New state playoff format gives Quincy, others hope for postseason

Quincy High quarterback James Lam looks to make a pass during a scrimmage game against Scituate High school last week as his school’s coach Bill Reardon looks on.  Reardon believes Quincy High’s team has a great chance for a postseason berth this fall
Quincy High quarterback James Lam looks to make a pass during a scrimmage game against Scituate High school last week as his school’s coach Bill Reardon looks on. Reardon believes Quincy High’s team has a great chance for a postseason berth this fallDebee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

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Quincy High junior cornerback Ryan Turpin snagged a loose ball out of the air that had bounced off the shoulder pads of the targeted Milton receiver, cut back to the the left, and returned the interception for a pick-six.

His play prompted a spectator to imitate the signature taunting gesture by one of the headliners of WWE wrestling, West Newbury native John Cena, while repeating the popular grappler’s “you can’t see me,” catchphrase.

Quincy High coach Bill Reardon, however, has a clear vision of his team emerging as a clear contender for a postseason berth this fall. And Turpin’s game-changing play, though merely a preseason highlight, stoked up a sideline that that will kick off the season with a bit of a swagger, with renewed hope of playing in the postseason with the introduction of the MIAA’s new playoff system.

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