High School Sports


The Black Nights Shall Attacketh At Dusk!

The Walpole Rebels earned a first round playoff home game with its hard fought and well earned 5-2 record. But the team we drew as a first-round opponent will be anything but a walk in the park, as the 4-3  Stoughton Black Knights are set to invade the friendly confines of Turco Field on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Thanks to the new playoff system, Stoughton is another team we haven’t seen much of in the past, and other than Town Spa Pizza and a pretty decent Army-Navy store in the center of town, we don’t know that much about Stoughton at all! But seriously, the Black Knights will crusade in from the Hockomock League, so the Rebs better have their chinstraps buckled, because Stoughton is an “old-school”  (i.e., “smashmouth”) Hockomock League football team. “Might be the best No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed matchup in any district in the state this year,” according to Scott Barboza of ESPNBoston!

Black Knights mascot photo.

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Football Game or Track Meet?

Walpole travels to Milton this Friday night, for what promises to be a crazy, wide-open, and potentially high scoring affair. Milton has a new coach, who says this about his talented senior quarterback, Mike Fallon: “There’s no doubt that Mike Fallon will set several, if not all single-season passing records here. That’s what happens when you change to an offense that throws the ball 30-plus times per game.” That’s very unusual for a high school football program. The Wildcats have scored 60 points in their first two games, a 34-24 win over common foe Needham, and a 26-20 win over Quincy. 

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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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