With two more weekends before selection Sunday, here are the EMass football Players of the Week as selected by the school sports staff.
Kevin Bletzer, Catholic Memorial Despite a 43-25 loss to St. John's Prep, Bletzer hauled in three touchdown catches for 157 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. He also had 117 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Jack Sylvester, Andover The senior running back piled up 205 yards and three touchdowns to help the Golden Warriors snap a three-game losing streak with a 36-7 win over Billerica. Two of his three scores came in the first quarter.
Will Tejada, Acton-Boxboro Tejada's first half offensive outburst fueled A-B to a 34-25 win over Chelmsford Friday. He had 187 yards and three touchdowns in the first two quarters, highlighted by a 97-yard score.
Kristian Lucashensky, Barnstable The quarterback tossed three touchdown passes two in the second half and the ninth-ranked Red Raiders scored 22 unanswered points to beat Marshfield, 29-20.
Mike Elcock and Ryan Charter, Needham - Charter found Elcock for touchdown passes of 12 and 20 yards as the 18th-ranked Rockets shut out Braintree, 21-0. Elcock also had an interception.
Troy Flutie, Natick Flutie threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns on 16 of 23 passing to lead No. 2 Natick over Dedham, 42-10.
Dana Parello, Waltham Parello did everything but score for Waltham in the Hawks 12-0 shutout of No. 17 Lincoln-Sudbury Saturday. The senior quarterback was a catalyst on all three Hawk scoring drives, rushing for 150 yards and throwing for 120 yards on the game. Also a linebacker, Parello made a sprawling interception in the end zone that led to a Hawks' field goal.
Casey Walsh, North Andover The Scarlet Knights took down Lawrence, 35-14, behind Walsh's stellar performance. The senior quarterback was 14 of 17 for 216 yards and a touchdown through the air, and also ran for two scores.
James Sullivan, Tewksbury - Sullivan had three interceptions on defense and ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Redmen (5-0) topped Methuen.
Michael Correia, Somerville - Correia caught 12 balls for 156 yards to help the Highlanders (1-4) grab their first win of the season.
Chris Jewett, Woburn - The junior racked up 219 all-purpose yards and scored three times as the Tanners (5-0) stayed unbeaten.
Dan Finn, Silver Lake - Finn threw for 317 yards and a touchdown in a 31-28 win over Hingham.
Christian Carr, Plymouth North - The junior carried 35 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Eagles (3-2). Sullivan had three interceptions on defense and ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Redmen (5-0) topped Methuen.
Darius McPherson, Stoneham - The Spartans upended Burlington, 36-21, thanks to a monster afternoon from their senior running back. McPherson finished the afternoon with 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns - measuring 77, 55, and 25 yards respectively - as Stoneham moved to 2-3 on the season.
Matt Michael, Apponequet - The junior running back carried the Lakers to 4-0 in the South Coast Large by notching four touchdowns on the afternoon, including a 68-yard catch and score from quarterback Cam Costa.
Luke Surette, Saugus - With 10 seconds left and the Sachems looking for their first win of the season, the junior buried the game-winning, 27-yard field goal as Saugus upended North Reading, 23-20.
Tyler Therrien, Newburyport - The junior wideout hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Shay in the third quarter as the eventual game-winner would lift the Clippers over Triton, 19-13.
Richard Phillips, Old Rochester - In a 35-28 win over Dighton-Rehoboth, Phillips carried 25 times for 229 yards and scored one touchdown.
Kyle Rafferty, Lowell Catholic - In a 46-44 overtime win over PJP II, the quarterback went 7 of 15 for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Nick Bona, Bishop Fenwick - The Crusaders remained unbeaten led by their quarterback who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Jared Pinette, Shawsheen - The senior tight end had eight catches for 186 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams (2-3) beat Greater Lawrence 48-20.
Kevin Rosado, Northeast - Rosado ran for 150 yards, three touchdowns, and two two-point conversions to lead the Golden Knights (5-0).
Ajani Alfred-McFall, OBryant The undefeated Tigers (5-0) needed a league victory to stay in playoff contention and the senior led them throughout in their 8-6 win over rival Dorchester Friday. The elusive quarterback tossed the teams only touchdown in the first quarter to big receiver Brian Donna and snagged a crucial interception late in the fourth to close the door on any comeback attempt by Dorchester.
Sammy Rivera and Lucas DeOliviera, Chelsea Just one game behind North Shore in the Commonwealth Small, the Red Devils were playing a must-win game against league foe Mystic Valley and Riveras running game helped them big time. Behind his two-touchdown, 130-yard performance the Red Devils improved to 3-2. And DeOliviera was a force on defense with 10 tackles and two sacks.
Deron Hines, St. Clement - The high-powered offense Cathedral boasted was relegated to a goose egg on the scoreboard Hines was in the middle of that stellar defensive performance for the Anchorman (3-1). The senior racked up 15 tackles in snapping the Panthers (4-1) 13-game win streak, the longest in Eastern Mass. The Anchorman now share a piece of first-place in the Catholic Central Small after the win.
Dimitri Revolus, Blue Hills - Revolus ran for 212 yards on 26 carries and scored five touchdowns for the Warriors (4-1) in the 36-12 Mayflower league win over Tri-County. His 11 touchdowns on the year lead all of Division 6.
Matt Bonazzolli, BB&N - the running back and corner kept the Knights unbeaten with 188 yards rushing and two TDs along with five tackles in a win over Lawrence Academy.
Pingree defense - Anyone can score 58 points (well, almost) but how about acknowledging the Pingree defense which shut out Kents Hill and contributed 7 points on Alex Salalayko's 45-yard interception return.
Justen Voghel, Rivers - In a 31-26 win over Brooks, Voghel figured in all the scoring with a 27-yard field goal, four extra point kicks, and three touchdown passes.
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- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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