Monday, September 26, 2016

10 Takeaways from Week 3 of Massachusetts HS Football

Star running back Danny Abraham and his BC High teammates have impressed thus far.
By John Sarianides (@xnojoe)

Ed. Note- Another week, and another set of takeaways from our Massachusetts football guru John Sarianides. Here are John's 10 biggest stories from the weekend that was.

1. St. John’s Prep lost to Everett 35-14, but you have to figure that the Eagles will be a better football team down the road because of the tough schedule they have played to open the season.

2. Mansfield looked dominant in their 38-7 win over Attleboro on Friday. It looks like the Hornets are back. Just in time for their Friday night showdown at home with King Philip, who also rolled on Friday night, beating Oliver Ames 42-6.

Should be a great battle at the top of the Hockomock Kelley-Rex Division.

3. Dartmouth currently holds the state’s longest winning streak at 11 after outlasting LaSalle of Rhode Island on Friday night. The Indians are quietly one of the best teams in the state, and they appear to be on a track back to Gillette Stadium.

4. North Attleboro is now in the driver’s seat in the Hockomock Davenport Division after their 34-19 win over Stoughton. The Red Rocketeers have found their mojo again offensively, and they are playing solid D as well.

5. Haverhill looked impressive in their 20-9 win over Westford Academy on Friday night. The Hillies rushed for 255 yards but, more importantly, they controlled the clock and kept Westford quarterback Conor Degenhardt and the Grey Ghost offense on the sideline.

6. It took going all the way to the Cape, but the X bounced back from their loss to Bridgewater-Raynham by soundly beating Barnstable 49-0.

7. So I guess Kevin Mensah was chomping at the bit to play huh? After getting an injunction to play for Shepard Hill on Friday night, Mensah went off to the tune for 170 yards and two touchdowns, though Wachusett came away with the win. Hopefully the MIAA allows the young man to stay on the field.  
8. BC High looked impressive in their 36-0 win over Leominster on Friday night. The Eagles are no longer a one-dimensional I-Formation team. Coach Jon Bartlett runs a multiple offense that puts the ball in the hands of his best players.

9. Steve Dembowski's Milton Wildcats haven't missed a beat thus far this season. They thumped Walpole 38-7 on Friday night to improve to 3-0. The Cats are once again legit contenders in Division 2A.

10. Speaking of the Bay State League. I was thoroughly impressed with the way Wellesley handled Natick on Friday night. Natick was impressive in wins over Carey division opponents Weymouth and Newton North, but the Red Raiders proved to be too much, especially on defense.

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