West Boylston (Division 7), North Reading (Division 5) and Duxbury (Division 4) all posted dominant wins Friday night when the first three games of the Massachusetts high school football Super Bowls were staged at Gillette Stadium.
Saturday started off with Hull finishing off a perfect 13-0 season with a 27-6 win over KIPP Academy in Division 8, then continued with St. John’s Prep upsetting Springfield Central, 13-0, in the Division 1 championship. David Brown led St. Mary’s past Stoneham, 29-8, in Division 6, followed by Wakefield holding off Milton, 34-28, to wrap up an undefeated season and claim the Division 3 title. The last game of the night featured Catholic Memorial imposing its will on King Philip, which battled valiantly in a 27-7 loss in a Division 2 Super Bowl rematch.
Re-live the entire two days of Super Bowl action below.
Div. 7: West Boylston 29, St. Bernard’s 6 | Div. 5: North Reading 44, Shawsheen 28 | Div. 4: Duxbury 42, Grafton 7 | Div. 8: Hull 27, KIPP Academy 6 | Div. 1: St. John’s Prep 13, Springfield Central 0 | Div. 6: St. Mary’s 29, Stoneham 8 | Div. 3: Wakefield 34, Milton 28 | Div. 2: Catholic Memorial 27, King Philip 7
How it went: Read about all eight 2022 MIAA state champions — 10:40 p.m.
Catholic Memorial dominates total yards vs King Philip — 10:38 p.m.
The Knights finished with a 336-150 edge in total offense, showing nice balance by rushing for 189 and passing for 147.
Seniors Carson Harwood (20 carries, 89 yards, 1 TD) and Datrell Jones (16 carries 70 yards) led the way for CM on the ground. Peter Bourque was 4 of 7 passing for 76 yards and two touchdowns and JC Petrongolo was 3 of 9 for 71 yards and a touchdown. Jaeden Skeet ( 2 catches, 43 yards), Harwood (2 catches, 39 yards) and Maxwell Tucker (1 catch, 22 yards) all caught touchdowns.
The Warriors got 14 carries for 45 yards from Rudy Gately and quarterback Thomas McLeish completed just 6 of 17 passes for 48 yards and one interception.
That’s 29 consecutive wins and two straight state titles for CM — 10:19 p.m.
With a dominant 27-7 win over a gritty King Philip team, Catholic Memorial finishes 12-0, its second straight undefeated season, and captures consecutive Division 2 Super Bowl, both over KP.
For head coach John DiBiaso, this marks 15 state championships in 22 appearances. He won one with Weston, 12 with Everett, and now two with CM in four appearances.
KP’s final drive peters out in red zone — 10:10 p.m.
The Warriors drove down to CM’s12-yard line, but three straight incomplete passes and they turn the ball back over with 3:30 left, trailing 27-7.
Freshman Peter Bourque throws second TD pass for CM — 9:55 p.m.
Bourque connected with Jaedn Skeete on a 31-yard touchdown pass and Garoid Stones added an after-point to put the Knights up 27-7 with 10:36 left in the game. CM is closing in on its second straight Division 2 state championship and consecutive undefeated seasons.
End third quarter: Catholic Memorial 20, King Philip 7 — 9:50 p.m.
CM holds a significant 278-87 advantage in total yards, including 162-51 on the ground and 116-36 through the air.
Carson Harwood extends CM’s lead to 20-7 — 9:46 p.m.
Carson Harwood hauls in a 21-yard touchdown pass from JC Petrongolo, who started the second half. A two-point pass falls incomplete as CM leads 20-7 with 1:22 left in the third quarter.
CM get another turnover, an interception by Maxwell Tucker — 9:42 p.m.
A second straight KP possession ends with a turnover as senior Maxwell Tucker intercepts a pass and returns it 30 yards with under four minutes to play in the third quarter. Earlier, an interception was called back due to a pass interference call.
St. Mary’s Nick Sacco becomes the first student in school history with state titles in 3 sports — 9:40 p.m.
St. Mary’s also extended its run of winning at least one state championship to 16 consecutive years.
MIAA SUPER BOWL: @SMH_SpartansFB defeats @StonehamFB 29-8 to win the @MIAA033 state championship and EXTEND the state title streak on Tremont Street to 16 STRAIGHT YEARS!!! WOW!! @HeadofSchool4 @BostonHeraldHS @GlobeSchools @itemlive @RochieWBZ @smhlynn @david_brownjr2 pic.twitter.com/rhvAw3zqLd— St. Mary's Spartans (@stmarysspartans) December 3, 2022
CM forces fumble on KP’s opening possession of 2nd half — 9:32 p.m.
Will Claude came unblocked around the end and hit KP quarterback Thomas McLeish from the blind side, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Brady McGowan on KP’s 30-yard line.
The last half of the last game has begun — 9:28 p.m.
Catholic Memorial leads 14-7 in the Division 2 championship.
Halftime stats: Catholic Memorial vs. King Philip — 9:22 p.m.
CM racked up 225 yards of offense in the first half to 60 for King Philip, despite the close score at the break. The Knights ran for 130 and threw for 95, while the Warriors ran for 52 and threw for eight. Freshman Peter Bourque was 3 of 5 passing for 45 yards and a TD. Carson Harwood (11 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD) and Datrell Jones (9 carries, 49 yards) have carried the ground game for CM.
All heart, tight-knit Wakefield uses long drives to hold off potent Milton in Division 3 Super Bowl — 9:15 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH — What the Wakefield football team lacked in size and numbers, the Warriors made up in heart, effort, and discipline all season, culminating with an impressive 34-28 win over top-seeded Milton in the Division 3 Super Bowl Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.
Just 12 players saw the field for Wakefield (13-0) in a battle between previously unbeaten teams, but those key contributors never seemed to tire in a physical bout.
“There was no margin for error,” said Wakefield coach John Rafferty, who was captain of the last undefeated Wakefield team in 1970.
Halftime: Catholic Memorial 14, King Philip 7 — 9:10 p.m.
The Knights have dominated the time of possession, but the Warriors are hanging in.
Knights extend lead before the half — 9:07 p.m.
A 22-yard pass from freshman Peter Bourque to senior Maxwell Tucker, who stretches out to tap the pylon with the ball and put CM up 14-7 with 16 seconds remaining in the half.
The touchdown was followed by consecutive timeouts from each team, a false start, and another timeout by CM, all before the two-point conversion was attempted, and it resulted in an interception by Aiden Astorino.
CM swaps out quarterbacks, turns to freshman — 8:55 p.m.
Leading 8-7 in the second quarter, the Knights made a change under center. KP defense forced a turnover on downs.
King Philip pulls within 8-7 on QB keeper — 8:50 p.m.
King Philip gets on the board with 9:49 left in the first half. Junior QB Tommy McLeish took it himself on this 4-yard run and then Matt Kelley booted the extra point. The Warriors trail CM 8-7.
After 1 quarter: Catholic Memorial 8, King Philip 0 — 8:42 p.m.
CM controlled the first quarter, rushing for 83 yards and passing for 50 for 133 total yards, while KP ran for 39 and passed for 8 for 47 total yards.
Carson Harwood puts CM ahead 8-0 — 8:27 p.m.
The senior capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run. Mekhi Dodd ran in a two-point conversion to put the Knights up 8-0 with 7:49 left in the first quarter.
Final stats for Wakefield and Milton — 8:25 p.m.
Wakefield piled up 443 total yards, rushing for 257 and throwing for 186. Javin Willis completed 8 of 12 passes for 186 yards and ran 11 times for 72 yards and two scores, while Christian Delgado ran for 119 yards and a score on 12 carries and added 52 receiving yards on three catches. Nathan Delgado added 54 yards and two TDs on 18 rushes and Ian Dixon caught two passes for 79 yards.
Jack Finnegan led the Wildcats, rushing 24 times for 131 yards and three scores and catching three passes for 34 yards. Owen McHugh finished 14-for-22 passing for 157 yards. Milton finished with 358 yards, 201 on the ground and 157 through the air.
@WMHS_Warriors @newftbj winner of the Lineman of the Game award was #77 Sr. Kaiden Johnson. Despite my shakey cam, Kaiden talked to us about the privilege of hard work- playing both sides of the ball and helping his team. Young man showed a lot of Grit in a hard fought win. pic.twitter.com/BXnFTV4oLy— Coach Burhoe (@burhoetalksball) December 4, 2022
CM offensive lineman rumbles 29 yards — 8:20 p.m.
Catholic Memorial junior James Mullin scooped up a fumble lost by running back Carson Harwood and scampered 29 yards before being hauled down. CM has the ball on KP’s 30-yard line early in the first quarter.
Catholic Memorial and King Philip kick off in 2021 rematch — 8:16 p.m.
There’s no bigger stage than Gillette Stadium, where No. 2 King Philip (9-2) and No. 4 Catholic Memorial (11-0) are set to meet in a rematch of last year’s Division 2 Super Bowl.— Brad Joyal (@BradJoyal) December 4, 2022
CM has won 28 straight, including last year’s state final, 42-18. Updates coming for @GlobeSchools pic.twitter.com/PNsaM5GPrq
Matthew Kelley expected to make a huge impact for King Philip vs. Catholic Memorial — 8:15 p.m.
As a junior, Matthew Kelley’s number was called for specific roles. King Philip football coach Brian Lee tasked Kelley with kicking field goals and put him into the lineup as a sixth cornerback when opposing offenses were up against likely passing situations.
Now a senior captain, Kelley has been asked to make a larger impact in each phase of the game.
“Matt has gone from as a junior being a special teams guy for us and coming in on Falcon, which is like our dime package, to now he’s a three-way starter and has a huge role for us,” Lee said.
Previewing and predicting the Division 2 Super Bowl: Catholic Memorial vs. King Philip — 8:10 p.m.
Division 2 Super Bowl at a glance
D2 SUPER BOWL: CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (11-0) VS. KING PHILIP (9-2)
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: Catholic Memorial — John DiBiaso (40th season, 352-79-1 overall, including 48-4 in five seasons at CM); King Philip — Brian Lee (18th season, 127-28)
Scoring: Catholic Memorial — 40.5 ppg.; King Philip — 26.5
Defense: Catholic Memorial — 11.5; King Philip — 11.2
The heavies up front: Catholic Memorial — Timothy Bruen (6-feet, 6-inches, 290 pounds); King Philip — Chris Sesay (6-foot-6, 260)
Stat check: Catholic Memorial senior Datrell Jones has rushed for 20 touchdowns, including six in the past three weeks. A home run threat each time he touches the ball, he rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries in the first quarter of CM’s 41-7 state semifinal victory over Milford. Backfield mate Carson Harwood is another big-play threat, highlighted by his 140 rushing yards and two-touchdown performance in a 28-17 win over St. John’s Prep. Senior quarterback JC Petrongolo (13 touchdown passes) is efficient; his favorite target, Jaedn Skeete, a senior wideout and BC commit, has six touchdown receptions and a 44-yard punt return. For the Warriors, senior Kyle Abbott has rushed for 846 yards and eight touchdowns on 142 carries. Fellow seniors Will Astorino (80 carries, 470 yards, 10 TDs) and Rudy Gately (64 carries, 313 yards, 3 TDs) are productive too. Junior quarterback Tommy McLeish has completed 60 of 117 passes for 764 yards. He’s thrown seven touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Defensively, Astorino (43.5 tackles) leads the Warriors’ linebacker corps. with his brother Aidan, a sophomore who has recorded 37.5 tackles. Abbott has 7.5 sacks, and senior Chris Sesay has five.
The captains: Catholic Memorial — Seniors alternate each game; King Philip – TE/DE Nate Kearney (Sr.), WR/CB/K Matt Kelley (Sr.), FB/LB Will Astorino (Sr.)
Seniors on roster: Catholic Memorial — 19; King Philip — 19
Last Super Bowl appearance: Catholic Memorial — 2021; King Philip — 2021
Riding a state-best 28-game win streak that includes a 42-18 victory over King Philip last December at Gillette, Catholic Memorial won’t look to reinvent itself against a King Philip squad that is hungry for revenge. The Warriors are no stranger to big games — Saturday marks their fifth Super Bowl appearance since 2016 — but they are coming off an emotional 29-28 Thanksgiving loss to rival Franklin and understand the challenge that awaits them at Gillette Stadium. “We’ve been there a few times, but each time we play it feels like we’re playing a better opponent,” Lee said. “Certainly, there’s no better team to be playing and we have a huge obstacle in CM. It’s not so much about the Super Bowl game, it’s our opponent really puts a lot of stress on us.”
The Warriors have won big games by tight margins in the postseason, and they have a stable of running backs that can move the chains and try to keep CM’s high-powered offense off the field. But CM ultimately has too much speed and too many weapons. Jones and Harwood rush for two touchdowns apiece, and Petrongolo throws for at least one score to help the Knights pull away and defend their title.
Catholic Memorial 41, King Philip 23
Wakefield captures its second Super Bowl, 34-28, over Milton — 8:00 p.m.
Every time Milton scored, Wakefield had an answer as Javin Willis starred in a 34-28 Division 3 Super Bowl championship over undefeated Milton. It’s Wakefield’s second Super Bowl title, following one in 1999, and first undefeated season since 1970.
Milton’s onside kick nearly successful — 7:50 p.m.
A valiant onside kick attempt is recovered by the Wildcats, but the ball didn’t go 10 yards and Wakefield will have the ball at midfield with 2:35 to play. Milton has three timeouts left.
Milton refuses to lay down, Jack Finnegan scores again — 7:45 p.m.
Jack Finnegan with a 2-yard TD dive as Milton continues to hang with Wakefield. Liam McLoughlin threw the 2-point conversion to KJ Beckett to get the Wildcats within 34-28 with 2:36 to play.
Appears Milton will onside kick.
Wakefield responds with Nathan Delgado’s 2nd TD — 7:35 p.m.
Every time Milton pulls within a score, Wakefield answers, this time with a 1-yard touchdown from Nathan Delgado, who scored for the second time today with 4:10 remaining.
St. Mary’s arrives back in Lynn as Super Bowl champs in style — 7:30 p.m.
Jack Finnegan keeps Milton in it with 1-yard TD plunge — 7:28 p.m.
On 4th and goal with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter, Jack Finnegan breathed some life into the Wildcats, adding an extra point to close the gap with Wakefield to 27-20.
After 3 quarters: Wakefield 27, Milton 13 — 7:20 p.m.
Milton has the ball on Wakefield’s 16-yard line to open the fourth quarter as it hopes to rally.
Willis scores his 2nd TD as Wakefield pushes lead to 27-13 — 7:16 p.m.
After connecting with Ian Dixon on a 76-yard pass, Javin Willis ran for a 9-yard score, then connected with Nathan Delgado on a 2-point conversion as the Warriors build their lead back up to 27-13 with 1:12 left in the third quarter.
Javin Willis with another TD run out of Double Wing. Fake pitch opens it up. He set that up with a 66-yard pass to Ian Dixon. 2pt pass good: Willis to Nathan Delgado.— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 4, 2022
Wakefield 27, Milton 13 w/1:12 left Q3 @GlobeSchools @WMHS_Warriors pic.twitter.com/8c5kUDq1Tg
Wakefield pass is longest play of the day — 7:13 p.m.
After 90- and 91-yard touchdowns on Friday night, Saturday had been lacking in truly big plays, outside of a couple of David Brown runs for St. Mary’s, until Wakefield quarterback Javin Willis hit Ian Dixon for a 76-yard pass down to the 14-yard line late in the third quarter.
Owen McHugh pulls Milton within one score — 7:09 p.m.
Owen McHugh danced down the left sideline on a keeper, then stretched the ball over the goal line for a 13-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, Milton trails Wakefield 19-13 with 3:22 left in the third quarter.
David Brown Jr. puts on a show as St. Mary’s outruns Stoneham for Division 6 Super Bowl — 7:05 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH –– David Brown Jr. contemplated quitting football in the sixth grade. He didn’t enjoy the contact.
His maternal grandfather, Peter C. Pedro Jr., a former star at Lynn Trade and West Texas State — finishing second in the nation in rushing and touchdowns in 1961 — encouraged Brown to stick with it.
Every game, Brown honors his late grandfather, who died in 2018. He was 77. In Saturday’s Division 6 Super Bowl, the senior captain from Lynn delivered a signature performance, racking up 195 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and adding a 7-yard scoring reception, leading sixth-seeded St. Mary’s to a 29-8 victory over No. 1 Stoneham at Gillette Stadium.
Christian Delgado pads Wakefield’s lead with 60-yard run — 7:00 p.m.
Christian Delgado followed his blockers around the left end before racing 60 yards down the sideline to put the Warriors up 19-7 with 6:55 left in the third quarter. He now has over 100 all-purpose yards.
During a slow third quarter, check out some Wakefield vs. Milton photos — 6:58 p.m.
Check out the halftime performance by the Wakefield cheerleaders and dance team — 6:47 p.m.
Halftime stats, Wakefield vs. Milton — 6:40 p.m.
Javin Willis completed 5 of 9 passes for 90 yards and ran for a 26-yard touchdown while Nathan Delgado ran 10 times for 30 years to lead the Warriors. Christian Delgado leads all receivers with 52 yards on three grabs.
Jack Finnegan has 39 rushing yards and a TD on nine carries, while Owen McHugh has run seven times for 22 yards and thrown for 35 on 6 of 10 passing.
Halftime: Wakefield 13, Milton 7 — 6:28 p.m.
In one of the closest halves of the day, the Warriors have a slim lead heading into the locker rooms.
Nathan Delgado’s 2-yard run puts Wakefield in front — 6:25 p.m.
After the 42-yard pass to Steven Woish (see below), Javin Willis finds Christian Delgado on a 33-yard gain, then Nathan Delgado runs it in from 2 yards out to put Wakefield ahead 13-7 with 1:08 left in the second quarter.
Watch Javin Willis throws the prettiest pass of the day — 6:23 p.m.
Wakefield quarterback Javin Willis threw a perfectly placed ball down the right sideline to junior Steven Woish for a 42-yard gain late in the second quarter.
Milton answers with Jack Finnegan touchdown — 6:10 p.m.
The Wildcats have tied the game at 7-7 as Owen McHugh pitches to Jack Finnegan for a 4-yard touchdown. Finnegan sends the point-after through the uprights with 4:41 left in the second quarter.
Watch as Wakefield breaks gridlock, grabs 7-0 lead — 6:02 p.m.
Senior Javin Willis broke a couple of tackles on a 26-yard scamper on 4th and 1 and Mark Letchford connected on a point-after to put the Warriors ahead 7-0 with 9:21 left in the second quarter.
Javin Willis!!!!! With a phenomenal 26 yard quarterback scramble for a touchdown on 4th down! Wakefield leads 7-0 in the second quarter— Wakefield Athletics (@WMHS_Warriors) December 3, 2022
After 1 quarter: Wakefield 0, Milton 0 — 5:55 p.m.
Wakefield has a 61-30 edge in total yards thanks to 41 rushing yards and 20 passing yards. Milton has 22 yards on the ground and eight through the air.
Wakefield, Milton can’t finish opening drives — 5:50 p.m.
Milton and Wakefield kick off the Division 3 Super Bowl — 5:35 p.m.
We’re on schedule for the D3 Super Bowl between Wakefield (12-0) and Milton (11-0) @GlobeSchools— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2022
John Rafferty (‘70) has his alma mater in the Super Bowl for first time since 2011
Steve Dembowski is looking to win his first title with Milton after winning w/Swampscott in ‘07 pic.twitter.com/m6WorXqCj3
Milton and Wakefield share their excitement on social media — 5:28 p.m.
Wakefield’s Nathan and Christian Delgado will likely loom large against Milton — 5:20 p.m.
Size has yet to catch up to the Wakefield football team.
That’s true both in terms of a roster lacking depth — there are just 48 players between the varsity and junior varsity, with no freshman team — as well as the stature of a few key players.
Take the Delgado twins, Christian and Nathan, two of the Warriors’ four captains, who will take the field against Milton in the Division 3 Super Bowl Saturday night (5:30 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium. They both measure 5-feet-9-inches, 160 pounds.
The two have tackled bigger challenges off the field.
Previewing and predicting the Division 3 Super Bowl: Milton vs. Wakefield — 5:15 p.m.
Division 3 Super Bowl at a glance
MILTON (11-0) vs. WAKEFIELD (12-0)
When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
Coaches: Milton — Steve Dembowski (8th season, 68-16); Wakefield — John Rafferty (5th season, 28-21).
Scoring: Milton — 35.6; Wakefield — 27.8.
Defense: Milton — 13.1; Wakefield — 8.8.
The heavies up front: Milton — Anderson Perez-Ruiz (6-foot, 300 pounds); Wakefield — Kaiden Johnson (6-1, 250)
Stat check: Milton quarterback Owen McHugh has completed 65 percent of his passes (159 for 244) for 2,253 yards and 31 touchdowns (with just five interceptions) while rushing for 512 yards on 84 carries (6.1 yards per rush) and four scores. Jack Finnegan has a team-leading 717 yards and 15 touchdowns on 131 carries; the team’s kicker, he is 42 of 51 point-afters and two of his three field goal attempts, has seven interceptions (at defensive back), and returned a punt return for a touchdown. Luke Sammon (48 catches, 779 yards, eight touchdowns) and Michael Fulton (36 catches, 718 yards, 11 touchdowns) served as McHugh’s favorite targets in the passing game, with Dillon Mackenzie (32, 320, 4) and Shane Olsen (15, 212, 5) providing ample support. Linebacker Liam McLoughlin has 112 total tackles, with three picks. . . . Wakefield quarterback Javin Willis has thrown for 1,922 yards and 22 touchdowns, completing more than 70 percent of his passes (130 for 184). Nearly half of his touchdowns have gone to wide receiver Steve Woish (10). Nathan Delgado has produced 1,109 yards on 180 carries — 6-plus yards per rush — with 13 total touchdowns, with four picks, and a team-leading 84 tackles at linebacker.
The captains: Milton — OLB/TE KJ Beckett (Sr.), C Drew Cakouros (Sr.), RB/DB/K Jack Finnegan (Sr.), QB/DB Owen McHugh (Sr.) Wakefield — WR/DB Christian Delgado (Sr.), RB/LB Nathan Delgado (Sr)., TE/OLB Ian Dixon (Sr.), QB/DB Javin Willis (Sr.).
Seniors on roster: Milton — 20; Wakefield — 12
Last Super Bowl appearance: Milton — Never; Wakefield — 2011 (last/only win — 1999)
Milton has won six Herget Division titles in eight seasons since coach Steve Dembowski joined the Wildcats from Swampscott in 2015 — their first league championships since the 1960s — while Wakefield could match its win total from the previous three seasons (13) with a win Saturday. The Wildcats trailed in only two games during the regular season, never by more than a touchdown and never after the first quarter, but have had to play from behind in all three of their postseason wins to date — including in the fourth quarter of both their quarterfinal and semifinal matchups vs. No. 8 Marblehead (won 24-20) and No. 4 Hanover (won 32-30). Wakefield pulled away from previously-unbeaten No. 3 Plymouth South (24-14) in the quarterfinals and escaped an early deficit vs. No. 2 North Attleborough (31-24) in the semifinals. Wakefield also needed to stage a furious fourth-quarter comeback on Thanksgiving vs. Melrose, too, trailing by 12 before surviving, 15-12.
Wakefield, which has already defeated D6 finalist Stoneham, has won two straight road playoff games to reach Gillette. But do the Warriors have the depth to keep up with the Wildcats on offense? Look for whichever team has the ball last to be in the best position to leave Foxborough with the hardware.
Milton 38, Wakefield 31
Check out photos from St. Mary’s Super Bowl win — 5:10 p.m.
David Brown shines as St. Mary’s captures second Super Bowl crown — 4:55 p.m.
Four touchdowns and 195 rushing yards from the star senior were more than enough as St. Mary’s scored 29 consecutive points after falling behind 8-0 to capture the second Super Bowl in school history and first since 2005.
Brown tacks one more score on for St. Mary’s — 4:48 p.m.
David Brown got loose one more time, racing 59 yards to pay dirt and Michael Anderson’s point-after pushes St. Mary’s lead to 29-8 with 3:23 left in the game. Brown has 195 rushing yards on 17 carries and has scored four times, three of which came on the ground.
The David Brown show continues as he breaks loose for a 59-yard touchdown rush. The PAT is good from Michael Anderson.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
Brown has 17 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns and a 12-yard touchdown catch.
St. Mary's holds a 29-8 lead with 3:23 to play. @GlobeSchools
St. Mary’s gets stop on 4th and 8 — 4:44 p.m.
A big fourth-down stop forcing an incompletion by the St. Mary’s defense looks like it put this one on ice with a 22-8 lead and 4 minutes to play.
Stoneham running out of time — 4:42 p.m.
After a clock-killing St. Mary’s drive stalled out deep in Stoneham territory, they’ve embarked on their own long drive to inside the 40, but with less than 5 minutes left and trailing 22-8, time is running out.
Weather was a factor, but St. John’s Prep’s game plan was perfect against Springfield Central — 4:39 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH — St. John’s Prep used a near-perfect defensive game plan to keep an explosive Springfield Central team out of the end zone in Saturday’s Division 1 championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Springfield Central, the defending D1 champion, came in averaging more than 50 points per game . But the Golden Eagles were shut out, 13-0.
After 3 quarters: St. Mary’s 22, Stoneham 8 — 4:30 p.m.
Stoneham scored on its opening drive, but it’s been all St. Mary’s ever since, as the Spartans have scored 22 straight points to take control heading into the final 12 minutes.
Read about St. John’s Prep’s upset of Springfield Central — 4:25 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH — Brian St. Pierre has been part of three Super Bowl victories at St. John’s Prep, one as a player in 1997, and two as head coach (2018 and 2019).
Yet after his team outlasted mighty Springfield Central, 13-0, in Saturday’s rain-soaked Division 1 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, St. Pierre embraced defensive coordinator for a few extra beats, indicating just how much this championship meant.
“We know what people were saying, and we understand it,” St. Pierre said about facing a powerhouse that averaged 52 points per game this season, had won 20 straight games against in-state competition, and clinched three straight state titles since 2018.
Tyler Guy finds Brown for 7-yard TD pass as St. Mary’s extends lead — 4:20 p.m.
David Brown scored for the third time this afternoon, this time on a 7-yard strike from Tyler Guy, and Michael Anderson’s extra-point puts St. Mary’s up 22-8 with 8:25 left in the third quarter.
Halftime stats for Division 6 Super Bowl — 4:11 p.m.
David Brown has 97 yards on 7 carries with 2 touchdowns and Derick Coulanges (3 carries, 23 yards) and Tyler Guy (3 carries, 14 yards) have chipped in for St. Mary’s. Guy completed 1 of 2 passes for 39 yards to Jack Marks.
Colin Farren has 92 rushing yards on 16 totes for Stoneham, which has gotten 40 yards on 8 carries from Jason Nutting and 26 yards on 4 carries from James Landers.
Each team has totaled 173 yards of offense.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
Colin Farren leads Stoneham with 16 carries for 92 yards and a score.
David Brown has been the difference maker for St. Mary's, with 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven rushes.@GlobeSchools @StonehamAD @stmarysspartans
Halftime: St. Mary’s 15, Stoneham 8 — 3:58 p.m.
An interception by Stoneham’s James Landers sends the game to halftime with St. Mary’s leading the battle of Spartans. David Brown Jr. has seven carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Halftime: St. Mary's 15, Stoneham 8— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
David Brown leads the charge for @stmarysspartans offensively, tallying seven carries for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Stoneham senior James Landers intercepted a pass deep down the left side as time expired in the half.@GlobeSchools
Long TD run by Brown called back — 3:55 p.m.
David Brown Jr. broke several tackles on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the first half, but a holding call took it off the board.
David Brown breaks off 62-yard touchdown run — 3:42 p.m.
The St. Mary’s senior scored for the second time today and Michael Anderson tacked on an extra point as the Spartans took their first lead of the game 15-8, with 6:26 left in the second quarter.
David Brown outruns the Stoneham defense, hitting a hole through the line and turning on the afterburners for a 62-yard touchdown trot. Michael Anderson's PAT is good.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
Brown has four carries for 71 yards and two TDs and St. Mary's leads, 15-8. @stmarysspartans @GlobeSchools
After 1 quarter: Stoneham 8, St. Mary’s 8 — 3:35 p.m.
Both teams scored on their opening possession. Colin Farren has 54 rushing yards for Stoneham.
David Brown answers for St. Mary’s, ties game at 8-8 — 3:29 p.m.
The Spartans wasted no time equalizing as David Brown Jr. scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. He then added a 2-point run. Brown’s touchdown was set up by a 39-yard pass from Tyler Guy to Maddox Romero.
St. Mary’s drives right back down the field, with David Brown punching in this 4-yard touchdown rush. Brown also converted the 2-pt rush and it’s all tied up, 8-8, with 0:19 to play in the first quarter. @GlobeSchools @stmarysspartans pic.twitter.com/hB0yW3rLLT— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
Colin Farren caps lengthy opening drive with TD for Stoneham — 3:23 p.m.
Colin Farren caps off the drive by diving into the end zone for a 9-yard score. Jason Nutting plunges in for the 2-pt conversion. Farren notched eight carries for 52 yards and the score on the drive. With 3:05 to play in the first, Stoneham leads, 8-0.
Colin Farren caps off the drive by diving into the endzone for a 9-yard score. Jason Nutting plunges in for the 2-pt conversion. Farren notched eight carries for 52 yards and the score on the drive.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
With 3:05 to play in the first, Stoneham leads, 8-0. @GlobeSchools
Final stats for St. John’s Prep and Springfield Central — 3:18 p.m.
The Eagles held Central to just 167 total yards, only 49 of which came through the air as William Watson was contained to 6 of 19 passing. He added a team-high 51 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Workhorse Carson Browne ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries for Prep, which had three quarterbacks (Deacon Robillard, Aidan Driscoll, and Carl Michael-Monks) combine for 74 passing yards on 9-for-17 passing.
Stoneham and St. Mary’s kick off in Division 6 Super Bowl — 3:06 p.m.
Stoneham will start with the ball.
Good afternoon from Foxborough! High above Gillette Stadium, where No. 1 Stoneham (11-1) and No. 6 St. Mary’s (11-1) will clash in the Division 6 Super Bowl. @StonehamAD looks for first title since 2018, @stmarysspartans since 2005.— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) December 3, 2022
I’ll have coverage for @GlobeSchools! pic.twitter.com/DI6C8pdgX0
For Stoneham and St. Mary’s, their offensive lines are anything but run of the mill — 3:00 p.m.
The Stoneham and St. Mary’s football teams do not drift from what makes them successful.
The two teams, located at schools just 8.2 miles apart, run the ball effectively.
Stoneham (11-1), the top seed in Division 6, has churned out a 3,417-yard, 43-touchdown rushing attack. Third-seeded St. Mary’s (11-1) is not far behind, with 2,960 yards rushing and 39 scores. That success has paved the way for their Super Bowl matchup Saturday (3 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium.
The 1-2 punch of senior backs Derick Coulanges and David Brown Jr. have been dominant, teaming for 2,244 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Previewing and predicting the Division 6 Super Bowl: St. Mary’s vs. Stoneham — 2:58 p.m.
Division 6 Super Bowl at a glance
STONEHAM (11-1) vs. ST. MARY’S (11-1)
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium.
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: Stoneham — Bob Almeida (11th season, 82-38 at Stoneham, 207-107-1 overall, including at Wilmington); St. Mary’s — Sean Driscoll (fifth season, 39-15 at St. Mary’s, 97-73 overall, including at Winthrop).
Scoring: Stoneham — 32.2 ppg.; St. Mary’s — 32.3.
Defense: Stoneham — 15.0; St. Mary’s — 13.2.
The heavies up front: Stoneham — Jarred Linehan (6 feet 4 inches, 270 pounds); St. Mary’s — Graham Richman (6-1, 305).
Stat check: Stoneham has executed its complex run schemes to perfection, churning out 3,417 yards and 43 touchdowns on 453 rushing attempts, good for 8 yards per carry. Senior Colin Farren has produced 1,335 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jason Nutting is a dual threat, with 691 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. St. Mary’s also excels at running the ball, amassing 2,960 yards behind the senior duo of Derick Coulanges (1,174 yards, 11 touchdowns) and David Brown Jr. (1,070 yards, 18 touchdowns).
The captains: Stoneham — RB/DB Dominic Florino (Jr.), FB/DE Paul Mannke (Sr.), QB/DB Jason Nutting (Sr.), OL/DL Donaldo Robelo (Sr.); St. Mary’s — RB/DB David Brown Jr (Sr.), RB/LB Derick Coulanges (Sr.), OL/DL Tommy Falasca (Sr.), TE/DL Jack Marks (Sr.), OL/DL Graham Richmond (Sr.), TE/DL Nick Sacco (Sr.).
Seniors on roster: Stoneham — 13; St. Mary’s — 15.
Last Super Bowl appearance: Stoneham — 2018; St. Mary’s — 2018.
Both teams stumbled in Week 4, suffering their only losses. Stoneham is adept at finding and exploiting favorable matchups in the opposition’s pre-snap formation. With a physical, tough group, Stoneham is riding high after a gritty 30-22 win over Reading on Thanksgiving. St. Mary’s group boasts a plethora of speed. On defense, St. Mary’s finds the ball and swarms immediately, evidenced in a 12-10 victory over Bishop Feehan in Week 3.
With both teams predicated on running the ball effectively in the path to victory, the battle in the trenches and tackling at the first and second level will dictate the outcome. Stoneham’s line has played incredibly all season, but St. Mary’s boasts explosive playmakers at all levels.
St. Mary’s 30, Stoneham 28
Watch St. John’s Prep celebrate its Division 1 upset — 2:51 p.m.
St. John’s Prep wins sixth Super Bowl behind dominant defense — 2:46 p.m.
Springfield Central came into the Division 1 Super Bowl averaging 51.9 points per game. Then the Eagles defense posted a shutout, capturing their fifth state championship with a 13-0 victory.
Carson Browne and Joenel Aguero scored for St. John’s Prep (11-2), which also won in 2019, 2018, 2012, 1997, and1982.
D1 Super Bowl Final: St John’s Prep 13, Springfield Central 0.— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2022
Incredible defensive performance by Prep to shut out an offense that came in avg 51.9 PPG with 20 straight wins vs MIAA teams.
3rd title for SJP in 4 seasons and 6th all time. @GlobeSchools @sjpathletics
Read about Hull’s Super Bowl win over KIPP Academy — 2:40 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH — John Gianibas knew what he wanted. So too did the other 13 seniors on the determined Hull football team.
Three hundred and 67 days after the the Pirates were denied in the 2021 Division 8 Super Bowl by South Shore rival Randolph, Hull rode a 33-carry, 188-yard, three-touchdown performance from their grtitty senior back to a 27-6 win over KIPP Academy Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The Pirates capped a 13-0 season with the program’s third title, but first since beating Bishop Fenwick in 1996.
St. John’s Prep has long TD called back — 2:28 p.m.
Carson Browne broke off a 51-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with 7 minutes left in the game, but it was called back on a holding call.
51 yard Browne touchdown negated by a holding penalty— Tyler Amaral (@TylerAmaral22) December 3, 2022
Springfield Central drive comes up empty — 2:23 p.m.
William Watson helped Central move down the field with one of its longer drives, but it stalls out just outside the red zone after passes on third and fourth down fall incomplete.
St. John’s Prep gets the ball with 10 minutes to play up 13-0.
After 3 quarters: St. John’s Prep 13, Springfield Central 0 — 2:16 p.m.
Springfield Central has just three first downs through three quarters as the Prep defense has dominated, allowing just 93 total yards, only 13 of which have come through the air.
The Eagles have 76 rushing yards and 74 passing yards.
Prep extends lead to 13-0 with 2-yard TD — 2:10 p.m.
After getting stuffed twice from 1-yard out, Carson Browne finally (barely) plunged in for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the third quarter following a missed point-after kick.
The replay appears to show Browne down short of the goal line, but the touchdown stands.
Prep goes to third quarterback — 1:55 p.m.
After Deacon Robillard left with what appeared to be a hand injury, Aidan Driscoll completed the rest of the first half for St. John’s Prep.
But to start the third quarter the Eagles have gone to sophomore Carl Michael-Monks.
Halftime stats: St. John’s Prep 7, Springfield Central 0 — 1:52 p.m.
Neither team has moved the ball efficiently, with the Eagles holding an 87-63 edge in total yards. Central has run for 63 yards and passed for none, as William Watson is 0 for 4. Aidan Driscoll is 5-of-7 passing for 41 yards with a TD and an interception, while Deacon Robillard was 2 of 6 for 24 yards.
Carson Browne leads Prep with 27 yards on 14 carries. Tariq Thomas has 37 yards on 10 totes for Central, and Conellius Patrick has 23 yards on five rushes.
The first half featured four turnovers, two by each team.
Halftime: Aguero’s touchdown is difference as St. John’s Prep leads 7-0 — 1:36 p.m.
The first half concludes with St. John’s Prep leading 7-0 on Joenel Aguero’s 10-yard touchdown catch and run. A sloppy, turnover-filled game has matched the ugly weather thus far.
Halftime: St John’s Prep 7, Springfield Central 0.— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2022
Incredible defensive effort by Prep but only 7pts from 4 red zone trips.
Aidan Driscoll’s pass looked to be tipped here and picked by Josiah Monday in the final seconds of Q2. @GlobeSchools @sjpathletics @CentralFB413 pic.twitter.com/C2KOHqQGlE
Prep intercepted while threatening late in half — 1:34 p.m.
It appeared the pass from Aidan Driscoll was tipped as St. John’s Prep comes up short on another red zone trip.
Prep pass intercepted by Josiah Monday— Tyler Amaral (@TylerAmaral22) December 3, 2022
Joenel Aguero puts St. John’s Prep ahead 7-0 — 1:19 p.m.
Aidan Driscoll hits Aguero on a 4th-and-2 screen and Aguero takes it 10 yards for the first points of the game. We had gone more than two hours here at Gillette without a touchdown, since late in the second quarter of the first game.
5:34 left in the first half as SJP is up 7-0. Jackson Selby connected on the extra point.
Central doesn’t capitalize on fumble, another short punt — 1:13 p.m.
Central can’t move the ball after recovering a fumble, then punts the ball to only the 28-yard line. Aidan Driscoll, who isn’t listed on the roster but started the first portion of the season, is now playing quarterback for St. John’s Prep.
St. John’s Prep fumbles inside Central’s 10-yard line — 1:08 p.m.
First quarter ends scoreless between St. John’s Prep and Springfield Central — 1:05 p.m.
The two teams combined for just 62 yards in the first quarter, with 39 from Central and 23 from Prep.
Prep forced Central to punt on the final play of the first quarter, but the snap flies over William Watson’s head and Prep recovers at the 15-yard line, setting the Eagles up with an extremely short field to open the second quarter.
Weather report: Rain has picked up — 12:58 p.m.
After the Division 8 game was played through a strong wind, but only a drizzle, the rain is coming down stronger here in the first quarter of the Division 1 title game. Wind is still swirling, leading to an 11-yard punt for Springfield Central.
It’s a defensive battle early on in D1 Super Bowl — 12:55 p.m.
It’s still scoreless with 5 minutes to play in the first quarter after St. John’s Prep’s 32-yard field goal attempt is blocked by Central’s Bryce Gentry-Warrick.
Prep and Central excited on social media for Super Bowl matchup — 12:50 p.m.
Prep forces punt on Central’s first possession — 12:42 p.m.
Final stats from Hull’s Super Bowl win over KIPP Academy — 12:40 p.m.
It was no surprise as John Gianibas led the way, finishing with 33 carries for 188 yards and three touchdowns, with his longest run going for a 19-yard TD in Hull’s 27-6 Division 8 Super Bowl win. The senior added an interception, which he returned 40 yards.
KIPP quarterback Juan Setalsingh completed 17 of 38 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He was the Panthers’ leading rusher with 22 yards on 12 carries. Vic Mafo was the leading receiver with six catches for 97 yards.
Hull’s defense held KIPP to 46 rushing yards on 18 carries. Luke Richardson completed 2 of 5 passes for 24 yards, a TD and an interception, Nick Tiani ran six times for 44 yards and Austin Bongo added six carries for 46 yards as Hull ran for 311 yards as a team.
It will always be a great day to be a Panther! Wasn’t the result we wanted but it was a great experience. So proud of our group for fighting for 48 minutes against a tough, talented and well coached @hull_football team. Final 27-6. Thankful to our seniors for all the work! #Proud— KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Football (@KALC_Football) December 3, 2022
Division 1 Super Bowl between St. John’s Prep (10-2) and Springfield Central (10-1) kicks off — 12:37 p.m.
Springfield Central will receive the opening kickoff.
Time for the D1 Super Bowl:— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2022
Springfield Central (10-1) vs St John’s Prep (10-2) on a warm windy rainy day at Gillette.@CentralFB413 going for a 4th straight state title, and 2nd straight D1.@StJohnsPrepFB looking for a 3rd D1 title since 2018.@GlobeSchools pic.twitter.com/wKiYXE6wcq
Division 1 Super Bowl: The stage won’t be too big or bright for Springfield Central’s William Watson or St. John’s Prep — 12:35 p.m.
If the game seems to move at a different speed for Springfield Central quarterback William “Pop” Watson, perhaps it’s because the senior whiz has been playing against players older and faster than him for most of his life.
From the time he was in kindergarten through seventh grade, Watson played up a grade in Pop Warner leagues. He was the varsity starter as a freshman, and posted a 32:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio with 2,562 passing yards en route to a Division 3 Super Bowl title.
Previewing and predicting the Division 1 Super Bowl: St. John’s Prep vs. Springfield Central — 12:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL (10-1) vs. ST. JOHN’S PREP (10-2)
When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: Springfield Central — Bill Watson (1st season, 10-1); St. John’s Prep — Brian St. Pierre (9th season, 70-28)
Scoring: Springfield — 51.9 ppg.; St. John’s Prep — 36.6
Defense: Springfield — 9.1; St. John’s Prep — 11.6
The heavies up front: Springfield — Jayden Bass (6-foot-6, 300 pounds); St. John’s Prep — Pius Ejindu (6-4, 335)
Stat check: Halfway through the season, Prep made a switch at quarterback with sophomore Deacon Robillard (61-for-92 passing, 903 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT) taking over for Aidan Driscoll (48-for-93, 623 yards, 9 TD, 4 INT). The Eagles remain committed to their ground game with senior captain Carson Browne (150 carries, 1,016 yards, 15 touchdowns) leading the way in nine games since returning from injury. Cam LaGrassa and Dylan Aliberti have combined for 825 yards and eight touchdowns. Joenel Aguero and Jesse Ofurie lead Prep’s secondary, and have been the primary receiving options as well with Aguero tallying 607 yards and 12 total touchdowns. Ofurie has added 586 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns, and Stephon Patrick has chipped in 377 receiving yards and seven scores. Senior quarterback William Watson is the engine for Springfield with 2,257 passing yards, 860 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns. Tariq Thomas has rushed for 690 yards and 15 touchdowns, with Conellius Patrick adding 717 yards and nine total touchdowns. Kevin Jackson (28 receptions 434 yards, 3 Tds), Mattias Barbour (26 receptions, 448 yards, 4 Tds) and Jaykelis Algarin (24 receptions, 445 yards, 2 Tds) are the top targets for Watson. Springfield’s fearsome defensive front is led by Kymari Latney (60 tackles, 6.5 sacks), Bryce Gentry Warrick (4 sacks, 20 tackles for loss), and BC commit Josiah Griffin (48 tackles, 8 sacks).
The captains: Springfield – QB William Watson (Sr.), DL Josiah Griffin (Sr.), DL Bryce Gentry Warrick (Sr.), WR Kevin Jackson (Sr.), OL Jayden Bass (SR.), RB/LB Kymari Latney (Sr.) ; Prep – OL Cristhian Difo (Sr.), WR/DB Jesse Ofurie (Sr.), RB Carson Browne (Sr.), DE Mike Nabbout (Sr.)
Seniors on roster: Springfield – 29; Prep – 27
Last Super Bowl appearance: Springfield – 2021; Prep – 2019
Springfield has been one of the most dominant teams in MIAA history, its only loss coming to nationally-ranked power St. John’s College (Md.). Watson leads a virtually unstoppable offense with his dual-threat ability and the senior is making his third start at Gillette; nerves won’t be an issue. Gentry Warrick and Griffin shut down Central Catholic’s ground game in the D1 Super Bowl last year, so it might be tough for Prep to establish the run. The Eagles have plenty of playmakers on the perimeter with Aguero, Ofurie, and Patrick. Their defensive front has also been dominant lately with senior John Droggitis logging 3.5 of Prep’s seven sacks in a Thanksgiving win over Xaverian. While the stars are capable of breaking big plays, this game will likely be decided up front.
The Eagles should look to find some consistency on the ground and keep Watson on the sidelines with long scoring drives. Prep should have some success containing the Golden Eagles explosive offense and limiting big plays, but Watson’s ability to extend plays is nearly impossible to stop. Springfield should pull away for a fourth consecutive state championship.
Springfield Central 36, St. John’s Prep 22
Hull wins its third Super Bowl, 27-6, over KIPP Academy — 12:20 p.m.
It’s officially over as Hull beats KIPP Academy, 27-6, after a scoreless second half to complete a perfect 13-0 season. John Gianibas scored three touchdowns and Ethan Campbell caught a 19-yard TD pass from Luke Richardson. Luke Dunham added two interceptions for a dominant Pirates defense.
It is Hull’s first Super Bowl win since 1996, when it beat Bishop Fenwick 20-15. The Pirates captured their first title in 1977, 21-9, over Ashland. Hull, which also lost the 1992 Super Bowl, finishes the job after losing, 20-14, to Randolph in the 2021 Super Bowl.
KIPP comes up empty in red zone — 12:12 p.m.
KIPP Academy drove down and was threatening to score, but Hull’s defense stands strong and forces a turnover on downs. KIPP quarterback Juan Setalsingh is being looked at by a trainer on the sideline as Hull continues to lead 27-6 with six minutes remaining in the game.
Morenel Castro snags a pick on the goal line — 11:57 a.m.
KIPP Academy junior Morenel Castro intercepts Hull quarterback Luke Richardson on the 1-yard line, returning it 11 yards to the 12 where KIPP will begin its first possession of the fourth quarter trailing 27-6 with 11:19 left in the game.
John Gianibas adds interception to stellar day — 11:52 a.m.
With 21 seconds left in the third quarter, John Gianibas intercepts Juan Setalsingh, who has now thrown three picks. Gianibas runs the interception back 40 yards to the 15, where Hull will open the fourth quarter looking to extend its 27-6 lead.
Hull misses long field goal attempt late in 3rd quarter — 11:48 a.m.
Logan Chenette, who has made three extra points, attempted a 46-yard field goal for Hull, but the kick came up short and the Pirates continue to lead 27-6 with a minute remaining in a snoozy third quarter.
Luke Dunham snags second interception for Hull — 11:42 a.m.
The Hull sophomore stops a KIPP drive with a pick and a 19-yard return as Hull continues to lead 27-6 with 4:42 left in the third quarter. Dunham had a 50-yard interception in the first quarter that set up the Pirates’ second touchdown.
Longtime referee working his final game — 11:33 a.m.
The head referee for the Hull vs. KIPP Academy game is Sal Gulino of Wrentham, who is working the final game of a 25-year career. His son is working on the chain gang.
Some first-half photos of Hull vs. KIPP Academy — 11:30 a.m.
Hull defense holds Panthers to negative rushing yards in 1st half — 11:22 a.m.
Nick Tiani has run 5 times for 47 yards for Hull, while KIPP has ben led by Juan Setalsingh’s arm. The senior has completed 11 of 17 attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Vic Mafo has three catches for 59 yards. The Panthers have negative-7 rushing yards on eight carries.
Hull dominates first half, takes 27-6 lead into locker rooms — 11:10 a.m.
KIPP breathed some life into the game with a touchdown and an interception by Chanel Gutierrez in the final 15 seconds of the first half, but John Gianibas (19 carries, 111 yards, 3 TDs) has built a healthy lead for Hull, which also got a 19-yard touchdown pass from Luke Richardson to Ethan Campbell to open the scoring.
KIPP gets on the board just before halftime — 11:03 a.m.
The Panthers gained a little momentum heading into the locker room as Juan Setalsingh finds junior Morenel Castro for a 15-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left in the second quarter. A two-point pass fell incomplete, leaving KIPP Academy trailing 27-6.
It’s the John Gianibas show as he scores 3rd TD of 1st half — 10:53 a.m.
The Hull senior now has 111 rushing yards on 19 carries after scoring on a 1-yard off-tackle run with 1:43 left in the second quarter. Logan Chenette’s third extra point of the day puts the Pirates up 27-0 on KIPP Academy.
John Gianibas’s second TD extends Hull’s lead in 2nd quarter — 10:38 a.m.
The senior now has 79 rushing yards and two touchdowns after a 19-yard touchdown run with 9:27 left in the second quarter puts Hull up 20-0 after Logan Chenette drilled his second extra point of the night.
Hull leads 13-0 after one quarter — 10:33 a.m.
The Pirates have dominated the opening 12 minutes and will open the second quarter with the ball near midfield after KIPP failed to convert a 4th down.
Hull's defense with sacks to halt a KIPP drive to end the first quarter. Senior Ethan Williams with one, seniors Ethan Campbell and Tyler Sordillo in on the other. After one quarter, Hull leads KIPP, 13-0 in the Div. 8 Super Bowl. @GlobeSchools https://t.co/eQAibofL7v— Lenny Rowe (@GlobeLennyRowe) December 3, 2022
John Gianibas extends Hull’s first-quarter lead — 10:25 a.m.
Hull senior John Gianibas carries a couple of defenders into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown to cap a short drive that puts the Pirates up 13-0 with 4:03 to play in the first quarter after Vic Mafo blocks Logan Chenette’s extra-point attempt.
Hull’s Luke Dunham picks off Juan Setalsingh in red zone — 10:21 a.m.
KIPP drove down inside the Hull 20, but on 4th and 13 from the 21, quarterback Juan Setalsingh was intercepted by Hull sophomore Luke Dunham on the 4 yard line. After a 50-yard return down the left sideline, the Pirates have the ball near midfield.
Hull drives for touchdown on first possession — 10:12 a.m.
The Pirates drove 73 yards on the opening possession of the game, capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Luke Richardson to Ethan Campbell on 3rd and 12. Logan Chenette’s extra point puts Hull up 7-0 with 7:47 left in the first quarter.
It’s game time! — 10:00 a.m.
KIPP Academy vs. Hull are ready to kick off in Division 8 Super Bowl — 9:50 a.m.
Hull has won the toss and elected to receive.
KIPP Academy has been waiting for another chance against Hull, and will get it in the Super Bowl — 9:40 a.m.
Juan Setalsingh was in the midst of a shootout with Hull in the Division 8 state quarterfinals last November when he dislocated his shoulder, ending his season, and effectively dooming KIPP Academy’s chances to advance to the semifinals for the second time in just five years as a varsity program.
Now Setalsingh has the No. 7 Panthers (8-4) marching to Gillette Stadium for the program’s first Super Bowl appearance. The senior quarterback and free safety has made game-sealing plays throughout the playoffs and can now set his sights on a rematch with top-seeded Hull (12-0) Saturday at 10 a.m.
“Personally, I wouldn’t want to face any other team in the Super Bowl,” said Setalsingh, a co-MVP in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference last season. “That was heartbreaking [getting injured in a 27-20 loss to Hull]. It was a bad way to go out. I knew I left the team without a quarterback, and then I had to watch. That was the worst part.”
Previewing and predicting the Division 8 high school football Super Bowl: KIPP Academy vs. Hull — 9:30 a.m.
Matchup: KIPP Academy (8-4) vs. Hull (12-0)
What: Division 8 Super Bowl
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: KIPP — Jim Rabbitt (sixth season, 37-23 record); Hull — Mike O’Donnell (sixth season, 40-26)
Scoring: KIPP — 26.8; Hull — 34.3
Defense: KIPP — 24.2; Hull — 10.2
The heavies up front: KIPP — Kenneth Pleytez (6 feet, 3 inches, 300 pounds); Hull — Aidan Murphy (6-1, 240 pounds)
Stat check: KIPP quarterback Juan Setalsingh has stuffed the stat sheet, with 2,101 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes (including 24 in the last six games), and 6 rushing scores. On defense, he has nine interceptions and 44 tackles. Vic Mafo is up to 844 receiving yards and nine scores, while fellow receiver Morenel Castro has 877 yards and 13 TDs. For Hull, senior John Gianibas (146 carries, 1,575 yards, 18 TDs), Austin Bongo (12 catches, 311 yards, 5 TDs, plus 14 carries, 257 yards, 2 TDs) fuel the attack. On defense, Murphy leads with 152 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery, and Gianibas has 49 tackles, a fumble recovery for a TD, and a pick.
The captains: KIPP — RB/WR/LB Jovan Machado (Jr.), WR/DB/QB Morenel Castro (Jr.), WR/LB Chanel Gutierrez (Jr.), WR/LB/DB Vic Mafo (Sr.), QB/DB Setalsingh (Sr.); Hull — RB/LB Gianibas (Sr.), QB/FS Luke Richardson (Sr.), C/LB Murphy (Sr.), TE/DE Tyler Sordillo (Sr.)
Seniors on roster: KIPP – 7; Hull – 13
Last Super Bowl appearance: KIPP — Never; Hull — 2021
KIPP started 0-2 and finished the regular season 4-4, but non-conference losses to D6 Super Bowl-bound St. Mary’s, D5 quarterfinalist Old Rochester, and D7 playoff qualifier Latin Academy toughened up the Panthers for an impressive playoff run. They rely heavily on the passing game and the presence of Setalsingh. The Pirates are a wagon, however, and have been the better team on every field they’ve played on this season, outscoring playoff foes 117-19. Gianibas gets it done on the ground, with help from Bongo. The two best offenses in the division should provide plenty of action in Foxborough.
The Panthers are on a revenge tour — they beat Lowell Catholic in the quarterfinals after losing by 20 in the regular season and knocked Manchester Essex out of the 2021 playoffs after falling to ME earlier that year. Could Hull be the next victim? Setalsingh suffered an injury as KIPP built a lead in their last matchup, and Hull took advantage, winning, 27-20, in the quarterfinals last season. With Setalsingh on top of his game, Hull will have to outrun the Panthers in order to stay perfect and claim its first Super Bowl since 1996, and third in program history. As Pirates coach Mike O’Donnell said, “It might come down to who has the ball last.”
Hull 49, KIPP Academy 44
Small schools, big moment — 9:25 a.m.
6 years ago we were practicing on a 30x30 yard piece of “turf” and changing in a “Locker room” that was a storage POD in a parking lot BUT this morning the Panthers woke up at Gillette Stadium and WE HAVE ARRIVED! It’s a GREAT day to be a Panther! #NoRegrets #NotDoneYet— KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Football (@KALC_Football) December 3, 2022
Day 2 kicks off with Hull vs. KIPP Academy in Division 8 — 9:15 a.m.
Settled in at @GilletteStadium for an exciting quintuple header of Super Bowl action!— Brendan Kurie (@BrendanKurie) December 3, 2022
I'll be manning @GlobeSchools @BGlobeSports live updates so follow along with all the action here: https://t.co/0OOF3OkwPA
First up, D8 with @HullPirates vs @KALC_Football pic.twitter.com/87HVEq5bEs
Friday’s Super Bowl results
Division 7: West Boylston 29, St. Bernard’s 6 Game story
Division 5: North Reading 44, Shawsheen 28 Game story
Division 6: Duxbury 42, Grafton 7 Game story
Super Bowl schedule
All games at Gillette Stadium
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Division 8
Hull (12-0) vs. KIPP (8-4)
Prediction: Who wins the Division 8 Super Bowl?
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Division 1
Springfield Central (10-1) vs. St. John’s Prep (10-2)
Prediction: Who wins the Division 1 Super Bowl?
Saturday, 3 p.m.: Division 6
St. Mary’s (11-1) vs. Stoneham (11-1)
Prediction: Who wins the Division 6 Super Bowl?
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.: Division 3
Milton (11-0) vs. Wakefield (12-0)
Prediction: Who wins the Division 3 Super Bowl?
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Division 2
King Philip (9-2) vs. Catholic Memorial (11-0)
Prediction: Who wins the Division 2 Super Bowl?
Duxbury defeats Grafton, 42-7, to win Division 4 Super Bowl — 10:22 p.m.
Matt Festa scored six touchdowns, rushing for four scores and throwing for two others, to wrap up a tour de force performance in Duxbury’s 42-7 victory over Grafton in the Division 4 Super Bowl.
Festa continues to feast on Gators — 10:22 p.m.
Matt Festa scored once again, from 4 yards out, as Duxbury extended its lead to 42-7 with 7:13 remaining. An interception from Trevor Jones set up the score. Festa has six TDs. By rule, officials have called for running time for the remainder of the game.-- Trevor Hass
End of 3Q: Duxbury 35, Grafton 7 — 10:11 p.m.
Duxbury leads Grafton, 35-7, through three. Grafton has the ball to start the fourth.-- Trevor Hass
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before...Turn out the lights, the party’s over — 10:09 p.m.
Matt Festa connected with Chris Walsh for a 24-yard TD with 1:07 left in the third to push the margin to 35-7. Festa is up to five touchdowns – two passing and three rushing.-- Trevor Hass
It’s a Festa fiesta as he scores to expand Duxbury’s lead, 28-7 — 9:52
Matt Festa added his third rushing TD – this one from 3 yards out – and Duxbury extended its lead to 28-7 with 10:06 left in the third. A 50-yard pass from Festa to Chris Walsh paved the way. -- Trevor Hass
Halftime: Duxbury 21, Grafton 7 — 9:40 p.m.
Duxbury leads Grafton, 21-7, at halftime. Matt Festa connected with Dylan DeAngelis for a 33-yard score early and added two rushing TDs in the second quarter. Liam Donagher has the Grafton TD, on a 9-yard pass from Casey Jordan. -- Trevor Hass
Festa is on fire as Duxbury expands its lead to 21-7 in 2Q — 9:27 p.m.
Festa added a 2-yard score with 2:01 left in the half to make it 21-7 Dragons. A 42-yard pass from Festa to Dylan DeAngelis helped set it up. Festa is up to 143 yards passing. -- Trevor Hass
The Gators get on the board, cut Duxbury’s lead in half — 9:14 p.m.
The Gators responded with 5:22 left in the half, as senior quarterback Casey Jordan found senior wide receiver Liam Donagher for a 9-yard TD pass. Donagher nailed the extra point, as Grafton sliced Duxbury’s lead to 14-7. -- Trevor Hass
Festa gives Duxbury a 14-0 lead — 9:01 p.m.
Matt Festa bulldozed his way into the end zone from 4 yards out with 11:53 left in the second quarter. Nathan Elliott drilled another extra point. It’s 14-0 Dragons, and they’re in total command at the moment.-- Trevor Hass
End of 1st Q: Duxbury 7, Grafton 0 — 8:56 p.m.
Duxbury leads Grafton, 7-0, after one quarter. Junior running back Alex Barlow is settling into a rhythm and has been sharp this drive. It’s been all Dragons so far. They have 182 yards, compared to 20 for Grafton. -- Trevor Hass
Grafton gets a key defensive stop — 8:45 p.m.
Matt Festa hit senior receiver Chris Walsh for a 56-yard reception to put the Dragons deep in Grafton territory, but the Gators came up with a key stop on fourth down to prevent Duxbury from adding to its 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.-- Trevor Hass
Duxbury jumps out to early lead against Grafton in first quarter — 8:25 p.m.
Senior quarterback Matt Festa hit senior Dylan DeAngelis for a 33-yard touchdown with 8:59 left in the first quarter. Nathan Elliott drilled the extra point, and Duxbury took an early 7-0 lead. -- Trevor Hass
Division 4 Super Bowl preview: The versatility of Chris Walsh has driven Duxbury to the cusp of a state title — 8:25 p.m.
By Trevor Hass
Senior captain Chris Walsh has shattered Duxbury’s single-season record with 18 touchdown receptions. But it is easy to forget that football isn’t even his No. 1 sport.
He absolutely loves football, and will miss the game when it’s gone, but Walsh is committed to play baseball at Northeastern University. A speedy and smooth playmaker for the Dragons, he combines athleticism, grace and fortitude regardless of the season.
“Chris might be the best athlete I’ve ever seen,” fellow Duxbury senior captain Brendan Bonner said. “He’s putting up record-breaking numbers for football while being a Division 1 baseball commit as a shortstop/outfielder. It’s even more impressive how much of a great teammate and friend he is.”
When the No. 1 Dragons (11-0) face No. 2 Grafton (11-1) in the Division 4 Super Bowl Friday night (Gilletee Stadium, 8 p.m.), they’ll continue to lean on the dynamic duo of Walsh and senior quarterback Matt Festa, as they have all season.
Walsh, a 6-foot, 180-pound deep threat, has 47 catches for 1,071 yards in 10 games, averaging 22.79 yards per reception. He’s also thrown a touchdown pass, excelled as a returner, and shown his versatility as a holder.
“We can put him anywhere on the field, and we pretty much do,” Duxbury coach Matt Landolfi said. “If need be, we’ll put him at quarterback, defensive back, wherever we need a big play.”
Division 4 Super Bowl at a glance — 8:25 p.m.
DUXBURY (11-0) vs. GRAFTON (11-1)
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: Duxbury — Matt Landolfi (3rd season, 26-2); Grafton — Chris McMahon (9th season, 68-30)
Scoring: Duxbury — 42.1 ppg.; Grafton — 27.2
Defense: Duxbury — 15.6; Grafton — 11.4
The heavies up front: Duxbury — Nicholas Ayres (6-feet, 1-inch, 265 pounds); Grafton — Connor Shepard (6-1, 333)
Stat check: Duxbury senior Matt Festa has completed 152 of 227 passes for 33 touchdowns (with just 3 interceptions). He also has 94 carries for 429 yards and 10 TDs. Senior wide receiver Chris Walsh has racked up 47 catches for 1,071 yards and a program-record 18 receiving TDs. Junior Alex Barlow has 134 carries for 838 yards and 13 rushing scores, plus 4 receiving TDs. Defensively, Barlow (64 tackles), Dylan DeAngelis (58 tackles), and Thomas Sheehan (57 tackles) are catalysts. Both Barlow and Henry Bicknell have four sacks, and Brendan Bonner has 5 interceptions — including 4 in the last two games. The Dragons average over 400 yards per game and have converted 51 percent of the time on third down and 67 percent on fourth down. For the Gators, senior receiver Liam Donagher – a former soccer player who picked up football during Fall II in 2021 – has 54 catches for 919 yards and 13 TDs and is 27 of 28 on PATs. Quarterback Casey Jordan (66 of 107, 1,102 yards, 14 passing TDs), Tyson Thomas (116 carries, 938 yards, 8 TDs), and TJ Cahill (91 carries, 534 yards, 7 TDs) are also threats on offense. Defensively, Donagher has 6 interceptions, and junior linebacker Nick St. George has 169 tackles, including 11 for a loss, plus five sacks. Grafton has held seven of its 12 opponents to seven points or fewer.
The captains: Duxbury – QB Matt Festa (Sr.), WR/DB Chris Walsh (Sr.), WR/DB Colin Quinlan (Sr.), WR/DB Brendan Bonner (Sr.), OL/DL Nicholas Ayres (Sr.); Grafton – OL/LB Cooper Berube (Sr.), TE/LB Ryanne Chibani (Sr.), WR/FS Liam Donagher (Sr.), QB Casey Jordan (Sr.), OL/DL Mark Kogan (Sr.), RB/DB Tyson Thomas (Jr.)
Seniors on roster: Duxbury – 16; Grafton – 15
Last Super Bowl appearance: Duxbury – 2021; Grafton – 2016
With Bowl losses in 2019 and 2021, the Dragons are seeking the program’s sixth state title. “We don’t talk about last year,” Landolfi said. “We haven’t talked about it once this year. We just try to stay in the moment.” They’ve averaged a whopping 51.3 points per game in the playoffs. The final obstacle is a Gator group that has allowed just 8.7 points per game in the tournament. Grafton seeking its first state championship since 2012.
The Dragons have waited all year to get back to this stage, and they should be able to maximize the opportunity. Grafton’s defense is formidable, but it hasn’t seen a high-octane offense like the Dragons’ to date. Festa has two or more touchdowns, including one or more to Walsh, Bonner or Barlow comes up with a key play late, and Duxbury finishes on top.
Duxbury 29, Grafton 17
Will Batten, North Reading too much for Shawsheen in Division 5 Super Bowl victory — 8:17 p.m.
After being denied by Swampscott in last year’s Super Bowl, the North Reading Hornets (11-2) weren’t about to let anyone steal their glory after Will Batten scored three touchdowns, including a pair of rushing touchdowns of 39 and 33 yards, in a convincing 44-28 victory over the Shawsheen Rams (12-1) in the Division 5 Super Bowl final at Gillette Stadium.
Mavrick Bourdeau scored a 1-yard TD with 2:38 left to go along with 17 catches for 242 yards. Sid Tildsley completed a 2-point toss to Bourdeau, but it proved too little too late for the Rams.-- Jake Levin
Turn out the lights...the party is (really) over — 8:04 p.m.
Will Batten runs for a 33-yard TD. Guidebeck’s kick is good. North Reading leads, 44-20.-- Jake Levin
Turn out the lights...the party is over — 7:57 p.m.
Welp the momentum is gone. Alex Carruci scores on a 90-yard TD run up the right side line. PAT good. North Reading back to a commanding lead, 37-20. -- Jake Levin
Shawsheen rallies for a score — 7:42 p.m.
Rams not dead yet. Caleb Caceres scores on a 4-yard TD run with 6:23 left. Conversion pending...A 2-point pass attempt is no good. North Reading leads, 30-20, with 6:21 left in game -- Jake Levin
North Reading takes a commanding lead — 7:42 p.m.
Alex Carruci scores on a 47-yard TD run on the second play of the fourth quarter. Guidebeck’s PAT is good. Hornets are buzzing with a 30-14 lead with 11:43 left in game. -- Jake Levin
End of 3d: North Reading 23, Shawsheen 14 — 7:35 p.m.
The Hornets are 12 minutes from winning the Division 5 Super Bowl.-- Jake Levin
Takeaway for North Reading; Shawsheen’s offense struggling — 7:34 p.m.
Brandon Eng’s interception halts Shawsheen, which is in some trouble here with 21 seconds left in quarter. -- Jake Levin
North Reading extends its lead to 23-14 on a Matt Guidebeck field goal — 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Guidebeck converts a 37-yard field goal, extending North Reading’s lead, 23-14, with 3:17 left in third quarter. -- Jake Levin
Will Batten gives North Reading a 20-14 lead with 39-yard TD run — 7:19 p.m.
Shawsheen goes three and out to begin the second half. Will Batten counters with a 39-yard TD run for Hornets. Kick fails, but North Reading leads, 20-14. -- Jake Levin
Halftime: North Reading 14, Shawsheen 14 — 7:06 p.m.
A statistical glance:
North Reading: Alex Carrucci: 9 for 21, 130 yards, 2 TD, INT, fumble lost.
Will Batten: 75 yards on nine carries.
Shawsheeen: Sid Tildsley: (passing) 9 for 15, 128 yards, TD; (rushing) nine carries, 45 yards, TD.
Mavrick Bourdeau: 5 catches, 112 yards, TD.
Total yards: NR 223, Shawsheen 194.
Penalties have been big: 7-52 for NR; 6-45 for Shawsheen.
Third down: NR is 4 for 9, Shawsheen 2 for 6. NR 1-1 on fourth down, Shawsheen 1 for 2
Third down: NR is 4 for 9, Shawsheen 2 for 6. NR 1-1 on fourth down, Shawsheen 1 for 2
North Reading scores late in first half to tie it, 14-4 — 6:52 p.m.
Alex Carucci throws a 5-yard TD pass on third and goal to Matt Guidebeck with four seconds left in the first half. Guidebeck’s PAT is good. It’s 14-all.
Set up by a 19-yard gain on third down from Carucci to Guidebeck. -- Jake Levin
Big takeaway for Shawsheen — 6:40 p.m.
Thomas Cormier had a fumble recovery for Shawsheen after North Reading had driven down to the 15. -- Jake Levin
Shawsheen takes a 14-7 lead on Sid Tildsley’s TD run — 6:29 p.m.
Shawsheen 14, North Reading 7, 8:04, 2Q: Sid Tildsley in on a 4-yard keeper, running behind a pulling tackle(1) Richard Eliott III -- Jake Levin
End of 1st Q: North Reading 7, Shawsheen 7 — 6:16 p.m.
End 1: North Reading and Shawsheen all-square at 7-7 -- Jake Levin
Shawsheen ties it up on 33-yard TD catch by Mavrick Bourdeau — 6:14 p.m.
Fourth and 18: Sid Tildsley to Mavrick Bordeau for a 33-yard touchdown pass, Jack Finn kick good, 7-7 -- Jake Levin
North Reading gets intercepted — 6:01 p.m.
Junior cornerback Ryan Copson, of Wilmington, jumps a quick screen and takes it back 26 yards to the 20-yard line, setting Shawsheen up in scoring position -- Nate Weitzer
Rams turn it over on downs, go six yards after incomplete pass on a fourth-and-4 attempt. -- Jake Levin
Shawsheen turns it over — 5:50 p.m.
Teddy Suny forced fumble, recovered by Tanner DePriest after Shawsheen had gained two first downs. Hornets ball, first and 10 from the Shawsheen 47 -- Jake Levin
Update: Senior OL/DL Nick Cabral was the man responsible for the forced fumble. -- Nate Weitzer
Will Batten puts North Reading on top, 7-0 — 5:46 p.m.
North Reading 7, Shawsheen 0: Alex Carruci 2-yard pass to Will Batten on fourth and goal with 9:09 left in the first quarter — Jake Levin.
North Reading and Shawsheen set to battle for D5 Super Bowl title — 5:33 p.m.
Globe correspondents Nate Weitzer and Jake Levin will be providing updates during the D5 Bowl game. Follow them here.
Division 5 Super Bowl preview: Mavrick Bourdeau does all — and does it well — for Shawsheen — 5:16 p.m.
By AJ Traub
The Shawsheen football team has a not-so-secret weapon in Mavrick Bourdeaucq.
The 6-foot senior captain from Billerica does a bit of everything for the 11-0 Rams: He has reeled in 38 receptions for 496 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, and is 7-of-11 passing for 155 yards and two more scores. Add in a team-leading four interceptions and he has played an integral role for Shawsheen in its drive to Friday’s Division 5 Super Bowl against North Reading (Gillette Stadium, 5:30 p.m.).
“Great leadership qualities,” Shawsheen coach Al Costabilecq said of Bourdeau. “Surely one of the best offensive threats in the [Commonwealth Athletic Conference]”
Bourdeau started playing baseball and basketball at age 5, and he has three Commonwealth League MVP awards between the two sports (two in baseball, one in basketball). Arriving at Shawsheen, he decided to try his hand at football, and played quarterback his first two seasons.
“I was looking to make friends in high school and thought I’d give it a try,” Bourdeau said.
When dual-threat quarterback Sid Tildsleycq arrived as a freshman last fall with dual-threat ability at QB, on the scene, Bourdeau shifted to receiver primarily. He said it was the “best decision.”
“Sid came in and did a good job, there’s good chemistry between me and Sid,” Bourdeau said. “[I get to use] my athleticism instead of my mind. I use my arm on the outside too with trick plays, it’s always fun.”
Division 5 Super Bowl at a glance — 5:12 p.m
SHAWSHEEN (12-0) vs. NORTH READING (10-2)
What: Division 5 Super Bowl.
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium.
How to stream: NFHSNetwork.com.
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: North Reading — Eddie Blum (fifth season, 39-13); Shawsheen — Al Costabile (31st season, 207-127 overall, including 167-104 with Shawsheen).
Scoring: North Reading – 39.8 ppg; Shawsheen – 31.4.
Defense: North Reading – 15.3 ppg.; Shawsheen – 14.7.
The heavies up front: North Reading — senior Anthony Pino (6 feet 1 inch, 250 pounds), Shawsheen — Cooper Lemieux (6-4, 255).
Stat check: North Reading senior Alex Carucci has completed 73.5 percent (100 of 136) of his passes for 1,860 yards and 25 touchdowns with one interception. He has also rushed 227 yards and 6 touchdowns on 38 carries. Classmate Craig Rubino (38 catches, 832 yards,10 touchdowns,) has been a force, but was on crutches on Thanksgiving after suffering an injury the previous week. Junior Will Batten has 89 carries for 718 yards and 13 TDs. For Shawsheen, sophomore Sid Tildsley (1,785 yards passing, 23 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions; 103 rushes for 633 yards and 12 touchdowns) is a dual threat. Senior Mavrick Bourdeau has 38 receptions for 496 yards and 7 touchdowns, is 7-of-11 passing for 155 yards, a pair of scores, and an interception, and 16 rushes for 88 yards and a TD. Juniors Ryan Copson (37 receptions, 704 yards) and Caleb Caceres (106 carries, 663 yards) each have nine touchdowns.
The captains: North Reading — WR/LB Craig Rubino (Sr.), QB/DB Alex Carucci (Sr.), WR/LB/K Matt Guidebeck (Sr.), OL/LB Sam Morelli (Sr.), OL/DL Anthony Pino (Sr.), OL/DL Owen Delano (Sr.); Shawsheen — WR/QB/DB Mavrick Bourdeau (Sr.), WR/OLB Kevin Ackerley (Sr.).
Seniors on the roster: North Reading — 16; Shawsheen — 7.
Last Super Bowl appearance: North Reading – 2021; Shawsheen 2010.
North Reading (No. 2) and Shawsheen (No. 4) were the top seeds from Eastern Massachusetts in Division 5. Both teams earned nail-biting victories in the semifinals: Guidebeck drilled a 39-yard field goal as time expired in a 32-29 victory over Bishop Fenwick and Tildsley connected with Copson with 2:04 remaining to lift Shawsheen past Dover-Sherborn, 21-14. The Hornets were denied by Swampscott at Gillette last December, but have done everything to make it right back.
Quarterback play will be crucial, and Carucci doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Tildsley doesn’t have as much experience, but Bourdeau, his senior teammate and all-purpose weapon, can take the pressure off, as well as their veteran coach.
Shawsheen 28, North Reading 26
West Boylston claims first state title since 2012 with 29-6 victory over St. Bernard’s in Division 7 Super Bowl
Division 7 Super Bowl: West Boylston 29, St. Bernard’s 6: Game story
That’ll do it! West Boylston wins 29-6. The Lions run all over St. Bernard’s and claim their first Super Bowl since 2012. West Boylston previously won Super Bowls in 1988 (vs. Grafton) and 2012 (vs. Leicester).
Head coach Mike Ross becomes the second MIAA coach in history to win Super Bowls with 3 different teams after claiming titles with Worcester North and Grafton.
The other is John DiBiaso with Weston, Everett, and Catholic Memorial. -- Eamonn Ryan
McNamara gets in on the scoring action to extend West Boylston’s lead, 29-6 — 4:50 p.m.
And now Jamie McNamara gets in on the touchdown fun for the Lions. He takes a carry 45 yards to the house, much to the delight of the West Boylston crowd at Gillette. McNamara kicks his own PAT and puts the Lions up, 29-6, with 5:02 to play.-- Eamonn Ryan
Lions start to pull away in fourth, 22-6 — 4:35 p.m.
It’s turning into the type of game West Boylston has played all year. Chunk running plays set them up at the 9, and Bobby Humphrey goes right up the middle for a Lions touchdown, pushing their lead to 22-6 with just under 10 minutes to play. Luke Foley’s 2-point run fails. Lions lead, 22-6.-- Eamonn Ryan
End of 3d quarter: West Boylston 16, St. Bernard’s 6 — 4:29 p.m.
The Lions force another punt and Jackson Caramanica returns it 32 yards to the opposing 46. A 10-yard run from McNamara sets the Lions up at the 36. He’s up to 81 yards on 16 carries entering the final quarter.-- Eamonn Ryan
West Boylston’s John Ruas has a swift reply for the Lions with his 32-yard TD run — 4:27 p.m.
While the Bernardians took a while, West Boylston worked quicker. They go 57 yards in four plays, capped off by a 32-yard TD run from junior John Ruas to put the Lions up, 16-6, with 2:20 to play in the third quarter. It was Ruas’ first carry of the night, and he made use of it, taking a pitch to the right and dashing down the right sideline, breaking a tackle and diving across the goal line.-- Eamonn Ryan
Bernardians get on the board, but fail to get tying 2-point conversion — 4:20 p.m.
St. Bernard’s must love having the ball. An almost eight-minute drive for the Bernardians results in a 2-yard touchdown run from Antonio Mancini. That took 13 plays and they marched 56 yards to get it, all done on the ground. Mancini’s stopped on a 2-point conversion run. West Boylston leads, 8-6, with 4:01 left in the third.-- Eamonn Ryan
Halftime: West Boylston 8, St. Bernard’s 0 — 4:11 p.m.
Luke Foley’s record-setting 91-yard TD pass to Connor Muldoon is the only score in this one. Both teams are piecing together good drives, but the defenses continue to contain the run. Foley is up to 96 yards on 2-of-4 passing and has scrambled for 30 yards on six rushes.
For the Bernardians, Damien Jones is up to 43 yards on 10 carries and had a 64-yard touchdown called back in the first quarter, and they’ve been held to just 68 yards by a stingy WB defense.-- Eamonn Ryan
Bernardians not making it easy for the Lions — 3:42 p.m.
The Bernardians have punted three times so far, but they aren’t making life easy for West Boylston. The Lions have had to start their drives at their own 8, 10, and 7 yard-lines. Part of the reason it’s only 8-0 West Boylston with over two minutes to play in the second quarter.-- Eamonn Ryan
West Boylston makes Super Bowl history on first touchdown — 3:29 p.m.
1st play, 2nd quarter — Junior wide receiver Connor Muldoon catches a 91-yard pass from junior quarterback Luke Foley for West Boylston. Longest TD pass in MIAA Super Bowl history. Jamie McNamara with the 2-point conversion run. West Boylston leads, 8-0.-- Eamonn Ryan
End of 1st quarter: A scoreless stalemate — 3:23 p.m.
After the first quarter, neither team is on the board. West Boylston has the ball at their own 11 to start the second quarter.-- Eamonn Ryan
St. Bernard’s gets on the board, but it’s nullified by a holding penalty — 3:20 p.m.
On third down from their own 36, St. Bernard’s looks like they get on the board as Damien Jones breaks off a 64-yard touchdown run, but it’s called back due to a hold. Still no score with 3 minutes to play in the first quarter.-- Eamonn Ryan
Familiar foes will square off against one another when St. Bernard’s and West Boylston vie for D7 state title — 3:05 p.m.
By Eamonn Ryan
When St. Bernard’s tackle Rocco LaMonica lines up for the first play from scrimmage on Friday, he’ll be looking at familiar faces across the West Boylston line.
“I know who I’m going up against,” he said. “They’re very hardworking and they’re good kids.”
The two programs, who compete for a Division 7 Super Bowl at 3 p.m. on Friday at Gillette Stadium, are separated by a mere 18 miles and have worked together in the past.
Over the summer, both groups took part in offseason workouts at the St. Bernard’s activity center in Fitchburg. St. Bernard’s head coach Tom Bingham and West Boylston coach Michael Ross have become friends over years. They have coached against each other and developed a mutual respect for each other’s team.
“[West Boylston] plays the game the right way,” Bingham said. “There’s a reason they all work out together over the winter; they run a great program and they’re really good kids.”
West Boylston might have good kids, but those kids will still be competing as hard as they can on Friday afternoon to win a D7 title.
For West Boylston lineman Jake O’Brien, facing another Central Massachusetts team he knows well only heightens the excitement for his team, even though they’ve been ready for this moment since their youth football days.
“We’ve all been talking about going to Gillette and playing on the biggest stage since we were that young,” he said. “It’s crazy and going against these guys that we’ve had a little rivalry with the past few years is insane. We love it.”
Last year, the Lions scored a 29-8 first-round win to knock St. Bernard’s out of the playoffs. Two seasons ago, it was the Bernardians who earned a 42-19 win during the Fall II season in the spring of 2021 in what was the only game that season for both teams.
“It’ll be nice being able to play them in the Super Bowl,” LaMonica said. “Get a little revenge maybe.”
Both lines know that when they line up, their opponent will be running the ball, and while the Bernardians have the size advantage, West Boylston will look to be quicker and make holes for running backs Jamie McNamara and Bobby Humphrey.
“We know it’s going to be a tough physical game and that’s how we usually like to play,” said Lions’ sophomore lineman Jack Smith.
Ross is counting on his team to be tough and said that while they might not have as much size, with no lineman over six feet tall, they’re “technical” and “quick” on the line.
On the other side of the ball, the bigger Bernardians know the drive of West Boylston far too well to dismiss their toughness.
“It just comes down to who wants it more? Who does the little things right?” said St. Bernard’s center Darnell Woodson. “They really show the size doesn’t matter when it comes to playing as a team.”
Division 7 Super Bowl at a glance — 3:03 p.m.
ST. BERNARD’S (11-1) vs. WEST BOYLSTON (10-2)
When: Friday, 3 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium
How to stream: NFHSNetwork.com
AN INSIDE LOOK
Coaches: St. Bernard’s — Tom Bingham (19th year, 118-83); West Boylston — Michael Ross (8th year, 69-16, and 175-70 overall).
Scoring: St. Bernard’s — 37.8 ppg.; West Boylston — 33.4.
Defense: St. Bernard’s — 12.0; West Boylston — 12.8.
The heavies up front: St. Bernard’s — Rocco LaMonica (6-feet-4-inches, 305 pounds); West Boylston — Aidan Hamilton (5-foot-10, 220).
Stat check: St. Bernard’s has a two-pronged rushing attack, with Damien Jones (121 carries, 1,693 yards, 27 TDs) and Antonio Mancini (136 carries, 1,280, 16 TDs). Jameson Williams is a force defensively, with 34 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 11 tackles for loss. Domenic Beaudoin has 50 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. For West Boylston, Jamie McNamara (127-961, 18 TDs) and Bobby Humphrey (127-745, 11 TDs) fuel the attack. On defense, Bryce Smith has racked up 76 tackles, a pick, and two forced fumbles. Humphrey has two sacks and is second in tackles with 51, and Jake O’Brien has forced his way through the line for six sacks and nine tackles for loss.
The captains: St. Bernard’s — FB/S Antonio Mancini (Sr.), TE/DE Jordan Burwell (Sr.), RB/C Damien Jones (Sr.), OL/DL Darnell Woodson (Sr.), OL/DL Rocco LaMonica (Sr.); West Boylston — RB/LB Bobby Humphrey (Sr.), C/DT John Edwards (Sr.), T/Dt Sam Stille (Sr.), TE/DE Pat Marian (Sr.)
Seniors on roster: St. Bernard’s — 10; West Boylston — 7
Last Super Bowl appearance: St. Bernard’s— 2019; West Boylston — Never in statewide tournament
West Boylston does not even disguise the run; the Lions will crowd 11 on the line of scrimmage in their double-wing formation and send runners streaking through the line and around the edge. They’ve scored 118 points in three playoff games just by pounding the rock inside. The thing is, St. Bernard’s does the same thing, although Tom Bingham’s crew branched into the passing game more this season. With their only loss of the season coming to Division 6 Super Bowl-bound Stoneham, they’ve perfected the ground game with a big part of that coming from the offensive line. On defense, the Bernardians have a weapon in linebacker Dominic Beaudoin, but they take pride in being physical and playing team defense.
These two Central Mass. powers are situated just a 20-minute drive down I-190 from each other, and they know each other very well. Kids from both teams work out together in the offseason, and coaches Bingham and Ross have developed a friendship. It will be a matchup of similar styles, just like it was a year ago when the Lions beat St. Bernard’s 29-8 in the first round of the playoffs. This year? It’s going to be won in the trenches and on defense. The Bernardians have the edge on the line, but West Boylston has held great running offenses (like semifinal opponent Amesbury) in check all year long.
West Boylston 30, St. Bernard’s 24