Topics: Football

HARWICH – The feeling was different long before kickoff. Between the standing-room-only crowd and the aura of playing under the lights on a Friday night, the atmosphere at Monomoy Regional High School was suitable for a big-time performance. And that’s exactly what the Sharks football team delivered. Playing in front of a capacity crowd for the first time since 2019, Monomoy made the most of the moment, run...

HARWICH — Only a handful of months have passed since Massachusetts held a first-of-its-kind spring football slate billed as the “Fall II” season featuring a six-game schedule. It was designed to provide seniors with their last high school football memories while also helping teams avoid a two-year layoff after the 2020 season was canceled entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it’s only been a little ...

NORTH EASTHAM – A little more than four months have passed since the Nauset football team suffered a 28-14 loss to Cape and Islands League rival Dennis-Yarmouth on April 23. That loss marked the end of the Warriors’ Fall II season — a first-of-kind campaign that teams play shorter seasons during March and April. While many praised the Fall II season because it gave high school seniors an opportunity to take th...

HARWICH – Freshmen players on the Cape Cod Tech football team are assigned white practice jerseys to signify they are new to the program, while players in the older grades wear maroon to indicate their status as returning players or upperclassmen. Stop by a Crusaders practice at the new high school in Harwich and you’ll spot a sea of white jerseys around the field. “That’s probably some of the most white je...

NORTH EASTHAM – In a year full of uncertainty, a group of Nauset student athletes solidified their plans to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the athletic department’s 2021 signing ceremony held Monday afternoon inside the school auditorium. Of Nauset’s 17 signees, 14 attended the ceremony, which saw players take the stage to sign their national letters of intent and commitm...

There’s something to be said about heading into the offseason with a victory. That feeling of ending a season on a positive note can carry over into offseason workouts and help set the tone when a new year begins. For the Cape Cod Tech football team, which dropped its first three contests of the Fall II season, Saturday’s meeting at Bishop Connolly was crucial for that reason. The Crusaders made the most of th...

HARWICH – The roller coaster that was the Monomoy football team’s Fall II season has come to a complete stop. The Sharks experienced highs and lows, twists and turns throughout their six-game season. They had two games canceled due to COVID-19 protocols and saw some players miss action due to injuries. Even their last game, a rivalry matchup against their traditional Thanksgiving opponent, St. John Paul II,...

NORTH EASTHAM – Throughout the second half of Saturday’s Senior Day game against Falmouth, Nauset senior Aidan Handville looked over at the Warriors’ sideline and shouted “Good things are going to happen!” Handville offered the encouraging words between plays or during periodic breaks in the action. On occasion, Nauset defensive coordinator Jerry Gordon looked back at him and said, “That’s right — good things ...

A lot has changed for Tyler Potter since he began playing Pop Warner football at age 7. For starters, he’s grown older and taller and now attends Monomoy Regional High School, where he plays for the Sharks’ football team. As much as some things have changed, however, other aspects of Potter’s life have stayed the same. That includes the dream he’s maintained since he was a youngster — the dream of one day play...

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...