HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ALIGNMENT
EMASS DIV. 1
St. John’s Prep
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
EMASS DIV. 2
DIV. 1-2 DANDY DOZEN
Thomas Brown, Jr., OL, 6-4, 270, Chelmsford: One of the premier junior linemen in the state, Brown has been outstanding on the football field and the wrestling mat.
Kieran Corr, Sr. PK, 6-3, 175, Winchester: The Harvard-bound Corr recently won a national kicking contest and has made field goals beyond 60 yards.
Andrew Dufault, Sr. OL/LS, 6-2, 250, Xaverian: The Penn State-bound Dufault is rated one of the top five high school long-snappers in the nation.
Drew Eason, Sr., QB, 6-2, 185, Methuen: Eason completed 150-of-215 passes for 2,307 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. He also rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns.
Shane Eason, Jr., RB, 5-11, 175, Methuen: An All-Scholastic last year, Eason rushed for 1,077 yards and 23 touchdowns on 138 carries. He caught 44 passes for 766 yards and nine touchdowns.
Henry Hasselbeck, Sr., QB, 6-3, 170, Xaverian: The Michigan State-bound quarterback guided the Hawks to seven wins in his first season at the school after transferring in from Belmont Hill.
Blake Hebert, Jr., QB, 6-4, 210, Central Catholic: A verbal commit to Clemson, Hebert completed 108-of-185 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns, while running for 300 yards and four scores.
Guerby Lambert, Sr., OL, 6-7, 280, Catholic Memorial: A star on the field and in classroom, Lambert holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame, Boston College and a host of other colleges.
Cameron Monteiro, Sr., WR, 6-3, 175, Brockton: Used in a variety of positions last year, the Pittsburgh-bound Monteiro amassed 1,550 total yards and 22 touchdowns.
Jonathan Monteiro, Sr., WR, 6-3, 190, Xaverian: The Liberty-bound Monteiro caught 21 passes for 525 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also returning a pair of kicks for touchdowns.
Brandon Sullivan, Sr., OL, 6-3, 295, Catholic Memorial: A mainstay behind one of the top lines in the state, Sullivan is headed to Harvard following his senior season.
Christian Zamor, Sr., WR/DB, 6-1, 197, Everett: A multi-talented player who can make an impact on both sides of the ball, Zamor has committed to Boston College.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH IN DIV. 1-2
Peter Abair, Sr., WR (Lincoln-Sudbury), Amin Abbassi, Sr., LB (Bridgewater-Raynham), Jayden Abreu, Sr., QB (Lawrence), Karens Antoine, Jr., DB (Brockton), Jayden Arno, Sr., QB (Belmont), Aiden Astorino, Jr., RB (King Philip), Marquese Avery, Sr., LB (St. John’s Prep), Andrew Bamberg, Sr., WR (Brookline), Eli Baptista, Sr., WR (Peabody), Brady Bekkenhius, So., OL (Arlington), Dante Berger, So., RB (Andover), Jacob Bierenbroodspot, Sr., RB (BC High), Peter Bourque, So, QB (Catholic Memorial), Paxton Boyd, Sr., WR/DB (Newton South), Darius Braithwaite, Sr., RB (Lincoln-Sudbury), Dezmond Brunskill, Sr., WR (New Bedford); Vincent Busa, Jr., LB (Xaverian), Declan Byrne, Sr., QB (Bridgewater-Raynham), Matt Callahan, Sr., LB (St. John’s Prep), Mario Capone. Sr., RB (Lexington), Devin Carreiro, Sr., WR (Haverhill), Jackson Chandler, Sr., OL (Acton-Boxboro), Aaron Chiocca, Sr., DB (Methuen), Will Claude, Sr., LB (Catholic Memorial), Ryan Conley, So., WR (Lowell), Yeandiel Cora, Sr., WR (Framingham), Dayton Costa, Sr., LB (Plymouth North), Jake Cullen, Sr., QB (Westford Academy), Nic Cupples, Sr., RB (Marshfield), Chris Czado, Sr. OL/DL (Westford Academy), Mike Davide, Sr., RB (Franklin), Nate Day, Sr., WR (Newton North), Will Devine, Jr., DB (Marshfield), John Droggitis, Sr., LB (St. John’s Prep), Cam Durkin, Sr., DB (Lowell), Malakai Everett, Sr., DB (Chelmsford), William Everett, Sr., TE (Lexington), James Farrell, Jr., QB (Haverhill), Danny Fasy, Sr., DB (Bishop Feehan), Teddy Ferrucci, Sr., RB (Natick), Jimmy Festa, Jr., LB (Peabody), William Finklea, Sr., OL (Brookline), Tajardo France, Sr., RB (Barnstable), Maxwell Galvin, Sr., WR (BC High), Wells Gillett, Sr., OL (St. John’s Prep), Henry Goldberg, Sr., LB (Framingham), Adrien Gurung, Sr., RB (Belmont), Jake Haarde, Sr., DB (Lincoln-Sudbury), Ryan Halloran, Sr., OL (Belmont), Ben Herring, Sr., LB (Beverly), Tate Hoffmeister, Sr., RB (Needham), Brian Hnat, Sr., DB (Andover), Jackson Huntington, Sr., LB (Attleboro), Alex Jackson, Sr., OL (Peabody), Gio Joseph, Jr., DB (Marshfield), Josh Karp, Sr., QB (Brookline), Dillon Keough, Sr., LS (Winchester), Brendan Koss, Sr., DE (Bishop Feehan), Tommy Kubera, Sr., LB (BC High), Josh Kwayke, Sr., DB (Methuen), Brendan Large, Sr., OL (Franklin), Connor Lebrun, Sr., DB (Andover), Brian Logan, Sr., WR (Belmont), Eric Lovell, Sr., DB (Barnstable), David Manon, Sr., LB (Lawrence), Jared Marcus, Sr., OL (Natick), Thomas McLeish, Sr., QB (King Philip), Joey McCullough, Sr., DB (Waltham), Brody McKenna, Sr., LB (Attleboro), Michael McNaught, Sr., DB (North Andover), Brian McSweeney, Sr., LB (Andover), Mason McSweeney, Sr., DE (St. John’s Prep), Jhamir Mercedat, Sr., RB (Cambridge), Logan Mercer, Sr., RB (St. John’s Shrewsbury), Leo Meuse, Jr., OL (Franklin), Aiden Milinazzo, Sr., LB (Lowell), Kayden Mills, Sr., RB (Arlington), Zayn Moselhy, Sr., P (St. John’s Shrewsbury), Amari Mow, So., WR (Lexington), Aiden O’Shaughnessy, Sr., WR (Methuen), Domenic Papa, Sr., LB (Everett), Joe Pendergast, Sr., NT (Braintree), Jaxon Pereira, Sr., DB (Central Catholic), Sam Perry, Jr., QB (Diman), John Pignato, Sr., LB (Acton-Boxboro), Jacob Plakins, Jr., OL (Beverly), Max Poirier, Sr., DB (Wellesley), Jayden Prophete, Sr., DB, Everett, Jake Reiser, Sr., LB (Needham), Marshall Rice, Sr., RB (BC High), Adrian Rivera, Sr., RB (Attleboro), Gabe Rodrigues, Sr., RB (Quincy), Ben Ryan, Sr., OL (Franklin), Jake Saalfrank, Sr., DE (North Andover), Domenic Scales, Sr., K (Peabody), Chevy Shakespeare, Jr., WR (Barnstable), Frendy Soler, Sr., LB (Lawrence), Keron Spann, Sr., LB (Lawrence), Keith Strong, Sr., QB (Durfee), Cooper Tarantino, Sr., QB (Lincoln-Sudbury), Henry Tassmer, Jr., DT (Arlington), David Timson, Jr., LB (Catholic Memorial), Presley Titus, Sr., DT (Central Catholic), Graham Tonkonogy, Sr., WR/DB (Newton South), Jose Touron, Sr., WR (Taunton), Logan Van Vaerenewyck, Sr., OL (King Philip), Kyle Wilder, Sr., QB (Chelmsford), Aengus Wilson, Sr., DE (Concord-Carlisle), Zach Wolinski, Sr., RB (North Andover), Nick Wood, Sr., OL (Durfee)
The Catholic Conference had a monopoly on state championships in the higher divisions last year. St. John’s Prep captured the Div. 1 state title by shutting out Springfield Central, while Catholic Memorial defended its Div. 2 championship for the second straight year at the expense of King Philip.
Despite losing a quartet of Boston Herald All-Scholastics, St. John’s Prep figures to be in the mix once again along with Catholic Conference rival Xaverian. Methuen reached the semifinals last year and return a solid nucleus as does Lincoln-Sudbury out of the Dual County League. Andover lost the lethal 1-2 punch of Scotty Brown and Lincoln Beal, but there is enough left to ensure another competitive season.
New coaches will be roaming the sidelines at Central Catholic (John Sexton), Brockton (Jermaine Wiggins) and Everett (Justin Flores).
Over in Div. 2, more than a few eyebrows were raised when the MIAA realignment came out and Catholic Memorial remained in Div. 2, much to the dismay of the rest of the field. The Knights are the overwhelming favorites to bring some more hardware to Baker Street in early December.
Aside from two-time Div. 2 finalist King Philip, Barnstable is a team which is capable of making noise as several top players are back. Bridgewater-Raynham, North Andover, Chelmsford, Marshfield and Peabody should be in the upper echelon of Div. 2 teams.