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Torres powers Reggies upset

It didn't take long for Greater Lawrence to hijack the postseason's first upset.

With Jeremy Torres continuing his late-season rampage, the seventh-seeded Reggies went on the Division 5 playoff road to down second-seeded and previously unbeaten Brighton last night 22-12.

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Football, 10/31/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen upsets Lowell

METHUEN - Kendrick Denose completed 13 of 19 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards and two scores to lead Methuen to a 28-7 upset victory over Lowell. Conor Donovan caught seven balls for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Denose connected with Donovan for a 12-yard TD pass in the first quarter as the Rangers took a 7-0 lead. The two connected for another first-quarter touchdown on a six-yard pass to make it 13-0. The kick failed. Donovan scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and then connected with Denrose on the two-point conversion to put Methuen ahead 21-7 at halftime. Denose capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 35 yard run. Jake Amodio carried 10 times for 85 yards and Nick Comerford added 7 runs for 33 yards and was 2 for 3 on point after tries. Amodio also had one run for 24 yards and John Abraham caught four passes for 39 yards.

 

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Foote, Nichols spur Knights into semis

NORTH ANDOVER — For a guy who began the season hauling in passes, James Foote has evolved into a pretty decent running back.

The first three weeks, I was a wide receiver," said Foote, who had more than 10 carries in only one game prior to last night's Division 2 North quarterfinals. "Then (Breyin) Nichols was out with a hamstring injury. We were thin at the position ... and we just decided to give (running back) a shot."

With Foote now established and Nichols back in the rotation, second-seeded North Andover hit the playoffs running last night, pasting seventh-seeded Waltham 26-0. Not only was it the Scarlet Knights' third consecutive shutout, it also marked a milestone that proved a mild surprise to the guy involved.

"Without a doubt, that's a good way to begin (the playoffs)," said North Andover coach John Rafferty, in his 14th year leading the program. "That's our first postseason win ... quite frankly, that is our first postseason win since we've been here. I hadn't realized that."

True to late-season form, the Scarlet Knights (6-2) controlled both lines of scrimmage, finishing with 275 yards on the ground, while holding the Hawks (3-5) to only 85. In NA's first five games this year, it averaged 150.8 yards rushing. Since Nichols and Foote began sharing the load, the output has increased to 294.3 yards per game.

Last night, Nichols scored the game's first two touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 3 seconds left in the first half and capped an 81-yard drive and had a game-high 124 yards. Foote had 113 yards on 21 carries and an 8-yard scoring run that provided a 20-0 lead with 4:31 left in the third. Quarterback Seamus Lambert added the final score, capping a 98-yard drive in which Foote ran on 10 of the 15 plays.

"We've got some people back," Rafferty said of the improved ground attack. "And (Nichols and Foote) are seniors and they're captains ... It says a lot about them. You have to run the ball to win football games and defend the run. This is high school. It's as simple as that."

Next up for the Knights is playing host to third-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury (a 37-16 victor over Lynn Classical) at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Crazy final minutes gives Central heartstopping win

Miracle Mike Milano and Central Catholic got the ball back with 2:17 remaining trailing Chelmsford by 10. No problem. The Raiders scored twice in 68 seconds for a crazy 35-31 victory.

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Football, 10/28/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brooks uses rapid rally to top St. Marks

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks trailed by two scores midway through the second quarter, but by halftime had already tied the game and from there went on to defeat St. Marks 38-28 Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 21-7 in the second, Owen Rosenberger flipped the momentum in Brooks' favor when be broke in to block a punt to put the ball at the St. Marks 2-yard line. Two plays later North Reading's Chris Cervizzi plunged in for a touchdown to cut into the deficit.

The Green and White defense than struck, as Luke Hajdukiewicz picked off a pass shortly before halftime, and Brooks tied the game when K.J. Moore hit Nick Konovalchik for a 16-yard touchdown.

St. Marks bounced back to retake the lead after the break, but Brooks would not be denied.

First it was Cervizzi (team-high 159 yards) who scored his second touchdown of the day on a 22-yard run to make it 28-28 going into the fourth.

Haverhill's Coy Candelario then struck, hauling in a pass from Moore and taking it 35 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Kicker Andrew Hulshult then added the insurance with a 30-yard field goal.

Brooks (5-1) travels to face Groton on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Matthews' hugs day leads Sanborn to playoff berth

KINGSTON, N.H. — For the second straight season, the Sanborn Indians are headed to the New Hampshire Division 2 playoffs, riding another tremendous effort by fullback Zach Matthews to a 19-7 victory over archrival Pelham on Saturday.

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Football, 10/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket allows just 43 total yards in revenge victory over North Reading

WEST NEWBURY — No matter how the rest of his day played out, a little revenge made it a “Sweet 16” for Pentucket’s Pat Freiermuth.

The quarterback threw a touchdown to fellow sophomore Liam Sheehy and, from his linebacker position, helped lead a dominating defense effort that allowed just 43 total yards as the Sachems celebrated Freiermuth’s 16th birthday with a 16-0 domination over North Reading on Saturday.

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Ford, Anthony lead Phillips

ANDOVER — Jumaane Ford and Max Anthony each surpassed 100 yards rushing and Jack Belluche picked off two passes as Phillips Andover beat Deerfield Saturday 32-24.

Anthony finished with 102 yards rushing and scored on runs of 18 and 2 yards. The host Big Blue led 12-0 after a quarter on an Anthony TD and a 48-yard interception return by Belluche, a junior cornerback from Andover.

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Torres powers Reggies into postseason

WAKEFIELD — Jeremy Torres fell a tad short of the mark he’d set for himself. But the senior running back isn’t one to quibble over a measly five yards. Running on the fresh legs a three-week layoff provides, Torres got stronger as the game progressed Saturday to lead Greater Lawrence to a 28-12 victory against Northeast. The No. 7 Reggies (4-2) are expected to play at No. 2 Brighton (7-0) this weekend in the Division 5 North quarterfinals. Torres finished with 230 yards on 22 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, including the final, clinching score with 10:14 left. “Everyone on the sideline was on me to run harder, run harder,” said Torres. “And the line was perfect. I saw a lot of big holes out there. “My goal was 235 (yards). It was something I wanted to achieve. But I can live with finishing five yards short. As long as we got the W and made the playoffs.” The Reggies’ last game was Oct. 4. The long layoff was due to a bye week and a cancellation of a game due to a whooping cough outbreak at the school. “We had three weeks to prepare for this team,” Torres said. “We wanted to come in here, beat them and make our way to the playoffs. We want to make some noise in the playoffs. Making the playoffs is very important.” Torres, who ran for 200 yards against Manchester Essex in Week 3, ran for his biggest yardage when needed most. “The game plan was just to run the ball and pound it in,” Torres said. “My line was firing off and everything was perfect. We just wanted to keep going.” Both sides of the line enjoyed their best game of the season as the Reggies finished with 322 yards on their 52 carries (6.2 yard average, while Northeast (3-4) was held to 77 on its 32 attempts (2.4 average). Three Reggies toil on both lines: two-way tackle Daniel Hernandez, guard/defensive end Edgardo Garcia and center/tackle Brandon Nichols. “My major fear was playing after having three weeks off,” GL coach Tony Sarkis said. “We had a roller-coaster kind of ride up and down, and then they sealed it in the fourth quarter when they put it together and played well.” Greater Lawrence also got touchdown runs from Angel Martin (19 yards for the game’s first score), and Shane Dunn (a 1-yarder that provided a 22-12 lead). But it was Torres who put the finishing touches on Greater Lawrence’s grand finale. “He’s been up and down (this season),” Sarkis said. “He’s really settled down and playing a (heck) of a game. He’s very athletic and a hard worker. But he’s also starting to be a leader which is the most important thing.”

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Windham rolls over Milford

Brendan McInnis completed all four of his passes for 148 yards, including a 99-yard TD pass to Anthony Gallo as Windham rolled 41-0 over Milford. 

McInnis also rushed one time for 16 yards.

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Football, 10/24/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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