Boston High School: Nick Simonetti

Recap: No. 1 Barnstable 35, Dartmouth 6

October, 13, 2012
DARTMOUTH, Mass. -– The Dartmouth High marching band knocked the crowd dead with its halftime performance titled “Blown Away.” However, it was the top-ranked Barnstable Red Raiders who ended up blowing away the host Indians, 35-6, last night in the Old Colony League opener for both teams.

“It was a balanced effort on both sides of the ball,” Barnstable coach Chris Whidden said. “We were able to run the ball and throw the ball which we’ve had trouble doing both. Defensively we did a good job defending the run and the pass, and I think we’re a tough team to match up against when we do both.”

The Red Raiders scored early in the first quarter and never looked back. Senior quarterback Nick Peabody threw the first of his two touchdowns in the waning moments of the period to senior Manny Perry from 27 yards out to put the Red Raiders up 14 at quarter time.

Peabody had another solid game for Barnstable going 14-29 for 241 yards and a pair of scores. He added 32 more yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Whidden said he was impressed with how Peabody handled the game and managed the lead in the second half.

“Nick played a really smart second half for us,” Whidden said. “There’s times when he knows his ability and the ability of his teammates and he’s trying to get that big play, but he played a really intelligent second half and it showed in the time of possession”

The Red Raiders were able to hold the ball for over 13 minutes in the second half.

For the Indians, it was yet another defeat against one of the state’s best. Dartmouth played well, but was overmatched by Barnstable’s size and experience.

“On paper it doesn’t look so good, but we scheduled some tough ones because we knew that going into this year to beat these two teams, Bridgewater [-Raynham] and Barnstable, that’s why we scheduled the non-league games that we did,” Dartmouth coach Richard White said. “We had to be ready to prepare ourselves.”

The much younger Indians did get strong performances out of their two backfield workhorses, junior Tim Smith and sophomore Dalton Soares.

Smith shoulder the bulk of the carries for the Indians and Soares was able to get in solid work under center when the Red Raider defense didn’t break through the line. The highlight was Soares’ 21-yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter to junior Nick Simonetti that ended the shutout.

Simonetti outjumped a Barnstable defender to make the catch.

“We knew what we were facing when we came in so we’ve got to build off this,” White said. “We’ve got a big rival in New Bedford coming to town so we’re going to get ready for them.”

Despite another strong performance Whidden stressed that his team has much to accomplish if it wants to call this season a success.

“None of our goals have been accomplished,” Whidden said. “We’re in a three-team league and we’re 1-0 in the league so that’s all that matters to us at this point.”

Senior Tedaro France had a monster game for the Red Raiders, with four catches for 128 yards -- including a brilliant 78-yard score early in the second quarter to put Barnstable up 21-0. Peabody hit France on the run 45 yards downfield before the speedy receiver outran a pair of Indians defenders and spun another completely around before scoring.

France added an interception in the third quarter that set up a touchdown.

“We got it going on early in the first quarter,” France said. “We knew we could win the game so you have to do everything you can to win the game. I did a post corner; I was open. Ran down the field, saw [the defender’s] eyes looking forward, so I cut back in the middle.”

Perry finished with 35 yards on top of his touchdown, and fellow senior Dylan Morris reeled in a three catches for 32 yards of his own. With weapons like this there’s no wonder why the triumvirate wears the numbers one (Perry), two (Morris), and three (France).
Whidden said that having so many weapons on the field at once makes it difficult for defenses to prepare.

“That’s tough to defend,” Whidden said. “The immediate threat you think of is Dylan because he can a 95-yard score on every play. If the coverage softens up you have Manny and Tedaro underneath and there’s just so many options we have in the passing game that it’s tough to defend all of them.”

France said that playing together with his teammates for nearly a decade has helped him and everyone else jell and succeed on the field.

“We’ve been playing together since we were all eight,” France said. “We know each other. We know what we do. We know we can win.”

ESPN Boston Week 5 football picks

October, 5, 2012
The Skinny: The Blue Bombardiers have opened up the season undefeated and opened Hockomock League play with a win over Canton last week. Meanwhile, Mansfield is coming off a loss to Stoughton (the second in as many years). Attleboro’s 6-foot, 185-pound running back Malique Clark has tallied eight touchdowns in the early going while Robbie Rapoza is looking for a repeat performance of his four-touchdown game against Dracut two weeks ago.

Scott Barboza: Upset, blue light special. Blue Bombardiers pull out a stunner. Attleboro, 14-8.

Brendan Hall: Hornets will find a way to rebound on Friday night in front of their home crowd. How often does Mansfield lose two straight in league play? Mansfield, 20-10.

The Skinny: Auburn saw its state-best win streak snapped at 41 games last fall to these very Rams, before rolling to its fourth consecutive Super Bowl title. This year, we're not sure who has the advantage. Both teams excel at moving the ball on the ground, with Shepherd Hill's Brad Picard (6.7 yards per carry) moving behind a swarming double wing, and Tyler Desjardins (10.8) getting help from a Rockets line that is among the state's biggest.

Barboza: For the Rockets to be knocked off for a second straight year, that would be the greatest upset of all. Auburn, 20-13.

Hall: Set the over-under on total rushing yards in this game at 400. Auburn, 28-21.

The Skinny: A must-see matchup between the Middlesex League's two most talented teams, which includes some of the state's top players at their respective positions. Speedster Marcus Odiah leads a powerful rushing attack from Burlington, but the Red Devils will have their hands full trying to neutralize the Rockets on either side of the ball. Offensively, the Rockets are led by one of the state's finest quarterbacks in Drew Belcher, while defensively the Rockets have allowed just two points through four games this season.

Barboza: The scoreless quarter streak will end, the Rockets keep the win streak going. Reading, 28-14.

Hall: If you score on the Rockets, keep the ball. Reading, 17-3.

The Skinny: A game that could go a long way to deciding the Hockomock League Davenport division crown will be played under a different light Friday, after the Black Knights attend the funeral of fallen tammate David Wade that day. Stoughton will have plenty at stake emotionally, playing for Wade’s memory and coming off another “upset” of Mansfield. Foxborough knocked the Hock on its heels as well last week, upsetting North Attleborough and shutting out the Red Rocketeers.

Barboza: Just too may athletes at too many positions for the Black Knights. Do it for David. Stoughton, 21-17.

Hall: Tough times make tough people. Stoughton, 13-10.

The Skinny: The Hawks assuredly will enter our Mass. Army National Guard Game of the Week with a chip on their shoulder and desperate to turn around a losing record. The Dragons look to make it two in a row over Xaverian, after sealing a victory at the Hawk Bowl last year. Duxbury’s defense paid dividends in that game, and while some of the talent has graduated, they have three-year starting inside linebacker Marshall McCarthy to quarterback the defense. The matchup to watch here will be the interior line play with C.J. LoConte (Army lacrosse commit) going head-to-head with Michigan football commit Mo Hurst.

Barboza: Look for Dave Maimaron to work in some wrinkles this week to keep the Hawks’ defensive line in check. Duxbury, 31-21.

Hall: Hawks will find their groove in this game, but the Dragons will escape for their state-best 31st straight win. Duxbury, 24-17.

The Skinny: A battle between two Merrimack Valley Conference teams off to quality starts in 2012, two of the league's most productive running backs square off in this early-season battle. Chelmsford's Jeff D'Auria (10 TDs) has been a workhorse out of the backfield, while the Hillies' Chance Brady (724 rushing yards, 12 TD) might be the most complete back in the league.

Barboza: The Lions skated on thin ice last week and I think it catches up with them facing the Hillies’ pistol offense with Tommy Morgan at quarterback. Haverhill, 30-28.

Hall: Considering how much talent moved on from a year ago, have to appreciate what Chelmsford is doing right now. Chelmsford, 21-6.

The Skinny: This game screams ball control. Both teams come with highly-touted backfields. The Eagles’ duo of Jonathan Thomas and Alex Moore is the most dynamic in the state. But with Arcel Armstead back and Brandon Gallagher running strong early in the season, the Trojans can match metal with metal. Expect a lot of work out of the I-formation and two-tight end sets as these teams counter strength against strength. The number of completed passes in this one could figure to be counted on one hand, but you can’t argue with what head coaches Jim O’Leary and Dan Buron have done with their respective systems in their careers.

Barboza: I think this one’s going to be very close, but I can’t settle on a score. So I’m going to set a line for the project number of TOTAL possessions in this game. But I’m picking Prep to win. Possessions: 8.5 (that’s being generous perhaps).

Hall: In my book, the waggle trumps the counter. B-R, 7-6.

The Skinny: An underrated non-league matchup between old EAC rivals on the South Coast, both teams figured to have their hands full in this one. For Dartmouth, they must figured out how to slow down the Blue Raiders' vaunted double wing attack, led by senior Garrett Carlos, who has over 350 yards rushing the last two weeks on just 19 carries. For Somerset, the key is slowing Mitch Loranger and Nick Simonetti, two of the more talented players in the Old Colony League.

Barboza: Can the Raiders ride Carlos and Mikey Garrant to a Super Bowl appearance this year as they did with Seth DeMello and Jaron Spear two years ago? Just might. Somerset-Berkley, 34-28.

Hall: Indians were a trendy sleeper pick for 2012, but I think they'll have some trouble against this double wing attack of the Blue Raiders. Somerset-Berkley, 24-14.