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September 20, 2013

Football Friday: Area leaders, games to watch for Week 3


The Salem News

---- — GAMES TO WATCH

Gloucester (2-0) at Masconomet (0-1), tonight at 7 p.m.: The Fishermen have opened some eyes with two convincing wins to start the season while the Chieftains stumbled in their opener against Melrose. Something has to give tonight as Masco looks to get on the winning track and Gloucester looks to show its first 2-0 start since 2010 is no fluke. Of note, Masco has won two straight in the series but has yet to bet the Fisherman in a game in which Gloucester has a winning record.

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North Andover (0-1) at Beverly (0-2), tonight at 7 p.m.: Someone has to get their first win in Light Up Hurd Stadium IV. The Panthers fell to North Andover’s MVC bretheren Haverhill earlier and the Scarlet Knights are coming off a bye week after losing to Andover in Week 1. QB Casey Walsh and running back Tom Sabile are the players to watch for North Andover. Beverly hasn’t lost under the lights at Hurd, and certainly doesn’t want to fall to 0-3 given the new playoff structure.

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Hamilton-Wenham (0-1) at North Reading (1-0), tonight at 7 p.m.: The Generals played a strong first half agaisnt Fenwick last week and if they’re looking to bring that sort of effort for the full 44 minutes tonight. QB Jack Clay had an outstanding debut with four touchdown passes and the game will be a contrast of styles as the Hornets love to run the ball out of the single wing. The health of Generals’ sophomore Cam Macri is a big factor to watch.

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St. John’s Prep (1-1) at Central Catholic (2-0), tonight at 7 p.m.: In a possible Division 1 North playoff preview, the Eagles defense will have to play like it did in a Week 2 in rather than like it did in a Week 1 loss. The Raiders won a shootout with Lawrence and then blanked Haverhill and are no doubt preparing for a healthy dose to Maryland-bound Johnny Thomas. Central has a D1 recuit of its own in UNH-commit D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, so keep an eye on him on both sides of the ball.

BY THE NUMBERS

As Winthrop and Swampscott meet for the 100th time tonight, here’s a look at the rivalries with the most total games played in area lore according to Salem News records.

114: Beverly vs. Salem

107: Marblehead vs. Swampscott

102: Beverly vs. Gloucester

99: Swamspcott vs. Winthrop

96: Peabody vs. Salem

91: Marblehead vs. Gloucester

89: Marblehead vs. Winthrop

88: Beverly vs. Lynn English

87: Salem vs. Lynn English

86: Danvers vs. Swampscott

Of note, the longest area rivalry that does not inclue a Northeastern Conference team belongs to Ipswich and North Andover, who have met 71 times.

AREA STATISTICAL LEADERS

RUSHING

Player, School                         Att.     Yds.   TD

1. J. Thomas, St. John’s          54        424     5

2. B. Tyrrell, Marblehead        47        340     4         

3. R. Murphy, North Shore     36       278     1

4. I. White, Beverly                31        249     3

5. A. Valles, Danvers              22        244      3

6. M. Nuernberg, North Shore 18       218     1

7. R. Rushins, Bp. Fenwick    22        184      4

8. D. Santos, Peabody            16        167      2

9. M. Madden, Beverly           26        148     2

10. B. McDonald, Swamp.     22       114      1



PASSING

Player, School                         PC       PA       Yds.    TD

1. M. Millett, Marblehead       21        29       359      5

2. B. McDonald, Swamp.       27        57        307      4

3. J. Clay, Ham-Wenham        12       19        211      4

4. M. Geaslen, St. John’s        20       34        170     1

5. T. Bunker, Masco.               8          16        151     1

RECEIVING

Player, School    Rec.       Yds.        TD

1. B. Daly, Marb.               6             167         4

2. J. Gillis, Marb.               7              152         2

3. B. Faulkner, Swamp. 9               125         2

4. N. Glaster, Ipswich     2             89          1

5. I White, Beverly           3              81           1

6. C. Tines, Masco.           1             78          1

7. C. Ecker, Ham-Wen 7                 75           1

8. W. Millett, Marb.         6              71           0

9. N. Wilson, Ham-Wen 3              64           2

10. A. Rogers, Ham-Wen 1           64           1

Note: Statistics are based on players from the Salem News coverage area only.