Annual MHSFCA Membership Dues
Leicester & Auburn to play in Top Cop Game
8/16/2016 - (Danny Ventra Blog Post) Leicester and Auburn will play in the inaugural Top Cop Game on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Auburn High School. While the game is being played at Auburn High, Leicester High will be the “home” team the night of the game.
All of the proceeds of the game will go to the family of Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino Jr., who was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016 while making a traffic stop.
Before joining the Auburn Police Department Officer Tarentino, 42, was a police officer in Leicester, where he lived with his wife and three children.
All personnel working the night of the game – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, school administrators, ticket takers and concession stand staff – are volunteering their services in honor of the memory of Officer Tarentino.
Tickets for the game are $5 and are currently being sold in Auburn at Auburn High School (99 Auburn St.) and at Erica Sullivan Realty (889 Southbridge St.) and in Leicester at Mike’s Donut Shoppe (1181 Main St.). It is strongly recommended that tickets to the game be purchased in advance.
In addition, t-shirts commemorating Officer Tarentino and the game may be purchased at the above locations. The price of the t-shirts is $15.
For more information about this press release please contact Ken Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playoff System Voted In, Again
4/8/2016 - Massachusetts high school administrators meet today at their annual spring meeting and one of topics on the agenda was the current playoff system.
After presentations for and against the current system, a vote was taken. The current system was voted in with 161 in favor and 105 against.
MHSFCA Hall of Fame and Awards Night
3/21/2016 - The 30th Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Double Tree Hotel in Westboro. The event will begin with a social hour at 4:00 PM, followed by dinner at 5:00 PM.
The banquet will feature in induction of the following into the MHSFCA Hall of Fame: Bill Adams-Lynnfield, Dana Almeida-Falmouth, Ray Cosenza-Fitchburg, William Gallagher-Palmer, Rocky Nelson-Woburn, and Jim Sullivan-Norwell.
The following assistant football coaches will be honored for their many years of service: Tom Carter-North Quincy, Thomas Gammell-Fitchburg, Mike Martin- Dartmouth, Fred Olshaw-Middlesex School, Jeff Perkins-Rockland, and John Sexton-Central Catholic.
In addition, Charlie Stevenson of Xaverian Brothers High School will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in raising money for the Shrine Hospitals, via the annual High School Football Combine, held each May.
Thirteen players will be awarded the Paul Costello Courageous Player Award, given to players throughout the state who have over come hardship and/or adversity, and still were able to contribute to their high school football programs. They are: Bryan Carrabis - Medfield, Griffin Clark - Andover, Tom Escobar - Tantasqua, Nathan Healy - Shepherd Hill, Jack Kolis - Rivers, Cam Lucey - St. John’s (S), Nick Martin - Mansfield, Stephen Peterson - Maynard, Mike Quinn - Northbridge, Keith Reissfelder - Blue Hills, Troy Shallow - Lincoln Sudbury, Matt Timperio - Bedford, and John Williams - Medfield.
Finally, the Media Award winner will be given posthumously to Bruce Lerch, a high school football writer from the Boston Herald. Bruce passed away in December from cancer.
Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting; Sandy Ruggles email@example.com or Tom Lopez LSFootball@aol.com
National Football Foundation - Jack Grinold Chapter Clinic
2/24/2016 - The National Football Foundation Eastern Massachusetts Jack Grinold Chapter Clinic will be held Saturday April 2nd at 7:30am. Boston College will again host the free clinic at the Yawkey Center. Please note that maximum if 4 coaches from each school can attend. Coaches are required to register before March 17th via this link. Please note walk-ups will not be accepted.
Speakers include; Scot Loeffler (OC) and Jim Reid (DC) of Boston College, Joel Lamb (OC) and Scott Larkee (DC) of Harvard, Jack Cosgrove formally of Maine and EJ Mills of Amherst College. Click here for more details.
All other questions can be directed to the Boston College Football Office, 617-552-3010.
MIAA Board of Directors Vote to Re-Vote
1/13/2016 - The MIAA Board of Directors voted today to allow the general assembly to determine the future of the current football playoff system in April. The board of directors voted 15-1 in favor of voting on the current system, after listening to the administrators and athletic directors of the Bay State Conference. The BSC athletic directors bone of contention was that there was no second vote, after the current system was passed with a "pilot program" tag in 2012.
The general assembly vote will happen April 8th at the Double Tree Hotel in Westboro. The current system will be in place for the 2016 season regardless of the outcome of the vote.
If the general assembly votes out statewide playoff system for 2017 the MIAA Football Committee will have to come up with new plan. The Football Committee will most likely will have to start from scratch. The previous system (Tuesday/Saturday) that required teams to play 3 games in 10 days will not be an option due to the health concerns. It is very unlike the MIAA Tournament Management Committee would allow any system that does not protect the safety of the athletes.
While the current system is not perfect, it has worked well and the Football Committee has made and will continue to make tweaks to improve it. If your school votes against the current plan - you are voting for the great unknown!
MHSFCA / New England Patriots Coaches Clinic
MHSFCA Releases it's 2015 Super 26 All-State Team
1/11/2016 - The MHSFCA released it's Super 26 All-State Team in early January. This is the 20th year the team has been selected. The team features players from all sections of the state and will be honored March 1st at Lantana's in Randolph. Click here to view the team.
A Crucial Catch - Pass it Forward
8/24/2015 - A Crucial Catch is collaboration between the NFL and the American Cancer Society promoting the breast cancer awareness and encouraging women 40 and older to get annual mammograms, to find breast cancer in the early stages. This program will be back in full effect this October and your school can and should get involved.
These Pink games severe as a reminder to our players that we all can do more to help fight this disease. This year Todd McShay, a former Massachusetts quarterback and current ESPN Analyst, has written a letter (click here) highlighting his family's battle with cancer and the need to help fight this battle.
Contact Greg McKeever, 508-270-4823 of the American Cancer Society to host a Crucial Catch Game this October.
Association of New England Football Officials
8/15/2015 - The Association of New England Football Officials (ANEFO) will be conducting its annual certification course for those persons interested in officiating high school, prep school & youth football. Registration for classes will begin on Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 7:00 PM and weekly classes will continue for 2 months. At conclusion of the course, an exam will be given which, if passed, will certify that person to officiate high school, prep school, & youth football in the state of Massachusetts.
Cost of the course is $75.00. All classes will be held at the Irish-American Club, 177 West St., Malden, MA 02148
Interested parties should attend scheduled registration. (Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 7:00 PM)
October 13th, 6:30pm
MHSFCA Executive Meeting,
Xaverian Brothers HS
November 10th, 6:30pm
MHSFCA Executive Meeting,
Xaverian Brothers HS
Super Bowl / State Championships
28th Annual Eastern MA & NH College Football Night
Tewksbury Country Club, Tewksbury
December 8th, 6:30pm
MHSFCA Executive Broad Meeting,
Xaverian Brothers HS
All-State Nominations are Due
Shriner Game Nominations Due