Phillips Big Blue Football '18

Phillips sends Modeste out a winner

Andover's Mike Thompson threw two touchdowns and Phillips Academy send retiring coach Leon Modeste out a winner after 32 years with a 14-0 victory over archrival Phillips Exeter. 
"This was a great way to end a wonderful ride at Phillips Academy," said Modeste. "I am a happy man right now. It was a perfect way to end it."
Thompson opened the scoring in the first with a 26-yard TD pass to Will Litton. He then connected with Jake Bedell on a 9-yard score in the second. 
"Thompson has really grown up this season," said Modeste. "And he is only a junior. We will see big things from him."

 From there it was up to the defense, which delivered a shutout. Sal Lipoli — who rushed for 143 yards on 25 carries — made a team-high 10 tackles and intercepted a pass. Ben Carbo added eight stops. 

 "We had some struggles this season, but the kids really stepped up," said Modeste. "And I am fortunate to have my successor, Trey Brown, here to experience it all with me."
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Football, 11/10/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Defense shines, but Phillips falls

WORCESTER — Neither defense was giving an inch between Phillips and Worcester Academy.

Chelmsford Sal Lupoli led the charge again with 18 tackles and a sack, but Phillips couldn't get any offense going in an 8-0 loss Saturday night.

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Football, 11/03/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover's Thompson leads Phillips to dramatic win

ANDOVER — Michael Thompson took a snap and plowed in for a 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game, giving Phillips Academy a 21-17 comeback victory over Deerfield Academy on Sunday.
Thompson, an Andover resident, and the Big Blue got the ball with less that two minutes left and trailing by 17-14. Thomson hit Sal Lupoli for a huge 37-yard gain on a screen play, then took a QB keep 17 yards to set up his game-winning touchdown.
"We ran a great two-minute drill," said Phillips coach Leon Modeste. "A few guys made big plays when we needed them."

 It was a big day for Thompson. He threw for 202 yards and a touchdown to Jake Bedell. 
Lupoli scored the other Big Blue touchdown, and made 12 tackles. Magnus Voge chipped in with 14 tackles. 
Phillis next travels to Worcester Academy on Saturday (5 p.m.), before hosting legendary archrival Phillips Exeter on Nov. 19 (3:30 p.m.)
"Sal and Jake made big plays as always on defense," said Modeste. "And Thompson really stepped up. It's great to get our first home win of the season. Now we hope we can win our final two games of the season."
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Football, 10/28/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Thompson, Phillips hang tough at Suffield

SUFFIELD, Conn — For a minute, it looked likea big upset was in the making.

Phillips trailed just 14-7 early in the fourth quarter against a talented Suffield Academy team after Andover's Michael Thompson hit North Andover's Matt Sapienza for a 35-yard touchdown. 

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Football, 10/20/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Perennial power Choate handles Phillips

WALLINGFORD, Conn — Phillips ran into the buzzsaw that is perrenial power Choate Rosemary Hall on Saturday, falling 51-8.

Phillips (1-2) struggled to move the ball, only gaining 163 total yards of offense.

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Football, 10/06/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Phillips falls hard to Salisbury


ANDOVER — Sal Lupoli had another big day for Phillips Academy, but the results were far different for the Big Blue Saturday afternoon.

Facing a big and talented Salisbury School team, Phillips fell behind 32-0 at halftime and fell by a final 46-13 score to drop to 1-1.

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Football, 09/29/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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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Football, 09/22/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars