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Globe North high school football

The end zone

September 4, 2008
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Players to Watch

RB Chris Beranger, Winthrop - The top returning scorer in Division 3 should give the Vikings a chance to return to the playoffs after a 7-4 season.

RB/DB Taylor Burbine, Gloucester - A dangerous player who scored 10 touchdowns and and ran for 534 yards. And ever so often, he stole the show from Gloucester's touchdown king Andrew Fulford, stretching long touchdown runs in key games.

QB Joe Clancy, Newburyport - Possibly one of the area's best quarterbacks, Clancy threw for 17 touchdowns last season.

FB/DE Clay Cleveland, Masconomet - The Chieftains have a few targets for junior quarterback Chris Splinter, but Cleveland may be the top choice. He caught 17 balls for 186 yards and 4 touchdowns in the regular season last year.

QB Joe Conti, Everett - While everyone was eyeing the running back in Everett's backfield last season, Conti was busy setting the school record for passing touchdowns, tossing 17 and leading the Crimson Tide to their second straight Division 1 Super Bowl.

Benbow's Top 10

(with 2007 records)

1. Everett (13-0)

2. Gloucester (13-0)

3. Swampscott (12-1)

4. Masconomet (10-2)

5. Newburyport (7-4)

6. St. John's Prep (6-5)

7. Georgetown (8-2)

8. Bishop Fenwick (7-4)

9. Winthrop (7-4)

10. Saugus (7-3)

Game of the Week

Masconomet at St. John's Prep, Sat. 1:30 p.m. - The Prep was looking for games and the Chieftains were looking for competition, which set up the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

By the Numbers

35 - Number of wins Everett strung together before falling in the 2004 Super Bowl. The Crimson Tide's current winning streak stands at 26 games after two undefeated seasons.

4 - Number of new head coaches in Lynn. Matt Durgin was coaching in Lynn last year when he was at Classical, but he's a new face at St. Mary's.

Taking Command

(First-year head coaches)

Bob Almeida, Malden Catholic

Matt Durgin, St. Mary's

Peter Holey, Lynn English

Jim O'Leary, Triton

Tim Phelps, Lynn Classical

Neal Weidman, Lynnfield

Scott Wlasuk, Peabody

Compiled by Julian Benbow

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