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November 15, 2013

Football Friday


The Salem News

---- — LEADING RUSHERS

Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. B. Tyrell, Marble. 219 1,485 19

2. I White, Beverly 150 1,433 16

3. R. Rushins, B. Fen. 133 1,137 18

4. R. Murphy, N. Tech 143 985 11

5. A. Valles, Danvers 108 983 12

6. I. Dickey, Ham-Wen 198 960 9

7. A. Palmer, Salem 133 853 9

8. D. Wilhelmsen, Sw. 99 835 11

9. J. Thomas, St. J. 102 762 7

10. J. Spears, Pingree 60 696 11

LEADING PASSERS

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1 G. Beal, Pin. 83 139 1,748 19

2. B. McDon., Sw. 127 228 1,501 13

3. M. Mill., Marble 99 139 1,362 15

4. K. Blom., Ips. 80 152 1,245 9

5. N. Bona, Fen. 64 121 1,074 14

6. J. Clay, HW 83 168 1,055 6

7. M Geaslen, StJ. 78 145 1,006 9

8. M. Ray., Peab. 68 111 909 7

9. T. Bunk., Masco 43 90 778 8

10. N. Andreas, Dan. 48 98 746 5

LEADING RECEIVERS

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. J. Spears, Pin. 32 616 9

2. B. Daly, Marble. 26 557 12

3. J. Assad, Pingree 25 549 7

4. B. Faulkner, Swp. 33 476 2

5. N. Glaster, Ips. 24 454 5

6. E. Razney, Bp. Fen. 23 435 6

7. C. Ecker, HW 34 410 2

8. C. Tines, Masco. 15 378 6

9. J. Gillis, Marble. 31 365 2

10. C. Maistrellis, Fen. 18 360 5

Note: Only players in The Salem News coverage area are included among the leaders.

BY THE NUMBERS

Reader Roger Salucco brought up a great point recently when he mentioned how yards per carry were a true measure of how effective a running back could be. So here’s a look at our top running backs by how many yards they get, on average, per carry (minimum 50 carries):

Player School YPC

Johnnie Spears Pingree 11.6

Isaiah White Beverly 9.6

Alex Valles Danvers 9.1

Mike Tivinis Masco 8.9

Rufus Rushins Fenwick 8.5

Peter Mulumba Beverly 8.5

Desmond Wilhelmsen Swamp. 8.4

Mike Nuernberg No. Shore 7.6

Johnny Thomas St. John’s 7.5

Ryan Collins Peabody 7.1

Chris Behen Danvers 7.0

Nick Bona Fenwick 6.9

Ross Murphy No. Shore 6.9

GAMES TO WATCH

Gloucester (6-3) at Masconomet (5-4) tonight at Roberts Field, 7 p.m.: Don’t expect a repeat of their Week 2 encounter — a 27-0 Masco victory — when the Fishermen and Chieftains battle for the second time this season. Both teams were bumped from the Division 3 Northeast playoff semifinals last weekend and will look to build momentum heading into their respective season finales on Thanksgiving, so we’re looking for a low-scoring battle that’s ultimately won in the trenches.

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Lawrence (2-7) at Peabody (3-6) tonight at Coley Lee Field, 7 p.m.: Don’t let the Lancers’ record fool you, or the fact that they’re giving up better than 30 points a game. Playing out of the rugged Merrimack Valley Conference, they’ve cut their teeth against some of the big boys in EMass. football circles and would love to leave the Tanner City with a W. Peabody will want to grab an early lead tonight and play with confidence once they get it in order to emerge with the victory.

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Danvers (7-2) at Beverly (5-4) tomorrow at Hurd Stadium, 1 p.m.: Beverly’s first rematch with an opponent who had already defeated them this season didn’t fare so well — as their playoff loss in Gloucester two weeks ago attests — but they’re no doubt relishing a return matchup with the Falcons, who knocked them off, 33-28, in Week 2. Danvers, which had great success last week in Wilmington going to a spread offense, wants to complete their season sweep over the Orange-and-Black — on enemy turf, no less.

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