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With the support of his teammates, Everett quarterback Jake Willcox (second from left) led the Tide to a D1 North title after throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-29 win over Central Catholic.
With the support of his teammates, Everett quarterback Jake Willcox (second from left) led the Tide to a D1 North title after throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-29 win over Central Catholic.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Division 1

Jake Willcox, Everett — The junior was stellar in leading the Tide to a D1 North title, completing 18-of-27 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-29 victory over Central Catholic.

Will Thompson, Newton North — The senior was all the Tigers needed in a 25-13 win over host New Bedford, scoring three rushing touchdowns and adding a fourth on an 11-yard fumble recovery to secure the victory.

Saul Cespedes, Methuen — The running back found the end zone three times on runs of 1, 1 and 10 yards in the second half of a 49-32 victory over Lexington.

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Division 2

Shane Frommer, King Philip — The senior was pivotal in returning the Warriors to the Super Bowl to defend their crown. The tailback carried the ball 29 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns as King Philip dispatched Bridgewater-Raynham, 29-19, in the D2 South finals.

Peter Rizzotti, Lincoln-Sudbury — The senior defensive back led the charge defensively for the Warriors. Rizzotti’s six tackles and four pass breakups limited North Andover star wide receiver Gabe DeSouza to only two receptions in Lincoln-Sudbury’s 27-7 D2 North final win.

Sal Lupoli, Chelmsford — The senior running back ran 154 yards on 29 carries that included three touchdowns as the Lions blanked Reading, 28-0, on Friday night.

Division 3

Brandon Winn, Tewksbury —The senior running back did it all in a 22-18 win over Lynn English in the North final, throwing for an 18-yard touchdown on a trick play, rumbling for a two-point conversion, and pounding home the go-ahead score on a 1-yard run with less than two minutes remaining.

Zach Demattio, North Attleborough — A consistent presence in the middle of the Big Red defense, Demattio rewarded his own hard work by returning an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in his team’s 35-0 rout of Duxbury in the South final.

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Jaylin Farquharson, Concord-Carlisle — All the senior tailback’s damage came from well outside the red zone — on touchdown runs of 68, 71, and 88 yards — to help the Patriots dismantle Arlington, 48-20.

Division 4

Issac Seide, Melrose — The junior running back carried Melrose to a 28-20 victory over Marblehead in the Division 4 North final, rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns of 7, 60 and 33 yards on Friday night.

Diamini Williams, Silver Lake — With a touchdown reception and an interception returned for a touchdown, the Lakers junior led his team to a 49-28 win over Plymouth South in a non-playoff affair.

Connor Hebert, Hopkinton — On a frigid night in the D4 South final, Hopkinton’s senior running back rumbled for 165 yards and the game-clinching score from 28 yards out in a 28-19 victory.

Division 5

Luke Combs, Norton — The senior had a tremendous three-way performance that included 292 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Lancers 31-20 victory over Sharon. Combs had 4 catches for 155 yards and a pair of scores on offense, a key interception on defense, and an 83 yard kickoff return touchdown.

Rob Evans, Dennis-Yarmouth — The senior exploded for 400 rushing yards on 27 carries in the Dolphins 45-33 victory over Scituate in the Division 5 South final. Evans punched in 5 touchdowns, including scores of 83 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter.

Nick McDermott, Watertown — For the second straight week, the junior engineered a last-minute comeback as the Raiders upended Lynnfield 38-34 to capture the D5 North sectional title. McDermott was 14-for-23 passing with 175 yards and three touchdowns. He punched in the winning score himself from six yards out with 11 seconds left.

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Division 6

Tre Pignone and Christos Argyropoulos, Stoneham — The senior and junior running backs shouldered the load for the visiting Spartans (8-2), scoring all three of their teams touchdowns and racking up 203 total yards, helping to advance Stoneham to the State Semifinal over Hamilton-Wenham (9-1), 20-18.

Vincent Gaskins, Salem — This senior only needed 14 carries to rack up 218 yards while crossing the goal line four times in the first half alone to help the Witches (5-5) top Arlington Catholic 41-15.

Evan Gwozdz, Middleboro — The senior signal-caller completed 6-of-9 passing attempts for 130 yards, and ran 12 times for 102 yards and added an 80-yard score before scrambling on two separate fourth-downs in the second half to help extend the Sachem’s (8-2) lead over the host Bulldogs (8-2) to get to the D6 State Semifinal.

Division 7

Devaun Ford, Mashpee — The junior running back had three touchdowns and over 200 yards in total as he helped Mashpee (10-0) win over Abington, 40-20 in the Div. 7 South Final.

James Brumfield, St. Mary’s —The senior running back had three touchdowns and 236 yards on the ground to power the Spartans (10-0) to a 42-6 win over Brighton in the Div. 7 North Final.

Jack Holdgate, Nantucket — In non-playoff action against St. John Paul II, the senior quarterback had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the first half to power the Whalers (8-2) to a 41-0 victory.

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Division 8

Khalil Blair, Cathedral — After falling behind 6-0 in the Division 8 North Final, Blair exploded for three second-half touchdowns to lead Cathedral to a 20-6 win over Lynn Tech. He tied the game with a 48-yard rush in the third and added a 91 yarder late to seal the win.

Dom Zonfrelli and Millis defense — The Millis defense faced a touch test Friday as they headed into Wareham to face Division 8’s second leading scorer in Issac Nascimento. The Mohawk defense was prepared for the task as they held Nascimento to just 24-yards rushing and grabbed four interceptions, including an 80-yard pick-6 by Dom Zonfrelli.

Izayah Silva, Upper Cape — The senior running back rushed for 170-yards and three touchdowns as Upper Cape downed Holbrook/Avon 30-8 in non-playoff action.

Preps

Javier Rios, Roxbury Latin — The sophomore defensive end was stellar in a 46-20 win over Rivers, notching five tackles, three sacks, and a 9-yard pick-six.

Tony Muse, Lawrence Academy — The freshman again impressed, running for three touchdowns and adding a fourth on a 50-yard pick-six as Lawrence Academy stayed undefeated with a 49-14 trashing of Tabor.

Ryan Eamer, BB&N — This quarterback wasn’t affected by pressure on Saturday, finding the end zone with six seconds remaining to lift BB&N over Brooks, 28-21. Eamer also threw a 32-yard touchdown pass in the game’s second quarter.

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Compiled by Brandan Blom, Henry Brechter, Karl Capen, Brendan Hall, Cole McNanna, Owen Pence, Lenny Rowe, Dan Shulman, and Nate Weitzer.