Globe, Oct. 31: From 3-8 to playoffs
Dubzinski reviews upset loss
UPDATED: Arlington started well as Zach Thomas snared a 36-yard pass from Frank Roche for a touchdown in the first quarter, but Lexington went on to end their undefeated season, in a 20-7 upset, on Friday, Oct. 25, at Pierce Field.
Third-seeded AHS will be the host at Pierce Field for six-ranked Wayland at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the quarterfinals of the Division 3 Northwest bracket of the MIAA playoffs.
It will be the Spy Ponders' first trip to the playoffs since 1995.
Wayland (4-3) beat No. 1 Concord-Carlisle, 40-14, last Friday.
Lexington’s Rhett Adley caught TD passes from Jeff Costello in each of the next three quarters for the win.
Arlington is 6-1 and Lexington is 3-4. On Oct. 28, Arlington was ranked No. 17, down from No. 12, in the Globe's top 100.
Coach John Dubzinski wrote Tuesday, Oct. 29:
"It was a very tough way to end the regular season.
"We will make no excuses: Lexington played a great game and had a great game plan. I give their players and coaches a lot of credit.
"I think things got away from us a little when we had our second touchdown called back on a holding call.
"We turned the ball over more times this game than the previous three games. We cannot do that in the playoffs.
"Frank Roche played his heart out the entire game, and I felt the defense did a great job holding Lexington to 12 points until late in the game.
We have put it behind us and are now focusing on a very good Wayland team."
On Saturday, Oct. 26, Arlington Catholic (1-6) lost at St. Mary's (4-3), 48-14. Box score >>
Boston.com blogger takes a closer look at Roche
This story was published Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, and updated the next day as well as Oct. 31.