Perhaps looking forward to next week’s showdown at St. Mary’s, host Archbishop Williams was stunned by previously winless Arlington Catholic, 36-18, Saturday. They weren’t alone. With a chance to keep its playoff hopes alive, Cardinal Spellman fell to Bishop Fenwick Saturday night, 44-28.
The good news for the Bishops (2-1 league, 5-2 overall) is the defeat does not end their playoff hopes. A win over St. Mary’s Saturday and a victory over Cardinal Spellman on Thanksgiving Eve would still clinch the Catholic Central Large. But Spellman’s loss means it’s no longer a three-team race. Cardinal Spellman (4-4, 1-2) is out of the chase and a busy weekend ends with St. Mary’s the lone conference unbeaten at 4-0.
At the start, it didn’t look like an AC upset was in the making. After Bishops quarterback Pat McAleney hooked up with Jason Pekkinen for a 29-yard touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead, Arlington Catholic scored the next 21 points.
J.P. Whalen heaved touchdown strikes of 12 and 13 yards, and J.D. Dall scampered in from 6 yards for a 21-6 edge.
A 61-yard touchdown run from Kylan Philbert-Richardson and a 33-yard scoring pass by McAleney cut the lead to 21-18 at the half, but the Cougars (1-8) put the game away in the second half with a 6-yard Dall run and an 8-yard rush from Wyatt Wolverton.
As for Spellman, the Cardinals were beaten by a Bishop Fenwick offense led by quarterback Fran Hannon, who was 14 of 20 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Rufus Rushins ran for 113 yards and three TDs.
Everett 49, Somerville 13 — Raheem Wingard threw three touchdown passes as the Crimson Tide scored 36 points in the first quarter.
Lexington 20, Winchester 14 — Xander Erickson rushed for 50 yards and a pair of scores and threw for 150 yards as the Minutemen (3-6) held off the Sachems (3-6).
Plymouth North 27, Falmouth 0 — Collin Cosgrove hooked up with Cory Boudreau for two first-quarter touchdown passes for the Eagles (3-5).
CAL/NEC (Division 2)
Beverly 40, Swampscott 6— The Panthers (9-0) jumped to a 40-0 lead and rolled, setting up a showdown next week with Marblehead (8-1) for the CAL/NEC (Division 2) crown.
CAL/NEC (Division 4)
Lynnfield 35, Georgetown 0 — An 81-yard touchdown pass from Michael Karevetsos to Anthony Mancini on the first snap of the game set the tone for the Pioneers (6-2).
CAL/NEC (Division 4)
Greater Lawrence 44, Mystic Valley 6 — Cristian Rivera rushed eight times for 137 yards and three touchdowns to boost the Reggies (7-2).
Blue Hills 48, Tri-County 6 — Vincent Burton rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns to power the Warriors (8-1).
North Shore 36, Greater Lowell 0 — The Bulldogs clinched the league title behind five rushing touchdowns from junior Ross Murphy.
Holbrook 28, Nantucket 22 — Ben Riordan’s 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Bulldogs (5-1) hold on for the win.
South Shore 31, Old Colony 14 — Andy Beckwith carried 18 times for 208 yards and four touchdowns for the Vikings (3-6). The total put him over 1,000 yards for the season.
Upper Cape 34, West Bridgewater 22 — Sophomore Dylan Derby ran for 149 yards on 14 carries for the Rams.