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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Stock is rising for Melifonwu, Walsh

By By Mike Grimala

In this week's edition of Stock Watch, we're looking at Massachusetts football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Obi Melifonwu, Grafton RB
Melifonwu is the most dynamic player in Central Mass, and maybe the entire state. He proved it this past weekend by rushing for an insane 320 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Leicester. He’s already committed to UConn, but his name is not as big as some of the other top players in Massachusetts. If Melifonwu keeps producing like that, his stock will be as high as anyone’s by the end of the season.

DOWN — Cam McLevedge, Weymouth QB
McLevedge had a tough time on Friday night, as his Wildcats were upset by Needham, 45-28. McLevedge threw three touchdown passes, but the success was negated by three costly interceptions. It wasn’t all bad, however, as McLevedge also played defense and had to worry about defending Needham’s Mark Riley, one of the best tight ends in the state. He did ok on that front, keeping Riley out of the end zone. McLevedge is a tough senior, so expect him to bounce back quickly.

UP — Michael Walsh, Swampscott, QB
The Big Blue is 4-0 and averaging 33.5 points per game, and Walsh is the guy driving the train. In a 33-19 win over Lynn English this weekend, he passed for 228 yards and three touchdowns, and also added 68 rushing yards and a TD on the ground. As long as Walsh keeps up this level of play, Swampscott should continue to be successful.