Another Thanksgiving has come and gone with stars on every field. Here's a look at what the school football staff came up with for holiday heroes.
Cody Demers, Central Catholic – The senior wide receiver hauled in a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Milano, and also broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run to lead Central Catholic to a 44-18 win over Andover.
Jeff D'Auria and Jack Campsmith, Chelmsford – D'Auria and Campsmith combined for more than 300 rushing yards and five touchdowns, as the Lions earned the program's 500th victory with a 49-23 win against Billerica. D'Auria rushed for 180 yards and three scores, while Campsmith had 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jack Boucher, Newton North – The senior captain did it all for the Tigers, as he threw for a pair of touchdowns, rushed for an 18-yard score, and had an interception in a 49-8 win over Brookline. He also kicked six extra points.
Troy Flutie, Natick – The senior quarterback (17 of 23, 237 yards) closed out his career in style, tossing seven touchdowns – six in the first half – to lead Natick to a 48-13 win over Framingham. Flutie, who is Boston College-bound, now holds the state record for touchdown passes in a season (47) and in a career (112).
Drew Belcher and Liam Kenneally, Reading – The Rockets trailed Stoneham, 30-6, with six minutes remaining, but Belcher accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the final minutes that tied the game and sent it to overtime. Belcher then threw for a score in the second overtime and rushed for the winner in the third. Kenneally, a running back and linebacker, converted two 2-point conversions during the comeback, caught a TD pass in double OT, and sealed things with an interception.
Shaquille Anderson, Cambridge – The running back piled up 209 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Falcons took down Somerville, 41-7.
Domingo Jenkins, Taunton – Jenkins rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' 42-6 win over Coyle & Cassidy.
Chris Lessard, Lynn English – The senior receiver was responsible for all 13 of the Bulldogs' point in their 13-12 comeback win over Lynn Classical in the teams' 100th meeting. With 50 seconds left and facing fourth and 19, Lessard caught a 28-yard TD pass from Lucas Harris to tie the game. Lessard then kicked the winning extra point. He also rushed for score.
Brooks Tyrrell, Marblehead – Tyrrell tallied six touchdowns in the Magicians' blowout win over Swampscott.
Kyle Rose, Dighton-Rehoboth – Rose ran for four touchdowns of 66 yards or more in a win over Seekonk.
Matt Beauparland, Dartmouth – Beauparland accounted for all of the Indians' offense with his four touchdowns in their win over Fairhaven.
Adam Billard, Sandwich – Billard's four touchdown passes paved the way for a Blue Knight blowout.
Connor Moriarty, Walpole – Moriarty rushed 10 times for 300 yards and three scores for the Rebels.
Jay Maxwell, Dedham – The senior back tallied a touchdown and eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as the Marauders (4-7) upended Norwood, 20-18.
C.J. McCarthy, North Reading – With four rushing touchdowns and a pick-six for another in the Hornets 42-35 win over Lynnfield, the senior back became the first player in Eastern Mass. to reach 200 total points for the season. McCarthy now has 31 touchdowns and seven 2-pt. conversions for 200 points.
Dean Prouty, Hanover – The senior quarterback tossed for three first-half touchdowns as the Indians held off a second-half Norwell rally for a 19-14 win.
John Sass, Randolph – The Blue Devils were guided to their first win of the season by their senior quarterback, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more in a 44-20 win over West Roxbury.
Casey Tucker, Middleboro – The Sachems wrapped up their season at 5-6 behind a two-touchdown performance from their junior running back, who notched scores from 55- and 57-yards out in a 42-20 victory over Carver.
Nick Mulcahy, Austin Prep – The senior took just 10 carries but made them count, running for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns to help his coach, BIll Maradei, win his 250th career game.
Rodolfo Jiminez and Eddie Faulkner, St. Mary's – Jiminez and Faulkner combined for seven sacks on defense, as they held Lynn Tech scoreless and to negative yardage through three quarters.
Alex Tate, Shawsheen – The sophomore quarterback accounted for all of the Rams' scoring, throwing for 137 yards and two touchdowns while adding two rushing touchdowns in the win.
Chris Dumont, Manchester Essex – The senior workhorse did it all for the Hornets again, running for five touchdowns to lift his team past Georgetown.
Orlandino Gray, East Boston – Gray rushed for three touchdowns as the Jets ran past the Knights, 50-6.
Sean Aldrich, Greater New Bedford – Aldrich rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, but his biggest play came on a 100-yard interception return for a TD that shut the door in a 20-2 win against DIman.
Orlandino Gray, East Boston – In their annual Thanksgiving Day clash, Gray led the Jets in the 50-6 blowout win over Southie, rushing for three touchdowns, including a 51-yard score in the third quarter.
Michael Sullivan, St. Clement – While throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another in the 43-16 win over St. Joseph's Prep, Sullivan topped 2,000 passing yards for the season.
Bryan Cedeno, Cathedral – Cedeno led the Panthers in the win over Marian, rushing for 189 yards and four first-half touchdowns.
Zahir Ramsey, Minuteman – Minuteman picked up its eighth win of the year, the most since 1986, and Ramsey had a lot to do with it. In the win over Mystic Valley, he rushed for four scores and hurled a 72-yard TD pass in the first-half.
Red Devil defense, Chelsea – The Red Devils (6-5) picked up their third straight Thanksgiving Day win over Matignon with a 21-0 shutout, ending their season above .500. Multiple players spearheaded the defensive effort, including Lucas DeOliveira (eight tackles, two assist), Adriel Rodriguez (six tackles), and Josue Theosmy (six tackles).
Dejour Releford & Emmanuel Almonte, Boston English – In the 14-12 win over Boston Latin, the duo helped change a culture at English, hooking up for the winning 7-yard TD pass as time expired. The win was the Eagles (7-4) first over Boston Latin since 1997.
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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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