The first October high school football stars, as selected by the school sports staff.
Cody Harwood and Dillon Preston, St. John's Prep – In the absence of Johnathan Thomas, who is out for the season with a knee injury, Harwood and Preston rushed for four touchdowns in a 55-8 win against Malden Catholic. Harwood, a junior, rushed for 164 yards and two scores, while Preston, a sophomore, rushed for 55 and two touchdowns.
Jeff D'Auria, Chelmsford – The senior running back racked up 104 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns, leading the Lions to a 43-22 victory against Andover.
Damion Wood, Xaverian – Wood sparked the Hawks defense with a pair of interception returns, one for 95 yards and another for a 70 yard touchdown return. His two scores led Xaverian to a 43-7 win against Catholic Memorial.
Tom Maguire, Haverhill – Maguire had touchdown runs of 2 and 60 yards in the fourth quarter to lead the Hillies past previously unbeaten Methuen, 17-0.
Kyle Wisnieski, Mansfield – The senior signal caller threw for three scores and rushed for another as he helped lead No. 3 Mansfield to a 49-42 win over No. 20 Attleboro.
Tom Stabile, North Andover – Stabile rushed for four touchdowns in the Scarlet Knights' 34-20 victory against Dracut.
Mike Panepinto, Needham – The 18th-ranked Rockets improved to 3-1 behind Panepinto's three touchdowns and 135 rushing yards.
Hayden Murphy, Barnstable – The senior running back rushed for 115 yards and three scores on 15 carries as the 11th-ranked Red Raiders blew past New Bedford, 35-14, to improved to 3-1.
Alex Valles, Danvers - The senior carried 24 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-12 win over Revere.
James O'Regan, Wilmington - O'Regan had three touchdowns and intercepted two passes in a 19-13 win over Stoneham.
Malik Garrett, Melrose - The senior quarterback rushed for five touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 40-21 win.
Jack McCabe, Dartmouth - The junior linebacker tallied 10 tackles and a pair of interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown in a landslide victory.
Tommy Sears, Medfield - The senior caught seven balls for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He also racked up 13 tackels in the 36-14 win over Medford.
Olan Abner, Bedford - Abner was nearly unstoppable in a 27-0 win over Weston, accounting for all four Buccaneer touchdowns while tallying 282 rushing yards.
Owen Braley, Wareham - In the Vikings' first win of the season, the senior linebacker collected 19 tackles.
Ben Cullen, Amesbury - The Indians locked up their first win of the season thanks to the senior, who took a pick-six 65 yards for the game-winning score as Amesbury beat Hamilton-Wenham, 20-13.
Michael Dunn, Dennis-Yarmouth - The junior running back racked up 107 yards and a score on the ground and added a kickoff return for a touchdown to lift the Dolphins over No. 16 Plymouth South, 31-12.
Keeyon Neal, Foxboro - With 140 yards and four touchdowns, the junior tailback provided all the offense the Warriors would need as they blanked Sharon, 37-0.
Connor Henry, East Boston - The senior running back rushed for 117 yards and four touchdowns as the Jets ran past Charlestown 38-16.
Abraham Toe, St. Mary's - Toe ran for two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion, but his biggest play was on defense when he forced a fumble to secure the win over Archbishop Williams.
Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick - The Crusaders used Rushins as their workhorse to run past Cardinal Spellman. The physical back finished with 24 carries for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Martha's Vineyard defense - For the second straight game, the Sharks kept their opponent scoreless in regulation. Last week, they lost 9-6 in triple OT, but this week they held strong and won 8-6 by stuffing Bishop Stang's 2-point conversion attempt in overtime.
Joe Reardon, Rockland - Reardon threw for two touchdowns and returned an interception 55 yards for another score. He also kicked three extra points for the Bulldogs (3-1).
Owen Harrington, East Bridgewater - The junior ran for four touchdowns, giving him nine on the season, to lift the Vikings past Randolph.
Dan Bailey and Ian LeFavour, North Shore – In a 30-0 win over Lynn tech, North Shore's defense was the star led by Bailey and LeFavour. Bailey had nine tackles and an interception, and LeFavour had two interceptions and ran for a touchdown. Overall, North Shore held Lynn Tech to 77 yards rushing and 7 passing.
Chris Silvia, Bishop Connolly – In a win over Tri-County, Silvia had 17 carries for 206 yards, one reception for 26 yards, a 30-yard field goal, and 5 extra point kicks.
Chris Cervizzi, Brooks – In a 43-33 loss to St. George's, Cervizzi had 30 carries for 224 yards and five touchdowns.
Issac McCray, St. George's – In that same game, McCray, a freshman running back, had 160 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. He also had an interception on defense.
Drew Jacobs, Milton Academy – The Mustangs' back ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 win over Lawrence Academy.
Justen Voghel, Rivers – In a 44-27 win over St. Mark's, Voghel threw four touchdown passes and kicked three field goals.
Frankie Williams, BB&N - Williams ran for 163 yds. and 2 TDs on just 10 carries in a win over St. Paul's. He also had 9 tackles from his free safety postion on defense.
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 winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- 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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