Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fitchburg Breaks Through Against Leominster on Thanksgiving

By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

Fitchburg, Mass. - As the brisk, chilly morning descended into its waning hours, two teams with enough history between them to fill 100 playbooks were making one final, desperate attempt to salvage lost seasons.

It is often said that whatever Leominster or Fitchburg does prior to Thanksgiving is insignificant when these two teams meet annually in late November. That theory holds true, especially in these parts, where this game has become folklore.

A victory over the other is enough to make even the worst of seasons more bearable. In the case of this year's contest, the road to the postseason for both the Blue Devils and Red Raiders ended weeks ago. The last salvageable grace remaining for both came down to Thursday's 136th meeting, between these old rivals, the 111th on Thanksgiving Day.

In one of the nation's longest and most-storied rivalries, Fitchburg grabbed a two touchdown lead in the fourth quarter and made it stand, coming away victorious, 34-21, at historic Crocker Field. It marked the first time since 2008 that the Red Raiders (6-5) have defeated their border adversary on Thanksgiving, though Fitchburg did defeat Leominster in the Central Mass playoffs in 2014.

Leominster now holds a slim 66-60-10 all-time lead in the series which began in 1894.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BC High Tops Catholic Memorial at Fenway for Catholic Conference Crown

 By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

BOSTON -Will Bowen and the BC High front seven left little doubt this time around against rival Catholic Memorial.

Bowen totaled 160 yards and three touchdowns, while the Eagle defense finished with six sacks and three turnovers to lead BC High to a 32-16 win over the Knights to claim the Catholic Conference title on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The game was a rematch of just 18 days ago, when Catholic Memorial (6-5) defeated the Eagles (10-1) by a point on a last second Hail Mary to knock BC High out of the postseason.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Lawrence Academy vs Phillips Andover in the Kevin Fleming Bowl

Photos by Brendan C. Hall (@BHallESPN)

You can read a full recap of Lawrence Academy's 56-7 victory over Phillips Andover in the Kevin Fleming Bowl here, but be sure to scroll down for some great photos by the incomparable Brendan Hall.

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Lawrence Academy Captures Kevin Fleming Bowl, Blows Out Phillips Andover

By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

Groton, Mass. - Anthony Muse was at a loss for words. Only a handful of moments after putting up a highlight reel afternoon, the Lawrence Academy freshman running back had trouble deciphering what he had accomplished on a overcast, cold afternoon.

The West Haven, CT product had a game for the ages, rushing for 373 yards and six touchdowns on 18 carries to lead the Spartans to a dominating 56-7 triumph over Phillips Academy-Andover in the NEPSAC Kevin Flemming Bowl on Saturday.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

St. John's (Shrewsbury) Tops Springfield Central in Shootout for Trip to Gillette

By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

Worcester, Mass. - St. John’s (Shrewsbury) quarterback Steve Bucciaglia soaked it in for a while. Who could blame him, he had just led his team to Gillette Stadium.

On Saturday afternoon, Bucciaglia was the fulcrum of an explosive Pioneer offense, completing 23-of-28 passes for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns as St. John’s Shrewsbury defeated Springfield Central, 52-33, at Foley Stadium.

With the win, St. John’s (11-0) advances to the Div. 3 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium versus North Attleboro.