“It’s just really a great group,” Souza said. “For me it’s real tough because even though you do it for 35 years, there’s certain classes that you have a real affinity for, and these kids are one of them. They’re great kids. I’m glad I should get another week with them.”
Hot Waltham hoping
to go out strong
Back in early October, when Waltham looked at the tape of its 24-0 loss to Lincoln-Sudbury, coach John Bourque and his players also took a close look at themselves.
“It was glaring that we certainly didn’t play our best football,” Bourque said. “From that point forward we asked the question: ‘What’s the goal?’ The goal was to run the table.”
And so far, that’s exactly what they’ve done. After beating Westford, 21-20, last week, the Hawks had run off five straight wins and are in second place in the Dual County League’s Large Division with a 6-3 record.
Waltham beat Acton-Boxborough Regional for the first time in its five years in the division. And the Hawks will be gunning for their first win over Malden Catholic in their three-year Thanksgiving rivalry.
Though there will be no playoffs for Waltham this season, Bourque hopes that the team’s strong finish will carry over to next year. The Hawks will have defensive starters returning for their senior year, and so will quarterback Dana Parrelo, who has been the team’s starter since it began its winning streak.
But first, the team’s two senior captains — receiver and linebacker Junior Cherry and two-way tackle Bobby Cappadona — as well as senior running back Jacob Dufrene and receiver and cornerback Lunique Sainvil are hoping for a strong finish to their high school careers next Thursday.
“We’re excited, we’re motivated,” said Bourque, who is in his second season as head coach. “It’s our last game before attaining our goal that we set after our Lincoln-Sudbury game. It’s our next big game because it’s our next game.”
In Natick win, lots of
Flutie and Dunlap
Natick used its two best offensive players — junior quarterback Troy Flutie and sophomore receiver Brian Dunlap — at safety to help beat Walpole, 21-14, and keep its playoff hopes alive. Though Flutie had previously played some defense, the Walpole game was the first time his presence in the secondary was in the game plan. It worked; he picked off a pass in the fourth quarter.
“In high school sports you play your best kids when it matters,” Natick coach Mark Mortarelli said. “And certainly this matters now, and it mattered against Walpole.”
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