Sunday, October 14, 2018

MIAA Football: Top Performances From Week Six

Milton took down Needham on Friday night to grab sole-possession of first place in the Bay State Herget.

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

The opening week loss to Belmont is far-away in the rearview mirror for Milton.

On Friday night, the Wildcats captured their fifth consecutive victory, knocking off Bay State Herget rival Needham, 22-14, courtesy of a pair of late defensive stands and three takeaways. Quarterback Luke McMenamin finished with two touchdown passes to Isaiah Woodley. The win moved Milton into sole possession of first place in the league.

No. 4 St. John's Prep continued to dominate the competition, taking care of Catholic Conference rival BC High with relative ease.

No. 7 Mansfield looked as though it was on upset alert against Attleboro for most of the night, including in the games late stages when the Blue Bombardiers took a one point lead with 1:20 left.

The Hornets, however, were relentless on the ground highlighted by the trio of Aiden Sacco, Cincere Gill, and Khristian Conner. Conner capped off Mansfield's game winning drive with a plunge from 11 yards out as the Hornets held on for the 42-35 win.

No. 21 Springfield Central proved its stands alone atop Western Mass. with a dominant win over upstart Westfield, while No. 16 St. John's Shrewsbury continued to roll with a victory over Shepherd Hill.

If there was any hangover from No. 17 Shrewsbury's loss to St. John's last week, they certainly didn't show it as the Colonials blitzed Algonquin, 40-13, at the new David J. Adams Field.

Central Catholic moved into first place in the MVC Large with a big win over Methuen, and No. 3 North Andover handily defeated Dracut to clinch a share of the MVC Small.

Marshfield unquestionably had the most thrilling win from the weekend as Nico Pelligrini caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Christian Dunner as time expired to lift the Rams over Dennis-Yarmouth.

Now, here are our top performers from week six of the MIAA Football Season:

Will Jarvis, Jr., QB, Walpole

Jarvis did it all for Walpole on Friday, amassing 275 all-purpose yards and scoring three times to lead Walpole past Bay State Herget rival Braintree, 21-9.

Matt Smith, Sr., WR/TE, Needham

Smith was unstoppable in Needham's 22-14 loss to Milton. The Duke bound wide receiver/tight-end hybrid caught eight passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

Freddy Gabin, Jr., RB, North Andover

It's pick-your-poison with the North Andover offense these days, and Friday night it was Gabin's time to shine. Gabin ran all over Dracut, compiling 273 yards - including 177 in the first half - and three touchdowns as North Andover beat the Middies, 40-20.

DeVaun Ford, Sr., RB/DB, Mashpee

Another week, another ridiculous evening for Ford and the Falcons. This time around, Ford had two rushing touchdowns, two kickoff returns for scores, and an interception as Mashpee won its 26th game in a row with a 41-22 win over Hull.

Jon White, Sr., RB, Shrewsbury

White did it all on Friday night for the Colonials. As a target for quarterback Drew Campanale, White had three catches for 77 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown. On the ground, meanwhile, White had 13 carries for 92 yards and two more touchdowns as Shrewsbury defeated Algonquin, 40-13.

Jake Doherty., Sr., RB, Burlington

To say Doherty was a work-horse on Friday night would be a massive understatement. Doherty had 43 carries (!) for 346 yards and four touchdowns to lead Burlington past Wilmington, 42-7.

Angel Lebrom, Sr., WR, Natick

Lebron had a huge night as a member of the Natick passing attack as he hauled in four receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He also got the Redhawks on the board with an 82-yard kickoff return for a score as Natick cruised to a 37-13 win over Newton North.

Will Klein, Jr., RB/WR, Abington

Klein continues to pile up the highlight reel performances, this time catching a pair of touchdown passes, rushing for two more, and compiling 223 all-purpose yards to lead Abington to a 34-7 win over Middleboro.

Nicolas Tardanico, Jr., WR/DB, Archbishop Williams

Tardanico came through in the clutch on Saturday night, scoring a fourth quarter touchdown and intercepting a pass at the goal line with less than 30 seconds to play to help Archbshishop Williams pull off the biggest upset of the weekend - a 27-20 win over Catholic Central League foe St. Mary's.

Kwame Kyles, Jr., RB, Springfield Central

The catalyst to Central's overpowering offense on Friday night, Kyles ran for 165 yards over 12 carries and two touchdowns as part of a 41-0 win over previously unbeaten Westfield.

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