New England Wins Big Versus Connecticut!
The New England Intensity returned to their winning ways last Saturday, soundly defeating the visiting Connecticut Wreckers 36-0 at Hanlon Field in Medway, Massachusetts. The win evens up the Intensity 2012 record at 1-1 and puts them back on track for their season goals.
Behind a solid effort by the Offensive Line, New England rushed for over 250 yards and 4 TDs (by 4 different players, with Lisa Vincent leading the way tallying 167 rushing yards on 9 carries, one of which a 59 yard TD scamper on the Intensity’s first play). Over 100 yards were gained in the air as QB Rebecca Lopez went 7 for 9, including a 55 yard TD bomb to Donna Bruce. No NE QB suffered a sack in this game as well—kudos to the O Line, again!
The Defense was characteristically stingy, surrendering only 63 total yards (6 yards on just one completion, 57 yards on the ground) and two total first downs in the shut-out effort. Vincent had two sacks and Charlene Casey led the team in tackles with 4 solo and 3 assists.
On Special Teams, Rookie Michelle Torres had two solo tackles, Brenna Leveille had a 55 yard kickoff, Tricia Donovan averaged 16.0 yards per punt return (she had three in the game), and Lola Kantak hit her second FG of the season and went 2 for 2 on extra point attempts.
Head Coach Johnny Johnson and the rest of the staff liked what they had seen from some of the rookies, notably Christine Sampson (who ran for one of the team four rushing TDs and returned an interception 43 yards) and Heather Eagleson (who churned out several tough runs late in the game when the whole world knew that New England would be running the ball).
That said, New England will have it’s work cut out for itself over the next two weeks (this Saturday upcoming is a bye week for the Intensity) as they prepare to host archrival New Hampshire Freedom on 4/28/12 at Medway High School—another 4pm kickoff. Back to basics is the theme the coaching staff will be driving home to the players in the upcoming practices, we will see how well it is received come the 28th!
Big Time High School Football Realignment News
-The MIAA Football Committee is currently discussing the possibility of having a statewide football tournament. This discussion has put a hold on division realignments for the 2013 season. The Massachusetts State Football Coaches Association has brought up a new proposal. Fitchburg athletic director and Coaches Association Ray Cosenza said the new plan should be an improvement on the old plan. The new plan is expected to preserve leagues and allow additional teams to qualify for the postseason. With this plan High School Football will finish with six true state champions.
Football This Week
North Quincy @ Duxbury
Southbrige @ Leicester
Holliston@ Hopkinton - WMRC
Boston Latin @ #7 Lincoln-Sudbury
#8 Chelmsford @ Dracut
Cranston West, Ri @ #6 Dennis-Yarmouth
#16 King Phillip @ Foxborough
Methuen @ #13 Andover
Oliver Ames @ #4 Mansfield
St Johns-Shrewsbury @ Leominster
Stoughton @ Attleboro
Sat 6:00PM Fitchburg @ Milford - WMRC
In Boys Cross Country This Friday
Norfolk Aggie is at @ Blackstone Valley
In Field Hockey Action
Hopedale @ Blackstone-Ville
Sutton @ Nipmuc
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The Boston Red Sox dropped 3 of a 4 game series to the Baltimore Orioles. Wednesday’s starter Josh Beckett went 7 and one third innings, giving up 6 runs, 4 of which come off the bat of Orioles’ slugging first baseman Mark Reynolds.
With the loss, the Red Sox Record in September falls to 5 and 16, the Sox get a much needed day off before a Pivotal 3 game series with the AL East Champion New York Yankees, who clinched the title with a day-night double header sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Current Standings in the Wild Card: The Red Sox led by 2 ½ games over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Boston Herald is reporting that The Red Sox have tried for the last week to acquire New York Mets pitcher Chris Capuano to pitch Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees. If Capuano is acquired, he would be ineligible to pitch in the Post Season, a deal is not expected.
The New England Patriots head to Buffalo this Sunday to play the Surprise 2-0 Bills. Tom Brady will look to keep his stellar start to the season alive against a team he has fared very well against in his career with a current 17 game winning streak against the division Rival.
The Patriots announces some roster moves this week, including placing Dan Koppen on the season ending injured reserve. The 32 year old center broke his fibula in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins, The Patriots were hoping to get Koppen back late in the season, but with Dan Connelly filling in, the Pats did not want an injured player take up a spot on the 53 man roster.
Other injures include tight end Aaron Hernandez who is out from anywhere from 2-6 weeks with an MCL injury and punter Zoltan Mesko, who injured his knee in the win against the Chargers, he has since returned to practice and Safety Patrick Chung underwent thumb Surgery earlier this week, his status for the Game against the Bills is uncertain
Getting their first game action since winning the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins opened up their Pre-season dropping the first game to the Ottawa Senators in a 2-1 overtime loss.
October 2 is officially the final day a New NBA collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached without the NBA losing out on a full season. NBA players and owners are scheduled to meet tonight but a deal is not expected anytime soon.
----The Milford Scarlet Hawks took down the Medway Mustangs last night to pick up there first win of the season. 28-0 was the final. Steve Morganelli threw for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns. Milford takes on Leominster next Saturday at 6:00pm at there home away from home Medway High School. Coverage starts on WMRC at 5:45. Leominster lost last night to Hudson 42-7.
---Congratulations to Auburn highschool, they picked up there 39th consecutive win against Holliston last night 14-13, Holliston was attempting to win there 10th straight but came up short to the 3rd winningist team in the country Auburn High School. Dan Flink has 2 touchdown runs in Auburns 39th straight victory.
----In other Friday night football action Hopkinton put away Nipmuc 32-6, Millis-Hopedale defeated Carver 27-6. Ashland defeated West Roxbury 21-14.
----In Central Mass action last night Wachusett took down Algonquin 34-6.
----The Sox finally got a win as they attempt to keep the Rays at bay in the Wild Card race, final score last night was 4-3. Josh Beckett got the win, while Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 30th save of the Season. Big Papi drove in Dustin Pedroia in the 3rd to tie things up, Mike Aviles had the go ahead solo home run in the 4th to help the Sox get back 3 games on top of the Rays in the Wild Card Race. The Sox play there 3rd game of the series against the Rays this afternoon at 4:10pm John Lester goes against Jeff Niemann for the Rays, game can be heard right here on WMRC immediately following Boston College Football.
-----Right after the Sports Buzz the 0-2 Duke Blue Devils are at the 0-2 Boston College Eagles, game can be heard immediately following today’s edition of the Sports Buzz.
----The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League Central Division last night after they took down the Oakland Athletics 3-1. This was the Tigers first division title since 1987.
----The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who are 4.5 out of the wildcard race behind the Sox lost to the Baltimore last night 8-3.
----In College Football Last Night Boise State University, the number 4 ranked team in the Country took down Toledo 40-15.
-----The New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers will battle at Gillette Stadium this Sunday, game time is 4:15 pm. The Patriots took down the Dolphins in week 1 38-24, after Tom Brady threw for 517 yards, including a 99 yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker.
===When asked about a return to the Patriots Randy Moss stated “No I’m Done, Im just here golfing minding my business.
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The New England Patriots got back to practice as they prepare for their home opener Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. The Patriots are coming off a Monday night game that saw them defeat Division rival Miami Dolphins 38-24.
The Red Sox split a two game series with Toronto this week and now welcome The Tampa Bay Rays into Fenway Park for a pivotal 4 game series. The Red Sox only led the wild card postseason slot by 4 games.
Marc Savard's name will appear on the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the 2010-11 Boston Bruins after an appeal to the NHL was granted
Savard played in just 25 games due to multiple concussions. Players usually need to play in at least 41 games or the Stanley Cup finals to get their name engraved. Savard is not expected to play in the 2011-12 season
Brad Marchand has signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Boston Bruins.
The 23-year-old winger will earn $2 million in 2011-12 and $3 million in 2012-13. Marchand burst onto the NHL scene with 21 goals and 20 assists in 77 games in his full season last year
Meetings between the NBA players and NBA owners didn't go well this week, as the owners are sticking to their original position (hard salary cap), leaving the two sides very far apart. The players are seeking a more flexible salary cap so the players can make more revenue.
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The Start of the NFL season begins tonight as the winners of the past two Super bowls square off at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Arron Rogers leads The Green Bay Packers Against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints
A Russian plane with 45 passengers on board, including the KHL team
(LOCO-MO-TIV) (YAR-O-SLAV) crashed on Wednesday, killing 43 people. Two were left critically injured. The plane was carrying 45 passengers and crew and was transporting the Russian team for their season opener The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the plane crashed into the shores of the Volga River immediately after leaving the airport near the western city of
(YAR-O-SLAV) Russian media said the plane struggled to gain altitude and then crashed into a signal tower, shattering into pieces.
Tim Wakefield is still looking for his 200th win after the Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard Blew a lead in the eighth inning of last nights game vs Toronto. The Red Sox had a 8-5 lead heading into the eighth until Bard imploded, allowing 5 runs in 1 inning of work. The Red Sox get back at it tonight in the Series Finale with Andrew Miller pitching for the Red Sox.
Peyton Manning Will Sit out week one and his Consecutive Start Streak will end at 227 games. Manning s Injured Neck has not healed fully since he had off season surgery and will be unable to suit up for game day. Kerry Collins will start at quarterback for the Colts in the Meantime. There is currently no timetable for Manning s return.
The New England Patriots Made some some surprising cuts to trim their roster down to 53 players. Notable Cuts include 4th year pro bowler safety Brandon Meriweather, third year wide receiver Brandon Tate and Third year Corner back Darius Butler. The Patriots Also signed 5 time Pro Bowl Guard Brian Waters and tight end Dan Gronkowski, brother of Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots Kick off their 2011 season Monday September 12th against the Miami Dolphins, it is the first game for the Patriots since being eliminated by the New York Jets in the 2010 Divisional Playoffs.
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