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

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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…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Hingham

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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,…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Holliston

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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…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Natick

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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…

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

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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…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Andover

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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…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Amherst

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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…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Minnechaug

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December 11, 2020

As someone who has grown up in Waltham and Billerica, I will be the first to admit there is an eastern Massachusetts bias against western Massachusetts athletics. That’s just the way it is and the way it’s always been for as long as I’ve been alive. Up until 2012 I thought the western part of the state started in Milford. Having said all that and having now covered sports around…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Milford

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November 25, 2020

Brothers Dale and Dana Olson know what it takes to win a state championship. Dana was the head coach while Dale was on the staff for the Millis Mohawks’ 2016 and 2017 wins at Worcester State and Gillette Stadium. Now, the duo is hoping to bring that type of success back to Milford. Dale Olson was named the head coach of the Scarlet Hawks just before the pandemic took over….

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Natick vs. Framingham

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November 23, 2020

Series Record: Natick leads this historic rivalry 54-46-2. Look at the Rivalry: Since 1904, the Redhawks and Flyers have met on Thanksgiving morning and have produced countless memories for thousands of fans and supporters. The Redhawks won seven straight games from 2011-2017, but the 2018 upset win (14-6) for Framingham at historic Fenway Park the night BEFORE  Thanksgiving will forever be remembered as one of the most memorable games in…

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