Leominster 33, Lowell 20 Neil O'Connor threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Blue Devils (3-0) past No. 6 Lowell (2-1). Brian Dolan and Jack Galvin connected for two of the Red Raiders' three touchdowns through the air.
St. Johns (Shrewsbury) 42, Catholic Memorial 24 Rebounding big time from last week's loss at Leominster, St. John's overpowered Catholic Memorial, 42-24, Friday night at James O'Connor Stadium Leading 21-17 at halftime, the Pioneers struck for two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter by junior Shane Combs--a 46-yard jaunt and a 41-yard pass reception from senior quarterback Drew Smiley-- and coasted from there. In a sterling performance, Smiley passed for four touchdowns and ran for one. "This was definitely a must-win," said Smiley. "We came out flying to the ball on offense and defense. And we worked hard all week preparing against their secondary." "A great win after a great week of practice identifying the things we needed to work on," said St. John's coach John Andreoli.
Brockton 33, Weymouth 22 Aaron LeClair scored a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and returned an interception 42 yards for his third score of the night to carry the No. 11 Boxers (1-1).
Hingham 27, Braintree 14 Senior Sam Benger rushed 18 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Harbormen improved to 2-1.
St. Johns Prep 40, Central Catholic 21 Johnathan Thomas rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns, and returned an interception 107 yards for another to lead the No. 4 Eagles past the No. 9 Raiders.
Masconomet 27, Gloucester 0 Harry Cwik, MacKenzie Cashin, and Michael Tivinis each rushed for touchdowns to lead the Chieftains (1-1).
Natick 41, Acton-Boxborough 6 Troy Flutie completed 14 of 19 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 3 Natick. Scott Warnock had five catches for 129 yards and two scores.
Needham 26, Walpole 6 Mike Panepinto ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rockets to the upset of the No. 7 Rebels.
Arlington 47, Medford 12 Frank Roche led the Spy Ponders (2-0) with three touchdowns -- including a 55-yard punt return -- and 276 total yards. On defense, linebacker Marco Saenz-Grant had 14 tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble.
Barnstable 20, BC High 13 Kristian Lucashensky threw two touchdown passes in the win.
Attleboro 41, Dartmouth 12 Tim Walsh was 14 of 19 passing for 218 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Walsh also had six rushes for 45 yards and a score for the Bombardiers (2-0).
North Attleborough 42, Bishop Feehan 3 Chris Hunter had eight carries for 106 yards and scored three touchdowns for the No. 17 Red Rocketeers. He stepped in for senior captain tailback Matt D'Attilio who was injured in the first series of the game.
Reading 22, Dracut 21 The second-ranked Rockets erased a 14-0 halftime deficit and hung on to win when a 37-yard Dracut field goal was short in the last seconds. Drew Belcher's fourth-quarter scoring run and conversion pass was the difference for the Rockets.
Woburn 27, Burlington 7 Marvin Jean and Rob Voci scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift the visiting Tanners.
Concord-Carlisle 35, Lexington 18 Sophomore Kejuan Farquharson ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns and senior Jeff Adegbe also rushed for 133 yards to boost the visiting Patriots. Sophomore quarterback Austin Hoey threw three touchdown passes.
Quincy 22, Canton 14 James Lam scored two touchdowns, including the winner on an 8-yard run in overtime, to lift the Presidents (2-1).
North Reading 16, Hamilton-Wenham 0 CJ McCarthy ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Sanborn had three interceptions to lead the host Hornets.
Medway 31, Stoneham 24 Dylan Owens returned a kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown to make it a one-touchdown game, but the Mustangs were able to hold off Stoneham.
Swampscott 28, Winthrop 14 Brendan McDonald and Desmond Wilhelmen each scored two rushing touchdowns as the Big Blue (1-2) collected their first win.
Weston 28, Carver 0 Brett Rowe threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards and a score to lead the Wildcats (2-1). Ryan Welby and Jeffrey Ivery-Mallard each had 10 tackles on defense.
Stoughton 40, Milton 13 Malachi Baugh ran for three touchdowns to carry the Black Knights on the road.
Marblehead 41, Salem 0 Ben Anderson and Brooks Tyrrell each scored two touchdowns to power the undefeated Headers (3-0) in the shutout.
Wakefield 33, Lynn English 8 Seniro Brandon Panarese rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and caught four passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Warriors (2-0).
Oliver Ames 28, Pembroke 21 Matt Berksza rushed for two touchdowns to help the Tigers erase a 14-point 1st quarter deficit in their win over host Pembroke.
Medfield 38, Bellingham 0 Josh Hirschfield ran for three touchdowns and 90 yards for the Warriors while Stephen Ledogar was 5-of-6 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Old Rochester 35, Bourne 0 Nolen Bergeron had eight carries for 83 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Bulldogs. Bergeron also threw a 60-yard TD pass.
Apponequet 49, Case 14 Troy Nanfelt went 7-for-7 on extra points and rushed 39 yards for a touchdown for the visiting Lakers (3-0). Cameron Costa added two touchdown runs for Apponequet.
Greater New Bedford 34, Fairhaven 8 Nick Richard racked up 120 yards on 16 carries, the best of which was a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Jake Tavares paced the host Bears (2-1) with 10 tackles against Fairhaven (0-2).
Chelmsford 46, Billerica 33 Jack Campsmith ran for three touchdowns and passed for two to boost the Lions (2-1) past the Indians. Jeff D'Auria added 168 yards on 22 carries and a 39-yard TD pass from Campsmith. For Billerica (0-3), Jordan Bolarhino passed for 356 yards and three touchdowns.
Northeast 44, Chelsea 0 Avery Tango scored two touchdowns, including a 55-yard fumble return, for the visiting Golden Knights. Kevin Rosado also scored a touchdown and had three 2-point conversions.
Dover-Sherborn 33, Hull 20 Quarterback Rogers Boylan ran for a touchdown, passed for another, and came up with two interceptions on defense to lead the Raiders.
Norton 22, Middleborough 20 Justin Ireland, Myles McAlpine, and Matt Hines scored for the Lancers (2-0), who scored 22 first-half points and held on to beat the visiting Sachems (1-2).
Boston English 38, Burke 36 Emmanuel Almonte threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Stevaughn Dowdye with 1:56 left in the game and then ran in the two-point conversion to secure the win for the Bulldogs. Almonte finished with 21 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 110 yards.
Newton South 42, Boston Latin 12 Finn Kearns went 4-for-4 on extra point kicks and caught a TD pass for the visiting Lions. Mason Spence added two touchdowns.
Latin Academy 24, Dorchester 10 The Dragons ruined the Bears' first game on their new home field as Kyle Dance threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Brighton 44, East Boston 22 Ricardo Edwards scored all six touchdowns -- one on a 45-yard interception return -- and rushed for 233 yards to pace the visiting Bengals. Jalen Apperwhite went completed 4 of 9 passes for 91 yards, with Andy Gomez hauling in three for 51 yards. Petroy Thompson had six tackles, Richard Marrero had two tackles and a fumble recovery, and Shaquille Davis had three tackles and a forced fumble.
West Roxbury 14, Madison Park 6 Running backs Michael Obiangwe and Raymond Tejeda each rushed for a touchdown to lead the Raiders to a tough win over the Cardinals. Frederick Dawhensky had Madison Park's only score, which came on 30-yard run on its first drive of the game.
O'Bryant 14, New Mission 0 Mekhi Williams ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers won their second straight by shutout.
Pope John Paul II 56, St. Clement 41 Junior Diego Meritus ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and added 77 yards and a receiving touchdown to lead the Lions (3-0). Ryan Barabe, was 14-of-22 passing for 231 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Bishop Fenwick 41, North Shore 0 Aidan Moulton recovered a blocked punt on the 2-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown to give the Crusaders (2-0) an early lead. Rufus Rushins and Nick Bona each scored two rushing touchdowns in the rout.
Plymouth South 21, Sandwich 7 Dylan Oxsen ran for touchdowns of 74, 29, and 68 yards to lift the No. 15 Panthers (2-0) past the Blue Knights.
Marian 14, Mystic Valley 8 Andrew Sharkey's 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the game-winner.
Dexter 25, Hyde (Conn.) 14 Luke Cundo led Dexter's offense, passing for two touchdowns and running for two more. Colin O'Brien caught five passes for 108 yards and a touchdown and Mahlon Hanisin had 11 carries for 115 yards.
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