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THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL | PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Thanksgiving Day players of the week

Braintree MA 11/22/18 Braintree High Billy Silva drags Milton High Kevin Swanton into the end zone for a rushing touchdown during third quarter action at Braintree High School. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 23schbraintree reporter:
Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
Braintree’s Billy Silva dragged Milton defenders around all day in Thursday’s win.

Division 1

Jack Beverly, Framingham — Under the lights at Fenway, the junior quarterback completed 13 of 19 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown in the Flyers’ 14-6 win over Natick.

Anthony Bianchi, Lexington — The senior was responsible for five touchdowns and nearly 300 all-purpose yards in the Minutemen’s 40-27 win over Burlington. Bianchi threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns to go along with his 123 yards rushing and a pair of scoring runs.

Barrett Pratt, Catholic Memorial — The junior quarterback finished 5-for-7 passing with 152 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Knights over rival BC High, 37-15. Pratt opened the scoring for CM with a short rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

Division 2

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Matt Sannella, Reading — With a fourth-quarter performance for the ages, the senior fired a pair of touchdown passes in the final minutes to lead a fierce comeback win for the Rockets over Stoneham, 28-26. Sannella rushed for the winning score and conversion in overtime.

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Billy Silvia, Braintree — The senior capped his high school career with 256 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to become the Wamps’ all-time leading scorer in the 35-21 win over Milton. Silvia rushed for 203 of those yards and also nailed a 17-yard field goal and two extra points.

Darren Watson, North Andover — The senior had 215 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns — one each on offense, defense, and special teams — in the Scarlet Knights’ 41-27 win over Andover. Watson snared a 25-yard pass for the first score of the game, followed by an 87-yard punt return and a 12-yard pick-6.

Division 3

Adam Bowler, Arlington — The senior capped his career with touchdown passes of 19 and 11 yards and a 1-yard rushing score in Arlington’s 21-20 win over Arlington Catholic. His 19-yard pass to Tyler Callahan with less than three minutes to play sealed the win.

Tommy Degnan, Winchester — In securing the first winning season for the Sachems in 10 years, the junior had 90 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground in a 27-21 double-overtime victory over Woburn. He also had a forced fumble to go along with seven total tackles on defense, two of which were for a loss.

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Tyler DeMattio, North Attleborough — The freshman made his first varsity appearance under center in the second half, completing an 85-yard touchdown pass on his only attempt in the Red Rocketeers’ 20-7 comeback win over Attleboro. DeMattio also carried the ball seven times for 118 yards and two scores, including a 91-yard run to ice the game.

Division 4

Chris Gally, Marblehead — Gally ran for more than 130 yards and three touchdowns in Marblehead’s 30-12 win over Swampscott, plus a 2-point conversion. His 27-yard keeper evened the game in the first half, and his 11-yarder late put the game on ice.

North Quincy defense — The Red Raiders forced seven turnovers to defeat Quincy, 33-8. Senior co-captain Alex Atanassov had two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions while sophomore Tyler Le added a pick and a fumble recovery.

Wellington Pereira, Wayland — In his final game, the senior rushed 17 times for 325 yards and five touchdowns as the Warriors routed Weston, 48-8. Pereira’s final two scores came on 60-yard runs in the second half.

Division 5

Kyle Connolly, Falmouth — The junior rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns as the Clippers’ picked up a fourth straight Selectman’s Cup win over Barnstable, 36-14. His 85-yard run in the opening quarter broke open the game early.

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Michael Gagliardi, Somerset Berkley — The senior capped his high school career rushing with six touchdowns in the Raiders’ 41-19 victory over Case. Gagliardi finished the morning with 234 yards on 23 carries, with his longest run coming on a 56-yard score.

Joshua McKeever, Scituate — With 13 tackles in a Thanksgiving victory over Hingham, 28-26, the senior linebacker became the all-time leading tackler in Sailor history. McKeever went over the 100-tackle plateau in the process, now with 112 on the season.

Division 6

David Cifuentes, Bishop Fenwick — The junior back reached the end zone four times in the Crusaders’ 60-0 demolition of St. Mary’s on Wednesday night, running for 125 yards and touchdowns of 3, 38, 13, and 51 yards on just six carries.

Zach Sanderson, Northeast — The senior rushed for three touchdowns as the Golden Knights defeated Essex Tech on Wednesday, 40-6. Sanderson surpassed the 2,000-yard plateau for the season with 169 yards on 13 carries.

Dante Vasquez, Rockland — Vasquez rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 33-6 victory over East Bridgewater. He also threw for 45 yards and one touchdown pass to help Rockland close the year on a six-game winning streak.

Division 7

Cam Kergo, Mashpee — The senior ran for touchdowns of 71 and 69 yards to lead the Falcons to a 34-6 win over Sandwich.

Zach Maffeo, Latin Academy — The senior scored two rushing touchdowns, and out-dueled his twin brother, Luke, in a 28-8 win over O’Bryant.

Kasey Vasquez, East Boston — Vasquez had a 28-yard touchdown run to ice the game along with an interception for the Jets (4-7) in a 22-6 win over South Boston — the 100th game in the rivalry. His fourth-quarter pick set up what proved to be the winning score.

Division 8

Marcus Gonzalez, TechBoston — The senior runner capped his prolific 2018 season with a 174-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Bears’ 48-6 win over Cathedral. It also put him over 2,000 rushing yards on the season with 2,012.

Dayson Miranda, West Roxbury — In what may turn out to be the Raiders’ last game ever, the senior scored two touchdowns of 2 and 28 yards to ensure a 24-8 win over Burke at Fenway Park.

John Smith-Howell, Pope John — In an effort to remain unbeaten, Smith-Howell rushed for two touchdowns and 168 yards in the Super Bowl-bound Tigers’ 26-0 win over Matignon. The sophomore eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season.

Compiled by Jake Levin, Charlie Wolfson, Dan Shulman, Jake Caccavaro, Lenny Rowe, and Steve Sousa.