High School: There are a lot of questions surrounding the Fall 2 proposal. Here are mine

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August 18, 2020

The MIAA Covid Task voted to send a list of recommendations to the MIAA Board of Directors yesterday. The recommendations called for a “Fall 2 Season” or a “Wedge Season” to be played between February 22nd to April 25th. Football, Cheer, Unified Basketball and any sport not played in the fall would be played during the second fall season. Field hockey, soccer, golf and cross country are to go on…

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High School: A five step plan to play high school football this fall

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August 14, 2020

Image courtesy of the Boston Herald. Photo by Joseph Prezioso I am going to cut to the chase. Here are five simple steps that can be taken to ensure we play high school football in Massachusetts this fall. The steps coincide with a six game league season six game. Five league games and Thanksgiving. The best team standing at the end would win their league title. There would be no…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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High School: Top 5 playoff games this weekend

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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…

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High School: 10 Thoughts on the sectional playoff games

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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…

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High School: MIAA Top 25 for Week 12

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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…

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High School: Sectional final preview

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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….

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