Topics: Football

BARNSTABLE – Sometimes you just run into a buzzsaw. That’s what happened to the Nauset High School football team last weekend. The Warriors finally met Cape and Islands League rival Barnstable on Friday night after the two Atlantic Division foes were originally scheduled to meet in Week 1 of the Fall II season, a game that was canceled because both programs were in COVID-19 protocols. While Friday’s contest...

HARWICH – For as long as the sport has been played, football coaches have rattled off clichés about the importance of executing in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. On Saturday, the Cape Cod Tech football team learned just how critical it is for an offense to play well. Although the Crusaders’ defense was stellar throughout the team’s home opener, turnovers plagued the offense...

Nauset Football Drops Season Opener At Falmouth

By: Brad Joyal

FALMOUTH – The chips were stacked against the Nauset football team. The Warriors entered their season opener against Cape and Islands League Atlantic Division rival Falmouth on the heels of a short week of practice after a return to COVID-19 protocols that forced the team to cancel its scheduled Week 1 game against Barnstable, which was also in protocol. Although the team ultimately suffered a 20-7 defeat t...

HARWICH – Even after suffering a lopsided 42-0 defeat Monday, there were reasons for the Monomoy Regional High School football team to be optimistic. For starters, the team was shorthanded and only had a couple days of practice after COVID-19 close contacts forced the team to pause its preseason preparations for two weeks. The rust and lack of conditioning were evident in the season's opener against the...

Cape Tech football coach Chris Leonard remembers when Joe Small joined the team as a freshman and how he immediately sprung into varsity action – a somewhat common occurrence for teams like the Crusaders, who have a limited number of players due to a smaller enrollment than many of their opponents. Leonard’s heart broke for a variety of reasons when the fall football season was canceled due to an uptic...

The start of the high school football season will have to wait. Well, for two Lower Cape teams, anyway. Both Monomoy and Nauset paused their preparation for the Fall II season after contact tracing determined members of each team has been in close contact with the COVID-19 virus. The pauses will have differing impacts for the two teams, however, as Monomoy doesn’t expect to miss any games while Nauset will mis...

HARWICH – One by one, the players on the Monomoy Regional High School football team filed onto the field. They were carrying their shoulder pads and helmets, as well as gym bags and extra sweatshirts – an article of clothing that has become a necessary piece of equipment to battle the harsh bite of the March cold. Make no mistake about it: There are challenges associated with playing football during a global p...

CHATHAM – For Chatham resident and D-Y senior Mark Pawlina, football has been a lifelong passion. Recently, that passion gave a little something back when the Dolphin quarterback received a letter announcing that he’d been selected as one of just 33 student-athletes to be honored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. It was an award Pawlina might have seen comin...

HARWICH – It was wet. It was windy. And when the final buzzer sounded signaling the end of Cape Tech's Thanksgiving Day game against Upper Cape Tech, the game belonged to the visiting Rams, who claimed the Golden Wrench trophy with a commanding 30-0 victory. The weather was definitely a factor in the outing, with winds topping out at more than 20 mph at times and intermittent showers occasionally falling almos...

HARWICH – Although it's been a week since the Monomoy Sharks defeated the St. John Paul II Lions 19-6 in their second Thanksgiving game, it's likely that senior Zach Parker is still smiling, and with good reason: it was Parker's 65-yard touchdown that ignited the spark leading the Sharks to victory. “They did a great job,” said head coach Larry Souza. “I think we finally played the way we knew we could play al...

PLYMOUTH – The stellar 2019 season of the Nauset football team came to an end on Friday night when the Warriors fell to the Plymouth South Panthers 35-14 in the Div. 4 South semifinals. For a good while it looked as though the visiting Warriors would prevail. After falling behind 7-0 when the Panthers hopped onto the scoreboard in their opening possession, Nauset battled back, with senior quarterback Bobby Joy...

HARWICH – It wasn't the way Monomoy wanted their homecoming game to go, but when all was said and done, one touchdown was all the Sharks could muster against Martha's Vineyard, as the Vineyarders claimed a 36-8 win on Oct. 18. The visiting Vineyarders kicked off the scoring in the first quarter when Hunter Meader hopped the ball in from four yards out after the team marched the ball downfield, though Monomoy w...

NANTUCKET – When it comes to Monomoy's Oct. 12 football game against Nantucket, it's debatable on which was worse—the choppy, stomach-churning boat ride over or the game itself, which saw the Sharks fall 41-0 in Cape and Islands League Lighthouse action on a damp, blustery Saturday evening. While the Whalers celebrated a homecoming victory, their second win of the season, Monomoy was thwarted at every turn tha...

HARWICH – There's a saying that Saturdays are for the boys, but Oct. 5 didn't prove to be a promising Saturday for the Cape Tech football team, which fell 45-8 to South Shore Vocational. With team numbers greatly diminished due to injuries and other issues, the Crusaders were no match for the sizable Vikings in spite of some decent passing and ground play during a decidedly chippy game. It took Cape Tech un...

Nauset Football Shuts Out Monomoy In 42-0 Rout

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – When the Nauset Warriors faced the Monomoy Sharks in football action on Sept. 20, some might have called their 42-0 victory the Bobby Joy show. They wouldn't necessarily have been wrong, as Joy was in top form throughout the contest, but he had a more little help in the win. After the Sharks failed to move the ball into scoring position during the opening possession, Joy scored the first touchdown of...

Monomoy Outlasts Cape Tech In 16-6 Overtime Victory

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – It wasn't pretty, but the Sharks got it done, defeating crosstown rival Cape Cod Tech 16-6 in overtime on Sept. 14 for the football team's first win of the 2019 season. With the game tied at 6-6 as the final whistle blew, Monomoy won the overtime toss, with the Sharks kicking off the two-minute OT quarter on Cape Tech's 20-yard line. As quarterback Noah Concordia fired a pass into the end zone, Elija...