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November 23, 2013

Gridiron Memories:

Douglas Morin had a Thanksgiving to remember in 1978. The 5-6, 155-pound junior rushed for 282 yards and three TDs as Greater Lawrence blitzed Whittier 34-12. The next year the rough and tough Morin made Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a defensive lineman!

He wasn’t the only little guy to shine on Turkey Day that year.

Although just 5-7, 140, Manny Silva was the Big Manny on Campus. He didn’t throw often but he made them count. The Andover senior completed five of six passes, including his ninth and 10th TD passes of the season, as the Golden Warriors rallied to beat Central Catholic 16-10. ... In other 1978 action, Chris Dekeon (148 rushing yards, 3 TDs) did it all but it wasn’t enough as Manchester Central nipped Haverhill in OT 22-21. That gave Dekeon 10 TDs on the year. ... It was the Willis-Helfrich Show as North Andover roughed up Masconomet 34-0. Future Dartmouth defensive back Paul Willis took care of the offense (95 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 51 passing yards) and Joe Helfrich (2 interceptions) anchored the defense. ... Kevin Tarr (57 rushing yards) and Kevin Bradley (119 passing yards, TD) played well but it wasn’t enough as Dracut shaded Methuen 14-12. ... Jimmy Moran (TD) and Dave Fabrizio (interception) led Lawrence in a 26-7 loss to Lowell.

1988: DiBurro scores 4 TDs in Haverhill’s big romp

Jeff DiBurro rushed for 227 yards and scored four times as Haverhill whipped Salem 32-6. Bert Tucker scored for the Blue Devils. ... Central Catholic beat Andover, 27-13, to improve to 7-3, it’s best record since 1975. Shaun Duffy and Chris Kalil each scored twice. For Andover, Jack Dalton caught TD passes of 73 yards (on the first play from scrimmage of the game) and 13 yards from Kurt Brucato. That gave Dalton an area-leading 8 TD grabs. ... Manchester blanked Georgetown 12-0 and Lowell shut out Lawrence 13-0. ... Methuenites thought their 6-3 club might be able to deprive Dracut of a Super Bowl berth but Methuen turned the ball over six times in a 33-0 shellacking. ...

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