SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 11, 2013

Football Friday: Games to watch and area leaders for Week 6


The Salem News

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Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. B. Tyrrell, Marblehead 124 889 10

2. J. Thomas, St. John’s 102 762 7

3. R. Rushins, Bp. Fenwick 83 698 11

4. I. White, Beverly 66 675 6

5. R. Murphy, North Shore 81 551 7

6. A. Valles, Danvers 51 509 6

7. D. Santos, Peabody 61 431 5

8. M. Nuernberg, North Shore 49 391 1

9. D. Wilhelmsen, Swamp. 48 354 2

10. M. Tivinis, Masco. 45 347 5

PASSING

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. M. Millett, Marblehead 60 90 857 11

2. B. McDonald, Swampscott 69 134 786 8

3. J. Clay, Ham-Wenham 44 87 631 5

4. G. Beal, Piingree 23 40 605 7

5. K. Blomster, Ipswich 36 69 471 4

RECEIVING

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. B. Daly, Marblehead 19 396 8

2. B. Faulkner, Swamp. 22 302 2

3. J. Gillis, Marblehead 20 284 2

4. C. Ecker, Ham-Wen 20 268 1

5. C. Tines, Masco. 5 231 4

6. N. Glaster, Ips. 13 229 3

7. J. Spears, Pingree 7 215 3

8. J. Assad, Pingree 8 204 2

9. E. Razney, Bp. Fenwick 10 186 2

10. J. Burt, St. John’s 13 162 1

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

BY THE NUMBERS

With a win this weekend, Marblehead would start the seaosn 6-0 for the second straight year. Just how rare is that feat?

Bishop Fenwick began the year 5-0 last year and could do so again with a win tonight as well. Besides those two, the last team from the area to do it was Masconomet, which started 8-0 in both 2004 and 2005.

The Chieftains have started at least 5-0 five times over the last 20 seasons, which is the second most of any local proram. Peabody had the most with seven.

In the NEC, Gloucester has 10 starts of at least 5-0 over the last 20 years. Winthrop has three (all in a row from 2004-06) and Swamspcott has four, doing so in back-to-back years in 2002-03.

Bishop Fenwick boasts five starts of at least 5-0 since 1994, St. John’s Prep has three and Ipswich and Hamilton-Wenham have two. So far, Marblehead, Beverly, Danvers and North Shore Tech have just one season with at least five straight wins to start.

So the Magician and Crusaders’ potential feats this weekend are rare indeed.

GAMES TO WATCH

Danvers (3-1) at Lynn Classical (2-2), tonight at 7 p.m.: The Falcons can take control of the NEC South race by becoming the league’s only unbeaten team, but to do so they’ll have to go through an improving, physical Rams team. If you believe in common opponents, Danvers needed a late fumble return to beat Peabody, a team Classical handled. Two of the NEC’s better backs, Alex Valles and Brad Scuzzarella, will be on display in a can’t miss showdown.

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St. John’s Prep (3-2) at Catholic Memorial (1-3), tonight at 7 p.m.: The Knights come in having lost three in a row, but they've all been agaisnt solid competition in St. John’s Shrewsbury, Brockton and Xaverian. The Eagles will need to continue to improve on defense and get good production for backs Cody Harwood and Dillon Preston to earn a win in an always hostile environment and continue their march to the Division 1 North playoffs.

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Marblehead (5-0) at Beverly (1-3), tomorrow at 2 p.m.: The Panthers enjoyed a bye week to correct the things that ailed them in a surprising setback to Gloucester, and Marblehead is also looking to improve after some sloppy second halves. Beverly is always one of the better defenses against spread offenses, and the Panthers certainly don’t want to drop to 1-4; expect them to put it all out there trying to knock the Magicians from the ranks of the unbeaten. Will it be enough?