Springfield Central captures third straight Massachusetts high school football championship

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After two straight Division 2 titles, Springfield Central is now a Massachusetts Division 1 high school football champ. Thursday, the Golden Eagles beat Central Catholic, ranked No. 2 in our statewide rankings, 22-15 at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, for the title in the state’s largest divisiion.

Springfield Central and Central Catholic bookended the 2021 Massachusetts high school football season. During the opening weekend of the season, Central Catholic beat the Golden Eagles in a 67-52 shootout.

In the season-ending rematch, Springfield Central, ranked No. 3 in the High School Football America Massachusetts Top 10, scored two second quarter touchdowns to build a 22-8 halftime lead that they wouldn’t give up with a balanced offense that had 199 yards on the ground and 187 yards through the air.

Junior Springfield Central quarterback William “Pop” Watson, who holds eight Division I college football scholarship offers, completed 13-of-14 passes. He tossed a touchdown pass and ran for one.

On the ground, Tariq Thomas carried the ball 27 times for 167 yards with a touchdown.

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