Evan Cain , Hudson: The senior had two punt returns for touchdowns — one in the first quarter for 70 yards and another in the third for 76 yards — that sparked the Hawks to a 42-19 win over North Middlesex Regional.
John Fadule , Wellesley: In the Raiders’ 36-14 win over Milton, the senior quarterback put up 314 total yards and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing), and helped clinch the first postseason berth since 1999.
Bryan Kiley , Maynard: With 188 yards rushing and four scores on 13 carries, the junior fullback led the Tigers past Ayer Shirley Regional, 40-20. Kiley also added a 32-yard touchdown catch in the win.
Chris Miner , Dover-Sherborn: In triple overtime, the senior kicker (as well as wide receiver and defensive back) drilled a 26-yard field goal that gave the Raiders a 28-25 win over Tri-Valley League Small Division rival Ashland.
Nic Wojnar , Blackstone Valley Regional Tech: The Beavers received five touchdowns from their senior quarterback — three rushing, two passing — to beat Montachusett Regional Tech, 48-18, and move their record to 7-0.
PERRY’S TOP 10
1. Natick (7-0); beat Walpole, 56-55
2. Needham (6-1); beat Weymouth, 42-28
3. Acton-Boxborough Regional (6-1); beat Waltham, 43-8
4. King Philip Regional (5-2); lost to Mansfield, 20-7
5. St. John’s High (5-2); beat Marlborough, 35-20
6. Marlborough (6-1); lost to St. John’s High, 35-20
7. Hudson (7-0); beat North Middlesex Regional, 42-19
8. Waltham (4-2); lost to Acton-Boxborough Regional, 43-8
9. Arlington (6-1); lost to Lexington, 20-7
10. Concord-Carlisle (6-1); lost to Wayland, 40-14
Week 9 Slate
(Games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Division 1 North
Lexington at Central Catholic (Lawrence); Methuen at Acton-Boxborough Regional
Division 2 North
North Andover at Waltham; Lynn Classical at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional
Division 3 Northwest
Winchester at Concord-Carlisle; Wayland at Arlington
Division 4 North
Watertown at Triton Regional (Newbury)
Division 1 South
Newton North at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional
Division 2 South
Wellesley at Mansfield, 6 p.m.; King Philip Regional at Natick; Duxbury at Needham
Division 3 Southwest
Medfield at Oliver Ames (Easton); Milton at Hopkinton
Division 4 South
Scituate at Holliston
Division 5 South
Dover-Sherborn at Cardinal Spellman (Brockton)
Division 6 South
Mashpee at Millis/Hopedale
Division 2 Central
Shrewsbury at Nashoba Regional; Fitchburg at Marlborough
Division 4 Central
Groton-Dunstable Regional at Hudson
Division 6 Central
Bay Path Regional Tech at Littleton; Assabet Valley Tech at West Boylston
Division 2 Central
North Middlesex Regional at St. John’s High, 1 p.m.
Division 6 Central
Maynard at Blackstone Valley Tech
Blackstone-Millville Regional at Keefe Tech, 6 p.m.; Norwood at Milford; Brookline at Brockton; Framingham at Franklin; Belmont at Dracut; Amesbury at Weston; Case at Ashland; Bellingham at Bourne; Grafton at Algonquin Regional; Wareham at Medway
Malden Catholic at Newton South, 2 p.m.; Marian at Minuteman Tech, 2; Arlington Catholic at Swampscott, 2:30; Tri-County Regional Tech at Southeastern Regional Tech, 3:30
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL LEAGUE
St. Mark’s at Thayer, 2 p.m.; Belmont Hill at St. Paul’s, 2; Groton at Brooks, 2:15; St. Sebastian’s at Lawrence Academy, 2:30; Middlesex at Milton Academy, 2:30; Roxbury Latin at Rivers, 2:30
GAME OF THE WEEK
Division 2 South: King Philip Regional at Natick, 7 p.m. Friday: This will be a classic clash in styles. Natick’s Redhawks (39.9 points per game) spread the ball around and depend on elusive quarterback Troy Flutie to extend plays in their spread offense. The Warriors take pride in playing ugly. They clog things up defensively with middle linebacker Brett McEvoy and lean on their multipronged running attack. It’s a game that should set the tone for what will be perhaps the most competitive bracket in the new state playoff system.
Phil PerryPhil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.