High school football players of the week, as chosen by the Globe staff:
R.J. Noel, Lowell -- Noel threw for over 500 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 140 and a rushing touchdown, but his monstrous efforts were not enough as Lowell fell to Nashua South (N.H.) 44-41 Saturday.
Myles Medeiros, New Bedford -- Medeiros threw for three touchdowns Friday as New Bedford beat Silver Lake 41-20 Saturday. The senior quarterback has eight total touchdowns, the second-best in Eastern Mass. behind Weymouth's Cam McLevedge.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett -- The senior gunslinger threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns on 12 completions as Everett cruised past Springfield Central 42-13 Friday.
Nat Gaye, Peabody -- The senior running back ran for 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Peabody beat Danvers 21-7 Friday.
Chance Brady, Haverhill -- The Hillies running back rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns against Triton on Friday night…enough said.
Matt O'Keefe and Don Webber, Duxbury -- Quarterback Matt O’Keefe and receiver Don Webber connected on two touchdowns for the second-ranked Dragons in a 35-21 victory over Plymouth North. O’Keefe threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns total. Webber hauled in seven passes for 133 yards.
Marcus Odiah, Burlington -- The junior took advantage of every opportunity Friday night—and there were plenty in a 48-6 dismantling of Arlington—rushing for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Tommy Munro, Norwood -- The Norwood quarterback looked more like a running back during Norwood’s win over Natick on Saturday. He finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He only threw the ball three times, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to T.J. George. It was the Mustangs’ first victory over the Red and Blue since 2005.
Mike Decina, Hopkinton -- The senior quarterback completed four passes for 142 yards and a score while also carrying 11 times for 93 yards and a score in his team's 32-6 win over visiting Nipmuc on Friday.
Dexter Green, Canton -- The 5-foot-10, 185-pound fullback torched the Quincy defense on Friday night, totaling 262 yards rushing and two scores on 19 carries while grabbing two passes for 43 yards and another touchdown.
Anthony Abbott, Wareham -- In only his second game as a quarterback the 6-foot junior went 8-of-12 passing for 87 yards and two touchdowns and scored a rushing touchdown of his own to end his school's 10-game losing streak.
Adam Benvie, Dighton-Rehoboth -- The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior fullback tore through the Apponequet defense for 164 yards on nine carries and three scores in the Falcons' 21-7 victory on Saturday.
Pat Hinkley, Cardinal Spellman -- The senior carried the ball 21 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cardinals get off to a 2-0 start.
Malcolm Brown, Pope John (Everett) -- Brown was electric in helping the Tigers pick up their first win and league win of the season. The senior receiver hauled in four TD passes, ran back an interception, and punched in a 82-yard kick return in the teams 62-38 win over Pope John of Hyannis. The six touchdowns in a single game is a new Pope John record according to coach Brian Vaughan.
Vincent Burton, Blue Hills -- Burton is off and running at the prospect of breaking Blue Hills all-time touchdown mark for a season. The junior tied a career-high with five touchdowns in the win over case. He also set a career-high in attempts with 48 carries to go along with 276 yards rushing. Burton now has eight touchdowns and 428 yards rushing in just two games.
Andrew Maestre, Brighton -- Maestre’s three touchdown rushes helped the defending Boston South champs open their season with a win.
Ernest Kellough, Latin Academy -- The Dragons picked up their first win of the season, stumping Boston North champion Madison Park, 12-0, with much help from Kellough. The junior rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Update: This has been updated to reflect a change with R.J. Noel's touchdown count. He threw five touchdowns against Nashua South.
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- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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