2008 Power Players, Week 6
Tucker Devine, Andover: With the Golden Warriors in need of a momentum boost after being shut out in the first half, Devine delivered. On the first play of the third quarter, he broke away for a 46-yard run that sent Andover on its way to a 12-7 win over Tewksbury. The senior running back ended up with 142 yards in the second half alone, and a career-best 157 yards for the game on 17 rushes.
Jake Lebowitz, Andover: His brother, senior tri-captain Andrew, earns most of the headlines. But little brother is becoming a force on his own. The junior defensive lineman finished with seven tackles, one behind his brother and Steven LaFortune for the team high, and was in on a whopping three sacks as the Golden Warriors broke into the MVC win column.
Jordan Johnson, Brooks: The junior picked off a pass and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown with five seconds left in the first half, helping Brooks snap a 16-game losing streak with an 18-10 win over Governor’s Academy. In the fourth he added the game-winning score, a 10-yard run, and finished with 106 yards on the ground.
Tyran Harrigan, Georgetown: The Royals' receiver caught four passes for 39 yards to help keep the Amesbury defense honest in Georgetown's 15-14 victory. One of his receptions was on a nifty 21-yard touchdown catch that set up the winning points.
Angel Rivera, Greater Lawrence: The junior carries just four times, but totaled 114 rushing yards for the Reggies in a 26-20 loss to Northeast. He had a 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that tied the game.
Joe McLaughlin, Londonderry: The junior was a bright spot in the Lancers’ 34-22 loss to Manchester Central. He rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. It was his second 100-yard game of the season.
Justin Marsan, Methuen: The Rangers pulled off their biggest win in at least six years, and the senior was a major reason. Marsan made a team-high 12 tackles and caused a pair of fumbles as Methuen held the defending Division 1A Super Bowl Champion Lions to only 27 yards on the ground and 198 yards of total offense.
Mike Bartlett, Methuen: Not a bad day for a career performance. The senior running back rushed for a whopping 245 yards on just 18 carries, and touchdowns of 1, 19 and 45 yards. He also caught a 10-yard score from brother Matt as the Ranger beat Chelmsford for the first time since 1998, 34-7.
Zac Iovanella, North Andover: Only nagging injuries have stopped Iovanella. After sitting out three of the first four games, the junior was back on Friday and rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights bested Division 1 Medford 27-28. Now a quarterback, he completed 3 of 5 passes for 65 yards.
Sean Sweeney and Cam Robidoux, Pelham: The Pythons know they can score, and again they showed they could defense in a 36-8 win over Bishop Brady. Sweeney picked up a fumble and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown, and Robidoux took an interception back 30 yards for a score for the defending Division 5 state champs.
Justin O'Donnell, Pentucket: Amid a bounty of strong performances that preserved the Sachems' scoreless streak against Ipswich, O'Donnell shined brightest as the defensive lineman racked up six tackles and disrupted other plays with solid penetration.
Reid Mosquera, Mike Bernieri, Sam Clark of Phillips Academy: The Big Blue's "Andover Connection" dominated defensively in a 41-7 thumping of Cushing. Mosquera, a 5-9, 215-pound lineman, made six tackles. Bernieri, a rugged 6-3, 220-pound junior end, had two sacks. Clark, a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker, who was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year at Andover High, contributed a sack and three other tackles.
Ben Proulx, Pinkerton: Throughout the game, teammates could be heard commenting “Proulx is a beast.” Who could argue? The 6-foot-3 defensive lineman tore apart Concord, leading the Astros to a 34-6 win. A junior, Proulx made a team-high 11 tackles, four for a loss and two more for no yardage. His best was when he burst through the line and tackles the running back and quarterback at once.
Joe Murphy, Sanborn: Led by the senior, the Indians notched their first win since the program was dropped in 1973 with a 23-20 victory over Division 3 Hollis-Brookline. Murphy rushed for 132 yards, including a 70-yard score to give Sanborn the lead. He also threw a touchdown to Ben Ferandi on a halfback pass.
Kyle Nadeau and Arin Rak, Sanborn: The inside linebackers led the Indians’ defense in the big win. Nadeau had a team-high 11 tackles, and Rak added nine. Nadeau also cause a five-yard touchdown pass from Jared Hillerby.
Jharid Pratt, Salem: With Timberlane owning a five-minute advantage in time of possession, the Blue Devil defense spent a lot of extra time on the field. The inside linebacker made the most of it, dashing sideline to sideline to lead Salem with 10 tackles.
Erik Hatton, Timberlane: His first pass attempt against Salem went for a 52-yard touchdown and the day just got better. Hatton finished with an 8-for-12 passing day for 149 yards and two scores in a 28-14 victory.
Ryan Carrigan, Timberlane: When Salem was forced to pass after falling behind, the junior defensive end went to work. Three sacks, a fumble recovery and six solo tackles later and the Owls had an impressive victory.
Don Leighton, Nate Allen, Frank Muraco, Whittier: They each turned in a big play to save the shutout in the Wildcats’ 14-0 victory over Chelsea. With the Red Devils looking poised for a score in the second quarter, Allen and Muraco teamed to haul in the running back just inches from the end zone. Leighton picked off a pair of passes, one a throw into the end zone.