No lack of intrigue and anticipation for Week 2 of the high school football season. Perennial D1 powers Everett and Xaverian clash at Veterans Memorial Stadium, with each trying to avoid an unfamiliar 0-2 start after Week 1 losses. On Baker Street in West Roxbury, top-ranked Catholic Memorial hosts St. John’s Shrewsbury. In the Northeatsern Conference, it’s Lynn English at Swampscott.
It’s a full schedule. Check in regularly for updates.
SOPHOMORE RILEY O’CONNELL DRIVES L-S — Quarterback Riley O’Connell connected with junior Taimir Morel on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining, and senior Griffin Brown caught the two-point conversion to lead Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0) to a 21-20 win over No. 16 Reading (0-1).
RAMS RALLY FROM 35-0 DEFICIT — Jack Markley ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 38 seconds left, and junior Vinny Skulsky rushed in the winning two-point conversion to lead Marshfield over Dennis-Yarmouth, 43-42. The Rams (1-1), trailed 28-0 at half, and 35-0 early in the third quarter.
BUCCANEERS SAIL IN OT — Senior quarterback Greg Cormier and senior wide receiver Brendan Jones connected for four touchdowns to lead Bedford (1-0) to a 33-30 overtime win against Saugus.
The duo connected on passes of 7 and 12 yards in the fourth quarter, but Christian Correia caught a 20-yard pass from Mason Nickolas with 14 seconds left in regulation. Saugus kicker Javier Martinez tied the game at 27-27 with the PAT.
The Sachems scored first in overtime after an 18-yard field goal by Martinez.
On fourth and goal from the 10, Jones sealed the win with a catch from Cormier.
TWO TD’S FOR TYRESE BAPTISTE — With both traditional powerhouse programs looking to avoid a 0-2 start, it was No. 5 Everett (1-1) behind junior Tyrese Baptiste’s 143 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns who turned the page from a week prior, with a 27-21 victory over No. 11 Xaverian.
TOP-RANKED KNIGHTS HOLD OFF PIONEERS — Darrius LeClair led No. 1 Catholic Memorial (2-0) with two touchdowns, and 106 yards rushing on 17 carries in a 35-20 win over St. John’s (Shrewsbury).
MASON ANDRADE POWERS WATERTOWN — Mason Andrade had three touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return in the first quarter to lead the Raiders (2-0) to a 43-6 win over Arlington Catholic.
TROJANS HALT DUXBURY — The Trojans (1-1) outlasted the No. 7 Dragons (0-2) on the road, thwarting a Duxbury 2-point conversion attempt with 1:16 remaining to preserve the 14-12 win.
ROGERS IN RELIEF FOR ROCKLAND — Junior quarterback Cullen Rogers started for injured senior Dante Vasquez, and tossed two touchdown passes to classmate Hunter Wardwell to lead Rockland (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Cohasset.
HAWKS WITHIN A SCORE — Noah Cantry’s 6-yard reception from Michael Berluti with 6:14 left in the fourth cuts the No. 5 Everett (0-1) lead to 21-14.
ROCKLAND LEADS LATE — The Bulldogs (1-0) came up with a big stop on fourth down to take over with 2:33 in the fourth quarter. Rockland leads Cohasset, 14-7.
TIDE ROLL THROUGH THREE QUARTERS — Fifth-ranked Everett leads No. 11 Xaverian, 21-7 entering the fourth quarter. From Karl Capen in Everett . . . Tide defense has been lights out since the game’s opening drive. 12 more minutes to hold the lead.
LYNN CLASSICAL LEADS BROCKTON AT HALF — Lynn Classical (0-1) leads No. 6 Brockton (1-0) at halftime, 27-26.
GROUND GAME POWERS MASHPEE — Junior running back Jack Vinitsky ran for three touchdowns to help the Falcons win their season opener with a 38-8 rout of the Whalers. Jared Barr, Ryan Hendricks and Caesar Hendricks also rushed for touchdowns for Mashpee. Kenard Liburd had an 89-yard touchdown run for Nantucket (0-2). The game was played under 10-minute quarters.
JULES RULES IN EVERETT — From Karl Capen at No. 5 Everett vs. No. 11 Xaverian . . . Man, don’t let Everett’s Clarence Jules get the corner. The senior busts it outside and nobody can catch him. 63 yard touchdown run three plays into the second half. Kick good. 21-7 Tide 10:28 3Q.
KNIGHTS LEAD AT HALF — From Jake Levin at Catholic Memorial . . . The Knights lead 28-7, but St. John’s Shrewsbury got on the board late with a blocked punt and a touchdown pass two plays later with Antonio Stakley reeling in a 4-yard pass from Colin Scholfield.
SKIPPERS TIE IN THE THIRD — From Dan Shulman in Rockland . . . Danny Nolan ran for a 36-yard score to help tie Rockland, 7-7 with 9:32 left in the third quarter. Nolan ran for 106 yards in the third quarter alone.
OPENING CEREMONY FOR ROCKLAND —
Renovations are complete at the Veterans Stadium in Rockland, an opening ceremony tonight will dedicate a Chair of Honor for Prisoners of War and service members who are Missing in Action. An article for $1.9 million was approved at Town Meeting in May of 2017. The Bulldogs (1-0) face Cohasset (1-0) at 7.
MAGIGAL START FOR MARBLEHEAD — From Nate Weitzer in North Andover . . . Marblehead 25, North Andover 20.
Josh Robertson connected with Sean McCarthy on a fade route with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter to snap the eighth-ranked Knights’ state-leading 13-game win streak. Robertson tossed three touchdowns — two to McCarthy — while Tim Cronin rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries for the Magicians (2-0).
DIMAN MAKES A CASE FOR EEE — Friday night’s game between Diman and Case will not be played after the visiting Tigers exercised their right to forfeit based on concerns of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus that has become prevalent across Massachusetts.
Conversations to adjust the game time were held between Superintendents but with the town of Swansea, where Case is located, not being marked in the critical zone for EEE, the game time was kept the same.
“We’re disappointed but we’ll take this time to get healthy and focus on preparing for next week’s game against Bourne,” said Case coach Anthony Palladino, who was also appointed as the school’s new athletic director recently.
The Cardinals beat Tri-County in their opener, scoring the final four touchdowns in a 28-14 victory. As for Diman, they’ll take the field for the first time next Friday at home against Blue Hills.
NORTH ANDOVER KICKS IT OFF — In a back-and-forth thriller in North Andover, the defending Division 2 champion Scarlett Knights surged ahead of Marblehead, 20-19, on a 78-yard kickoff return for Freddy Gabin. But the PAT was blocked.
MILTON SOARING — Milton built a 20-8 halftime lead at Bay State Conference rival Framingham on pair of TD passes from Chase Vaughn to Liam Regan, along with a rush from John Barros.
MORE FROM THE BSC . . . In Walpole, Sam Waltzman booted a 15-yard field goal to hand Natick a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.