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THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL | PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Thanksgiving Day players of the week

Braintree’s Billy Silva dragged Milton defenders around all day in Thursday’s win.
Braintree’s Billy Silva dragged Milton defenders around all day in Thursday’s win.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

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.

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Division 2

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.