Top Teams Play This Week In Central Mass Football

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Grafton's tough defense, with three shutouts in four games, will try to slow the potent Northbridge offense on Friday afternoon in Grafton.
Grafton's tough defense, with three shutouts in four games, will try to slow the potent Northbridge offense on Friday afternoon in Grafton. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — There is another full slate of games this week, as Central Mass. football has plenty of great matchups. Check with your local Daily Voice reporters for updated scores and recaps

Northbridge at Grafton (Friday 4:30 p.m.)
The unstoppable force against the immovable object provides one of the most intriguing games of the weekend.

Northbridge (4-0), led by Matt Phelan, annihilated Southbridge 42-12 last week. Phelan had five carries for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns (70, 79 and 2 yards), he was also 8-of-8 for 92 yards and another touchdown as coach Ken Lachapelle got his 300th career victory.

Grafton (3-1) has shut out three of its first four opponents, allowing just 18 points in a last-second loss. The Indians' defensive line, led by Corey Charpentier, is among the best in Central Mass and shut down a powerful Leicester offense last week, winning 10-0.

Shepherd Hill at Auburn (Friday 7 p.m.)
The No. 2 ranked Rockets (4-0) are rolling. Last week they destroyed an undefeated Millbury team 36-0, scoring all of their points in the first half and playing subs the rest of the way. Their big offensive line sets the tone and an active, physical defense makes them tough to beat, as always.

The Rams (4-0), also come in undefeated and having shut out Gardner 20-0 last week. Running back Brad Picard scored on a 53-yard run and they added a 5-yard touchdown by Alex Simmi and a 1-yard run by Kyle Amico.

Leicester at Millbury (Saturday 1 p.m.)
Both teams went down in defeat for the first time last week and were shut out in the process. The Woolies (3-1), were blanked by Auburn 36-0 and in the process lost running back Ross Sudar. It’s not known if Sudar will be available this week.

The Wolverines (3-1) were shut down by a tough Grafton defense last week at home 10-0. They’ll be looking to get QB Drew Mazzeo back in gear this week. The defense is allowing only 5.5 points per game.

Shrewsbury at St. John’s (Saturday 2 p.m.)
The No. 3 ranked Pioneers (4-0), blasted Wachusett 46-12 last weekend. Running back Shad Abrokwah scored five touchdowns, four in the first half, as St. John’s raced to a 39-7 halftime lead and put it in cruise control after that.

The No. 8 ranked Colonials (3-1) beat Fitchburg 14-0 last week as Nick Diliberto returned the second-half kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.  Zach Dionis also ran 17 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal the win.

Algonquin at Hudson (Friday 4 p.m.) 
Algonquin (1-3), lost to St. Peter Marian 19-6 last week with their only score coming on a 2-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown by Stephen Roy. Hudson (2-2) was blasted by Nipmuc 43-6 last week and will be looking to rebound.

North Middlesex at Westborough (Saturday 2 p.m.) 
The Rangers (0-4) lost to Milford 26-0 last week as a scoreless game was broken open by Milford’s Thomas Hytholt with three second-half touchdowns. The Patriots (1-3) lost last week to Leominster, 27-14.

Leominster at Wachusett (Saturday 3 p.m.)
The Mountaineers (2-2) were routed last week 46-14 by St. John's. They scored touchdowns on Scott Tupper's 2-yard run and Cody Dickinson's 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. Leominster (3-1) beat North Middlesex 27-14 last week.

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