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(Boston Globe/File 2010)
September 8, 2011

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

▸Matt Cahill, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional: The quarterback returns after throwing for 1,200 yards and running for nearly 400 more as the only junior captain in Tom Lopez’s 34 years as head coach.

▸ George Craan (pictured), Concord-Carlisle: How can the senior back improve on what was a spectacular junior season (1,914 yards rushing, 24 touchdowns)? Lead the Patriots back to the Super Bowl.

▸Mike Decina, Hopkinton: A two-way threat at QB, he adjusted quickly to a new spread offense last season as a junior, accounting for 18 touchdowns and nearly 2000 yards combined rushing and passing.

▸Greg Finley, Framingham: The key to the Flyers’ spread offense, Finley, who is getting interest from Division 1 programs like Fordham and Albany, will also start at safety.

▸Troy Flutie, Natick: The talented sophomore quarterback learned the varsity ropes in the second half of last season, and should continue to improve in his second year under center.

▸Jake Frechette, Holliston: In his fourth season on the varsity, the senior back has a chance to break the program’s career rushing record.

▸Efrain Montalvo, St. John’s High: With only four returning starters on offense for the defending Central Mass. Division 1 champions, the senior speedster will lead the attack.

▸Mark Riley, Needham: At 6 feet 1, 190 pounds, the senior receiver/linebacker was a Bay State Conference all-star on the gridiron last fall and an All-American lacrosse player in the spring.

▸Charles Ruffin, King Philip Regional: A three-sport standout, the Warriors’ senior running back hit paydirt eight times last season.

▸Karl Sery, Hudson: With Jake Wardwell handing him the ball and Ryan Wardwell clearing space up front, the Bryant-bound senior (1,430 yards, 18 touchdowns last fall) is the spark for the Hawks’ offense.

PERRY’S TOP 10 POLL

(Listed with final 2010 record)

1. St. John’s (12-1)

2. Concord-Carlisle (10-3)

3. Lincoln-Sudbury (8-4)

4. King Philip (8-2)

5. Holliston (12-1)

6. Hudson (10-3)

7. Needham (9-2)

8. Framingham (7-4)

9. Medway (9-2)

10. Acton-Boxborough (8-3)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Wakefield at Lexington, Saturday, 1 p.m.: On the Minuteman sideline for his first regular-season game since replacing legendary coach Bill Tighe (1975-2010), George Peterson will face a mentor on the far sidelines - his first coaching position was at Wakefield, leading the freshman team for head coach Mike Boyages.

WEEK 1 SLATE

Tonight

Nashoba Regional at Wachusett Regional, 7 p.m.

Tomorrow

(Games at 7 p.m.)

Milford at Franklin; Newton North at Waltham; Central Catholic at Marlborough; Acton-Boxborough at Woburn; Melrose at Belmont; Wilmington at Arlington; Wayland at King Philip; Dover-Sherborn at Nauset; Beverly at Concord-Carlisle; Oliver Ames at Medfield; Holliston at Stoughton; Weston at Canton; Latin Academy at Millis; Marian at Ashland; Burncoat at Algonquin Regional; Hudson at Gardner; Groton-Dunstable Regional at Maynard; Nipmuc Regional at Grafton; Assabet Valley Tech at Millbury; Littleton at Clinton

Saturday

(Games at 1 p.m. unless noted)

Needham at Norwood; Natick at Brookline (Parsons Field); Wellesley at Framingham; Hopkinton at Newton South; Lincoln-Sudbury at Tewksbury; St. John’s at Holy Name; Shepherd Hill at Westborough; Medway at Hingham; St. Clement at Keefe Tech; Old Colony at Trinity Catholic; Wakefield at Lexington, 1:30; Arlington Catholic at Shawsheen Regional Tech, 1:30; Blackstone Valley Tech at Tri-County Regional Tech, 2; Ayer at Uxbridge, 2:30; Watertown at Bellingham, 6

Compiled by Phil Perry.

Compiled by Phil Perry.


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