Marian's playoff berth is no small feat
What started as Pope John’s “Super Bowl’’ ended up as Marian’s playoff berth - and Lowell Catholic’s despair.
Leading the Catholic Central Small entering the week, Pope John was forced out of the playoff picture when an MIAA investigation ruled that it had used ineligible players this season. The Tigers forfeited five wins, putting Lowell Catholic in position to win the league heading into yesterday’s game against Pope John.
Needing a win to make the playoffs, Lowell Catholic lost to Pope John, 44-14. Justin Nascimento passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another in the runaway win. Nascimento has passed for more than 2,000 yards this season in addition to rushing for more than 1,000.
The league title and Division 4A playoff berth instead goes to Marian, which defeated Cathedral, 34-22. Senior running back Mike del La Femina led the way with three touchdowns and an interception. Miguel Ortiz threw for just 67 yards (9 of 14, TD), but also rushed for 116 yards and a score on 15 carries.
East Boston 42, South Boston 8 - The Jets won their ninth straight game, beating the Knights at White Stadium. Mike Lockley ran for two TDs and Troy Williams threw a pair of TD passes to Brandon Campbell. Eastie (9-1) will play Bristol-Plymouth in Tuesday’s Division 4 semifinals.
Whittier 28, Greater Lawrence 18 - Dillon Ryan passed for 181 yards and a TD and Steve Surrette caught eight passes for 116 yards and a score as the Wildcats (11-0) capped an unbeaten regular season. Whittier has a bye to the Division 4 Super Bowl at Bentley University.
Shawsheen 34, Greater Lowell 14 - Senior Cory Foss rushed for 121 yards and a TD and sophomore Nick Federico was a force on defense for the Rams, making eight tackles and returning an interception 32 yards for a score.
Bristol-Plymouth 20, Blue Hills 6 - Evan Cabral passed for three TDs as the Craftsmen (8-3) tuned up for the playoffs.
Southeastern 14, South Shore Voc-Tech 8 - The Hawks (6-5) rushed for 300 yards and qualified for the Vocational Large Division Super Bowl against Lynn Tech next Thursday at 7 p.m. in Quincy.
Chelsea 33, Charlestown 0 - Daniel Martinez piled up 180 yards rushing and two scores (82 and 11 yards) and also caught a TD pass from Nelson Molina.
Hyde Park 14, Burke 12 - Jean Raphael rattled off a 78-yard, game-winning TD run in the fourth quarter.
Catholic Central (Small)
St. Clement 45, Trinity Catholic 0 - Robert Ofoedu ran for 206 yards and four TDs as the Anchormen cruised in their season finale.
Mystic Valley 28, Minuteman 10 - Alex Arredondo scored two of Mystic Valley’s four second-half TDs.
West Bridgewater 28, Holbrook 6 - West Bridgewater pulled away with 20 points in the second half for its fourth consecutive Thanksgiving win.