Chance Brady , Haverhill: The reigning co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Merrimack Valley Conference, he made a case for why he deserves the sole title. The senior back rushed for 226 yards (17 carries) and four touchdowns to propel the Hillies to a 42-12 win over Medford.
Brendan Flaherty , Beverly: The senior running back wasted little time getting his season underway, racking up 253 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-7 win over Concord-Carlisle. He rushed for two scores, hauled in a 66-yard touchdown reception, and tossed a 57-yard option to fellow running back Kenny Pierce.
Marcus Odiah , Burlington: After 22 touchdowns in his junior season, the talented back kicked off his season with 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-28 thrashing of Billerica.
CJ Scarpa , Andover: The senior quarterback was the catalyst for the Golden Warriors’ high-powered offense, throwing five TD passes in a 50-35 win over neighboring rival North Andover.
Jonathan Thomas , St. John’s Prep: The junior back needed just seven carries to pile up 91 yards rushing and a touchdown. He also showed his ball-hawking skills on defense, returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 49-6 win over Dracut.
Gulizia’s Top 10 teams
1. Everett (1-0); beat Leominster, 29-7.
2. St. John’s Prep (1-0); beat Dracut, 49-6.
3. Reading (1-0); beat Lawrence, 46-2.
4. Andover (1-0); beat North Andover, 50-35.
5. Beverly (1-0); beat Concord-Carlisle, 34-7.
6. Central Catholic (1-0); beat Marlborough, 33-6.
7. Lowell (1-0); beat Masconomet, 21-3.
8. Chelmsford (1-0); beat Westford, 40-26.
9. Wakefield (1-0); beat Lexington, 31-7.
10. Lynn English (1-0); beat Gloucester, 28-7.
Game of the week
Brockton at Reading, Friday, 7: After a dominating 46-2 win over Lawrence Friday on the strength of three first-half touchdown passes from Drew Belcher, the Rockets will face a stiff test against nonleague foe Brockton. The Boxers blindsided BC High with a 21-0 victory.
Week 2 slate
(All games at 7 unless noted otherwise)
Blue Hills at Nantucket, 5; St. Mary’s at Marblehead, 5; Wakefield at Lynn English; 5; Austin Prep at Stoneham, 6:30; Belmont at Bedford, 6:30; Acton-Boxborough at Chelmsford; Brockton at Reading; Burlington at Arlington; Catholic Memorial at Westford; Danvers at Peabody; Dracut at Somerville; Everett at Springfield Central; Franklin County Tech at Nashoba Valley Tech; Georgetown at Revere; Gloucester at Andover; Lincoln-Sudbury at Malden Catholic; Lynnfield at Amesbury; Malden at Methuen; Masconomet at Salem; Nashua South at Lowell; Newburyport at North Reading; Newton South at Medford; North Andover at Lawrence; Saugus at Manchester Essex; Tewksbury at Haverhill; Wilmington at Waltham; Winchester at Melrose; Woburn at Billerica.
Greater Lawrence at Cambridge, 10 a.m.; Dover-Sherborn at Northeast, 10:30 a.m.; Ipswich at Whittier, 10:30 a.m.; Winthrop at Swampscott, noon; Lynn Classical at Beverly, 1; St. Clement at Old Colony, 1; Bishop Fenwick at Pope John, 1:30; Central Catholic at St. John’s Prep, 1:30; Lynn Tech at North Shore, 1:30; Monty Tech at Greater Lowell, 1:30; Mystic Valley at Lowell Catholic, 1:30; Watertown at Shawsheen, 1:30; Hamilton-Wenham at Pentucket, 2.