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Monday, November 12, 2012
Mr. Football Watch: Pre-Finalists Selection

By ESPNBoston.com

Below is our Mr. Football Watch following last weekend's slate of games, which includes the weekend's top performances.

The five finalists for ESPN Boston's third annual Mr. Football Award will be announced next Monday, Nov. 19, on ESPNBoston.com. The winner will be announced on Dec. 3, with the presentation on Dec. 16 at Gillette Stadium.


TOP 5 PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEKEND

1. Domingo Jenkins, Jr. RB, Taunton
Totaled 338 yards of offense and five rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, in their 40-34 win over Attleboro.

2. Andrew Smiley, Jr. QB, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Set a school single-game record for yards from scrimmage, as well as the Central Mass. single-season passing record, in a 41-39 win over Milford. Through the air he was 28 of 43 for 417 yards and three touchdowns; on the ground, he carried 15 times for 123 yards and a fourth score.

3. MacKay Lowrie, Sr. QB, Roxbury Latin
Completed 12 of 15 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Rivers. The Boston College-bound Foxborough resident finishes his career at Latin setting the ISL's single-season touchdown pass record, with 35.

4. Nelson Valerio, Soph. QB, Lawrence
In the Lancers' 38-36 thriller over Methuen, he completed 17 of 28 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and added three rushing scores for six total touchdowns.

5. Will Heikkinen, Sr. WR, Andover
Caught four passes for 92 yards and two scores, and made three interceptions on defense -- all in the first half -- in the Golden Warriors' 40-20 win over Billerica.

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THE CONTENDERS

Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills
Carried 33 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors' 22-16 win over Greater Lawrence.

Brian Dunlap, Soph. WR, Natick
Caught six passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Redhawks' 21-14 win over Walpole. He now has 67 catches for 1,245 yards on the season, and is tied for the state lead in touchdown catches (16).

Troy Flutie, Jr. QB, Natick
Came up big in a multitude of ways in Friday's win over Walpole. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 176 yards and two scores, ran for 56 yards and a third score, and came up with an interception on defense. On the season he now has 39 total touchdowns, best in state, and 3,062 yards of offense.

Dylan Oxsen, Jr. RB, Plymouth South
Scored his 29th rushing touchdown of the season, then converted a hook-and-ladder with eight seconds left to give the Panthers a 13-12 win over Nauset, and their first-ever Atlantic Coast League title and playoff berth in school history.

Nick Peabody, Sr. QB, Barnstable
Threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns in limited action, in the Red Raiders' 52-12 rout of Plymouth North. Peabody now has 27 touchdown passes on the season, second-best in Division 1A.

C.J. Scarpa, Sr. QB, Andover
In the Golden Warrior's romp of Billerica, he was nearly perfect through the air (10-of-12, 131 yards, 3 TD) in limited action. He has now attempted 86 passes in a row without an interception, dating back to the Warriors' Oct. 6 win over Tewksbury.

Andrew Smiley, Jr. QB, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
With his 540 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the Pioneers' win over Milford, Smiley leads the state in total offensive yards. Through the air, he is completig 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,740 yards and 22 touchdowns. Rushing, he has carried 121 times for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.

Jonathan Thomas, Jr. RB, St. John's Prep
Ran for 172 yards and two scores on 28 carries, and added two catches for 31 yards, in a 21-16 win over BC High.

Quron Wright, Sr. RB, Holy Name
Carried 18 times for 149 yards and five touchdowns in a 36-12 win over Fitchburg. Wright has re-taken the state's lead in rushing touchdowns (32), surpassing Plymouth South's Dylan Oxsen (29).

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ON THE RISE

Max Athy, Sr. RB, Holliston
Ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, in a win over Norton. That gives him 15 rushing touchdowns and 1,106 rushing yards on the season.

Cam Farnham, Sr. WR/KR, Andover
Caught a touchdown pass in the Golden Warriors' rout of Billerica, giving him his 10th receiving touchdown of the year and 25th total TD since the beginning of 2011. Four of those scores are special teams touchdowns, including two this year on kickofs.

David Harrison, Jr. QB, Weymouth
Ran for three scores, and added a fourth through the air, in a 25-15 win over Framingham that clinched the Bay State Carey for the Wildcats. On the season he has 10 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns, and eight receiving touchdowns.

Will Heikkinen, Sr. WR, Andover
With his performance in last weekend's win over Billerica, he now has 56 catches for 994 yards and nine touchdowns.

Cam Latta, Sr. QB, Lowell
Totaled 244 yards of offense and three scores in the Red Raiders' 21-7 win over Chelmsford. He now has 2,810 yards of offense and 30 total touchdowns on the season.

David Maaghul, Jr. QB, Cambridge
Threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 20-6 win over Malden Catholic. He leads the state in touchdown passes (29).

Marcus Middleton, Sr. RB/DB, Stoughton
Ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and returned a kickoff 90 yards to the house, in a 25-21 win over Bridgewater-Raynham.

Mikey Panepinto, Jr. RB, Needham
Ran for two touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Newton North, giving him 21 on the season.

Sean Peterson, Jr. RB, Maynard
Carried 29 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 42-27 loss to West Boylston. He is one of the leading rushers in Central Mass., with 1,828 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Matt Phelan, Sr. QB/DB, Northbridge
In the Rams' 48-0 shutout of Millbury, completed 12 of 17 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 10 rushes for 55 yards and a fourth score, and made two interceptions on defense.

Austin Roberts, Sr. QB, Brockton
Carried 18 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the Boxers' 35-12 win over New Bedford, which clinced a second straight Big Three Conference title and their first Division 1 playoff berth since 2009.

Sean Smerczynski, Jr. LB, St. John's Prep
Totaled 12 tackles in Prep's 21-16 win over BC High.

Ryan Wilder, Sr. RB, Turners Falls
Western Mass.'s leading rusher carried 19 times for 187 yards in a 40-30 win over Easthampton. He has 1,682 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season for the 8-2 Indians.