Sunday, November 18, 2018

MIAA Football: Top State Semifinal Performances

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

At long last, we finally have our eight Super Bowl matchups.

In Division 3, Tewksbury showed that a tough regular season schedule can pay dividends as it defeated highly touted Duxbury to advance to the Super Bowl. The Redmen will face off against Springfield Central who exerted revenge on St. John's from a season ago defeating the defending Super Bowl champions, 52-20.

For the second consecutive season and third time in four years Nashoba is headed to Gillette Stadium. The Chieftains scored 28 unanswered points, including 17 in the second half, to blow past Gloucester and earn a matchup against Dighton-Rehoboth.

Springfield Central, Blackstone Valley Tech Clinch Super Bowl Berths

By John McGuirk (@Patsfan1313)

WESTFIELD -- Two intangibles that you cannot teach are athleticism and speed. St. John's found out the hard way that you cannot defend them, either.

Springfield Central proved lethal in both categories as the Golden Eagles rolled past the defending Div. 3 Super Bowl Champion Pioneers, 56-20, in the Division 3 state semifinal held at Westfield State University's Alumni Field Saturday evening.

Winners of 10 straight, Springfield Central (10-1) advances to the state championship versus Tewksbury (a 29-21 victor over Duxbury) at Gillette Stadium.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Springfield Central Pulls Away from St. John's (Shrewsbury) in D3 State Semis

Video by Matt Siegel (@SportVideoMA)

Westfield, Mass. - In one of the weekend's more anticipated state semifinals, Springfield Central ran away from St. John's (Shrewsbury) 56-20 to clinch a spot in the Division 3 state championship.

That game will be played at Gillette Stadium in two weeks time, but for now, check out highlights of SC's big win below.

Bolisnky, Childs Lead Nashoba Past Gloucester and Back to Gillette

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

WOBURN -- Once again, Nashoba finds itself headed back to Gillette Stadium.

Sam Bolinsky threw four touchdowns while Alex Childs rushed for 116 yards as Nashoba defeated Gloucester, 32-14, in the Div. 4 State Semifinals on Saturday night at Woburn High School.

With the win, Nashoba earns its third Super Bowl appearance in four years. The Chieftains will take on Dighton-Rehoboth for the Division 4 crown on either November 30th or December 1st at Gillette Stadium.

NFL Week 11 Primer (With Picks): How The League Stacks Up Against The Spread

Betters may not trust the Bears yet, but Khalil Mack and Co. have been among the best in the league against the spread this season.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

In the intro this week, we decided it's about time to update all of you loyal readers (Hi Mom!) (Just kidding there's no way our mothers read these) about how each team is doing against the spread so far this season.

Here's the rub: If Vegas bookmakers were perfect at their jobs, every team would finish .500 against the spread. Obviously, that doesn't happen. They under-value or over-value teams to start the year, and then adjust lines accordingly as the season progresses. So what does that mean when you look at these records? Here are two things it does NOT mean: