Boston High School: Kevin Mackin

Recap: Brockton 33, Weymouth 7

November, 28, 2012
11/28/12
2:49
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -– The last time Brockton was in an MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl, gas prices were around $3, the housing market was spiraling downward, and Barack Obama had just been elected President.

Nothing crazy, right? Well, just understand that four years is an eternity in Brockton.

The Boxer faithful are known for their uniquely feverish blend of paranoia and restlessness, and aren’t afraid to let it be known to the players, coaches and everyone in between.

“We were beyond sick and tired of it, especially after last year,” said senior safety Micah Morel, alluding to their disappointing 5-6 finish in 2011. “We were absolutely disgusted with not being in the playoffs the last two years. We just wanted to turn this ship around.”

Said quarterback Austin Roberts, “They’re always coming up to you, and no one’s happy until you win a Super Bowl."

For now, everyone can rest easy. Brockton (9-3) is back in its first Division 1 Super Bowl since 2008, by way of an easy 33-7 victory over Bay State Carey champion Weymouth at the latter’s home field, thanks to a dominant rushing attack that gained 432 yards with just a single passing attempt.

Brockton hasn’t won a Super Bowl since taking back-to-back titles in 2004-05, when quarterback Jessy Resende and tailback Junior Penn were taking New England by storm and the Boxers were getting love in national polls. If they are to bring home the third Super Bowl title of the Peter Colombo era, they’ll have to do beat St. John’s Prep, which won the first meeting, 27-12, in Week 4.

“It’s been a while,” Colombo said.

Alluding to the Boxers’ first Super Bowl title in the first year of the era, in 1972, he continued, “We’re hoping to get back, and 40 years later...We started it off in ’72, and we’re hoping to put the brackets around this era.”

As usual, the dominant ground game was primarily the work of a four-pronged attack in the Boxers’ flex scheme: Roberts (18 carries, 125 yards, 2 TD), and senior running backs Moise Edouard (seven carries, 106 yards, TD), Ricardo Calixte (eight carries, 88 yards, TD) and Morel (10 carries, 90 yards, TD).

The Wildcats (8-4) stacked the box with its 50 front, yet the Boxers were able to establish the edge consistently, for big gains. Leading the attack as usual was Roberts, unafraid to lower his shoulder and charge forward and making the correct read on the option seemingly every play.

“He was very, very efficient tonight,” Morel said. “He played ‘Augie-Ball’ tonight. It was great.”

It started on the Boxers’ opening drive of the game, gift-wrapped for them at the Wildcats’ 19 after a Weymouth fumble on the first play of the game. Four plays later, Roberts tossed out wide to Morel, who glided over the left pylon for the game-opening score just two minutes into the contest.

Weymouth drove all the way to the Boxers’ 20 on the next drive, but stalled after quarterback David Harrison threw incomplete looking for the end zone. Going the other way, the Boxers completed a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive thanks to Edouard’s work, taking an off-tackle 44 yards down to the Weymouth 3 then punching it in on a dive the next play.

Then, the weirdest thing happened. Brockton’s kicker slipped as he went to kick, getting the nose of the ball, and the ball rolled 10 yards only to bounce off a Weymouth blocker into the hands of Brockton’s Justin Ahanon. Three plays later, the 215-pound Calixte made it 21-0 just 11 minutes into the contest with a 38-yard touchdown scamper, sprung loose by an Edouard kick-out block and cutting back at the left sideline with 10 yards to go for an easy score.

Defensive Back U: Year after year, the Boxers’ secondary churns out future Division 1 college athletes, this year being the Bryant University-bound Morel. Tonight, the unit made arguably the statement of the game after the offense fumbled the ball away on the first play of the second half. Harrison used a bubble screen to Ozzy Colarusso and a 24-yard QB draw to give the Wildcats first and goal from the Boxer 4.

Earlier in the game, Harrison knifed through the defense with a slick 18-yard touchdown pass to Colarusso. The play was drawn up perfectly, with trips to the right, both inside receivers running out routes and the outside man – Colarusso – cutting to the goal post on a slant.

This time, however, Harrison threw four incompletions to end the drive. Roberts then led the Boxers 96 yards the other way, accounting for 52 of the yards plus the score to make it 33-7.

“If we elimintated Harrison from extending the plays, we knew we had a good shot,” Morel said. “We’ve been playing great lockdown defense on the outside with our corners and our secondary the past few weeks, and we knew if we could contain Harrison then we had a good shot at winning this game.”

And how did they contain?

“Pressure up front, linebackers took their key steps,” he said. “Stay in the cutback lanes and just make sure that he wasn’t going to get anywhere.”

Tanks in the trenches: The Boxers installed their “Flex” offense, an option-based scheme utilizing multiple wing-backs (popularized by college programs such as Navy and Georgia Tech), as a way to take advantage of Roberts’ run-first exploits and the running back depth. Suffice to say it’s more than paid off, as the Boxers have run for 3,066 yards and 37 touchdowns as a team, with an average of 255.5 yards per game, making them among the state’s most efficient rushing attacks.

It’s a misdirection offense, but also one predicated on mobile linemen. Led by 6-foot-2, 260-pound road grader Joe Previte, the Boxers controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening whistle. It was an efficient night, calling 45 running plays and averaging 9.6 yards per run.

“The o-line has been great all season,” Roberts said. “They’re the best part of our team, offensive line and defensive line. They did a great job today. They controlled the line of scrimmage, made it easy for the backs.”

For all the headlines Roberts and Morel tend to grab, Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin agreed it's the guys in the trenches that are the key ingredient.

"The most impressive part is that offensive line -- they are very, very physical," he said. "They've played a lot of years together obviously, and we threw everything we had at them. I think at one point we had all 11 guys in the box, and they still pushed us back. So, you've got to tip your hat to a team like that. They're very physical."

BROCKTON 33, WEYMOUTH 7

BRO (9-3) 7 20 6 0 --- 33
WEY (8-4) 0 7 0 0 --- 7


First Quarter
B - Micah Morel 8 run (De'Andre Brown kick) 7:58

Second Quarter
B - Moise Edouard 3 run (kick blocked) 9:30
B - Ricardo Calixte 38 run (Austin Roberts run )8:06
W - Ozzy Colarusso 18 pass from David Harrison (Colarusso kick) 2:27
B - Roberts 5 run (kick blocked) :16

Third Quarter
B - Roberts 2 run (rush failed) 3:07

Recap: No. 12 Natick 42, No. 10 Weymouth 23

October, 13, 2012
10/13/12
2:10
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. – In heavyweight matchup of two of the Bay State Conference’s best, there’s plenty you knew about No. 10 Weymouth and No. 12 Natick entering Friday night’s game.

But there was more to be learned about the Red Hawks in their handy 42-23 win. Quarterback Troy Flutie showed he’s equally capable making plays with his feet as with his arm. Natick’s offensive line proved it could hold up against the Wildcats’ front. And, perhaps most importantly, the Red Hawks defense shined in the face of their biggest test of the year.

Natick (6-0) created five turnovers, three of which ended Wildcats drives in the red zone, swinging momentum at several key moments.

Everything else was left up to Flutie. In the air, he was efficient, completing 10 of 14 pass attempts for 171 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he was electric, running for 215 yards and two scores, including a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

“Troy’s really matured a lot,” Flutie’s favorite target Brian Dunlap said postgame. “He’s got that offense under his belt. He does a great job leading us. The offensive line does a great job calling out their blocks, they’re all on the same page and that helps Troy.”

Dunlap also showed his versatility on both sides of the ball. The wideout took an end-around 67 yards for touchdown to get the Red Hawks on the board at 7-7 with 3:15 to play in the first. Dunlap also provided a bookend to Natick’s victory (which coincidentally was Weymouth’s first home loss in four years) with an interception return of 38 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.

It was Natick’s second interception of the game and their fifth takeaway on defense.

ANOTHER BIG LOSS
Aside from the scoreboard, the Wildcats (5-1) suffered a potentially bigger loss when jack-of-all-trades Ozzy Colarusso left the game just before half with a shoulder injury.

After David Harrison collected an interception against his counterpart, Weymouth took possession with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. Harrison moved the Wildcats into field goal range on the next play, connecting with Darrell Fernandez on a 43-yard pass.

On that play, Colarusso was injured and did not return. As the Wildcats top place kicker, Colarusso was replaced by freshman Matt Long who promptly knocked a 34-yard field goal through the uprights on the last play of the half. It gave Weymouth a 23-21 lead.

From then on, the Wildcats were shut out and the Red Hawks posted 21 unanswered points.

But Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin wasn’t about to make any excuses for his team’s performance.

“That didn’t decide the game,” Mackin said of Colarusso’s injury, “the turnovers did.”

BREAKING DOWN THE WILDCATS
Dunlap spread the credit around when speaking of the Red Hawks’ defensive effort against Weymouth.

The Wildcats, who’ve changed things up with Harrison – originally a wide receiver – under center in recent weeks, present multiple looks on offense and plenty of worries for opposing defensive coordinators.

Dunlap said it all came down to preparation.

“We knew they like to roll out a lot,” Dunlap said. “Their receivers do a great job getting to different levels. Their quarterback is great, he brings that threat to run or pass. But the linebackers stayed with him, making sure he threw the ball and then the [defensive backs], we just jumped the routes. We had the safeties jumping the flats and our backside free safety had the deep.

“Coach [Mark] Mortarelli did a great job helping us out this week.”

Natick -- 7 14 14 7 -- 42
Weymouth – 7 16 0 0 -- 23

First quarter
W - David Harrison 48-yard run (Ozzy Colarusso kick)
N - Brian Dunlap 67-yard run (Sam Lenson kick)

Second quarter
N - Troy Flutie 75-yard run (Lenson kick)
N - Justin Robinson 35-yard pass from Flutie (Lenson kick)
W - Colarusso 81-yard pass from Harrison (Colarusso kick)
W - Harrison 1-yard run (kick failed)
W - Matt Long 34-yard field goal

Third quarter
N - Flutie 21-yard run (Lenson kick)
N – Mike Abbruzze 50-yard pass from Troy Flutie (Sam Lenson kick)

Fourth quarter
N - Dunlap 38-yard interception return (Lenson kick)

Game of the Week: No. 12 Natick at No. 10 Weymouth

October, 11, 2012
10/11/12
7:25
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- ESPN Boston High School Editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall stopped by practice at Weymouth High yesterday afternoon to take the pulse of the No. 10 Wildcats (5-0) as they prepare for tomorrow night's crucial Bay State Conference crossover battle with No. 12 Natick (5-0).

Something's got to give in this one, but could we see some offensive fireworks?

(Video produced by Greg Story)

Recap: No. 20 Weymouth 32, No. 18 Needham 27

September, 28, 2012
9/28/12
11:59
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(Video courtesy of The Needham Channel and James Walsh)

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -— Kevin Mackin is not one to say that a league title or that the season can be decided in the fourth week of the year.

But this late September win has to feel pretty good for his Weymouth football team.

David Harrison hit Tyler O’Brien in the end zone with 23 seconds left in regulation as the Wildcats pulled off a 32-27 home victory over Needham in an exciting, back-and-forth finish in a driving rainstorm.

The winner of this game usually ends up with the playoff spot and the league title on its resume by the end of the season, and right now Mackin’s group is potentially sitting in the driver's seat after falling short last year in the head-to-head matchup between the schools.

“(Our guys) knew what was on the line,” Mackin said. “Obviously the last four or five years we’ve been hammering it out, and certainly Framingham gets in the mix and it is very much in the mix this year...Anytime you can get a win against Needham you can feel real good about it. We’ve chased them down and grabbed a share of the league a couple of times, so we are certainly not going to nap on this. It’s week four for crying out loud and we’ve got seven big football games in front of us and we need to be ready for every one of them.”

The Finisher: It was a play that Mackin dipped into a couple times with great success last night against the Rockets defense, and it worked again to perfection with the game on the line.

O’Brien got single coverage on the right side of the field and he got the defender to bite on the underneath route and went right over the top for the score. Harrison and O’Brien hooked up on the same play earlier in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t really know,” said a stunned O’Brien, who caught five passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns. “I don’t have enough words to speak right now, but it was the same play. I saw the same gap, looked up for the ball and caught it. I was sitting on the defender and I got open, so (Harrison) threw it to me.”

“We got a matchup on a linebacker and he made a terrific catch, in addition to getting open, but he made a terrific catch,” added Mackin. “O’Brien is a terrific player and you can’t say enough about him right now. (He was) clutch.”

Harrison gets the call, and delivers: Not bad for a junior making his first start of the year in the biggest game potentially on the schedule. Mackin went to Harrison early in the week and told him he would be the starting quarterback, replacing the incumbent Jack Lehan.

Harrison had been spending most of his time as a wide receiver coming into the game, but his athleticism and ability to make positive yards when plays seemingly break down was why Mackin and the coaching staff went to him against a fast, ball-hawking Rockets defense.

The decision paid off, as Harrison went 15-for-25 for 259 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He was perfect on his final four throws of the night on the go-ahead drive, ending in the score to O’Brien.

“They are so good on defense, so multiple and so fast, that we really felt that David gave us the best chance to run the football and take some time off the clock and move the chains a little bit better,” said Mackin.

“I was ready and I was shocked because (Jack Lehan) did a really good job at quarterback the past couple of games,” added Harrison. “The coach put a lot of faith in me and he knew that I could do the job he wanted me to do. I just tried to go out there and do it.”

Panepinto and Rockets need to recover: Mike Panepinto’s 224-yard and three-score effort went for not in a tight ball game, and the team needs to recover and recover quickly from a heart-breaking loss.

The Rockets made several key mistakes in big spots for the most of the night with personal fouls and some poor adjustments by the defense with the Wildcats marching down 1-point with 2:32 left in the game. Needham aided the final drive with a huge, and very close, pass interfernce penalty on third-and-10 to extend the drive after the ball fell incomplete. Mistakes like that came back to bite Needham, and Dave Duffy is hoping that the race to the league title is far from over.

“In a big game like this you want to play better, but that happens some times and you’ve got to move on,” said Rockets head coach Dave Duffy. “A lot of penalties on third down and some of them were sloppy. There were too many mistakes all around, and Weymouth played well. They deserved to win.”

WEYMOUTH 32, NEEDHAM 27
Needham (3-1) 7 – 7- 7 – 6 – 27
Weymouth (4-0) 7 – 13 – 0 – 12 – 32


First Quarter
N — Mike Panepinto 1 run (Brendan Brady kick)
W — Tyler O’Brien 54 pass from Dave Harrison (Ozzy Colarusso kick)

Second Quarter
W — Colarusso 33 run (Colarusso kick)
N — Panepinto 26 run (Brady kick)
W — Colarusso 33 pass from Harrison (kick failed)

Third Quarter
N — Panepinto 28 run (Brady kick)

Fourth Quarter
W — O’Brien 25 pass from Harrison (pass failed)
N — Mike Elcock 51 pass from Ryan Charter (pass failed)
W — O’Brien 21 pass from Harrison (pass failed)

Different look, same potential for No. 15 Weymouth

August, 25, 2012
8/25/12
1:24
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Kevin Mackin was in a very similar position a year ago.

Weymouth had questions at the quarterback position last year and Cam McLevedge helped answer those very, very quickly. McLevedge, who was in his first year as the varsity starting quarterback, turned in an unforgettable senior season with 41 passing touchdowns and eight more on the ground as Weymouth scored 38.1 points per game and just missed out on a playoff spot due to an early season loss to Needham.

This year, Mackin has similar questions with first-year starting varsity quarterback Jack Lehan. Lehan has spent the last two years as the starter on the junior varsity team, and now he gets his chance to show that the job is his and his alone as a first-time varsity player in his senior year.

“That’s a big piece of the offense,” Mackin said. “We’ve got a couple of guys there that I think can do the job. Obviously it comes with experience. Cam needed to get there and he did. These guys are going to need to get there this year.”

Lehan showed good command of the huddle in getting his weapons into the right places in the Wildcats’ spread offense during practice, and he was even impressive throwing accurately on the run. Lehan has been in the Wildcats system for the past three years and has learned by observing.

“They’ve been behind me my last three years,” Lehan said of the coaching staff and his teammates.” Cam helped me out last year in every practice. Now I have my chance this year.

“I learned what to look with all of the routes and all the fakes and all that. Watching Cam, he was a great example.”

The Wildcats are just one of the teams in Eastern Mass. looking to replace an impressive starting quarterback and skill position players. McLevedge, Khary Bailey-Smith and Sean Whouley helped spark one of the best offenses in Div. 1 and now Mackin is in need of a new crop of players to pick up the slack.

That’s the biggest quandary for most coaches, as they try to keep a watchful eye on younger players in the pipeline while coaching a talented team on the field.

“We are always working on the depth charts and maneuvering guys to make sure we are set should something happen or obviously planning for the next season and seasons beyond that," said Mackin. "The younger guys get their shot on JV and certainly get their shot in a lot of (lopsided) fourth quarters of games that we are playing. I think it’s a pride thing. They are willing to do the work, so we have a nice foundation and we are trying to build on that.”

Ozzy Colarusso is going to be key again for the Wildcats all over the field. It seems like the senior has been around for more than his four years, and now he will be asked to be the leader of the team and help transition the offense at the same time.

“I think he will,” Mackin said of Colarusso’s call to leadership. “When teams focus too much on him some of those younger guys are going to have an easier go of it. He’s a very unselfish player. He’s super-intense and he wants the ball. But he gets it.”

“I’ve been around here for a while and I really do think I’ve got to have a big leadership role,” added “Mr. Everything” Colarusso. “I mean it’s my senior year and it’s what I want. I want to have that leadership and that responsibility. I look at it at my team, so I hope it’s going to be a good year.”

WEYMOUTH AT A GLANCE
2011:
9-2 (9-2 Bay State Carey - Lost tiebreaker to Needham)
Head Coach: Kevin Mackin
Stengths: Speed, athleticism out of the backfield. Linebackers.
Weaknesses: Inexperience at some skill positions.
Key Returnees: Ozzy Colarusso, Sr., RB/DB, 6-0, 180lbs; Jack Lehan, Sr., QB, 5-10, 190lbs; Sean Murphy, Sr., G/OLB, 6-2, 190lbs; Tim Dennehey, Sr., C/DE, 5-10, 210lbs; Derrell Fernandez, Jr., RB/CB, 6-0, 200lbs; David Harrison WR/CB, Jr., 6-1, 190lbs; Jared Stokes, Sr., OT/DT, 6-3, 260lbs.

Outlook: The Wildcats had a stellar season, but were on the outside looking in when the playoff selections were made due to being on the wrong end of the tiebreaker with Needham. Mackin thinks that the defense, spearheaded by Sean Murphy, will be a little bit ahead of the offense, but there are enough weapons to get rolling quickly. Mackin’s first test is to find a replacement for McLevedge and Bailey-Smith on offense. The duo was one of the most potent in the state last year, and first year quarterback Jack Lehan will have to pick up the offense quick. Ozzie Colarusso is back and expect him to pick up even more of the slack all over the field. The Bay State Conference Carey looks to be another two-horse race between Needham and Weymouth, and one might think that matchup could be for the playoffs.

Recap: Needham 45, No. 6 Weymouth 28

October, 1, 2011
10/01/11
9:41
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NEEDHAM, Mass. -– Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Needham had this particular contest circled on their calendar.

And, well, they certainly seemed prepared, as the unranked Rockets beat up on the No. 6 Weymouth Wildcats, 45-28.

The Rockets relied heavily upon their ground game, as senior tailbacks Ian Riley and Mike Vespa ate up the Wildcats front seven, combining for 279 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

“We [were] working on running the ball all week,” Needham head coach Dave Duffy said. “We got four good running backs and we try to give them the ball and Ian got tired their late in the game, we put Vespa in and he usually blocks, so it’s nice for him to carry the ball a lot and they both did a great job.”

Following a quick scoring strike from Weymouth’s senior quarterback Cam McLevedge to senior receiver Shawn Whouley in the first quarter, Needham’s offense took over and tallied 24 points. Needham senior quarterback Drew Burnett, who finished the game with three touchdowns, connected with both Nico Panepinto and Ian Riley to take a 24-7 halftime lead.

To start the third quarter, the Rockets took a page out of the New Orleans Saints' book, catching the Wildcats' special teams unit off-guard with an onside kick, which led to a touchdown pass from Burnett to Panepinto.

The Rockets' lead wasn’t totally safe, as McLevedge connected with senior receiver Khary Bailey-Smith for back-to-back scores before the Rockets defense collected three interceptions and forced junior running back Ozzy Colarusso to fumble the ball on Weymouth’s final drive.

“It’s a very disappointing game. We practiced [this past] week on what they were going to do, [and] we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to do,” McLevedge said. “I take a lot of blame for the game, made a lot of bad reads, [but] we just got to bounce back for next week and just see what we do in the rest of the season.”

Ian Riley’s dominance: The senior tailback tallied 186 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns, as well as recorded two receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown. Weymouth’s offense struggled against Needham’s running attack, which ate up the front seven all game. Riley rushed for 142 yards on 13 carries in the second half, as well as recovered a loose ball during the first half.

Denying Mark Riley: While Needham’s pass happy offense struggled at times, Weymouth’s linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties shutdown Burnett’s safety blanket. Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin described Riley has the best tight end in the state.

“He’s just clobbering everybody and we put a great athlete on him, our quarterback, which is double duty for him, so maybe that hurt a little offensively, who knows, but he covered him and we had Bailey-Smith over the top,” Mackin said. “We maybe over-committed a little bit, but clearly that kid is the best tight-end in the state when we [wanted] to make sure that we slowed him down [and] unfortunately they had way too many weapons to go to other than him.”

Wildcat Turnovers: Mackin expressed that the turnovers was the biggest issue for Weymouth, who recorded three interceptions and two fumbles.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate staying away from it obviously, [but] it caught up with us tonight and we got our share hopefully for the season,” Mackin said. “[There was] just way too many against a fantastic football team.”

NEEDHAM 45, WEYMOUTH 28

NHS (3-1) 14 10 7 14 --- 45
WHS (3-1) 7 7 14 0 --- 28

1st Quarter
W – Shawn Whouley 6 pass from Cam McLevedge (Tyler Smith kick)
N - Ian Riley 3 run (Andrew Murochick kick)
N – Nico Panepinto 23 pass from Drew Burnett (Murochick kick)

2nd Quarter
N – Riley 29 pass from Burnett (Murochick kick)
W – Ozzy Colarusso 5 run (Smith kick)
N – Murochick 25 Field Goal

3rd Quarter
N – Panepinto 15 pass from Burnett (Murochick kick)
W – Khary Bailey-Smith 14 pass from McLevedge (Smith kick)
W - Bailey-Smith 19 pass from McLevedge (Smith kick)

4th Quarter
N - Riley 32 run (Murochick kick)
N – Mike Vespa 6 run (Murochick kick)

No. 18 Weymouth will speed up its pace

August, 25, 2011
8/25/11
5:40
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- When opposing teams in the Bay State Conference line up against Weymouth this season, opposing coaches might scratch their heads and wonder just exactly who is playing in those maroon and gold jerseys on the other side of the field.

The trademark elements of a smash mouth, grind-it-out kind of offense will still be rooted in Weymouth, but this season the Wildcats will deploy speed, athleticism and maybe a little bit of surprise on their quest for a second-straight undefeated regular season.

“We are going to try and spread the field a little bit more with the athleticism we have,” said head coach Kevin Mackin, whose team added non-league opponent Gloucester to the schedule during week three. “We still have elements of our power game in there and we are very confident.”

The change in philosophy isn’t necessarily viewed as a need to get away from the old system. In fact, the old style worked just fine for Weymouth in the Bay State Carey Division, as it has won four of the last five titles.

It’s more of a change to fit the personnel that Mackin can deploy on a weekly basis.

Ozzie Colarusso is back for his junior season as a “Mr. Everything” for the Wildcats offense. He can split out wide, play in the slot, or come out of the backfield to create havoc on opposing defenses.

Last season, the younger Colarusso broke the 100-point barrier and finished with 16 total touchdowns on the season. He may have been the best-kept-secret last season for Weymouth, but this year, the Wildcats will have to do a good job of mixing it up to continue his upward climb.

“I like to be able to mix it up and be able to help the team as much as possible,” said Colarusso. “I try to get the ball as much as possible and make things happen.”

Khary Bailey-Smith isn’t a secret at all in Eastern Mass., and he’s very tough to hide on the football field. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, the senior wide-out will be looking to exceed his 50 catches last season in the newer style of offense.

“We can stretch the defense,” said Bailey-Smith, who is an All-State champion in the high jump. “We still have people that can power up the middle, but now with a spread people have to respect (the outside threat).”

Added Mackin: “I’m sure teams are going to be aware of Khari and maybe gameplan a little bit. We have some ways of trying to get him the football. He’s certainly going to make his plays and if people worry about him too much then we have other guys who can step up.”

The last piece, and maybe most important, will be Cam McLevedge’s ability to step in and guide the offense through this transition. McLevedge has seen plenty varsity time on the defensive side of the ball, but this will be his first go-around as the quarterback of the Wildcats.

McLevedge showed off a strong arm in the windy conditions in the first day of training camp for Weymouth on Wednesday, and he will rely heavily on his two offensive playmakers.

“Khary and Ozzie are good weapons to have,” said McLevedge. “Any quarterback would be lucky to have them and I have that opportunity to play with these two great players. They are great athletes and they can go get the ball wherever I throw it.”

McLevedge, as well as fullback John Hachey, will be responsible for adding a little bit of that old Weymouth-power to compliment the skill position players on the outside as well.

“I want to bring the hammer,” said McLevedge. “I want to go hard, so I can deliver that message to the defense that I’m not going to go down easy just because I’m a quarterback.”

That sentiment is just proof, that while the style may change, the old Weymouth mentality never goes away.

WEYMOUTH AT A GLANCE

Coach: Kevin Mackin (Sixth year, 44-25)
Last Year: 11-1 (Lost in Division 1A playoffs)
Key Returnees: Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR/S, 6-2, 185 lbs (50 catches, 900 yards, 8 TD, 4 defensive touchdowns); Ozzie Colarusso, Jr. RB/DB, 5-11, 175 lbs. (16 total touchdown, 11 interceptions); Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB/OLB, 6-1, 200 lbs.; John Hachey, Sr. RB/ILB 6-0, 190 lbs.; Shawn Whouley, Sr. DB, 5-9, 160 lbs.; Tim Harrington, Sr. G/DT, 6-4, 280 lbs.
Strengths: Speed and playmaking ability at the skill positions, experienced defensive backfield.
Weaknesses: Experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
Outlook: The Bay State Carey division will most likely run through Weymouth again this season, meaning the final game of the season with Walpole could bring another chapter to this long-standing rivalry between the league rivals. A perfect season might not be in the cards again for Weymouth, with a tough third game against a stout Gloucester team on the road. The big question will be if Tim Harrington can gather an inexperienced offensive line, which lost all of it’s starters from last season, and give the skilled Wildcats offensive players a chance to run the new offensive system. Expect to see some more downfield action with Khary Bailey-Smith opening up the underneath routes for Ozzie Colarusso and company. Weymouth will still leave people bruised and battered, but expect to see a higher-octane, aerial assault as a solid compliment.

No. 12 Weymouth overpowers Rebels

November, 25, 2010
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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 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
1:06
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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)

ESPNBoston's Week 4 picks

October, 1, 2010
10/01/10
12:51
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NO. 5 BC HIGH (2-1) AT NO. 13 FALMOUTH (3-0), Friday 7 p.m.
The skinny: Twenty-two to twenty inside two minutes: BC High's two-point attempt is stopped by the Clippers defense and they escape with a win that puts Falmouth football back on the map. This week's matchup moves down Route 28 to Falmouth and will likely come down to which team's running back -- BC High's Preston Cooper and Falmouth's Nelson Baptiste -- has the bigger game.

Hall: Eagles feel like they’re coming into town on a mission. And you’ve got to admit, they haven’t exactly been stiffs so far. BC, 21-12

Barboza: With the weather potentially wreaking havoc on this one, it's two teams slugging it out on the ground. BC, 14-7

No. 17 ST. JOHN’S PREP (2-1) AT NO. 3 BROCKTON (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: The Boxers have to move past last week's overtime loss to Xaverian and there will be no letdown this week against Top 25 opponent St. John's Prep. The Eagles are also trying to put last week's loss to Everett in the rear-view mirror. This one could come down to either team's running game with Trevon Offley (who run very hard against the Hawks last week) going toe-to-toe with Tyler Coppola.

Hall: The upside with Paul Mroz is tremendous, and I’ve even heard a few comparisons to former Boxer and NFL quarterback Mark Hartsell. I expect him to get back on track tonight. Brockton, 28-13.

Barboza: Trevon Offley will go off in this one. Brockton, 27-7

No. 24 BARNSTABLE (2-1) AT NO. 2 EVERETT (2-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The skinny: Both teams like to throw the ball, which could make this either a shootout or a one-sided affair. The tale of the tape figures to favor Everett, which has a stellar secondary led by Manny Asprilla, Matt Costello, Ra’ees Wingard and Kenny Calaj. But Barnstable’s D.J. Crook, meanwhile, has thrown for 14 scores and nearly 1,000 yards through the first month.

Hall: I don’t know what’s cooler, Barnstable going for two every time out of a Tebow-like formation, or Shaquille Taylor lining up as the lead blocker in Everett’s goal line packages. Everett, 35-14

Barboza: The Red Raiders have to play ball control to have a chance in this one. Mr. Reddy, get at your ready. Still, too much on the Crimson side. Everett, 31-20

BISHOP GUERTIN (3-0) AT NO. 8 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: Guertin, the No. 3 ranked team in New Hampshire, owned the Knights in the two teams’ meeting last season in Nashua, winning 52-13 and outgaining them 450-121 in yards of offense. CM, led by a highly-touted junior class that includes Armani Reeves and Camren Williams, is coming off a dominant win over Hartford, one of the top teams in Vermont.

Hall: If Reeves looks as good tonight as he does on film, there will be some happy heads in West Roxbury. CM, 28-14

Barboza: Ditto. Reeves will be the name on everybody's tongue come Monday morning. CM, 27-21

MEDWAY (2-1) AT NO. 16 HOLLISTON (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: Holliston and its no-huddle "blood" offense, is scoring at a blistering pace, averaging 48 points per game and already racking up over 1,000 yards of offense in the first month of the season. Medway, a TVL dark horse led by Mike Ozella and Matt Ford, has rebounded with two very nice wins following a 23-14 loss to Norton on opening weekend.

Hall: This was such an epic game last season, however I just think the Panthers have too many weapons. That said, the Mustangs have been candid in the past about their tendency not to blitz (back when I was at The Globe, a player once told me the coaches "tell us blitzing is just covering up your weaknesses"); I wonder if that strategy might actually benefit the Mustangs, with the Panthers’ spread tendencies and the talent Medway’s got in the trenches. Holliston, 35-28.

Barboza: Is a tropical wind the only thing that can slow the Panthers' attack? Maybe not. Holliston, 28-26

NEEDHAM (3-0) AT WEYMOUTH (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The skinny: In a matchup that some feel has huge implications on the Bay State Carey race, Weymouth enters tonight’s game coming off a 41-14 defeat of Milton. Led by brothers Dylan and Aussie Colarusso, the Wildcats are strong and deep in the running game (nothing new here). Needham, led by senior quarterback Kevin Brennan, is high-powered on offense again, averaging 32.6 points per game.

Hall: Kevin Mackin’s squads are always well-coached on the line. Perhaps not coincidentally, he’s a great wrestling coach. OK, so I was also born at South Shore Hospital, way back in ’85. Weymouth, 24-7.

Barboza: Colarusso (squared) for the win. Weymouth, 21-14

REVERE (3-0) AT SWAMPSCOTT (2-1), Saturday, 12 p.m.
The skinny: Trae Weathers has been playing like Carl Weathers (aka "APOLLOOO CREEEEED") in the last year or so and has picked up where he left off (1,225 rushing yards, 16 TDs in 2009) in 2010 for the 3-0 (3-0?!) Patriots. The key, however, will be how Revere's defense can contain Steve Dembowski's spread offense.

Hall: I like feel-good stories. I also like ordering a Super Roast Beef with sauce and mayo at Kelly’s. Revere, 27-21

Barboza: This one's purely sentirmental and what it would mean if Revere got out to a 4-0 start. Revere, 14-7

BEST OF THE REST
No. 4 St. John’s (S) 28, Fitchburg 14
No. 15 King Philip 21, Foxborough 7
No. 12 Reading 24, Melrose 3
No. 21 Dennis-Yarmouth 35, Marshfield 21
Rockland 14, Mashpee 0
Hopkinton 17, Norton 10
Andover 28, Haverhill 7
Acton-Boxborough 17, Concord-Carlisle 14
Somerset 23, Dartmouth 17
Billerica 38, Dracut 35
Nashoba 13, Holy Name 6
Wilmington 16, Lexington 7
Methuen 27, Lowell 13
No. 22 Westford 21, Masconomet 20
Marlborough 14, Shrewsbury 10
Silver Lake 13, Scituate 0
Central Catholic 25, Tewksbury 19
Lincoln-Sudbury 28, Wayland 24
No. 1 Xaverian 30, Somerville 20
Dexter 21, New Hampton 10
BB&N 24, St. Sebastian’s 17
Rivers 35, Governor’s Academy 17
Burlington 31, Belmont 28
No. 25 Plymouth North 26, Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) 21
New Bedford 16, Bridgewater-Raynham 3
Minnechaug 27, East Longmeadow 23
South Hadley 17, West Springfield 14

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