High school: 2019 Players and coaches of the year by division

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December 23, 2019

We wrap up the 2019 season with our player and coach of the year for each division. Division One Player of the year: Owen McGowan, Catholic Memorial:McGowan was the best two way player in the state as a junior. When the Knights needed a key first down or needed to make a stop, it was McGowan who usually made the play. McGowan will be one of the top three players…

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High school: Final Top 25 Poll of the season

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December 14, 2019

St. John’s Prep is number one in our final poll of the season. The 2019 season is officially over so here is our final top 25 poll of the season. 1. St. John’s Prep (11-1): Eagles finish number one in the state after beating CM and winning back to back state championships. 2. Mansfield (11-1): The Hornets capped off a dominate run by beating LS in the Division 2 Super…

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Division One Super Bowl Recap: St. John’s Prep 21 Catholic Memorial 14

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December 8, 2019

Game Rewind: For the second straight season, St. John’s Prep beat Catholic Memorial to claim the Division One State Championship. Unlike last year’s game, the Eagles had to grind out a win and relied on turnovers to do it. Both teams combined to turn the ball over five times in the first half but four of those turnovers were by Catholic Memorial. The Prep was able to convert one of…

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Division 3 Super Bowl Recap: Springfield Central 38 Duxbury 13

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December 7, 2019

Game Rewind: After a scoreless first quarter, Springfield Central took the game over scoring 18 unanswered point between the second and third quarter en route to a 38-13 win. Springfield Central’s speed was the difference in this game as quarterback William Watson threw three touchdown passes over 30 yards. It was an impressive performance by a team that has been dominate most of the season. Here are three thoughts on the…

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Division 4 Super Bowl Recap: Melrose 28 Plymouth South 13

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December 7, 2019

Kevin Stone, New England Football Journal contributor Game Rewind: For the second time in three years, the Red Raiders sit atop the D4 mountain after a 28-13 win over Plymouth South. The game was close for a half but Melrose pulled away in the fourth quarter after leaning on their potent running game. Here are three thoughts on the game. 1. Pesce shines: It was an exceptionally emotional day for senior Will…

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Division 5 Super Bowl Recap: Swampscott 21 Amherst-Pelham 0

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December 7, 2019

By Kevin Stone, New England Football Journal contributor Game Rewind: In a dominant performance, Big Blue held the Hurricanes to just 53 yards of total offense – six in the second half- and cruised to its first state title since 2007. 1. Big Blue defense dominates: The defense was obviously the story with Nick Reiser getting a sack, Angelo Ciciotti a strip sack and Tyler Marshall with a recovery. Zack Palmer also…

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Division 6 Super Bowl Recap: Ashland 28 Bishop Fenwick 22

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December 7, 2019

Game Rewind: Ashland won their first state title since 1995 beating Bishop Fenwick 28-22 in a thrilling game. Quarterback Dom Cavanagh was the story. Cavanagh threw for 270 yards and scored four total touchdowns in the win. The win caps off a terrific season for coach Andrew McKay and the Clockers. It has been a long time coming for this program. They have finally reached the top. Here are three thoughts on…

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Division 7 Super Bowl Recap: Abington 21 Leicester 7

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December 7, 2019

Game Rewind: Abington used a punishing ground game led by halfback Will Klein and a dominant defense to beat Leicester 21-7. The win was head coach Jim Kelliher’s fifth super bowl title in his tenure at Abington. Here are three thoughts on the game. 1. Will Klein was a man among boys: Klein was as good as advertised. He busted a 61 yard touchdown run to open the game and was a…

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Division 1 Super Bowl Preview: Catholic Memorial (11-0) vs. St. John’s Prep (10-1)

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December 7, 2019

It is a rematch of last year’s Division One Super Bowl, a game St. John’s dominated both on the ground and through the air en route to a 40-22 win. Catholic Memorial got some semblance of revenge earlier this season when they beat the Prep 34-32 at their place. Both teams prefer to run the football and make big plays in the passing game. If John DiBiaso and Brian St….

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Division 3 Super Bowl Preview: Duxbury Dragons (8-3) vs. Springfield Central Golden Eagles (9-2)

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December 7, 2019

When you break this game down, the first thing that jumps out at you is the amount of skill that will be on display. The quarterback match up between Springfield’s freshmen sensation William Watson and Duxbury dual threat quarterback Will Prouty is worth the price of admission alone. Both teams are explosive and can make big plays offensively. The ten minute quarters might be the only thing that limits either…

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