On the biggest stage, these high school football stars shined the brightest.
We decided to rank the top 10 performances we saw at Gillette Stadium this week in the eight MIAA Super Bowls. There were record-setting performances, programs’ first state titles, a rematch of a 2021 state championship and plenty more.
This was certainly not an easy list to cut down, as the biggest game of the season brought out tons of top-notch performances. Let’s dive into what was a stellar week of Super Bowls.
10. Jackson Belsan, Scituate
Although his Sailors lost to Duxbury in the Div. 4 final, Belsan’s passing prowess kept the Sailors alive for much of the second half. Belsan finished 14 of 26 passing for 328 yards and three TDs (70, 9 and 64 yards). Scituate’s 33 points were the most the Dragons surrendered in a game this season after giving up 13 points in their three previous tournament wins.
9. Caleb Brown, Xaverian
Entering Wednesday’s Div. 1 final, Brown had scored three TDs all season. He doubled that total with a breakout performance in a 31-25 win over Xaverian. The Brockton resident’s three receptions turned into 62 yards and three TDs. The last TD put the Hawks ahead for good on an 18-yard grab from Hasselbeck early in the fourth quarter.
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8. Patrick Miller, Milton
The senior first-year starter has been a TD machine for the Wildcats all season, and Thursday’s Div. 3 state championship was no different. Miller, who was 16 of 26 passing for 148 yards, threw four TD passes in a 42-21 win over Walpole. Ronan Sammon was his favorite target, hauling in six catches for 75 yards and a pair of TDs.
Miller broke the school record for passing TDs in a single season with 33. Owen McHugh, last year’s starter, was the previous record holder with 31.
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7. Connor Muldoon, West Boylston
The Lions offense was nearly unstoppable in a 41-7 win over Carver in the Div. 8 Super Bowl. West Boylston completed only one pass in the win, of which Muldoon was the recipient in the form of a 54-yard TD. Muldoon was one of five WB players with at least 50 yards rushing. He turned his 11 carries into 62 yards and a pair of TDs.
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6. Tommy McLeish, King Philip
The Warriors’ offense was surgical in a 42-14 win over Marshfield in the Div. 2 Super Bowl. McLeish, a senior QB, was precise behind center. He completed 11 of his 15 passes for 166 yards and three TDs. He connected on TD throws of 7, 42 and 12 yards.
5. Lincoln Moore and Brandon Mazenkas-O’Grady, Foxboro
Moore and Mazenkas-O’Grady spearheaded the Warriors’ suffocating defensive outing as coach Jack Martinelli took home his fifth Super Bowl in the Div. 5 game. Moore had an interception, and scored a TD offensively, and Mazenkas-O’Grady scooped up a fumble and returned it 39 yards for score. Together, the two collapsed the pocket and lured a high-flying Hanover offense into four turnovers, capping to just 36 rushing yards and an uncharacteristic output of 21 points.
4. LaChapelle brothers, Uxbridge
The brothers ran wild as the Spartans defeated Amesbury, 42-16, in the Div. 7 Super Bowl. They combined for 31 rushes for 302 yards and six TDs. Kellen LaChapelle tied an MIAA Super Bowl record with five TD rushes. He finished with 14 carries for 148 yards. He also threw for 25 yards. Camden rushed 17 times for 154 yards and one TD.
3. Henry Hasselbeck, Xaverian
Although his father, 17-year NFL QB Matt, never won a game at Gillette Stadium, Henry put on a show in a thrilling Div. 1 final victory over St. John’s Prep, 31-25. The dual-threat QB was 7 of 13 passing for 101 yards and three TDs. He also turned 13 carries into 122 yards, highlighted by a 55-yard run, as the Hawks knocked off the defending Div. 1 state champs for the second time in less than a week.
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2. Justin Marques, Fairhaven
The junior set an MIAA Super Bowl record with 46 carries (the previous record was 45) in the Blue Devils’ 26-22 win over Salem in the Div. 6 final. Still, his coach thought he didn’t give him the ball enough.
“I think I gave it to him almost every time tonight,” said Fairhaven coach Derek Almeida to The Standard-Times. “I probably should have gave it to him more. He just runs the ball so hard.”
Marques turned the 46 carries into 228 yards and four touchdowns. His 46th carry was a 3-yard TD with 3:48 remaining to seal the state title. Marques tallied 38 TDs this season, bringing his career tally to 68.
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1. Alex Barlow, Duxbury
In a Thanksgiving win over Div. 2 finalist Marshfield, Barlow ran for 292 yards and three TDs. In Friday’s Div. 4 final win over Scituate, 62-33, Barlow rumbled his way to 275 yards and five TDs on 32 carries. His five TDs tied an MIAA Super Bowl record. His TD jaunts, four of which came in the second half, covered 1, 1, 3, 9 and 35 yards.