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December 10, 2013

Salem News 2013 Football all-star team

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JOHNNIE SPEARS

Pingree Senior

Running back/Wide receiver/Defensive back

Speed demon set school record for touchdowns this fall with 24 ... Third on North Shore in points with 144 ... Evergreen League All-Conference ... The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder averaged 10.01 yards per carry with 771 yards and a dozen touchdowns on just 71 carries ... Also caught 35 passes for 649 yards and nine more scores ... Had four TDs on just six touches in win over Tilton ... Most teams avoided kicking off in his direction, fearing they’d find him in their own end zone ... Weighing his college options in both football and basketball.

JOHNATHAN THOMAS

St. John’s Prep Senior

Running back

Arguably one of the top running backs in North Shore history had 762 yards in just 3 1/2 games before a knee injury ended his season ... Ran for 263 yards in a win over Brockton ... Rushed for 240 yards and had a highlight reel 107-yard interception return in win over eventual Super Bowl champion Central Catholic ... Peabody resident has blend of speed and power coveted by college scouts ... Graduates with 3,709 rushing yards and 37 TDs in 2 1/2 seasons ... Had seven career 200-yard games along with 11 150-plus efforts and 19 century games ... 2012 Salem News Player of the Year is committed to play at Penn State University.

MIKE TIVINIS

Masconomet Senior

Running back/Linebacker

An excellent back who battled injuries the last two years ... Despite missing several games, still ran for 501 yards and five touchdowns ... Averaged nearly nine yards per carry this season ... Produced 156 yards and four touchdowns on only seven carries in win over Saugus ... Had 11 carries for 154 yards in a loss to Pentucket ... Named to the Cape Ann League All-League team ... Also a solid defensive player for the Chieftains.

BROOKS TYRRELL

Marblehead Junior

Running back

Northeastern Conference Player of the Year capped incredible season by running for 300 yards and six TDs on Thanksgiving ... Led all North Shore players with 1,932 rushing yards, 262 carries and 25 TDs ... Surpassed 200 rushing yards three times while running for 100 or more in 10 of 11 games for the Division 3 Northeast finalists ... Led area with 170 total points ... Amassed four sacks, 44 tackles and one pick on defense ... Totaled 512 rushing yards in three playoff games ... Averaged 7.3 yards per rush ... Superb athlete committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame.

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