Pinkerton has no answers in title game loss

DURHAM — For a few moments, it looked as if Pinkerton had turned the momentum.

Trailing by two touchdowns midway through the first quarter, Astros QB Aiden Goujon dropped back and floated a perfect pass to wide open Ty Hicks. The speedy halfback did the rest, cruising into the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown.

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Muse runs wild over Phillips

GROTON — No matter how hard they tried, Phillips could not stop Tony Muse.

The freshman Lawrence Academy back ran wild for over 300 yards and a whooping six touchdowns, leading the Spartans to a commanding 56-7 victory over Phillips in the Kevin Fleming Bowl.

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Assabet Valley, Greater Lawrence


MARLBORO — Assabet Valley scored on its first drive of the game and never trailed Friday night in a 26-12 victory over Greater Lawrence in the state Vocational Bowl Large  division playoff semifinals.

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Freiermuth, Lambert go out on top

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. — With the game still in doubt as the clock ran down, Pat Freiermuth made certain that he would end his high school football career on top.

“The coaches send me on an ‘X’ (blitz) and the quarterback made a late read,” said the Brooks senior from Merrimac. “I just went in and stripped it. I knew it was over then.”

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Grounded by Goliath: Central fights back late, but not enough to overcome the loaded Everett powerhouse

LAWRENCE - For a majority of last night's Division 1 North final, it was men against boys at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Despite the plaudits, all rightly earned, top-seeded and undefeated Central Catholic was helpless against the size, speed and physicality of defending state champion and perennial powerhouse Everett.

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Brooks falls on late score

ANDOVER — Brooks fought back from a two-touchdown defecit to tie it's game with Buckingham Browne & Nichols heading into the fourth quarter. But a 1-yard TD run by BB&N quarterback Ryan Eamer with 6 seconds left in regulation earned the visitors a 28-21 victory.

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Phillips, Phillips Exeter

EXETER, N.H. — The first five wins this year were nice, but the sixth, now that's special.

Heavily favored Phillips Andover withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally from Phillips Exeter to take a 17-14 win in the 136th installment of the famed rivalry. Andover leads all-time 74-52-10.

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Lineman McCormack’s two unlikely touchdowns sends Pinkerton past Salem, into title game

SALEM — With a trip to the Division 1 championship game within reach, Pinkerton’s Josh McCormack would not be denied.

With the Astros clinging to a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, McCormack burst through the offensive line, saw the fumble pop loose and grabbed on as tight as he could.

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DeSouza taken from field in ambulance, North Andover falls in North final

SUDBURY — A terrifying sequence of events played out in the final moments of North Andover’s Division 2 North semifinal loss to Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday.

Scarlet Knights star Gabe DeSouza had to be taken from the stadium in an ambulance after spending 19 minutes on the field struggling to breathe following a massive hit on a kickoff.

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Methuen makes a statement with huge win over Lexington

METHUEN - As the wind intensified in the second half, making an already bitter and miserably cold Friday night even worse, Saul Cespedes was just heating up.

"I was warming up! Oh yeah, man I was loving it," said the Methuen senior. "I felt warm the entire time."

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Prep gets its revenge, pounds Andover

DANVERS — A year ago Andover, knocked St. John’s Prep out of the football playoffs in a game that wasn’t decided until the Golden Warriors scored with 1:23 to play. 
The Eagles didn’t forget the Division 1 North semifinal loss, and Friday night at Glatz Field they buried the Golden Warriors, 55-6, behind a four-touchdown performance by Aise Pream, who ran for three and caught a pass from Will Potdevin for the other.
Senior Nick Vecchi added three more scores in the romp in the non-playoff game.
“Last year’s game was mentioned,” said Prep coach Brian St. Pierre, whose team improved to 5-5. “This has been a season where we’ve had injuries galore, and took our frustrations out on Andover. I’m happy for the kids. Despite the ups and downs they’ve continued to work very hard.”
It was all Eagles from start to finish on a raw, windy night. The offense clicked for seven touchdowns on the first seven possessions. 
It all started with Pream, who broke free for an 8-yard TD run after gaining 22 up the left sideline to put his team on the board with five minutes left in the opening quarter. He hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Potdevin (making his second career start) on the next drive after two circus catches by Max Freedman set it up.
Trent Tully, an Andover resident, did the heavy lifting on the next drive, capped by a touchdown run, and then it was Pream again for romps of 28 and 71-yards for a 34-6 lead at intermission.
Andover’s lone score came in the final minute of the half on a 32-yard pass from Cedric Gillette to Brendan Moody.
Gillette, of course, is usually one of the state’s top receivers with 53 catches for 878 yards and 8 TDs this fall.
“Cedric was our leading receiver, but we lost our starting quarterback (Nick Dellatto to injury) last week,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “It’s a tough transition for him to make, especially in four days. He did a good job in the first half, but had trouble in the last two quarters. St. John’s had some good blocking schemes. We have to get more physical on defense.”
It was the Vecchi show in the second half with touchdown runs of 45, 19, and 37 yards. 
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Mezidor, Reggies heat it up in the cold

WEST ANDOVER — With the wind chill, it was about 15 degrees Friday night, but it didn’t seem to bother Greater Lawrence junior Ader Mezidor.

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Lawrence stifled by Malden Catholic

MALDEN - The last two weeks for Lawrence football have been centered around streaks - breaking them while starting new ones.

But after winning in back-to-back weeks to snap a 23-game losing streak, the Lancers couldn't string together their third straight victory Thursday night.

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Haverhill runs over Cambridge Rindge and Latin

CAMBRIDGE - As David Carreiro burst through the heart of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin defense, he looked over his right shoulder and then his left, seemingly aghast that nobody was hitting him.

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Amesbury knocks off Whittier for second win

AMESBURY — No matter which team won between Amesbury and Whittier Tech, their defense was going to be the reason.

After early scoring in both halves, both teams locked down on each other.
In the end though, it was the Indians who buckled down enough to take a 20-14 victory for the Indians over the Wildcats on Thursday night at Landry Stadium.
“All year we felt like we’ve been right there because they’re doing things the right way,” said Indians (2-8) coach Colin McQueen. “They’re getting their reads the right way and we get aligned properly and it comes down to physically being able to be there.”
The home team got off to a hot start at the beginning of both halves then used its defense to hold the fort.
The Indians marched down the field on consecutive drives to open the game on offense.
A number of players got in on the action, but it was Derek Doherty and Patrick Birmingham who did the bulk of the work to set up a 5-yard pass from Blake Bennett to senior captain Connor Whitley on fourth down to make it 6-0.
The Indians defense stuffed the Wildcats (5-4) to start the game with a nice open field tackle by Troy Hamel on fourth down and forced a fumble on the next drive to set up their second touchdown.
It was Birmingham who went in from 14 yards out to make it 14-0 at the time.
The Wildcats finally responded though as quarterback Kevin Bradley hit Mark Iamele for a 51-yard shot that spurred a 3-yard score from Julio Joubert a few plays later to make it 14-6 early in the second quarter.
And in the second half, the Indians took the ball off the kick and got a boost from the speedy Hayden Ayotte, who took a handoff, cut up the middle through defenders with a step and was gone for a 62-yard touchdown.
Ayotte had the long run, but it was Doherty who finished with 109 yards on 17 carries. Birmingham also had 52 yards on nine carries and Bennett was 4-of-10 for 50 yards in the contest.
“Double-D (Doherty) is a guy that we knew was a special cat,” said McQueen. “We really like the way he runs. He’s fast, he’s got straight-line speed and he feels the trap cut really, really well. Ayotte, he popped another one. Both of those guys did a tremendous job.”
The second Wildcat score was set up by a big pass too as Bradley found Peter Hamel for a 49-yard pitch-and-catch before Joubert later went in from 1 yard out.
But after that, it was a battle of defenses.
The Indian defensive line fought hard the entire contest, stuffing the middle and holding every rusher under 40 yards. Joubert had the two scores and 7 yards to go with 34 yards on three catches.
Troy Hamel, Luke Hamel, Ethan Catania and others were huge all night making big tackles and stepping up as the Wildcats attempted to go to the air.
Bradley finished 9-of-19 for 147 yards in the air, but the Indians managed to lock down on crucial plays by pressure in the backfield or great coverage deep.
“It’s attitude,” said McQueen. “We’ve got some guys with serious motors. Our guys are motivated and they showed it this week... It was d-line getting pressure and occasionally we had some edge pressure when we sent some guys.”
The red-and-white forced punts on two of the visitors’ last three drives before a fumble recovered by the Indians sealed it with about a minute left.

Amesbury 20, Whittier Tech 14
Amesbury (2-8): 14 0 6 0 — 20
Whittier  (5-4): 0 6 8 0 — 14
First Quarter
A- Connor Whitley 5 pass from Blake Bennett (kick blocked), 5:14
A- Patrick Birmingham 14 run (Derek Doherty run), 1:59
Second Quarter
W- Julio Joubert 3 run (rush failed), 10:55
Third Quarter
A- Hayden Ayotte 62 run (kick failed), 8:48
W- Joubert 1 run (Thomas O'Mahony run), 49.7
RUSHING: Whittier (23-61) — Thomas O'Mahony 5-23, Kevin Bradley 6-18, Julio Joubert 6-7, Peter Hamel 3-7, Corey Defusco 3-6;  Amesbury (44-270) — Derek Doherty 17-109, Hayden Ayotte 4-68, Patrick Birmingham 9-52, Griffin Short 5-16, Blake Bennett 3-15, Elijah Jackman 4-11, Tucker Molin 2-(-1).
PASSING: Whittier — Bradley 9-19-147-0-0; Amesbury — Bennett 4-10-50-1-0.
RECEIVING: Whittier — Hamel 2-51, Mark Iamele 1-51, Joubert 3-34, O'Mahony 2-8, Michael McAuliffe 1-5.

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