QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
Operating out of a pro-style offense, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Williams led the Golden Eagles on an historic tear through Western Mass., outscoring every opponent in the region by double-digits for an average margin of victory of 30.2 points, as they captured their second straight district title. Williams completed 113 of 170 passes for 2,199 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and also added 548 yards and 10 more scores on the ground. Williams will continue his career next fall at Monmouth University.
QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick
The 6-foot, 178-pound Flutie leaves Natick High as the holder of three of Massachusetts’ most sacred records: Career touchdown passes (112), career passing yards (9,014) and single-season passing touchdowns (47). This fall the Redhawks lost their top target, All-State receiver Brian Dunlap, in the first week of the preseason, yet Flutie went on to complete a record-setting season anyway. He went over the 3,000 passing yard mark for the second straight year, completing 182 of 288 passes for 3,027 yards and 47 touchdown passes, and added 824 rushing yards and six more scores on 93 carries.
QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
The returning All-State signal-caller went over 3,000 yards of offense for the second straight season, as the Pioneers made a surprise run to the Division 2 State Final. He completed 178 of 269 passes for 2,430 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also added 954 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, on 113 carries. Smiley is signed with the United States Naval Academy, for lacrosse.
QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, just the second ever Central Mass player to earn the nod, as the Blue Devils reached the Division 2 Central final. He completed 121 of 194 passes for 2,132 yards and 24 touchdowns this past season, and also rushed for 673 yards and 11 scores on 81 carries. On defense, he recorded 120 tackles, five interceptions—returning two for touchdowns—and forced one fumble.
RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South
The returning All-Stater and 2012 state leader in rushing touchdowns poured in another workmanlike season for the D3 state finalist Panthers, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He carried 274 times for 2,165 yards and 26 touchdowns, threw for another score, and returned two interceptions for scores on defense.
RB – Olan Abner, Sr., Bedford
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Abner carried a big workload for the Buccaneers, as they won the Division 4 North title before falling in the state semifinals. On the season, Abner carried 311 times for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns. On defense, Abner also registered 101 total tackles (46 solo, 55 assist) and one interception.
RB – Mike Panepinto, Sr., Needham
One of the state’s leaders in rushing touchdowns (27), the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Panepinto danced his way to another monster fall season for the Rockets, who reached the D2 South semifinals. In all, he carried 187 times for 1,754 yards, averaging 10.2 yards per carry. Also a lacrosse star, Panepinto is exploring both options for college.
RB – Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead
A University of Notre Dame lacrosse commit, the junior had a breakout season on the gridiron, falling just shy of the 2,000-yard rushing mark (1,932). The 6-foot-1, 180-pound back scored 25 touchdowns in 260 carries and also had a receiving touchdown in addition to a blocked punt for a touchdown. On defense for the Magicians, Tyrrell also added 47 tackles with four sacks and interception.
WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound athlete was the most dynamic of the Golden Eagles’ wealth of targets, leading the team with 802 receiving yards on 44 catches, with six touchdowns, as they captured their second straight Western Mass title before falling in the Division 2 state semifinals.
WR – Alex Hilger, Sr., Natick
Limited to eight games due to a shoulder injury, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Hilger still put up monster numbers as the Redhawks reached the Division 2 South semifinals. He led the Redhawks in every receiving category, including receptions (53), yards (1,007), touchdowns (15) and yards per catch (19). Hilger was also 15 of 16 on extra point kicks.
WR – Mike Elcock, Sr., Needham
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Elcock had an explosive senior season for the Rockets, who reached the Division 2 South semifinals. He caught 46 passes for 921 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 20 yards per catch. He also returned an interception and fumble recovery for two more scores. Elcock will play lacrosse next year at UMass.
WR – Khaneil Bruce, Sr., St. Clement
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Cambridge resident was one of the state’s most dangerous boundary receivers, as the Anchormen captured the Division 6 North title. He totaled 1,206 yards receiving, with 17 touchdowns, and added a punt return for a touchdown. Defensively, he recorded 39 tackles and six interceptions from the free safety position, including two pick-six’s.
TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield
Injured for the Division 2 state championship, the 6-foot-5 flex tight end was still the Hornet’s most dangerous weapon, leading the team in receptions (53), yards (811) and touchdowns (10) as they captured their seventh Super Bowl title under coach Mike Redding. Also an All-State basketball player, Hill is fielding some Division 1 interest, including an offer from UMass.
TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Donovan was one of the most imposing two-way stars this year among the lower divisions, helping lead the Cardinals to the Division 5 South semifinals. On the season, as a flex tight end, he racked up 14 touchdowns and also played a key role on defense as free safety. Donovan is considering several Division 1 football offers, but has also drawn interest in basketball.
OL – Joe Brown, Sr., Central Catholic
The road-grading tackle was the anchor to a Raiders line that led a 2,500-yard rushing campaign. A captain for the Division 1 state champions, Brown has several Northeast-10 offers in hand.
OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior captain was a three-year starter on the offensive line and started on both sides of the ball as a senior. On the offensive line, Kramer did not allow a sack during his three varsity seasons and was an integral run blocker. Kramer turned down several Division 1 FCS offers and will instead enroll at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School at West Point for next season before starting as a cadet in 2015.
OL – Kevin Sheehan, Sr., Medway
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior was a three-year starter and the Tri-Valley League’s Lineman of the Year for the Large division, as well as the Mustangs’ 2012 Team MVP. A three-year starter, Sheehan was also a team captain this fall for the Mustangs.
OL – Shawn Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South
A three-year starter, Duncombe helped paved the way for two consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons for South’s feature running back. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound two-way tackle never missed a down in his three years on the varsity, and is a three-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star. He will continue his career next year at Bryant University.
OL – Chris Lindstrom, Jr., Shepherd Hill
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Lindstrom was named the Southern Worcester County League’s Player of the Year after helping lead the Rams to a No. 1 overall seed in Division 4 Central and a berth in the district final. With Lindstrom throwing his frame around in the Rams’ “double wing” scheme, they ran for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns as a team. Old Dominion is the first Division 1 FBS program to offer Lindstrom, while a number of others have begun to express varying degrees of interest, including Boston College, UMass, UConn and Kansas State.
ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable
As equally dangerous on the perimeter as he was out of the backfield, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Murphy was the catalyst behind the Red Raiders’ run to the D2 South Final. He carried 154 times for 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns, and added 19 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Rotating in and out of the box defensively, Murphy had 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown.
ATH – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty
The Boston College signee played an integral role in the Highlanders’ first district title since 1980, and their Division 4 state championship, first in school history. As a receiver both catching passes and taking handoffs, Yiadom averaged 17.2 yards a touch (34 carries, 356 yards, 4 TD; 38 catches, 886 yards, 7 TD). Defensively, as a safety, he recorded 100 tackles. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Yiadom graduates later this month, and will enroll at BC for the spring semester.
DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive/offensive tackle was a force in the middle for the Bulldogs, who reached the Division 2 North playoffs. On the season, he had 63 tackles, 17 for loss, to go along with seven sacks and four fumble recoveries.
DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian
Gaziano was honored as ESPN Boston’s Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week after a monster junior campaign for the Division 1 runner-up Hawks. As the Catholic Conference MVP, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gaziano racked up 53 tackles, 12 sacks an interception and two fumble recoveries. A two-year two-way starter, he was also critical setting the edge as a blocking tight end on offense.
DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell
The 5-foot-10, 230-pound speed rusher was a force off the edge for the Red Raiders, who reached the Division 1 North semifinals. Quintero registered 69 tackles and six sacks this season, giving him 146 tackles and 21 sacks over his final two varsity seasons.
DL – Connor Walsh, Sr., BC High
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Walsh moved from defensive end to middle linebacker midway through season, and proved adept at either spot. For the season, he recorded 82 tackles (six for loss) and two interceptions, as he was named the Catholic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Walsh also hauled in 11 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown, as a tight end.
LB – Angel Duarte, Sr., Everett
The 5-foot-7, 198-pound Duarte was one of the best run stuffers for the Crimson Tide, who reached the Division 1 North Finals. On the season, Duarte recorded a team-high 72 tackles, six quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and an interception.
LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was a menace up the middle, proving himself as a dangerous blitzer as the Red Raiders reached the Division 1 North semifinals. On the season he recorded 52 tackles from the middle linebacker spot, including a team-high 12 sacks.
LB – Brett McEvoy, Sr., King Philip
One of the most feared inside linebackers in the state, McEvoy has been the quarterback of the Warriors’ defense for the last several seasons. As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder registered 61 tackles, including 15 for a loss, with five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. McEvoy also served as a lead-blocking fullback in the Warriors’ I-formation sets.
LB – Kevin Bletzer, Sr., Catholic Memorial
A Boston College commit, Bletzer was used in a host of positions across the Knights’ defensive front from inside linebacker to defensive end, as well as playing wide receiver on offense. Bletzer was also an ESPN Boston All-State lacrosse player last season.
LB – Eddie Matovu, Sr., Tewksbury
A three-year starter for the Redman and senior captain, Matovu registered 102 total tackles, including 19 tackles for a loss and nine sacks as a senior. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound also got his hands on six pass break-ups, batting the ball at the line of scrimmage in addition to two fumble recoveries. Offensively, Matovu ran for 700 yards and five touchdowns, while catching 16 passes for 250 yards for the Division 3 state champions. In the classroom, Matovu ranks among the top 30 percent of Tewksbury’s senior class.
LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Rodrick was a monster in run support for the Wolverines, who earned the No. 1 overall seed in Division 5 Central. Defensively, he registered 79 tackles, 11 sacks and two interceptions in 10 games. Offensively, as a fullback, he carried 77 times for 779 yards and nine touchdowns, and added nine catches for 173 yards and four more scores. One of the top linebacker prospects in Massachusetts, Rodrick is currently committed to UConn.
DB – Lukas Denis, Jr., Everett
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder had a breakthrough campaign this fall for the Crimson Tide, who reached the Division 1 North Finals. From the cornerback position, Denis registerd 32 tackles and one interception. As a wide receiver, he had 14 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and returned a punt for another score.
DB – Derek Estes, Sr., Barnstable
The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder led the way for the Red Raiders’ hawking secondary, asserting himself as one of Eastern Mass.’s top coverage corners as they reached the Division 2 South Finals. Defensively, Estes recorded 58 tackles, six passes deflected and five interceptions. Offensively, as a wide receiver, he added 20 catches for 358 yards and six touchdowns.
DB – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
The 6-foot, 170-pound Jones went over 100 tackles for the second straight season, registering 125 tackles, eight interceptions, eight tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles. Jones was also the Pioneers’ second-leading receiver, catching 50 passes for 680 yards and seven touchdowns.
DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic
One of the most feared hitters at safety, the 6-foot, 207-pounder was an integral part of the Raiders’ run to the Division 1 State Championship. Defensively, he totaled 85 tackles (eight for loss), with 12 pass breakups and an interception. Offensively, he carried 101 times for 618 yards and caught 10 passes for 88 yards, for a total of 15 touchdowns. Drummond-Mayrie will continue his career next fall at the University of New Hampshire.
D-ATH – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster
Once measured at a 42-inch vertical leap, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is an athletic specimen, and showed it off this fall as the Blue Devils reached the Division 2 Central final. Defensively he recorded 93 tackles and an interception lining up at strong safety, linebacker and even occasionally defensive end. Offensively, as a flex tight end, he caught 26 passes for 413 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. Addo is currently committed to UMass.
D-ATH – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett
As one of the state’s premier safeties, Figaro roamed in and out of the box this fall for the Crimson Tide as they reached the Division 1 North Finals. He recorded 38 tackles, three for loss, and two interceptions. Figaro will continue his career next fall at the University of Wisconsin.
RET – Zach Elkinson, Jr., Holliston
Few returners in Eastern Mass. demonstrated top flight speed quite like the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Elkinson. On kickoffs, he totaled 393 yards, averaging 30.9 yards a return with two touchdowns. On punts, he averaged 20.6 yards per return, with a score. He also added three interceptions on defense, including one returned for a score, while offensively he totaled 1,242 yards from scrimmage and 22 touchdowns.
RET – Brady Jones, Sr., Pope John Paul II
Simply put, the 5-foot-8 Jones was a force on returns this fall for the Lions. He returned 22 kicks for 688 yards, averaging 31.3 yards a return with three touchdowns. On punts, he totaled 249 yards with 31.1 yards a return and two more scores. Offensively, he caught 46 passes for 751 yards and nine scores, giving him a total of 1,728 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs.