Welcome to the 2-0 Fantasy Train (3-1 overall in 2 leagues) as I pumped out another win in my work league (123.1-107.7). I’m starting to feel better about my team, but there are some glaring holes in it, and hopefully I can pick up something off the scrap heap this week on waivers.Read More
So week one is in the books in my work league and I am happy to say that I am (1-0). I won 170.8-126.4Read More
As football fans in New England know all too well, with success comes high expectations. That is what longtime Doherty High football coach Sean Mulcahy faces year in and year out with not only one of the top high school football programs in Worcester, but in Central Mass as well.
Although Mulcahy appreciates the sentiment from what he calls “outside expectations,” he and his staff are gearing up for another playoff run this year.
“We want to get better every week,” Mulcahy said in a phone interview with Worcester Sports Scene this week. “We can’t look ahead, because when we start comparing ourselves to other teams, that is when we will trip up.”
Since winning the Division 4A State Title in 2013, the Highlanders have made the postseason every year. Mulcahy, who has been coaching the Highlanders since 1990, credits it to an “all-in” effort from the top down.
“We have great assistant coaches and they work very hard, not just during the season, but in the off-season as well,” he said.
In a time in which football has seen declining numbers, the Doherty program, Mulcahy said, has seen just the opposite. Over 100 students in grades 9-12 have come out for football.
“It’s a good problem to have, I hope I have enough uniforms,” the coach joked.
Mulcahy said the success of the program belongs to the commitment and buy-in from the players, past and present. The post-high school successes of former players Yawin Smallwood and current Denver Broncos defensive back Isaac Yiadom are seen as a reason for players to play for Doherty, where in the past they may have gone elsewhere.
“Success breeds success,” Mulcahy said.
On the field in in 2019 the Highlanders will be led by tri-captains Josh Brunelle, Anthony Franco and David Adarkwah. All three have a family pedigree with the Highlander program. as all have had siblings played for Doherty.
Brunelle, a defensive end and offensive lineman, has been drawing interest from several colleges, and as Mulcahy puts it, “He’s college ready.”
Adarkwah, who was a ball boy for the 2013 state championship team, also plays both offense and defense. On the defensive side, he plays end. Adarkwah will play tight end on the offensive side.
Franco plays the skill positions on both sides of the ball, using his speed to play receiver and cornerback.
Mulcahy said the team will go as far as junior quarterback Noah Callery will take them. The Highlanders graduated 1,000-yard rusher Tajon Vassar in 2018 and Mulcahy is looking to Callery to lead the offense.
The Highlanders open up the 2019 campaign with a home game against Algonquin Regional High School Friday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 at Foley Stadium
2019 Doherty Football Schedule
Friday, Sept. 13 Algonquin 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20 at Leominster 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27 Shrewsbury 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4 at Worcester South 6:00 p.m
Friday, Oct. 11 at Grafton 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 at Tantasqua 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 Worcester North 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1 at Shepherd Hill 7:00p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Burncoat TBA
I am going to preface this by saying I stink at fantasy football. But I love it. For me, it’s about getting that additional piece of rooting interest on Sundays. I love watching NFL games, the athleticism, speed and mental make-up of all players and coaches is unparalleled in any sport.Read More