Nonleague: Bedford 28, Belmont 6 - Bedford's Tim McDonald ran for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Lincoln-Sudbury 20, Hingham 3 - A Derek Lowe TD pass, touchdown run, and pair of PAT kicks sealed the deal for L-S.
Somerset 11, Nauset 8 - Jake Scott's 8-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion rush in the third quarter gave Somerset (2-0) the boost it needed.
Needham 27, Milton 13 - Jean Baptiste scored two second-half touchdowns for undefeated Needham (3-0).
Lowell 21, Nashua South (N.H.) 0 - Julian Carter's 85-yard interception return on the last play of the first half sparked Lowell. Teammate Ambruce Carter had 23 carries for 164 yards.
Billerica 34, Woburn 6 - Billerica freshman Nick LaSpada completed 8 of 11 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 63 yards and a pair of TDs.
Bay State: Natick 34, Brookline 7 - Tommy Brandt scored two touchdowns for the Red and Blue.
Nonleague: Arlington 35, Burlington 13 - Matt Willey and Dan O'Loughlin united for Arlington (1-1), scoring two touchdowns apiece.
Nonleague: Hanover 19, East Bridgewater 12 - Mike Masse scored two last-minute touchdowns to clinch Hanover's victory.
Bristol-Plymouth 20, Greater New Bedford 13 - Genri Fletcher and Neil Anderson each scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift Bristol-Plymouth.
Attleboro 26, Stoughton 12 - Matt Campbell scored in the first and fourth quarters, starting and capping the Attleboro (2-0) scoring.
Salem 28, Bishop Fenwick 22 - Mellike van Alstyne scored two touchdowns in the second half to lift Salem.
Tri-Valley: Westwood 7, Austin Prep 6 - Brian O'Connor scored on a 35-yard fumble return in the third quarter, lifting Westwood.
Northeastern: Winthrop 28, Auburn 17 - Chris Beranger's three touchdowns lifted Winthrop to its first victory of the season.
Nonleague: Cardinal Spellman 16, Norwell 8 - Fabrize Dragon ran for two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.
Millis 36, Southeastern 12 - Nick Hyman ran for 184 yards and Millis's final two touchdowns.
Mayflower: Blue Hills 38, Bishop Connolly 15 - Kevin Murphy ran for three touchdowns for Blue Hills.
Nonleague: Boston English 14, Burke 0 - Alex Villenueva threw a 19-yard touchdown pass and added a 4-yard scoring run.
City: O'Bryant 24, South Boston 6 - Josh Carrington completed a 65-yard touchdown pass and added a 1-yard scoring run.
Nonleague: Brighton 28, Trinity Catholic 6 - Isaiah Long ran for two touchdowns for the Bengals.
Cathedral 14, Hyde Park 0 - Kevin Marseille threw two touchdown passes and the Panthers defense, which gave up 30 points last week, pitched a shutout.
A-B 26, Chelmsford 20
CHELMSFORD - It would have been a win for the ages if it hadn't been its 10th straight against Chelmsford. But Acton-Boxboro will take it, even if it is getting a little repetitive.
The Colonials beat Chelmsford, 26-20, last night on the back of Akeem Mercury's 5-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left at George Simonian Alumni Stadium. The win was A-B's 10th straight over the Lions, including three postseason wins. A-B faces unbeaten BC High next week.
Mercury also scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Junior running back Jack Souza helped make both of Mercury's TDs possible. Mercury followed Souza into the end zone on his first touchdown, and Souza set up the short winning dive with a great kickoff return, putting A-B at Chelmsford's 45.
"Everyone's looking at Trevor Jeanson and Mercury, Souza made a couple of big runs, too," said Maver.
Mansfield 22, Marshfield 6
MANSFIELD - In a game between talented running teams, Marshfield had no answer for Mansfield's rushing attack. Mansfield chewed up yardage with ease en route to a 22-6 win at Alumni Field last night.
"Going into the game, I said, 'It's nonleague, let's be aggressive and let's play to win,' " said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. "When the players succeed, it makes the coach look good."
The Hornets were led by junior running back Shawn Doherty, who rushed for 109 yards and two scores on 11 carries. Doherty had nearly half of Mansfield's 226 yards on the ground.
"Doherty is very good, he has great vision, and he is a really tough kid," Redding said.
Mansfield's defense was able to hold a vaunted Ram rushing attack to 79 yards and intercepted quarterback John Mullen twice.
"Our defense was very good tonight," said Redding. "They have a stable of running backs. We had a bend-but-don't-break attitude and we didn't want to give up the big play."
Tyngsboro 40, Holliston 14
HOLLISTON - On a cold, late-summer night, they got to be football players again.
Holliston played its first game of the season last night, facing Tyngsboro. The focus wasn't so much on football, however, as Holliston played for the first time since the recent deaths of Joey Larracey, a junior who died after collapsing at a scrimmage, and Tim O'Connell, a 10-year-old who became an honorary team captain as he battled leukemia.
"It's tough. It was tough getting out here, it was an emotional night," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley after his team's 40-14 loss. "We wanted to put the families first. To see them out here, that right there was a victory."
Players said the outpouring of support from the community and student body helped them ease back into playing football.
"The student section was rumbling right until the end. They were unbelievable," said captain Andrew Barrett. "The parents, the students, the community, it's been unbelievable these past couple of weeks."
Charlestown 40, West Roxbury 0
After watching his team get steamrolled by Whittier last week, coach George Farro said Charlestown was a week or two away from hitting its stride.
In an attempt to get his team to refocus, Farro held a closed-door meeting with his captains after the 32-12 loss.
"Some pleasantries were exchanged, but, you know what, we're not playing tennis," Farro said. "We've got to get a little bit more physical. That was our goal."
"We were fooling around at practice," said Townies back Travis White. "This week at practice we came in hard, running 100 [percent], every day."
The results showed as the Townies trounced West Roxbury, 40-0, in a Boston North game last night.
Charlestown (1-1) shook off the rust early, scoring on a 70-yard kickoff return by Jameel Williamson. White ran in the 2-point conversion, his first of many contributions.
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