Middleboro’s semi pro football team wins opening game

Jun 17, 2024

MIDDLEBORO– The Middleboro Cobras started off on the right foot after defeating the Glens Falls Greenjackets in the first game of the New England Football League season. 

The New England Football League is a Massachusetts-based semiprofessional football league that includes teams from Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

Middleboro’s semipro football team beat the New York-based Greenjackets 18-14, after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

Saturday night’s win was particularly special for the Cobras, as the team lost in overtime in the Superbowl to the Greenjackets last year. 

The Cobras took the lead early on in the season opener and the first part of the game was a defensive battle, said Cobras President Garrett Perry. The tables turned in the third quarter however, when the Greenjackets scored a touchdown and pushed ahead, bringing the score to 12-14. 

Then in the fourth quarter, the Cobras rallied. The team kept the Greenjackets at bay with a crucial save and put up their best offensive fight, pulling off another touchdown. 

Middleboro Cobras Head Coach Tim Grew was pleased with how the first game of the season went overall. “We had our bumps during the game and we faced some adversity,” he said, adding “but we bounced back and were able to fight through it and win against a really good team.” 

The two teams are just a few years away from their 100 year anniversary, making them some of the oldest teams in the New England Football League, said Perry.

Perry is currently playing his 35 season with the team. He and his teammates will find out “quickly” how prepared they are for a competitive schedule, he said, “because the season is opening with the two best teams in the league.” 

The Cobras will go on to face the Worcester Wildcats, who they played in the semifinals last year, on Saturday, June 22 at Battis Field in Middleboro.