LEADING RUSHERS

Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. T. Cronin, Marb. 178 1,086 15

2. D. Cifuentes, Bp. Fen. 110 936 17

3. C. Terry, Ipswich 117 913 9

4. A. Paulino, Peabody 148 741 8

5. D. January, Swamp. 102 579 8

6. I. Coffey, H-W 95 561 7

7. M. Mulumba, Beverly 60 482 5

8. C. James, Ipswich 65 415 7

9. J. Guy, SJP 40 306 1

10. C. Fahey, Pingree 61 291 4

LEADING PASSERS

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. G. Inzana Swamp. 16 276 2,555 28

2. M. Crowley, SJP 132 226 1,975 23

3. C. Wilson, Bp. Fen. 55 91 810 7

4. C. Fahey, Pingree 39 64 720 7

5. M. Lastes, Masco. 44 73 701 7

LEADING RECEIVERS

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. A. Augustin, Swamp. 41 622 11

2. D. Moreland, Beverly 26 504 6

3. S. McCarthy, Marb. 24 345 6

4. A. Vasquez, Swamp. 19 334 3

5. D. Cifuentes, Bp. Fen. 15 318 2

6. I. Coffey, H-W 24 304 2

7. J. Corcoran, Masco. 15 283 3

8. W. Hunter, Masco. 13 280 5

9. H. Greenslade, Pingree 9 264 4

10. J. Bruhm, Ipswich 8 264 2

Note: Only players in The Salem News coverage area are included among the leaders. For Week 1, statistics include returning players’ 2018 totals.

BY THE NUMBERS

8: Number of Northeastern Conference teams that chose to have the bye week for September 6 and 7. Three others, Beverly, Winthrop and Danvers, are off next week while Lynn Classical is taking on the challenge of playing eight regular season games.

Contrast that with the Cape Ann League, where the bye weeks are sprinkled throughout the season, presumably in order to make scheduling easier and to heal up bumps and bruises. It’s an interesting dillema coaches faced as a result of the unique 2019 calendar that has an extra week between Labor Day and Thanksgiving; Interestingly, week 6 (Oct. 11-12) is the only time before the playoffs that all 23 NEC and CAL football teams will be playing without anyone off on a bye.

GAMES TO WATCH

Danvers (0-0) at Masconomet (0-0), Friday at Walt Roberts Field, 7 p.m.: Last year, Danvers took the opening kick back and the Chieftains never really recovered. The Red-and-White have spent the offseason rebuilding thier toughness and seem ready to deploy a bullying ground game. What makes this game so intriguing is that Danvers strength is also in the trenches with thier deep, experienced line. This should be a grind-it-out affair that pulls on heartstrings of those that love the nuances of gridiron trench warfare.

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Ipswich (0-0) at Amesbury (0-0), Friday at Landry Stadium, 7 p.m.: How many games in the state this weekend feature two teams that shared thier league championship with one another in 2018? Cape Ann League Baker fans should be in for a treat in this matchup between teams coming off thier best years in recent memory. Which one will better carry momentum into the new year?

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Bridgewater-Raynham (0-0) at St. John’s Prep (0-0, Saturday at Glatz Field, Noon: The Trojans invade Danvers, where believe it or not they’ve won the last three meetings. In fact, the home team hasn’t won the Eagles/Trojans clash in eight outings going back to 2011. To buck that trend, St. John’s will look to play stingy defense and establish the running game.

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