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High school football: Hastings proves too tough to stop in 54-34 win over Cretin-Derham Hall

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A wet night in Hastings didn’t stop either Raiders team from putting up points in their regular-season finale as Hastings took down Cretin-Derham Hall 54-34 on Wednesday.

It was a back-and-forth battle the whole game and a high-scoring first half with Hastings (6-2, 2-1 Suburban Maroon) needing just three plays to score its first two touchdowns.

After a pair of broken plays by Cretin-Derham Hall (2-6, 2-2) on its first drive, Hastings had the ball at CDH’s 2-yard-line. Brenden Freiermuth scored on an easy run for the first of his four touchdowns on the night to go along with 94 yards on 16 carries.

“Brenden is just getting better and better. As good as he is, he’s just getting better. That was a great night for him and that was huge for us,” Hastings head coach Dana Strain said.

CDH tied the game on a quarterback sneak from Luke Floysand after a drive that featured the running of Will Haider. The next two drives consisted of two plays, under a minute of game time and two 50-plus-yard passing touchdowns by each team.

CDH got its first defensive stop of the game and was able to extend its lead 20-12 with a 3-yard rush from Haider.

Hastings had an answer, and it was a big one. In the final 4:23 of the half, Hastings scored three touchdowns, including Freiermurth’s second rushing touchdown. Following a blocked punt, Hastings’ Aiden Doughty scored on a 22-yard run with 2:22 left in the half.

As CDH driving before halftime, Floysand had a ball deflected, and it wound up in the arms of Freiermurth, who returned it 75 yards for his third touchdown to give Hastings a 34-20 lead going into the break.

“For us to respond the way we did, I was extremely proud of the kids for not getting down, not getting flat. They continue to impress me,” Strain said.

That final stretch of the half proved to be the difference in the game as CDH never got it back to under two possessions.

Hastings quarterback Axel Arnold threw touchdown passes to Jonathan Bezdicek and Stephen Reifenberger to help keep the game out of reach. Down by three scores, CDH had to change up its game plan in order to get back in the game.

Floysand hit Charlie Plum for scores twice in the second half, one a 45-yarder and the other an 18-yarder.

Hastings’ offense was too much for the CDH defense, which could not come up with a stop in the second half. CDH’s offense did its job, but the lack of stops didn’t give enough chances on offense.

“They’re a tough offense. We watched them on film, they move it on everybody, and so we had our hands full defensively. It ended up being one of those games you had to score points,” Strain said.

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Ravens starting RT Patrick Mekari leaves game vs. Steelers with hand injury, could be out a few weeks

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Ravens starting right tackle Patrick Mekari left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 20-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not return.

After the game, coach John Harbaugh said the offensive lineman could be out a few weeks.

Mekari limped off the field in the second quarter, favoring his ankle. He was replaced by Tyre Phillips, but then returned the next series.

But Phillips took over at right tackle later in the third quarter, and the team said Mekari was doubtful to return with a hand injury.

Mekari injured his ankle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 24 and missed nearly a month, including two games. He returned on Nov. 21 against the Bears in Chicago and played every snap last week against the Cleveland Browns.

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Dorchester fire displaces 12 people during holiday season

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Twelve people were left homeless during the holidays after a Dorchester triple-decker burned to the ground over the weekend.

Boston firefighters rushed to 383 Geneva Ave. around 8:30 p.m. Saturday for reports of “heavy fire showing,” the department said.

Crews immediately ordered a second alarm when they realized all three floors were entirely engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters rescued a cat, Simba, as the fire tore through the home. Firefighters were able to reunite the cat with his family, officials said.

Companies knocked down the heavy fire just after 9 p.m. but were continuing to douse hot spots to keep them from flaring up into the night on Saturday, the department said. Detail companies remained on scene to monitor the building.

Six adults and six children were displaced in the fire and the Red Cross responded to assist at the scene and to offer assistance finding housing, officials said.

Video of the fire shared on the department’s Twitter page shows flames shooting up the side of the building to the roof line.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

The Geneva Avenue fire was one of several blazes Boston firefighters fought to knock down over the past several days. Firefighters also responded to three-alarm blazes at 1063 Washington St. on Friday and 95 Washington St. on Dec. 1.

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

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Snow on the way? Massachusetts forecasters tracking possible nor’easter

Hope your shovels are at the ready.

The Bay State could be in store for the season’s first widespread accumulating snowfall this week, as meteorologists track a possible nor’easter that could impact the region on Wednesday.

Forecasters over the weekend continued to stress that many questions remain about the system, and specific snow amounts and details are uncertain at this point.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” said Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office. “There are models showing different things, so it’s much too early to say right now.”

There’s also a lot of uncertainty about the track of the storm. One model shows that it will go too far south and east of the region.

And forecasters are still tracking the placement of the rain/snow line.

“The question will be whether it is cold enough for 1 inch per hour snowfall rate to materialize and how much snow can accumulate before potential mixing or changeover to rain especially along the Boston-Providence corridor,” a National Weather Service forecast discussion reads.

“There is above average uncertainty with the Boston-Providence corridor because either it could be a mostly rain event or it could be the sweet spot for significant snowfall accumulation if the colder air holds its ground,” the discussion continues. “So plenty for snow lovers to ponder over and continually monitoring over the next couple of days.”

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