Boston High School: Pope John

Mr. Football Watch: Week 3

September, 19, 2011
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Here's how things played out this past weekend in the ESPN Boston Mr. Football race:

HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover - Ran for three touchdowns in the Golden Warriors' 33-14 win over Gloucester.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett - Threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Springfield Central.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth - Caught seven passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Dolphins' 28-27 thriller over Barnstable.
Tim Joy, Sr. LB, Chelmsford - Recorded 10 tackles in the Lions' 26-0 shutout of Acton-Boxborough
Jordan Knowles, Sr. DE, St. Peter-Marian - Recorded eight tackles in the Guardians' 27-20 win over Shepherd Hill.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Threw for 200 yards and totaled three scores, including the go-ahead goal line dive in the fourth quarter, as the Dolphins downed Barnstable 28-27.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Threw for 234 yards and totaled three scores in a 35-21 win over Plymouth North.
Karl Sery, Sr. RB, Hudson - Carried 22 times for 109 yards and a score in the Hawks' 27-6 win over Leominster.
Mike Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Had his second straight game with 300 all-purpose yards, throwing for 194 yards, running for another 111, and totaling five scores in the Big Blue's 34-14 win over Winthrop. Walsh was also 20 of 24 passing, and recorded six tackles.

ON THE RISE

Malcolm Brown, Sr. WR, Pope John XXIII - Recorded a school record six touchdowns in the 62-38 win over Pope John Paul II of Hyannis. He caught four, returned an interception, and ran back an 82-yard kickoff return.
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills - Tied a career-high with five touchdowns as he ran for 276 yards in a 34-13 win over Case.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - In the heartbreaking loss to rival D-Y, he threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, putting him within 16 touchdown passes of the state all-time record.
P.J. Dorsey, Sr. RB, Lynn English - Ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-6 win over Wakefield.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB, Grafton - The UConn commit ran for 201 yards and had five total touchdowns in the Indians' 44-13 win over Uxbridge.
Paul Mroz, Sr. QB, Brockton - Threw for 150 yards and three scores in a 27-7 win over Taunton.
R.J. Noel, Sr. QB, Lowell - Vaulted himself into the conversation with a school-record 500 passing yards and 114 rushing yards, totaling five scores, in a 44-41 loss to Nashua South.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Ran for 179 yards and three scores in a 48-6 win over Arlington.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Ran for three touchdowns in the Warriors' 42-7 rout of Medfield.
Don Webber, Sr. WR, Duxbury - Caught seven passes for 134 yards in a 35-21 win over Plymouth North.

Northeast pitches 6th shutout to advance

December, 1, 2010
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LOWELL, Mass. – Northeast Regional quarterback Donato Dipietrantonio called it his team’s most complete game of the season, and it would be hard to argue otherwise.

Northeast scored in every quarter and posted its sixth shutout of the season Tuesday night, when it advanced to the Division 4A Super Bowl by dominating Pope John 42-0 at Cawley Stadium.

Dipietrantonio tossed three touchdown passes, and Bobby Novello added two touchdowns on the ground in the victory. Northeast held Pope John to 109 yards of total offense (7 yards rushing).

“Don’t let the score fool you -- they’re a good football team,” Dipietrantonio said. “We came to play. We’ve had a lot of scores like that, but that was definitely our most complete performance. Great football team. Great coaching.”

Northeast even recovered three onside kicks, two of which came in the second half when Pope John was limited to two offensive possessions.

Northeast, which improved its record to 10-2, led 14-0 after one quarter, 22-0 at halftime and 36-0 entering the fourth. The loss dropped Pope John’s record to 8-3.

“I knew they were going to score points,” Pope John coach Brian Vaughan said. “Offensively, the game didn’t go as we planned. We had trouble moving the ball in the first half, and in the second half we didn’t really have the ball. We thought we were going to have to score (a lot) of points, and we didn’t score any. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Pope John also committed four turnovers, three of which were interceptions.

Northeast will face Brighton in Saturday’s 4A Super Bowl. Brighton advanced by beating West Bridgewater 36-13 Tuesday night.

Pope John gained 30 yards on 20 plays in the first half. The Tigers had minus-16 yards rushing through the first two quarters.

“We have a very big, dominating defensive line,” Northeast coach Don Heres said. “It’s all a matter of preparation and them being coachable. This team is very coachable.”

Northeast put the game out of reach in the third quarter, when Dipietrantonio tossed two TD passes to Corey Thurell. The first was a 20-yard pass with 7:29 left in the third, and the second was a 41 yard pass with 5:26 to play in the quarter.

Dipietrantonio completed 5 of 7 passes for 85 yards and was intercepted once. Mike Cross caught Dipietrantonio’s other touchdown pass, which covered nine yards. When Dipietrantonio added the two-point conversion Northeast had a 22-0 lead with 1:28 left in the first half.

Northeast passed the ball 48 times in its first 11 games.

“He doesn’t have gaudy numbers, but he can throw the ball,” Heres said. “We don’t throw the ball very often, but he runs the show. We grind it out and when they bring everyone up we try to throw it over the top. It happened a couple times tonight.”

Novello gained 126 yards on 14 carries. He’s run for 1,244 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Pope John quarterback Malcolm Brown-Simpson completed 14 of 25 passes for 110 yards.

“We played a better team and the scoreboard showed it,” Vaughan said.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL 42, POPE JOHN 0
PJ 0 0 0 0 -- 00
NE 14 8 14 6 -- 42


1st quarter
N – Brandon Sullivan 5 run (Mike Cross rush)
N – Bobby Novello 39 run (rush failed0

2nd quarter
N – Cross 9 pass from Donato Dipietrantonio (Dipietrantonio rush)

3rd quarter
N – Corey Thurell 20 pass from Dipietrantonio (pass failed)
N – Thurell 41 pass from Dipietrantonio (Novello rush)

4th quarter
N – Novello 16 run (rush failed)
N – Jack Murphy 39 run (rush failed)

What We Learned: Week 9

November, 8, 2010
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WARRIORS CAME OUT TO PLAY
Lincoln-Sudbury’s success might have come a year earlier than expected.

Pitted against Dual Country League (Large) rival Acton-Boxborough and the Colonials’ stout defense, a young Warrior team claimed their own destiny with a 10-7 win on Senior Night in Sudbury.

L-S has only two seniors starting on either side of the ball (Benjamin Forman, Zach Smerlas, Lawrence Stevenson and Ryan Swoyer) and relies heavily on its strong junior class. The Warriors also received key contributions from a couple of sophomores in the victory over A-B. Running back Christopher Georgio punched in the Warriors’ lone touchdown of the game. In addition, fellow second-year player Brian Carroll pocketed a key fourth-quarter interception along with a strong contribution in the running game with nine carries for 72 yards.

Clearly, L-S has come a long way in a short period of time.

“I never thought we’d be at this point,” Warriors head coach Tom Lopez told Scott Barboza after the game, “especially after that loss to Tewksbury at home.”

From that point on, L-S strung together three straight wins before hitting a couple bumps in the road with losses coming at Concord-Carlisle and at home to Reading. The Warriors righted their ship with league wins over Waltham and Westford to put themselves in position for the big matchup with A-B.

L-S still needs to win one game over Boston Latin or on Thanksgiving against Newton South to sew up the DCL crown.

“We just need to keep things rolling,” senior running back Marc Pace said. “All we need to do is win.”

THANKSGIVING CORNUCOPIA
It’s not that far away (heck, you can ever hear Christmas music round some parts) to start thinking about Thanksgiving. And, if all holds true to form, here’s a smattering of holiday traditions around Eastern Mass. that could have a greater significance this year:
  • Walpole at Weymouth: It has no bearing on either team’s postseason destiny, but both sides would like nothing better than to disrupt the other side’s potential run at a perfect regular-season slate.
  • St. John’s Prep at Xaverian: Provided neither team is upset this weekend, Turkey Day is shaping up to be a winner-takes-all contest for the Catholic Conference.
  • Dracut at Methuen: This one should be entertaining nonetheless and expect there to be plenty of points on the board when all is said and done. In addition, it could decide which team moves on from the Merricmack Valley Small.
  • Lowell Catholic at Pope John: The winner of the Catholic Central Small clash could be headed to the Division IV-A playoffs.
  • Abington at Whitman-Hanson: Worth noting that it is the 100th anniversary of the rivalry.
FOR ALL THE MARBLES … ONCE AGAIN
OK, so we thought the battle of Somerset and Martha’s Vineyard was the Eastern Athletic Championship game, but who saw Bishop Feehan getting into the fray this late into the season? Although the Shamrocks are 4-5 overall, they are 3-0 in the EAC, thus staging the league’s second in-season Super Bowl Friday in Somerset.

HOLLISTON CAN'T WAIT FOR ITS REMATCH WITH MEDWAY; DITTO MEDWAY, VICE-VERSA
The Medway Mustangs couldn't help but feel overjoyed when the final seconds ticked off on their 28-18 victory over Norton, to send them to Saturday night's Tri-Valley League championship game. So, too, was Holliston, no doubt licking its chops since the Mustangs shocked the region with a 28-16 upset back in early October.

"This is the matchup they've been waiting for since October 1," Holliston coach Todd Kiley told ESPNBoston's Brendan Hall. "We haven't overlooked anybody by any stretch, but you know it's in the back of their minds, they're kids of course. So we're fired up for that. I think they were secretly rooting for Medway today."

BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM IS STILL THE CLASS OF THE OLD COLONY
The Trojans' gameplan last Friday night against Barnstable was classic Dan Buron. The B-R coach is known for always having great run blocking out of power formations, and in this particular matchup he used it to set up play action waggles that kept the young Red Raiders defenders on their feet. Quarterback Billy Zolga completed his first seven passes, as the Trojans burst out to a 35-6 halftime lead.

"I thought it was very important (to keep them honest with the pass), because they were creeping up on us," Buron said. "I thought there were two passes in particular -- one to Delullis and one to (Branden) Morin where they had it covered and those kids slid, and Billy was poised and threw a nice ball...I thought Billy showed alot of poise tonight."

Zolga, also starting in the secondary that night to combat the Raiders' talented receiving corps, essentially sealed it in the fourth quarter with a pick-six of a D.J. Crook pass over the middle, essentially wrapping up the Old Colony League title for the second straight year. Even if the Trojans were to lose this week to Taunton, they're in based on head-to-head with Barnstable.

In other words, the road to Gillette still goes through Bridgewater.

HEAD OF THE CLASS
VALVOLINE PEAK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: ANDREW COKE, ANDOVER

The junior running back was at it once again for the Golden Warriors, carrying the ball 30 times for a season-high 290 yards and all five touchdowns in a 36-20 win over Billerica to improve to 6-3. That gives Coke four 200-yard games on the season, and 1,447 yards in nine games this year, averaging 6.5 yards a carry. In all but two games this season, Coke has run for at least 130 yards.

THE CLASSMATES
Ray Holloway, Sr. RB, East Longmeadow - He was a dominant force for the Spartans in their 27-3 win over Springfield Putnam, rushing for 225 yards and three scores to keep EL undefeated.

Isaiah Jones, Sr. RB, Mahar: Needed only six carries to rack up 200 yards and four touchdowns against Turners Falls.

Mike Mercadante, Sr. RB, Minnechaug - Western Mass.'s leading rusher went off for 232 yards and two scores as the Falcons toppled Agawam, 41-20.

T.J. Norris, Jr. RB, Longmeadow: Led the Lancers to a 39-24 win over Westfield with 16 carries for 235 yards and three touchdowns.

Jaron Spear, Sr. TB, Somerset: Not be outdone by Jones, Spear’s line from Friday night: Four touches, 172 yards, four touchdowns.

Mitch Temple, Sr. QB, Weymouth - Threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 42-0 shutout of Wellesley, which clinched them a berth in the Division 1A playoffs.

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