Full Slate For Central Mass. Football This Weekend

Matt Phelan will lead the undefeated Northbridge Rams against Nipmuc on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Phelan will lead the undefeated Northbridge Rams against Nipmuc on Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — With fall in the air, it will be a great weekend for high school football, and Central Massachusetts has plenty of great matchups. Check with your local Daily Voice reporters for updated scores and recaps

Friday

Southbridge at Grafton: 4:30 p.m. Grafton (3-2) lost a heartbreaker to Northbridge, 28-21, when it was picked off at the 2-yard line with a minute left. John Coughlin added a pair of touchdown runs for the Indians who boast one of the best defenses in the league.

Leominster at Algonquin: 7 p.m. Algonquin (1-4) lost to Hudson, 34-20, last week. The Tomahawks were led by Stephen Roy and Tim Keville, who each ran for a touchdown. Keville also threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Brendan Dagle. The Blue Devils (3-2) lost to Wachusett, 19-14, last week and were unable to score in the second half.

St. Peter Marian at Wachusett: 7 p.m. The Mountaineers (3-2) beat Leominster, 19-14, as quarterback Scott Beardsley threw for a touchdown and rushed for another. Junior linebacker Owen Gibbons had two interceptions during the pivotal fourth quarter.

The Guardians (3-2) beat Milford, 14-8, last weekend when Zach O'Connor recovered a botched snap in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Burncoat at Millbury: 7 p.m. The Woolies (3-2) have been shut out two weeks in a row after starting 3-0. They'll be looking to get back on the winning track and hope to return leading rusher Ross Sudar this week. Burncoat (0-5) lost to North, 22-17, last week and is still looking for its first win of the season.

Saturday

Leicester at Auburn: 1 p.m. Auburn (5-0) blew out Shepherd Hill last week, 35-6, as Tyler Desjardins ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for the Rockets. Auburn, with perhaps the largest offensive line in Central Mass., is increasingly tough to stop.

Leicester (4-1) shut out Millbury, 30-0, as the Wolverines struck paydirt on their first two offensive plays and never looked back. Matt Levins was the player of the game for Leicester, with six carries for 79 yards, a touchdown run and a TD catch, a blocked punt to set up a score and a forced fumble.

Nipmuc at Northbridge: 1 p.m. Northbridge (5-0) is led by QB Matt Phelan. Last week he led a come-from-behind win over Grafton. In the first half, Phelan led a touchdown drive with less than 45 seconds remaining. Phelan led a 61-yard drive for a go-ahead score and Northbridge never trailed after that.

Nipmuc blew out St. Bernard's, 47-13, as Kyle Braile had 228 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Warriors.

St. John's at St. John's Prep: 1:30 p.m. The Pioneers (4-1) lost a tough one to Shrewsbury, 51-46, despite a furious 25-point fourth quarter. Drew Smiley completed 29-of-45 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. Davon Jones caught 12 passes for 151 yards, while Shadrach Abrokwah caught four passes for 113 yards.

Westborough at Shrewsbury: 2 p.m. Shrewsbury (4-1) won a shootout against St. John's, 51-46, when Jay Reynolds returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown after falling behind late in the fourth quarter. The Colonials' Zach Dionis scored four touchdowns, while Nick Diliberto added two.

The Rangers (0-5) lost a close game to North Middlesex, 34-31, in overtime last week. Dan Orlando had a 59-yard touchdown run in the losing effort. 

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