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Recap: Sharon 12, Wayland 3

December, 1, 2012

WALTHAM, Mass. –- When Dave Morse took over the reins in 2011, Sharon football had only won four games since 2008.

Now, in just his second year, the 25-year old fierce head coach has taken Sharon to the promise land, leading the Eagles to a 12-3 win over Wayland Saturday in the MIAA Division 3 EMass Super Bowl.

“They bought in to hard practices,” Morse said of his team’s commitment. “They bought in to early morning film sessions. They bought into it and it shows – that’s how you win a Super Bowl.”

Senior running back Sean Asnes led the way for Sharon with 17 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. He added another score through the air on a 4-yard touchdown reception.

“Sean [Asnes] was great,” Morse said. “He got hard yards when he needed to. He lowered his shoulder against a very stout defense that shut a lot of teams down this year. He’s learned to play running back over the last four years. He’s not just a fast kid who can touch the ball.”

After a back-and-forth scoreless first quarter, Sharon finally got on the scoreboard just before half.

With Wayland on offense facing a third down at their own 22, Sharon junior defensive end Erik Kushner sacked Wayland’s Matt Goddard. The ensuing Wayland punt came from the edge of their own goal line, which gave Sharon good field position at the Warrior 47.

The Eagles used a combination of Asnes, Toby Modebelu, Evantz Elisma, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Block rushes on the next eight plays to get to the Wayland 4. Their ninth play of the drive was a pass from O’Neill to Asnes out in the flat that saw Asnes extend out and cross the goal line. Sharon’s extra point was no good, giving Sharon a 6-0 lead at halftime.

The Eagles started the second half with a bang, as Asnes took the first snap and zig-zagged 71 yards for a touchdown to double Sharon’s lead to 12-0.

It looked as though Wayland would strike back on their first drive of the second half, marching down from their own 32 to the Sharon 9. But the stiff Eagle defense – led by Hockomock defensive MVP Brad Schiff – did their part, driving the Warriors back five yards and holding them to just a 30-yard field goal from Eric MacLean.

Neither team was able to muster up a solid drive after the opening scoring drives. It looked as though Wayland would have a chance to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, taking it from their own 27 into Sharon territory – until Kushner and senior Adam Banks came up with a huge sack forcing Wayland into a fourth and 15.

When it looked like the Warrior’s drive had been halted, Sharon’s Schiff was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later, Wayland found themselves just 30 yards out from the end zone. With Goddard out of the game, Wayland had sophomore Robert Jones under center and on 1st down, Schiff atoned for his penalty with a huge interception – his first career pick.

“We knew that was the nail in the coffin,” Morse said. “Schiff is an all-state caliber player. He’s made plays all year. That is his first career interception and it came at a big time.”

Schiff took full responsibility for the pass interference call that kept Wayland’s drive alive but made up for two plays later with his interception.

“That was my fault,” Schiff said. “You gotta move on

Sharon drained the clock some on their next play, but timeouts and stout run defense gave Wayland another shot. Jones found Roby Williams, who lateraled it to Dayleon McKenzie who tossed it to running back Robert Williams (17 carries, 98 yards). The speedster took it all the way to the Sharon 11, good for 43 yards.

However, the Eagles defense stood strong again, Jones was unable to connect on four straight throws with Schiff disrupting the fourth down toss into the end zone.

Sharon took a knee and watched as the seconds ticked away to win their first Super Bowl. For the seniors on the team, it’s a sweet feeling after where the program was when they first started at Sharon.

“This is always our goal,” Schiff said. “We strive for it year after year. I never thought we would make it this far, but that’s what happens when you put in the work and time – you get where you want to be.”

Sharon – 0 - 6 – 6- 0 --- 12
Wayland – 0 – 0 – 3 – 0 --- 3

Second quarter
S – Sean Asnes 4-yard pass from Sean O’Neill (kick failed)

Third quarter
S – Asnes 71-yard run (kick failed)
W – Eric MacLean 30-yard field goal

Recap: Wayland 36, Westwood 14

November, 28, 2012

READING, Mass. -- The Wayland offensive line opened up fault lines tonight against a Westwood defense, which never got a chance to get off of their heels, as they were constantly back pedaling en route to a 36-14 romp. Wayland will play Sharon in the Division 3 Super Bowl Saturday.

“Our plan was to take out their speedy quarterback-receiver conbo,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said. “I think we did a great job of shutting them down.”

Westwood showed a couple of sparks that may have spread into a flame, but they were unable to sustain a scoring streak that would have combated the early 13-0 lead the Warriors held. The Wolverines' Daniel Roache scored a touchdown in the second quarter with 6:06 left to make the game 13-7. Wayland’s Robert Williams thought it best to keep the score margin wider than one touchdown, so he ran 63 yards twenty seconds later to make the game 19-7.

In the third quarter, Westwood would again show some life and score with 6:30 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the Warriors went on to score four minutes later, a Williams run, again, and a 36-yard field goal from MacLean in the final ticks of the game.

“We were able to dominate right from the get-go,” said senior captain Kevin Kelly. He also attributed his team’s ability to dominate to the offseason workout regiment.

Wayland’s first series began with a four-and-out, but the punt by Eric MacLean, which rolled past the 20-yard line, was mishandled by the returner and Robert Jones was able to recover the ball for the Warriors deep in Westwood territory.

Williams, who would go on to score four touchdowns during the evening, took his first in, a 17-yard scamper with 6:58 left in the first quarter. A failed kick and a Westwood three and out gave Wayland the ball back and Williams another chance to punch it in, and punch it in he did. After taking carries of 11 and seven yards, he bounded into the end zone from three yards out making the score 12-0. The extra point from MacLean made the game 13-0.

“I contribute my scoring today completely to the line,” Williams said. “They are the ones who get the gaps to open up, allow me to read the linebackers and the safety’s movements. It feels amazing to get this win. I’ve been waiting for it a long, long time. As a team, we’ve been waiting long but working hard to get it.

Wayland 13 6 14 3 – 36
Westwood 0 7 7 0 – 14

Way – Robert Williams 17 run (kick failed) 6-0
Way – Robert Williams 3 run (Eric MacLean kick) 13-0

Wes – Daniel Roach 16 run (Geoffrey Cote kick) 13-7
Way – Robert Williams 63 run (botched kick, rush failed)19-7

Way – Robert “Robey” Williams 35 pass from Matt Goddard (MacLean kick) 26-7
Wes – Robert Berluti 6 pass from Alex Berluti (Cote kick) 26-14
Way – Robert Williams 44 run (MacLean kick) 33-14

Way – MacLean 36 FG 36-14

Recap: Wayland 14, Concord-Carlisle 13

November, 3, 2012
CONCORD, Mass. –- One point and one yard proved to be the difference on Friday night as the Wayland Warriors (6-3) defeated the Concord-Carlisle Patriots 14-13 in overtime.

The win gives Wayland the edge in the Dual County League Small Race as they stand at 2-0 in league with two more games to play in the regular season. The win is also Wayland’s first over the three-time defending Dual County Small champion Patriots since 2007.

“It was just a great effort from the team all around,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said after the game. “We are very excited right now.”

In a damp and raw evening on the gridiron, it was both teams’ defenses that shined through. With the game tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation the two teams entered their first overtime game of the season.

Wayland scored the opening touchdown in overtime as senior signal caller Matthew Goddard found tight end Kurt Straube on a 10-yard pass on second down to gave Wayland the 14-7 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Concord-Carlisle (4-5) dipped into their playbook as they executed a perfect halfback pass as senior running back Evan Boynton found sophomore quarterback Will Blumenberg on third down attempt for a 6-yard touchdown strike.

Trailing by one, Concord-Carlisle wasted little time, as they decided to go for two out of a timeout.

Blumenberg rolled right and did not see any open receivers so he tucked it under his right arm, dove for the pylon with his the ball extended, but he came up one yard short as host of Wayland defenders led by linebacker Matthew Devlin made the stop.

“I was actually thinking of going for two because I knew he was going to,” Parseghian said. “The defense just came up big.”

Devlin and the Warriors' defense stepped up when it counted all night, as they held Concord-Carlisle scoreless on two other crucial red zone opportunities along with a stop at the end of regulation.

“Defense is our strong point this year,” Parseghian stressed. “We are holding teams to under 10 points a game and we knew it was going to be a great effort.”

Wayland also received a strong defensive game from senior defensive back Dayleon McKenzie who had two big interceptions in the end zone on the evening, denying two C-C scoring attempts.

Senior Defensive End Tom Crowley stood out defensively for Concord-Carlisle as he made double-digit tackles and multiple tackles for losses on the night. Blumenberg also did a nice job in pass coverage for the Patriots.

Back-to-Back Early Scores: While both defenses were the story on the evening both offenses showed glimpses of excitement early as the games only two regulation touchdowns occurred on 25-yard-plus scoring strikes less than three minutes apart in the second quarter.

Goddard began the action when he found senior fullback William Gunshenan on a fourth down play that went for 25 yards and the game’s first score.

Blumenberg answered right back, as the athletic sophomore scrambled to his left and launched a 38-yard bomb to classmate Andrew Kielar for a touchdown.

What this means: The win gives Wayland the opportunity to control their own destiny if they win their final two games against Bedford and Weston.

Bedford (6-2, 2-0 in the DCL Small) poses a strong threat as they are currently tied atop the DCL Small with games against Wayland and Concord-Carlisle remaining.

Wayland also has the added benefit of hosting next Friday night’s game against Bedford at 7 p.m. along with their annual Turkey Day rivalry against neighboring Weston.

WAY (6-3) 0 7 15 0 7 --- 14
C-C (4-5) 0 7 0 0 6 --- 13

Second Quarter
W- William Gunshenan 25 pass from Matthew Goddard (Eric Maclean kick)
C – Andrew Kielar 38 pass from Will Blumenberg (Evan Boynton kick)

W– Kurt Straube 9 pass from Goddard (Maclean kick)
C– Blumenberg 6 pass from Boynton (rush failed)

New England Roundup: Vermont

January, 1, 2011
The Vermont boys' high school hockey season isn’t even three weeks old, but Champlain Valley Union may have already established itself as the team to beat in Division I.

VermontCVU raised its record to 5-0 by defeating Rice 8-1 Thursday night.

“From what I’ve read it does seem like we have that bulls-eye on us,” first-year CVU coach Mike Murray said. “We’re an explosive club and we’re eight deep in defensemen. That gets overshadowed by our offense.”

Forward Robbie Dobrowksi is an early favorite to be named Vermont’s Mr. Hockey. Dobrowski, who led team with 31 goals and 22 assists last season, collected nine points in CVU’s first two games – victories over Waterville (Maine) and Scarborough (Maine). He had three goals and two assists in the 6-0 triumph over Waterville, and added a goal and three assists in the 9-2 victory over Scarborough.

Dobrowski, who has 20 points in five games, has been a starter since he was a freshman.

“He’s a quick skater,” Murray said. “He’s got a very accurate shot and he sees the ice well. This year he’s figured out that he has to play at the other end of the ice as well.

“He’s also a 4.0 student. I know Middlebury is very interested in him.”

CVU’s Kyle Logan and Derek Goodwin are also among the top offensive players in the state. Goodwin, Logan and Dobrowski each scored twice in Thursday’s victory over Rice.

Goodwin has 10 goals through five games.

Eric MacLean is the team’s only senior defenseman. If there’s a question mark it’s in goal, where junior Jason O’Brien is a first-year starter.

“We’ll probably go where he takes us,” Murray said.

CVU will enter the new year as one of four unbeaten teams in Division I. St. Albans, Essex and Rutland are the others.

Although it was the No. 7 seed last season, CVU advanced to the Division I championship game, where where its improbable run ended with a 4-1 loss to Spaulding. The Redhawks, who won the Division I state title in 2009, have reached the Division I championship game in each of the last three seasons.


Bodel Zabili scored nine of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead Burlington to a 51-46 victory over Essex last Thursday in a matchup of programs that met in the 2010 Division I championship game.

Curtis Rodgers added 12 points for Burlington.

Senior guard Ben Farris tossed in a game-high 22 for Essex, which beat Burlington 44-37 to win last season’s title. Essex was within a point, 45-44, after Farris made back-to-back 3-pointers, but Burlington hung pulled away after Farris was called for an intentional foul with 29 seconds to play.

In other action, Rutland made 9 of 11 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and improved its record to 6-0 by defeating Spaulding, 51-41, in the Fran Pinard Holiday Tournament’s championship game.

Alex Snyder led the Rutland offense with 19 points. Troy Davine added 17.

Rutland overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Mount Mansfield 58-55 in the tournament’s opening round. Rutland has won the Pinard Tournament in each of the last four years.


After one game, the Stowe administration had seen enough and brought a premature end to the school’s girls basketball season.

After a meeting that included parents, players and Stowe athletic director Joanna Graves, the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the 2010-11 season because of lack of players.

Stowe had five players eligible for games scheduled before the holiday break, and one of those five players was nursing an injured knee.


Jim Hill has been in charge of the Otter Valley football team’s defense for the past nine seasons, but he’ll have a lot more to worry about this fall.

Hill, 34, was recently named Otter Valley’s head coach. He replaces Dennis Perry, who retired after serving as the program’s head coach for six seasons.

Hill was a captain and an all-state linebacker at Rutland. He graduated from high school in 1994 and played football for one season at Dean Junior College.
Hill will remain in his position as Otter Valley’s boys lacrosse coach.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.