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November 1, 2013

Moving the Chains: Dickey, Hamilton-Wenham excited for playoffs

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The only 300-yard game in the area so far this season belongs to Beverly’s White, who ran for 303 against North Andover.

In all, there have been 61 100-yard rushing games so far this fall by 22 players. Marblehead’s Brooks Tyrrell, White, Murphy all have six 100-games on the season to lead the area, while Valles, Rushins and Dickey all have five.

Breaking the century efforts down by team, Danvers (Valles, Chris Behan and Anthony Cordoba), Peabody (Wlasuk, Doug Santos and Ryan Collins), St. John’s Prep (Thomas, Cody Harwood and Dillon Preston) and North Shore Tech (Murphy, Dan Bailey and Mike Nuernberg) all have three guys with a 100-yard game.

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Beverly and Gloucester meet again at Newell Stadium tonight, and if the Division 3 Northeast playoff game goes anything like the first meeting it'll come down to stopping the big running back and taking care of the ball. Beverly's lead back White ran for 124 yards in the Panthers' 18-14 loss last month and accounted for 53 percent of his team's 235 total yards. The Panthers will certainly want to get more production from their complimentary backs tonight, as they combined for 49 yards on 16 carries a month ago.

For the Fishermen, Jordan Pallazola carried the load to the tune of 190 yards on 18 carries. Beverly will be looking to bring down that yards-per-carry average in order to advance tonight.

The Panthers held the lead up at Newell in that first meeting, as well, and they'll need to avoid costly fumbles to hold that lead if they gain it again in the playoffs.

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Danvers’ Sean Rogers will be trying to become the first football coach in the history of his school to win a playoff game when the Falcons host Masconomet tonight. Let's check out the area's other coaches, and their respective playoff records, heading into tonight's historic beginning of the new statewide football playoff.

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