High School: Several Super Bowl bound teams once again sit their starters

November 30, 2019

Coaches who have led their teams to the Super Bowl in recent years have been wrestling with a difficult decision regarding Thanksgiving. Do we play or sit out starters? The answer is simple. Play them! Four programs did not play their starters yesterday. Duxbury, Lincoln Sudbury, Ashland and Plymouth North all sat their starters and all four lost. Conversely, Mansfield, Melrose, St. John’s Prep, Catholic Memorial, Swampscott and West Bridgewater…


High School: The Thanksgiving games have lost some of their luster

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and when people ask me why, I simply say three words: Family, football and food. Thanksgiving morning has always been my favorite morning of the year. As a coach for the past 24 years, it has always been the “big game”. The feeling is different, the butterflies are different. Every year I would read Gerry Callahan’s article prior to he game to remind myself of…


High School: Thanksgiving Day Preview

November 27, 2019

CM has a lot at stake when they host B.C High. (Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) Thanksgiving Day means three things. Family, Football and food. We are pretty fortunate in Massachusetts to have a long standing tradition of playing on Thanksgiving morning. The games are unique to our state and have special meaning. Here are some thoughts on the biggest games of the day. Catholic Memorial has a chance to win…


High School: Top 5 playoff games this weekend

November 22, 2019

Will Prouty and Duxbury will be looking for revenge against Tewksbury. The playoffs roll on this weekend with several Super Bowl bids at stake. Here is our top five games for this weekend. Springfield Central Golden Eagles (7-2) vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury Pioneers (7-2): Expect a ton of points in what could end up being the game of the year in the state. Both teams can score on any given…


High School: 10 Thoughts on the sectional playoff games

November 22, 2019

Mansfield powered it’s way to a Super Bowl on Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Art Illman). Sectional final weekend did not fail to live up to the hype. There were several great match ups throughout the state. Here are my thoughts on some of the top match ups of weekend. 1. Mansfield absolutely dominated Natick in their 22-3 win in D2 South sectional final. The Hornets once again used their…


High School: MIAA Top 25 for Week 12

November 21, 2019

It is sectional final weekend for parts of the state. The only major change to our top 25 this week is Swampscott moves into the top 15. 1. Catholic Memorial (10-0) 2. St. John’s Prep (9-1) 3. Mansfield (9-1) 4. Springfield Central (8-2) 5. Central Catholic (8-2) 6. Melrose (10-0) 7.  St. John’s Shrewsbury (7-2) 8. Tewksbury (9-1) 9. Duxbury (8-2) 10. Ashland (10-0) 11. Holliston (9-1) 12. Lincoln Sudbury (8-2) 13. Plymouth South (9-1) 14. Swampscott…


High School: Sectional final preview

November 15, 2019

Senior running back Freddy Gabin and North Andover are looking for a return trip to Gillette Stadium. It is sectional final weekend and there are several marquee match ups on the schedule. Here are our game previews. #4 Mansfield Hornets at #5 Natick Redhawks: Line play will be the difference in this game. Mansfield absolutely dominated King Philip up front last week but Natick is a different animal up front….


High School: MIAA Top 25 for Week 11

November 15, 2019

Josh Atwood and the Natick Redhawks face a stern test when Mansfield comes to town. It’s sectional final weekend. Here is our top 25 going into this weekend’s games. 1. Catholic Memorial (9-0) 2. St. John’s Prep (8-1) 3. Central Catholic (8-1) 4. Mansfield (8-1) 5. Natick (9-0) 6. Springfield Central (7-2) 7. St. John’s Shrewsbury (7-2) 8. Canton (9-0) 9. Melrose (9-0) 10. Revere (9-0) 11. Tewksbury (8-1) 12….


High school: 10 Thoughts on semi-final weekend

November 12, 2019

Ayden Periera and Central Catholic face off against St. John’s Prep in the D1 North sectional final. It was another old weekend of high school football playoff action in Massachusetts. Here are some thoughts on the weekend that was. 1. Mansfield finally avenged two years of playoff frustration by beating King Philip 34-6. The Hornets dominated the line of scrimmage and that was the difference. 2. Initially I was surprised…


High School: Top 5 final playoff games

November 9, 2019

North Andover looks to get back to the D2 sectional final but a tough Reading team stands in their way. It is semifinal weekend in Massachusetts high school football and there are some great playoff match ups on top. Here are our top five games. #8 King Philip Warriors at #5 Mansfield Hornets: KP and Mansfield renew one of the best rivalries in the state. The Warriors have won the…