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

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Foxborough, Mass. – With a 6-0 victory over King Philip in the Division 2 State Championship, the North Andover Scarlet Knights ended their season a perfect 12-0 under the leadership of head coach John Dubzinski, who has been named the 2018 New England Patriots Coach of the Year.

To secure the title, North Andover bested a King Philip team that had won the state crown each of the past two seasons. The championship continues a winning tradition for the Dubzinski family, as Dubzinski’s grandfather, Walt, coached Gardner High School to a dynasty run from the 1950s-60s and his uncle, Walter Jr., also led Gardner and Lunenburg to Super Bowl appearances. Additionally, Dubzinski’s father, John Sr., coached in a combined 10 Super Bowls at Leominster and Fitchburg, with his cousin, Mike, rounding out the family tree with four Super Bowl victories at Wachusett. Overall, North Andover’s Super Bowl appearance marked the 20th time a team coached by a Dubzinski has qualified for a state title game.

The Scarlet Knights took home the title with a stout defensive effort fueled by a key turnover. Midway through the second quarter, North Andover senior quarterback Jake McElroy threw an interception in the end zone. However, just two plays later, Darren Watson recovered a fumble off a toss play to take the ball back for the Scarlet Knights on the King Philip 7-yard line. After being stuffed on the goal line, Dubzinski decided to go for it from the 1-yard line on fourth down and was rewarded with a McElroy rushing touchdown. After King Philip blocked Gabe DeSouza’s extra point, North Andover took a 6-0 lead into the half. The Scarlet Knights stopped the Warriors on all three of their second-half drives, sealing the game with a sack from linebacker Mike Roche. McElroy finished his day with an efficient 10 of 16 passing for 117 yards to go with his rushing score, and DeSouza led the way with five receptions for 64 yards.

As the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year, Coach Dubzinski 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 2019.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, met with the North Andover players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $2,000 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 historical season by Coach Dubzinski and the North Andover football program,” Tippett said. “Congratulations to the Scarlet Knights on a tough Super Bowl win over King Philip to finish their perfect season and win a state title.”

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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DIGHTON-REHOBOTH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL’S DAVE MOURA NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 33-0 shutout win over rival Seekonk on Thanksgiving Day, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional head coach Dave Moura has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

The Falcons took a commanding 27-0 lead into halftime and cruised to the 33-0 victory to win their seventh in a row and improve to 9-2. Dighton-Rehoboth got off to a fast start after a 4-yard touchdown run by Joe Carrera and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Pray to Blake Kerwin with 46 seconds left in the opening stanza. Senior running back Reis Foley took over in the second quarter, rushing for two scores, and finished his day with 131 yards on the ground. The Falcon defense also shined, recovering a fumble and forcing an interception as they preserved the shutout. This game marked the 52nd annual meeting between Dighton-Rehoboth and Seekonk, with the Falcons holding the 32-19-1 series advantage.

The victory brings the Falcons’ win streak to seven-straight games as they prepare to take on Nashoba Regional in the MIAA Division 4 State Championship game on Friday at 5 p.m. This game marks the first time in 20 years that Dighton-Rehoboth has played in the state championship.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, met with the Dighton-Rehoboth players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon following the MIAA Super Bowl Breakfast at Gillette Stadium to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Moura. 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 win by Coach Moura and the Dighton-Rehoboth football program,” Tippett said. “They have put together a full team effort to win the past seven games and we wish them the best of luck in the state championship game Friday evening.”

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.

NIPMUC REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL’S SHAWN HILL NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 24-9 win over Longmeadow to advance to the MIAA Division 5 State Championship, Nipmuc Regional head coach Shawn Hill has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Nipmuc took a 10-0 lead into halftime after a first-half performance that was highlighted by an 18-play, 80-yard drive lasting nine minutes and capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by junior running back Richard Broni. Longmeadow scored the lone points of the third quarter on a 64-yard touchdown pass, but Nipmuc entered the final frame with a 10-6 lead. On their next possession, Nipmuc once again controlled the ball, putting together a 12-play fourth quarter drive that ended with another Broni score to push the lead to 17-6. The Warrior defense held Longmeadow to a field goal and Nathanial Gould recovered the ensuing onside kick and took it back 55 yards for a touchdown to cement Nipmuc’s title game berth. Broni led the way for the Warriors, carrying the ball 26 times for 159 yards and both Nipmuc offensive touchdowns.

The win gives the Warriors their first ever MIAA State Championship appearance after they were eliminated in the state semifinal each of the previous two seasons. Nipmuc will play Scituate at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. for the Division 5 state title.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Nipmuc players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Hill. 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 Hill and the Nipmuc football program on advancing to their first ever state championship game,” Tippett said. “The Warriors had a strong showing in all three phases in their win over Longmeadow and we wish them the best of luck in the championship game.”

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.

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL’S VALDAMAR BROWER NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 22-0 shutout win over Westfield in the Western Massachusetts Division III Championship game on Friday night, Central head coach Valdamar Brower has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Both teams traded punts throughout the first half before junior running back Kwame Kyles took a handoff 46 yards to the end zone with under five minutes remaining in the half. Kyles scored again from 1 yard out to end the half with a 13-0 advantage for the Golden Eagles. Central maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the 22-0 victory. The Golden Eagles controlled all three facets of the game, holding Westfield to just 83 yards of offense and dominating special teams with a blocked punt and forced safety.

Kyles controlled the game from the ground, rushing for 188 yards and a pair of scores on 26 carries (7.2 average). Senior wide receiver Cqari Bacote also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Mahari Miller for the lone touchdown of the second half.

The win marked the second straight Western Massachusetts Division III title for the 9-1 Golden Eagles. They advance to the state semifinals against St. Johns – Shrewsbury on Saturday with the winner moving on to Gillette Stadium for the MIAA Division III State Championship games.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Central players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Brower. 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 Brower and the Central football program on winning their second straight Western Massachusetts Division III title,” Tippett said. “What a dominating effort by the whole team and we wish them luck in the state semifinals.”

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.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL’S CHUCK ADAMOPOULOS NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 23-20 Division 1 North semifinal victory at top-seeded Everett on Friday night, Central Catholic head coach Chuck Adamopoulos has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Under Adamopoulos’ coaching, the fourth-seeded Raiders rallied back from a 20-7 deficit and connected on a 33-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to punch their ticket to the Division 1 sectional final game and knock off the two-time defending state champions. The victory was especially notable as it snapped Everett’s 27-game win streak and marked the first time since October 2015 that Everett has lost at home. The Raiders opened the scoring but Everett responded with three straight scores to take a 20-7 advantage in the second quarter. Central Catholic responded with an 83-yard scoring drive to cut the deficit to 20-14 by halftime and was able to tie the game at 20-20 with just over two minutes remaining. After a late interception, kicker Nick Mazzie drilled a 33-yard field goal to seal the Raider victory.

Junior quarterback Jared Silverio proved a dual threat, as he threw for 128 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 102 yards and two more scores. Senior Michael LeFebre also had a strong showing on both sides of the ball, as he caught a 49-yard screen pass leading to the tying score and secured a late interception to set up the winning field goal. With the win, Central Catholic advances to the sectional final and will face St. John’s Prep on Friday 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 Central Catholic players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Adamopoulos. 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 thrilling victory by Coach Adamopoulos and the entire Central Catholic football program,” Tippett said. “The whole team stepped up to pull off the upset victory at Everett and we wish them the best of luck in the sectional final against St. John’s prep.”

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.

DRACUT HIGH SCHOOL’S JASON RIVERS NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 28-14 playoff victory at top-seeded Marblehead on Friday night, Dracut head coach Jason Rivers has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Under Rivers’ leadership, the eight-seeded Middies upset the Magicians to advance to the Division 4 North semifinals. The win was especially notable as it was the first Dracut playoff win since 2008 and marked just the third time in six years of MIAA football that an eight-seed has won its opening-round game. The Middies scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game and built on the early advantage, scoring four unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Marblehead rallied with two touchdowns to cut the lead to 28-14 early in the third quarter, but Dracut maintained possession of the lead and limited Marblehead’s opportunities to secure the 28-14 victory.

Senior quarterback Devin Lambert shined for the Middies, passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns and running the ball into the end zone for another score. Senior receiver Cam McCullough caught two of Lambert’s touchdowns, including a 40-yard pass for the opening score of the game. The Dracut defense also had a strong showing, holding previously undefeated Marblehead to 14 points and not allowing a first down until late in the second quarter. With the win, Dracut advances in the playoffs and will face fifth-seeded Wayland in the semifinals this Friday 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 Dracut players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Rivers. 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 Rivers and the Dracut football program in their big playoff win at Marblehead,” Tippett said. “What an impressive showing by the whole team and we wish them luck in the semifinals against Wayland.”

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.

BOSTON ENGLISH/NEW MISSION HIGH SCHOOLS’ RYAN CONWAY NAMED PATRIOTS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK

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Foxborough, Mass. – Following a 36-28 victory at Charlestown on Friday night, which allowed Boston English/New Mission to maintain their perfect 6-0 record on the year, head coach Ryan Conway has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Under Conway’s leadership, Boston English/New Mission won the Boston City League South championship in the first year of the co-op football team.

Boston English/New Mission shot out to an early 22-6 lead in the second quarter after an 80-yard fumble recovery for a score by junior Eric Mack. Charlestown rallied to cut the game to 28-20 in the third, but Boston English/New Mission forced four total turnovers and kept the Townies out of the end zone in the fourth quarter to secure the 36-28 victory. Junior running back Takahri Hobbs got the scoring started for Boston English/New Mission after an 80-yard score and finished the night with 142 yards on just 10 carries. Senior wide receiver Raymonte Williams also had a strong showing, catching touchdown passes of 27 and 15 yards in the victory. With the win, Boston English/New Mission improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Boston City League South to lock up the league title. They will host Matignon/St. Joseph Prep in the first round of the MIAA Division 8 playoffs Friday at 6 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Boston English/New Mission players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Conway. 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 Conway and the Boston English/New Mission football program in the win at Charlestown,” Tippett said. “Congratulations to the team for clinching the league championship in its first year together and we wish them luck in their playoff game against Matignon/St. Joseph Prep.”

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.

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.

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.