MELROSE OFFENSE was on fire last Thursday when the Melrose High football team took out Whitter Tech 35-8 in consolation play. (photo by Raj Das edphotos.com)
Update post publication:
Melrose falls to Wayland 35-28 (Nov. 10)
Published November 10, 2023
Football dominates Whittier in consolation play
35-8 victory improves Melrose to 7-2
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE—The Melrose High football team continued their winning ways when they competed in consolation non playoff action last Thursday at home, hosting 6-2 Whittier Tech and running away with a big 35-8 victory.
This Friday, Melrose travels to Wayland to take on the Warriors looking to secure a final win prior to Thanksgiving.
As the regular season unwinds, it is feasible that Melrose can complete a 9-2 season and win a ML title in a year in which they were denied playoffs.
And they made that job easier with an all around solid game on both sides of the ball against the Whittier Tech Warriors.
Melrose was simply dominant on offense. Senior quarterback Connor Brophy ran for Melrose’s first touchdown, a 10 yard score that put Melrose up 7-0 on the team’s first possession. He also kicked the extra point.
Another Brophy keeper TD would put Melrose up 14-0. That score was set up on long rushes by Max Lanciani and Keegan Moloney, plus a pass connection to Ben Cassavoy from QB Jack Feeney. With just five minutes left in the first, Melrose was up two touchdowns.
Marco Albanese picked off a Whittier pass midfield and after some runs by Nick Hitchman, Connor Brophy connected on a 43 yard touchdown pass to Albanese to make it 21-0. Melrose nearly scored again on an end zone throw before halftime, and they went into the break 21-0.
Junior Nick Hitchman had an impressive 35-yard rushing touchdown to open the third and give Melrose a 35-0 lead. In the final quarter, Melrose saw some nice rushes by Rich Harrison and Tyler Garipay before Whittier prevented the shutout with a touchdown with 5:00 left in the game.
Stay tuned next week when we run our annual Thanksgiving Supplement, giving you everything you need to know about the MHS Football Team, Cheer Team and Marching Band and Color Guard.
We will also preview the annual Thanksgiving game between Melrose and Wakefield.