The Rebels dropped their 2017 season opener on Friday, September 8 to the Mansfield Hornets, 34-13. A similar story for a young team facing a larger and more experienced opponent – hang tough with them early, but then succumb to penalties and other mistakes, and the next thing you know, the game slips away. This is the way the first game of the season went for the Rebels.  Here is a story by Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle on the game. Also, please see the Wicked Local Walpole article by Kyle Schroder HERE. (Listen, we here at Walpole High Football pride ourselves on creative and extensive use of clichés in our stories, but even WE weren’t to go with the “Rebels Stung by Hornets” line. Sheesh….)

On the Road Again: Rebel Travel to Memorial Park in Needham to take on the always-tough Rockets this Friday night. Needham also dropped its opening game – to Natick – so both the Rebels and Rockets will be super motivated to break into the win column. The Rebels will try to build on the very solid performance by Brett Lavanchy last Friday, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Actually, Walpole has had success against Needham recently, winning 21-7 last year in one of the Rebels better overall games of the year. In 2015, in its last visit to Needham, Walpole won by the nearly identical score of 20-7. The game in 2014 was a rout (weren’t they all that year?), with Walpole crushing Needham at Turco Field, 33-0. We have to go all the way back to 2013 for the last time the Rockets bested the Rebels – it was 26-6 Needham that year in an away game.

So, we go into Friday night’s contest riding a three game winning streak. Things bode well for the Rebels, who will only improve as the season progresses.

More Information about Needham Football:

Click the link to see Needham’s MaxPreps site.

Clink the link to see Needham’s HUDL site.

Here is the story of last week’s Natick’s 17-0 victory over Needham.

And click HERE for a very interesting pre-season story about how Needham is trying to rebound from an uncharacteristically poor season last year, by Wicked Local Needham’s Tommy Cassell.

Thank you for your support of the Walpole Rebel Football team and we hope to see you in Needham this Friday Night!