Durfee, Diman, Case, SB, other enthusiasts for non-playoff games


FALL RIVER – The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association football playoffs are scheduled to begin this Friday.

None of the six teams at the Grand Fall River Grill have reached playoff level in their respective divisions, based on the new playoff format rule (top 16 teams in each division determined by power rankings). ).

But coaches are excited to play an opponent in Week 9 non-playoff games that they normally don’t get the chance to see during the regular season.

Diman vs Tech Rive-Sud

“We’re just excited to go out and play another home game under the lights this Friday,” said Diman head coach Luke Bahry, whose team improved to 3-4 after a spectacular victory on Bristol-Plymouth in week 8. “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep improving.

The Bahry club will host Mayflower Vocational Small League opponent South Shore Tech., Who comes to town 3-6. The Vikings lost their game to Old Colony, 28-0.

Seen on stage: Diman's football celebrated senior night and won a spectacular 21-20 against Bristol-Plymouth on Friday.

“South Shore are a well-trained team that have played well against good teams,” said Bahry.

Jayden Massey was exceptional in the Bengals’ win over the Craftsmen, rushing for a career-high 262 yards and three touchdowns.

Case against West Bridgewater

Joseph Case won Week 8 against Old Colony and will face Mayflower Comprehensive frontman West Bridgewater, who shutout Wareham, 36-0, last week.

Scenes from the Friday night football game between Joseph Case High School and Carver.

The Wildcats were snubbed by the new MIAA Division 7 statewide tournament rule despite ending the year at 6-1. West Bridgewater finished 19th overall in power, and only the top 16 can qualify.

“West Bridgewater are a great team that deserves to be part of the state tournament,” said Cardinals head coach Anthony Palladino. “In my opinion, they have the best case for a playoff snub in the state. It will be a difficult challenge for us, but we are delighted with this opportunity. “

Quarterback Tyler Cabral spent a night for Case (5-2) in Week 8, throwing three touchdown passes and finishing the game nine of 13 for 187 yards.

Case's Tyler Cabral comes out of his pocket to avoid pressure from Diman Voke's Aiden Dumond on September 10, 2021.

Matt Howard received two touchdown passes from Cabral. Joey Garrell helped with a touchdown reception and an interception.

Preston Dyer and Brady Thiboutot each scored touchdown points in the victory.

Atlantis Charter vs. Bourne

The Atlantis Charter / Connolly / Westport co-op team felt and adapted to the common difficulties of start-up programs. But regardless, with dedicated training and hard-working kids, the Newts (0-8) will continue to fight.

Head coach Chuck Phillips’ squad will face South Coast Conference opponent Bourne (2-8), who lost to Seekonk last week.

Scenes from Atlantis Charter football practice

“We’re playing a program that historically has had a great coach and a hard-working group of players,” Phillips said of the Canalmen. We are delighted to introduce ourselves to another team in the region. We hope for good competition, continuous improvement and that all players from both teams end the game in good health. “

Durfee vs. Falmouth

Meanwhile, Durfee (1-6) will travel east to face Division IV opponent Cape & Island Atlantic League Falmouth, who will enter their home game at 4-5.

The Clippers shut out Nauset, 14-0, in Week 8.

Hilltoppers head coach Taylor Brown’s team played well against league opponent Brockton last Sunday before falling to the Boxers, 28-6. Quarterback Isaiyah Thomas carried the ball 16 times for 44 yards, including the only score of the game for Durfee – a 34-yard rush.

Brockton quarterback Jason Wonodi carries the ball and is tackled by Isaiyah Thomas of Durfee during a game on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Defensively, Javon Holley had an interception and a recovery fumble.

Somerset Berkley v Oliver Ames

Somerset Berkley comes off their second win of the season last Friday against league opponents Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech.

The Raiders will host Hockomock Davenport League opponent Oliver Ames on Friday. The Tigers (2-8) lost to Franklin last week and are mired in a losing three-game skid.

Dylan Rodriguez scored a pair of touchdowns for SB (2-5). Davis Sullivan and quarterback Owen Meehan also added a touchdown.

Tyler Sandford of Somerset Berkley

Bishop Stang vs. Dennis Yarmouth

Bishop Stang is another of the Fall River teams that will travel east to take on Atlantic League Division IV opponent from Cape Town and Island Dennis Yarmouth.

The Dolphins (2-6) lost a tough game to the English Boston, 24-22.

Spartans head coach Dennis Golen’s team lost to Bishop Fenwick in Week 8.

Noah Grigson connected with Jackson Tingley-Prince on an eight-yard touchdown pass and Nick Hyland blocked a punt for safety.

Michael Golden had a pair of 15 and 6 yard touchdowns for Stang (1-7).

Herald News sports writer Steven Sanchez’s prediction in week 9

Non-qualifying football

Atlantis Charter / Connolly / Westport 28, Bourne 21

Bishop Stang 24, Dennis Yarmouth 16

Cas Joseph 28, West Bridgewater 20

Sunday 30, Rive-Sud Tech. 7

Durfee 24, Falmouth 14

Somerset Berkley 30, Oliver Ames 14

Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette sports editor Steven Sanchez can be reached at [email protected] You can follow him on Twitter at @Chezsports. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News today.


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