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Marblehead remains rock-solid – Boston Herald

Marblehead has been knocking on the doorstep of a state title several times in Jim Rudloff’s tenure as head coach.

Last year, the Magicians finally kicked it in.

Led in large part by All-Scholastics Connor Cronin and Josh Robertson, Marblehead outlasted North Attleboro in a classic battle to take home the school’s first state football title. Proud owners of the state’s longest current winning streak at 20, Cronin leads a solid group of returnees eager to defend the crown.

There are no shortage of contenders capable of dethroning the kings of the Northeastern Conference. The team we feel has the best shot of doing just that is Milton, a talented squad led by Owen McHugh and Jack Finnegan.

Plymouth South has one of the best backs in the state in Casious Johnson, while Billerica, Hanover, Masconomet, North Attleboro and Walpole should be in the hunt.

The all-Patriot League final for the Div. 4 title between Scituate and Duxbury lived up to the hype as the Sailors rallied to stun the favored Dragons to take home the title. Scituate will be looking to lineman Danny Thompson, linebacker Colin Morley, cornerback Will Chatterton and tight end/defensive end Jamieson Hodlin to try to get back to Gillette.

As for Duxbury, two-time All-Scholastic quarterback Matt Festa is back and that’s a pretty good place to start. Linebacker Alex Barlow and wide receiver Chris Walsh are among the most experienced returnees for the Dragons.

Tewksbury returns a solid nucleus, while Melrose should rebound from a rare offseason. Keep an eye on Bedford, which returnees a lot of talent from a squad which knocked off Tewksbury in the first round of the state tournament. Others to watch include Foxboro, Holliston and Middleboro.

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