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North Quincy wants to build on last season’s football success,
Raiders want even more

North Quincy wants to build on last season’s football success, Their first winning season in more than 10 years gave the Red Raiders a taste of success. This season, they want to make winning an even bigger part of their diet.

The bar has been raised considerably at North Quincy.

Coming off their first winning season (6-5) in more than 10 years, the Red Raiders won’t be sneaking up on anyone in 2008.

“We had a lot of wins last year that were earned, but we had some white-cloud luck on our side at the same time,” third-year coach Jim Connor said. “The next step, obviously, is to get one more win than the year before and keep taking small steps and try to improve on it.

“We just want to be better than we were last year.”

Last year’s team got the ball rolling quickly in the right direction, making this one of the most anticipated seasons in recent NQ history.

“There are a lot of positive things going on right now with the program,” said Connor, whose younger brother Dan is a rookie linebacker with the Carolina Panthers. “The kids seem to be excited.”

“It does give you enthusiasm,” agreed senior linebacker/right guard R.J. Barden, one of the team’s captains. “Hopefully we can make the city proud.”

Barden is part of perhaps North’s greatest asset – an offensive line that returns all five starters. The rest of the lineup: junior right tackle Mike Benoit, senior center Chris Bergeron, senior left guard Joe Benoit and junior left tackle A.J. Morfe.

“We have a good sense of the offense,” Barden said. “We have a head start on where we were last year. Things that we were going over in Week 3 and 4 with a first-year line (last year), I’m going over in the first week of camp.”

Barden and company will try to open holes in their Wing-T offense for senior running backs Pat Watkins and Joe Vialpando, plus junior fullback Brian Donaghey. At quarterback, junior Mike Stanton and senior Mario Dashi are vying to replace departed Dennis Martin.

North Quincy left the Atlantic Coast League to play in the Fisher Division of the Patriot League this season with Hanover, Pembroke, Rockland, Randolph and Middleboro.

And, of course, there’s the traditional Thanksgiving showdown with Quincy. The Presidents have won nine straight in the series, including a 28-7 upset win last year that ended North’s breakthrough season on a down note.

“I think the kids this year are going to hopefully pull together and get a win and end that streak, make it more of a rivalry,” Connor said. “It’s been lopsided.”

Scituate plays keep away with NQ 0-1

QUINCY — Scituate High’s grind-it-out offense derailed North Quincy’s vaunted passing attack simply by denying the Red Raiders the football Friday night, as the Sailors downed NQ, 24-0, at Memorial Stadium.

“Our goal with this offense is to control the clock and the ball,” said Sailors coach Herb Devine, who won his debut at the Scituate helm. “Their quarterback has a great arm, so we wanted to keep him off the field as much as possible. Our defense set everything up, however, and our defensive coordinator, Mike Driscoll and coaches Keith Sweeney and Jason MacDonald deserve special credit there.”

In the first half Scituate controlled the ball the majority of the time with a strong running game, led by junior Chris Mogan and senior Martin Noenickx.

North Quincy’s highlight of the half was a 40-yard run by Joe Vialpando, but the Red Raiders only got as far as the Scituate 30 before Noenickx intercepted a pass from Mike Stanton before the end of the first quarter.

Scituate took 13 plays to open the scoring, with Mogan taking an option pitch to the right from 4 yards away two minutes into the second quarter.

Later, a 51-yard punt return by James Voelger put Scituate on the North 36, where it needed 10 plays to score. Noenickx swept the left side from 10 yards away with 55 seconds left in the half for a 12-0 lead. (Scituate missed an extra point and a conversion run).

North’s best possession came after Scituate failed to recover an onside kick. A 10-yard pass from Stanton to fullback Brian Donaghey got the hosts across midfield to the 43. Then a 9-yard run by Donaghey resulted in another first down. NQ got as deep as the Scituate 26 before Stanton was sacked by Patrick Ivens as time expired.

The Sailors ate up most of the third period with another long drive, hitting paydirt 37 seconds into the final frame, as senior Kyle Crowley turned a reverse into a 29-yard touchdown.

The Raiders mounted their best drive after that, as Stanton connected with Paul Reamer for a 19-yard gain, and then hit Patrick Watkins for a 12-yard gain to the Sailor 5-yard line. But two plays later, Sailor captain Rob Carlezon picked off a pass at the goal line and rumbled down to the NQ 27 before being tackled.

Five plays later, Mogan swept left end for a 20-yard TD and the 24-0 final.

“Scituate did a great job controlling the clock,” said NQ coach Jim Connor. “They played methodical, mistake-free football. Pat Watkins and RJ Barden played well for us, but we need more than individual efforts – we need to work better as a team.”

North Quincy @ Sharon 1-1

North Quincy evened its record at 1-1 by blowing out Sharon 28-0 on Saturday.

Senior halfback Pat Watkins led the way with 86 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards and a 50-yard TD run in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Mike Stanton only threw one incomplete pass on the day.

Mike definitely showed poise and really played the game at quarterback like a senior leader,North Quincy coach Jim Connor said. "He definitely controlled the huddle and did a lot of things we know he could do.

Besides Watkins TD run, North Quincy had touchdown runs from junior fullback Brian Donaghey, senior halfback Joe Vialtando and junior fullback Terrance Staley.

North Quincy runs over Whitman-Hanson

The Patriot Ledger Posted Oct 03, 2008 @ 11:29 PM

It was quite an evening for the North Quincy High School football team and senior halfbacks Joe Vialpando and Pat Watkins.

The Red Raiders’ two-headed monster played outstanding on both sides of the ball in the 21-0 rout of Whitman-Hanson at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Vialpando (14 carries, 103 yards) scored on a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and had two interceptions in the win.

Watkins (18 carries, 86 yards) had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and also recorded a pick. Brian Donaghey also had a touchdown for North Quincy (3-1).

The Panthers dropped to 1-3.

North Quincy 32, Pembroke 0

North Quincy's game has no holes RJ BARDEN Returns INT for TD By Michael Grossi Globe Correspondent / October 12, 2008

PEMBROKE - North Quincy won yesterday's game in the trenches. The Red Raiders' offensive line dominated in a 32-0 victory over Patriot League rival Pembroke, opening numerous holes for North Quincy's stable of running backs. Five Red Raiders rushed for more than 30 yards, led by Brian Donaghey's 63. North Quincy finished with 259 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries.

North Quincy coach Jim Connor, a former offensive lineman, was pleased with his line's play.

"Chris Bergeron, AJ Morfe, Joe Benoit, Mike Benoit, and RJ Barden have been playing together a long time," said Connor. "They know each other's limits and have great chemistry. That is so valuable."

North Quincy's defensive line was just as dominant. Pembroke was unable to get much push as North Quincy allowed a scant 51 yards on 21 rushes.

"We have a lot of returning starters on defense and that savvy has been really valuable," said Connor. "They understand the game, play aggressively, and get the job done."

The play of the game came from the Red Raider defensive line. Leading by 19 in the fourth quarter, Connor was still a little nervous. But Barden provided breathing room.

On Pembroke's first play after North Quincy took a 19-0 lead, Luke Leavitt dropped back to pass. Barden leaped to snare Leavitt's bullet then rumbled 32 yards down the sideline for a 26-0 lead.

"[Barden] is a heck of a player," said Connor. "That changed the game. It didn't feel that comfortable until that point."

The defensive line made another great play at the end of the first half, when Pembroke faced a third and 10 at its 15. Joe Benoit crashed through the middle of the Pembroke line and forced a fumble that North Quincy recovered at the Pembroke 7. Three plays later, Mike Stanton hit running back Pat Watkins on a swing pass for the 7-yard touchdown. A missed extra point made the score 13-0 at the half.

The Red Raiders broke the game open in the fourth. A 48-yard run by Donaghey gave North Quincy a first down at the Pembroke 5. On second down, Watkins scampered through an enormous hole for a 4-yard touchdown with just more than nine minutes remaining.

North Quincy's final score came while it was trying to run down the clock. Pembroke was overpowered on a 10-play, 56-yard drive that was capped by Terrell Staley's 14-yard dash.

Pembroke attempted to make the game interesting at the beginning of the third quarter. On the second-half kickoff, Andrew Chapman broke through arm tackles for a 64-yard return. Matt Jay saved a touchdown when he pushed Chapman out at the North Quincy 15.

After two runs for minimal gains, Leavitt tried a fade pass to Joe Memmo in the corner of the end zone. Jay had perfect coverage and was able to pick off the pass to preserve the 13-0 lead.

Super sub powers North Quincy

By Nick French For The Patriot Ledger Posted Oct 24, 2008 @ 10:43 PM Last update Oct 24, 2008 @ 11:57 PM

QUINCY — The measure of a good team is how prepared a backup is to take a starting role. North Quincy tailback Terrence Staley proved he can handle the spotlight any day.

With two backs injured, Staley came up with 124 yards and two second-half touchdowns to propel North Quincy to a 21-14 victory over Hanover at Veterans Stadium on Friday night.

“We give five guys reps every day in practice, and that’s why,” said North Quincy coach Jim Connor. “We get a guy who’s not an original starter, and just basically wins the game for us.”

Hanover opened the scoring on the first possession of the game, going 62 yards on five plays, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from Matt Page.

The Indians had a golden opportunity to extend their lead after recovering a muffed punt at the North Quincy 24, but the Red Raider defense stiffened and denied the Indians.

With four minutes to play in the half, the Red Raiders finally got a spark when Matt Jay picked off an errant throw to give the offense the ball and good field position. Two plays later, quarterback Mike Stanton (10-for-15, 164 yards) connected with Tim Stille for 26 yards, and then found Paul Reamer with a 5-yard scoring toss to tie the game at 7 going into the half.

North Quincy took the opening possession and marched downfield, thanks largely to a 58-yard pass from Stanton to Reamer (five receptions for 103 yards). Staley gave North Quincy a 14-7 lead with a 1-yard scoring run.

Hanover answered right back with a touchdown of its own, going 74 yards in four minutes, that ended with quarterback Matt Johnson finding Nick Hocking for a 3-yard strike.

Staley got it all back in the ensuing possession, rumbling 57 yards for the go-ahead score.

The Red Raiders forced three turnovers to preserve the lead.

“They just played really well,” Connor said of his defense. “If we play like this, play solid football, we should be in good shape."