CANTON HIGH SCHOOL’S DAVID BOHANE NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 39-0 shutout of Sharon on Friday night, which allowed the Bulldogs to maintain their perfect 6-0 record on the year, Canton head coach David Bohane has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Under Bohane’s direction to undefeated play in Hockomock Davenport Division 5 competition, Canton has now assured at least a share of the Hockomock League title for the first time since 1990.

Canton got off to a quick start against Sharon, led 32-0 at halftime before finishing the game with a 39-0 victory. Junior Kyle Fitzgerald notched the first three scores for the Bulldogs after a pair of rushing scores in the first quarter and a 64-yard punt return touchdown to open up scoring in the second frame. Fitzgerald finished the game with 153 all-purpose yards and earned player of the week nods from both the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe for his efforts. Junior Gersom Rivera also had a strong showing as he caught a 27-yard touchdown and ran the ball into the end zone from 10 yards out to expand the lead in the second quarter. With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Hockomock League and are ranked fourth in Division 5 South by the Boston Herald. Canton will have a chance to clinch the Davenport title outright with a victory over visiting North Attleborough on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Canton players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the Bulldogs’ football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Bohane. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What a strong showing for Coach Bohane and the Canton football program in the victory over Sharon,” Tippett said. “Congratulations to the Bulldogs for clinching a share of the league title and we wish them the best of luck in both their important game Friday night against North Attleborough and the rest of their season.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the eighth straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com. All nominations must be submitted following a team’s Friday night or Saturday afternoon game to be considered for that week’s Coach of the Week award.

The New England Patriots Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

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NORTH ANDOVER’S JOHN DUBZINSKI NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – With a dominating 37-0 win over Chelmsford on Friday night, North Andover head coach John Dubzinski guided the Scarlet Knights to their fifth-straight win, remaining perfect on the season, and has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

North Andover stormed out to a 24-0 lead at halftime before cruising to the 37-0 victory. The Scarlet Knights controlled all three phases of the game as they blocked a punt leading to their first score, found the end zone five times and held Chelmsford to just 108 yards of total offense in the shutout. Senior standout Gabe DeSouza made five catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns and also handled kicking duties, making a 32-yard field goal. Junior running back Freddy Gabin led the rushing attack, carrying the ball for a game-high 141 yards and one touchdown on a 40-yard run. Senior quarterback Jake McElroy threw for 125 yards and a pair of scores. With the victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MVC Division. North Andover is now ranked No. 4 in the state by the Boston Globe and the top team in Division 2 North by the Boston Herald. The Scarlet Knights will play undefeated Dracut at 7 p.m. Friday evening and with a win, will pass Dracut for first in the MVC Division.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the North Andover players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the Scarlet Knights’ football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Dubzinski. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What a great victory for Coach Dubzinski and the North Andover football program over Chelmsford,” Tippett said. “The Scarlet Knights dominated all three facets of the game and have gotten off to an impressive 5-0 start to the season. We wish them the best of luck in their important matchup against Dracut Friday night and for the rest of the year.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the eighth straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com. All nominations must be submitted following a team’s Friday night or Saturday afternoon game to be considered for that week’s Coach of the Week award.

The New England Patriots Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH’S TIM BASSETT NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – With a last-second 37-35 victory over Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday night, Acton-Boxborough head coach Tim Bassett led the Colonials to a 4-0 record and has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

The win was especially notable because it marked Acton-Boxborough’s first victory over Lincoln-Sudbury in more than a decade. The Colonials led 21-0 at halftime and 28-0 early in the third quarter before Lincoln-Sudbury stormed back to take a 35-31 advantage with just over a minute to go. On the ensuing drive, senior quarterback Finn Murray found senior receiver Victor Otero for a 47-yard completion and converted a key fourth down to set up a play from the 5-yard line with four seconds on the clock. With time running out, Bassett diagrammed the winning play and Murray found Otero in the end zone to seal the victory for the Colonials. Overall, Murray completed 23 of 45 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns and added 129 rushing yards on 14 carries. Otero caught 12 of Murray’s 23 completions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. For their performances, Murray earned a star of the week nod from the Boston Herald, while Otero received player of the week honors from the Herald and the Boston Globe. Following the victory over then-No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury, the Colonials sit at eighth in in the state in both the Boston Herald and Boston Globe rankings. The Colonials will look to add to their 4-0 record when they travel to Dracut to play the 3-0 Middies at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Acton-Boxborough players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Acton-Boxborough’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Bassett. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Congratulations to Coach Bassett and the entire Acton-Boxborough football program on their thrilling win over rival Lincoln-Sudbury,” Tippett said. “The Colonials showed great poise and execution to pull out the last-second victory and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the eighth straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com. All nominations must be submitted following a team’s Friday night or Saturday afternoon game to be considered for that week’s Coach of the Week award.

The New England Patriots Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

BRAINTREE’S BRIAN CHAMBERLAIN NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – With a 46-28 victory over Framingham on Friday night, Braintree head coach Brian Chamberlain led the Wamps to a 3-0 record and has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Chamberlain is the second honoree of the 2018 season after Bishop Feehan’s Gary Doherty won the award last week.

The Wamps’ decisive victory propelled them to the top spot in Division 2 South in the Boston Herald’s rankings and 12th in the state by the Boston Globe. The game began with a closely contested first quarter that saw Braintree maintain a 14-8 edge following a 4-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Michael Tellier. The Wamps pulled away in the second stanza, surging to a 33-14 halftime lead after a kickoff return for a touchdown by junior P.J. Rodrigues-Gomes and an explosive touchdown drive, highlighted by a long completion from Tellier to wide receiver Jack McCarthy. Standout senior running back/linebacker Billy Silvia also contributed on both sides of the ball as he ran for a touchdown, forced and recovered a fumble and intercepted a tipped pass. Chamberlain coached his Wamps to success in all three phases of the game, as they scored a special teams touchdown, forced two turnovers and led several successful touchdown drives. Braintree improved to 3-0 with the victory, having knocked off Quincy, 28-13, and Barnstable, 47-27, in the first two weeks of the season. The Wamps will look to remain undefeated this week as they host Natick on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Braintree players and coaching staff Tuesday evening to present Braintree’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Chamberlain. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“The Wamps’ perfect 3-0 start is a testament to Coach Chamberlain and the entire Braintree football program,” Tippett said. “The team dominated all three phases of the game on Friday night and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their 2018 campaign.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the eighth straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com. All nominations must be submitted following a team’s Friday night or Saturday afternoon game to be considered for that week’s Coach of the Week award.

The New England Patriots Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

BISHOP FEEHAN’S GARY DOHERTY NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

COW_Bishop FeehanFoxborough, Mass. – With a 23-19 victory over North Attleboro on Friday night, Bishop Feehan head coach Gary Doherty led the Shamrocks to their first win of the season and has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Doherty is the first honoree of the 2018 season.

The Shamrocks’ thrilling win was especially notable as it ended a nine-game losing streak to the Red Rocketeers, who were ranked sixth in the state by the Boston Globe heading into the matchup. Bishop Feehan senior quarterback Tim D’Ambrosia paced the offense with 117 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, but the team took advantage in all three phases of the game, including an interception and safety on defense, as well as a takeaway on special teams. In the fourth quarter, D’Ambrosia and the offense put together a 14-play, 82-yard drive in the fourth quarter to surge to a 23-13 lead, and the defense held on despite a late rally by North Attleboro to seal the win. It was Bishop Feehan’s first win of the year after dropping a 22-16 decision to the Falmouth Clippers in the opening game. They will take on Billerica Memorial High School this Friday night at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Shamrock players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Bishop Feehan’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Doherty. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Congratulations to Coach Doherty and the entire Bishop Feehan football program on this statement win,” Tippett said. “The Shamrocks showed great competitiveness and poise on Friday night, and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their 2018 campaign.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the eighth straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Dennis-Yarmouth’s Paul Funk named Patriots High School Coach of the Year

Foxborough, Mass. – With a dominating 37-7 victory over West Springfield in the 2017 MIAA Division 5 Football State Championship, the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins capped a perfect 13-0 season under the tutelage of head coach Paul Funk, who has been named the 2017 New England Patriots Coach of the Year.

For the second time in program history – and the second time in Coach Funk’s 17-year tenure – the Dolphins were crowned MIAA Super Bowl champions on Dec. 2 at Gillette Stadium. It was Dennis-Yarmouth’s third appearance in the title game in the last seven years and marked the squad’s second undefeated season, with the first coming in 2011.

In a performance that mirrored the team’s execution throughout the season, the Dolphins utilized a well-balanced offense and stringent defense to secure their title, outpacing West Springfield with 312 yards of offense to the Terrier’s 165. The emphatic victory highlighted a season in which the Dolphins won by an average margin of 31 points per game, including wins over six playoff teams.

 As the New England Patriot High School Coach of the Year, Coach Funk has also been nominated for the NFL Don Shula High School Coach of the Year Award. As part of the selection process, all 32 nominees from around the country will be invited to Orlando for the USA Football National Conference and Pro Bowl week in January 2018.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Dolphins players and coaching staff Wednesday afternoon to present Dennis-Yarmouth High School’s football program with a $2,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Funk. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What Dennis-Yarmouth accomplished this season was truly remarkable,” Tippett said. “Every victory was a total-team effort, which speaks to the excellent leadership, coaching and discipline imparted by Coach Funk and his staff. Coach Funk has turned that program around and created a winning tradition. Congratulations to him and the entire team on their special season and Super Bowl championship.”

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the nonprofit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local high school athletics.  Each week this season, Gatorade provided the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the remainder of the season.

Melrose’s Tim Morris named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – With a 21-0 shutout victory over Nashoba in the 2017 Division 4 Super Bowl, Melrose High School’s Tim Morris has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Bolstered by a strong ground game and a resilient defense, Melrose earned its first MIAA High School Football State Championship in school history after making Super Bowl appearances in 1982, 2014 and 2015. The Red Raiders accomplished this feat without completing a pass, relying instead on the legs of junior tailback Isaac Seide. Seide accounted for 184 of the team’s 203 total yards and two touchdowns. The defense also contributed by limiting Nashoba’s offense to 186 total yards and coming up with two key turnovers in the second half. First, sophomore cornerback Chris Cusolito intercepted a pass late in the third quarter and returned it 55 yards to set up the final score of the day, a 1-yard run by quarterback Charlie Stanton. Later in the fourth quarter, senior linebacker Jack Whitley picked off Nashoba to seal the win.

Melrose’s Super Bowl victory capped a perfect 13-0 season and highlighted Morris’ 23-year career as head coach of the Red Raiders. Morris, an alumnus of the school, returned to Melrose as an assistant coach in 1983 and spent 11 years in that role before taking the helm. During his tenure, he has compiled a 176-97-0 winning record.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Red Raiders players and coaching staff Wednesday afternoon to present Melrose High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Tim Morris. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Congratulations to Coach Morris and the Red Raiders for bringing Melrose its first Super Bowl championship,” Tippett said. “In his many years at Melrose, Coach Morris has developed an excellent culture and winning tradition within that football program. His leadership and coaching experience are invaluable, and it is terrific to see him lead his team to an undefeated season and Super Bowl victory. We wish Coach Morris and the Red Raiders continued success in the future.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Each week, Gatorade will provide the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.

Marshfield’s Lou Silva named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – With a thrilling 18-15 win over Duxbury in the annual Thanksgiving Day game, Marshfield High School’s Lou Silva concluded his 37-year career as the Rams’ head coach and has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

The Rams’ final game of the year came down to the wire as Duxbury surged back from an 18-7 deficit in the final three minutes of the game. The Dragons scored on a 1-yard run and completed a two-point conversion to narrow the score to 18-15 with 2:26 remaining. On Marshfield’s next possession, Duxbury forced the Rams to go three-and-out and took over with one final chance to win the game. But, on fourth-and-4 from the Rams’ 40-yard line, the Marshfield defense came up with a final stop to seal the Rams’ fifth consecutive victory in the Thanksgiving Day series. With the win, Marshfield finished its season with a 6-4 record and gave Coach Silva his 242nd career win. In his 37-year tenure at Marshfield, Silva compiled a 242-148-7 mark with 13 league championships and five Super Bowl titles.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Rams players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Marshfield High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Silva. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Coach Silva has had a remarkable career at Marshfield, capped by a memorable Thanksgiving Day win last week,” Tippett said. “He has been an ambassador for the game of football in New England with his passion, dedication and commitment, both to the game and to his players, and has made his community proud. It is an honor to present him with this award, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots are accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone are encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Gatorade will provide each week the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) High School’s John Andreoli named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – After a dominating 52-33 win over Springfield Central on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Division 3 Super Bowl, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) High School’s John Andreoli has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

In their second matchup of the season, having previously defeated Springfield Central 62-39 in September, the Pioneers were led by quarterback Steven Bucciaglia, who threw for 290 yards and three scores, and aided by a running game that found the end zone five times. The Golden Eagles hoped to take the Pioneers by surprise with an onside kick to open the game. However, St. John’s recovered the kick and scored in less than a minute to take the lead – one it never relinquished for the remainder of the afternoon. Though the Golden Eagles narrowed the score to 32-21 at halftime with a touchdown as time expired, the Pioneers responded on the first drive of the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Dan Byers. In a high-scoring fourth quarter in which both teams found the end zone twice, St. John’s was able to maintain control of the game and continue its undefeated season, moving to 11-0 on the year. With the victory, the Pioneers secured their place in the MIAA Division 3 Super Bowl where they will take on North Attleboro at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 2. Before that, they will play St. Peter-Marian in the annual Thanksgiving Day game at Holy Cross at 10:30 a.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Pioneers players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present St. John’s High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Andreoli. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What a performance by the Pioneers and Coach Andreoli,” Tippett said. “To win in such fashion, especially against the high level of competition in the state playoffs, speaks not only to the team’s talent, but also the great preparation, coaching and leadership of Coach Andreoli and his staff. We wish St. John’s the best as they close out their season on Thanksgiving and in the Super Bowl.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Gatorade will provide each week the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.

Stoneham’s Bob Almeida named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

COW_StonehamFoxborough, Mass. – With a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of the North Division 6 championship game, the Stoneham Spartans clinched a 20-18 playoff victory over top-seeded Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday, and head coach Bob Almeida has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. It is Almeida’s second time to be recognized with this honor.

Stoneham controlled the game early, earning a 6-0 halftime lead and scoring again on the first possession of the second half. However, Hamilton-Wenham used a change at quarterback to spark momentum for the Generals in the third quarter and scored on back-to-back drives after recovering an onside kick to narrow the score to 14-12. With 6:36 remaining in the game, Hamilton-Wenham took its first lead of the day on a 55-yard touchdown pass. But, with its season on the line, the Spartans responded with a 15-play, 63-yard drive, powered by the running back duo of Tre Pignone and Christos Argyropoulos. With 28 seconds on the clock, Argyropoulos punched in a one-yard run for the go-ahead score. With the win, the Spartans advance to their second Final Four in the last three seasons. They will play Middleboro in the Division 6 State semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Littleton High School at Gillette Stadium in the MIAA Division 6 Super Bowl on Saturday, Dec 2.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Spartans players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Stoneham High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Almeida. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Coach Almeida has done a terrific job directing the program at Stoneham, and last week’s thrilling victory was another example of that,” Tippett said. “His Spartans came together as a team to overcome adversity and battle until the final seconds on the clock, which points to his leadership and the mental toughness he has imparted to his players. Congratulations to Coach Almeida and the Spartans for their exciting win, and we wish them continued success in the playoffs.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Gatorade will provide each week the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.