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Mustangs football out to get back in win column

Posted by Marcia Dick  October 14, 2009 10:48 AM

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Medford came roaring out of the gate after not winning a game last season, topping its first two opponents – Revere and Bishop Fenwick – by a combined total of 68-14.

The Mustangs have fallen back to earth a bit in the last two weeks, however, losing to Newton South, 21-0, and North Andover, 28-22. At 2-2, Medford is off to a better start than all of its Greater Boston rivals excluding Everett, and will get a shot at the Crimson Tide Oct. 30.

Alex Krasco, the Mustangs’ 6-2, 195-pound senior QB, has been effective under center, tying for fifth in Division 1 with 4 touchdown passes. Jimmy Richardson has caught half of those, while Phil Cherry leads the skill players with three touchdowns. This week Medford will host 3-2 Austin Prep, another team coming off a loss.

St. Clement thrashed Burke, 50-28, in its opening game, but has since seen its fortunes radically change. Looking to break a three-game losing streak that’s dropped the Anchormen to 1-3, they’ll play their second league game against 0-5 Cathedral this week with the hopes of turning the season around.

Senior running back Robert Ofoedu leads a capable offense – scoring 18.5 points per game this season - with seven touchdowns and 44 overall points, good for fourth in Division 4A. Matt Pereira and Kevin Nazaire have also pitched in a score.

Malden opened the season with a bang, easily beating Haverhill, 33-14. Unfortunately for the Golden Tornadoes, Haverhill’s 0-5 record says a lot about that win. Malden proceeded to lose its next three games before snapping out of the slump with a 24-7 win over North Quincy last week, leaving the team sitting at 2-3 as the midway point of the season approaches.

Nicholas Hoyt, a 5-6,165-pound senior, leads the team with three touchdowns and 22 total points while senior Shakarus Semexant has two touchdowns and a TD pass.

Hosting another 2-3 team this weekend, Lynn Classical, could present an opportunity for the Golden Tornadoes to right the ship.

Quinn McDonough has been an early force for the Lancers, ranking second in all of Division 1 with 10 touchdowns and 60 points, trailing only Chelmsford’s Joe Gennaro. The receiver has led an MC offense that has scored nearly 20 points a game, with Tyler McIvar tossing three touchdowns from the quarterback position.

The defense, however, has allowed just over 30, and Malden Catholic sits at 2-3, with an 0-1 Catholic Conference record after losing to Xaverian on opening day. The Lancers face an uphill climb, with undefeated Xaverian and Catholic Memorial, as well as St. John’s Prep and BC High, still to face. After a 34-14 loss to Winchester last week, things don’t get any easier, with the next five games coming against Reading, Catholic Memorial, BC High, St. John’s Prep, and Masconomet, four of which are on the road.

In three of its four games, Mystic Valley has failed to score more than 6 points, which is how the Eagles find themselves with a 1-3 record. The highlight came in the second week against St. Clement, when they put together a complete 26-12 win. Junior quarterback Mike Pascal ran for three touchdowns and threw another in that game, and leads the team with 18 total points.

Coming off losses to Chelsea and Northeast, the Eagles won’t play another league game until Oct. 31 when they host North Shore. Meanwhile, they’ll look to gain momentum against 3-2 Greater Lawrence this Saturday and 3-2 Lynn Tech the following week.

Wins have bookended a three-game losing streak in Somerville’s first five games of the season. The Highlanders opened the season Sept. 12 by beating Greater Lawrence, 14-0, and didn’t win again until last week, when they topped Stoughton, 35-14. In between Somerville lost three road games to Falmouth, Malden Catholic, and Xaverian.

The Highlanders are off this weekend and will open league play next week at Medford, and will figure to rely on senior running back Jeff Guzman, who scored three touchdowns against Stoughton and leads the team with five for the season. Brandon O’Regan and Jonathan Norena have each scored two.

Melrose is still looking for its first win. The 0-5 Red Raiders have been outscored by 14 points per game, but that victory may come sooner rather than later, as they came the closest they have all year against Lexington last week, losing a tight contest, 14-13. They were also within 2 of a solid 4-1 Wilmington team on opening day, losing only 20-18.

Led by 5-10, 180-pound senior Jose Sasso in touchdowns with three, the Red Raiders, after losses to Belmont, Reading, and Lexington, are already staring at an 0-3 league record. This weekend against 4-1 Burlington (3-0 Middlesex) may be their last chance to turn things around.

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