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Border Wars Continue This Friday Night!

On the first night of the season, the Rebels defended Walpole’s southern border from the invading Warriors of Foxboro. On October 17, the Rebels held our northern borders secure against the great floods and attacking herds of Mustangs. This Friday, we will repel an attack from the West, as another band of Warriors, this time from Medfield, try to upset the Walpole Rebels at 7 p.m. at Turco Field. (Don’t worry East Walpole, you face no threat from your border town to the east.)

The Rebels stand proud at 9-0, after dipatching with the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks two weeks ago 28-7 in the first round of the MIAA Playoffs. Then the Rebs dismantled (or “rocked” as the Milford newspaper described it) the heretofore cocky Milford Scarlet Hawks last Friday night. (Memo to Scarlet Hawk fans and all other Rebel opponents: Trash talk the Rebels, and you better be able to back it up. Milford (OK, the fans mostly) came in all talkin’ smack, and in return they got smacked in the choppers to the tune of 41-14. You can watch the whole game on Youtube HERE!)) So, as of week 10, Walpole has outscored its opponents 289 to 88 in those 9 games, an average of 32.2 ppg scored, and 9.6 ppg allowed.

However, there is a BIG, BIG difference from last year when Walpole played Medfield over there and won 21-7. See great Tim Hoffman photos from that game HERE. Last year, each team was way out of playoff contention, and just playing out the string. THIS year’s game will determine the winner of the Division Three Southwest Conference, and who gets to move on the playoffs. ,>

The 7-2 Medfield Warriors, representing the Tri Valley League (Large) have two big things going for them in this matchup. First, their head coach is a former Walpole Rebel, Dale Ormberg. So he won’t be intimidated by the Turco Field mystique, and maybe he can pass some serenity along to his players. Second, Medfield had a huge upset over Stoughton last week 23-13 , (and another story HERE) and the momentum from that win will certainly carry through to this week.

All this spells for a great game this Friday night. The enemy is coming to town straight down Route 27 with upset and revenge on their minds, so the Rebels had better be at their best!

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Early On Line Stories about Walpole’s Great Win Over Natick to WIN the Herget TITLE

Here are stome online stories about tonights epic battle of the former unbeaten Natick Redhawks and Walpole Rebels.

ESPN Boston pregame story HERE

Dunlap v. Lavanchy – No Longer a Contest, but click HERE anyway!

Great quote from Coach Greener: “Papirio is the most underrated player east of the Mississippi,” Walpole coach Barry Greener said after his team moved to 7-0 (5-0 BSC). “He’s a phenomenal football player, but he gets overshadowed and it’s unfortunate. He’s a stud.” Please see HEROES discussion in our game story! Click HERE for the WickedLocal Natick Report. 

HERE is a little blurb from the GLOBE. Please note, we wrote our related story before reading the Globe Story. Swear on a Bible. Because here is what the Globe says, which will sound very similar to parts of our article: “Walpole’s defense was relentless and the offense played well, but it was the special teams that led the eighth-ranked Rebels to a 17-14 win over sixth-ranked Natick that secured the Bay State Herget title on Friday night.” 

Here is a funny one, given the outcome of the game. Click HERE for the Herald pre-game story. But watch for the whopper of a curve ball Coach Greener tosses out there. Hysterical, again, in light of knowing how the game turned out, and how well the Rebel D played. (Coach Greener’s Dad was a career CIA man, so we think PSY-OPS runs in the family blood!)

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Let There Be No Doubt! Rebels Beat RedHawks 17-14!

In this week’s Walpole Times, Tyler Berkland is quoted as saying of the Natick game, “I expect a war. It’s going to be a great game, it’s going to come down to the final quarter probably.” Now that the Rebels have defeated Natick 17-14 in the most exciting game we have seen in years …..OK, in one year, since last year’s Natick game, we can alter the quote a little so it reads about Walpole’s QB, “I am a warrior. I am going to have a great game, I am going to do whatever it takes to win in the final quarter, definitely…” Tyler would never say these things about himself, but we sure will. The outcome of the game was in question in the fourth quarter, and Tyler Berkland took over, the way championship quarterbacks take over, and with his legs and arm and brains and bravery, he put the Rebels in a position to win. And win they did. This was a game that lived up to its billing in every way, shape and form. The list of heroes is a long one, but let’s start with these:

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A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”  We all recognize the opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. In 2014, it is clearly the best of times for the 5-0 Walpole Rebels, and the worst of time for the 0-5 Norwood Mustangs. But did you know that the words that follow this famous line also apply to the two rival football programs? It goes on: ” . . . it was the epoch of belief; it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness;  it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, [they] had nothing before [them]. . . .” Weirdly prophetic, no? Saturday at 2:30 p.m. {it was around the same time that Dickens wrote this story that all high schools played on Saturdays in Massachusetts} at Norwood High School is where this Tale of Two Cities will be played out on the gridiron. With all due respect, it is not going to be pretty. 

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This Totally Cool! Bracketology!

Last year when the MIAA rearranged the world of Massachusetts High School Football, no one knew what the heck was going on. This year however, high school sports reporter extraordinaire Brendan C. Hall of ESPNBoston has put together a feature that allows us fans to check in on the status of our Rebels as they relate to the other teams they may face in the playoffs. It is an “if the season ended today, these teams would make it” kind of analysis that you will love to look at it and study. See it all right HERE. Bracketology, baby!

And thanks Brendan (follow Brendan on Twitter HERE!)

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Wellesley To Raid Walpole Tonight!

The parents of today’s Walpole Rebels will remember that we were younger, Thursday night was “destination television” or “Must See TV” with shows like Cheers, Taxi, Hill Street Blues, ER, Seinfeld, etc. Well, this Thursday in Walpole will be “destination Turco Field” and “Must See Rebel Football” as the Wellesley Raiders come to Walpole. Wellesley is 0-3 on the season, with their losses coming to Concord-Carlisle, 34-7; Newton North 28-23; and Natick 35-7 (see below). However, the Raiders play Walpole tough – all we have to do is remember last year’s game against Wellesley was a thriller, with Walpole outlasting the Raiders in a shootout 49-35. It was the game where, in many ways, both Jack Lavanchy and Andrew Papirio began to define themselves as outstanding players. Both made huge plays throughout the Wellesley game last year. The high level of play of these two has certainly carried over to this year. As we said, Natick beat up Wellesley pretty bad last week, 35-7. Story HERE. So maybe Coach Jesse Davis’ Raiders will be looking to redeem themselves against the unbeaten Rebels, tonight, at 7:00 p.m. at John Turco Memorial Field. Bring your umbrellas just case, but this is a “Must See” Game!

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Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting!

With the unusual Saturday night tilt scheduled for October 27 against the Dedham Marauders, we are reminded of that old Elton John classic, which starts (with a little poetic license with the lyrics):

“It’s getting late have you seen my mates/ Ma tell me when the boys get here/It’s seven o’clock and I want to rock/ Gonna fill that Dedham full of fear…” 

While “Saturday Night Lights” just doesn’t have the same ring to it that Friday night does, once again, the Rebels will be at the friendly (and tonight steamy) confines of Turco Field. The Rebs are sporting a 2-0 record, having outscored their  two opponenets by a combined score 64-8. Dedham comes into this Saturday night “fight” with a 0-2 record: a 10-7 loss to Medfield and a 26-21 loss to Norwell. So, even though Dedham hasn’t been doing much maurauding over the past several years, look for them to come in tonight and give their best effort. We also know exactly what has been on their bulletin board all week………

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