Saturday, September 22, 2012
Check out The Needham Channel's video recap of the game.
The Needham High School varsity football team beat Braintree High School 42-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 21. With the win, the Rockets improve to 3-0 on the season. Junior running back Mike Panepinto made four touchdowns in the first half. See more local news and videos on The Needham Channel's YouTube page.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Can't make it to tonight's away game? Follow the action live on Patch. Tonight's feed will include the Stoughton/Taunton, Oliver Ames/North Quincy, King Philip/Medfield and Mansfield/Needham high school football games.
Welcome to the Patch Hockomock League football live blog. The Patch teams in Stoughton, Easton (Oliver Ames), Mansfield, and Wrentham (King Philip) will be bringing you updates from Friday's football games: This week, Needham—which is part of the Bay State Conference—is playing its only non-league game of the 2012 season, against Mansfield, which is part of the Hockomock League. With this live blog you can interact with us and send us game photos. No need for scoreboard watching—Patch has you covered. The live blog will be posted, right here, embedded in this article prior to kickoff. So bookmark this page and return Friday evening to follow all the action. We will start blogging prior to the start of the Stoughton game, covering the …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Rockets smashed the visitors in their first home game of the season Sept. 7.
Monday, April 9, 2012
NHS varsity football head coach will be honored at a banquet on Wednesday, May 30 at the MIAA offices in Franklin.
Monday, April 9, 2012
By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics Needham High School Head Varsity Football Coach David Duffy has been named the 2012 Massachusetts Football Coach of the Year. The award was announced on April 2 by the MIAA Educational Athletics Department and Coaches Education Program. Duffy's selection was based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community and coaching quality. All of these characteristics, and more, were on display this fall, as Duffy and his staff helped lead the Rockets, through injury and adversity, to one of the strongest seasons in program history. After winning the Bay State Conference Carey Division Title and defeating New Bedford in the Division I semi-finals, the team advanced on to its first …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Fans turned out to cheer on the Rockets football team in their first ever Super Bowl game against BC High on Saturday, Dec. 3.
By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics Needham came out swinging against BC High School in the Division I Super Bowl on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, recovering an on-sides kick on the opening kick-off, then marching down the field to score the first points of the contest to build a 7-0 lead. BC High marched down the field to tie the game at 7-7, which remained the score until the start of the second quarter, when BC High got a 91-yard touchdown from their back-up running back to build a 14-7 lead going into the half. BC High got on the board first in the third quarter, to go up 21-7, and although the Rockets managed to get inside the 30-yard line four more times, they were unable to get into the endzone. Though they put up a …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Come to the high school to help send off the Needham High School football team as they head to Gillette Stadium for the Division 1 Super Bowl.
The big game is here! Today at 6:00 p.m., the Needham High School Rockets football team will battle the BC High Eagles for the MIAA Division 1 state title, taking the turf at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. But before the boys head off for some serious football, fans are invited to come cheer them on at a special Send-Off Rally today at 3:00 p.m. at the high school. As Touchdown Club president Ron Burnett put it: "Let's show our Needham Rockets how proud we are of them." Fans are encouraged to wear Rockets colors (blue and gold) and bring signs, balloons, cowbells and noisemakers. The team buses will be leaving the high school at 3:30 p.m., so fans should plan to gather by 3:15 p.m. along both sides of the driveway leading up to the top of…
Friday, December 2, 2011
Rockets fans are encouraged to come show their support for the MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl-bound team at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Friday, December 2, 2011
By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics The Super Bowl-bound Rockets were named the winners of the 2011 MIAA Football Team Sportsmanship Award this week. Needham High School representatives will be recognized during halftime of Saturday's 6:00 p.m. Division I Super Bowl Game at Gillette Stadium. On Thursday, Dec. 1, at Gillette Stadium, Head Coach Dave Duffy, along with senior captains Peter Madsen, Mark Riley, Drew Burnett and Mike Vespa, took part in the annual MIAA Super Bowl Breakfast and Planning Meeting. In addition to getting a tour of the facility and having a media session on the game field, a ceremonial coin toss was held that saw the Rockets come away as the home team for Saturday's game. As the home team, Needham will wear…
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A misread spreadsheet placed the Lexington-based high school football team in the finals, but the team was uninvited once the mistake was discovered.
And you thought this only happens in the Olympics. The Minuteman Career and Technical High School football team learned Saturday, Nov. 26, that it will not be competing in the Small Vocational Bowl on Dec. 1, as had been announced late last week due to a misreading of data on a spreadsheet, according to Dr. Ed Bouquillon, Minuteman's superintendent. “The conference-wide committee responsible for calculating win-loss records and assigning playoff pairings mistakenly placed Minuteman ahead of another school in the standings,” says Bouquillon, whose 700 students come from more than 20 communities including Needham. “I will be requesting a review from the MIAA, not so much to remedy this situation, but to avoid similar situations from …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Share your thoughts about the big Needham vs. Wellesley football match-up.
On Thursday, Nov. 24, Needham and Wellesley high school football teams will face off in their 124th annual Thanksgiving Day match-up. The tradition is reportedly the oldest public high school football rivalry in the nation, with the first game played in 1882. The record: Wellesley with 59 wins, Needham with 55, and nine tie games. Earlier, Needham Patch sports writer Matt Noonan made his prediction about who will come out on top in the Thanksgiving Day bout. Now we want to know what you think. Take our poll below and tell us which team you think will win—and whether it will be in overtime or within the confines of the regular game. Got a particular score in mind? Share your predictions in the comments below. And, while you're at it, show…
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Rockets' offense blasts off against Wamps.
The Braintree football team hosted Needham at Curry College on Saturday, and the Rockets more than made themselves feel at home by amassing 471 total yards and defeating the Wamps, 34-2. “We came back from a bad start there with two turnovers, but we came back and we played really well,” Needham coach Dave Duffy said. “I don’t think the heat and humidity helped Braintree out. They have a lot more two-way starters than we do with our depth. We rallied back and [Drew Burnett] made some good throws. Our defense played great. That’s the best they’ve played all year.” Needham received the ball to open the game, but the Rockets fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage. This gave the Wamps good field position, but they were forced to …