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September 27, 2013

Football Friday: Area leaders and games to watch for Week 4


The Salem News

---- — AREA LEADERS

RUSHING

Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. J. Thomas, St. John’s 83 664 7

2. I. White, Beverly 48 551 6

3. B. Tyrrell, Marblehead 66 453 5

4. D. Santos, Peabody 39 347 4

5. M. Nuernberg, North Shore 30 280 1

6. R. Murphy, North Shore 36 278 1

7. R. Rushins, Bp. Fenwick 37 267 6

8. A. Valles, Danvers 22 244 3

9. P. Mulumba, Beverly 24 243 1

10. M. Madden, Beverly 34 212 4

PASSING

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. M. Millett, Marblehead 32 43 507 6

2. B. McDonald, Swampscott 40 75 474 5

3. J. Clay, Ham-Wenham 26 48 375 4

4. M. Geaslen, St. John’s 24 43 230 2

5. K. Blomster, Ipswich 10 30 208 1

RECEIVING

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. B. Daly, Marblehead 9 254 5

2. J. Gillis, Marblehead 11 200 2

3. B. Faulkner, Swamp. 13 191 2

4. C. Ecker, Ham-Wen 14 156 1

5. N. Glaster, Ipswich 6 126 1

6. C. Tines, Masco. 3 108 2

7. N. Wilson, Ham-Wen 5 102 2

8. A. Rogers, Ham-Wen 2 78 1

9. J. Burt, St. John’s 9 73 0

10. T. Kelly, Swamp. 8 77 2

Note: Statistics are based on players from the Salem News coverage area only.

BY THE NUMBERS

27.6 and 21.3 — The first number is the points allowed average for Peabody against League foes since joining the Northeastern conferences (minus the games against Masconomet and North Andover from the NEC/CAl Tier 1 games from the last two years). The second number is the points allowed average for the tanners in games against Danvers since 2007. The average against Danvers — Peabody’s opponent tonight — is skewed because of last year’s 61-12 Falcon win. Peabody owns a 3-1 record against the Falcons since 2007 and the Tanners have allowed only a combined 24 points in those three victories.

GAMES TO WATCH

Bishop Fenwick (2-0) at Arlington Catholic (1-1), tonight at 6:30 p.m.: The Crusaders enter the Catholic Central League portion of their schedule averaging 47.5 points per game with two wins under their belt. The CCL figures to be difficult once again, with every team in the hunt for the conference crown. Fenwick beat AC last year to snap a six-game losing streak against the Cougars.

Beverly (1-2) at Gloucester (2-1), tonight at 7 p.m.: Is it too early in the schedule to have the feeling that these two teams are headed in different directions? Beverly got off to a slow start with losses to Haverhill and Danvers this fall, but the Panthers rebounded with an impressive 48-28 win over North Andover last week. Gloucester, meanwhile, beat Lynn Classical (15-14) and Salem (43-15) to start the year, but got blanked by Masconomet (27-0) last week.

Marblehead (3-0) at Swampscott (1-2), tomorrow at 12 p.m.: These two neighboring rivals will engage in a rare September meeting, the first of two head-to-head contests (the other on Thanksgiving) this season. Swampscott showed tremendous improvement last week with a 28-14 win over Winthrop. The Big Blue got a big boost from Desmond Wilhelmsen’s debut as the back ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Still, Swampscott is surrendering an average of 37 points per game through three games while Marblehead has scored over 40 points in each of its three wins.

Everett (1-1) at St. john’s Prep (2-1), tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.: The Eagles haven’t tasted victory against Everett since 2008 and they’d love to get one here in front of their home crowd. Senior running back Johnny Thomas is off to a ridiculous start with 664 yards rushing and seven TDs so far. He also added a highlight-reel, 107-yard interception return for a touchdown to his resume last week against Central Catholic. Watching Everett deal with Thomas isn’t just worth the price of admission, it’s the biggest bargain you’ll find this weekend.