New Bedford 21, Brockton 19 — Trailing by 8 in the fourth quarter, Pat Burke threw a touchdown for the Boxers (3-4) to cut the deficit to 2, but the Whalers (3-4) stopped the conversion attempt short of the goal line and hung on for the win and the Big Three's automatic bid to the postseason.
Everett 35, Malden 0 — Isaiah Davis had eight carries for 150 yards in the first half with nine carries for 156 yards overall for the No. 1 Crimson (6-1), who won the Greater Boston title.
Winchester 19, Belmont 7 — Davis Clarke's third-quarter interception and 45-yard return sparked the Sachems to their second win. Junior Michael Grassey threw for two touchdowns.
St. Mary’s 48, Arlington Catholic 14 — Jordan Manthorne scored three touchdowns for St. Mary's.
Newburyport 41, Saugus 8 — The visiting Clippers scored 21 first-quarter points and improved to 4-3. Newburyport had scoring runs of 50, 40, 30, 28, and 60 yards.
Beverly 61, Swampscott 25 — Isaiah White tallied 205 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries for the Panthers (4-3).
Danvers 39, Winthrop 27 — Alex Valles had two rushing touchdowns for the visiting Falcons.
Dexter 34, Portsmouth Abbey 14 — Mahlon Hanifin had 10 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown for Dexter (6-0).
Wellesley 36, Milton 14 — John Fadule threw three touchdown passes and ran for two and the Raiders improved to 4-3. Fadule went 8 of 13 for 210 yards passing and ran for 104 yards.
Oliver Ames 41, Canton 13 — Nick Cicado went 9 for 15 with 106 passing yards and four touchdowns for the host Tigers. Matt Berksza had 131 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Somerset Berkley 25, Bishop Stang 6 — Junior running back Mark Tonucci rushed for three touchdowns as the Raiders clinched the Eastern Athletic Conference crown.
Cardinal Spellman 40, Austin Prep 6 — Rory Donovan scored three touchdowns and the visiting Cardinals improved to 6-1.
Whittier 27, Shawsheen 7 — The Wildcats got two scores in the first half from Jesus Sanchez, who finished with 151 yards on 28 carries.
Northeast 34, Greater Lawrence 14 — Kevin Rosado ran for 130 yards and Christian Perez had 110 and visiting Golden Knights head into pairings Sunday with a 7-0 mark.
Lowell Catholic 28, Matignon 0 — Connor Sullivan scored three touchdowns and the visiting Crusaders improved to 4-3.
Pope John Paul II 46, St. Joseph’s Prep 0 — Junior running back Diego Meritus had 143 rushing yards on eight carries for one touchdown for the host Lions (5-2). Fellow junior running back Sean Reardon had 108 rushing yards on six carries for three touchdowns.
North Shore 55, Mystic Valley 14 — Ian LeFavour ran for a touchdown and two PATs and passed for another TD. Ross Murphy ran for 196 yards on 17 carries.
Minuteman 36, Greater Lowell 21 — Senior captains Braeden Kerins and Zahir Ramsey combined for all 36 of the Mustangs' points. This victory pushes the Mustangs (5-2) into the postseason for the first time in school history.
Bristol-Plymouth 14, Tri-County 0 — The Craftsmen (6-1) got touchdown runs from Elijah Jones and colin McGrath and the defense held the Cougars (0-7) scoreless.
Old Colony 20, Holbrook 14 — Jacob Pringle scored from 18 yards out to tie it up at 14 with 56 seconds to go, then Pringle hit Cole Bernier for a 14-yard touchdown as time expired to give the Cougars (3-4) the win.
Upper Cape 41, South Shore Voc-Tech 8 — Jon Dumont had 12 carries and 147 yards in the first half for the host Rams (4-3).
Diman 16, Bishop Connolly 13 — All the scoring was in the first half as Aaron Reed-Coward and Phil Dube scored for the winners.
St. Clement 41, Marian 6 — Quarterback Michael Sullivan connected with Junior Oyaronbi on two touchdown passes.
Milton Academy 35, Governor’s Academy 14 — Drew Jacobs rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs (6-0) snapped Governor's (5-1) 23-game winning streak.
Middlesex 35, Thayer 21 — Hasani Figueroa led the Zebras (3-3) with 146 rushing yards, two touchdowns on the ground, and a third through the air.
Roxbury Latin 10, Nobles 7 — John Baron's 37-yard field goal in the second quarter proved to be the difference for the Foxes (3-3).
St. Paul’s 33, Groton 14 — Collin Sequiera had a hand in four of the Pelicans' five touchdowns.
St. Sebastian’s 24, BB&N 14 — Kevin Ginns kicked a field goal to put the Arrows (3-3) ahead with less than two minutes left in regulation to help hand BB&N (5-1) its first loss. Freshman fullback Blake Gallagher carried St. Sebastian's offense, rushing for 179 yards and a TD.
Lawrence Academy 14, Belmont Hill 3 — Lawrence Academy's Kyle Howes scored twice for the hosts.
Brooks 32, St. Mark’s 6 — Andrew Konovalchik had two rushing touchdowns and converted all four point-after attempts for the Bishops.
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