By Kevin Kelly
2017 HIGH SCHOOL
In soccer action, Boston Latin (1-0-1) senior goalkeeper Jack Evans has backboned the Wolfpack to a solid start with clutch saves and nifty breakout passes…Pope John XXIII junior captain Conor Kelly notched several sensational defensive plays as the Tigers opened their season with a 4-2 conquest of St. Joseph Prep…On the gridiron, Winchester senior QB Liam Fitzpatrick tossed a TD before suffering an injury late in the game as Newton South scored with 2 seconds left to topple the Sachems 20-19…Bridgton Academy senior linebacker Eddie Sullivan posted 5 solo tackles in a 20-14 setback to Curry JV.
2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Last weekend, the gridirons were manned with a plethora of “Townie” coaches. In his third year at the helm, Charlestown head coach Dave Cahill and assistant coach Calan Cahill look forward to this weekend’s opening game tilt with Pope John XXIII. The Tigers boast five “Townies” including head coach Craig Connors, assistant coaches Paul Blaikie, Nick Codair, Joe Codair and freshman offensive tackle Gavin Kelly. At Melrose, longtime coach and Boston State Hall of Famer Jim Kent is passing along his considerable skill and knowledge. Sophomore offensive guards Wil Hingston of Archbishop Williams and Eoghan Kelley of Boston Latin look to help their squads continue last year’s successful campaigns. Seniors Jonte Joseph of Everett and Luke Von Hunnius of Arlington Catholic should contribute on both sides of the ball. Malden Catholic junior safety Rory Carrier will have his hands full in the highly competitive Catholic Conference. Winchester senior quarterback Liam Fitzpatrick, a preseason Boston Herald All Scholastic and one of the most exciting players in the state, should terrorize opponents on a regular basis with his “Doug Flutie-like” passing and scrambling talents. Bridgton Academy QB Eddie Sullivan will also be a factor for the Wolverines.