In a weekend that saw the historically dominant teams flex their muscles, the Division 1 playoffs were dominated by the Catholic Conference teams and the traditional public powerhouse teams. Andover beat Lexington in a thriller but other than that the margin of victory in the other seven games was as follows: Xaverian beat Franklin 42-0, BC High beat Braintree 34-14, Brockton beat Newton North 38-9, Catholic Memorial beat Needham 25-6, St. John’s Prep beat Acton-Boxboro 45-0, Central Catholic beat Methuen 47-22 and Everett beat Haverhill 35-6. In D1A Bridgewater-Raynham stood out by going on the road and beating Natick 35-6 and BR now goes to Wellesley to face a very solid Raider defense on Saturday. In Division 2 South Duxbury was led by senior QB Bobby Maimaron’s four touchdown passes as they cruised past Pembroke 56-7 and look forward to a showdown with the winner of undefeated Dartmouth and surging North Attleboro in the D2 South final. In Division 3 Holliston was led by sophomore WR Spencer Aronson’s three touchdowns as they beat Midleboro 46-20. Division 3A North saw two upsets with Stoneham beating second seeded Shawsheen Tech 31-7 and Ipswich beating Greater Lawrence 21-14. These two will now face each other with the winner likely facing undefeated St. Mary’s in the D3A North final. In D3A South East Bridgewater remains the favorite as they defeated Fairhaven 30-0 and now play Wareham in the second round. Undefeated Brighton took care of business beating Lynn Tech 32-8 and now face Lowell Catholic and should face the winner of Cathedral versus Mystic Valley in the Division 4 North final. In the Division 4 South bracket Nantucket survived against Cohasset 20-7 and will play Seekonk High School who are coming off an overtime victory against the Joseph Case School. In Division 4A St. John Paul II rolled over second seeded Upper Cape 34-8. Let’s take a look at some of the players who had outstanding performances this week.
BC bound QB EJ Perry and junior WR Cedric Gillette of Andover teamed up in a wild, high scoring 54-48 overtime victory against Lexington. Perry threw for five touchdowns, ran for three touchdowns and broke up the final pass play in overtime. Gillette had ten catches with three of them resulting in touchdowns.
Senior FB Grant Chryssicas of Wellesley ran for three touchdowns and over a hundred yards rushing while also leading the Raider defense in their 43-22 win over Hingham. Chryssicas will play lacrosse at Amherst next year but will first face a very good Bridgewater-Raynham team this coming Saturday.
Senior FB/MLB TJ Rothman of BC High rushed for two touchdowns and helped keep the Braintree rushing game in check as the Eagles move on to face Brockton on Friday night.
Milton senior RB Koby Osazee ran for three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Medfield 28-7. Milton travels to undefeated Falmouth Friday night in the next round of the D2 playoffs.
Former North Andover and current Brooks School quarterback Seamus Lambert threw for two touchdowns as they beat ISL power Governor’s Academy.
Undefeated Grafton rolled over Auburn 34-0 as they were led by sophomore RB Jackson Sonnett who rushed for two touchdowns and the Indian defense pitched a shutout behind Syracuse bound defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu.