High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Lee

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February 21, 2021

Lee High School athletic director and soon-to-be 20-year head coach Keith Thomson has had quite a whirlwind year. Like all AD’s statewide, navigating the pandemic while trying to get kids out to their respective sports has been tough. Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Not only has Thomson seen other programs get through their seasons, but starting Monday, his Wildcats football program – and most…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Nashoba

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February 12, 2021

As if this Fall II season wasn’t going to be strange enough already, the Nashoba football program will have a new voice leading the way over the next few months. Head coach James Tucker is stepping aside for this season to take care of his eight-month old child and make sure his family remains healthy. With that decision, longtime assistant coach Andy LeBlanc was named the interim head coach in…

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Buccaneers: Brady, Bucs inadvertently save a piece of Patriot’s dynasty with win

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February 8, 2021

He may not want anything to do with him, but Bill Belichick should be thanking Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this morning. Todd Bowles, Byron Leftwich Bruce Arians and Tom Brady saved a little piece of Belichick’s legacy with their somewhat stunning 31-9 Super Bowl LV win on Sunday night. By embarrassing Andy Reid and the Chiefs in the manner in which they did, any talk of the…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – West Springfield

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February 5, 2021

The West Springfield football program has climbed the mountain several times the last few years, but have just missed out on reaching the summit. After a loss in the Division 2 Western Mass championship game in 2016, the Terriers captured a sectional title a year later but fell to Dennis Yarmouth at Gillette Stadium in the Division 5 Super Bowl. 2018 was a down year with no postseason appearance, but…

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Boston College: Catching up with Coach Hafley on National Signing Day

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February 3, 2021

For about 20 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, it felt like college football season again. Boston College and programs around the country welcomed newcomers on National Signing Day, so head coach Jeff Hafley’s media availability was more of a chance to catch up with the coach and get his thoughts on a variety of things. The Eagles were relatively quiet Wednesday after doing a lot of their work during the early…

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Tampa Bay Tuesday: Brady embraces 10th media day as Super Bowl week begins

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February 2, 2021

It’s hard to believe we’re at this point. It’s been just under 11 months since Tom Brady decided he couldn’t deal with Bill Belichick anymore and took his talents to Tampa Bay. What’s transpired in those 11 months – outside of the real would – is mind blowing. When Brady sat down for his virtual media day session on Monday, the next hour or so felt like he was back…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Blackstone Valley Tech

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January 30, 2021

Image courtesy of Blackstone Valley Tech Football When news came down just after 12:15 on Friday that the Fall II football season would be played, programs around the state rejoiced, but it meant even more to one program in particular. For the Blackstone Valley Tech squad, this season needed to be played not for them, but for fallen teammate Tony Pena. Pena passed away just over a year ago now,…

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High School: MIAA approves modifications for Fall II season

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January 29, 2021

The waiting is over. After five months of torture for the Massachusetts football community, the wait is finally over. There will be football in Massachusetts this year. On Friday morning, the MIAA Board of Directors unanimously voted (22-0) to approve the modifications made by the Covid task force for a Fall II football season. The season will run from February 22-April 25 without any real changes to the game itself….

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CAA: UNH, URI and Maine coaches meet the media as unprecedented spring season approaches

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January 28, 2021

Who’s ready for some freezing cold football? The Colonial Athletic Association is set to begin its “spring” football season in just a few weeks, and while teams like Maine, UNH and URI will have to almost certainly deal with weather issues more often than not, all three programs can’t wait to get going. On Wednesday morning, the CAA had its virtual Media Day, with the CAA commissioner and 12 coaches…

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Tampa Bay Tuesday: Brady heads to 10th Super Bowl as Bucs survive in Lambeau

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January 26, 2021

Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images Let’s be perfectly clear right away. Tom Brady is not the only reason why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now hosting the Super bowl. In fact, he almost cost them the NFC title game against Green Bay on Sunday. However, there is no denying that his affect on the entire Bucs organization played into why they hung on for a 31-26 win to create NFL…

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