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September 6, 2013

Football Friday for Sept. 6: Returning leaders, game to watch


The Salem News

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BY THE NUMBERS

25.8 -- Percentage of offensive yardage returning to North Shore Tech in senior running back Ross Murphy. Despite falling just short of the 1,000 yard mark, Murphy is the third most productive back returning in The Salem News coverage area this fall. Murphy and the Bulldogs open their season tomorrow against Tri-County Tech.

GAMES TO WATCH

Triton (0-0) at Swampscott (0-0), tomorrow, 12 p.m.: Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski said this preseason that one of his team’s biggest strengths this year is depth. That’s something that could serve them well this year in a crowded Division 4 North field. Triton was only 1-10 last year, but the Vikings (also a Div. 4 North team) are expected to be much improved. It’s important to start fast with the new playoff format, and that’s exactly what the Big Blue will be trying to do tomorrow.

Haverhill (0-0) at Beverly (0-0), tomorrow, 1 p.m.: Many players -- Brendan Flaherty, Kenny Pierce, Dom Abate, et al. -- are gone from last year’s Division 2A Super Bowl team, but the Panthers are still expected to be a player in Division 3 Northeast. Beverly takes a step up in competition, battling a Haverhill team coming off an 8-3 campaign a year ago.

Bridgewater-Raynham (0-0) at St. John’s Prep (0-0), tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.: Running back Jon Thomas and St. John’s Prep begin the defense of their Division 1 Super Bowl title against a traditionally strong Division 1 program. Thomas ran for over 1,800 yards last year and every opposing defense will be geared up to slow him down. The question is, how will St. John’s counteract that?

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*Note: Statistics reflect only players from The Salem News Coverage area. This week's numbers are 2012 statistics of returning underclassmen.

TOP RETURNING RUSHERS

Player, School                                          Att.          Yds.         TD

1. Jon Thomas, St. John’s                    220         1.812      16

2. Rufus Rushins, Bp. Fenwick         198         1,302      17

3. Ross Murphy, NS Tech/EA         167         995         19

4. Isaiah White, Beverly                      94           862         6

5. Alex Valles, Danvers                      116         849         14

6. Derek Chamberlain, Ipswich        114         788         8

7. Brooks Tyrrell, Marblehead          110         612         8

8. Johnnie Spears, Pingree              48           595         10

9. John Thomas, Danvers           56           466         1

10. Mackenzie Cashin, Masco          68           457         6

 

Player, School                         PC             PA            Yds.         TD

1. Nick Andreas, Danvers                  55           101         670         5

2. Cody Wlasuk, Peabody                 30           63           485         5

3. Kyle Blomster, Ipswich                  43           120         484         4

4. Mike Raymond, Peabody                28            52           277         2

5. Ryan Chasse, Danvers                  14           30           228         4

 

Player, School                                          Rec.          Yds.         TD

1. Johnnie Spears, Pingree              24           607         7

2. Brian Daly, Marblehead               27           417         4

3. Jeremy Gillis, Marblehead         36           411         3

4. Eric Razney, Bp. Fenwick              30           405         4

5. Christian Ecker, Ham-Wenham   22           404         9

5. Charlie Maistrellis, Bp. Fenwick   22           404         2

7. Nick Bona, Bp. Fenwick                 25           350         6

8. Dylan Cressy, Marblehead           21           316         3

9. Jordanny Sanchez, NS Tech/EA    9              302         2

10. Mike Raymond, Peabody             14           282         4