With week nine of high school football in the books, we take a look at some of Central Mass’s best performances.
Northbridge Collin Falconer won last week’s vote, with 36 percent.
Ryan Algieri, Burncoat
Algeri led the way as The Patriots defeated Southbridge, 33-0, while setting a season high for points scored. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He scored on 9 and 54 yard carries and averaged 11.2 yards per carry.
Cameron Ayotte, Millbury
The 6-foot, 185-pound senior quarterback was on track as a Woolies topped Sutton, 55-14, to go to 5-3. Ayotte completed 12 of 14 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns. TD’s throws covered 30, 32, 65, 55, 1 and 40 yards and were split between five receivers.
Ryan Boyce, Northbridge
Boyce participated in six touchdowns as the The Rams passed Greenfield, 41-7, in a Division 7 first-round tournament game. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior quarterback completed 16 of 22 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns (14, 35, 44, 23 yards) and rushed for 61 yards and two scores in four carries.
Abner Colon-Martinez, Tantasqua
Abner Colon-Martinez has intensified it over time as the Warriors defeated Westboro, 8-7, for their first win of the season. The junior ran for 46 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, scoring 14 yards to cap a 95-yard run. He then rushed to have the conversion complete the last minute comeback.
Logan Hampson, Valley Tech
The 5-foot-11, 150-pound senior cornerback was a The Beavers defeated Oakmont, 41-6, in a Division 6 first-round tournament game. Hampson, who ranks among the team managers in tackles, intercepted three passes, which the Beavers turned into 12 points, while helping to keep the Spartans at 148 yards.
Lucas Lambert, Oxford
Lambert continued to impact in multiple ways as the Pirates upset Quaboag, 28-14, in Division 8 first-round tournament game. The junior quarterback / defensive back ran for 175 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries (15.9 average), threw a 21-yard touchdown pass and made 10 tackles.
Thomas Michaud, Tyngsborough
Michaud made his way home in the opposing end zone as the The Tigers outscored Ayer-Shirley, 47-26, for their second consecutive victory. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior ran for 227 yards and five touchdowns (20, 3, 43, 53, 10 yards) on 24 carries and scored from a 30-yard reception.
Cole Nelson, Clinton
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior once again proved difficult to take down as the The Gaels defeated Latin Academy, 27-20, in a Division 7 first round tournament game. Nelson had 168 yards and three touchdowns (54, 1, 3 yards) on 20 carries. He has 114 points this season.
Quinn O’Brien, Hudson
O’Brien stayed on a roll as Hawks upset Austin Prep, 27-6, in Division 5 first-round tournament game to move to 8-1 with their fourth straight win. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior ran for 197 yards and one touchdown (60 yards) on 23 carries. That gives him eight touchdowns in the last four games.
Logan Quinn, Ryan Quinn, Monty Tech
The Quinn brothers went on a rampage as the The Bulldogs defeated Bartlett, 44-12, for their second consecutive victory. Logan, a junior, ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns (8, 16, 4, 9 yards) on 12 carries, while Ryan, a sophomore, amassed 143 yards and three touchdowns (22, 18, 14 ) in 14 keys.
Zak Ramos, Narragansett
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound elder continued to display astronomical numbers, this time as the The Warriors outscored Lowell Catholic, 34-20, in a Division 8 first-round tournament game. Ramos rushed for a career-high 272 yards and four touchdowns (10, 50, 56, 30 yards) on 23 carries and added a conversion rush.
Keith Sarkodieh, St. John’s
Sarkodieh was a great playmaker as The Pioneers defeated Taunton, 35-28, in a Division 1 first-round tournament game. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver caught four passes for 110 yards, a touchdown and two extra first downs. He averaged 27.5 yards per reception, with the TD covering 50 yards.
Angelo Smith, Wachusett
Smith scored two first touchdowns while releasing the Mountaineers claim 35-19 victory over Andover in Division 1 first-round tournament game. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior ran for 167 yards and the aforementioned two touchdowns (6.2 yards) on 25 carries. He scored in eight of the nine games.
(Player of the Week winners are compiled from match reports and stats requested by each school or from in-person match-day reports by a T&G sports editor.)
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