While 32 teams battled the elements and each other Tuesday night for a berth in the Super Bowl, two schools got a free pass to the title game.
Dorchester (10-0) and Upper Cape (9-1) will play for the Division 5 Super Bowl title Saturday at Curry College in Milton. With just two leagues in the division, each advanced to the final after clinching their leagues.
Dorchester won the Boston South crown and finished undefeated led by a defense that allowed just 5.8 ppg. The Bears don’t score a lot, just 18.8 ppg, but it was enough to give Dorchester its first unbeaten season in school history.
Upper Cape had to sweat out its playoff berth. If Holbrook had beaten West Bridgewater on Thanksgiving, it would have forced a three-way coin flip with Holbrook, South Shore, and Upper Cape. West Bridgewater won, however, and because Upper Cape had beaten South Shore, the Rams advanced to Curry. Jon Dumont leads an Upper Cape offense that scores 28.1 ppg. Dumont was third in Division 5 in scoring with 10 touchdowns and 74 points.
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Auburn High School’s Jeff Cormier has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 42-8 Thanksgiving Day win over Oxford High School to complete an undefeated regular season with an 11-0 record. The victory extends the Rockets’ winning streak to 19 games and is Auburn’s 13th straight Thanksgiving Day win over Oxford. Auburn is seeking its fifth straight championship and played Hudson Tuesday night in a Division 3 Central Mass playoff game. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Auburn High School’s football program in Cormier’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Cormier and his team Tuesday in Auburn. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. Friday on WBZ-TV and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 17th year in which the Patriots join 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. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.
“Coach Cormier and the Rockets have exhibited tremendous hard work, dedication and commitment throughout their current run of success,” Tippett said. “These traits were on display during their most recent victory and were evident during my visit to Auburn High School today. The Patriots are pleased to reward Coach Cormier and Auburn High School with a donation to the football program and we wish them the best of luck in the playoffs.”
At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.
In 2011, Tippett decided to take the award on the road so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium. This year is also the second year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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The 25th Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire College Football Recruiting Night will be Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Tewksbury Country Club. Several area colleges and eastern colleges will be in attendance.
All senior football players are invited to attend. There is no admission fee for the players. For more information contact Brian Hickey at 978-640-7834 or Ed Harrison at 978-694-6065.