The return of the high school sports also marks the return of our Player of the Week polls.
We’ve got some changes this year. For the fall season, we’ll do two player of the week polls for football. On Monday, it’s the Offensive Football Player of the Week and on Tuesday it’s the Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week.
Status quo there.
But we’re changing things up later in the week. On Wednesdays, we’ll have a Girls Athlete of the Week. On Thursday, it’s Boys Athlete of the Week. Every sport that isn’t football will be eligible for that poll.
As always nominations are encouraged, but not all nominations make the list. Send those by email to email@example.com.
And this week’s candidates are…
Lucas Salvucci, Sr., South Shore Tech: Salvucci intercepted a pass and hauled in a 31-yard TD catch in a 33-12 win over Hull.
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Andrew Falk, Jr., Middleboro: Falk returned a punt 75 yards for a score in a 46-12 win over Apponequet.
Jacob Smith, West Bridgewater: Smith had five extra points and a field goal in a 44-41 win over East Bridgewater. It’s the Wildcats first win over EB since 1970.
Matt Eliason, Soph., Plymouth South: Eliason forced a safety in a 42-12 win over Silver Lake.
Dante Tordiglione, Weymouth: Tordiglione had two interceptions, the second of which sealed a 27-20 win over Westwood.
Luke Haley + Nathan Ehui, Milton: Haley had a 10-yard pick-6 while Ehui returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score in a 41-14 win over Scituate.
Cam Beltramini, Sr., Whitman-Hanson: Beltramini had a key interception in a 28-26 win over Pembroke as the Panthers rallied from down 19. He also hauled in the winning TD pass with 11 seconds remaining.
Enhea Panariti, Sr., North Quincy: Panariti had an interception and two tackles for a loss in a 35-6 win over Oliver Ames. He also had a TD reception.
Nick Araujo, Sr., Milford: The senior was all-around awesome in a 40-7 win at non-league foe Bridgewater-Raynham, rushing for 96 yards and a 58-yard TD on six carries in addition to making nine tackles and hitting field goals from 29 and 58 yards.
Carson Cournoyer, Fr., Blackstone-Millville/Hopedale: The freshman sealed a 16-14 victory over Bellingham with his second interception of the game with 1:05 left.
Garrett Giorgio, Jr., Hudson: The linebacker/running back made eight tackles with an interception as the Hawks won their opener over non-league foe Clinton, 26-12. He also rushed 10 times for 48 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards.
Javian Huertas, Soph., Marlborough: Huertas returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ season-opening 28-21 win over Tantasqua.
Calvin Pendergast, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury: Pendergast forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery in the Warriors’ 24-14 win over Methuen, a Division 1 state semifinalist a year ago.
Zach Winer, Jr., Franklin: In his first varsity start, the cornerback returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 36-14 win over Wachusett.
Votes are unlimited. Voting closes on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at noon. Emailed votes will not be counted. Send future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.