Week 3 is in the books. Here's a look at the Players of the Week as selected by the Globe's High School Football staff.
Johnathan Thomas, St. John's Prep - Ho hum, just another rushing performance of 200-plus yards. In the last two games, Thomas has rushed for 482 yards, including 228 against Central Catholic in a 40-21 victory. But the best moment of it was his 107-yard interception return, during which he broke seven tackles on his way to the end zone.
The Xaverian defense and special teams - The Hawks held Bridgewater-Raynham running back Brandon Gallagher to 42 yards on the ground, as they beat the Trojans 49-13. The Hawks only gave up six points to the B-R starters. They also had three sack and two blocked punts. One of the punt blocks was returned by freshman Mekhi Henderson, who also had an interception, for a 30-yard touchdown.
Jack Campsmith, Chelmsford - The junior quarterback rushed for three touchdowns and threw two more, leading the Lions to a 46-33 victory over Billerica. Both of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, as Chelmsford outscored Billerica 21-8 in the final frame.
Drew Belcher, Reading - The Reading quarterback didnít get off to a good start, throwing two picks in the first half that had the Rockets trailing Dracut, 14-0, at the break. But Belcher rebounded in the second half, rushing for two scores to lead the second-ranked Rockets to a 22-21 win. After cutting the Dracut lead to 21-20, Belcher found fellow senior Liam Kenneally for the go-ahead 2-point conversion. Overall, Belcher rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries and threw for 109 yards.
Mike Panepinto, Needham - The Rockets upset seventh-ranked Walpole, 26-6, on Friday night, and Panepinto was a big reason why. The senior rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Hayden Murphy and Kristian Lucashensky, Barnstable - In the Red Raidersí big 20-13 win over No. 18 BC High, the seniors hooked up for the winning 26-yard score in the fourth quarter. Muprhy also rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Lucashensky was 4 of 5 for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.
Troy Flutie, Natick - The senior quarterback passed for 275 yards and five touchdowns in the Redhawks 41-6 win over Acton-Boxboro.
Jordan Bolarhino, Billerica - The Indiansí senior quarterback was impressive in a 46-33 loss to Chelmsford. Bolarhino tossed for 356 yards and three scores.
Isaiah White, Beverly - The senior running back turned 18 carries into 302 yards and three touchdowns and the Pathers won their first game of the fall. He had touchdown runs of 76 and 80 yards.
Marco Saenz-Grant, Arlington - Saenz-Grant racked up 14 tackles, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble in 47-12 blowout win over Medford.
Frank Roche, Arlington - Roche carried the load on offense with 276 total yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a 55-yard punt return.
Drew Westbury, Hopkinton - Westbury caused havoc with his 3.5 sacks in a 28-7 win over Nipmuc.
Robert Williams, Wayland -- Not a bad day at the office when you score four touchdowns. Williams also added 95 yards on the ground in a 35-7 rout of Norwood.
Troy Nanfelt, Apponequet - The junior did a little bit of everything in guiding the Lakers to a 3-0 start. He put his team on the board with a 39-yard sprint to the end zone and, maybe more impressively, finished the evening 7-for-7 on extra point attempts in a 49-14 victory over Case.
Olan Abner, Bedford - The Buccaneers (2-0) picked up an important win over Division 3 Belmont thanks in large part to the work of their senior running back. Abner finished the game with 264 yards on the ground and a pair of scores on 33 carries.
Ryan Sanborn, North Reading - The Hornets (2-0) found themselves with plenty of offensive possessions against Hamilton-Wenham. That's because Sanborn, their senior cornerback, tallied three interceptions as he paced the North Reading defense to their first shutout of the year, 16-0.
Desmond Wilhelmen, Swampscott - After sitting out Swampscott's first two games of the season due to MIAA rules, the English transfer notched 186 yards and two scores in the win. The senior's scores of 60 and 10 yards, respectively, both came in the third quarter and put the game out of reach for the Big Blue (1-2).
Ricardo Edwards, Brighton - Edwards scored all but two of the Bengals' 44 points on Friday night against East Boston. He ran for 233 yards and scored six touchdowns on the night, five on the ground and one on an interception return. Edwards also ran in three of Brighton's four two-point conversions.
Jordan Manthorne, St. Mary's - Last week it was Connor Sakowich. This week, it was Jordan Manthorne who dominated on the ground for the Spartans. The senior running back finished with 201 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead a 44-0 rout of Amherst-Pelham.
Sean Pierce, East Bridgewater - The senior running back took 10 carries for 150 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run. Pierce's effort helped the Vikings move to 2-0 with a 34-20 win over Hanover.
Emmanuel Almonte, Boston English - Almonte helped Brian Vaughan pick up his first win as head coach for his alma matter Friday in the 38-36 win over Burke, tossing the game-tying TD pass with 1:56 left in the game before running in the winning 2-point conversion. His monster night included 251 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and 110 passing yards.
Diego Meritus and Ryan Barabe, Pope John Paul II - Only a junior, Meritus rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns to help the Lions (3-0) remain undefeated with a 56-41 win over St. Clement. He also had 77 receiving yards and a touchdown reception from Barabe, who went 14-of-22 passing for 231 yards and three TDs.
Byron Martin, Cathedral - Panthers (3-0) freshman running back Byron Martin rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the 58-0 win over Matignon Saturday.
Chris Cervizzi, Brooks - The junior running back carried 26 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the opening win over Thayer.
Drew Jacobs, Milton Academy - Despite not getting much practice time due to injries leading up to the game, Jacobs ran for 137 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown.
John Beatty, Groton - The sophomore running back scored five touchdowns as Groton opened with an offensive explosion, beating St. George's 55-32.
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