Lupoli has DeOssie-esque opener for Phillips

WINDSOR, Conn — Phillips coach Leon Modeste may not remember the year, but he remembers the game.

He certainly remembers the player.

That player was Phillips great Zak DeOssie of North Andover, who is currently in his 13th year with the New York Giants. In the opening game of DeOssie's final year at Phillips, he had four TDs and a pick-6 against Loomis Chaffee.

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Late rally dooms Sanborn

KINGSTON — Souhegan scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to earn a comeback win over Sanborn.

The Indians (1-3), led 21-13 at halftime and 21-20 heading into the fourth, but couldn't hold on. 

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Paci (3 TDs) bulldozes Salem past Timberlane

SALEM - Salem coach Rob Pike has been living with a "next man up" mentality with his running backs all season.

Injuries have forced new, unexpected faces like Brandon Wall, Will Michaud and Jackson Burns to step into prominent roles in the backfield.

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Brooks handled by Governor's in opener

NEWBURY — Brooks couldn't contain a talented Governor's Academy team, falling in its season opener 42-15.

Newburyport's Quin Stott was the star for Governor's. The senior running back piled up four rushing touchdowns, including the first two of the game to help Governor's open up an eventual 22-0 lead.  

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Lindsay scores four times, Pelham romps

PENACOOK, N.H. – Brett Lindsay ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns and caught another score as Pelham crushed Merrimack Valley 52-0 on Friday night.

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Pinkerton still the team to beat after statement win over Londonderry

LONDONDERRY - Pinkerton was mad. Pinkerton was fired up. Pinkerton felt disrespected.

And that's never good for its opponent.

The storyline heading into Friday night was simple.

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Windham stifled by Exeter

EXETER — Windham fell short in a defensive battle against rugged Exeter, falling 10-6.

The Blue Hawks (2-2) struck first on a 24-yard field goal from Sam Wolff late in the second quarter, making it a 3-0 game at the half.

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North Andover takes historic win over Central Catholic

NORTH ANDOVER — With history on the line, North Andover’s Jack Walsh would not allow the ball to escape his hands.
“I went up for the ball and I took a beating,” said Walsh. “But I did everything I could to hold onto the ball. My teammate covered me up and it was just perfect.”
Central Catholic recovered a fumble with just over a minute left in regulation, and quickly scored to cut North Andover’s lead to seven points.
But Walsh was there to recover the ensuing onside kick and lock down a historic 14-7 victory for the Scarlet Knights in front of approximately 2,000 fans.
The win was the first win for North Andover over Central Catholic in football since the Eagle-Tribune began keeping complete records in 1984. The only other time the two teams met was in 2012, a Raiders victory.
“We’ve been looking forward to this since the day we found out they were on our schedule,” said Walsh. “We’ve had this circled on our calendar all offseason. I am happy for the team, the coaches and the whole community.”
After QB Jake McElroy took a final knee, the Scarlet Knights rushed the field to celebrate the win, a battle of the favorites in Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 and Division 2.
“It’s unbelievable,” said McElroy. “They are a tough team to beat, and to get it done on our home field in front of all these fans is amazing. We knew they were coming in and it could be a big win, and we were determined to get it.”
Leading the way was a North Andover defense that allowed Central just 51 rushing yards on 20 carries and spent the entire game in the Raiders’ backfield.
Senior defensive end Mike Roche had 2.5 sacks, lineman Raphael Usuomon had two sacks and Ryan Slattery chased down the QB once. 
Walsh added an interception, and Mark Federico picked off a pass. 
“We were pushing through the line well,” said Roche. “We knew they were going to be tough. It’s a lot of fun rushing the passer and making plays. Everyone stepped up.”
North Andover’s offense wasn’t as polished as it had been in the first two weeks. But the Knights were able to deliver just enough.
In the second quarter, North Andover marched 82 yards on nine plays, and McElroy scrambled in for a 12-yard score.
The Knights added the eventual game-winning points in the fourth thanks to an 11-play, 88-yard drive that JD Allen finished with a 6-yard TD.
“We spread them out and ran read-option about 10 straight plays and they didn’t stop it,” said McElroy. “We weren’t really clicking on offense. But we did enough, And our defense was amazing. They should have had a shutout. They played an amazing game today.”
Central made it a game in the final minute, when Anthony Caggianelli scored a 6-yard TD with a minute left. 
But Walsh held onto the onside kick and clinched the win.
“I was just hoping someone got it,” said Roche. “And Walshy got it. He had a great game. It was awesome.
“This feels great. We did it at home, and this means a lot. We knew it would be a tough game. We were pumped, and we got it done.”

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Andover, Lawrence

Frosh Harrington perfect in Andover win



ANDOVER – Victory Harrington had a tough varsity debut on the road. Making things a little tougher on his young psyche, the Andover freshman had a couple weeks to dwell on the performance before returning to the field Friday night.
“It did keep me awake thinking about it,” Harrington said of throwing four interceptions in a loss to Franklin. “I was nervous about that last night, but then I came here ready to play and the team got it done.”
With both teams forced to sit out Week 2 because of the gas-explosion disaster that upended both communities, Andover and Lawrence finally got back to playing. The visiting Lancers kept things close for most of the opening half, but with Harrington completing all 11 of his passes, the Golden Warriors ran away with a 38-14 MVC victory.
“We just came back ready to fight,” said Harrington, who threw for 125 yards to six receivers and his first two career touchdowns. “Everything was much slower, so I could pick up the game more. Everything’s getting better every week. But you’re only as good as your next (game).”
Andover (1-1) took an early lead on a Josh Ramos 14-yard run, but Lawrence rebounded to cut the deficit to 7-6 on a bullish Brandon Santell 14-yard power run with 4:06 remaining in the second quarter.
The Golden Warriors, however, exploded for 21 points during a 51-second  stretch to blow open the game.
Ramos, who had 120 yards on 12 carries, capped a 63-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown with 1:05 remaining. That’s when the defense took over.
Tommy Duncan returned an interception for a touchdown with 53 seconds left. Then one play after a Nic Silva pick, Harrington recorded his first touchdown, drilling a 35-yard pass to Brendon Moody on a post route to provide a 28-6 lead with 16 left before intermission.
Harrington finished off his perfect outing with 14-yard pass to John Gemmell with another slick throw early in the third. Shamus Florio gave Andover a 38-6 lead with a 20-yard fourth-quarter field goal.
“We just needed to clean things up,” Andover coach E.J. Perry said of rebounding from the opening loss. “We have young guys playing, and they stepped up tonight. (Harrington) just needed the two weeks. We played very soon for him. I knew what he had, and I knew what he was going to do.
“When you saw him settle in, you know it was very good. For a freshman to do what he’s doing at the quarterback position, that’s poise and composure. I don’t care who you’re playing against.”
Lawrence (0-2) finished the night’s scoring with a 14-yard pass from Jacob Tamayo to Manuel Lara. Tamayo overcame his pair of interceptions, finishing with 154 yards of total offense.
“We’re working on things like composure and learning the games. There are little things that we’re still learning about the game. I was proud of the way they came out and battled tonight”
Andover 38, Lawrence 14

Lawrence (0-2)  0   6   0   8  -  14
Andover (1-1)  7   21   7   3  —  38

First Quarter
AND –Josh Ramos 14 run (Shamus Florio kick) 5:40

Second Quarter
LAW – Brandon Santell 14 run (run failed) 4:06
AND – Ramos 6 run (Florio kick) 1:05
AND – Tommy Duncan 47 interception return (Florio kick) 0:53
LAW – Brendon Moody 35 pass from Victor Harrington (Florio kick) 0:16
Third quarter
AND – John Gemmell 14 pass from Harrington (Florio kick) 7:02
Fourth quarter
AND – FG Florio 20
LAW – Manual Lara 14 pass from Jacob Tamayo (Santell run) 5:45


Rushing: LAW (15-82) – Tamayo 9-51, Gianni Vargas 4-14, Santell 2-14, Lara 1-3;  AND (30-183) – Ramos 12-120, Duncan 9-58, Elias Maita 1-16, Harrington 2-1, Mark Bentley 1-(-4), Noah Krueger 5-(-7)
Passing: LAW – Tamayo 7-16-2, 103 yards; AND (14-14-0, 161) – Harrington 11-11-0, 125, Bentley 3-3-0, 36
Receiving: LAW – Lara 4-55, Lenny Asencio 2-40, Anthony Garcia 1-8; AND – Moody 3-85, Nick Zalanskas 2-27, Gemmell 2-18, Jackson McCarthy 2-14, Duncan 2-6, Ryan Dennehy 1-3, Nic Silva 1-3, Florio 1-1
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Methuen outlasts Lowell

LOWELL — After watching their own 14-point lead evaporate into the fall air thanks to a four-score second quarter by host Lowell, the Methuen Rangers were on the verge of retaking the lead in the game’s dying seconds when they got set at the Lowell 33-yard line. It seemed as if their own two touchdown comeback had been made complete when Caleb Adames scampered into the end zone after a 30-yard strike from quarterback Connor Bryant, but the play was called back for offensive holding. However, the Rangers kept their cool, converting on third-and-inches.

Two plays later Bryant quickly ditched a shovel pass to his running back, Ricky Brutus, seconds before three Red Raiders swallowed the QB up. Brutus caught the short pitch and ran toward the far corner of the end zone, crossing the pile-on with just 14 seconds remaining in Methuen’s 35-28 win at Lowell.

“We have a theme of the week every week, and this week…it was to be a finisher, and we finished this game,” said Methuen head coach Tom Ryan.

“In the fourth quarter we rallied and we finished.”

The Rangers (3-1) looked set to pull away early after a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, one of which came on a 55-yard run from Brutus. However, the Red Raiders (0-3) erased the deficit and went up by two scores themselves, thanks to a pair of pick-sixes in the second quarter that sandwiched two offensive touchdown.

Despite the turnover issues, Bryant remained poised, delivering a 67-yard rocket off of a flea flicker to halve the deficit. His squad overcame it entirely early in the fourth quarter thanks to Brutus’s second of three touchdowns and a successful two-point conversion. And when Lowell again knocked on the door of the end zone, the Ranger defense held strong, turning a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line into a turnover on downs with two key sacks. That put the ball back in Bryant’s hands with 3:04 left, and set the stage for Methuen’s theatrics.

“It was just a broken play and our quarterback and our running back made a phenomenal play,” Coach Ryan said.

“We wanted him to run out of bounds and he cuts back inside and gets the touchdown. Amazing play by Ricky Brutus.”

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WHittier grinds past Georgetown


GEORGETOWN — In what was a wild back-and-forth offensive battle, Whittier Tech scored last Friday night.

Led by AJ Espinal and Hector Gomez, the Wildcats piled up 483 yards on the ground and outscored the Royals, 44-34.

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Caceres, Mezidor shine but Reggies fall

WEST ANDOVER — Jose Caceres (21-136) and Ader Mezidor (10-111) both surpassed 100 yards rushing but Greater Lawrence couldn't overcome a 26-0 halftime deficit and lost to Hamilton-Wenham 26-16. The Reggies (1-2) did all their scoring in the third quarter on two short TD runs by Caceres, who also added both conversions.

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Pinkerton holds Fast, clips Exeter

DERRY — Yes, Pinkerton senior Gannon Fast has good speed, fitting for his name, and he’s shown over the last two years that he’s a more than solid running back.

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Hoey's four TDs powers Pelham over Sanborn

KINGSTON - Pelham junior quarterback Ian Hoey can throw a good ball, but it's always nice when you get a little help from your receivers.

On Saturday, he got plenty. Mainly in the form of 6-foot-1, 180-pound Nicholas Milano.

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Swampscott holds off Reggies

SWAMPSCOTT — Theirs backs weren't quite up against the wall, what with visiting Greater Lawrence still hovering around midfield trailing by a point with 90 seconds left in Saturday's season opener at Blocksidge Field. From the point of view of the Swampscott High defense, though, the game was on the line. It was time to rise — or Reiser — to the occasion. Junior linebacker Nick Reiser broke through the line and rushed Greater Lawrence QB Jose Caceres on fourth down, allowing the short screen pass to be gobbled up senior Jake Bartram's tackle as the Big Blue escaped with a 21-20 victory. "Before that play, as a defense, we looked at each other and said 'this could be the play that decides the game, right here.' The coaches are always putting us in good spots, and thankfully, on that one we executed," said linebacker Dylan January, a junior captain. Greater Lawrence (0-1) got the ball back 90 yards away from the go ahead points with 7:20 to play. What turned out to be their last ditch drive ate up six minutes of time as Caceres converted two fourth downs and another third and long to get over midfield at the Swampscott 45. Reiser, who was responsible for an intentional grounding call earlier in the drive, brought pressure again at the opportune time. "There's a certain look where it's an automatic go for Nick," Swampscott head coach Bob Serino said. "He read it and he made the play." Junior QB Graham Inzana, making his first start for Swamspcott (1-0), threw for 198 yards and two scores. The touchdowns both came in the second quarter as the Big Blue build a 21-6 lead. The first was a 45-yard bubble screen hauled in by Jonathan Oriakhi and the second was a 42-yard catch-and-run across the middle by Andrew Augustin. Though Inzana began the game just 1-for-5 with two interceptions, he wound up completing 13-of-21 and had a stretch in the middle of the game where he went 9-of-11 for 170 of his yards. Oriakhi (4 catches, 61 yards) and Augustin (4 catches, 71 yards) were the big targets with a 44-yard heave to freshman Xaviah Bascon also among the highlights. "Graham went the entire game both ways and that's the first time he's ever done that. Maybe we need to give him a few more sprints do," quipped Serino, who felt some of his offense's struggles in the second half came from using inexperienced substitutes with the aim of keeping the defense fresh. "Basically, we decided we needed to sub on offense and see what we could get away with because we knew we needed the defense at full strength." The Reggies got a score just before halftime with Caceres finding Omar Medina from 7-yards out to make it a one score game at 21-14. Swampscott's defense got a stop to begin the second half, but their offense was plagued by penalties (nine in all) and a couple of miscues. That allowed Greater Lawrence to get the ball back with good field position and Caceres (141 passing yards) took advantage by finding Stephan Polanco for a 28-yard score. Swampscott knocked down the two-point pass to retain the lead, 21-20, with 34 seconds left in the third. "Greater Lawrence was prepared," said Serino, whose team took advantage of turnovers in beating the Reggies 43-0 in 2017. "I told my kids that after year, coach Tony (Sarkis) was going to have them prepared. They punched us in the mouth." Polanco set up the first TD of the game when he intercepted Inzana in the first and returned it to the 10-yard line. Caceres, who also ran for a team-best 57 yards, plunged in from the 1-yard line for a short lived 6-0 lead. Bascon, making his first varsity appearance, saved Swampscott's drive when he shook loose for the 44-yard gain on third and long. He then took a sweep around the end 12-yards for his first varsity score and the first of Thomas Frisolo's three extra points put Swampscott on top for good, 7-6. Though Swampscott allowed 100 yards on the ground, it came on 31 carries at a clip of around three yards per jaunt. With Bartram, January and Oriakhi leading the way, the Big Blue did a fairly good job containing a dangerous Greater Lawrence offense. "The d-line did a really good job with their stunts. They never got caught too far upfield and they didn't allow cut backs, and that was important because their quarterback is a really good runner," Serino said. Isaac Andre ran hard for Swampscott, rushing for 18 yards and running out the clock by converting a third down with under a minute to go. Connor Lynch also hauled in two passes.

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