Here's a rundown on all of Friday's action. Check back tomorrow morning for complete game stories and an updated football roundup.
Friday's football roundup
Boxers fighting their way back
Brockton, apparently, is saving its best for last.
Since a 34-6 loss to Xaverian Sept. 28, Brockton (5-3) has reeled off four straight wins, culminating with last night's 35-9 pasting of Durfee (0-7) in a Big Three opening matchup.
Brockton started its streak Oct. 3, defeating St. John's Prep, 28-13. Prep was the top-ranked team in Eastern Massachusetts and was coming off a win over Everett.
That victory got the Boxers rolling, as they beat Fitchburg, 34-14, then Pinkerton (N.H.), 28-27, before last night's trip to Fall River.
Sam Previte kept the Boxers rolling, rushing for 72 yards and three touchdowns.
Khalil James-Offley, who is tied for the scoring lead in Division 1, helped anchor the Brockton rushing attack. He carried 11 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. Previte has nine touchdowns this year, and Offley has 15.
Brockton's defense kept Durfee scuffling. The Hilltoppers had a safety in the second quarter, then broke through in the fourth on a 2-yard scoring run by Brett Duarte.
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Nonleague: Xaverian 14, Bridgewater-Raynham 7 - Alex Phelan's 65-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Franciosi provided the edge for Xaverian (5-2).
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury 40, Waltham 14 - David Quinn ran for three touchdowns for Lincoln-Sudbury (6-1).
Chelmsford 7, Lowell 6 - Aaron Witkus's extra-point conversion was the difference.
Hockomock: Stoughton 34, Oliver Ames 0 - Dan Snyder threw for four touchdowns and ran for one in Stoughton's third straight win.
Middlesex: Melrose 42, Lexington 13 - Jake Pizzotti ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns for Melrose.
Cape Ann Large: Masconomet 28, Triton 0 - Masconomet (4-3) got production from Chris Splinter on the offensive and defensive ends, as the quarterback threw a touchdown pass and had two interceptions.
Patriot Fisher: Middleboro 42, Randolph 0 - Dominique Bailey led Middleboro (3-4) with 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Dighton-Rehoboth 55, Case 0 - Matt Gaudet rushed for 128 yards, three touchdowns, and had an interception for Dighton-Rehoboth.
Tri-Valley: Medway 40, Dover-Sherborn 13 - Ted Davenport scored four touchdowns to help Medway (7-0) remain undefeated.
Carver 41, Norwell 0 - Brandon Holbrook reached the end zone three times for Carver (4-3).
Westwood 49, Bellingham 8 - James Berluti threw for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead Westwood (4-3).
Medfield 28, Norton 14 - Greg Kilcommons had eight tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, to help Medfield (3-4) hand Norton its first loss.
Mayflower Large: South Shore 26, Bristol-Plymouth 15 - Jon Sullivan and Frank Mogavero each rushed for two touchdowns for South Shore.
Commonwealth Large: Lynn Tech 24, Greater Lowell 14 - Leroy Davis and Garrod Fairweather ran for touchdowns for Lynn Tech.
Cape Ann Small: Amesbury 13, Lynnfield 12 - Jared Flannigan ran for 82 yards and the winning touchdown with four minutes left.
Nonleague: Hyde Park 20, Boston English 12 - Sean Smith ran for a touchdown and threw for another in overtime to give Hyde Park the edge.
South Boston 42, Burke 8 - Brian King caught two touchdown passes from Markim Jackson for South Boston (6-1).
Dracut 47, Billerica 16
There's no stopping Grimard, Dracut
By Michael Carraggi, Globe Correspondent
BILLERICA - A battle for Merrimack Valley Conference supremacy quickly turned into the latest installment of "The Matt Grimard Show" last night as the Dracut quarterback led the Middies into and over Billerica, 47-16, with an unstoppable performance at Marshall Middle School.
"He's awesome, he made some great throws tonight," said coach Jeff Moore of his star quarterback, who at 6 feet 4-inches, 235 pounds presents one of the biggest mismatches in the state. "The last couple weeks he's been great. He's a special, special talent."
Going into the game, No. 4 Dracut (6-1) and the 15th-ranked Indians (6-1) were jockeying for position in the MVC. The win puts Dracut in the driver's seat for the title, as it would take a monumental upset to keep the Middies away from reaching the postseason.
Grimard, who ran for six touchdowns (five in the first half) and threw for another, started his scoring bonanza on Dracut's first drive. The quarterback quickly got his team into the red zone with two completions, setting up what would become a familiar sight throughout the course of the contest. Grimard ran 11 yards with relative ease to give his Middies an early lead. Rakeem Shepherd's first of five extra points gave Dracut a 7-0 lead.
The next time Dracut touched the ball, Grimard led his team on a 45-yard scoring drive, the majority of yards eaten up on a 33-yard pass to Jared Gauthier. On third-and-3 from the 5, Grimard pushed it in again.
Duxbury 38, Scituate 7
Duxbury pounds Scituate
By Ben Seal, Globe Correspondent
SCITUATE - Scituate saw its dream of an undefeated season end last week in a loss to Silver Lake, but the Sailors had a chance to turn the tables and close the book on No. 7 Duxbury's unbeaten season last night.
But running back Shane Dibona and the Dragons had other plans, cruising past Scituate, 38-7, behind Dibona's two rushing touchdowns and a pair of TD passes from Sean Cross to tight end Quinn Cully.
Duxbury (7-0) improves to 3-0 in the Patriot Keenan Division, while Scituate (5-2) falls to 1-2.
Duxbury pounded the Sailor defense behind the accurate arm of Cross (172 yards passing) and by running right at Scituate. The Dragons' defense, not to be outdone, kept Scituate running back Kyle Crowley in check and allowed just one first down in the first half.
"We executed on both sides of the ball. That's the best we've played all year," said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron. "We try to stay balanced, and we had both the run and the pass going tonight."
North Attleboro 20, King Philip 17
Kummer passes this test
By Michael Grossi, Globe Correspondent
WRENTHAM - With a backdrop of sadness, North Attleboro defeated King Philip, 20-17, last night.
On Monday, the body of King Philip senior Taylor Meyer was found in swampland near a defunct Norfolk airport. Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Meyer and all of the Warriors wore pink armbands with her initials.
"The tears tonight dry up quick," said King Philip coach Brian Lee. "The tears for Taylor last a lot longer."
The Warriors seemed to channel the emotion of the week and jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime.
After a fake punt attempt was intercepted by King Philip, it looked as though the door would be shut on the Red Rocketeers. King Philip had the ball at the North Attleboro 31. But North Attleboro stopped King Philip on fourth down and the Red Rocketeers took over.
"That was two different football games," said Lee. "We picked off that fake punt, but got no points."
A quarterback change sparked the Red Rocketeers.
"Things weren't going well for us," said North Attleboro coach Kurt Kummer. "We went with a quarterback switch and it worked for us."
East Boston 26, Brighton 16
Jets eventually cool Brighton
By David Carty, Globe Correspondent
Brighton is the defending Division 4 champion. East Boston was the Division 3A runner-up last year. But when push came to shove yesterday, East Boston looked like the team with the championship pedigree, rallying in the fourth quarter to topple the Bengals, 26-16, at White Stadium.
"We went out there and they were a little more pumped up than we were," said Jets tailback Matt Wyatt. "When the second half came along, we just really got the intensity up and came back and really executed our game."
The start wasn't ideal for either team. On its first drive, East Boston (4-3) pushed to the Bengals' 19 but failed to convert on fourth down. Brighton's first drive ended with a fumble.
On East Boston's next drive, Michael Lockley's 21-yard run brought the ball to the Brighton 6. The ball popped out of his arms as he hit the ground, but Eastie maintained possession. On the next play, Brandon Amodeo punched in a touchdown on a cutback run.
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