High School: Latest football proposal fails to address the Thanksgiving conundrum

January 22, 2021

A new football proposal for the 2021 season was presented at Tuesday’s MIAA Football Committee meeting. The proposal would alter the current regular season and playoff model. Under the proposed system, there would be a nine-game regular season schedule in which the top eight teams in each division would qualify for the postseason. The playoffs would start the week after the regular season ends with the state title games scheduled…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Hingham

January 22, 2021

Like most teams around the state, the Hingham football program has had to get creative to keep things fresh. Whether it’s mentally or physically, the Harbormen coaching staff has done everything they possibly can to make sure the squad is ready to go if they’re given the green light in just about four weeks. “My high school coach who actually got me into coaching, and he’s now our quarterback coach,…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Holliston

January 16, 2021

For Holliston seniors Zack Athy, Teddy Ratcliffe, Tristan Benson, Christian Schneeloch and Kevin Lyons, this season has been a long time coming. Whatever the game looks like and whenever the Fall II season actually starts, those five have been strapping up the pads for the varsity squad since they were sophomores and building towards the 2020 (now 2021) campaign. There are 13 total seniors on this Panthers squad, but those five…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Natick

January 8, 2021

Image courtesy of Natick Athletics. Can you believe we’re up to 17 of these already? Our latest “Featured Team of the Week” is one of the most respected programs in the state, the Natick Redhawks. Whether you’re a Bay State Conference rival or a random opponent from somewhere in Massachusetts, whenever the red or white jerseys of Natick are standing on the opposite sideline, the game automatically has just a…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – South Hadley

January 3, 2021

It’s almost as if New England Football Journal has started a Western Mass football revolution lately. Ok, so maybe we don’t have THAT much of an impact, but, for the third time in four weeks WMASS is represented as our Featured Team of the Week, our 16th to be exact. That brings us to South Hadley. Head coach Scott Taylor has done his best to navigate the pandemic – like…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Andover

December 27, 2020

Andover senior captain and lineman AJ Heidtke is already committed to play football next year at Brown University, but that doesn’t matter right now. Heidtke and fellow senior captain Ben Entner – who is committed to play at Colby College – along with fellow senior linemen Parker Rankin (UNH perferred walk on) and Charlie Baillaregeon (Endicott) were all set to be the driving force behind a strong Golden Warrior squad…


High School: Shifting the winter and spring sports seasons would benefit all sports not just football

December 23, 2020

An interesting proposal was put forth at yesterday’s MIAA football committee meeting by Shrewsbury Athletic Director Jay Costa. Costa proposed moving the start of the winter and spring seasons back one week. The proposal came after the committee met to discuss the MHSFCA proposal or as I have deemed it, “The Connecticut Plan.” as well as other football proposals. On the surface, this may seem like an idea that would…


High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Amherst

December 18, 2020

When Amherst coach Chris Ehorn Jr. took over four years ago, expectations were low. Ehorn was just expected to keep the program afloat when he took over in 2016. Instead, the Hurricanes have become one of the more consistent programs in the state, making appearances in the D5 WMASS semifinals in 2017 and 2018 before winning a sectional title a year ago. Unfortunately, Amherst fell in the state championship game…


Boston College: Hafley signs his first recruiting class on one year anniversary as head coach

December 16, 2020

Image courtesy of Boston College Football Recruiting On December 16, 2019, Jeff Hafley was named head coach of the Boston College football team in a jam packed press conference. One year to the day on Wednesday, Hafley had 25 high school players from across the country sign NLI’s. Hafley and his staff even grabbed one recruit from Serbia to cap this wild year. This class is the best in program…


High School: Lawrence Academy’s Ty Chan commits to Notre Dame

December 12, 2020

image courtesy of Ty Chan/HUDL Lawrence Academy offensive tackle/defensive end Ty Chan (Class of 2022) has committed to Notre Dame. Chan made the announcement on Thursday on Twitter. Go Irish ☘️! #irishrising22 pic.twitter.com/SvJSGBu0jJ — Ty Chan (@chansanity5) December 10, 2020 The four star recruit ( Per 24/7) has been a rising star in the recruiting circuit for the past two years and held 10 offers at the time of his…