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October 19, 2012

Football Friday


Gloucester Daily Times

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Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. R. Rushins, Bp. Fen. 129 947 9

2. J. Thomas, St. John’s 101 924 8

3. B. Flaherty, Beverly 67 655 8

4. A. Moore, St. John’s 54 571 7

5. Z. Smith, Glo. 71 497 4

6. K. Pierce, Beverly 40 434 7

7. T. Lyons, Ham-Wen 87 392 5

8. C. Sudak, NS Tech 52 390 4

9. R. Murphy, NS Tech 74 385 4

10. D. Chamberlain, Ips. 62 378 3

10. M. Tivinis, Masco 77 378 1

PASSING

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. B. Santry, Swamp. 79 137 1165 6

2. J. Cappadona, Pingr. 66 124 1138 5

3. I. Maag, Marblehead 58 86 764 6

4. T. Lyons, Ham-Wen 40 82 672 6

5. C. Burnham, ME 45 111 643 5

RECEIVING

Player, School Rec Yds TD

1. A. Cronin, Swamp. 21 310 3

2. J. Spears, Pingree 10 302 2

3. J. Rothwell, Swamp. 19 296 2

4. M. Raymond, Peabody 14 282 4

5. J. Campbell, Ham-Wen 15 246 3

6. J. Gillis, Marblehead 18 241 1

7. J. Beardsley, ME 15 236 2

8. B. Faulkner, Swamp. 12 218 0

9. B. Serino, Swampscott 13 217 1

10. A. Moore, St. John’s 11 213 3

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

BY THE NUMBERS

8.14, 7.96, 7.33, and 6.97. Those are the top four team yards-per-carry averages on the North Shore this fall. Guessing the top two teams shouldn’t be that difficult. St. John’s Prep, with a big boost from John Thomas and Alex Moore, has piled up 1,661 yards on the ground this fall on 204 carries, good for an 8.14 average. Brendan Flaherty and Kenny Pierce have helped Beverly roll out a 7.96 average (1,728 yards on 217 carries). A mild surprise in third place is Pingree with its 7.33 average (157-1,151), followed by a shocking 6.97 from Danvers (200-1,393). The Falcons do not have one individual runner in the North Shore’s top 10. Bishop Fenwick rounds out the top five with a 6.13 yards-per-carry average (241-1,477).

GAMES TO WATCH

Salem (3-3) at Swampscott (3-3), tomorrow at noon: The Witches and Big Blue kick off their Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 schedules seemingly going in different directions. After a solid 3-1 start this fall, Salem has dropped two straight, while Swampscott, once 1-3, owns back-to-back wins over Triton and Malden. Both teams would like nothing more than to start fast in league play.

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Ipswich (1-5) at Lynnfield (3-2), tomorrow at 1 p.m.: The Tigers’ record is somewhat deceiving this fall. Two of Ipswich’s losses were lopsided, but the Tigers have played everyone else tough, including Pentucket and Newburyport. It seems as if Ipswich isn’t that far away from putting wins together. A Lynnfield team with two consecutive victories over Danvers and Pentucket stands in the Tigers’ way this week.

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St. Mary’s (5-1) at Bishop Fenwick (5-1), tomorrow at 7 p.m.: Two of the Catholic Central League favorites clash at Donaldson Field in a huge showdown. The Crusaders are coming off their first loss of the season, a 14-8 overtime setback against Hamilton-Wenham, but the duo of running back Rufus Rushins and quarterback Fran Hannon could pose problems for the St. Mary’s defense. Likewise, the Spartans’ Wing T offensive attack runs without a hitch and Fenwick must find a way to slow St. Mary’s and star running back Jordan Collier.

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