Thursday, September 21, 2017

Your Massachusetts HS Football Weekend Primer: Week 3

Many of the faces have changed, but Falmouth still has the talent to get back to Gillette Stadium this December. The Clippers face a huge road trip to Marshfield this weekend.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Attentive readers (and I know there are at least a few of you out there) will notice that this week's primer has a slightly different name.

What was once know as "Your MIAA Football Weekend Primer" has been renamed, because the Independent School League (ISL) begins its football season this weekend. SuiteSports is thrilled to be covering its first ISL football game this Saturday (more on that later) as we expand our coverage, but for now, let's just break down the biggest games of a packed HS football weekend.

Monday, September 18, 2017

MIAA Field Hockey Notebook: Week 3

Winchester ended Watertown's historic win streak last week.
By Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi)

Watertown field hockey lost for the first time in nearly a decade. That narrative remains true, but there’s another one that the team that defeated them is looking at.

Winchester won.

Goals from Madison Micchie, Niki Micchie, and Clare Moloney-Kolenberg carried the Sachems past Watertown to improve their then-record to 2-0; since then, they are 4-0 and looking like one of the real contenders in the North section of Division 1.

The Sachems are the first team to slay the Watertown dragon since 2008, as the Raiders' streak of games without a loss ended at 184. While the Sachems certainly recognize how incredible it was to knock off a team like Watertown, Winchester still has more important things to worry about this season.

MIAA Football Top 25: Week 3

Lincoln-Sudbury tight end Harrison Gross celebrates a touchdown catch in the Warriors' statement win over Holliston.
Our preseason rankings of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 9/18)
1. Everett (2-0; Last Week – 1 ) No issues for the Crimson Tide this week, as they rolled Leominster 33-7 to extend their winning streak.
2. BC High (2-0; Last Week – 2 ) Eagles survived their first big test of the season, edging Marshfield, 19-7, at home behind a potent ground attack led by quarterback Will Bowen and running back Danny Abraham.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Central Catholic Clamps Down on St. John's Prep

By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

LAWRENCE - In a contest between two of the best that Division 1 has to offer, Central Catholic’s defense stole the spotlight.

Behind a stalwart defensive effort, and a diversified offensive attack, the No. 3 Raiders shut out No. 4 St. John’s Prep, 21-0, on a foggy Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The game was a makeup of Friday night’s contest, which was postponed due to flooding.

All evening long, St. John’s Prep struggled to get into any sort of rhythm against the Raiders defensive unit. The Eagles totaled just 106 yards through the first three and a half quarters, and crossed midfield only once the entire game.

The Raiders front seven, highlighted by linebackers Ryan Burns and Ty Donatio, contained the Eagles' normally potent running game, and applied consistent pressure to star quarterback Mike Yarin.

Mathias Villafane (INT) and Joseph Howshan proved to be ball hawks in the secondary.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

St. John's (Shrewsbury) Runs Away from Springfield Central

By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

- The best coaches often avoid viewing their team's performances with rose colored glasses.

Case in point. John Andreoli, the 13-year head coach of St. John's (Shrewsbury) could have walked off of Pioneer Field singing the praises of his team's total dismantling of Springfield Central on Saturday afternoon. But Andreoli is not built that way. He is a man who demands perfection in all three phases of the game.

In spite St. John's compiling 677 yards of offense during its 62-39 beat down of the Golden Eagles, Andreoli was quick to point out his concerns regarding complacency of his defense during the second half.