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Whittier Wildcats Football '09

No Gillette, no problem

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WALTHAM — Did fans unable to make it to Bentley University have any luck finding Whittier’s Super Bowl victory on Comcast SportsNet?

How about on the radio at “The Hub” 98.5 FM broadcast by Boston media personality Gary Tanguay and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak?

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Football, 12/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Leighton, Buccos deliver game-changing plays

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WALTHAM — The names may not be familiar to casual fans, but teammates knew Paul Buccos and Don Leighton were big plays in waiting.

“Paul Buccos is the fastest guy on this team,” said Whittier senior Ralph Hancock.

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Football, 12/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Super Whittier holds on to cap perfect season

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WALTHAM — In the end all it took was two touchdowns.

In a confrontation between two of the highest-scoring teams in the state, Whittier claimed its first Super Bowl title yesterday with a 14-12 victory over East Boston winning the Division 4 title before an estimated 3,000 at Bentley University.

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Football, 12/05/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier gets past Reggies, eyes Super Bowl

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ANDOVER — Whittier Tech needed  two modes of transportation, but it reached its destination yesterday morning.

The Wildcats went through the air with quarterback Dillon Ryan and used “The Bus,”  burly running back Nate Allen, to survive a gritty effort from Greater Lawrence on their way to a 28-18 Thanksgiving victory before about 800 fans at Louis E. Gleason Field.

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Football, 11/26/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ryan, Surette keep Whittier undefeated

Haverhill: Whittier Tech football parents Debbie Tannian, left, and Kathy Welch, buy a signed seat warmer during the last home game of the season against Greater Lowell. Whitter won 30-0. 15 Photos

HAVERHILL — On a day more suited for three yards and a clump of mud, Whittier decided to air things out. And thanks to an opportunistic defense, the Wildcats didn't have to throw deep.

Dillon Ryan found favorite target Steve Surette for three touchdowns as Whittier remained atop the Commonwealth Conference Large standings with an easy 30-0 victory over Greater Lowell yesterday afternoon. In posting their first shutout of the season, the Wildcats (10-0 overall, 4-0 conference) won for the 21st time in 22 outings and clinched at least a tie for the conference title.

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Football, 11/14/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Power running, tough defense the key for Whittier

MANCHESTER — Whittier coach Kevin Bradley’s plan against Manchester Essex was simple.

Hold onto the ball.

“We wanted to keep the ball out of their hands,” Bradley said. “Everybody likes to talk about our passing game but we can run it too, I have a lot of confidence in the run game and it worked well today. We played smashmouth football on both sides of the ball.”

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Football, 11/07/09 » 1 Comment & 0.0 Stars

Strong second half sends Whittier to victory

HAVERHILL: Whittier players take a break with a commanding lead in football action against Chelsea. Whittier defeated Chelsea 34-13. Carl Russo photo. 10/31/2009. 9 Photos

HAVERHILL — A few Halloween scares for Whittier, but ultimately the gameplan came through.

A physical Chelsea squad started making its mark in the second quarter, forcing a turnover, slowing the Wildcat offense and changing field position. On David Cortez' 3-yard touchdown run with 1 1/2 minutes until halftime, the Red Devils drew within nine at 22-13.

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Football, 10/31/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier hits bump, then dominates Shawsheen

BILLERICA – Whittier offensive lineman Jordan Britton admitted his team was stunned.

“It was tough,” said Britton. “We knew we had to shake it off somehow and make up for the mistakes that we made.”

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Football, 10/24/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier hits bump, then dominates Shawsheen

BILLERICA – Whittier offensive lineman Jordan Britton admitted his team was stunned.

“It was tough,” said Britton. “We knew we had to shake it off somehow and make up for the mistakes that we made.”

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Football, 10/24/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ferreira, Whittier run over Archbishop Williams

BRAINTREE — At Whittier Regional, it’s simply called the Tornado. At the five schools the Wildcats have routed this season, it’s an offense that keeps defenses off balance if not outright confused. After primarily relying on a prolific passing attack the first four victories of the year, Whittier took to its rushing game yesterday and easily defeated Archbishop Williams 32-12 in a non-conference outing. Of their 53 plays from scrimmage, the Wildcats ran the ball 45 times, accumulating 267 yards and three scores. Whittier improved to 5-0 while manhandling a traditionally strong team (EMass Division 3 Super Bowl runner-up in 2004-05). Whittier coach Kevin Bradley said, “We want to run the ball. We’ll throw the ball, but this is one of those games that the line was safe. We got them up front. “The pass probably would’ve been available but why take the chance of turning the ball over when you can just run it. Especially on these cold days — you have to be able to run the football.” Whittier often direct snaps to the runner. Seven different players took snaps. Leading the way were Donald Leighton, who had a team-high 115 yards on only 12 carries, and Nick Ferreira, who scored two touchdowns and ran for all four Whittier conversions. “We never know who’s going to get the ball,” Ferreira said. “Whatever coach calls. If we need a break, we switch out. Every time one of us is out of breath another one comes in.” Quarterback Dillon Ryan did get into the mix with a touchdown pass to Ralph Hancock. Archbishop Williams (2-2) quickly jumped ahead when Alex Furtado ran 73 yards for a score on the first play. But the Bishops were stymied until scoring the game’s final touchdown on a 10-yard run by Furtado with 1:13 remaining. In between those scores, Whittier controlled the action with one touchdown drive of 14 plays that consumed 6:51 and another of 10 plays that took 5:39 off the clock. “They (the Wildcats) are very disciplined,” Archbishop Williams coach Bill Kinsherf said. “They were beating us up front and their backs are good. They execute and run that misdirection offense and it keeps you guessing.” Whittier 32, Archbishop Williams 12 Whittier (5-0):    8 16 8 0 — 32 Archbishop Williams (2-2):    6  0 0 6 — 12 First Quarter  AW — Alex Furtado 73 run (pass failed), 10:40  W — Nick Ferreira 5 run (Ferreira run), 3:49 Second Quarter  W — Donald Leighton 10 run (Ferreira run), 5:42  W — Ralph Hancock 5 pass from Dillon Ryan (Ferreira run), 0:41 Third Quarter  W — Ferreira 1 run (Ferreira run), 5:21 Fourth Quarter  AW — Furtado 10 run (pass failed), 1:13 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING: Whittier (45-267) — Donald Leighton 12-115, Nick Ferreira 11-96, Mark Asemota 7-28, Paul Buccos 4-14, Dillon Ryan 4-14, Jack Creesy 1-2, Kobie Green-Jackson 1-(-2); AW (24-166) — Alex Furtado 18-137, Tom Fitzpatrick 3-19, Elvin Souffrant 2-14, Joel McCarthy 1-(-4). PASSING: Whittier — Ryan 4-8-42 (1 interception); AW — Fitzpatrick 7-18-62 (0 interceptions). RECEIVING: Whittier — Ralph Hancock 2-23, Shane Surette 2-19; AW — Zach DuRoss 3-29, Kevin Louine 2-6, Souffrant 1-15, Furtado 1-12.

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Football, 10/10/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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