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NORTH READING — Quarterback Alex Carucci put up four total touchdowns in a 27-point first quarter for host North Reading (2-0) Friday night and Greater Lawrence couldn’t recover, losing 46-9.

DANVERS -- This was a statement game, not just a win for St. John's Prep but total domination from start to finish led by senior Jack Perry, who had six touchdown passes, three to captain Jackson Delaney, captain James Guy, who rushed for 115 yards, and stellar defense. The result was a 49-1…

When Alex Cora led the Boston Red Sox to the 2018 World Series championship, he did so by aggressively using every arm at his disposal. Starting pitchers regularly came out of the bullpen throughout the playoffs, giving Cora a combination of depth and versatility no one else could match.

ORONO, Maine — Jacari Carter knocked on history’s door Saturday afternoon in the Merrimack College football team’s narrow 31-26 loss to Maine at Alfond Stadium.

DURHAM, N.H. – The defense turned in another strong performance and sophomore quarterback Bret Edwards, the former Central Catholic standout, connected with junior Brian Espanet (or a pair of passing touchdowns to lead the No. 23 University of New Hampshire football team to a 19-13 win over …

DRACUT -- Quarterback Chase Dwight rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns, and Pentucket rolled past Merrimack Valley Conference foe Dracut 21-12 on Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the season.

SALEM — Thanks in large part to senior quarterback Nathan Campos, Pinkerton's football team put on a clinic Friday night.

NORTH ANDOVER -- Both Beverly High football coach Jeff Hutton and North Andover's John Dubzinski agree that no matter what happens to a high school football team on opening day, a team's true colors come out in its Week 2 contest.

PLAISTOW — Timberlane gave up its first points of the season ... but only after the Owls stormed to a 40-0 lead late in the first half.

NORTH SUTTON — Early in the first quarter Friday night, Kevin Bodenrader blocked a punt and Alex Carroll recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown.

WINDHAM -- Windham led by two scores heading into the fourth quarter, but defending Division 1 state champ Nashua North rallied for two late touchdowns to defeat the Jaguars 14-10 on Friday night.

Julien Acevedo-Torres rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries, and Whittier rolled to a 28-7 victory over Malden on Thursday night.

Coming to Seattle mired in his worst slump since joining the Red Sox, Kyle Schwarber broke out in a big way on Tuesday night when he delivered the game-winning hit with the bases loaded.

This past week reinforced two important truths about the Red Sox that have been evident for a while. The team is talented and competitive enough to play with anyone, and its atrocious defense is a potentially fatal flaw.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib described the electric atmosphere inside a frenzied Allegiant Stadium with one word: “Bananas.”

NEWBURYPORT — There’s just something about running with a lead — especially when it comes to a relay — that makes Phoebe Rubio a tad uncomfortable.

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