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November 15, 2013

Moving the Chains: Marblehead faces tough test in Tewksbury

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Hamilton-Wenham’s Trevor Lyons ran for 1,408 yards in 2011 for his team’s record. Those are among the more recent marks while one of the longest standing is Ipswich’s Bernie Addell, who ran for a Tiger record 1,544 yards in 1977.

Masconomet’s record is Tim Gale’s 1,557 from his junior season while Salem’s belongs to Matt Horgan as his 1,701 yard campaign in 1999.

Peabody’s single-season record belongs to Frank Candela. “The Flash” ran for 1,784 yards in 1996.

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A coach once told me that one of the best ways to measure the performance of a QB is by looking at yards-per-attempt. Would you believe that Pingree’s Griffin Beal is averaging a ridiculous 12.5 yards per attempt? That means the Highlanders get at least a first down, on average, every time they drop back to pass (not including sacks, which were few and far between for the Blue-and-Green).

To put how good that is in perspective, consider that excellent passers like Marblehead’s Millett and Fenwick’s Nick Bona average about 8.5 yards per attempt. Anything over 6-7 is considered efficient, and 12 is simply eye-popping.

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Speaking of passing, it’s hard to believe that there are already seven 1,000 yard passers on the North Shore. Last year, the area had six 1,000-yard QBs with just three the year before in 2011. This year’s seven ties the high-water mark of seven from the 2009 season, and there could be even more.

Peabody’s Mike Raymond had thrown for 909 yards and is on pace to become the Tanners’ first 1,000-yard passer since Dave Feld in 1997. Raymond has done so primarily by throwing to his tight ends, Andrew McLaughlin (who has a touchdown in three of the last four games) and Tanner Moquin. Raymond has become accurate on the run as he’s matured this season, proving that you can still throw on bootlegs and can produce passing yardage without going to an all-out spread.

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