Brendan McHugh, North Attleborough — The junior tailback ran for two scores, including a backbreaking 55-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, and hauled in another TD to help Big Red beat Tewkbsury, 29-21, in the state semifinals.
James Connolly, Tewksbury — With three touchdown passes including one late in the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback did his part, but it wasn’t enough to stop red-hot North Attleborough.
Isaac Seide, Melrose — Leading the way on offense with 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the 5-foot-8-inch junior also played exceptionally at defensive back, helping Melrose shut out a high-powered Hopkinton team, 22-8, in a state semifinal victory at Weymouth High.
Will Abbott, Hopkinton — The Hillers senior captain did his part in a loss to Melrose on Saturday, catching a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter and tossing a 2-point conversion to senior Matt Lindquist. Abbott led Hopkinton in both rushing and receiving in the school’s first state semifinal appearance.
Jacob McCarthy, Dennis-Yarmouth — The senior quarterback threw four touchdown passes in the Dolphins 41-3 state semifinal victory over Watertown. McCarthy connected with four different receivers for touchdown passes and amassed 207 yards in the air.
Dennis-Yarmouth defense — The Dolphins D-corps forced three turnovers and six sacks, smothering Watertown, 41-3. One of those turnovers came in the form of a Joe Tierney interception in the opening minutes to set up the Dolphins’ opening score.
Jeremy Soule, Middleboro — The senior tailback set the tone early in the state semifinals, breaking off scoring rushes of 76 and 12-yards to give the Sachem’s a 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Soule went on to finish with 13 carries for 246 yards, helping advance Middleboro to the Div. 6 Super Bowl against Littleton.
Tre Pignone and Seth Russell, Stoneham — Senior Tre Pignone and sophomore Seth Russell put up a valiant effort in the second half of the state semifinals, combining for 155 yards and accounting for both of the Spartans third quarter scores.
Devaun Ford, Mashpee — The junior came to play in the state semifinals, notching three touchdowns, two interceptions, and 245 yards on the ground for the Falcons in a 28-20 win over St. Mary’s.
Calvin Johnson, St. Mary’s — Johnson was elusive against Mashpee, tossing two touchdown passes, one of which tied the game at 20 with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Bryce Latosek, Millis — The senior quarterback led the Mohawks with a 379-yard, four touchdown performance in the Division 8 state semifinal. Latosek tossed touchdowns of 72, 16, 17, and 48 yards to lead Millis past Cathedral, 40-22.
Steffan Gravely, Lynn Tech — Gravely rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns including a 91-yard score in a 41-6 win over Franklin County Tech in the State Vocational Small semifinals. Gravely averaged 14.3 yards per carry in the win.
Tony Muse, Lawrence Academy — The freshman put up a statline for the ages, accumulating an astounding 373 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries in the Spartans’ 56-7 NEPSAC Kevin Fleming Bowl victory over Phillips Andover.
Patrick Freiermuth, Brooks — A Penn State commit, Freiermuth forced three fumbles and reeled in a touchdown pass to help propel the Bishops past New Hampton, 24-14, in the NEPSAC Ken O’Keefe Bowl.Compiled by Brandan Blom, Henry Brechter, Karl Capen, Owen Pence, Lenny Rowe, Dan Shulman, and Nate Weitzer.