder how good are the skill players at Everett if DeSouza was largely used as a kicker for the state champions last season?

Speaking of Everett, six different players scored touchdowns for them in their big win at St. John’s Prep. If Everett can win out in the very tough Division 1 North playoff bracket a Super Bowl showdown with BC High might be in the cards.

Speaking of BC High, they traveled to New Jersey and beat Hudson Catholic 30-14. Xaverian Brothers traveled to New York and lost to Archbishop Stepinac which is one of the best teams in that state.

Apparently there is a big game between King Philip and Mansfield this Thursday night at 7:00 PM. Keep an eye on playmakers Shane Frommer for King Philip and Hunter Ferreira for Mansfield.

Lawrence Academy newcomers all contributed in their win over BB&N with Tony Muse returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Spencer Aronson scoring on a pick six and Justin Barron catching a touchdown pass.

Catholic Memorial finally got a win as they went on the road and beat a good Brockton team.

Sal Frelick gets most of the headlines for Lexington’s prolific offense but he gets a lot of support from Ben Quint and Anthony Bianchi.

One of the bigger surprises of the weekend was Governor’s Academy going on the road and shutting down the Brooks School offense in a 23-7 win.

UMass and Boston College both played on the road in hostile venues and both teams were competitive. UMass ultimately fell to Tennessee and is now 0-5 and BC lost to Clemson to move to 1-3 on the season.

Best game of the week had to be the thriller between St. Sebastian’s and Milton Academy as both teams had late chances to win the game with Milton Academy holding on for a 21-19 overtime win.



ISL Football Rankings – Week 2 (9/25/17)…

It was a great first week of ISL football with a number of top ranked teams dominating on the field and an instant classic as Milton Academy hung on to defeat St. Sebastian’s in overtime. Here are our updated rankings and week two of ISL play features some very good games which will all be played on Friday:

  1. Lawrence Academy – (1-0) – The top ranked Spartans beat the defending ISL champions BB&N 38-17 with a number of skilled playmakers contributing. Josh Arruda ran for two touchdowns while newcomers Spencer AronsonTony Muse and Justin Barron all found their way into the end zone for Lawrence Academy. Next up: (4) Noble and Greenough.
  2. Belmont Hill School – (1-0) – Running back Jaylen Bailey and wide receiver Jake Bobo led the way on offense as Belmont Hill prevailed in a 35-0 shutout of Roxbury Latin. Next up: (9) BB&N.
  3. Milton Academy – (1-0) – Linebacker Kalel Mullings had an interception return for a touchdown and Milton Academy hung on to win in overtime by a score of 21-19 over St. Sebastian’s. Next up: (5) Governor’s Academy.
  4. Noble and Greenough School – (1-0) – Running back Jason Medeiros rushed for three touchdowns as Nobles defeated Rivers by a score of 34-0. Next up: (1) Lawrence Academy.
  5. Governor’s Academy – (1-0) – Governor’s defense kept the Brooks’ offense in check with a surprising 23-7 upset victory. Electrifying all-purpose running back Quin Stott led the way on offense with a touchdown. Next up: (3) Milton Academy.
  6. St. Sebastian’s School – (0-1) – Even without Northwestern bound linebacker Bryce Gallagher St. Sebastian’s gave Milton Academy all they could handle in a very tough overtime loss. Next up: (8) Tabor Academy.
  7. Brooks School  – (0-1) – Surprisingly the very talented Brooks’ offense couldn’t figure out the Governor’s Academy defense in their 23-7 loss. Next up: (10) Groton School.
  8. Tabor Academy – (1-0) – Running back Angel Santiago and the Tabor offense started the season hot in their 32-14 win over St. Mark’s. Next up: (6) St. Sebastian’s School.
  9. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School – (0-1) – A tough opening loss to top ranked Lawrence Academy and now BB&N gets second ranked Belmont Hill. Next up: (2) Belmont Hill.
  10. Groton School – (1-0) – Noah Aaron made plays all over the field on offense, defense and special teams as Groton dominated in a 34-0 win over St. George’s school to open their ISL season. Next up: (7) Brooks School.


Mass High School Football – Week 3 Poll and Notes (9/21/17)…

This will be a huge weekend of high school football in Massachusetts as we get the third week of MIAA games and the first week of ISL games. Let’s take a quick look at how things stand with the MIAA poll.

  1. Everett High School (2-0) – Another impressive win over Leominster and they now have to go on the road to play at St. John’s Prep this weekend. Everett is making the toughest part of their schedule look easy.
  2. BC High (2-0) – The Eagles have taken a page from the old Xaverian Brothers playbook as they come at you with a dominant running game and a stifling defense. BC High will now travel to New Jersey to play against Hudson Catholic High School on Saturday.
  3. St. John’s Shrewsbury (2-0) – To beat the Pioneers you are going to have to score a lot of points as they have a ton of talented players on offense and they average almost fifty points per game.
  4. Central Catholic High School (2-0) – An impressive 21-0 victory over St. John’s Prep makes Central Catholic the biggest threat to Everett come playoff time.
  5. Xaverian Brothers (1-1) – The Hawks are a young team and they bounced back from their loss to Everett with a good win over a banged up Bridgewater-Raynham team. Travel out of state to play Archbishop Stepinac High Scool in New York this Saturday.
  6. Marshfield High School (1-1) – The fact that Marshfield has the caliber of players to give BC High a good game shows that they will very likely be playing for a state championship this year. Falmouth visits Marshfield on Friday night.
  7. St. John’s Prep (1-1) – A tough shutout loss to Central Catholic and then you get a visit from top ranked Everett. Yikes.
  8. Lexington High School (2-0) – The Minutemen offense continues to generate a lot of points but their defense gave up quite a few to Concord-Carlisle this past week as well.
  9. Bridgewater-Raynham High School (1-1) – A couple of key injuries left B-R shorthanded going into their game at Xaverian Brothers.
  10. Mashpee High School (2-0) – Another highly ranked team with a dominant running attack that will be very tough to stop given their line play and talent at running back.
  11. Tewksbury High School (2-0) – Getting a little bit nervous about Tewksbury being this highly ranked after surviving two very close games and undefeated North Andover next up.
  12. King Philip High School (2-0) – Held on to beat Foxboro and they will now face Attleboro and then a showdown with a very good Mansfield team.
  13. Falmouth High School (2-0) – One of the best games this weekend will feature Falmouth traveling to take on Marshfield tomorrow night. The Clippers offense against the Rams defense should make for a terrific football game.
  14. Brockton High School (1-1) – Bounced back with a win over Weymouth and the Boxers will now host a struggling Catholic Memorial team.
  15. Marblehead High School (2-0) – The Magicians have looked good so far this season and they will travel to play at Peabody tomorrow night.
  16. Mansfield High School (2-0) – The Hornets play at Franklin this week and then they get a shot at King Philip next week.
  17. Duxbury High School (1-1) – Bounced back from their loss to B-R with a big win over Barnstable on the road.
  18. North Attleboro High School (1-1) – Another team that bounced back from a tough loss to King Philip with a big win over Bishop Feehan on the road.
  19. Natick High School (2-0) – Two games in and the Natick defense has not allowed a single point but they will face a solid Milton team tomorrow night.
  20. Reading High School (2-0) – A good start to the season but now they have to travel to play at eighth ranked Lexington this week in another huge game.
  21. Andover High School (1-1) – Bounced back from their loss to BC High with a good win over Billerica.
  22. Stoughton High School (2-0) – A great road win over Catholic Memorial will be followed up by another tough road game at Foxboro.
  23. Lincoln-Sudbury High School (2-0) – A resounding win over Holliston and they now travel to play at Waltham tomorrow night.
  24. Milton High School (2-0) – Two very good defenses will be on display when Milton travels to play at Natick tomorrow night.
  25. North Andover High School (2-0) – A huge game for North Andover coming up this Saturday as they travel to take on eleventh ranked Tewksbury.

September Football News and Developments (9/19/17)…

It was pretty clear that Everett was the best high school football team in the state coming into the 2017 season and they have not disappointed in their first two games with big wins over Xaverian Brothers and Leominster. This week will be interesting as Everett goes on the road to play at St. John’s Prep and we will see how the Eagles bounce back from their 21-0 loss to Central Catholic.

Central Catholic’s performance against St. John’s Prep was impressive and they have the linemen and skill position players that make you think they might be able to compete against Everett should they meet again in the Division 1 North playoffs later this year. Last November they met in the playoffs with Everett winning that game by a big margin.

Speaking of the Division 1 North playoffs one can only imagine how good those games will be given they will feature Everett, Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep, Lexington and Andover. Division 1 South will likely come down to BC High and Xaverian Brothers.

ISL football starts this weekend with a number of very good games featuring a number of Division 1 recruits. The ISL season is only eight games long so every single week is extremely important if you want to qualify for one of the postseason bowl games.

Congratulations to St. Sebastian’s star linebacker Bryce Gallagher who recently committed to Northwestern where he will join his brother Blake Gallagher for the 2019 football season.

UMass football moved to 0-4 with their loss to Temple and they are now a 27 point underdog on the road against Tennessee. UMass Head Coach Mark Whipple has moved up to # 3 on the coaches hot seat ranking. Any coaching change at UMass would obviously have a big impact on high school recruiting in Massachusetts.

Boston College lost to Notre Dame to move to 1-2 on the season and they are now a 34 point underdog on the road against Clemson. BC Head Coach Steve Addazio has moved up to # 14 on the coaches hot seat ranking and local talk radio was pretty heated yesterday about his clock management at the end of the first half against the Irish. With two timeouts and the ball on the Notre Dame side of the field, Addazio chose to kill the clock rather than try for a late field goal or a shot at the end zone. BC fans were not happy with this move.

Kurt Russell was terrific in his role as Coach Herb Brooks in “Miracle” but he was also pretty good as Coach Hand in the football movie “Touchback”. Check it out and see if you dive for the touchdown or take the full ride to Ohio State.

Framingham High School and their first year Head Coach Ed Mantie moved to 2-0 for the first time in a decade with their 20-14 victory over Belmont. Sophomore quarterback Jack Beverly played as a freshman last year and that has paid dividends so far this season.

Coach Mantie came to Framingham from Westwood High School and that program will play Holliston this weekend. Keep an eye on Westwood’s senior punter / kicker Nick McQuarry who moved to Westwood from Florida and looks to be one of the best all-around kickers in the state.

ISL Football Kickoff Weekend – Five Key Games To Watch (9/18/17)…

MIAA football teams just wrapped up their second week of play and now we add in the Independent School League (ISL) teams playing their first games this weekend. The ISL is far smaller in terms of the number of teams playing but this league is home to many of the best players in the state and nearly all of the top ISL teams have Division 1 football players on their rosters. So let’s take a look at five of the best games taking place on the opening weekend of ISL play and we will note some of the Division 1 offers / commits on each team.

(1) Lawrence Academy vs. (8) BB&N – Saturday 9/23/17 at 1:30 PM at Lawrence Academy – The preseason top ranked team against last year’s ISL champion. Both teams lost their best player from last year as RB/LB AJ Dillon graduated from Lawrence Academy and is playing football at Boston College while QB Jeff Costello graduated from BB&N and will be playing baseball at Northeastern this year. Lawrence Academy features a number of Division 1 commits with Ryan Betro, Finn Dirstine and Joey Luchetti all committed to Boston College along with Thomas Greaney committed to URI. Quarterback Brady Martin holds an offer from URI and a number of other players on this team will also receive college scholarship offers. BB&N is also loaded with college prospects including Pittsburgh commit Jay Symonds, Jr. and this team returns a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. This should be a very interesting game to see if BB&N can reload their high powered offense and if Lawrence Academy can find success in a post AJ Dillon world.

(2) Brooks School vs. (7) Governor’s Academy – Saturday 9/23/17 at 2:00 PM at Brooks School – Brooks is another team loaded with college prospects including Penn State bound tight end Patrick Freiermuth who is very fun to watch play on both sides of the ball. The Brooks offense will face a very aggressive Governor’s Academy pass rush led by defensive end Cam Gagnon who holds an offer from Bryant. It will be very interesting to see if Governor’s can keep up with what should be a very well rounded and athletic Brooks team.

(3) Belmont Hill vs. Roxbury Latin – Saturday 9/23/17 at 2:00 PM at Belmont Hill – The high powered Belmont Hill offense features two top wide receivers in Duke bound Jake Bobo and Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit Blake Brookes.

(4) Milton Academy vs. (6) St. Sebastian’s – Saturday 9/23/17 at 1:00 PM at St. Sebastian’s – Milton Academy quarterback Alec Beesmer is committed to play at Lehigh and running back / linebacker Kalel Mullings has become a national recruit with multiple college offers including Boston College, Michigan and UCLA. St. Sebastian’s linebacker Bryce Gallagher just committed to play at Northwestern and lineman Jonathan Pace has committed to play at UConn along with wide receiver Alex Cherry who holds an offer from Army. This should be a very entertaining game with both teams capable of scoring points.

(5) Noble and Greenough vs. Rivers School – Saturday 9/23/17 at 7:00 PM at Noble and Greenough – Noble and Greenough has a number of their linemen being recruited including Brown commit Dan Monaghan and Mike Sullivan who holds offers from URI and Kent State. Linebacker Uche Ndukwe holds college offers from Army and Yale.

MIAA Football – Week 2 Poll and Notes (9/14/17)…

ITHMA Week 2 Poll and Notes:

  1. Everett High School (1-0) – Had a feeling that this Everett team was going to be pretty good. Would love to see them play against the eventual ISL champion at the end of the year to see how the two leagues stack up against one another.
  2. St. John’s Prep (1-0) – Huge game this week at Central Catholic followed by a home game against top ranked Everett. The Division 1 North playoffs should be terrific this year.
  3. BC High (1-0) – Great seeing UNC lacrosse commit Will Bowen take over at quarterback for BC High. Exactly the type of athlete that colleges should be recruiting to build a winning football program.
  4. St. John’s Shrewsbury (1-0) – Dominated Catholic Memorial and they now play one of the best teams from the western part of the state in Springfield Central.
  5. Marshfield High School (1-0) – Another team that just has a lot of athletes and they have a legitimate shot at taking down BC High this weekend if they can slow down the Eagles running game.
  6. Central Catholic High School (1-0) – A very solid high school football team with a veteran quarterback and very good linemen that gives them a very good shot against teams like St. John’s Prep this weekend (and eventually maybe Everett in the D1 North playoffs).
  7. Xaverian Brothers High School (0-1) – A very young team with a first year head coach but they should be able to compete better against the other teams on their schedule starting with Bridgewater-Raynham this weekend.
  8. Bridgewater-Raynham High School (1-0) – Two very good defenses will go head to head over on Clapboardtree Street this coming weekend.
  9. Lexington High School (1-0) – Whoever is the head coach at Boston College next year needs to place a phone call to Sal Frelick to see if he is still interested in playing football.
  10. Mashpee High School (1-0) – Loaded with talent and one of the best running games in the state behind Devaun Ford.
  11. Tewksbury High School (1-0) – Brandon Winn and the Redmen survived in their opening game against Malden Catholic.
  12. King Philip High School (1-0) – The defending Super Bowl champions held on to win their opening game against North Attleboro.
  13. Catholic Memorial High School (0-1) – CM will have to regroup after their opening loss to St. John’s Shrewsbury as they play a very tough overall schedule starting with Stoughton this weekend.
  14. Falmouth High School (1-0) – The Clippers triple option running attack is just very tough to play against for your average high school defense.
  15. Brockton High School (0-1) – The Boxers fought to the end against a very talented Lexington team.
  16. Holliston High School (1-0) – The Holliston offense looked very good in their opening win over Millis.
  17. Marblehead High School (1-0) – A lot of talent returns for Marblehead this season as they hope to get back to another Super Bowl.
  18. Mansfield High School (1-0) – Should be a very entertaining game when Mansfield hosts Braintree this weekend.
  19. Duxbury High School (0-1) – Considering how much talent they lost on offense it was impressive to see them hang with Bridgewater-Raynham in their opening game.
  20. North Attleboro High School (0-1) – Another close loss to King Philip in the very competitive Hockomock League.
  21. Natick High School (1-0) – Looked very good on defense in their shutout win over Needham.
  22. Braintree High School (1-0) – The very athletic Zach Harris  started at quarterback and looked terrific against Quincy.
  23. Wellesley High School (1-0) – Keep an eye out for true freshman Shiloh White who not only made the Wellesley varsity team but also scored a touchdown in the Raiders opening win over Concord-Carlisle.
  24. Reading High School (1-0) – Reading looks to be a pretty solid team and they earn their way into this week’s top 25.
  25. Andover High School (0-1) – Another tough game against BC High and they now have to face an always tough Billerica team that is coming off a dominating win over Burlington.

Division 1 FBS College Football in Massachusetts (9/11/17)…

Only a couple of weeks into the 2017 college football season and for the two Division 1 FBS programs here in Massachusetts it is looking like it could be another tough year. Head Coach Mark Whipple and the University of Massachusetts are off to an 0-3 start with a recent 17-7 home loss to Old Dominion and they are now facing two upcoming road games at Temple and Tennessee. Currently in his fourth season at UMass, Coach Whipple is coming off a 2016 season in which the Minutemen went 2-10 so another poor record in 2017 will definitely have fans questioning the direction the UMass program is headed in. Looking at the recent UMass recruiting strategy it appears that they try and recruit nationally and many times are offering prospects who ultimately choose to attend elite college football programs. UMass would be much better served focusing in on recruiting Massachusetts and the Northeast where there is a far greater chance of recruiting success for them. The only Massachusetts commit in the UMass 2018 class is offensive lineman Patrick Walsh of Wachusett Regional High School yet the UMass coaches are out offering four star national recruits who end up choosing to play at USC and Penn State. This makes no sense and takes away from them recruiting in their “backyard” where they do have a chance to compete for the best local talent. Over at Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio is in his fifth year and has a record of 1-1 with a bad 34-10 home loss to Wake Forest this past weekend. BC now has a home game against Notre Dame this Saturday and then they have to go on the road to play down at Clemson. If BC comes out of these first four games at 1-3 with bad losses to Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Clemson there will be increased pressure on new BC Athletic Director Martin Jarmond to outline what he sees as a successful season for the football program. For the 2018 recruiting class BC has done a better job identifying local talent and has commitments from three players at Lawrence Academy (Finn Dirstine, Ryan Betro and Joey Luchetti), one from Everett High School (Jason Maitre) as well as one commitment from Rhode Island (Jehlani Galloway). So it will be very interesting to see how these two football programs do during the rest of the month of September as they will both face very strong competition and these games could go a long way in determining who leads these football programs in the future.

Ten Key MIAA Football Games To Watch – Week 1 (9/7/17)…

Barnstable at Dennis-Yarmouth 9/8/17 at 6:00 PM – Look for D-Y to control the line of scrimmage with a number of their best linemen returning including 6’5″ and 310 pound Jacob Dolan.

(3) BC High at (19) Andover 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – It was the Danny Abraham show in last year’s lopsided 61-39 game and BC High has a ton of talent back on both offense and defense.

(9) Bridgewater-Raynham at (17) Duxbury 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – The Duxbury line will be very good but they lost almost all of their key skill players from last year’s Super Bowl championship team.

(8) Central Catholic at Dartmouth 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – It will be interesting to see if Dartmouth can slow down the Central Catholic offense led by quarterback Bret Edwards and running back Max Faro.

(18) Holliston at (25) Millis 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – This game features two of the best linemen in the state with Holliston’s Scott Elliott and Millis’ Kevin Pyne.

Needham at (22) Natick 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – Two teams that are always very competitive and this should be another very entertaining Friday night game.

(16) North Attleboro at (14) King Philip 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – Defending Super Bowl champion King Philip lost a number of key players so this should be a very close game this year as these two teams look to get an early edge in the always competitive Hockomock League.

(5) St. John’s Shrewsbury at (6) Catholic Memorial 9/8/17 at 7:00 PM – A big test for St. John’s Shrewsbury as they play a Catholic Conference powerhouse in Catholic Memorial which is a team that should have a very good defense. Last year the Pioneers held on for a 30-28 home victory.

(10) Brockton at (11) Lexington 9/9/17 at 2:00 PM – The high powered Lexington offense led by quarterback Sal Frelick and running back Ben Quint will be on display against an always solid Brockton defense.

(4) Xaverian Brothers at (1) Everett 9/9/17 at 2:30 PM – What a way to start the season. A re-match of last year’s Super Bowl game which Everett won 21-7. Xaverian Brothers graduated a ton of players so it will be interesting to see how this year’s team matches up against the top ranked team in the state.