Northeast’s Zach Sanderson headlines Week 8 Players of Week
AJ Caggianelli, Central Catholic — The Raiders erupted for 40 points in the first half of a 40-9 win over Lexington. Their senior captain led the way with two rushing touchdowns and a 50-yard interception return for a score.
Max Freedman, St. John’s Prep — With Wes Rockett unavailable, Prep’s other star wide receiver carried the load, catching nine balls for 158 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the first half of a 41-0 win over Haverhill.
Barrett Pratt, Catholic Memorial — The junior quarterback was nearly perfect, completing 18-of-23 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another score in a 42-19 victory over Attleboro.
Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield — The junior ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but that was only half the story of Holmes’ performance in a 21-7 D2 South quarterfinal win over Bridgewater-Raynham as he also had a team-leading 14 tackles.
James Dillon, Lincoln-Sudbury — The senior tailback rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors’ high-scoring offense fended off Masconomet, 42-28, in a Division 2 North quarterfinal victory.
Patrick Conroy, Reading — The 6-foot-2 senior wideout was his quarterback’s favorite target Friday night as he reeled in three touchdowns of 52, 8 and 14 yards as the Rockets punched their ticket to the D2 North semifinals with a 35-21 win over Peabody.
Tim D’Ambrosia, Bishop Feehan — Although his Shamrocks lost on the road to Hingham, 39-32, in the Division 3 South quarterfinals, the senior quarterback nearly pulled off the upset on his own. He threw for 163 yards and rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns, including a go-ahead 14-yard run with 5:59 left in the game to give Feehan its first lead of the night, 32-26.
Matt McCarthy, Danvers — McCarthy scored four total touchdowns for the Falcons in their 50-35 win over Belmont in the first round of the Division 3 North playoffs. He ran for TDs of 42 and 15 yards and hauled in an 18-yard TD catch and scored on a 45-yard pick-6. McCarthy finished with 121 rushing yards on 16 carries and five receptions for 79 yards, as well as seven tackles on defense.
Marje Mulumba, Beverly — The junior running back picked a pretty good time to go out and break a school record, rushing for 315 yards on 18 carries in the Panthers’ 49-21 win over Winchester in the first round of the Division 3 North playoffs. Mulumba had five rushing touchdowns of 94, 82, 17, 15 and 4 yards.
Devin Lambert, Dracut — The senior quarterback had a hand in all four touchdowns in the Middies’ stunning 28-14 win over top-seeded Marblehead in the North quarterfinals. He passed for touchdowns of 54, 43, and 26 yards and rushed for a 2-yard score.
Darius McNeil, Revere — The senior rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, the latter of which came in the fourth quarter and was the deciding score in the Patriots’ 27-21 victory over No. 3 North Reading in the North quarterfinals.
Owen Arden, Dighton-Rehoboth — The senior hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown to spark a 31-point first half in a 52-6 win over No. 8 Pembroke in the South quarterfinals.
Marvens Jean, Saugus — The junior amassed 266 yards on 17 carries for the Sachems in an upset win over Weston, 27-6. Jean scampered for two touchdowns, the longest a 55-yard jaunt.
Aidan Sullivan, Scituate — The senior quarterback engineered a game-winning 98-yard drive in the Sailors’ 28-27 win over Dennis-Yarmouth. Sullivan threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns along with 38 rushing yards on six carries and the go-ahead two-point conversion.
Kyle Fitzgerald, Canton — Fitzgerald rushed 19 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 27-13 win over Hanover. On defense, his lone tackle was for a loss and he played a major roll in shutting down the Indians’ passing game.
Ryan Flaherty, Dedham — The 5-foot-11, 155-pound senior quarterback was nearly perfect in the Marauders’ 34-14 win over Apponequet on Friday, completing 20 of 21 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns of 15, 15 and 23 yards.
Cory Bright, Bishop Fenwick — The Crusaders’ senior quarterback completed 7 of 9 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns of 47, 35, 16 and 23 in the first half in his team’s 55-0 blowout of Greater Lowell on Friday.
Zach Sanderson, Northeast — In the drenching, miserable conditions of a Nor’Easter on Saturday, the 6-foot-2 running back carried the ball 18 times for 175 yards and three touchdown runs of 40, 22 and 11 yards in the Golden Knights’ 30-8 win over Ipswich.
Gray Thomas, Cohasset — The senior ran for 125 yards and three TDs to power the Skippers (5-2) to a 40-6 Div. 7 South quarterfinal win over Southeastern.
Devonte Usher, Nantucket — It was a monster game for the junior, with four rushing scores – including TD runs of 52 and 82 yards — to power the Whalers (6-2) to a 34-7 Div. 7 South win over Case.
Zach Maffeo, Latin Academy — The sophomore threw three TD passes to senior Ryan Nguyen to lead the Dragons (5-3) in a 29-8 Div. 7 North quarterfinal win over East Boston.
Takahri Hobbs, Boston English/New Mission — In the Eagles’ 42-20 win over Matignon/St. Joseph Prep in the first round of the playoffs, Hobbs compiled 210 yards from scrimmage including a 64-yard touchdown reception to go along with 146 yards and four rushing touchdowns on eight carries.
Anthony Mejia, Pope John — The senior quarterback threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another in the Tigers’ 40-8 first round rout of TechBoston.
Blake Schader, Coyle & Cassidy — Avenging a 30-13 playoff loss to St. John Paul II last season, the senior running back rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the Warriors’ to a first round win over the Tigers, 27-16.
Andrew Sanderson, Rivers — The senior quarterback completed the Red Wings’ fourth quarterback comeback when he scored two of his three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Rivers’ 24-22 win over St. Mark’s. He was on the receiving end of a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Mitchell Gonser, Milton Academy — Four first-half touchdowns of 55, 35, 25 and 17-yards from the junior quarterback put the game away early for the Mustangs in their 36-0 win over Tabor Academy.
Salvatore Malignaggi, BB&N — The junior running back scored two rushing touchdowns of 35 and 12 yards while tallying 73 rushing yards in the first half of the Knights’ 48-8 blowout of Thayer Academy.
Compiled by Jake Caccavaro, Brandon Chase, Mike Kotsopoulos, Jake Levin, Lenny Rowe, Dan Shulman, Steve Sousa, and Nate Weitzer.