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October 5, 2012

Moving The Chains: Revival of the running backs

Rushing attack back on track on North Shore

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St. John’s Prep star Jon Thomas is on pace for 1,562 rushing yards; he’s averaging 142 yards per game and 8.1 yards per carry. Teammate Alex Moore, who averages 8.7 a pop, could easily work his way past the four-figure mark; he’s slated for 910 yards based on his four game totals.

Mike Tivinis has only played two games for Masconomet because of an early season injury, but has already ground up 295 yards. If he maintains that 147.5 per game average, that comes out to 1,328 yards in nine contests. For a back as talented as Tivinis, that’s absolutely attainable.

That’s six right there. Then there are the other North Shore rushers who could heat up and approach the 1,000-yard mark, including Salem’s QB Christian Dunston, Hamilton-Wenham’s signal caller Trevor Lyons, Ipswich’s Derek Chamberlain, North Shore Tech’s Ross Murphy, Masconomet’s Dylan Mann, and the Marblehead duo of Ian Maag and Brooks Tyrell.

There are a number of variables, including how often backs have carried so far this season; there’s no garuntee their workload won’t go up or down. When the weather turns, teams also have a tendency to hold onto the football more and are less likely to put it up in the air.

There’s also the fact that in this age of split seasons where the first half of games are non-leaguers, but the second half all count in the standings, true backfield workhorses lug the leather a lot more.

There’s still more than half a season of football to play. But it wouldn’t be premature to make a rush to judgment that the above-mentioned backs will continue putting up big numbers in the weeks to come.

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Hamilton-Wenham has a bye this weekend, but the Generals’ coaches were still marveling over the performance that QB Trevor Lyons turned in last week at Amesbury.

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