Medfield needed a little help from Westwood, but now has the opportunity to defend its Super Bowl title. The combination of the Warriors' 21-0 shutout of Dover-Sherborn and Westwood's 28-14 upset of Holliston gave Medfield (8-2, 7-1) the Tri-Valley League championship yesterday.
Mark Hostovsky led the Medfield offense, rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown. Defense, however, was the story as Medfield held Dover-Sherborn to 65 yards of total offense. Harry Bodozian and Andrew Collins had seven and eight tackles, respectively.
"I couldn't be prouder of these guys," Medfield coach Mike Slason said. "No one expected us to be in this position."
Medfield had lost many key seniors and took a few weeks to forge an identity but once it did, it became a dangerous team. The Warriors suffered a tough loss against Holliston in Week 8 that hurt their playoff chances, but after Bellingham beat Holliston in Week 9, Slason said, his team started to focus on the division title again.
"Holliston losing to Bellingham was a big boost and these guys really bonded at the end of the season," he said. "There are no superstars on this team, just one unit of good players."
Medfield beat Abington on its way to winning the first Super Bowl in school history, and the teams will meet again next week.
"We're very excited to be in the playoffs," Slason said. "Both teams are a lot different than last year but we're both still familiar with each other. It should be a great game."
Catholic Central Large:
Bishop Fenwick 28, Austin Prep 16 - Bobby Tarr ran for 133 yards and a pair of scores to move into second on the state's all-time rushing list with 5,583 yards.
Archbishop Williams 30, Cardinal Spellman 14 - Kevin Pateline carried 12 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Lawrence 28, Greater Lawrence 21 - Ramon Heredia completed 10 of 15 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown while gaining 40 yards on the ground and adding a rushing score.
Swampscott 42, Marblehead 16 - Peter Kinchley passed for 154 yards and three touchdowns, and Trevor Wheeler was his main target, totaling 79 yards receiving and two scores.
Cohasset 15, Hull 12 - P.J. McCaw's fourth-quarter touchdown pushed Cohasset past Hull.
Ashland 34, Hopkinton 26 - Kyle Daly's 126 yards on 19 carries powered Ashland past Hopkinton.
Bellingham 20, Norton 10 - The Bellingham defense shut Norton down to the tune of 120 total yards, and Rich Barche made a pair of trips to the end zone.
Medway 9, Millis 6 - Kevin Chapin recorded two interceptions as Medway slipped by Millis.
Abington 31, Whitman-Hanson 16 - Kristian LaPointe had touchdown runs of 25 and 35 yards.
Arlington Catholic 35, Matignon 7 - Derek Harmon had 118 yards rushing and a touchdown and Corey Spencer tossed two touchdown passes.
Beverly 28, Salem 14 - Greg Pierce set Beverly's season rushing record by running for 206 yards to give him 1,648. He had two touchdowns on the ground and threw for another.
Carver 7, Middleboro 6 - Taylor LeClair's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was decisive.
Mashpee 32, Cape Cod Tech 8 - Marcos Ouellette rushed for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Saugus 49, Chelsea 14 - Mike Dean ran wild for the Sachems, piling up 200 yards and three touchdowns.