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Central/Western Mass. Super Bowl Scouting Reports.

Byline: Jim Wilson; Matt Castello

Division 1

Fitchburg vs. Longmeadow

12:30 p.m. tomorrow,

Worcester State College

The hottest team in Cental Mass. meets the 1,000-pound gorilla of Western Mass. when the Red Raiders meet the Lancers. Longmeadow is making its state-record 12th consecutive postseason appearance and had its 47-game winning streak snapped on Thanksgiving by East Longmeadow. Fitchburg has been on a roller coaster this year as the Red Raiders won their first four games, then lost their next four. Coach Ray Cosenza righted the ship for a playoff push and Fitchburg since has won four straight. The Red Raiders have been carried down the stretch by senior tailback Greg Mendez, who has five touchdowns in his last two games. Longmeadow utilizes the effective tandem of Niko Sierra and Alex Scyocurka on the ground. Scyocurka has over 2,000 yards rushing on the season, while Sierra has over 1,000. The duo helped the Lancers put up 142 points in two games against Westfield and Minnechaug. However, Longmeadow's defense gave up 97 points in that same span, and that lack of consistency is coach Alex Rotsko's biggest concern.

Longmeadow Lancers (11-1)

Coach: Alex Rotsko.

Captains: Sr. WR/DB Evan Dowd, Sr. WR/DB Kyle Smith, Sr. FB/LB Niko Sierra, Sr. RB/LB Alex Scyocurka.

Standouts: Sr. OL Mike Greim, Jr. RB Joey Polverini, So. OL/DL Jeff Anderson, Jr. QB Connor Hobert.

Game by game

Longmeadow 24 ... Stoughton 12

Longmeadow 26 ... South Hadley 0

Longmeadow 42 ... Chicopee 6

Longmeadow 62 ... Westfield 42

Longmeadow 80 ... Minnechaug 55

Longmeadow 46 ... Northampton 16

Longmeadow 48 ... Central 34

Longmeadow 34 ... Amherst 0

Longmeadow 49 ... Agawam 20

Longmeadow 51 ... Holyoke 18

East Longmeadow 16 ... Longmeadow 13

Longmeadow 24 ... Holyoke 7

Fitchburg Red Raiders (8-4)

Coach: Ray Cosenza.

Captains: Sr. FB/LB Isiah Ford, Sr. TB/DB Greg Mendez, Sr. OG/LB Ryan Robar, Sr. OT/DT Keith Bourne.

Standouts: So. WR/DB Quinton Perkins, Sr. WR/DB Joel Gomez, Jr. FB/LB Noah Marceau.

Game by game

Fitchburg 21 ... Gardner 0

Fitchburg 35 ... Oakmont 27

Fitchburg 33 ... St. Bernard's 0

Fitchburg 41 ... North Middlesex 7

Brockton 34 ... Fitchburg 14

Milford 23 ... Fitchburg 20

St. John's 14 ... Fitchburg 6

Algonquin 25 ... Fitchburg 22

Fitchburg 21 ... Wachusett 14

Fitchburg 36 ... Marlboro 8

Fitchburg 20 ... Leominster 17

Fitchburg 33 ... Shrewsbury 6

Division 1A

Holy Name vs. Westfield

12:30 p.m. tomorrow,

Westfield State College

After dropping its last two regular-season games, Holy Name is heading to the Super Bowl following an emotional 16-10 playoff win over Wachusett Regional, thanks to a 69-yard touchdown by Santino Simone and the Naps' defense stopping Wachusett twice on their own 2-yard line. Senior Corey Brown had the game-saving tackle to start the celebration for Holy Name. Injuries slowed down the Naps by the end of the season, but as their win over the Mountaineers showed, they are still very dangerous. Running backs Kevin Greene, Bill Derosier, Brown and Kevin Fitzpatrick all will see action, while the Naps' signature hard-hitting defense will be led by Billy McGuirk, Steve O'Brien and Brandon Potvin. Westfield marches into the Super Bowl after beating Minnechaug, 38-25, propelled by a dazzling performance by running back Tim Gaylord, who had 265 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Cam Collins had 73 yards rushing, while Josh Kopeski and J.T. Hoyt combined for another 103.

Holy Name Naps (8-3)

Coach: Mike Pucko.

Captains: Game captains.

Standouts: Sr. TE/LB Billy McGuirk, Jr. RB/DB Sean Kelly, Sr. RB/DB Kyle O'Malley, Sr. RB/DB Corey Brown, Sr. QB Santino Simone, Sr. RB Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sr. RB Kevin Greene, Jr. RB Billy Derosier, Sr. OL/DL Steve O'Brien, Sr. OL/DL Jake Jacevicius, Sr. TE/DE Brandon Potvin.

Game by game

St. John's 9 ... Holy Name 8

Holy Name 43 ... SPM 14

Holy Name 18 ... N. Middlesex 0

Holy Name 27 ... Gardner 13

Holy Name 20 ... Oakmont 7

Holy Name 12 ... Leominster 0

Holy Name 43 ... Nashoba 13

Holy Name 36 ... Westboro 22

St. Bernard's 13 ... Holy Name 7

Wachusett 20 ... Holy Name 0

Holy Name 16 ... Wachusett 10

Westfield Bombers (10-1)

Coach: William Moore.

Captains: Sr. RB/LB Tim Gaylord, Sr. OL Josh Mendez, Sr. OLB Mike Angotti, Sr. QB/FS Cam Collins.

Standouts: Sr. OL Joe Hook, Sr. WR/RB/DB Josh Kopeski.

Game by game

Westfield 36 ... Chicopee Comp. 14

Westfield 53 ... Ludlow 12

Longmeadow 61 ... Westfield 42

Westfield 50 ... Holyoke 21

Westfield 22 ... Central 14

Westfield 34 ... Amherst 15

Westfield 35 ... Minnechaug 19

Westfield 20 ... Northampton 13

Westfield 47 ... Agawam 22

Westfield 37 ... Cathedral 20

Westfield 38 ... Minnechaug 25

Division 2

Tantasqua vs. South Hadley

3 p.m. tomorrow,

Westfield State College

The Warriors are hoping to write the perfect ending to the story of their best season in school history, but South Hadley stands in their way. Tantasqua has been riding high after late-season wins over perennial Division 2 powers Northbridge, Shepherd Hill Regional and Millbury. Tantasqua is led by senior quarterback Corey Lavallee, who is just as much a threat to tuck the ball and run as he is to uncork a long touchdown pass. While their offense can put points on the board, the Warriors have done it with defense all season long as their patented 3-5 attack has shut down many powerful offenses. The Tigers bring a senior-laden team into the Super Bowl following a tight, 21-14 win over East Longmeadow.

South Hadley runs the wing-T on offense and relies heavily on the rushing of Ben Desmarais and Nick Mulveyhill.

Tantasqua Warriors (12-0)

Coach: Aaron Powell.

Captains: Sr. RB/LB Colby Bilodeau, Sr. QB/CB Corey Lavallee, Sr. OL/LB Tyler Staback.

Standouts: Sr. WR/CB Brandon Forcier, So. RB/LB Chris Spinney, Sr. RB/LB Joe Franchi.

Game by game

Tantasqua 14 ... Millbury 7

Tantasqua 34 ... Bay Path 21

Tantasqua 15 ... Southbridge 6

Tantasqua 28 ... Leicester 8

Tantasqua 41 ... South 0

Tantasqua 35 ... Quabbin 6

Tantasqua 34 ... North 28

Tantasqua 46 ... David Prouty 0

Tantasqua 34 ... Northbridge 7

Tantasqua 25 ... Bartlett 12

Tantasqua 32 ... Shep. Hill 27

Tantasqua 14 ... Millbury 7

South Hadley Tigers (8-3)

Coach: Ray Ferro.

Captains: Sr. QB/FS Sam Belsky, Sr. FB/LB Ben Desmarais, Sr. RB/DB Nick Mulveyhill, Sr. WR/DB Aaron Sabbs.

Standouts: Jr. C Mike Chico, Sr. LB Steve Brown, Jr. LB Sean Mulveyhill, So. DT Troy Johnson.

Game by game

South Hadley 26 ... Millbury 7

Longmeadow 26 ... South Hadley 0

Minnechaug 42 ... South Hadley 13

South Hadley 27 ... Chicopee 13

South Hadley 47 ... East Longmeadow 6

South Hadley 38 ... Cathedral 14

South Hadley 46 ... Ludlow 14

West Springfield 40 ... South Hadley 14

South Hadley 55 ... Commerce 18

South Hadley 28 ... Chicopee Comp. 0

South Hadley 21 ... East Longmeadow 14

Division 2A

Auburn vs. Wahconah

3 p.m. tomorrow,

Worcester State College

Auburn kept its stellar season alive with a big comeback win over Northbridge in the Division 2A playoffs as Corey Roy scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and Marcin Dworak and Macy Washington keyed a strong defense. Quarterback Jon Leroux threw for over 1,000 yards this year and has a great target in Antonio Leatham, while Steve Chalupka had plenty of big catches against the Rams, including his first touchdown catch of the year. All-star linemen Doug Flink and Jose Reyes paved the way for Division 2 East MVP Corey Roy to put up over 1,000 yards this year. Wahconah senior running back Trevor Marcotte will not play due to a hamstring injury.

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Wahconah Warriors (11-0)

Coach: Matt Morrison.

Captains: Sr. DL James Henderson, Sr. FB/MLB Shaine Grogan.

Standouts: QB Greg Vreeland, RB Trevor Marcotte, Sr. OL Mitch Russell.

Game by game

Wahconah 27 ... Brattleboro Union 7

Wahconah 26 ... Taconic 0

Wahconah 14 ... Drury 12

Wahconah 30 ... Northampton 14

Wahconah 34 ... Lee 7

Wahconah 26 ... St. Joseph 0

Wahconah 40 ... Pittsfield 0

Wahconah 28 ... Hoosac Valley 7

Wahconah 32 ... Monument Mountain 0

Wahconah 38 ... Mt. Greylock 14

Wahconah 14 ... Hoosac Valley 7

Auburn Rockets (11-1)

Coach: Jeff Cormier.

Captains: Sr. RB/S Corey Roy, Sr. RB/LB Alex Filiere, Sr. OL/DE Marcin Dworak, Sr. QB Jon Leroux.

Standouts: Jr. OL/DL Doug Flink, Sr. OL/DL Jose Reyes, Jr. TB/LB Macy Washington, Sr. SE/DB Kevin Collazo, Sr. TE/DE Steve Chalupka, Jr. SE/DB Antonio Leatham.

Game by game

Auburn 21 ... Shrewsbury 14

Winthrop 28 ... Auburn 17

Auburn 35 ... Leicester 8

Auburn 35 ... Hudson 7

Auburn 35 ... Grafton 14

Auburn 24 ... Nipmuc 21

Auburn 17 ... Millbury 7

Auburn 28 ... Northbridge 6

Auburn 28 ... Uxbridge 0

Auburn 31 ... David Prouty 7

Auburn 42 ... Oxford 12

Auburn 22 ... Northbridge 18

Division 3

Littleton vs. Putnam Voke

10 a.m. tomorrow,

Worcester State College

Although Littleton is making its first Super Bowl appearance in school history, the Tigers aren't just happy to be here. Littleton is riding an explosive offense that has racked up 136 points in its last four games behind the rushing tandem of Zach Clark, Jordan White, Eric White and Mike Rentschler. who are proving tough to stop. The Tigers also have a stifling defense led by Division 3 West Defensive MVP Derek Karr, who recorded 106 tackles. Putnam, which beat Lunenburg 19-7 in last year's Super Bowl, returns to the big dance after a surprising upset of Sci-Tech, which was undefeated and had beaten the Beavers, 34-6, the previous game. Justin Reid, who has amassed over 4,000 yards rushing in his career, leads a run-oriented offense. After a season-opening loss to Springfield Central, Putnam won eight straight before falling to Frontier, 12-6, and Sci-Tech.

Putnam Voke Beavers (9-3)

Coach: Lou Malvezzi.

Captains: Sr. RB Justin Reid, Sr. FS Kyle Scruse, Sr. OT Roberto Rodriguez, Jr. RG Ezekiel Nwafor.

Standouts: Sr. QB Sergey Gordievsky, Sr. WR Andre Lester, Jr. OL Robert Daniels.

Game by game:

Spfld. Central 14 ... Putnam 12

Putnam 14 ... Athol 13

Putnam 30 ... Pathfinder 6

Putnam 24 ... Belchertown 6

Putnam 49 ... Mohawk 22

Putnam 45 ... Turners Falls 0

Putnam 42 ... Mahar 21

Putnam 42 ... Greenfield 14

Putnam 57 ... Mt. Greylock 8

Frontier 12 ... Putnam 6

Sci-Tech 34 ... Putnam 6

Putnam 59 ... Sci-Tech 22

Littleton Tigers (11-1)

Coach: Mike Lynn.

Captains: Sr. QB/DB Greg Moodie; Sr. RB/DB Zach Clark; Sr. RB/DB Jordan White; Sr. OL/DL Kevin Sullivan.

Standouts: Jr. OL/LB Derek Karr, Jr. OE/DL Mac Hanlon, Sr. RB/LB Mike Rentschler, Sr. RB/LB Eric White.

Game by game

Littleton 10 ... Murdock 0

Littleton 30 ... Grafton 12

Littleton 41 ... West Boylston 26

Littleton 36 ... Valley Tech 6

Littleton 48 ... Hudson 13

Littleton 27 ... Clinton 0

Littleton 28 ... Maynard 6

Lunenburg 20 ... Littleton 17

Littleton 34 ... Narragansett 6

Littleton 35 ... Oxford 16

Littleton 34 ... Ayer 13

Littleton33 ... Lunenburg 14

Division 3A

Assabet vs. Easthampton

10 a.m. tomorrow,

Worcester State College

The last time Assabet was in a Super Bowl, the Aztecs were handled by Easthampton, 39-6, in 2005. Assabet is hoping for a better result this year and is looking to a strong running game to make sure of it. The Aztecs boast the Division 3 East Offensive MVP in Alan Alvarez, who rushed for over 1,300 yards this year, while junior Nick Johnson added over 700 yards. Johnson is Assabet's leading tackler with 97 on the year, while Parker and Ryan Bagster (eight sacks) can shut down opposing teams. Easthampton arrives in the Super Bowl after beating Pathfinder for the second time this season. The Eagles rushed for 325 yards to rout the Pioneers, 56-28. Jared Bean contributed 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Drew Sharp added 125 yards and had three touchdowns. The turning point for the Eagles' season was a loss to Mohawk Regional, according to Easthampton coach Joe Kocot. The scored was 6-6 at halftime, but Mohawk scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to win, 20-6.

Easthampton Eagles (9-2)

Coach: Joe Kocot.

Captains: Sr. FB/DE Evan Duso, Jr. QB Alex Brunnelle, Jr. OT/DE Alex Graham, So. RB/LB Jared Bean.

Standouts: Sr. RB/LB Drew Sharp, Jr. LT Mike Lemoine, Sr. Johnny Euong WR/DB, So. WR/SS Michael Hotham.

Game by game

Easthampton 28 ... Turners Falls 12

Greenfield 27 ... Easthampton 14

Easthampton 40 ... McCann Tech 20

Easthampton 34 ... Dean Tech 14

Mohawk 20 ... Easthampton 6

Easthampton 22 ... Ware 8

Easthampton 14 ... Palmer 8

Easthampton 40 ... Franklin Tech 14

Easthampton 30 ... Pathfinder 28

Easthampton 28 ... Pioneer 0

Easthampton 56 ... Pathfinder 28

Assabet Aztecs (10-2)

Coach: Rob McCann.

Captains: Sr. OL/LB Pat Costello; Sr. QB Alex Moore; Sr. RB/DE Dan Degiso.

Standouts: OL Marlon Batista; Jr. RB/DB Alan Alvarez; Jr. RB/LB Nick Johnson; Sr. WR/DB Steve Parker; Sr. TE/DE Ryan Bagster.

Game by game

Assabet 22 ... Hudson 15

Assabet 34 ... Maynard 8

Assabet 8 ... Groton-Dunst. 7

Assabet 35 ... Worcester Tech 6

Assabet 36 ... Valley Tech 6

Assabet 27 ... Nashoba Tech 7

Murdock 38 ... Assabet 20

Assabet 37 ... Monty Tech 0

Assabet 22 ... Bay Path 21

Lunenburg 28 ... Assabet 22

Assabet 36 ... Keefe Tech 8

Assabet 38 ... Groton-Dunst. 7
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