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Big second half lifts Natick past Wellesley, 42-21

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Big second half lifts Natick past Wellesley, 42-21

WELLESLEY — There have been so many close Natick-Wellesley battles over the years, a classic is almost expected whenever these two Bay State Conference rivals square off.

But Natick running backs Jake Adelmann and Nizayah Montas stripped Saturday’s showdown of all its drama, and it simply became a decisive win for the visiting Redhawks.

Both backs eclipsed the century mark as Natick broke out of a close game at halftime to earn a 42-21 win.

With the victory, Natick improves to 4-1, while Wellesley drops to 3-2.

“They’re both seniors,” Natick coach Mark Mortarelli said of Adelmann and Montas. “They prepare very well. They’re both tough kids. We’re happy with both of them. They both bring a little something different to the table. (Montas is) more of a bruising back, and Jake’s a little speed and a little wiggle. But they’re both tough kids.”

Adelmann finished with 147 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He also had an interception in the third quarter that set up a Montas score. Montas had 109 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

As Mortarelli said, their styles are a little different, but Adelmann pointed out that it works in Natick’s favor.

“Tackling Izzy is just a force within itself,” Adelmann said. “Once he starts running the ball, running becomes easier because kids don’t want to tackle him multiple times. When you get him a lot of carries, I play off that because kids are tired because they’re tackling him. Then I feel like I can help him, because they’re waiting for me to go outside and Izzy runs it up inside. So we play off each other really well.”

Natick also threw the ball well with multiple quarterbacks. Colby LeBlanc played most of the game and completed 5 of 12 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Damon Taylor rotated in and threw less but still had valuable snaps.

“We like them both, a lot,” Mortarelli said. “Colby’s a senior that has put a lot of time in. He got injured in the preseason. He was like another coach in the preseason when he was out. We felt like we needed to give him a shot. We certainly know what Damon can do, and Damon’s terrific. We’re going to keep them both ready, keep them both going, and they both practice real hard and work real hard. Really can’t go wrong.”

The game was knotted at 8 at the half, but Natick started strong in the third quarter, as LeBlanc hit David Seiche for a 9-yard touchdown on the first drive out of the break. Adelmann then had his interception, and Montas plowed in from a yard out to help make it 22-8.

Wellesley stopped a Natick drive with a Carlos Giron interception, but Natick forced a punt and scored again, this time on a 12-yard Adelmann run to start the fourth quarter that made it 29-8.

The host Raiders battled hard, as quarterback Vincent Ferrara completed 18 of 34 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown and running back Jacob Parker had two touchdowns.

But Adelmann and Montas took turns making big runs in the second half. Natick ran the ball nearly at will in the fourth quarter. Adelmann added touchdown runs of 41 and 7 yards in the final 12 minutes.

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The 10 best jazz albums of 2021

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The 10 best jazz albums of 2021

December means “best of” list time. And here’s the list I think about putting together all year long.

My criteria are pretty simple: What albums, out of the hundreds that come my way every 12 months, am I liable to put on again and again? What surprises me every time I hit play? What invention and beauty sets one piano trio date, say, apart from the others?

It’s been a remarkable year for new music, and emerging old music was well represented in 2021, too. Here’s my top ten, followed by some terrific excavations. I hope you’ll dig in.

James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet — “Jesup Wagon” (Tao Forms)

The emerging tenor saxophonist and composer leads a thrilling band, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Lewis has his free jazz history down, and at times he sounds like Albert Ayler might in the 21st century.

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Lewis & Clark Community College partially reopens after cyberattack

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Lewis & Clark Community College partially reopens after cyberattack

GODFREY, Ill. – Lewis & Clark Community College is reopening its campus Monday to team members only.

The school shut down just weeks before finals due to a ransomware attack on November 23. The school was forced to shut down everything from its phones to the website’s home page.

Student activities and events will all return to a normal schedule starting Tuesday morning.

All classes, campus events, program events, and athletic events were canceled last week as the college’s IT department worked to resolve the matter.

Students were told they will not suffer any academic penalty for this disruption.

Due to the attack, all of the electronic systems on campus were taken offline to prevent further problems. It’s not been made clear how the attack occurred.

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Did Broncos throw too much money at receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick?

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Did Broncos throw too much money at receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick?

Kiz: Broncos general manager George Paton recently spent more than $95 million, including in excess of $50 million guaranteed, in new deals for receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick. During an embarrassing 22-9 loss to Kansas City, however, Sutton and Patrick produced only three receptions for a grand total of 24 yards after being targeted 11 times by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Did Paton throw good money down the drain?

O’Halloran: Handing out receiver contracts days apart remains an interesting development, particularly because Jerry Jeudy is making plays befitting a No. 1 target. But two games is too small of a sample size to serve as a judgment on the deals because Paton is playing the long game, trying to keep (and then gather) assets that make the Broncos attractive to a veteran quarterback next March. But the numbers also don’t fib — Sutton and Patrick should be more involved. In the last four games, Sutton has nine catches and Patrick 13.

Kiz: The Denver offense definitely isn’t explosive and often isn’t efficient. Should we place all the blame at the feet of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Bridgewater? Or is it fair to wonder that outside of rookie running back Javonte Williams and 2020 first-round pick Jerry Jeudy, the Broncos’ simply don’t have enough playmakers? Patrick can help you move the sticks on third down. But is either he or Sutton a true big-play threat?

O’Halloran: Much of the criticism should be directed at the play-caller (Pat) and trigger man (Teddy), which you correctly took to task after the Chiefs’ 12th consecutive win over the Broncos. Where is the originality? Where is the smart-but-aggressive chances? Where is the downfield accuracy? The Broncos called an early shot to Patrick, but Bridgewater overthrew him. They threw a pass to Sutton down the right sideline, but he couldn’t break free of coverage. And they went deep to Sutton, but the pass wasn’t anywhere close to being accurate. In the biggest game of the year, the Broncos were particularly short-handed at quarterback.

Kiz: I understand the logic behind the new deal for Patrick. He’s a football warrior. While Sutton is a solid teammate and stand-up guy, he doesn’t strike me as either a true No. 1 receiver or a target who will make it any more likely for Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers to dream of playing quarterback for the Broncos in 2022. While I firmly believe Paton has shown what it takes to be the GM who returns this team to an elite level, I also think he showed too much love to Sutton.

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