The Rams’ defense has some local flavor in Swampscott’s Chris Blydell, who has 33 tackles and six passes defensed, and Beverly’s Mark Giles, who has appeared in all seven games at linebacker. Swamspcott’s Randall Kelleher is tied for the Rams’ lead in touchdown catches with three and has 112 receiving yards in last weekend’s win over Maine Maritime.
Peabody’s Sean Wlasuk is handling the kick-off duties for FSU, averaging 55 yards a boot with three touchbacks.
Former Bishop Fenwick all-star Bobby Tarr is in the midst of his final season running for Bentley and leads the Falcons with 267 yards on the ground and three TDs. Tarr’s heir in the Bentley backfield may well be former St. John’s Prep standout Tyler Coppola, who scored his first collegiate touchdown earlier this season.
The Falcons have to be one of the only colleges that have had two players that ran for over 2,000 yards in a season for a North Shore high school on the same roster.
Salem’s Zach Gilbert continues to be a fixture on the offensive line at Merrimack. The All-Northeast-10 selection in 2011 has started every Warriors game since his sophomore season. Marblehead’s Nick Broughton (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) is looking to break into a spot on the Warriors’ line as a sophomore.
Peabody’s Nick Hiou has become a reliable possession receiver at UMass-Dartmouth. Hiou, who was a running back for the Tanners and began his college career as a defensive back, has 15 grabs for 117 yards for the Corsairs and also received the ECAC’s Robbins Male Athlete of the Year last spring, an award that honors student-athletes for performance in the classroom.
Danvers’ Nick Valles is spending the season as a post-grad at Milford Academy. The former Falcon has 163 rushing yards and two TDs, including an 80-yard scoring run against Yale’s jayvee squad.