Here is our latest "Mr. Football Watch", with some new twists, following the first weekend of MIAA State Championship Playoffs. As always, statistics can be sent to editors Brendan Hall (email@example.com) and/or Scott Barboza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick
Completed 19 of 31 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns, and added 39 rushing yards and a sixth touchdown, in the Redhawks' 39-26 win over King Philip.
Hayden Murphy, Sr. RB/WR, Barnstable
Carried 20 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns, and returned an interception 39 yards for a fourth score, in the Red Raiders' 48-27 win over Marshfield.
Neil O’Connor, Sr. QB, Leominster
In the Blue Devils' win over Westborough, carried seven times for 103 yards and four touchdowns, and added 109 yards passing on five of 11 completions.
Dylan Oxsen, Sr. RB, Plymouth South
Shouldered another heavy workload in the Panthers' 35-7 win over Sharon in D3 Southwest, rushing for 265 yards and four touchdowns.
Mike Panepinto, Sr. RB, Needham
Ran for 232 yards and four touchdowns in the Rockets' 42-28 win over Duxbury in D2 South.
Andrew Smiley, Sr. RB, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Threw for 145 yards and four touchdowns, and added 78 rushing yards, in the Pioneers' D2 Central win over North Middlesex.
Cody Williams, Sr. QB, Springfield Central
In the Golden Eagles' 52-13 rout of Westfield, completed 9-of-12 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and added 103 yards rushing with three scores on 15 carries.
ON THE RISE
Alfred Adarkwah, Sr. WR, Doherty
That lanky 6-foot-4 frame and wide catching radius was up to all sorts of trouble in Saturday's win over Quabbin, hauling in three catches for three scores, totaling 97 yards.
Drew Belcher, Sr. QB, Reading
Is "Big Belcher" back? After some early stumbles, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound returning All-Stater has shown some life lately. He accounted for all but two of the Rockets' yards on their game-winning drive, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to favorite target Rob DiLoreto.
Tyis Boykin, Sr. ATH, St. Peter-Marian
Had himself a field day in the Guardians' win over Tantasqua in D4 Central. Carried 19 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns; was 4-of-5 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown; and added a 65-yard punt return for a sixth score. He also had 3.5 tackles and two pass break-ups on defense.
Max Chipouras, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
Carried 18 times for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the Lancers' victory over Minnechaug, which clinched them a spot in the Division 2 West playoffs and a rematch with Springfield Central.
Keagan Latta, Sr. WR/S, Lowell
Went for the trifecta in the Red Raiders' 41-0 blowout of St. John's Prep. He caught two passes for 51 yards and a score; recorded three interceptions, including one returned for a second score; and registered a third score on a scoop-and-score fumble return.
Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick – 359 yards, 5 TD
Marcus Collins, Jr., Cambridge – 355 yards, 4 TD
Dylan Kierman, Sr., Quabbin – 290 yards, 4 TD
Jeff Costello, Soph., Lexington – 255 yards, 2 TD
Matthew Jeye, Sr., Holliston – 252 yards, 3 TD
Casey Walsh, Sr., North Andover – 230 yards, TD
Luke Brennan, Sr., Doherty – 225 yards, 5 TD
Mike Milano, Jr., Central Catholic – 210 yards, 2 TD
Dana Parello, Sr., Waltham – 199 yards, 3 TD
Ryan Charter, Sr., Needham – 195 yards, 2 TD
Alex Givins-Perry, Sr., Bartlett – 364 yards, 3 TD
Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South – 265 yards, 4 TD
Chris Dumont, Sr., Manchester-Essex – 239 yards, 5 TD
Mike Panepinto, Sr., Needham – 232 yards, 4 TD
Shayne Kaminski, Sr., Xaverian – 209 yards, 3 TD
Tyis Boykin, Sr., St. Peter-Marian – 196 yards, 4 TD
Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable – 195 yards, 3 TD
D.J. Engelke, Sr., Pentucket – 195 yards, 2 TD
Christian Carr, Jr., Plymouth North – 192 yards, 4 TD
Dan Mendes, Sr., Hudson – 190 yards, 2 TD
Elijah Booker, Sr., Cambridge – 225 yards, 2 TD
Alex Hilger, Sr., Natick – 215 yards, 3 TD
Nick Simonetti, Sr., Dartmouth – 146 yards
Dan Henrickson, Sr., St. Peter-Marian - 123 yards, 2 TD
Lukas Denis, Jr., Everett – 121 yards, 2 TD