The last weekend of the regular season produced its share of playoff-clinching heroes.
Austin Roberts, Brockton: The senior quarterback rushed for 258 yards on 17 carries, and scored three touchdowns to lead the Boxers to a 35-12 win against New Bedford. With the victory, Brockton clinches the Big Three title.
Dave Harrison, Weymouth: The junior rushed for three touchdowns, and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Keison Cunningham, as the Wildcats beat Framingham, 25-15, and clinched the Bay State (Carey) title.
Will Heikkinen, Andover: The 6-1, 205-pound receiver brought his season total to 67 receptions, catching 5 passes, two for touchdowns, for 118 yards in a win over Billerica. He also had three interceptions on defense.
Lunique Sainvil Jr., Waltham: The senior had an interception and forced fumble as the Hawks defense held Westford’s high-powered offense in check in a 21-20 victory.
Brad Scuzzarella, Lynn Classical: Scuzarrella scored four touchdowns in the first 14 minutes (one kickoff return, two rushes and one catch) to lead the Rams to a 40-7 win over Peabody.
Kevin Mackie, Mansfield: The 5-foot-11, 175-pound running back scored three touchdowns – two in the fourth quarter – to lead the Hornets to a 28-21 win over Franklin. More importantly, the victory clinched the Hockomock (Kelly-Rex) title for Mansfield.
Nelson Valerio, Lawrence: The Lancers edged out the Rangers in a close Merrimack Valley matchup on Friday night. Valerio scored three rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner, to give Lawrence the 38-36 victory. He also passed for 353 yards and three more touchdowns, connecting with George Urena for a 96-yarder in the third quarter.
Domingo Jenkins, Taunton: It might have only been the Tigers third win of the season, but Jenkins deserves an honorable mention this week after rushing for five touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to win the game in the fourth quarter.
Derek Roschlein, King Philip: Warriors freshman kicker hit a 22-yard field goal with 11 seconds to give the Warriors a 16-14 win over North Attleboro. What's even more impressive is that he was just called up to the varsity squad this week. Bravo!
Spencer Tyler, Dennis-Yarmouth: Tyler recorded 181 yards and three touchdowns in the Dolphins 26-19 win over Sandwich, including a 78-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Brendan Flaherty, Beverly: The Panthers captain was an unstoppable force on Saturday, leading No. 7 Beverly to a playoff-clinching win over Marblehead. He rushed for 191 yards, breaking a 44-yard touchdown run. He also had a 52-yard kick return to start the third quarter which put Beverly in great scoring position and started a stretch of 21 unanswered points for the Panthers
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South: Trailing with under 20 seconds left on the clock, Oxsen scored on a 62-yard hook-and-ladder play which gave Plymouth South its first Atlantic Coast tile.
Nick Lee, Natick: The running back was back on the field Friday night for the Redhawks after sitting out the loss at Wellesley because of an ankle injury. While Lee didn't rack up any fancy stats or score a touchdown, his presence on the field definitely made a difference. Coach Mark Mortarelli spoke about it after his team's 21-14 win over Walpole. “I've said it all year, Nick Lee is our heart and soul. He runs hard between the tackles, he's great at blitz pick up, and he's an emotional, inspirational leader. He came back, our guys were fired up; he was running on one leg. He's just a tough kid.”
Mike Miller, Wakefield: In a 35-34 win over Watertown, Miler threw for four touchdowns and 242 yards and ran for 126 yards on 13 carries.
Marcus Middleton, Stoughton: Middleton rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score to boost the Black Knights over No. 14 Bridgewater-Raynham.
Dawyne Kirton, Scituate: Kirton rushed for 215 yards and a score as the Sailors beat Middleboro.
Max Athy, Holliston: Athy scored three touchdowns, giving him 16 on the season, and rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries to lead the Panthers over Norton.
Kobie Edwards, Fairhaven: The senior played a big role on offense and defense in the Blue Devils' 43-32 win over host Case Friday. Edwards carried eight times for 134 yards and two touchdowns on offense, while on defense he recovered a fumble on a 2-point conversion and returned it 95 yards for two points, and also picked off a pass and took it back 70 yards for another score.
C.J. Randolph, Saugus: The senior signal caller got it done on the ground and through the air for the Sachems, carrying 22 times for 124 yards and three scores, while completing 2 of 3 passes for 49 yards and a 29-yard TD as Saugus downed Triton 35-27 Friday night.
Cody Rothwell, Pentucket: The senior back put forth a valiant effort for the Sachems in their 21-20 loss to visiting Amesbury on Saturday. Rothwell carried 25 times for 201 yards, scored two rushing touchdowns, and hauled in a 59-yard score through the air as well.
Fran Hannon, Bishop Fenwick: Hannon propelled the Fenwick offense with 116 yards on the ground and 206 in the air in a 24-13 victory over Arlington Catholic. Hannon, a quarterback, also threw for a pair of touchdowns.
Jordan Collier, St. Mary's: The junior running back ran for 161 yards and accounted for two touchdowns as the Spartans defeated Archbishop Williams 32-6 to claim the Catholic Central (Large) crown.
Jack Malafronte, Abington: In a South Shore clinching win over East Bridgewater, Malafronte ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Kejonte Hickman & Kadeem Edge, Cathedral: Both Hickman and Edge were instrumental in helping Cathedral topple Pope John for the league championship Saturday. Hickman rushed for 119 yards and the game winner in double overtime and Edge hauled in Hickman’s only two completions - both for touchdowns.
Madison Park Cardinals: A run oriented squad that likes to wear teams down in short bursts, the Cardinals proved they can also be explosive in the 62-20 win over Eastie Friday night. In clinching the Boston North crown, they threw for a touchdown, rushed for six more and even scored on an 80-yard fumble recovery. Not to mention the seven different players that scored touchdowns.
Leon Sealy, Dorchester: Sealy, playing at middle linebacker, is as much a field general for the Bears as Ray Lewis has always been for the Ravens. As the voice of a stout Dorchester defense, he racked up 15 tackles in the win over English helping the bears extend their win streak to nine games.
Mackay Lowrie, Roxbury Latin: The senior quarterback ended his career with four touchdown passes, giving hima final tally of 35 for the year.
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