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October 25, 2013

Football Friday: Area leaders, games to watch for Week 8


The Salem News

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Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. R. Rushins, Bp. Fenwick 116 956 15

2. B. Tyrell, Marblehead 140 938 10

3. I. White, Beverly 115 935 9

4. A. Valles, Danvers 83 814 10

5. J. Thomas, St. John’s 102 762 7

6. R. Murphy, NS Tech 104 720 9

7. A. Palmer, Salem 85 589 5

8. I. Dickey, Ham-Wen 124 563 6

9. M. Tivinis, Masco. 56 501 5

10. D. Santos, Peabody 74 490 7

PASSING

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. G. Beal, Pingree 47 81 1100 11

2. B. McDonald, Swampscott 85 158 1,041 9

3. M. Millett, Marblehead 76 116 1,014 13

4. J. Clay, Ham-Wenham 58 119 792 5

5. K. Blomster, Ipswich 51 97 765 6

RECEIVING

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. B. Daly, Marblehead 23 488 10

2. J. Spears, Pingree 17 421 6

3. B. Faulkner, Swamp. 26 406 2

4. N. Glaster, Ips. 19 340 4

5. C. Tines, Masco. 11 325 5

6. J. Gillis, Marblehead 23 289 2

7. C. Ecker, Ham-Wen 24 289 1

8. E. Razney, Bp. Fenwick 15 283 4

9. A. Salalayko, Pingree 9 283 2

10. J. Burt, St. John’s 18 249 1

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

BY THE NUMBERS

The Boston Red Sox are once again in the World Series, taking on the St. Lous Cardinals for Major League Baseball’s biggest prize. So what were the best high school football games played while the Sox were chasing hardball immortality the last five times they played in the Fall Classic?

2007: The Sox swept the Rockies in four games, so there was only one weekend of high school football. Salem edged Peabody, 20-14, in overtime in the weekend’s closest game, while Bishop Fenwick and St. John’s Prep scored wins over league foes St. Mary’s and Catholic Memorial, respectively.

2004: Peabody scored an exciting 46-44 win over Cambridge in a game that featured eight lead changes and was won on a John Studley rushing TD in the final minute on the eve of Game 1 against the Cardinals. Other memorable scores include Swamspcott 27-13 win over Salem and Hamilton-Wenham’s 20-15 triumph over North Reading.

1986: On the night of the now-infamous Game 6 against the Mets, Salem edged Marblehead, 10-8, in a game between the NEC’s two best teams that year. Masconomet also earned its only win that day, 20-6 over North Reading.

1975: Swampscott and Bishop Fenwick were the only area teams to go 2-0 during the ‘75 World Series, which stretched over two football weekends as the Sox fell to the Big Red Machine from Cincinnati in seven games. Peabody lost to Everett, 14-12, during the Series, while Marblehead shaded Beverly, 3-0.

1967: In the midst of the Impossible Dream season from Oct. 4-12, Swampscott blanked Danvers, 28-0; Gloucester and Marblehead battled to a 14-14 tie; Salem beat B.C. High 20-6; Beverly drilled Peabody 30-6; Fenwick beat Xaverian 8-0, and Ipswich actually got to enjoy the World Series — they had a bye week.

GAMES TO WATCH

Salem (1-5) at Peabody (2-4), tonight 7 p.m.: Last year, Salem throttled Peabody to earn their biggest win in the series in 45 years. This year, the Witches are playing for a chance to make the playoffs while the host Tanners are playing for pride in the 97th meeting between these teams. Before last year, each of the previous five meetings was decided by 10 points and two games went to overtime. Which young running back, Aaron Palmer for the Witches or Doug Santos for the Tanners, gets going could decide this one.

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Pingree (4-1) at Proctor Academy (4-1), tomorrow 7 p.m.: The Highlanders are looking to bounce back after last week’s high scoring loss — and they’re doing it on the road. The game has major implications in the Evergreen League’s Clements Division, as Proctor’s only loss was also to New Hampton and the winner of this game will secure second place. Of note, Pingree has not lost back-to-back games since 2008.

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