Topics: Football

Although the first-of-its-kind Fall II football team gave many Massachusetts high school football teams the opportunity to face their rivals in the spring, those meetings didn’t pack the same intensity and emotion as the Thanksgiving rivalry games that have been of the state’s high school sports traditions for more than a century. For the first time since 2019, Thanksgiving football returns to the Commonwealth...

NORTH EASTHAM – The night started with a celebration, but it ended in disappointment. Friday served as senior night for the Nauset football and cheerleading programs as both teams celebrated their seniors before the Warriors hosted Carver on the gridiron. Although the visiting Crusaders left Nauset with a 35-14 victory, it still was a celebratory occasion for the football team’s three seniors — Ashton Nicho...

HARWICH – Thanksgiving came early for the Monomoy and St. John Paul II football teams. The rivals met in an early preview of their Thanksgiving morning clash Friday night at Monomoy Regional High School, and they provided their respective fan bases with an exciting back-and-forth affair complete with plenty of highlights that will long be remembered. Although it was the host Sharks that got on the scoreboar...

Heading into the high school football season, it was apparent that the Lower Cape teams were facing some obstacles to fielding football programs. Attendance numbers are down across the state, but it’s an even bigger issue on the Cape. Nauset’s varsity team had to cancel Friday’s scheduled game at Mashpee because of a lack of players. However, the Warriors weren’t dealing with a COVID-19 situation – instead, th...

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...