With Week 2 of the high school football season in the books, here's a look at what the school sports staff has come up with for players of the week.
Johnathan Thomas, St. John’s Prep – The senior running back dismantled Brockton’s defense, rushing for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. He rushed for 188 yards in the first half, and also had a 25-yard run negated by holding, in his team’s 36-22 victory Saturday.
Jake Farrell, Xaverian – How did Farrell handle the jitters in his first varsity start at quarterback? Just fine. In the fourth quarter, the junior rushed for a 25-yard score, and then fired a 22-yard pass to DJ Sperzel to Stun Everett, 20-8. He was incredibly poised, and didn’t commit any turnovers as he led the Hawks to a win in their season opener.
Brian Dolan, Lowell – Dolan, a transfer from Lawrence Academy, seems to be fitting in nicely with the Red Raiders. The senior quarterback tossed five touchdowns in Friday’s 35-12 thrashing of Dracut, including three to star receiver Jack Galvin.
Ben Rodman, Westford -- Rodman rushed for two scores (a 91-yard dash and a 13-yarder) in the Grey Ghosts loss to Chelmsford.
Matt Darling, Braintree -- In the Wamps 17-16 win over Quincy, Darling rushed for an 8-yard touchdown. But he also contributed on defense, registering three tackles and an interception.
Troy Flutie, Natick -- Flutie was Flutie in the Redhawks’ 35-14 win over Weymouth on Thursday. The senior quarterback was 21 of 28 for 278 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and racked up 80 yards on the ground for the game.
Alex Hilger, Natick -- Hilger is becoming Flutie’s new favorite target with Brian Dunlap sidelined for the season. The senior wideout racked up 14 catches for 176 yards and two TDs.
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South -- Oxsen rushed 12 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns. if that weren't enough, he tossed a 59-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 70 yards for his fifth score of the day. Did we mention he didn't play the final 16 minutes?
Alex Valles, Danvers -- Valles had 233 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, while also hauling in the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter in a win over Beverly.
Zach Thomas, Arlington -- Thomas had three sacks and an interception in Arlington's 28-7 win over Somerville.
Roy Bahnam, Boston Latin -- The senior quarterback tossed four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth in a 44-30 win over North Quincy.
Dawayne Kirton, Scituate -- The senior back carried the Sailors past Sharon, the reigning Division 3 Super Bowl Champions, with 20 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
CJ McCarthy, North Reading -- The Hornets notched their first win of the season thanks to 208 yards and three touchdowns from their running back. The senior also threw for a touchdown.
Nick Giordano, Watertown -- Under center for the Raiders, the junior threw for three touchdowns, including an 87-yard bomb to wide receiver TJ Hairston.
Chris Tamukedde, Lowell Catholic -- The running back had four touchdowns for the Crusaders, three rushing and one through the air. His three TDs on the ground were for 48, 91, and 19 yards. Tamukedde also forced a fumble on defense.
Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick -- Rushins ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns in the Crusaders' 54-27 win over Hamilton-Wenham.
Chris Miner, Dover-Sherborn -- Miner did it all for the Raiders. He had four catches for 100 yards, kicked four PATs and a 42-yard field goal, made four tackles, and topped his day off with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Anthony Wood-Cassella, Norwell -- Wood-Cassella was dominant on the ground, running for 234 yards on 23 carries, finding the end zone three times to propel Norwell to the 30-21 win.
Connor Sakowich, St. Mary's -- Sakowich could not be stopped on Thursday night, taking nine carries for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout win.
Kyle Dance, Latin Academy -- Dance is off to a torrid start this season in leading the Dragons, who remain undefeated going into week three. In the 47-0 blowout of West Roxbury on Friday, Dance hurled five touchdown passes to three different receivers, upping his season total to six.
Johnny Mims, Dorchester -- Mims, a transfer from Cambridge Ringe & Latin, showcased his value as an asset for the Bears offense, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries in the win over Madison Park.
Dimitri Revolus, Blue Hills - Pegged to be Vincent Burton's successor, the first time starter made a big splash in his debut at fullback. In the 16-7 win over North Shore, he carried the ball 30 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Jermal Brevard Jackson, Cathedral -- The junior quarterback ran for 152 yards on 15 carries and was 7 of 8 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-8 win over Marian.
Michael Sullivan, St. Clement -- In a 56-13 win over Mystic Valley Sullivan threw five touchdown passes.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.