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Catholic high school Thanksgiving football round-up


The Xaverian Brothers Hawks face the St. John Prep Eagles during their Thanksgiving day match up. The Hawks defeated the Eagles by a score of 24-17. Pilot photo/ Courtesy Xaverian Brothers High School

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Boston College High (Dorchester) vs. Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury)

The BC High Eagles and the CM Knights clashed on Thanksgiving morning at BC High’s Viola Stadium with the winner capturing the Catholic Conference Title. The Eagles, led by first year coach Ron Bartlett, prevailed, 17-7 and repeated as Catholic Conference Champions. The Turkey Day win was also the fourth in a row for BC High and they advanced to a Division 1 semi play-off game on Dec. 2, defeating Everett (in Lynn) by a score of 9-0. The Eagles captured the Division 1 superbowl on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Gillette Stadium with a 13-7 win over Brockton. The Eagles end the season at 11-1 and are superbowl champs for the first time since 2000. Despite the Thanksgiving Day loss, CM had a great season and was undefeated until losing to Xaverian on Nov. 14. The Knights, led by Alex Campea, end the season at 8-2.

Malden Catholic vs. Peabody

The MC Lancers began a new Thanksgiving Day rivalry by taking on Peabody High School in Peabody. Led by first year coach Bob Almeida, MC won the game by a close score of 14-12. Two fourth quarter touchdowns were run in by Steve Sousa and a two point conversion gave the Lancers the win. Malden Catholic ends the season at 6-5 and are much improved from last years record of 4-7. Peabody ends at 4-7.

Matignon (Cambridge) vs. Somerville

These two schools met for the first time in Somerville, beginning a new Thanksgiving Day rivalry and the Highlanders from Somerville won 18-0. Both teams end the season at 5-6. The Matignon Warriors were led by first year coach Neil Valeriani.

St. John Prep (Danvers) vs. Xaverian (Westwood)

The Xaverian Hawks, led by Charlie Stevenson (16th year) won at home on Thanksgiving morning, defeating the visiting Eagles from Danvers by a score of 24-17. The loss of a starting quarterback to injuries and close defeats to Everett, BC High and St. John, Shrewsbury knocked the Hawks out of contention for a shot at the Catholic Conference title. Xaverian had a great season, ending at 7-4. The Eagles, led by Jim O’Leary, 25 years at the helm, end at 6-5.

Arlington Catholic vs. Arlington

The AC Cougars, led by Serge Clivio (19th year) and the Arlington High Spy Ponders began a new cross town rivalry on Thanksgiving Day at Arlington High. The Cougars won the hard fought game by a close score of 19-15. Neither team scored in the first half. AC senior Joe Wesoloski scored an 11 yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left to play, much to the chagrin of his father, Jerry, an assistant coach with the Spy Ponders. Previously, Arlington Catholic won the Catholic Central Title, for the third year in a row with a 20-14 win over Austin Prep on Nov. 15. The Cougars defeated Swampscott, 22-9 in a Division 3 semi-play off game on Dec. 5 and advanced to the Division 3 superbowl on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Gillette Stadium. Defeating Norton 32-20, Arlington Catholic won the Division 3 superbowl for the first time since 1993 and end the season at 10-3. Arlington High ends the season at 6-5.

Central Catholic (Lawrence) vs. Andover

Led by Chuck Adamopulus (12th year), Central Catholic trekked next door to Andover and lost the Turkey day game by a score of 26-17. The team repeats last year’s record of 5-6. Andover ends the season at 4-7. Overall, Central Catholic leads the rivalry at 18-17-1.

Austin Prep (Reading) vs. Bishop Fenwick (Peabody)

The Austin Prep Cougars, led by Coach Bill Maradei (30th year) travelled over to Peabody to take on the Fenwick Bishops and won the game 20-12. Patrick Delaney scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and Ray Acciavatti added another and a two point conversion in the fourth. The win was the first in seven years for Austin Prep, ending the season at a remarkable 9-2. Fenwick, led by Coach Dave Woods (10th year), ends at 5-6.

Pope John (Everett) vs. Lowell Catholic

The Pope John Tigers, led by Coach Chris Buckley (3rd year) took on Lowell Catholic at Everett Stadium and won the game 30-20. The victory allowed the Tigers to clinch the Catholic Central Small Title and advance to a Division 4 semi-play off game on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Taunton High against Tri-County. The Tigers lost the hard fought game 20-18 and end the season at 7-5. The Lowell Catholic Crusaders, led by Coach Tim Walsh (8th year) end at 6-4 and are much improved from last years’ record of 3-7.

Cathedral (Boston) vs. Marian (Framingham)

Playing at Moakley Field in South Boston, the Cathedral Panthers, led by Coach Mike Pittman (3rd year) took on the Marian Mustangs and won 20-7. The game was the first for both schools on Thanksgiving Day. Two touchdowns were run in by Michael Rohlting-Vega in the second and fourth quarter. Cathedral ends the season at 5-6. Marian, led by Coach Phil Marchegiani (21st year) had a great season, winning 7 and losing 3.

St. Clement (Somerville) vs. Trinity Catholic (Newton)

The St. Clement Anchormen, led by Coach Colin Walsh (6th year) headed over to Newton and defeated the Trinity Catholic Falcons 28-12 on Thanksgiving morning. Rob Ofoedu scored twice, rushing for 148 yards. Although the Anchormen end the season at 4-6, it is their best record in 12 years and a much improvement from last years’ record of 0-10. Trinity, led by Coach Steve McGonigle end at 1-10.

Hudson Catholic vs. Whittier

Playing at home, the Hudson Catholic Green Wave hosted Whittier and got shut out 33-0. The game was the first Thanksgiving Day game for these two schools and the fourth shut out victory for the Whittier Wildcats on Thanksgiving Day as they end the season at 9-2. Hudson Catholic had a winless season at 0-8.

Archbishop Williams (Braintree) vs. Cardinal Spellman (Brockton)

Playing at home, Spellman defeated visiting Archbishop Williams 37-14 on Thanksgiving eve. Both teams end the season with near identical records; Spellman, led by Ron St. George in his first year end at 2-9 and Archbishop Williams, led by Bill Kinsherf (13th year) end at 1-9.

St. Mary (Lynn) vs. Lynn Tech

Playing at Manning Field in Lynn on Thanksgiving eve, Lynn Tech defeated their cross town rival 16-6. Led by first year coach Matt Durgin, St. Mary’s end at 6-5 and are much improved from last year at 1-10. Lynn Tech ends at 3-8.

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