The Kooks help us recap Week 1 of the 2008 season. (Courtesy Photo)
Welcome to another season of "Further Review," our weekly column recapping the week that was in high school football. As always, we'll pick an album to feature each week and use the song titles to highlight some of the top moments from that past weekend.
With an additional week on the football calendar this fall, we were able to ease into the 2008 season with a thin slate of games this past weekend. Even still, more than half of the Globe's Top 20 teams launched into action, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from some of the region's top contenders.
The new season launches in earnest this Friday with a daunting 71 games on the docket. But before we spin it forward, let's hit rewind.
Given our penchant for British indie rockers, we've invited the Kooks to swing by with a copy of their latest album, "Konk," to help us recap Week 1 of the season. And since most of the band's song check in around the snappy three-minute mark, they're the perfect fit for an abbreviated week.
Let's dive right in:
First down and the Top 10
1. Everett (1-0) -- When word started filtering around Marciano Stadium Friday night that Everett and Waltham were scoreless nearing the half, we admittedly didn't believe it. If we even had a fleeting thought of an Everett demise, it was washed away by the Tide's second-half performance.
2. Dartmouth (0-0) -- The biggest bummer in having an extra week in the 2008 season is that these Week 1 games went off the same night as the Hockomock Jamboree, where we could have gotten a look at a handful of top 20 squads, including Dartmouth.
3. BC High (0-0) -- We're guessing this won't be the only week BC High doesn't allow an opponent to score on them.
4. St. John's Prep (1-0) -- Looking to find more ways to contribute next week, St. John's Prep junior Brendon Felder plans to park cars, take tickets at the gate, and sell concessions when the Eagles host Peabody.
5. Walpole (1-0) -- For those scoring at home, Ryan Izzo is averaging a shade under 15 yards per carry and is on pace for 2,794 yards this season.
6. Dracut (1-0) -- The offense performed as advertised (and Matt Grimard is our early favorite for Division 1A Player of the Year), but the defense remains a concern after giving up five scores, including some long touchdown runs that kept Brockton in this game longer than they should have been.
7. Natick (1-0) -- The Red and Blue have quietly put together a 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.
8. Brockton (0-1) -- Much like Dracut, the Boxers can be content with the performance of their offense, but worries lie on defense where the Middies fearlessly ran quarterback Matt Grimard right at the Brockton front 7. And they couldn't stop him.
9. Marshfield (1-0) -- The Rams traveled 3,000 miles to bring home a win. No word if they partied at the Peach Pit following the triumph. (We couldn't resist another 90210 reference).
10. Mansfield (0-0) -- A quick glance at Friday's schedule suggests that we'll be trekking back to Mansfield for Game of the Week when the Hornets host Dartmouth in a top 10 battle. Be sure to check out our new live blogs and send along your comments during the game.
A few thoughts on the rest of the Globe top 20: Not a lot of movement given the lack of games, but Duxbury shuffles up a bit with the triumph over Xaverian, while the Hawks drop out with a loss to the Division 2A entry... Masconomet showed some serious promise, despite falling to the Prep, so the Chieftains will hold tight at No. 20. Swampscott hops into the poll, as the defending Division 3 Super Bowl champs brought back 12 starters and should contend for the Northeastern Conference Small title again this fall.
Play of the Week
We captured some nice plays on film over the weekend, but Dracut quarterback Matt Grimard takes home the award this week with one mesmerizing touchdown run that helped the Middies topple Brockton, 34-32, Friday night at Marciano Stadium.
Hop over to our live blog from the game and check out the first video below the game updates.
Grimard seemingly emerges from a scrum near the line of scrimmage, shaking tackles as his legs churn, then stiff arms his way through a defensive back, who he then outraces over the final 35 yards of the 46-yard score.
We're relatively new to The Kooks, but we do know that every time we walk by The Paradise the facade reads, "Tonight: The Kooks, Sold Out." So we picked up their two albums, "Inside In / Inside Out" and "Konk" and like what we've heard so far. Check out this video (surprise, surprise, it was captured in Boston) featuring the band's latest single, "Always Where I Need to Be" and you'll probably be downloading it off iTunes later today.
The Kooks are back in Boston this weekend as part of WFNX's Disorientation at the Bank of American Pavilion on Saturday. The bill also features Alkaline Trio (a band beloved by The Hills' Audrina Patridge and our friend, Ed of The Sandbox), Rogue Wave, Flogging Molly, and Does It Offend You, Yeah.
But before their performance, we've got The Kooks helping us out with this week's recap by utilizing songs from the bonus track version of "Konk":
1. See the Sun -- There was no sun to be found when Manchester Essex locked horns with Pope John during Saturday's downpours. Unflappable Manchester quarterback Pat Orlando rushed for three scores and passed for another to lead his squad to a 44-14 triumph.
2. Always Where I Need to Be -- Whether they've got him lined up at receiver, running back, or quarterback, St. John's Prep's Brendon Felder is always where they need him to be. The junior standout rushed for a pair of short scores, caught a touchdown pass, and threw a 2-point conversion pass in the Eagles' 36-19 triumph over Masconomet Saturday.
3. Mr. Maker -- This jangly tune includes the line, "It's hard to believe what he read in the morning news." Well, it's slowly not becoming a shock to open up the paper and see the headlines about Walpole's Ryan Izzo, who rushed for 254 yards on 17 carries and scored three times in the Rebels' 34-13 triumph over Framingham Friday. It was also Izzo's 17th birthday.
4. Do You Wanna -- This song title lacks the necessary question mark. And there's no question Westford Academy means business this fall as quarterback Nick Habosian completed 13 of 19 passes for 214 yard and a pair of touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Tyngsboro Friday.
5. Gap -- This track includes the line, "You're better in defeat, so just don't try." Sorta sounds like a rallying cry for Weymouth. The Wildcats were blanked by Marshfield in last year's Division 1A playoffs, but rebounded with intensity with a 26-7 thumping of Wellesley in Friday's season-opener. T.J. Bonarrigo's 98-yard touchdown run in the third quarter highlighted the win.
6. Love it All -- There wasn't much for Norwood to complain about following an 18-0 triumph over Braintree Saturday. Jorges Antoine (128 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Chris Colantonio (85 yards) combined for 213 rushing, while the defense pitched a shutout.
7. Stormy Weather -- The remnants of Hurricane Hanna brought stormy weather to New England Saturday and forced Plymouth South to move up the game time of its battle with St. John the Baptist (N.Y.). The early start didn't detour Stefan Gustafson, who scored three times and provided the winning touchdown in a 28-21 victory for the Panthers.
8. Sway -- Back and forth they swayed like branches in a storm (thanks, Maroon5!), but Cohasset answered Quincy's overtime score with a 7-yard run by Dana Valentine and Brendan Doonan chucked a 2-point conversion pass to Jeff Cavanar as the Skippers emerged with a 28-27 triumph.
9. Shine On -- Dracut's Matt Grimard shined during Friday night's 34-32 victory over Brockton. The senior quarterback spearheaded a vaunted ground attack that piled up 240 total yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns (all by Grimard).
10. Down to the Market -- This punchy number includes the line, "Life's just far too short for miscommunication." Fortunately, Dino Rizzo and John Brooks were on the same page Saturday, as the duo paired up on a 19-yard touchdown pass and the ensuing 2-point conversion in an 8-6 win over Pentucket.
11. One Last Time -- This strummy track includes the line, "Can I hold you one last time?" Abington's Chris Dion held the ball plenty of times Friday by reeling in four passes for 103 yards as the Green Wave rocked Rockland, 29-14.
12. Tick of Time -- There was only a single tick of time on the clock when Tyler Steek hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cotey Perry as Old Colony edged Trinity Catholic, 22-16, Saturday.
13. All Over Town -- It's all over Medford that the losing streak at St. Clement is over. Derrick Chance's 37-yard touchdown run propelled the Anchormen past Burke, 14-6, snapping a 17-game skid Friday.
14. Bad Taste in my Mouth -- Natick's defense left a bad taste in the mouth of Newton North. The Red and Blue (a nickname that's leaving a bad taste in townspeople's mouths) didn't allow a pass completion and surrendered fewer than 20 yards of total offense while rolling to a 36-0 triumph Saturday.
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They said it
- "I felt good when we got the lead. We just couldn't put the stop on them on defense." -- Brockton coach Peter Colombo, whose squad fell to Dracut, 34-32, Friday.
- "He is a player. He is the real deal." -- Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron on senior Shane DiBona, who helped the Dragons down Xaverian, 27-24, Friday.
- "J.W.'s very fast, we have some fast kids. We had the speed advantage coming in and played to it. J.W. was a very big part of that." -- Everett coach John DiBiaso on running back J.W. Forte, who accounted for 155 yards on 11 carries in the Tide's 38-8 triumph over Waltham Friday.
- "This is the win that we needed to turn our football program around. Lack of confidence has really been holding us back and we just needed one win." -- St. Clement coach Colin Walsh on his team's 14-6 triumph over Burke Friday, snapping a 71-game losing streak.
- "He definitely throws a good ball. And even if the conditions are against us, we're going to let him throw it." -- Manchester Essex coach Mike Athanas, on allowing quarterback Pat Orlando to throw in the rain during a 44-14 win over Pope John Saturday.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
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- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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