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From Xaverian’s crowning to Foxborough’s home cooking: Relive eight MIAA Super Bowls over three days

For the fifth time in his 42-year career, Jack Martinelli enjoyed a Gatorade bath after securing a Super Bowl win.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe

FOXBOROUGH — A high school football season that started on sun-bleached fields in August concluded over three days at Gillette Stadium with eight schools returning home with their championship dreams fulfilled.

When the week started, 16 schools from across the state were vying for Super Bowl crowns. The action started with West Boylston winning a Division 8 title and Xaverian holding on for the Division 1 crown on Wednesday night, and continued through Fairhaven claiming the Division 6 championship, King Philip cruising to the Division 2 title, and Milton capturing its first Division 3 Super Bowl in commanding fashion on Thursday.

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On Friday, Uxbridge pulled away for its first Super Bowl win in 31 years, followed by Duxbury’s shootout win over Scituate in Division 4. The last game featured hometown Foxborough triumphing against Hanover for the Division 5 crown.


High school Super Bowl results

Division 8: West Boylston 41, Carver 7

Divison 1: Xaverian 31, St. John’s Prep 25

Division 6: Fairhaven 26, Salem 22

Division 2: King Philip 42, Marshfield 14

Division 3: Milton 42, Walpole 21

Division 7: Uxbridge 42, Amesbury 16

Division 4: Duxbury 62, Scituate 33

Division 5: Foxborough 48, Hanover 21


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Angelini, Sulham power Foxborough to 275 rushing yards — 11:30 p.m.

With 141 yards on 22 carries from Ben Angelini and 80 yards on nine runs for Tony Sulham, the Warriors piled up 383 total yards of offense, out-gaining Hanover’s 257 yards.

Angelini and Sulham both had two touchdowns, while Lincoln Moore added one and quarterback Mike Marcucella was 5 of 10 passing for 108 yards and a TD pass to Ryan Foley.

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Hanover was held to 36 rushing yards, although Ben Scalzi kept the chains moving with 17 of 33 passing for 221 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. John McDonald caught seven passes for 136 yards and a score, while Sebastian Brown snagged five catches for 53 yards and a TD.

Check out photos from Foxborough’s 48-21 Division 5 championship — 11:18 p.m.

Foxborough fans Ryan Flaherty and Ian Foley (center) are deked out as they cheer on their school.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe
Foxborough’s Ben Angelini tries to avoid stepping out of bounds.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe
Foxborough’s Ben Angelini scored two first-half touchdowns and helped the Warriors bleed clock in the second half.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe
Foxborough’s Lincoln Moore vaults into the end zone.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe
Eddie Feldman snags a catch that set up a Foxborough touchdown just before halftime.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe
Foxborough’s Ryan Foley hauls in a 41-yard touchdown pass.Ken McGagh for The Boston Globe

Foxborough and coach Jack Martinelli win first Super Bowl since 2006 — 11:07 p.m.

On the last play of the game, Tony Sulham scores a 15-yard touchdown and Foxborough tops Hanover, 48-21, to capture the fifth state championship in program history.

Foxborough won titles in 1987, 1988, 1991, and 2006.

Hanover gets one back, but deficit likely too deep — 10:55 p.m.

Vinny Mancini catches a screen for an 11-yard touchdown from Ben Scalzi, but Hanover trails 42-21 with 6:02 left in the game. Onside kick attempt fails and Foxborough takes possession.

Tony Sulham puts the icing on Foxborough’s cake — 10:44 p.m.

The Foxborough senior scoots for an 11-yard touchdown and the Warriors lead 42-14 with 7:53 left in the game.

After 3 quarters: Foxborough 35, Hanover 14 — 10:31 p.m.

The Warriors are 12 minutes away from their first football championship since 2006 and fifth in program history.

The Warriors will open the fourth with the ball, facing fourth and 5 from their own 46.

Lincoln Moore interception ends lengthy Hanover drive — 10:28 p.m.

The Hawks drove the ball down to Foxborough’s 15-yard line but Ben Scalzi was intercepted by the Warriors’ Lincoln Moore with 1:34 left in the third quarter.

Foxborough can’t extend lead as 35-yard field goal flies wide — 10:18 p.m.

The Warriors got into the red zone, but an intentional grounding call backed them up and Owen Hayes’s boot missed. Foxborough still up 35-14 midway through third quarter.

Second half gets underway — 10:05 p.m.

Foxborough, up 35-14, will receive and a score on the first possession of the second half could put the game out of reach.

Ben Angelini tops halftime stats leaderboard — 10:00 p.m.

The Warriors’ running back amassed 98 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as Foxborough totaled 106 rushing yards as a team. Mike Marcuella completed 4 of 7 passes for 102 yards and a score.

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As a team, Foxborough held a 208-148 edge over Hanover in total yards, and an 8-7 edge in first downs.

Ben Scalzi was 9 of 12 for 126 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Hanover, which only ran for 12 yards in the first half.

Foxborough regains momentum before the half — 9:50 p.m.

With 21 seconds left before halftime, Foxborough’s Lincoln Moore goes over the top for a 1-yard touchdown, his third of the day, and the Warriors will take a 35-14 lead into the break.

Hanover looks to scratch its way back in — 9:43 p.m.

The Hawks get a much-needed touchdown when Ben Scalzi finds Sebastian Brown for a 12-yard touchdown and a 28-14 deficit with 2:48 left before halftime.

That’s Scalzi’s 40th TD of the season.


Foxborough pouring it on in second quarter — 9:28 p.m.

Ben Angelini’s second TD of the half, a 7-yard dash, gives him 90 yards on 14 carries and puts the Warriors ahead 28-7 with 9:28 left in the second quarter. Foxborough has scored 28 straight points.

Mazenkas-O’Grady’s scoop and score extends Foxborough’s lead — 9:22 p.m.

Making up for a drop in the end zone earlier in the game, Foxborough’s Brandon Mazenkas-O’Grady came up with a 39-yard scoop and score for a 21-0 Warriors lead eight seconds into the second quarter.

That’s Mazenkas-O’Grady’s fifth defensive touchdown of the season.

Warriors get a second shot at end zone and capitalizes— 9:13 p.m.

Foxborough appeared to come up short in the red zone when a fourth-and-5 pass from the 9-yard line sailed incomplete. But Hanover fumbled a handoff on the next play and the Warriors’ Trevor Palmer recovered.

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Ben Angelini needed just one play to barrel into the end zone on a 9-yard run to give Foxborough its first lead of the night, 14-7, with 13 seconds left in the first quarter. Angelini had 61 rushing yards in the opening period.

Foxborough knots it up at 7-7 — 9:04 p.m.

The rain didn’t seem to affect Warriors quarterback Mike Marcucella, who found Ryan Foley behind the defense for a 41-yard TD pass to tie things up at 7-all.

After 2⅔ days of good weather, the rain is now coming down — 8:58 p.m.

What was a light sprinkle when the game began has now become a steady rain here at Foxborough, our fist inclement weather of the three days. We’ll see how it affects the passing game.

Hanover’s John McDonald gets the scoring started — 8:54 p.m.

Ben Scalzi finds McDonald, who breaks free and out-races the defense for a 65-yard touchdown catch with 7:39 left in the first quarter. McDonald adds his own extra point and it’s 7-0 Hanover.

The final game of the 2023 MIAA fall season has begun — 8:44 p.m.

Foxborough kicks off to Hanover and we’re off...

The Hawks go three and out and punt it to Foxborough, which starts its first possession on its own 8 yard line.

Some wild final stats from Duxbury’s win over Scituate — 8:40 p.m.

The game featured 946 total yards of offense, with Duxbury accounting for 525, including 367 rushing yards and 158 through the air. The Dragons were 9 for 10 on third downs and picked up 19 total first downs.

Scituate was no slouch, totaling 421 yards, with 328 coming via the pass and 93 on the ground.

Duxbury running back Alex Barlow tied the Super Bowl record with five touchdown runs, finishing with 275 yards on 32 carries. Trevor Jones was 7 of 11 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns, adding one on the ground as part of 61 rushing yards.

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Scituate’s Jackson Belsan was 14 of 26 passing for 328 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Sam Allard caught four balls for 140 yards and a score, and Alex Burrill led the Sailors with 57 rushing yards on 13 carries.

One last game: Hanover vs. Foxborough in Division 5 title game — 8:30 p.m.

Foxborough has been on a heater since its Oct. 13 loss to King Philip, winning each of its next five by at least 30 points each until a closer Thanksgiving matchup, but still a two-score win. Hanover will need to come out strong, something the Hawks have done very well this season. Other than Thanksgiving vs. Norwell, the Hawks have not trailed at halftime or lost a game. If Scalzi comes out firing, the Hawks will be tough to keep up with.

Prediction: Hanover 28, Foxborough 21

Read AJ Traub’s preview here

Duxbury puts the finishing touches on its seventh Super Bowl win — 8:09 p.m.

With five touchdowns from Alex Barlow and a Super Bowl record 62 points, Duxbury goes back-to-back atop Division 4 by taking down Scituate, which won the 2021 Super Bowl between these same two teams.

The 62-33 final also set the record for most points scored between two teams in one Super Bowl game.

Duxbury becomes the first team to reach 60 points in a Super Bowl game — 8:01 p.m.

Alex Barlow’s fifth touchdown, which ties the single-game record (which was matched earlier today by Uxbridge’s Kellen LaChapelle) gives Duxbury a 62-33 lead with 3:38 left in the game and they become the first team in Super Bowl history to cross the 60-point threshold. Barlow has 275 rushing yards.

This is now the highest scoring Super Bowl game ever — 7:58 p.m.

With a 1-yard touchdown by Alex Burrill, Scituate makes the score 55-33, breaking the all-time record for points in a game, set by Littleton and Cohasset in 2013, when they combined for 87 points.

Duxbury matches Super Bowl scoring record — 7:55 p.m.

Alex Barlow’s fourth touchdown of the night, a 9-yard dive, followed by Gavin Hammond’s extra point puts Duxbury at 55 points, tying the record for points in a Super Bowl game by one team, set by Springfield Central in 1997.

Barlow has 31 carries for 240 yards.

Alex Barlow’s third TD extends Duxbury’s lead — 7:40 p.m.

Barlow is up to 185 rushing yards on 26 carries after a 3-yard TD with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter that pushes the Dragons’ lead to 48-27.

Duxbury has a shot at Springfield Central’s Super Bowl record of 55 points, set in 55-14 win over Shrewsbury in 1997. The record for total points is 87, reached in 2013 in a game between Littleton and Cohasset.

After 3 quarters: Duxbury 41, Scituate 27 — 7:29 p.m.

When the fourth quarter begins momentarily, Duxbury will have third and 1 from Scituate’s 36-yard line.

Scituate refuses to lay down behind Belsan’s passing — 7:25 p.m.

A 14-yard TD run by William Robinson followed several big passes from Jackson Belsan and the Sailors have reduced their deficit to 41-27 with 2:08 left in the third quarter.

Belsan is 13 of 20 passing for 308 yards and three touchdowns. He’s 110 yards shy of Steve Scannell’s Super Bowl record of 418 passing yards, set for Burncoat in 2004.

Jones has returned at quarterback for Duxbury.

Duxbury QB Trevor Jones helped off field — 7:20 pm.

With about four minutes left in the third quarter, Jones went down with what appeared to be cramping in his right leg. He then attempted to limp off the field, but when down to the turf again. He was eventually helped off the field and is being attended to on the sideline. Finn Carley came on in relief for the Dragons.

Sailors attempt onside kick, but Duxbury is prepared — 7:07 p.m.

After a penalty on its initial kickoff, Scituate tries an onside kick from the 50-yard line but Duxbury’s Liam Burns falls on it and the Dragons take possession.

Scituate gets another big-play touchdown — 7:02 p.m.

A 64-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Belsan to Alex Burrill slices Duxbury’s lead to 41-21 with 8:54 left in the third quarter.

Duxbury continues to roll in second half — 6:57 p.m.

Any hope the Sailors had of coming out in the second half and snatching momentum was squashed as the Dragons open the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Alex Barlow that extends their lead to 41-14 just two minutes into the period.

Barlow is up to 16 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Duxbury piled up 273 yards of offense in first half — 6:52 p.m.

The Dragons were unstoppable offensively, securing 10 first downs, going 4 for 4 on third down, and producing up 156 rushing yards, plus 117 through the air.

Scituate was no slouch itself, with 199 total yards split between 136 passing and 63 rushing, plus eight first downs.

Duxbury QB Trevor Jones is 4 of 8 passing for 117 yards and two scores, with 55 yards and a TD on the ground. Alex Barlow has 13 carries for 101 yards and a score.

Scituate QB Jackson Belsan is 7 of 11 passing for 136 yards and two TDs, while Alex Burrill has paced the ground game with 42 yards on nine carries.

A little halftime reading: Uxbridge’s Kellen LaChappelle continues the rushing assault on record book — 6:40 p.m.

FOXBOROUGH — The rise of spread attacks has led to an increase in passing numbers, but for a second straight day at Gillette Stadium, it was the rushing section of the MIAA Super Bowl record book that needed to be updated.

In Friday’s Division 7 title game, Uxbridge senior quarterback Kellen LaChapelle ran wild in the Spartans’ 42-16 win over Amesbury, finishing five of his 14 carries in the end zone, joining five others to rush for five touchdowns in a game.

Continue reading Keith Pearson’s story

Duxbury builds its lead at halftime — 6:34 p.m.

Alex Barlow, who surpassed 100 rushing yards on his previous carry, took a direct snap and scored on a 1-yard plunge out of the wildcat with nine seconds left in the first half, giving the Dragons a 34-14 halftime lead.

Jones does it with arm and legs for Duxbury — 6:19 p.m.

Duxbury quarterback Trevor Jones connects with Zach Falls on a 39-yard pass that sets up Jones’s 6-yard TD run. Gavin Hammond’s extra point makes it 27-14 Duxbury halfway through the second quarter.

Jones has had a hand in three of Duxbury’s four touchdowns, throwing for two and running for one.

Scituate not going away with TD to open second quarter — 6:09 p.m.

The Sailors drove down and scored on a 9-yard pass from Jackson Belsan, his second of the first half, to Lawson Foley. Sam Allard’s extra point pulls Scituate within 20-14.

End 1st quarter: Duxbury 20, Scituate 7 — 6:02 p.m.

An eventful first quarter that saw three touchdowns of at least 68 yards ends with Duxbury up by two scores, but Scituate opens the second quarter with first and 10 on the Dragons’ 23-yard line.

It’s a game of one-upsmanship as Duxbury responds with kickoff return TD — 5:56 p.m.

Duxbury’s Sam Wien races 92 yards to pay dirt and Duxbury now has a 20-7 lead over Scituate with 1:41 left in the first quarter.

Big play puts Scituate on the board — 5:54 p.m.

Sailors wide receiver Sam Allard got behind the Duxbury defense and hauled in a 70-yard touchdown from Jackson Belsan to pull within 13-7 late in the first quarter.

Jones’s second TD pass puts Duxbury up 13-0 — 5:50 p.m.

Trevor Jones hits Zach Falls in stride for a 68-yard touchdown and after a missed extra point Duxbury is up by two scores.

Duxbury takes advantage of short field for opening TD — 5:40 p.m.

Needing to go just 37 yards, the Dragons draw first blood on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Jones, who rolled out to his right and found to Adam Barr in the end zone.

Gavin Hammond’s extra point puts Duxbury ahead 7-0.

Dragons open with strong field position —5:35 p.m.

Scituate goes three and out on first possession, but a bad snap leads to a botched punt and Duxbury’s Cam King recovers at Scituate’s 37-yard line, where it will begin its first series.

Duxbury eyes repeat, while Scituate guns for second title in three years — 5:20 p.m.

The Division 4 Super Bowl has begun — 5:30 p.m.

Scituate receives and will start from its own 27 yard line against Duxbury.

In Division 4, Duxbury and Scituate prepare for 2021 Super Bowl rematch — 5:15 p.m.

The Sailors keep it close behind Jackson Belsan’s accuracy, but eventually, Barlow takes over and imposes his will. He finishes with over 150 yards and multiple scores, Trevor Jones manages the game well, and Zach Falls has some clutch catches. Much like they did against Marshfield on Thanksgiving Day, the Dragons register timely stops and give the offense multiple chances. Duxbury extends its lead late and finds a way in a close, well-played game.

Prediction: Duxbury 31, Scituate 21

Read the rest of Trevor Hass’s preview

Check out photos from Uxbridge’s 42-16 Division 7 victory — 5:10 p.m.

Uxbridge’s Camden LaChapelle breaks off a long fourth-quarter run as part of a 15-yard day.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Uxbridge's Kellen LaChapelle runs for one of his record-tying five touchdowns.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Uxbridge quarterback Kellen LaChapelle slipped through Amesbury tacklers all day.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Amesbury fans enjoyed their team pulling within 20-16 in the third quarter.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Uxbridge’s Denning Yoffe is wide-eyed playing at Gillette Stadium.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Amesbury’s Max Sanchez pulls in a 48-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Uxbridge captures its first Super Bowl win in 31 years — 4:55 p.m.

Behind a dominant rushing attack powered by the LaChapelle brothers, who combined for 300 rushing yards and six scores, Uxbridge wins its first Super Bowl since 1992 (a 26-16 win over Bay Path).

Kellen LaChapelle tied the Super Bowl record with five TD runs and the Spartans scored the game’s final 22 points to pull away from Amesbury for a 42-16 victory.

Another LaChapelle score, but this time it’s Camden — 4:44 p.m.

After breaking off a 46-yard run, sophomore Camden LaChapelle scores from 3 yards out and it’s all Uxbridge, which got the ball back on an interception by Timothy Devlin.

With eight minutes to play, the Spartans lead 42-16.

Camden has 154 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Kellen is at 150 on 11 rushes.

LaChapelle joins this list with five Super Bowl rushing TDs — 4:40 p.m.

Players with five rushing touchdowns in MIAA Super Bowl history:

Holilston’s Zach Elkinson vs. Wahconah, 2014

Littleton’s Travis Bassett vs. Cohasset, 2013

Springfield Central’s Warren Barnett, 2001

Holyoke’s Cedric Washington vs. Greenfield, 1995

Leominster’s Scott Chester vs. Hudson, 1982

The overall touchdown record is six, shared by Middleborough’s Evan Gwozdz in 2017 and Duxbury’s Matt Festa in 2022.

Uxbridge’s LaChapelle ties Super Bowl record with 5th TD — 4:32 p.m.

After Amesbury pulled within 4 points, LaChapelle has taken over, this time slicing through a tiny hole for an 8-yard touchdown, his fifth of the day, which ties the Super Bowl record, last accomplished in 2014.

Uxbridge extends its lead to 35-14 late in the third quarter.

Uxbridge responds with LaChapelle’s fourth TD — 4:23 p.m.

Once again its Kellen LaChapelle, whose fourth touchdown goes for 21 yards and his 2-point conversion gives Uxbridge some breathing room, up 28-16, with 3:57 left in the third quarter.

LaChapelle now has 141 rushing yards to go with his four scores.

With another long TD, Amesbury claws back into game — 4:20 p.m.

Michael Sanchez bursts through the A gap and races 48 yards for a Redhawks touchdown. Justin Dube then hits Ollie Peters for the 2-point conversion and Amesbury, which appeared dead to rights early on, has pulled within 20-16 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Uxbridge runs for 187 yards in first half — 4:10 p.m.

Led by 115 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries from Kellen LaChapelle, the Spartans totaled 187 rushing yards in the first half, with Camden LaChapelle adding 72 yards on 10 totes. Kellen completed 3 of 8 passes for 25 yards, with Carter Gilmore snagging two passes for 23 yards.

Amesbury got 22 yards on seven carries from Mike Sanchez and 21 yards on eight carries from his twin brother, Max. Justin Dube completed 2 of 3 passes for 51 yards and a 48-yard TD to Max Sanchez. The Redhawks finished the first half with 81 rushing yards and 132 total yards.

Despite goal-line fumble, Uxbridge takes two-score lead into halftime — 3:55 p.m.

On fourth and goal, Kellen LaChapelle tried to get into the end zone, but fumbles and Uxbridge turns it over on downs with 1 second left.

LaChapelle ends the first half with nine carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns and Uxbridge takes a 20-8 advantage into the second half.

Amesbury is in business — 3:43 p.m.

The Redhawks salvage a score before halftime as Justin Dube, whose arm was hit just as he let go, connects with Max Sanchez for a 55-yard touchdown toss, then Michael Sanchez races to the pylon for a 2-point conversion, pulling Amesbury within 20-8 with 1:14 left in the second quarter.

LaChapelle and Uxbridge can’t be stopped so far — 3:36 p.m.

The Spartans needed just three plays to score on a short field, with Kellen LaChapelle racing 33 yards around the left end for his third touchdown of the day. The senior has five rushes for 78 yards as Uxbridge builds a 20-0 lead.

Luke Esposito kicked his second extra point.

Another fourth-down stop gives Uxbridge a short field — 3:32 p.m.

The chain gang came out to measure and the Spartans celebrated a fourth and 2 stop on their own 43-yard line. So far it’s been all Uxbridge.

Kellen LaChappelle extends Uxbridge’s lead — 3:23 p.m.

Amesbury’s defense has done little to resist the Spartans’ offensive attack, and Kellen LaChapelle races 22 yards for his second TD of the day, putting Uxbridge ahead 13-0 with 10:34 left in the second quarter.

End 1st quarter: Uxbridge 7, Amesbury 0 — 3:18 p.m.

With both teams sticking to their rushing attacks, and Uxbridge completing all three of its pass attempts thus far, including one deflected toss that quarterback Kellen LaChapelle caught himself, the clock rarely stopped in the opening period.

Uxbridge faces 1st and 10 from Amesbury’s 46-yard line to open the second quarter.

Amesbury’s first drive starts promisingly, dies out at midfield — 3:15 p.m.

The Redhawks picked up several first downs, driving from their own 16 into Uxbridge territory before a sweep on fourth and 8 couldn’t find the corner thanks to Uxbridge’s Jaden Melo and the Spartans take over with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Uxbridge easily moves down field for opening TD — 3:09 p.m.

The Spartans went 65 yards on eight plays, capped by Kellen LaChapelle’s 9-yard tackle-breaking touchdown run. Luke Esposito’s point after makes it 7-0 Uxbridge with 7:27 left in the first quarter.

LaChapelle ran for 26 yards and threw for 21 on the opening drive.

The Division 7 Super Bowl is primed to start — 2:50 p.m.

Uxbridge wins the toss and will receive as we approach 10 minutes until kickoff of the final day of the 2023 MIAA fall season.

Amesbury and Uxbridge will rely upon band of brothers to lead the charge — 2:45 p.m.

In Amesbury’s quest to reach the Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, restaurants and bars in town have held live streaming events so the proud community can watch its hard-nosed high school team pound out yardage on the ground.

The run-heavy Hawks are playing for a state championship for the first time since 2008 with their “Straight-T” offense producing 3,272 rushing yards and 390 points through 11 games. Their senior-laden offensive line has paved the way under the tutelage of a strong coaching staff, which has received unexpected help from a student-athlete this season.

Read Nate Weitzer’s feature

Patriots center David Andrews voices support for Uxbridge — 2:40 p.m.

Amesbury and Uxbridge are ready to go —2:30 p.m.

Uxbridge hasn’t made the Super Bowl since 1992, while Amesbury’s last trip came in 2008.


Previewing and predicting the Division 7 Super Bowl: Amesbury vs. Uxbridge — 2:15 p.m.

Amesbury will need to get ahead early to control game flow in this matchup. If the Hawks fall behind, their passing attack might not be able to keep pace with Uxbridge. The Spartans have been perfect so far against Central Mass. competition with all three playoff wins coming by 20-plus points. A close game could be unfamiliar territory for the top seed in the D7 bracket, but the LaChapelle brothers should be up to the challenge in their quest for a state championship.

Prediction: Uxbridge 36, Amesbury 27

Read Nate Weitzer’s full preview

Milton’s balanced attack proves too much for Walpole — 11:30 p.m.

While the total yards were almost identical (308 for Milton, 305 for Walpole), the Wildcats showed much better balance, rushing for 160 and passing for 148, while Walpole had just 79 rushing yards.

Despite going 2 of 14 on third downs, Milton had 19 first downs to Walpole’s 11, thanks in part to three fourth-down conversions.

Wildcats senior quarterback Patrick Miller was 16 of 26 passing for 148 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception. Running back Nathan Ehui ran for 135 yards on 29 carries, giving him 1,004 in his senior season.

Ronan Sammon was Miller’s favorite target, catching six balls for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore exceeded 1,000 receiving yards In all, Miller connected with seven receivers.

Walpole was led by quarterback Noah Mackenzie who completed 17 of 31 attempts for 226 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He found Kamari Hughes five times for 135 yards and a score. Logan Keyes was the Timberwolves’ leading rusher with 79 yards and a TD on 17 carries.

Check out photos from Milton’s first state championship — 11:15 p.m.

Walpole’s Kevin Needham (32) tackles Milton’s Nathan Ehui (7) in the first half.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Milton’s Ronan Sammon, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring one of his two touchdowns.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Walpole’s Kamari Hughes scores a 68-yard touchdown in the first quarter that put the Timberwolves up 14-0.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Milton’s William Renz leaps to make a 4-yard touchdown catch.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Walpole’s Logan Keyes with the shoestring tackle on Milton’s Nathan Ehui.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
The Milton defense celebrates Harrison Hinckle’s pick-6.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
A Milton assistant coach celebrates a touchdown by the Wildcats defense.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Milton’s Harrison Hinckle intercepts a pass intended for Walpole’s Matthew St. Cyr.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Milton’s Terren Bly leaps over Walpole’s Kamari Hughes.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Milton celebrates its first Super Bowl win — 11:04 p.m.

The Wildcats, who played in their first Super Bowl last year, have now captured their first football state championship with a 42-21 victory over Walpole that featured six straight touchdowns for Milton, including four TD passes from senior quarterback Patrick Miller, who finishes with a single-season record 33, besting Owen Hughes’s mark of 31, set last season.

Walpole gets one late — 11:01 p.m.

Noah Mackenzie hits Matthew St. Cyr on a 4-yard pass, but it’s too little, too late.

Milton leads 42-21 with 40 seconds left.

That’s six straight touchdowns for Milton — 10:52 p.m.

A 10-yard scamper by Luke Hartford marks 42 consecutive points for the Wildcats, who are less than three minutes away from the first state football title in school history. Aidan Rowley has kicked six extra points.

Patrick Miller’s fourth TD pass extends Milton’s lead to 35-14 — 10:35 p.m.

After scoring on a pick-6 in the second quarter, Harrison Hinckle ripped a touchdown catch away from a Walpole defender for a 27-yard score and a three-score lead with 9:49 to play.

After 3 quarters: Milton 28, Walpole 14 — 10:28 p.m.

After a quiet, and scoreless, third quarter, Milton takes a two-score lead into the final 12 minutes. The Wildcats have first and 10 from Milton’s 25-yard to open the fourth quarter. A score here might put the game out of reach.

Dueling interceptions give Walpole the ball deep in its own territory — 10:15 p.m.

AJ Cicerone stepped in front of a pass from Noah Mackenzie intended for Kamari Hughes to stop a promising Walpole drive, but then Quinn MacNeil returns the favor on Milton QB Patrick Miller.

Milton still leads 28-14 with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

Walpole has edge in total yards — 10:05 p.m.

The Timberwolves had 154 total yards in the first half, split between 119 passing yards and 35 rushing yards, while the Wildcats totaled 126 yards, including 59 on the ground and 67 through the air.

Patrick Miller is 9 of 15 passing for 67 yards and three touchdowns for Milton, with Ronan Sammon catching three balls for 40 yards and two scores.

With his three TD passes, Miller has broken Milton’s single-season touchdown pass record, set last year by Owen McHugh.

Noah Mackenzie is 6 of 11 for 119 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, while Logan Keyes has run nine times for 38 yards and a TD, and Kamari Hughes has two catches for 83 yards and a score.

Halftime reading: King Philip uses a balanced attack in its Division 2 Super Bowl win — 10:00 p.m.

FOXBOROUGH — Finally, King Philip coach Brian Lee can breathe a sigh of relief and smile.

After ending the past two seasons with back-to-back state championship losses to Catholic Memorial, Lee and top-seeded King Philip left no doubt Thursday night when they cruised to a dominant 42-14 victory over third-seeded Marshfield in the division 2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

“I was afraid it would just feel like relief instead of joy,” Lee said, “but seeing the kids’ faces just makes it all worth it.”

Continue reading Brad Joyal’s story

Halftime: Milton 28, Walpole 14 — 9:52 p.m.

After falling behind 14-0 in the opening quarter, the momentum pendulum swung hard toward the Wildcats’ sideline, with Patrick Miller throwing a pair of TD passes to Ronan Sammon and Harrison Hinckle adding to the lead with a 42-yard pick-6.

Milton, which lost to Wakefield, 34-28 in last year’s Super Bowl, is looking for its first football state championship.

A pick-6 by Harrison Hinckle and Milton is rolling — 9:44 p.m.

The Wildcats have now scored 28 straight points after Hinckle intercepts Noah Mackenzie on a tipped ball and races 42 yards to pay dirt.

Milton leads 28-14 with 1:26 left in the first half, and will get the ball to start the second half.

Miller hooks up with Sammon again as Milton takes its first lead — 9:41 p.m.

The Wildcats have scored 21 unanswered after Patrick Miller finds Ronan Sammon coming across the middle for a 24-yard touchdown and it’s 21-14 Milton with 1:47 remaining in the first half.

That’s 14 touchdowns and over 1,000 receiving yards this season for Sammon.

With its second TD in three minutes, Milton ties it up — 9:23 p.m.

Patrick Miller finds William Renz in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard TD pass and Milton has quickly recovered from a slow start to tie the game at 14-all with 9:54 left in the second quarter.

Walpole loses fumble and Milton is in business — 9:18 p.m.

Milton’s Ben Parmele forces a fumble by Walpole’s Noah Mackenzie and Ben Caledonia jumps on it, giving the Wildcats the ball on Walpole’s 30-yard line with 11:52 left in the second quarter.

After 1 quarter: Walpole 14, Milton 7 — 9:15 p.m.

The Wildcats got some momentum back by ending the quarter with a touchdown after falling behind, 14-0.

Milton gets on the board late in first quarter — 9:12 p.m.

Patrick Miller’s 11-yard touchdown throw to Ronan Sammon on a slant gets the Wildcats within 14-7 with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

Walpole dominating early — 9:06 p.m.

After forcing a Milton punt, Noah Mackenzie hits Kamari Hughes in stride for a 68-yard touchdown and a point-after from Nicholas Foynes puts Walpole ahead, 14-0, with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Mackenzie has completed two passes for 100 yards.

Walpole draws first blood — 8:59 p.m.

The Timberwolves get on the board first as a 32-yard catch by Jamal Abdal-Khallaq sets up a 1-yard TD plunge by Logan Keyes. Nicholas Foynes’s extra-point puts Walpole ahead 7-0 with 6:58 left in the first quarter.

Walpole fumbles opening kickoff and the D3 title game is off and running — 8:49 p.m.

Ben Parmele pounces on a muffed kickoff return and Milton starts with the ball on Walpole’s 28-yard line.

Milton goes four-and-out and Walpole gets the ball back.

Brian Lee has mirrored his legendary father, forging a stellar program of his own at King Philip — 8:40 p.m.

Brian Lee used to feel that he belonged on the sideline at Walpole High.

It seemed like a fitting destination because that is where his father, John, cemented his legacy among the state’s most legendary coaches.

The elder Lee compiled a 212-33-7 record and won four MIAA Super Bowl championships (1976, 1981, 1989 and 1991) and 14 Bay State Conference titles while coaching Walpole from 1968 until 1992.

Brian, a member of Walpole’s ‘89 Super Bowl team, spent eight years at his alma mater as an assistant and five more at Curry College before he landed approximately 8 miles southwest of the Walpole campus at King Philip, a regional school that serves the towns of Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville.

Read Brad Joyal’s feature

Walpole and Milton get support from Patriots players — 8:35 p.m.

For Milton, it was Jahlani Tavai, while Mike Gesicki shouted out Walpole.

Previewing and predicting the Division 3 Super Bowl: Milton vs. Walpole — 8:25 p.m.

Between a 1-3 start for Walpole and a three-game losing streak at the end of the regular season for Milton, each team has overcome its share of adversity. The Wildcats were at Gillette in 2022, but has so many new faces at so many critical positions. It’s always unique to have league rivals meet in a state championship, with few if any secrets between the sides; the prolific passing attacks aren’t going to sneak up on anyone at this juncture. Expect a back-and-forth contest well into the fourth quarter, with whoever has the ball last in position to win.

Prediction: Milton 31, Walpole 30

Read Jake Levin’s game preview

King Philip dominates second half to win D2 championship — 8:09 p.m.

After taking the lead for good late in the second quarter, the Warriors scored all 21 points of the second half to beat Marshfield, 42-21, and secure the Division 2 crown.

After falling short in this game the last two years, Warriors coach Brian Lee secures his third state title, following championships in 2016 and 2017.

King Philip pouring it on as King scores his third TD — 7:55 p.m.

A 16-yard run by sophomore Tallan King, his third touchdown of the day, puts the Warriors in complete control of the Division 2 Super Bowl, up 42-14 with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter.

King has run 11 times for 92 yards as KP has scored 28 consecutive points.

After three quarters: King Philip 35, Marshfield 14 — 7:48 p.m.

The Warriors dominated the third quarter, 14-0, and are 12 minutes away from their first state title since winning the second of back-to-back titles in 2017, then falling short in the Super Bowl in 2018, 2021, and 2022.

Warriors pull away with another McLeish-to-Silveria connection — 7:37 p.m.

That’s three straight touchdowns for King Philip as Tommy McLeish hits Daniel Silveria on a slant for their second touchdown connection of the night. Sean Woods’s fifth extra point makes it 35-14 in favor of the Warriors.

McLeish is 11 of 15 for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

The Warriors had a short field after getting a fourth-and-short stop at midfield.

King Philip opens the first two-score lead of the game — 7:30 p.m.

Just over two minutes into the third quarter, King Philip sophomore Tallan King broke a couple of tackles for a 23-yard touchdown, his second of the night. It’s a five-play, 73-yard drive for the Warriors.

Sean Woods’s point-after makes it 28-21 Warriors with 9:44 left in third.

Check out photos from Fairhaven’s Division 6 championship — 7:25 p.m.

Fairhaven’s Justin Marques on his way to one of four touchdowns. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Salem’s Quinn Rocco Ryan (3) looks for room to run in the second half. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Fairhaven’s Justin Marques scores the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, which also set the record for most carries (46) in a Super Bowl game. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Fairhaven quarterback Jayce Duarte ran for 50 yards on nine carries and completed one pass for 6 yards. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Salem’s Shane Field, Jr. rushes in the second half. He finished with 27 yards on five carries. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Salem quarterback Corey Grimes ran for 33 yards and threw for 160 on 8 of 18 passing. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Derek Almeida celebrates his first state championship as coach of his alma mater, and second after winning one with Falmouth in 2016. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Fairhaven’s Fin Reynolds (left) and Colby Correia celebrate their win over Salem, 26-22, in the Division 6 Super Bow. Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Read how Justin Marques carried the day for Fairhaven — 7:22 p.m.

FOXBOROUGH — Justin Marques will be carrying the Agganis Trophy back to Fairhaven.

The junior running back rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries, setting a state Super Bowl record for rushing attempts, leading the eighth-seeded Blue Devils to the MIAA Division 6 Super Bowl with a 26-22 victory over third-seeded Salem on Thursday evening at Gillette Stadium.

Continue reading Keith Pearson’s story

Halftime: King Philip 21, Marshfield 14 — 7:08 p.m.

The Warriors take a one-score lead into the break as neither team has imprinted itself on the game thus far.

King Philip goes airborne to regain the lead, 21-14 — 6:51 p.m.

After a slow start to the second quarter, things have picked up as the Warriors’ Tommy McLeish drops in a perfectly placed 42-yard touchdown pass to David Holland with three minutes left before halftime.

An extra point from Sean Woods and KP leads 21-14.

Marshfield responds with a short TD to tie it up — 6:46 p.m.

The Rams have tied it up for the second time in the first half, with Charlie Carroll scoring his second TD of the night from 2 yards out. Thomas Kelly’s extra point makes it 14-all with 4:15 left in first half. Tor Maas set it up with a 24-yard run.

King Philip takes the lead midway through second quarter — 6:39 p.m.

KP quarterback Tommy McLeish finds Daniel Silveria wide open in the end zone for an 7-yard touchdown. Sean Woods’s 2nd extra point puts the Warriors up 14-7 with 5:28 to play in the second quarter.

Back-to-back fumbles leave King Philip with the ball — 6:31 p.m.

Marshfield’s Charlie Leach forces a Warriors fumble and Alex Molander recovers to give the Rams the ball. But on the next play, King Philip’s Daniel Silveria forces a fumble and Sean King pounced on it with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

After 1 quarter: Marshfield 7, King Philip 7 — 6:22 p.m.

As the second quarter begins, the Warriors will be punting from their own 27-yard line.

Marshfield turns it over — 6:20 p.m.

King Philip’s David Constantine intercepts Marshfield quarterback Tor Maas on KP’s 22-yard line with 2:04 left in the first quarter.

Score still 7-7.

King Philip answers and ties it up, 7-7 — 6:13 p.m.

The Warriors respond on their first possession, capped by Tallan King’s 1-yard plunge and Sean Woods’s extra point to knot the game with 4:12 left in the first quarter.

The Rams start things off on the right foot — 6:04 p.m.

Marshfield marched right down the field on its opening possession, using a big pass to Brady Crowley to set up a 4-yard TD connection between Tor Maas and Charlie Carroll. With Kelly Thomas’s extra point it’s a 7-0 lead with 9:46 left.

It’s time for Marshfield (9-3) vs. King Philip (12-0) — 5:55 p.m.

Division 2 title game draws dueling support — 5:40 p.m.

Former Patriots quarterback and current media personality Scott Zolak expressed his support for King Philip, while the Patriots’ Jahlani Tavai and former Red Sox second baseman Lou Merloni wished Marshfield well.

Previewing and predicting the Division 2 Super Bowl: King Philip vs. Marshfield — 5:30 p.m.

Marshfield pulled off the ultimate stunner when it pulled away from Catholic Memorial to earn a trip back to Gillette, but the Rams struggled to defend the run on Thanksgiving, when Duxbury’s Alex Burlow rumbled for 292 yards and three TDs. King Philip will present an even more formidable rushing attack, and McLeish has the arm strength and accuracy to complete big passes. After failing to defeat CM the past two years, the third time’s the charm for KP to complete a perfect season.

Prediction: King Philip 31, Marshfield 20

Read Brad Joyal’s full preview

Fairhaven captures its first football state championship in 23 years — 5:18 p.m.

With a 26-22 victory on the shoulders of Justin Marques’s 46-carry, 228-yard, 4-touchdown day, the Blue Devils are state champions for the first time since capturing the Division 4B crown over Carver in 2000.

The coach of the 2000 team was Dana Almeida, father of the current coach, Derek Almeida.

Fairhaven recovers Salem’s onside kick attempt — 5:16 p.m.

Jared Reardon catches it and goes down and the Blue Devils can kneel it out.

Pujols scores for Salem, which now needs an onside kick — 5:13 p.m.

The Witches pull within 26-22 on Albert Pujols’s 15-yard touchdown catch. Grimes kicks XP. With 1:54 left in the game and without any timeouts, Salem will need to recover an onside kick to get the ball back.

Marques scores, breaks Super Bowl record for carries — 5:02 p.m.

Justin Marques etched his name in the MIAA Super Bowl record book with his 46th carry of the night, which goes for a 3-yard touchdown and puts Fairhaven up 26-15 after an extra point by Grant Darmofal with 3:48 left in the fourth quarter.

Marques has 228 rushing yards and four touchdowns and broke Cedric Washington’s record of 45 for Holyoke in 1995. Marques has 90 carries for 476 yards in his last two playoff games.

Fairhaven forces third turnover, gets ball back in Salem territory — 4:56 p.m.

Richie Senna forces a fumble and Colby Correia recovered to give Fairhaven the ball on Salem’s 37 with a little over seven minutes remaining in the game.

Fairhaven 19, Salem 15

Salem comes up with huge red zone stop in fourth quarter — 4:52 p.m.

The Blue Devils appeared poised to add to their lead, with 4th and goal from the 1-yard line, but a false start pushes them back to the 6, where a keeper by Jayce Duarte fails after he slips trying to cut up field.

Salem takes over at its own 6-yard line with 8:45 left trailing 19-15.

Fairhaven picks up key fourth-and-inches — 4:46 p.m.

Facing fourth and inches on Salem’s 11-yard line, the Blue Devils give the ball to Justin Marques, who picks it up. Salem had stopped Fairhaven on a pair of fourth-and-shorts earlier in the game.

End 3rd quarter: Fairhaven 19, Salem 15 — 4:41 p.m.

The Blue Devils take a slim lead into the fourth quarter, but they’re threating, with first down on Salem’s 20.

Fairhaven has run for 322 yards as a team, with Justin Marques accounting for 35 carries, 190 yards, and three touchdowns.

Salem has 247 yards of offense, split between 120 rushing and 127 passing.

Fairhaven answers in kind with Marques’s third score of the day — 4:27 p.m.

Moments after Salem’s 73-yard touchdown, Justin Marques bursts through a hole for a 49-yard touchdown.

A 2-point run fails and the Blue Devils lead 19-15 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

Salem breaks the game’s first long touchdown — 4:22 p.m.

Quinn Rocco Ryan hauls in a 73-yard touchdown catch from Corey Grimes, who adds the extra point for a 15-13 Witches lead with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter.

The second half is underway — 4:16 p.m.

Fairhaven starts with the ball on its own 20-yard line and picks up a first down with back-to-back runs. After quarterback Jayce Duarte attempts his first pass of the game (incomplete), the Blue Devils are forced to punt.

Salem takes over at its own 10-yard line with 9:24 left in the third quarter.

MIAA’s tournament management committee considering new playoff format — 4:05 p.m.

A little halftime reading:

Discussion and debate continued to swirl around a proposal to change the high school football playoff format, as well as potential tweaks to the statewide tournament power ratings system, when the MIAA’s tournament management committee met virtually Thursday morning.

Continue reading Nate Weitzer’s story

Halftime: Fairhaven 13, Salem 8 — 3:59 p.m.

The Blue Devils take a one-score lead into the break. They’ve ridden junior Justin Marques, who has 23 carries for 95 yards and two scores. He’s on pace to break the Super Bowl record for carries in a game of 45, set by Holyoke’s Cedric Washington in 1995.

Fairhaven will receive to open the second half.

This time it’s Fairhaven forcing the red zone turnover — 3:56 p.m.

After forcing a turnover on downs, Salem marched deep into Fairhaven territory before William Foster intercepted a pass on the goal line.

Fairhaven 13, Salem 8 with 30 seconds left before halftime.

Another big fourth-down stop for Salem — 3:48 p.m.

A 14-play Fairhaven drive peters out in the red zone as Salem got a key fourth-down stop at the 13-yard line. After a measurement, the Witches take possession.

Fairhaven 13, Salem 8 with five minutes left in the second quarter.

After 1 quarter: Fairhaven 13, Salem 8 — 3:35 p.m.

An eventful first quarter ends with Salem punting to Fairhaven, which will open the second half with the ball on its own 16-yard line.

Marques’s second TD of the day puts Blue Devils back in front — 3:28 p.m.

Jared Reardon’s fumble recovery set up another 5-yard plunge from Justin Marques. After a false start on what appeared to be a 2-point conversion attempt, Fairhaven coach Derek Almeida reconsiders and Grant Darmofal kicks the extra point for a 13-8 lead with 1:43 left in the first quarter.

Marques has 12 carries for 61 yards and two scores.

Salem’s defense gets a big stop, but Fairhaven gets it back — 3:25 p.m.

Late in the first quarter, Fairhaven was driving when it came up a chain link short on a fourth-down run. But a bad snap by Salem was recovered by the Blue Devils’ Jared Reardon setting Fairhaven up with the ball on Salem’s 15-yard line.

Salem answers and takes the lead — 3:16 p.m.

The Witches waste no time grabbing their first lead, as a 50-yard run by Devante Ozuna sets up his 1-yard TD plunge. A 2-point pass from Corey Grimes to Logan Abboud puts Salem in front, 8-6, with 6:02 left in the first quarter.

Blue Devils march down the field and Marques scores — 3:09 p.m.

A big run by quarterback Jayce Duarte set up a 1-yard TD plunge by Fairhaven star Justin Marques, capping a 56-yard, 7-play drive. A blocked extra point leaves the Blue Devils with a 6-0 lead with 8:55 left in the first quarter.

Fairhaven’s defense opens the game with a 3-and-out — 3:04 p.m.

Salem started with the ball on its own 31 and gained just two yards on a rush followed by a pair of incompletions. The Witches punt the ball to Fairhaven, which takes over at its own 44, gaining an early edge in the field position battle.

We are ready for kickoff of Day 2 of the MIAA Super Bowls — 2:55 p.m.

It’s Division 6 with Fairhaven (11-1) facing Salem (10-2). Neither program has been here in more than 20 years, with the Blue Devils last reaching the championship in 2000, a year after the Witches (1999).

Salem will receive the opening kickoff.

Focus on Fairhaven’s Justin Marques, Salem’s Corey Grimes — 2:45 p.m.

While they might get overshadowed by names from bigger programs, two of the marquee players from the lower divisions of MIAA football get the spotlight Thursday (3 p.m.) when third-seeded Salem faces No. 8 Fairhaven in the Division 6 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Fairhaven junior fullback Justin Marques and Salem senior quarterback Corey Grimes have each found a way to outperform lofty preseason expectations. Whether it is Marques plowing through the line, or Grimes looking for a receiver to get open, they each put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses for 48 minutes.

Read Keith Pearson’s feature on the two stars

The fans are out from Fairhaven — 2:40 p.m.

They’re stoked in Salem — 2:30 p.m.

The Witches are making their first Super Bowl appearance 1999.

Previewing and predicting the Division 6 Super Bowl: Fairhaven vs. Salem — 2:15 p.m.

Both offenses have gone up and down the field at will this year, each averaging more than 33 points per game. Both defenses have also been susceptible to giving up big plays and points: Fairhaven has allowed at least 20 points in four of its last five games, while Salem had a five-game stretch of surrendering at least 20, including one-point losses to Winthrop and Peabody. They might get those yards in vastly different ways, but the yards will be there for the taking. The dilemma comes when one team gets a stop or forces a turnover and possesses the ball with the lead — will the pace go from up-tempo to burning as much clock as possible?

Prediction: Fairhaven 36, Salem 33

Read Keith Pearson’s full preview

“Without Henry Hasselbeck we’re not here tonight.” — 11:30 p.m.

Once again, Henry Hasselbeck (7-for-13, 101 yards, 3 TD; 13 carries, 122 yards) made plays with his arms and legs, bursting for a 55-yard gain to set up Mike O’Connor’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, and resetting his feet before finding Brown for an 18-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-9 to put the Hawks up 28-25.

“Without Henry Hasselbeck we’re not here tonight,” said Xaverian coach Al Fornaro. “We’re fortunate to have him. He’s a playmaker. When he first got here I told him, I want him to be Steve Young, not just take off and go, and he proved he can throw the ball. For my money, he’s the best player in the state.”

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Hasselbeck finishes with 223 yards of offense, 3 TDs — 10:45 p.m.

The final stats are in and somehow they don’t quite express how dominant Henry Hasselbeck was. He finished 7 of 13 passing for 101 yards and three touchdowns, adding 122 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The Hawks only out-gained St. John’s Prep 311-295 in total yards, but held a 210-159 edge in rushing yards, thanks to Hasselbeck and Mike O’Connor, who finished with 75 yards and a TD on 20 rushes. Caleb Brown caught three balls, all for touchdowns, totaling 62 yards.

The Eagles were led by Cam LaGrassa’s 20 carries for 106 yards and quarterback Deacon Robillard kept pace with Hasselbeck statistically, throwing for 136 yards and two scores on 7 of 14 passing.

Xaverian celebrates its first Super Bowl win in eight years — 10:40 p.m.

Check out photos from Xaverian’s Super Bowl win — 10:30 p.m.

Xaverian head coach Al Fornaro holds the trophy as Xaverian poses for photos.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xaverian celebrates defeating St. John’s Prep, 31-25, in the Division 1 Super Bowl.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xaverian quarterback Henry Hasselbeck holds tight to the ball late in the second half. He finished with 122 yards rushing.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xaverian’s Caleb Brown celebrates his third touchdown of the night.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xavieran’s Caleb Brown (left) breaks up a pass intended for St. John’s Prep’s Merrick Barlow (right) with help from Henry Hasselbeck,Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
The Xaverian defense stops St. John's Prep’s Jimmy Nardone on a 2-point conversion attempt.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xaverian’s Caleb Brown reaches out for one of his three touchdowns on the night.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff


St. John's Prep’s Merrick Barlow snags a 38-yard touchdown catch from Deacon Robillard in the first half.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Xaverian’s Caleb Brown (left) makes a touchdown catch over St. John's Prep’s Grayson Ambrosh.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Xaverian hangs on to capture Division 1 championship — 10:12 p.m.

St. John’s Prep reached just outside the red zone, but back-to-back sacks without any timeouts remaining doomed the Eagles and Xaverian escaped Gillette with a 31-25 win in the Division 1 Super Bowl.

It’s the first Super Bowl title for the Hawks since beating Central Catholic in 2015. It’s also their second win over SJP in six days, after winning on Thanksgiving.

Xaverian’s Henry Hasselbeck threw three touchdown passes to Caleb Brown and also rushed for more than 100 yards.

St. John’s Prep still alive on Angelopolus’s catch — 10:06 p.m.

With less than two minutes left and the Eagles facing fourth and long and out of timeouts, Jack Angelopolus caught a 36-yard pass down the sideline from Deacon Robillard.

Xaverian forced to punt from its own 10 — 10:01 p.m.

Three runs for the Hawks gained just 4 yards and they are forced to punt back to St. John’s Prep with 2:25 left. A strong punt nets 53 yards and SJP will start with the ball on their own 37 with 2:14 to play.

St. John’s Prep forced to punt — 9:57 p.m.

Facing fourth and 12 near midfield, the Eagles opted to punt with 3:24 remaining and all of their timeouts, still trailing 31-25. Xaverian will start with the ball on their own 6 yard line.

Luke Bell makes it a touchdown lead for Xaverian — 9:53 p.m.

The sophomore kicker drilled a 33-yard field goal to extend the Hawks’ lead to 31-25 with 5:07 left in the game.

Hasselbeck comes through again — 9:40 p.m.

Henry Hasselbeck’s third touchdown pass of the night once again finds Caleb Brown for his third TD catch, this time on an outside slant from 18 yards out. Bell’s kick is good and Xaverian leads 28-25 with 11:42 left in fourth quarter.

That’s four lead changes in the second half and five in the game. That’s six straight drives to end with a touchdown between the two teams.

After 3 quarters: St. John’s Prep 25, Xaverian 21 — 9:38 p.m.

The Hawks are driving and have second and 8 from SJP’s 18 yard line to start the fourth quarter.

Back and forth we go as St. John’s Prep jumps back in lead — 9:32 p.m.

The Eagles drive right back down the field and Deacon Robillard finds fullback Gael Garcia for his second TD of the day, a 16-yarder with 3:15 left in the third quarter. SJP finally got a successful extra point and leads 25-21.


Xaverian answers immediately with long Hasselbeck run and short TD — 9:22 p.m.

After Henry Hasselbeck breaks a 55-yard run, complete with multiple broken tackles, down to the 1-yard line, Mike O’Connor powers in a score and Luke Bell’s extra point puts the Hawks ahead 21-18 with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

St. John’s Prep regains the lead early in third quarter — 9:20 p.m.

A 74-yard Eagles drive to open the second half was capped by a 4-yard touchdown dive by fullback Gael Garcia and St. John’s Prep leads for the first time since early in the second quarter. A failed extra-point left the lead at 18-14 with 8:32 left in the third quarter.

Hasselbeck highlights halftime leaders — 9:15 p.m.

Henry Hasselbeck completed 3 of 6 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns as Xaverian held a 148-124 edge in total yards in the first half.

The Hawks ran for 94 yards, led by Mike O’Connor’s 50 yards on 10 carries. Hasselbeck added nine carries for 39 yards.

The Eagles ran for 75 and threw for 49, led by Cam LaGrassa’s 50 rushing yards on nine totes. Quarterback Deacon Robillard connected on 2 of 5 attempts for 38 yards and a score.

Xaverian takes 14-12 lead into halftime — 9:00 p.m.

A pair of touchdown passes from Henry Hasselbeck to Caleb Brown were just enough to give the Hawks a 2-point lead at the break, despite a costly first-quarter fumble and touchdowns for both of St. John’s Preps quarterbacks, a 1-yard sneak by Jimmy Nardone and a 38-yard throw from Deacon Robillard to Merrick Barlow, but failure on conversions leave the Eagles trailing.

Robillard-to-Barlow connection answers for St. John’s Prep — 8:54 p.m.

The Eagles wasted no time producing their own spectacular catch and throw, this time from Deacon Robillard to Merrick Barlow, who connect on a 38-yard scoring strike with 21 seconds left in the first half. A failed 2-point conversion run leaves Xaverian with a 14-12 lead.

Hasselbeck drops a dime into Brown’s arms — 8:46 p.m.

Just watch this throw from Henry Hasselbeck to Caleb Brown. On the run, he drops it over the defender with just enough room for Brown to get his feet in the back of the end zone. It’s their second TD connection of the first half and Xaverian leads 14-6 with 1:04 left until halftime.

Henry Hasselbeck puts Xaverian ahead with TD pass — 8:32 p.m.

It looked like it might be picked off, but Xaverian’s Caleb Brown snatched a play-action throw from Henry Hasselbeck and raced down the right sideline for a touchdown. Joseph MacDonald’s extra-point puts the Hawks ahead, 7-6, with with seven minutes left in the second quarter.

Connor Muldoon, West Boylston run wild over Carver to win Division 8 Super Bowl — 8:25 p.m.

FOXBOROUGH – It may have taken a quarter to get going, but once West Boylston got on track, it would not be denied.

After falling behind, the defense stiffened and relentlessly pressured Carver quarterback Tyler Lennox, the offense, which averaged 44.4 points per game, was able to inflict death by a thousand paper cuts on the Crusaders defense, and the top-seeded Lions completed an undefeated season with a 41-7 rout in the MIAA Division 8 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Read Keith Pearson’s story here

After 1 quarter: St. John’s Prep 6, Xaverian 0 — 8:21 p.m.

Xaverian has the ball on its own 32 facing third and 2 to start the second quarter. Hawks have picked up a couple of first downs, but haven’t found a groove offensively.

Both teams trade punts — 8:20 p.m.

A Xaverian punt pinned St. John’s Prep at its own 7, but the Eagles moved the ball to midfield before punting it back to Xaverian late in the first quarter.

St. John’s Prep capitalizes on fumble recovery — 8:08 p.m.

After Anthony Carusi’s fumble recovery, Prep quarterback Jimmy Nardone keeps it for a 1-yard sneak. Two-point run appeared to be good but ruled short of the line and SJP leads 6-0 with 9:18 left in the first quarter.

St. John’s Prep recovers fumble on second play of game — 8:03 p.m.

Mason McSweeney forces and Anthony Carusi recovers a Xaverian fumble on the 25-yard line and St. John’s Prep is off to a strong start.

Division 1 Super Bowl has begun, Xaverian starts with the ball — 8:01 p.m.

Hawks begin with ball on own 28.

West Boylston ran for 359 yards to win Division 8 title — 8:00 p.m.

Final stats have arrived and the Lions totaled 359 rushing yards and 423 total yards of offense, compared to Carver’s 122 total yards, which included just 28 on the ground.

Five Lions ran for at least 56 yards, led by Jamie McNamara’s 92 yards on 18 carries. Connor Muldoon ran for 62 yards and two scores on 11 carries, adding a 64-yard touchdown catch. Quarterback Luke Foley ran for 77 yards on 10 scores and launched the 64-yard scoring strike.

Carver star quarterback Tyler Lennox finished 15 of 29 passing for 94 yards and a touchdown.

St. John’s Prep and Xaverian have taken the field for the D1 title game — 7:55 p.m.

The Xaverian-St. John’s Prep rematch will be decided in the trenches — 7:50 p.m.

With three seconds left on the clock in a Thanksgiving matchup for a share of the Catholic Conference crown, Xaverian needed a reliable kicking team to execute.

The unit came through, with Penn State-bound long snapper Andrew Dufault delivering a perfect ball to holder Henry Hasselbeck, and Luke Bell nailing the 30-yard field goal to deliver a 23-21 win over St. John’s Prep in Westwood.

Dufault, a senior center and defensive tackle, is one of a number of talented linemen on both sides of the ball in this intense rivalry, which resumes Wednesday (8 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium in the Division 1 Super Bowl.

Read Nate Weitzer’s story here

Next up is the Division 1 showdown between Xaverian and St. John’s Prep — 7:40 p.m.

This is a rare rematch within a six-day span, with Prep looking to avenge a 23-21 loss at Xaverian on Thanksgiving.

There are key injuries on both sides, as Xaverian lost Jonathan Monteiro to a shoulder injury in that matchup, and have been without Charlie Comella all season. In addition to running back Dylan Aliberti, Prep has been missing center Angel Heredia and cornerback Austin Lambert for most of the season. Linebacker Jackson Tucker is likely out with an injury. Both Catholic Conference powers have depth on both lines and will look to dominate the trenches in a physical matchup.

St. Pierre and the Eagles have more recent experience at Gillette, with Matt Callahan, Mason McSweeney, John Droggitis, Deacon Robillard, linebacker Marquese Avery, and right tackle Graham Roberts making their second Super Bowl starts as the program goes for its fourth state title in five seasons.

Read Nate Weitzer’s preview

West Boylston wins back-to-back titles — 7:29 p.m.

After capturing the Division 7 crown in 2022, West Boylston (13-0) has now won 14 straight games after capturing the 2023 Division 8 title by scoring 41 unanswered points in a 41-7 rout of Carver. Connor Muldoon scored three times as West Boylston’s ground game, pass rush, and tackling proved too much for a Carver team playing in its first Super Bowl in 23 years.

Muldoon’s third TD of the day puts game on ice — 7:27 p.m.

With 2:15 to play in the game, Connor Muldoon ran for a 3-yard score, his third touchdown of the day, and Tommy Kursonis kicked the extra point for a 41-7 West Boylston lead.

Connor Rice comes in to quarterback Lions — 7:19 p.m.

Getting the ball back midway through the fourth quarter, West Boylston has switched from Luke Foley to Connor Rice at quarterback with a 34-7 lead. The Lions, who have dominated with precise blocking and smothering tackling, then proceed to pick up their 20th first down of the game.

West Boylston scores again, taking complete control of game — 7:13 p.m.

Jonathan Ruas runs 5 yards untouched into the end zone with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter to cap a 69-yard drive. A failed extra-point kick leaves the Lions with a 34-7 lead.

West Boylston takes a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter — 7:08 p.m.

The Lions have the ball and are driving as they look to put this game on ice.

Check out photos from the first half — 7:06 p.m.

West Boylston’s Luke Foley reacts after a first down.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
West Boylston’s Luke Foley runs for a first down.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Carver’s Josh Grimes makes a catch.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Carver’s Robert Peterson (left) and Cameron Loranger celebrate Peterson’s touchdown.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Carver’s Jameson Helms ran for 19 yards in the first half.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Carver quarterback Tyler Lennox threw for 48 yards and a score in the first half.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
The Carver Crusaders line up for the National Anthem.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
Carver quarterback Tyler Lennox threw a TD pass on the team's first possession.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff
West Boylston’s Connor Muldoon scored twice in the first three quarters.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

West Boylston’s first completed pass is a 64-yard touchdown — 6:56 p.m.

With 3:22 left in the third quarter, Connor Muldoon gets behind the defense and Luke Foley hits him in stride for a 64-yard touchdown pass. It was the Lions’ first completed pass of the day. Jamie McNamara’s 2-point conversion puts the Lions, who have scored 28 unanswered points, up 28-7.

Carver gives it right back — 6:53 p.m.

The Lions picked up a first down, but then are forced to punt and West Boylston gets the ball back with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.

West Boylston 20, Carver 7 with 4:07 left in third quarter.

West Boylston extends its lead to 20-7 — 6:49 p.m.

With 6:24 left in the third quarter, the Lions’ Jackson Caramanica scored on an off-tackle run to the right side. Jamie McNamara ran in the 2-point conversion.

West Boylston dominated on the ground in the first half — 6:45 p.m.

Halftime stats have arrived and they show just how dominant the Lions were in the running game. West Boylston ran for 154 yards and totaled 13 first downs, while Carver ran for 16 yards, threw for 48 and picked up six first downs.

West Boylston was 4 of 5 on third downs and held a 154-64 advantage in total yards.

Luke Foley ran for 60 yards on seven carries, Jamie McNamara has run for 44 yards on nine totes, Jackson Caramanica has 34 yards on seven rushes, and Connor Muldoon has 21 rushing yards on six carries.

Carver was led by Jameson Helms’ 19 yards on two carries. Tyler Lennox is 10 of 17 passing for 48 yards and a score. His leading receiver is Josh Grimes, who has two catches for 15 yards.

Second half has begun — 6:39 p.m.

Carver receives the opening kickoff of the second half and will start with the ball on its own 16-yard line trailing West Boylston, 12-7.

The Crusaders go 3-and-out and punt it away. West Boylston will start its first possession of the second half on Carver’s 43.

West Boylston takes 12-7 lead into the half — 6:25 p.m.

After falling behind 7-0 and then turning it over on its next possession, West Boylston got momentum back in the second quarter, scoring on the first play of the period, then again with just over a minute remaining, but a pair of failed 2-point attempts leaves them with just a 5-point lead at the break.

West Boylston takes its first lead late in second quarter — 6:19 p.m.

West Boylston 12, Carver 7 with 1:08 left in second quarter.

After eating up over eight minutes with a time-consuming 80-yard drive, Lions senior Connor Muldoon ran a sweep and found a cutback lane for a 6-yard touchdown. Two-point rush attempt failed.

West Boylston driving and chewing up clock — 6:12 p.m.

With their varied rushing attack, the Lions are starting to pile up first downs, driving 48 yards so far and facing a 1st and 10 from Carver’s 32-yard line.

Carver 7, West Boylston 6 with 4:27 left in the second quarter.

West Boylston finds the end zone on first play of 2nd quarter — 6:00 p.m.

Carver 7, West Boylston 6 with 11:54 left in second quarter.

On an 8-yard quarterback keeper by Luke Foley on fourth down, West Boylston gets on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter. Foley tried to run in the 2-point conversion, but was tackled short.

After 1 quarter: Carver 7, West Boylston 0 — 5:57 p.m.

West Boylston has driven down into the red zone, but faces 4th and goal from the 8 when the second quarter commences.

West Boylston forces its first punt — 5:48 p.m.

Carver goes backwards with a penalty, a sack and a negative rush and punts back to West Boylston, which will begin its third possession of the first quarter on its own 34 yard line.

Carver 7, West Boylston 0 with 3:20 left in first quarter.

Peterson recovers fumble and Carver is back in business — 5:45 p.m.

West Boylston ran for 11 yards on its first play after Carver’s touchdown, but a fumble is forced by Carver’s Darrian King and recovered by Robbie Peterson on the Lions’ 49-yard line.

Carver takes 7-0 lead on Robbie Peterson’s diving catch — 5:44 p.m.

Carver 7, West Boylston 0

Tyler Lennox rolled to his right and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Peterson for a 7-0 lead with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a pass interference penalty and a 12-yard Lennox keeper that got the Lions inside the 10.

Nathan Dirado’s extra point was good.

West Boylston punts it away on first possession — 5:35 p.m.

The Lions picked up one first down, but soon got behind the chains and were forced to punt,. A short boot gives Carver the ball on its own 48 for the Crusaders’ first possession.

We are off! High school Super Bowl week at Gillette kicks off — 5:30 p.m.

First up is the Division 8 matchup between Carver (11-1) and West Boylston (12-0).

You can watch a live stream of the game here.

Or follow along for updates from all eight games in this space.

West Boylston receives the kickoff and will start from its own 20.

Both teams are lined up for the National Anthem — 5:25 p.m.

Carver and West Boylston line up for the National Anthem before the Division 8 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.Brendan Kurie

Carver was sent off in style this morning — 5:15 p.m.

Both teams are warming up on the field — 5:10 p.m.

We’re about 20 minutes from game time and both teams are getting some last-minute reps on the field as fans trickle in.

West Boylston is on the North side of the field in black uniforms, while Carver is in white uniforms on the South side of the field near the Optum club.

Study up on Carver quarterback Tyler Lennox, who has put up video game numbers — 5:00 p.m.

Teams can only complete improbable turnarounds if they are led by talented, and remarkable, leaders.

After posting a 3-8 record last season, second-seeded Carver (11-1) has relied on senior captain and quarterback Tyler Lennox to help bring lift the Crusaders to new heights.

With 2,711 passing yards and 42 total touchdowns (37 passing, 5 rushing) this season, the 6-foot, 180-pound Lennox has been the lynchpin for Carver, which rolls into Wednesday’s Division 8 Super Bowl against top-seeded West Boylston (12-0) after averaging 41.75 points per game.

Read Brad Joyal’s feature on Lennox lifting the Crusaders

Both teams got a shout out from the Patriots — 4:55 p.m.

Patriots captain Matthew Slater wished West Boylston good luck as it looks to win a second Super Bowl in as many years.

For Carver, it was tight end Mike Gesicki offering best wishes ahead of their first Super Bowl appearance since 2000.

Let’s take a look at Division 8, where it’s run (West Boylston) vs. pass (Carver) — 4:45 p.m.

Riding a 13-game win streak that began with a 29-6 victory over St. Bernard’s in last year’s Division 7 Super Bowl — the program’s first state title since 2012 — West Boylston won’t stray too far from its identity against Carver, which is playing in its first state final in 23 years.

The Lions pride themselves on being physical, and they welcome the opportunity for a game decided at the line of scrimmage.

“The line put a lot of work in in the weight room during the offseason,” Carver coach Ben Shuffain said. “Without them, we’re a 2-8 team at best. It’s more than the quarterback and the skilled guys — it’s the whole program.”

Read Brad Joyal’s full preview here.



Brendan Kurie can be reached at brendan.kurie@globe.com.