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Central Catholic surges to dominant Super Bowl title

FOXBORO — Mike Milano thought back to the days as a youngster, sitting in front of the TV and watching the Patriots make history at Gillette Stadium.

He thought of the blazing hot August practices that seemed as if they would never end, and of the thrilling victories and the devastating losses he and his teammates had experienced.

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Football, 12/07/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Demers, Central starters hit on all cylinders in victory over Andover

LAWRENCE — It was the question on everyone’s mind heading into Thanksgiving Day.

Would Central Catholic, already secured a spot in the Super Bowl in nine days, play its starters in its annual holiday contest against Andover with nothing at stake but pride?

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Football, 11/28/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems close strong, top Triton on Turkey Day

Controlling the ball for over 15 of the second half's 22 minutes, Pentucket shut down a depleted Triton squad and took home a season-closing 27-6 victory.

D.J. Engelke returned from a shoulder injury to rush for 96 yards and two touchdowns before suffering an elbow injury. Jeff Porter (84 yards, TD) and Andrew Noyes (76 yards, TD) also drove the Sachem offense. 

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Football, 11/28/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies rally with best half of their lives

HAVERHILL — Its Turkey Day clash with Lowell in serious jeopardy, the Haverhill High football team closed 2013 with its best half ever.
 
Even up 21-7, Lowell High never stood a chance and fell to the Hillies, 28-21, before about 500 fans here at Trinity Stadium.
 
Both teams finished the year at 7-4.
 
“I think coach (Tim O’Connor) challenged us as a team to step it up. I mean one of their TDs came on a fake punt and another came off of a blocked punt,” said Hillie senior defensive end Matt Burns, who ended his career in style with a pair of big sacks and a forced fumble.
 
“We needed to do it, and we needed to do it as a team.”
 
The Hillies simply slammed the door shut on defense.
 
Burns, Taylor Gonzalez, Phil Panici, Mike Attah, they all played stout up front. And when the Raiders took to the air, Haverhill’s secondary more than lived up to its billing.
 
Lowell managed just 53 yards after the break, and the Hillies forced three turnovers, pouncing on the opportunities to get back into the contest.
 
Battered clearly playing in pain, Johnny Ramsdell helped turn the tide with Haverhill facing a 4th-and-goal from the Lowell 7.
 
The diminutive receiver worked open into the flat at the 3 and pulled in a Shane Finn fastball. He spun, made one Raider miss then plowed through another to bounce into the end zone for the score.
A wind-aided Pat Yale pitching wedge lofted up clanged off the crossbar and vaulted through for the PAT and a 21-14 game.
 
Minutes later, a lethal Josh Dion hit forced a Lowell fumble. And this time, it was Stephane Bristol that made the visitors pay, sweeping left on an 18-yard TD run to knot at at 21-21 headed to the fourth.
O’Connor promised some tricks. One came in the move of Samie Al-Ziab into the backfield as a second runner.
 
Al-Ziab opened the next possession with a 46-yard run, helping set up the game-winner.
 
QB Shane Finn made Lowell jump with a hard count then heaved it up into a stiff wind with nothing to lose.
 
Receiver Piero Garcia located and hauled in the prayer, scooting into the end one with over nine minutes left.
 
Leading for the first time, 28-21, the Hillie defense finished in style.
 
Burns’ strip-sack ended one  possession, and Tommy Maguire fittingly closed out the effort with an interception at 1:58 to play.
 
“To end my career and our season like that, all I can really do is smile,” said Maguire, who has shown so much grit through an injury-marred season. “You really have to love football to go out there and play on a day like today. Thanksgiving football is the greatest tradition in the world. And this is just the greatest day of my life. I’ll never forget it.”


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Football, 11/28/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Three George-Williams scoring passes pace Methuen

DRACUT – A couple days before his squad’s Thanksgiving Day showdown, Methuen’s Tom Ryan said the season would be successful win or lose against border-rival Dracut.

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Football, 11/28/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Martinez leads Salem to huge win over Lawrence

SALEM, N.H. — Forget the rain, forget the cold and forget that he was covered, head to toe, in a thick layer of mud. Jason Martinez was the happiest man in the state of New Hampshire last night.

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Football, 11/27/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Latimore's prolific career ends on sour note

CONCORD, N.H. — Manny Latimore was the last Pinkerton player to leave the field following the New Hampshire state title game loss, taking a moment to gather his thoughts after his final high school football game, before walking across the field alone, in the shadow of a massive celebration, holding tight to the Division 1 state finalist trophy.

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Football, 11/23/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Phillips rallies from 22 points down, closes out perfect season in dramatic fashion

AVON, Conn. — The game had already swung violently in Phillips Academy’s favor.

The Big Blue, which had trailed by as many as 22 points late in the third quarter, had exploded in the fourth quarter to tie the Jack Etter Bowl, and took the ball back with less than two minutes left when Alex Tolentino made a stop on fourth down to cause a turnover.

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Football, 11/16/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentuckets suffers heartbreaking OT loss in North final

WEST NEWBURY — Each time Bedford threw what seemed to be a knockout punch, Pentucket fought back.

Bedford twice drove inside the Pentucket 15-yard-line in the fourth quarter, and twice the Sachems turned the Buccaneers away without points to force the game into overtime.

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Football, 11/16/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Plymouth, Sanborn

 

PLYMOUTH — Powerful Plymouth scored twice in each of the first three quarters on its way to an easy 37-13 victory over Sanborn in the Division 2 semifinals yesterday afternoon.

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Football, 11/16/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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