We're just a few hours from the MIAA football kickoff (three Central Mass games go down tonight), but in the NEPSAC things are still underway (first game is in two weeks). One of the more intriguing scrimmages of the prep preseason took place yesterday in Brookline, where ISL power Buckingham, Browne & Nichols traveled to Dexter School. There is no loss of familiarity here; Dexter head coach Casey Day has taken over the reigns in Brookline after serving as an assistant the previous five years under John Papas.
The Knights scored four times -- two runs by St. John's Prep transfer Chris Coady, and two touchdown passes from Needham resident Eric Bertino -- while Dexter failed to reach the end zone. That said, Cambridge native and New Hampton transfer Abner Logan, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete, made quite the impression, as did 6-foot-2, 265-pound lineman Jake Giovanucci.
"Lots of great hitting by both teams. Even though BB&N ended up on top, 28-0, it was a lot closer than that. Dexter is very young, but very aggressive to the ball and made some big plays defensively. When they mature, they will be a force to reckon with. The player to watch for Dexter is junior Abner Logan, a 6'3 220 lb. athlete. He is a D1 prospect at numerous positions and will be one of the best players in the Evergreen League this year. BB&N's standouts included running back Chris Coady, quarterback Eric Bertino and offensive lineman/defensive tackle Dan Connaughton. BB&N is still feeling their way after graduating five Division 1 athletes, but they are gradually getting better. BB&N steps it up this Saturday when they scrimmage NEPSAC Class A Phillips Exeter Academy."