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October 4, 2012

Football Friday


Gloucester Daily Times

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Player, School Att. Yds. TD

1. Rufus Rushins, Bp. Fenwick 85 640 6

2. John Thomas, St. John’s 70 568 5

3. Zach Smith, Glo. 71 497 4

4. Brendan Flaherty, Beverly 42 374 5

5. Kenny Pierce, Beverly 33 350 6

6. Alex Moore, St. John’s 38 331 3

7. Derek Chamberlain, Ipswich 50 310 2

8. Mike Tivinis, Masco. 47 295 1

9. Trevor Lyons, Ham-Wen 62 283 4

10. Ian Maag, Marblehead 43 282 2

PASSING

Player, School PC PA Yds. TD

1. Jerome Cappadona, Pingree 49 84 749 4

2. Brian Santry, Swamp. 45 76 599 1

3. Trevor Lyons, H-W 35 68 579 6

4. Cody Wlasuk, Peabody 24 49 404 5

5. Ian Maag, Marblehead 31 45 384 4

6. Cory Burnham, ME 30 77 379 2

RECEIVING

Player, School Rec. Yds. TD

1. Michael Raymond, Peabody 12 273 4

2. Jimmy Campbell, Ham-Wen 14 228 3

3. Jake Cawlina, Danvers 12 178 3

4. Christian Ecker, Ham-Wen 6 159 2

5. Aaron Cronin, Swamp. 13 151 1

6. Ben Kapnis, Salem 4 149 1

7. Bob Serino, Swamp. 8 145 0

8. John Beardsley, ME 10 142 1

9. Rob Van Tuyl, Pingree 7 140 1

10. Nick Antenucci, Pingree 12 136 2

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

BY THE NUMBERS

Getting into the end zone is the ultimate goal of every football team, but how they do so can vary. Last season, there were 387 offensive TDs scored by local teams, with 279 of them coming on the ground and 108 through the air. Only one team had more passing TDs than rushing TDs and 72 percent of the total TDs came on the ground.

Through September this season, the number is down slightly with 67 percent of TDs coming via the pass (107 rushing scores, 51 passing scores). Three teams have already thrown more TD passes in 2012 than they did in all of 2011: Peabody (5 this year, 3 last year), North Shore Tech (4 this year, 1 last year) and St. John’s Prep (5 this year, 3 last year).

The Tanners are the only team in the area with more passing TDs than rushing TDs in 2012, which is a big change from last year’s 23-3 rush/pass differential. The most balance team is Hamilton-Wenham, which has six of each, which the most run heavy is Swampscott, which has seven rushing and one passing. Gloucester is at the opposite end of the spectrum with nine touchdowns on the season, all rushing.

Across the board, local teams are on pace to score a total of 50 TDs more than they did in 2011. We’ll see if they trend continues as teams get into the teeth of their schedules in October and November.

GAMES TO WATCH

Masconomet (3-1) at Gloucester (1-3), tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.: The Fishermen will face a strong running attack from Masco led by Dylan Mann and Mike Tivinis. Gloucester counters with a strong rushing attack of its own while both teams boast a strong run defense.

You can usually throw the records out the window in this matchup as the two teams have been known to put up tight and exciting contest between each other over the years.

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St. Mary’s Lynn (3-1) at North Shore Tech (4-0), tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.: The Bulldogs face another stiff test at Barry Field as the Spartans enter the game having outscoring their opponents 108-36. North Shore had been up to the task so far with a wide range of offensive weapons and excellent line play. Expect an entertaining slugfest in this one.

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Swampscott (1-3) at Triton (1-3), tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.: The Big Blue, simply put, need to get their offense on track. Swampscott hasn’t scored two TDs in a game since their opener, marking the first time they’ve been held under 13 points in three weeks since 2006. Dating back to ‘06, the Big Blue are 0-11 scoring less than two TDs and 52-11 scoring 13 or more. A trip North to Triton is a perfect chance to get the offense in gear; the formula is simple: To right the ship, score points.

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