With rain, thunder and lightning it was a mess of a weekend for the final regular season high school football games. Let’s take a look at some of the key games, the key performers and some of the divisional playoff scenarios.
It took two days but Xaverian beat BC High 17-0 with a dominating performance on both sides of the line and help from Mekhi Henderson contributing on both offense and defense. The Hawk defense is rolling heading into the D1 South playoffs where they face eighth seeded Franklin who slid into the eight seed with a 41-27 upset win over Attleboro. BC High could not get a consistent running game going and their defense wore down under relentless pressure from the Xaverian running game and RB Devon Piccinin. Xaverian and St. John’s Prep appear to be the two hottest teams in Division 1 heading into the playoffs. BC High gets sixth seeded Braintree and the Wamps are playing excellent football as they just put up over fifty points against Weymouth.
St. John’s Prep came back to beat Bridgewater-Raynham 17-7 with a 34 yard touchdown pass to WR Wes Rockett being the game changing play. The Eagles offense continues to impress down the stretch and they have a favorable path to the D1 North championship game where they would likely face Everett or Central Catholic…. both teams they have already lost to this season.
Milton managed to score 28 points against Wellesley but that wasn’t enough as the Raiders prevailed by a score of 36-28 and claimed the title in the Bay State Hegert Division. Wellesley now faces seventh seeded Hingham and with a win would get a rematch against Natick or a very tough Bridgewater-Raynham squad.
Tewksbury remained perfect and opened some eyes with a 20-7 win at home against higher ranked and undefeated Billerica to claim the MVC title. Shifty WR Aaron Whitehouse of Tewksbury had a punt return for a 55 yard touchdown and a 48 yard touchdown catch. Junior Blake Hiltz was key in forcing a special teams turnover late in the game which helped to seal the victory. Huge playoff games loom for the Redmen with a potential rematch against Billerica and possibly a D2 Super Bowl date with Duxbury.
Dartmouth remained undefeated at 7-0 with a 23-7 win against Barnstable and sit in the two seed spot behind Duxbury in D2 South. The Indians are led by two seniors in FB Liam Caulfield and QB Cole Jacobsen as they hope to meet up with undefeated Duxbury in the divisional championship.
Players of the week: Franklin RB Jake Wolowacki ran for over 250 yards and four touchdowns as Franklin secured the eighth and final seed in the D1 South playoffs.
QB Jack Tishman ran for two touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns as Wellesley beat Milton to earn the Bay state Hegert title.
Xaverian OL Dom DePaoli dominated the BC High defensive line and led the Hawks to a 17-0 victory and the top seed in D1 South.
Junior RB Ben Quint of Lexington scored two touchdowns on 111 yards rushing and also registered two receiving touchdowns as he led the Minutemen to a 41-27 win over Belmont.
Catholic Memorial’s Jack McGowan, playing on both offense and defense, had over 130 yards receiving and two touchdowns while helping the CM defense shut out Malden Catholic 34-0.
North Attleboro’s QB Chad Peterson completed four touchdowns in adverse weather as they clinched the Hockomock Davenport title.