Boston High School: Dylan Colarusso

Balanced B-R attack overtakes Weymouth

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -– It was a tale of two halves for Billy Zolga but all that matters is a win in the end.

The senior quarterback Zolga was an efficient 7-of-10 under center for 148 yards with three of his seven completions going for touchdowns but Bridgewater-Raynham dominated previous undefeated Weymouth in the second half with their ground game in a 34-22 victory in front of the their home crowd to advance to the Division 1A Super Bowl this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

While Zolga did throw one interception that resulted in a Wildcats' touchdown, most of the senior signal caller's damage came in the first half with 134 yards on 5-of-7 passing before turning the game over to his backfield - junior tailback Branden Morin and senior captain Mike Chicoine.

Morin was the workhorse with 28 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns and was the major cog in the Trojans' ability to control the clock in the second half. Morin replaced starting tailback Nick Schlatz due to Schlatz's shoulder injury in the third quarter of Bridgewater-Raynham's big win over Brockton on Thanksgiving.

Chicoine had 59 yards on eight carries before also leaving with an lower leg injury with less then five minutes to play in regulation.

“Brandon Morin stepped up huge, we needed a lot of guys to step up for Nick Schlatz, and they did it. It was a great team effort, a great team win,” Trojans head coach Dan Buron said. “We knew they were going to stop the run and figured we would get a little play action pass going but we changed in the second half cause I like the clock to run.”

Weymouth drew first blood on their first series with a 73-yard, nine-play drive finished by quarterback Mitch Temple with a 17-yard floater to junior receiver Khary Bailey-Smith.

But Bridgewater-Raynham (10-2) answered back quickly scoring on only their second play from scrimmage as Zolga found Sean O'Donnell wide open for a 47-yard touchdown and the game was knotted at seven with 5:13 to go in the first quarter.

Not only that, but the Trojans would hit pay dirt on their first three possessions to take a commanding 22-7 lead as Morin scored the first of his two rushing scores and Zolga found fellow senior Sean McCall for the first of McCall's two end zone grabs, this one going for 52 yards.

But Weymouth (11-1) didn't go away quietly as senior tailback Dylan Colarusso punished the Trojans' defensive front for 78 first-half yards on the ground and scored from four-yards out to cut the deficit to eight, 22-14. Colarusso scored again from three-yards out after Shawn Whouley tipped a Zolga pass in the middle of the field to defensive back Ozzy Colarusso for the interception to set up the Wildcats at the Trojans' 34-yard line. Dylan Colarusso's second score came with only 33 seconds left in the second quarter and he capped off the comeback with a two-point conversion to tie it all up, 22-22, at the break.

“When it was tied I said 'What do you expect' – (Weymouth) is undefeated, they are not going to die, but we handled their surge and let's go out and take the opening drive,” said Buron.

A seven-play drive ending in Morin's second end zone dance, a six-yard sweep to the left, ate up 4:32 of the third quarter and gave Bridgewater the slim 28-22 lead.

Bridgewater-Raynham's defense finally came alive and forced the Wildcats into a quick three-and-out and the Trojans' running game took over the rest of the way.

A clock-killing 17-play drive ensued with Buron methodically drawing out plays to the final seconds of each possession to keep Weymouth's defense on the field. The drive covered the remainder of the third quarter and then after 15 of the first 16 plays of the drive were running plays – Zolga drove the stake into Weymouth's perfect season with an eight-yard corner route touchdown to McCall for the 34-22 lead with only 3:50 remaining.

All in all, the Wildcats only touched the ball eight times in total on offense in the second half which resulted in a net 11 yards of offense from scrimmage. Dylan Colarusso was bottled up the rest of the way as he finished with only 80 yards on 14 carries.

The win sets up a rematch of last season's D1A Super Bowl between the Trojans' and Gloucester -- 21-0 winners over Lincoln-Sudbury -- in a game in which the Fishermen's running game prevailed in a 33-13 victory.

WEYMOUTH (11-1) 7 15 0 0 -- 22
BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM (10-2) 15 7 6 6 -- 34


WE – Khary Bailey-Smith 17 pass from Mitch Temple (Ozzy Colarusso kick)
BR – Sean O'Donnell 47 pass from Billy Zolga (Mike Chicoine kick)
BR – Branden Morin 5 run (Morin run)
BR – Sean McCall 52 pass from Zolga (Chicoine kick)
WE – Dylan Colarusso 4 run (O. Colarusso kick)
WE – D. Colarusso 3 run (D. Colarusso run)
BR – Morin 6 run (kick failed)
BR – McCall 8 pass from Zolga (run failed)

No. 12 Weymouth overpowers Rebels

November, 25, 2010
11/25/10
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- The 2010 edition of the annual Thanksgiving game between No. 12 Weymouth and No. 14 Walpole had been dubbed a battle of power versus speed, physicality versus agility. The Bay State Carey-champion Wildcats have plowed through opponents with a powerful running game behind a bruising offensive line while the Rebels, champions of the Bay State Herget, have been known to spread the field to create space for their smaller, quicker playmakers.

The Wildcat defense stifled Walpole’s spread offense, however, and Weymouth (11-0, 11-0) was able to ride senior all-league running back Dylan Colarusso to a 21-6 victory over the Rebels (10-1, 10-1) on its home turf. Colarusso carried the load for the Wildcats, carrying 38 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, with 25 of those carries coming in the second half.

“The kids set the tone, they’ve done it all year,” Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin said, “When we’re on defense they force the other team to make mistakes and when [we] get the ball they know how to make it work.”

The Wildcats forced a few costly Rebel mistakes in the first half, and capitalized on them to jump out to an early lead. After a Ralph Toye fumble recovery ended Walpole’s first drive, the Wildcats struck quickly as senior quarterback Mitch Temple hit junior Khary Baily-Smith for a 28-yard score on Weymouth’s first offensive play.

The early cushion allowed the Wildcats to settle into a pattern of inside runs by Colarusso to draw in the defense interspersed with Temple passes to receivers Bailey-Smith and senior Austin “Ozzy” Colarusso, who both saw man-to-man coverage for much of the game. Temple finished the day 9 of 15 passing for 121 yards and one touchdown.

While the Weymouth offense ate up the clock, their defense continued to contain Walpole quarterback Troy Salvatore and running back Kenny Woods.

Woods, who replaced All-State running back Ryan Izzo as the feature back this season, managed only eight yards on three carries.

In the second quarter, Salvatore took a quarterback keeper 21 yards up the middle to the Weymouth 45-yard line, but was picked off by senior linebacker Rob Barrus to set up a 60-yard Wildcat scoring drive, culminating in a four-yard Dylan Colarusso touchdown run to give Weymouth a 14-0 lead.

Much credit for Weymouth’s successful ground game goes to Barrus (who plays fullback on offense) and an offensive line made up of seniors Patrick Murphy, Anthony Guaracino, Aaron Foley, Joe DiCesare, and Jay Serafini, to which the undersized Rebel front four had no answer for.

“The offensive line and my fullback, Rob Barrus, were working just hard as I am,” Colarusso said, “When they’re moving the defense back it’s an easy four yards every time.”

The final Weymouth touchdown came on a 15-play, 81-yard drive to start the second half that took over eight minutes off the clock. Colarusso carried the ball on every play of the drive, including a final one-yard plunge into the end zone to stretch the lead to 21-0.

The Rebels did get on the board on a 12-yard fade route from Salvatore to senior captain David Conroy with just over six minutes remaining in the game, but Weymouth recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to run out the clock.

Both teams will be competing in the MIAA playoffs this Tuesday, as both had already clinched their respective league titles coming into this week. Walpole will play at Mansfield while Weymouth will take on Bridgewater-Raynham in Bridgewater.

WEYMOUTH 21, WALPOLE 6
WEY 7 7 7 0 -- 21
WAL 0 0 0 6 -- 6

First Quarter:

WEY – Khary Bailey-Smith 28-yard pass from Mitch Temple (Austin Colarusso kick)

Second Quarter:
WEY – Dylan Colarusso 4-yard run (A. Colarusso kick)

Third Quarter:
WEY – D. Colarusso 1-yard run (A. Colarusso kick_

Fourth Quarter:
WAL – David Conroy 12-yard pass from Troy Salvatore (kick failed)

What We Learned: Week 5

October, 11, 2010
10/11/10
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Another Monday, another wrap up of another stellar week of football. Here's a look back at the weekend that was, and what we've learned...

METHUEN'S OFFENSIVE LINE IS GOOD. LIKE, '97 BRONCOS GOOD.
"Best offensive line in the state," repeated Ryan Savastano to reporters, after marching his Methuen Rangers teammates to a 31-21 win over Chelmsford, to the tune of 223 yards on 32 carries.

Sometimes the o-line shoutouts can be a forced axiom grilled into a kid's head from the coaching staff -- mention the line, mention the line! -- but in Methuen's case, these are far from canned quotes.

With quarterback Cal Carroll treading carefully with a hairline fracture on his left (non-throwing) thumb, the Rangers dialed up inside zone runs almost exclusively against their Merrimack Valley Large counterparts. The gameplan was methodical and pretty simplistic -- Savastano zone left, Savastano zone right, Carroll keeper, vertical pass, rinse and repeat -- and yet Chelmsford's vaunted defense, hailed by some as one of the state's best, struggled all night to put a helmet on the ball carrier on running plays.

Led by Steve DiZazzo and Dan Cormier on the left, and Sean Whittaker on the right, the senior-laden line has excelled in a zone-blocking scheme. With a linebacking corps as active at Chelmsford's, led by Zach Hayes and monster middleman Tim Joy, the Rangers often chipped off double-team blocks and accelerated downhill to drive the outside shoulder of a linebacker or defensive back away from the play. Sometimes, though, they simply pushed back the defensive linemen right into linebackers.

"I thought the o-line got some great push," Methuen head coach Pat Graham said. "It was probably tough for Tim (Joy), with the d-linemen getting knocked back into him a little bit, I'm sure it was tough for him to try and find the running back. Ryan's just a little guy, he's behind all those big guys, it's just tough to find him sometimes. But the big thing is our o-line got a great push up front."

Graham, one of the area's best coaching minds, has kept his quotes pretty vanilla and straightforward so far this season, to keep his players grounded and focused. But after a win as impressive as last Friday's, even Graham has to let out a sigh and a smile.

"Chelmsford's one of the best teams, year in and year out, in the state," he beamed. "It's a great feeling."

...ALL OF WHICH MAKES PLYMOUTH NORTH'S WEEK ONE WIN OVER THE RANGERS THAT MUCH MORE IMPRESSIVE
The Eagles, led by ice-in-his-veins running back Matt Walsh, are essentially a muffed two-point conversion attempt from being 4-1 and an ESPNBoston Top 25 team. In Week One, North held the Rangers to just one touchdown, and escaped with a 13-7 win thanks to a 70-yard Walsh touchdown run with four minutes and change to go.

Last Friday, it was Cody Merritt providing the spark, scoring three times (two rushing, one receiving) to lead the Eagles to an impressive 20-7 win over Bridgewater-Raynham.

Week by week, as the Rangers continue to pound away at the MVC's best and brightest, that is looking more and more intriguing.

JUST HOW GOOD IS ST. JOHN'S OF SHREWSBURY?
The No. 3 Pioneers lambasted cross-town rival Shrewsbury High, 52-7, their second straight week hanging half-a-hundred on the opposition. That brings their scoring margin through five games to 221-34, with a state-best average of 44.2 points per game.

A quick look inside the numbers:
  • Yards per game: 372.6
  • Yards allowed per game: 243
  • Points allowed per game: 6.8
  • Dan Light, Sr. QB: 48 carries, 426 yards, 8 TD; 44 of 77 passing, 935 yards, 15 TD, 3 INT
  • Richard Rodgers, Sr. WR/DE: 18 catches, 372 yards, 7 TD; 5 sacks

In Week Two, the Pioneers pasted Longmeadow, 37-8; the Lancers visited Catholic Memorial last Friday and beat them on a last-second field goal, 27-26. Two weeks ago, St. John's clobbered Fitchburg, 56-12, in the rain; last Friday, the Red Raiders almost beat Brockton, faltering in the fourth quarter.

We'll see just how good the Pioneers are this Saturday, when they travel to St. John's Prep to take on the No. 16 Eagles, and on October 30, when they host No. 1 Xaverian.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Akin to Aretha Franklin, or that old Adam Sandler album skit, Norton is just asking for a little of it these days.

"We didn’t get shown much respect in our league and everyone thought Westwood was going to beat us," Lancers junior running back Zach Schweiger told correspondent Phil Perry on Friday. "Everyone thought their big running back [Sean Amaru] was going to do a whole bunch against us but we shut him down and executed on offense."

With a convincing 28-6 win over Westwood, the Lancers have certainly earned it, sitting at 5-0 and the prohibitive favorites to win the Tri-Valley League.

Norton stands a game ahead of Holliston, Medway and Westwood (all 4-1). Perhaps, more importantly, the Lancers now have recorded wins over Medway and Westwood with only an Oct. 22 date with the Panthers remaining on their slate.

ROUGH AND TUMBLE SOUTH SHORE
Speaking of potential Division IIIA playoff scenarios, it’s anybody’s guess which team will survive what has shaped up to be a very tough South Shore League.

Cohasset (5-0) remained unbeaten against another formerly unbeaten squad in an upstart East Bridgewater team Friday night behind Thomas Flibotte’s 101 yards on 18 carries. Meanwhile, Rockland (28-0 win over Hull) and Abington (34-0 whitewashing of Carver) also improved to 5-0.

However, things at the top could sort themselves out pretty quickly as the Skippers host Rockland this weekend (Friday, 6 p.m.) and the Green Wave travels for a tough road game at Masphee (4-1, 1-1) Friday at 7 p.m.

All will be appointment viewing.

DOUBLE DRAGONS
The play of Duxbury quarterbacks Matt O’Keefe and Kane Haffey puts head coach Dave Maimaron in an enviable position every weekend.

Typically, O’Keefe and Haffey split time under center. They have combined for a .567 completion percentage and have both had success moving the ball down the field. On the season, O’Keefe has completed 31 of 48 pass attempts for 449 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Haffey has gone 37-of-72 for 490 yards, five touchdowns and one pick.

But Maimaron’s depth at quarterback only helps when the injury bug comes calling.

When it became apparent Haffey wasn’t going to be able to go in Friday’s game at Quincy, there was no sweat calling upon O’Keefe to carry the load. The junior responded with a 242-passing yard performance and accounting for all of the Dragons’ five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).

HEAD OF THE CLASS
VALVOLINE PEAK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: TYLER COPPOLA, SR. RB/DB, ST. JOHN'S PREP

What else is there to say after a performance as dynamic as Coppola's? Last Saturday against visiting Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore, the senior carried 19 times for 338 yards and five touchdowns, with all five of his scores coming on runs of 42 yards or more. Adding in return yardage, he finished the day with 473 all-purpose yards and a long ride home for the visiting Gaels. Yep, not a whole lot of hyperbole needed after this one, but with a day like that, credit is due to the Eagles' offensive line led by Nathan Cyr.

THE CLASSMATES
Brian Bourque, Sr. QB, Reading - He totaled 183 yards of offense (135 passing) and four touchdowns as the Rockets cruised to a 42-0 beatdown of Wakefield.

Jonathan DiBiaso, Jr. QB, Everett - The coach's son threw for six touchdown passes in the first half of a 42-7 win over Taunton, breaking two school records in the process -- passing touchdowns in a game and one half (himself, two weeks ago against Barnstable), and career touchdown passes (now at 34, breaking Matt Nuzzo's mark of 31 set earlier this millennium).

Chris Coady, Jr. RB/LB, BB&N - Coady was omnipresent in the Knights' 33-28 win over Governor's Academy. He carried the ball 18 times for 86 yards and a score; caught three passes for 63 yards and a second score; made seven tackles on defense; and returned an interception to the house for a third and final score.

Dylan Colarusso, Sr. RB, Weymouth - The hard-nosed Colarusso bulldozed his way to 220 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats rolled to a 43-0 shutout of Dedham.

Alex Furtado, Sr. RB, Archbishop Williams - Furtado led the Bishops with 236 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in a 32-22 win over Whittier Tech.

Matt O'Keefe, Jr. QB, Duxbury - With injured quarterback Kane Haffey on the mend, O'Keefe stepped up and threw for 237 yards and five scores (four passing, one rushing) in the Green Dragons' 35-7 win over Quincy.

Trevon Offley, Sr. RB, Brockton - The hard-running Offley ran for 217 yards and two scores in the Boxers' 27-20 win over regional rival Fitchburg.

Nate Robitaille, Sr. QB, Attleboro - Another week, more heroics. This time, he carried the ball seven times for 132 yards and a score; and completed 10 of 26 passes for 178 yards and two scores, including the game-winner with time expired, as the Blue Bombardiers downed Foxborough, 26-24.

Ryan Savastano, Jr. RB, Methuen - The diminutive Savastano carried the ball 32 times for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Rangers' 31-21 win over Chelmsford.

Matt Silva, Sr. QB, Dracut - In yet another shootout, this time a 45-35 win over Lowell and old coach Jeff Moore, Silva threw for 171 yards and two scores, and ran for 213 more and a third score.

Kenny Woods and Troy Salvatore, Sr. RB's, Walpole - The two combined for 325 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the Rebels' 34-21 win over Braintree.

What We Learned: Week 4

October, 4, 2010
10/04/10
3:15
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Better hold on to your hats.

That was the theme of Week 4 of the local high school football schedule from the perspective of weather and its results. Driving rains and howling winds across Southern New England had many of Friday’s games washed out and moved to Saturday. For those who remained steadfast in their Friday schedules or kicked off on Saturday, there were plenty of upsets to be had and much on the line.

Here’s what we learned from this weekend’s action:

The good ship Falmouth

Down 15-0 at halftime? No problem. Thirty-six players on your sideline? That’s enough. Falmouth has now made “upset” wins over BC High old hat.

It was the first time that a Catholic Conference team had traveled to the Cape in more than a decade. And coming off of last year’s 22-20 loss to the Clippers, the Eagles had plenty of motivation to return the favor to what Falmouth had done on their turf last year.

Yet, somehow, the Clippers found a way to win. They weren’t just playing for themselves and for their teammates, they were playing for the entirety of football on the Cape. That perceived no man’s land of football has now definitively proven it is a force.

“Everybody thinks that because we’re from Cape Cod that we don’t know how to play football,” senior Nelson Baptiste told ESPN Boston’s Brendan Hall on Thursday.

Things didn’t look good for Falmouth’s chances early, as BC High running back Preston Cooper (two rushing touchdowns, 2-point conversion) accounted for all but one of the Eagles’ 15 first-half points. BC High’s front also bottled up the Clippers’ option attack, holding Falmouth to just seven offensive plays in the half.

In the second half, Clippers head coach Steve Femino relied on a couple his less-heralded players to lead the charge in the second half.

Bobby Whelan led the rushing attack with 14 carries for 110 yards and touchdown — all coming in the second half. His 21-yard carry on his first touch of the game in the third quarter set the tone for what was to come.

After a Dillon Mansfield score made it 15-14, Falmouth looked for its defense to make a stand.

The Clippers forced the Eagles three-and-out with two plays for negative yardage, as Tyrone Reine and Jonah Olsen make tackles for a loss. Then, it was junior corner Devon Soares who left his imprint with two interceptions on successive BC High drives to close out the win.

“Devon Soares has been our biggest surprise of the year,” Femino said. “He’s not the biggest kid and some teams look to pick on him because [Nelson] Baptiste is on the other side. But he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s been a great surprise for us.”

Though we shouldn’t be surprised about anything the Clippers accomplish from here on out.

Armani Reeves is a big-time player with prime-time speed

Asked about the performance his star junior had just put on in a big win over New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin, Catholic Memorial head coach Alex Campea could only exhale deeply as he beamed, draping a hand on Armani Reeves' shoulder.

"This guy can make it happen, this guy can make it happen," he repeated to ESPNBoston's Brendan Hall. "Listen, we have some good players, and tonight in a big game they shone through -- making big catches, big plays, offensively and defensively. But I'm glad we have him. He competes every snap of every game."

We've previously held Reeves -- who lines up at both wide receiver and running back, and also returns kicks and punts -- in high regard. But last weekend's performance (193 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns) affirms everything.

Reeves currently holds scholarship offers from Penn State, UConn, Wake Forest and UMass, but we expect more to roll in as more and more coaches discover what a special athlete this kid is.

TVL up for grabs

Holliston entered Friday night’s tilt with Tri-Valley League rival Medway looking as though they might run away and hide with the league title. The Panthers were averaging 48 points per game before they met the Mustangs’ defense and met their first loss of the season in a 28-16 win over Holliston.

"I think it showed a lot of character that we were down 10 to nothing," Medway coach Dave McSweeney told ESPN Boston correspondent Neil Carroll on Friday. "We didn’t panic and we made plays when we had to. Michael [Ozella] broke a nice run off that set up the last second pass so we kind of lucked out there, but I’ll take it anyway we can get it."

With the win, Medway threw the TVL standings for a loop, drawing even with Holliston at 3-1 in league play. Both teams stand a game behind Westwood and Norton, who both improved to 4-0 on the weekend. Norton dispatched Medway in Week One, 23-14, but Westwood looms on the schedules of both the Panthers and Mustangs.

So things are about to get really interesting.

Is the Bay State Carey wrapped up?...

So we’re not about to go Gore v. Bush in this space, but it’s hard to not look at Weymouth’s convincing 26-0 whitewashing of Needham as a huge leap forward to deciding the Bay State Carey.

Once again, the Super Colarusso Bros. (Can we get a video game in development for these guys yet?) led the way, combining for 225 yards and four touchdowns.

"This is not a league title tonight," Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin told our Phil Perry on Friday, tempering the hype. "It certainly puts us in a good spot, but we've got to continue to work because there are other good teams here."

...One things's for certain: the Merrimack Valley Conference isn't


In Jason Houston's first year as an assistant at Dracut back in 2004, he watched as the Middies lost a 63-46 shootout to Division 1A Super Bowl runner-up Chelmsford. Now six years later, Houston won his second career game as head coach -- and his second in as many weeks over a previously-ranked opponent -- by flipping the switch, his team rolling to a 60-42 win over Billerica behind big nights from quarterback Matt Silva (8 of 12 passing, 262 yards, four touchdowns; 17 carries, 110 yards, touchdown), wide receiver Chris Malonis (seven catches, 252 yards, four touchdowns; 95-yard kickoff return touchdown) and running back Keith Hamel (20 carries, 121 yards, three touchdowns).

Dracut, by the way, wasn't even the favorite in the MVC Small headed into the season. Heck, they could very well end up 7-4 or 6-5 in this kind of daunting league schedule.

"In my opinion, top to bottom, this is the toughest league in the state," said Houston, who himself won an MVC title quarterbacking Lowell in the late 90s.

Central showdown

Looking ahead to next weekend, among the things we’ll be watching is the matchup of Central unbeatens No. 17 Auburn and Northbridge. Both teams enter at 4-0 and hope to keep their marks unblemished. But the Rockets have an extra motivation in keeping their state-best 28-game win streak in tact.

However, Auburn’s already had a couple of brushes this season. The Rockets slipped by Shrewsbury, 6-2, in Week One and escaped 19-15 this weekend’s test against Hudson. No doubt Northbridge, which enters the game averaging nearly 29 points per game, will be looking to be the team to finish the deed.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

VALVOLINE CO-PEAK PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK: MATT SILVA, SR. QB, AND CHRIS MALONIS, SR. WR, DRACUT

Talk about an offensive explosion. Silva accounted for 372 yards of offense (262 passing, 110 rushing) and five total touchdowns, linking up with Malonis (seven catches, 252 yards) for all four of his touchdown passes, as the Middies survived a Wild West 60-42 shootout with Billerica. Since losing to Westford 27-13 in Week 2, the Middies have exploded, averaging 43.5 points per game and knocking off previously-ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks. Think things are clicking up on Route 38?

THE CLASSMATES

Sean Amaru, Sr. RB, Westwood - The speedy Amaru led the Wolverines with 340 yards rushing on 18 carries and six touchdowns, in an easy 48-24 dispatching of Millis/Hopedale.

Andrew Coke, Jr. RB, Andover - For the second straight week, Coke eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground, this time rushing for 214 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in the Warriors' 31-0 win over Haverhill -- in pouring rain, no less. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Coke has accumulated 450 yards and nine touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Matt Costello, Sr. WR, Everett - Costello had a dominant afternoon for the Crimson Tide in their 43-14 win over Barnstable, catching eight balls for 203 yards and four scores.

Nate Costello, Sr. RB, Assabet Valley Tech - The senior ran for 232 yards and three scores for the Aztecs, who cruised to a 48-8 win over Nashoba Tech.

Tyllor MacDonald, Sr. QB, Lynn English - The 6-foot-1 MacDonald threw for 263 yards and four scores, ran for 74 yards and three more scores, and added an interception on defense to lead the Bulldogs in a 47-16 win over Danvers.

John Page, Sr. RB, Bourne - Page ran for 243 yards and four scores in the Canalmen's 42-14 win over Coyle-Cassidy.

Nick Schlatz, Jr. RB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Schlatz carries 18 times for 211 yards and four scores as the Trojans rolled to a 42-14 win over New Bedford.

Mike Walsh, Jr. QB, Swampscott
- Down 34-14 at the half, Walsh rallied the Big Blue to a stunning comeback over Revere, tossing for three touchdowns and finishing the day 25 of 43 for 322 yards passing. He threw the game-winning score with 16 seconds left, and the Big Blue converted the two-point try for the 43-42 win.

Colarusso Bros. fuel Weymouth past Needham

October, 2, 2010
10/02/10
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WEYMOUTH -- Dylan and Aussie Colarusso swear they're related. If you watched them run with the ball, you'd never know it.

The pair of Weymouth running backs shredded Needham's defense to lead the Wildcats to a 26-0 victory Friday night, and each did it with his own unique style.

Older brother Dylan, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior cocaptain, ran through tackles and powered over defenders to the tune of 114 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Aussie, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore, used his quickness and vision to elude the Rockets for 111 total yards and two touchdowns.

"It's just our body types," Dylan said. "I'm a bigger guy. Aussie’s a smaller guy with more quickness. That’s how it works. A little smash and dash."

On Weymouth’s first play from scrimmage, Needham immediately understood the "smash" element of the Colarusso equation.

After the Rockets fumbled a handoff on the game's second play from scrimmage, Weymouth (4-0) recovered on the Needham 11-yard line and fed Dylan right away. On the Wildcats' first play, he plowed through the defensive line, broke a tackle and fell into the end zone.

"Dylan is a man between the tackles," Weymouth coach Kavin Mackin said. "He has the speed to get away, but he’s our muscle guy without a doubt."

The Rockets' first failed drive was a harbinger of things to come. Needham (3-1) finished the game with four turnovers, not including two turnovers on downs. Just two and a half minutes after their red-zone fumble in the first quarter, they were stopped again when Rockets quarterback Kevin Brennan was intercepted by Aussie Colarusso.

Brennan, who had led Needham to an average of 32.6 points in its first three games, threw only one more pass on the night. He was forced from the game at the end of the first quarter with a back muscle injury that has plagued him for the past few weeks, according to Needham coach David Duffy.

Brennan was hit hard by Weymouth senior cocaptain Jesse Toomey during his last pass attempt, a third-down incompletion, and the signal-caller remained on the ground for a moment after the play.

"Weymouth's defensive line is very good, so I give them a lot of credit," Duffy said. "We had a lot of turnovers and our quarterback got hurt, but we have to get better play from our offensive line."

Weymouth's ensuing possession ended when Wildcats quarterback and cocaptain Mitch Temple (3-of-8, 43 yards) found a sliding Aussie Colarusso 20 yards away in the front corner of the end zone to make the score 13-0.

Needham’s backup quarterback, junior Drew Burnett (5-of-19, 58 yards), did his best to get his offense in sync, but the rain and the Weymouth defense was too much to handle. Burnett was intercepted twice, once by Aussie Colarusso and once by Khary Bailey-Smith, and Needham never got inside Weymouth's 20-yard line.

The Wildcats' offense continued to feed off of their defense when Rob Barrus blocked a Needham punt one minute into the fourth quarter. Dylan Colarusso followed with a 36-yard scamper and a 1-yard touchdown plunge to make the score 19-0.

Aussie’s second interception came with just less than five minutes left in the contest. Aussie (6 carries, 91 yards) then made good on his own turnover and sealed the game with a 44-yard touchdown run.

"They're big and they're strong," Duffy said of the Colarussos. "You have to tackle them low and wrap up or else you’re not going to be successful."

The win puts undefeated Weymouth in good position within the Bay State Carey Division race, but the Wildcats understand it's too early in the season to celebrate.

"This is not a league title tonight," Mackin said. "It certainly puts us in a good spot, but we've got to continue to work because there are other good teams here."

WEYMOUTH 26, NEEDHAM 0
NEE 0 0 0 0 --- 0
WEY 13 0 0 13 --- 26

First quarter
Dylan Colarusso 11 run (Kevin White kick)
Aussie Colarusso 20 pass from Mitch Temple (kick failed)

Third quarter
D. Colarusso 1 run (rush failed)
A. Colarusso 44 run (White kick)

What We Learned: Week 3

September, 27, 2010
9/27/10
12:06
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Now that the dust has settled on Week 3 of the Massachusetts football schedule, here’s what we learned from this weekend’s action:

OK, so we were slightly wrong about Xaverian...
Turns out our friends at the Boston newspapers had it right and we had this No. 1-2 thing in the wrong order. Xaverian, on the heels of a 23-20 double overtime instant classic over Brockton, is our new No. 1.

But differences aside, we've all agreed that, man oh man, last Saturday's showdown at the Hawk Bowl was one of the best in the history of the series. And these two teams almost always seem to fight to a seven-point win or four-point defensive stalemate.

The Boxers have plenty of hype this season, and rightly so with the likes of Miami-bound Albert Louis-Jean joined by fellow seniors Ralph Cherry, Paul Mroz, William Carruthers, Trevon Offley and Jacques Janvier. But the Hawks showed plenty of toughness in the win. Junior quarterback Chris Calvanese fought through cramps to orchestrate the comeback win, delivering the game-tying pass to Mike Muir -- who, a few plays prior, separated his shoulder and popped it back in.

Hey, who said Xaverian kids aren't tough?

...But when healthy, Brockton's Trevon Offley is a bull to take down
Mahar's Isaiah Jones put it ever so simply last week in our Q&A: "My coach always says squatting is going to do everything for you."

It's clear after last weekend that the 5-foot-6 Offley abides by a similar mantra. And, as All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew demonstrates every Sunday, leg power with a low center of gravity is a vicious combination.

From the second quarter on, Offley was just a chore to take down. Just when the Hawks had him for a 5-yard loss, he'd rip through an arm tackle, sidestep and shimmy his way back out to the line of scrimmage and then some. Other times, he'd keep his legs churning and drag the pile for an extra two or three yards. Offley, who carried the rock 19 times for 117 yards and all three of Brockton's scores in the loss, had been out with a shoulder injury since the first half of the Boxers' 16-6 season-opening win over Boston College High. But when he's healthy, he's as reliable as they come.

Methuen's offensive line kicks out and kicks off?
Methuen quarterback Cal Carroll emerged as one of the region's toughest playmakers with the Rangers' 36-26 stunner of No. 9 Billerica, but just as impressive was his offensive line. Since losing to Plymouth North, 13-7, in Week One, the guys in the trenches have been blowing teams off the ball. A week and a half ago, they took it to Malden's massive defensive line in the second half en route to a 42-12 win. Last Friday, the guys paved the way to over 200 yards on the ground against the Indians.

Led by seniors Steve DiZazzo and Dan Cormier on the left side, the Rangers' line might not always be the biggest, but they proved that when on the same page, they can bang heads with anybody on a given night.

"Our o-line, they're tough, man," senior wide receiver Raudy Minaya said. "They hit hard, they hit every single play, and we get extra yards. That last (Carroll carry), we got the first down with ease and Cal got the touchdown, that's because of our o-line. We never give up. Up seven, doesn't matter, we need to get up the field and get the first down, and we ended up getting a touchdown with it."

Said head coach Pat Graham, "Offensive line-wise, it was essential to control the clock and to be able to run the ball, and I think our kids did a good job with that."

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Cormier, by the way, has an impressive right leg. After Eric LaCroix kicks the extra point, the Rangers line up in a standard five-and-five kickoff formation, and some may be surprised to see Cormier raising his hand to the officials. But Cormier's got quite the boot, as he routinely blasted it to around the Billerica 5-yard line Friday night, with plenty of hang time.

Gloucester is really that good...so far, at least
Andover, coming off a 38-13 drubbing by the Fishermen, hung 39 points on MVC Small dark horse Tewksbury last Friday, which makes one wonder: just how good is Gloucester?

The Fish's defense, led by linebacker Chris Unis, was touted as a wagon before the team even started up their famous annual summer beach training regimen. The first unit hasn't allowed more than a score from opponents. Meanwhile, the Gilbert Brown-led offense has been explosive, averaging 38.3 points per game.

The rest of the Northeastern Conference, however, hasn't been sitting idly. Revere, led by bulldozing tailback Trae Weathers, is 3-0 for the first time in a while. Cross-town rivals Lynn Classical and Lynn English have also proven adequate to start the season, too.

We'll find out next month how capable the rest of the NEC Large contenders are of unseating the defending Division 1A Super Bowl champs, but for now we'll enjoy the ride.

Key EAC matchups could have bearing on December
Yeah, it’s a little premature, but we can’t help but wonder how a couple of this weekend’s Eastern Athletic Conference games might impact the long-term playoff picture in Division III.

There was a battle of unbeatens on Slocum Road in Dartmouth with Somerset traveling to meet Bishop Stang. The Blue Raiders rolled to a convincing 43-13 win over Stang, riding running backs Jaron Spear and Seth DeMello, who combined for five rushing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, heading north along Rte. 140, Martha’s Vineyard took care of business against Coyle-Cassidy. The Vineyarders escaped with a 41-32 win over the Warriors thanks to quarterback Randall Jette’s 192 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

While it appears that Somerset and the Vineyard control their own destinies in the EAC, we’ll see if Bishop Feehan has anything to say in the situation. It’s hard to figure what the Shamrocks have after losses to Attleboro, No. 18 North Attleborough and Abington — three quality teams. Feehan has two more games out conference, including next week’s out-of-state matchup with Barrington (R.I.), before hosting C-C.

“This is a tough division,” Somerset head coach Nick Freitas said Saturday after his team’s win.

He continued, “Hopefully, we just remain healthy. I think that will be the key.”

Blue Raiders quarterback Alex Ledoux left the game to an injury during the second quarter of Saturday’s game. At the time, Freitas didn’t have information on the severity of Ledoux’s injury.

What was clear was the Blue Raiders’ statement made on the field.

Playing with heavy hearts
Friday night’s Hockomock game between Attleboro and Franklin almost was for not.

Attleboro’s school community woke Friday morning to the news that senior Myles Brastow had died in a motorcycle accident. Hours before the game administrators and coached from the representative schools huddled to discuss whether it was appropriate to hold the game in light of Brastow’s death.

“We talked to the administrators and the coaches to see what they wanted to do with the game,” Franklin athletic director and head football coach Brad Sidwell said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “We certainly understood if they wanted to reschedule the game. But they felt that they wanted to try have a sense of normalcy and have the game like any other Friday night.”

The Blue Bombardiers paid homage to their fallen classmate with a dramatic 20-13 win over the Panthers. Attleboro was led by quarterback Nate Robitaille, who was cleared for the game after suffering a concussion during the previous game against King Philip, and running back J.J. Jolaoso. Robitaille march the Blue Bombardiers down the field on the game-winning drive inside the two-minute warning and Jolaoso punched in the winning score on a 7-yard touchdown run.

"It's a tribute to the kids," Attleboro head coach Kevin Deschenes told Mark Farinella of The Sun Chronicle after the game. "They had a rough day today, and for these young adults to bounce back after a very traumatic day, losing a friend, I thought they responded very well."

The Franklin football community was also dealing with the loss of one of its own. Longtime Panthers head coach Gerry Leone Sr. passed away last week

“He was a legendary part of Franklin football,” Sidwell said. “I know there are even some parents of current players who played for him and I know the lessons taught to them by coach Leone in high school are things that have stayed with them throughout their lives. That’s the kind of man he was.”

HEAD OF THE CLASS
VALVOLINE PEAK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY KNIGHT, SR. RB, LAWRENCE ACADEMY
The North Carolina State-bound Knight kicked off the much-hyped Spartans’ ISL title defense in grand fashion, carrying the ball 14 times for 308 yards and two scores in a 36-14 defeat of Milton Academy. We’ve seen 300-yard games before from schoolboy athletes, but on just 14 carries? That averages out to 22 yards a carry, or essentially a first down every time he touched the ball, so in that regard we’ve got to add a shout-out to his offensive line.

THE CLASSMATES
Blaise Branch, Sr. RB, Cardinal Spellman – The 6-foot, 200-pound Branch had three scores on the ground and totaled 201 rushing yards on the day, ironically to give his head coach Ron St. George his 201st win, as the Cardinals rolled to a 35-8 win over Carver.

Andrew Coke, Jr. RB, Andover – Coke accounted for all six of the Warriors’ touchdowns in a 39-32 win over Tewksbury to open MVC play. He rushed 30 times for 214 yards and a school record five touchdowns; was 2 of 2 passing for 28 yards, including a 12-yard scoring strike to Brian Miller; and added 65 return yards for 311 all-purpose yards.

Dylan Colarusso, Sr. RB, Weymouth – He carved quite a name for himself following his performance in Friday’s 41-14 win over Milton, carrying 25 times for 262 yards and three scores.

Dave Dubin, Jr. DE, Holliston – For all of the talk of the Panthers’ offensive weapons, it was Dubin’s work on defense that stood out in the 48-24 win over Millis/Hopedale. He had 11 tackles, including five sacks, and contributed to holding the Mohawks to minus-27 yards of offense in the first half.

Randall Jette, Sr. QB, Martha's Vineyard - Jette captained the Vineyarders' Navy-style option offense with 17 carries for 192 yards and five touchdowns in their 41-32 win over Coyle-Cassidy.

Ben Patrick, Sr. RB, Rivers – The Roxbury resident, who ran for over 900 yards in six games last season, continued his good ways with an impressive ISL debut. He carried 20 times for 269 yards and two scores, and also came up with two interceptions, as the Red Wings downed St. Paul’s, 40-18.

Ben Shelton, Sr. QB, Wayland – The Warriors turned a lot of heads with its stunning 36-7 win over highly-ranked Westford, and Shelton was the catalyst. He was 12 of 17 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and carried the ball 11 times for 97 yards.

Jaron Spear, Sr. RB, Somerset - The Blue Raiders asserted their will on the ground in a 43-13 victory over Bishop Stang and Spear headed the charge with 21 carries for 215 yards and four touchdowns.

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