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High 5

Chance Brady , Haverhill: Methuen had no answer for the senior back, who ran for five touchdowns and 273 yards to power the Hillies to a 41-20 victory Friday night. He leads Division 2 with 24 TDs.

Carl Lipani , North Reading: The 5-foot-9 senior back rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries, powering the Hornets to a 60-7 thrashing of Manchester Essex. He also had a 37-yard interception return for a score.

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Michael Miller , Wakefield: The senior quarterback had a historic night, throwing four touchdowns to set the school's single-season record for touchdown passes (15) in a 42-28 win over Stoneham. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Cody Rothwell , Pentucket: The senior back is a repeat selection in this space after registering his second straight four-touchdown performance — including a go-ahead 61-yard sweep with six minutes remaining — and rushing for 264 yards in a 28-26 victory over Saugus.

Adam Wentzel , Lowell Catholic: The senior quarterback (13 TDs passing, 12 TDs rushing) has carried the Crusaders to an 8-0 start with his superlative play, including tossing four touchdown passes in a 35-7 win over Pope John Paul II on Friday.

Gulizia's Top 10 teams

1. Everett (7-1); beat Medford, 35-0.

2. St. John's Prep (6-1); beat Catholic Memorial, 28-6.

3. Reading (8-0); beat Woburn, 18-7.

4. Beverly (8-0); beat Gloucester, 35-6.

5. Andover (8-0); beat Chelmsford, 44-22.

6. Burlington (7-1); beat Watertown, 34-13.

7. Central Catholic (7-1); beat Lowell, 42-34.

8. Wakefield (7-1); beat Stoneham, 42-28.

9. Westford (6-2); lost to Lincoln-Sudbury, 14-7.

10. St. Mary's (7-1); beat Cardimal Spellman, 32-11.

Week 9 slate

(All games at 7 unless noted otherwise)


Nobles at Brooks, 2:30; St. Mary's at Austin Prep, 3; Nashoba Valley Tech at Worcester Tech, 5; Billerica at Central Catholic; Boston Latin at Westford; Cambridge at Medford; Cardinal Spellman at Bishop Fenwick; Chelmsford at Malden; Danvers at Marblehead; Dracut at North Andover; Hamilton-Wenham at North Reading; Lawrence at Haverhill; Lowell at Andover; Lowell Catholic at Cathedral; Lynn Classical at Revere; Manchester Essex at Ipswich; Masconomet at Lynn English; Matignon at St. Clement; Melrose at Arlington; Pentucket at Newburyport; Pope John at Pope John Paul II; Reading at Wakefield; Salem at Gloucester; Somerville at Everett; St. John's Prep at Malden Catholic; Stoneham at Burlington; Tewksbury at Methuen; Triton at Winthrop; Watertown at Wilmington.


Amesbury at Saugus, 1; Cape Cod Tech at Lynn Tech, 1; Georgetown at Lynnfield, 1; Greater Lawrence at Mystic Valley, 1; Greater Lowell at North Shore, 2; Beverly at Swampscott, 2:30; Chelsea at Northeast, 2:30; Governor's Academy at Milton Academy, 2:30; Shawsheen at Whittier, 3.

Game to watch

Stoneham at Burlington, Friday, 7

With a win against the Red Devils, Stoneham (7-1, 2-1) can tie Burlington (7-1, 3-0) for a share of the lead in the Middlesex Freedom division. The Spartans have a balanced attack, led by quarterback Andrew Cann. If Cann struggles to connect with downfield threat Eric Mooney, running backs Darius McPherson and AJ Kirk can certainly help move the chains. That said, Burlington's rushing duo of Marcus Odiah and Anthony Cruz have the ability to take over the game, and both defenses will have their hands full. Anthony Gulizia