As the 2019 high school football season begins, a look at some of the more interesting stats surrounding the game.
Number of teams with a double-digit winning streak heading into the season: North Andover (Division 2) leads the state with a 13-game streak, while Scituate (Division 5), Springfield Central (Division 3), and Blackstone Valley (Division 7) enter the year on 11-game streaks.
Number of new head coaches in EMass, including Jim Girard (Lincoln-Sudbury), Billy Tucker (Austin Prep), and Justin Kogler (West Bridgewater), who replaced, respectively, a trio of note with 30-plus years on the sideline.
The number of girls that played football for MIAA programs in 2018, a decrease of 6 from 2017.
Number of rule changes effective this season with Massachusetts football switching to National Federation High School rules.
The number of total touches King Philip running back Ryan Hallidayhandled during his junior season while leading the Warriors to a third straight D2 Super Bowl berth. Halliday turned those touches into 1,573 yards and a Hockomock League-high 16 touchdowns.
The number of boys that suited up in pads and helmets for 377 MIAA programs during the 2018 season, a decrease of 907 participants from the previous fall.