Game information, broadcast news
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE — The Melrose Red Raider football team were not the only Cinderella story in Div. 3 this season. On Saturday the Dartmouth High School football team shocked many by beating undefeated Walpole (10-1) in the Div. 3 State Semifinal at Marciano Stadium. Melrose and Dartmouth will now face each other in the Div. 3 State Championship at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
Dartmouth scored two touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game to beat presumable favorite Walpole including one thrown after a recovered onside kick. The result is the most unexpected Super Bowl division match up in many years.
Who is Dartmouth? At 9-2 the Indians entered the Div. 3 Southeast tournament at 5-2 and as second seed but beat Nauset and Dighton Rehoboth to reach the finals. They became the Div. 3 Southeast champs after beating Somerset Berkley 14-0. They bring to the field quarterback Blaine Almedia, running back Chris Martin and Jack McCabe, who scored the winning touchdown on Saturday.
On Tuesday Dec. 2, the MIAA will host a Championship breakfast for all teams participating in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. At the breakfast Melrose will host media while also flipping a coin for home advantage.
Superbowl Game Schedule (courtesy of the MIAA):
*Game times are approximate, starting 15 minutes after conclusion of the previous game
Division 6 Cohasset vs. Littleton 9:00 a.m.
Division 2 Longmeadow vs. Marshfield 11:00 a.m.*
Division 1 Everett vs. Xaverian 1:30 p.m.*
Division 4 Holliston vs. Wahconah Regional 3:30 p.m.*
Division 3 Dartmouth vs. Melrose 6:00 p.m.*
Division 5 Abington vs. Northbridge 8:00 p.m.*
*All game times approximate
Tickets information will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to visit www.miaa.net for up to date information.
Parking: Parking is included as part of the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience. Fans arriving via Route 495 and Route 1 North should enter the stadium parking lots via the P7 or P8 entrances. Fans arriving via Route 95 and Route 1 South should enter the stadium parking lots via the P1 entrance. No tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots. Fan buses are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each game’s approximate start time.
Concessions and Dining: Concessions will be available throughout the day at Gillette Stadium. In addition, Patriot Place features 16 casual to high-end restaurants for pre-game meals or post-game celebrations. Visit www.patriot-place.com for restaurant info.
Kraft Sports Productions will produce the television broadcast, which will air all six games on Comcast SportsNet. The games will also be simulcast on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Div. 6 9:00 a.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. 2 11:00 a.m.* Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. 1 1:30 p.m.* Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. 4 3:30 p.m.* Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. 3 6:00 p.m.* Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. 5 8:00 p.m.* Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
*All game times approximate
Ticket information for the Dec. 6 showdown will be forthcoming. Fans are encouraged to visit www.miaa.net for information and see next week’s edition for a full preview.