Mashpee High School hosted the final week of the six-week high school football seven-on-seven passing league on Wednesday, July 30. The noncontact league allows high school players from several area high schools to work on a variety of offensive plays with teammates as they prepare for the coming football season.
Pope John Paul bested Mashpee, 30-20, in the championship game of the tournament held that night. Also participating in the tournament were Nauset, Sandwich, Old Rochester, Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy.
Mashpee got the best of Monomoy in the first round, thanks to some nice throws from quarterback Nick Carpenter, who is entering his junior year. Shawn Hendricks caught a long touchdown pass, running free up the left side. Linebacker DeShaun Dias, who is returning from a leg injury, also made a number of nice plays.
In the next round, Mashpee rallied to defeat Nauset. Carpenter hooked up with Hendricks for another long score, as the receiver blew past the corner and created space for his quarterback to throw. Dominick Cassell had some nice plays on defense during the match-up.
Pope John secured an early lead in the final game and never looked back.
Mashpee head coach Matt Triveri is not allowed to coach his players during the league but was on hand to watch the action, along with coaches from all of the other programs. Triveri said he liked what he saw from his group of players.
“The league is good because it adds a competitive spice in the summer and gets the kids out and running,” he said. “They’re figuring out what to do, alignments, match-ups, stuff like that. You don’t want them doing too much, but it’s a good way to start to get ready.”
Mashpee players will be involved in a preseason camp with players from Sandwich and Old Rochester starting Monday, August 4. That camp will be held at MHS through Thursday, August 7, from 5:30 to 8 PM.
The official start date for the 2014 football season is August 18. That is the first day that the MIAA allows organized team practices, with the first three days of practice designated for conditioning.
The Falcons’ first game of the season is a road date at Upper Cape Tech, set for September 6 at 1 PM. The team plays its home opener on September 12 at 7 PM, against Bristol-Plymouth.