Week 8 is in the books as we head into November. Reading became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. More teams to follow soon.
Kyle Darrow, Xaverian: The senior kicker nailed a 31-yard field goal with just 31 seconds left, boosting the Hawks to a 33-31 win over St. John's Shrewsbury.
Matt Long, Weymouth: The freshman running back looked like a seasoned veteran Friday, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats (5-2) beat Braintree, 41-10.
CJ Scarpa, Andover: The senior quarterback passed for 139 yards and three touchdowns Friday, leading the Golden Warriors to a 42-22 win over Chelmsford. Scarpa's 24 touchdown passes are best in Division 1, 10 more than Billerica's Jordan Bolarinho, who's tied for second with Framingham's Christopher Bloomingdale. Scarpa also rushed for a touchdown, his sixth of the season.
Henry Guild, Lincoln-Sudbury: Guild ran in a score in the first quarter
and then completed a 52-yard touchdown to Marquis Simmons with 26 seconds remaining to give the Warriors (7-1) a 14-7 win over Westford.
Shaquille Anderson, Cambridge: The junior rushed for 208 yards and two scores on 28 carries to lead Cambridge to a 34-6 win over Revere.
Jake Martino/Franklin Huynh, Malden: Martino was 11 for 17 for 312 passing yards and four touchdowns, three which went to Huynh, who nabbed six catches for 282 yards.
Ryan Perron, North Attleboro: Perron led the Red Rocketeers to an important 36-21 Hockomock (Kelly-Rex) win over Mansfield. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior quarterback completed went 8 for 14, throwing two touchdowns. He also had 15 carries for 90 yards and a couple of rushing touchdowns. North Attleboro is now 2-1 in league play.
Chance Brady, Haverhill: Brady continues to lead Division-2 in overall scoring as he ran for 273 yards and five touchdowns this Friday against Methuen.
Drew Belcher, Reading: No. 5 Reading was the first team to clinch a playoff-berth with its 18-7 win over Woburn on Saturday. Belcher scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 44-yarder in the second quarter.
Cam Hanley, Walpole: Hanley led the sixth-ranked Rebels to a 47-0 shutout over Newton North to remain undefeated. The senior rushed for 91 yards and four touchdowns.
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South: The junior running back scored all six touchdowns in the Panthers 39-12 win over Dennis-Yarmouth. He recorded a total of 171 yards on just those six runs. Plymouth South is now 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast League.
Jack Turner, Natick: It was just another day for Troy Flutie, who totaled 331 yards and five touchdowns in No. 7 Natick's 32-14 win over Needham. However, the big story for the Redhawks this weekend was senior Jack Turner who set a school record with five interceptions.
Alex & Bo Berluti, Westwood: The Berluti brothers continue to fuel the Wolverine offense as Alex had more than 250 yards passing yards with four TDs and a rushing score and Bo had better than 200 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. Alex leads Division 3 with 19 touchdown passes while Bo is first with 11 TD catches.
Kiivone Howard, Foxboro: Howard rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 23 scores on the season, the most in Division 3, as the Warriors beat Canton, 28-22.
Cory Brandon & Tom Johnson, Pembroke: Brandon was a perfect 7 for 7 for 243 yards passing with three touchdown passes and Johnson had three receptions (2 TD's) for 186 yards and an interception to power the Titans over Middleboro, 39-19.
Tommy Connors, Amesbury: The senior receiver snatched seven passes for 80 yards and a 16-yard TD, and also had a team-high 11 tackles in the Indians' 35-7 win over Winthrop.
Carl Lipani, North Reading: The 5-9, 185-pound senior back rushed 22 times for 219 yards and four scores on the ground in the Hornets 60-7 pummeling of Manchester Essex Friday night. Lipani also recorded a 37-yard interception for a score on defense.
Charlie McKeenum, Bishop Stang: The senior captain singlehandedly delivered the Spartans their first win of the season. McKeenum, who rushed for 192 yards, scored rushing TD's of 61 and 80 yards and returned an interception 63 yards for another score in Bishop Stang's 18-0 shutout of Coyle & Cassidy Friday night.
Cristian Rivera, Greater Lawrence: The Reggies put 54 points on the board against Greater Lawrence and Rivera led the way with 228 yards and three touchdowns.
Chris Haggerty, Cohasset: Haggerty threw for 235 yards in a 31-0 victory over Sandwich. The Skippers' (4-4) junior quarterback also connected for three touchdowns which included a 12-yard pass and catch with his brother Shane.
Alex Medeiros, Bishop Connolly: With the win over Tri-County, Bishop Connolly (5-4) recorded its first ever Mayflower (Large) League win and eclipsed the school's highest win total with their fifth of the season. Medeiros rushed for 99 yards on 9 carries and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) from three different positions, including one from quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.
Hector Villar, Madison Park: Villar, a true runner who filled in at quarterback against South Boston for the injured Traequon Duncan, tossed two touchdown passes in the 18-0 win. It was the first time all season the running Cardinals had two touchdown passes in a game
Kejonte Hickman, Cathedral: The Panthers needed the league win over St. Clement, and Hickman delivered. The sophomore tossed three TD passes, two to Kadeem Edge, and rushed for two more scores, including a big 80-yard TD rush.
Raul Flores, Chelsea: Flores must have had enough with losing, powering Chelsea to their first win of the year behind his best performance of the season. In the 36-8 win over Mystic Valley, he rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
Demetrius Leary & Leon Sealy, Dorchester: Leary’s scramble out the pocket turned into a 36-yard rush and the winning points in a crucial Boston South meeting with O’Bryant. Sealy led the defense’s in the 6-0 shutout, tallying two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Jon Dumont, Upper Cape: Jon Dumont ran for 151 yards, bringing his season total to 1,038 for the undefeated Rams (7-0).
Frank Williams, BB&N: In a 49-21 win over Roxbury Latin, Williams ran for 216 yards and two scores. He also had eight tackles and an interception.
Jack Becker, Thayer: In a 30-28 OT win over Middlesex, Becker ran for 193 yards and a touchdown.
Justin Vogel, Rivers: Vogel was 30-for-49 passing for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a win over St. Mark's.
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- Colleen Casey | @ColleenCasey226 | Softball
- Mike Giesta | Boys lacrosse
- Catherine Calsolaro | @catrenee13 | Girls lacrosse
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Boys volleyball
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