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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Roundtable: Midseason All-State, Awards projections

By ESPNBoston.com

Scott Barboza
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


OFFENSE
QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick
QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster
QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham
RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South
RB – Mike Panepinto, Sr., Needham
RB – Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick
WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell
WR – Jeff Trainor, Soph., Billerica
WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty
TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield
OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale
OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep
OL – Shawn Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South
OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Aaron Monteiro, Jr., Brockton
ATH – Zach Elkinson, Jr., Holliston
ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable
K – John Fisher, Sr., Hingham

DEFENSE
DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian
DL – Will Greelish, Sr., Auburn
DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell
DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English
LB – Kevin Bletzer, Sr., Catholic Memorial
LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell
LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover
LB – Brett McEvoy, Sr., King Philip
LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett
LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester
DB – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster
DB – Lukas Denis, Jr., Everett
DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic
DB – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
D-ATH – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett
RET – Brooks Tyrell, Jr. Marblehead

Mr. Football Finalists:
Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner
Neil O’Connor, Leominster - Winner
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South
Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South
Defensive Player of the Year – Tom Rodrick, Leicester
Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Coach of the Year – Bill Moore, Westfield


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Brendan Hall
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


OFFENSE
QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick
QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster
RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South
RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham
RB – Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead
RB – Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick
WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty
WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell
WR – Brian Daly, Sr., Marblehead
TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield
TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale
OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep
OL – Shaun Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South
OL – Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield
ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable
ATH – Zach Elkinson, Jr., Holliston

DEFENSE
DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English
DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian
DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell
DL – Hunter Sallila, Sr., Fitchburg
LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett
LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell
LB – Brett McEvoy, Sr., King Philip
LB – Kevin Bletzer, Sr., Catholic Memorial
LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover
LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester
DB – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett
DB – Derek Estes, Sr., Barnstable
DB – Da’Quan Clemons, Sr., Springfield Central
DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic
D-ATH – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster
RET – Brady Jones, Sr., Pope John Paul II

Mr. Football Finalists
Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner
Neil O’Connor, Leominster
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South
Tom Rodrick, Leicester
Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Cody Williams, Springfield Central
Defensive Player of the Year – Tom Rodrick, Leicester
Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Coach of the Year – Dave Palazzi, Leominster


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Ryan Kilian
Founder and Editor, Massachusetts Prep Stars (massprepstars.com)


OFFENSE
QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick
QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster
RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South
RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham
RB – Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead
RB – Olan Abner, Sr., Bedford
WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty
WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell
WR – Will Blumenberg, Jr., Concord-Carlisle
TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield
TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale
OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep
OL – Shawn Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South
OL – Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield
ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable
ATH – Kevin Dick, Sr., Tewksbury

DEFENSE
DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English
DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian
DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell
DL – Josh Palmer, Sr., Everett
LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett
LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell
LB – Liam Kenneally, Sr., Reading
LB – Eddie Matovu, Sr., Tewksbury
LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover
LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester
DB – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett
DB – Derek Estes, Sr., Barnstable
DB – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic
D-ATH – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster


Mr. Football Finalists:
D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Central Catholic
Lubern Figaro, Everett
Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner
Neil O’Connor, Leominster
Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Neil O’Connor, Leominster
Defensive Player of the Year – Lubern Figaro, Everett
Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Coach of the Year – Dave Palazzi, Leominster


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Bob McGovern
ESPN Boston correspondent


OFFENSE
QB - Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central
QB - Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick
QB - Will Bolster, Sr., Walpole
QB - Brian Dolan, Sr., Lowell
RB - Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick
RB - Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead
RB - Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham
RB - Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South
WR - Kevin Nunes, Sr., New Bedford
WR - Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell
WR - T.J. Hairston, Jr., Watertown
WR - Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty
TE - Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
TE - Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield
OL - Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale
OL - Aaron Monteiro, Jr., Brockton
OL - Josh Briggs, Sr., Oliver Ames
OL - Joey Fitton, Sr., Holy Name
OL - Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield
ATH - Malik Garrett, Sr., Melrose
ATH - Michael Dunn, Jr., Dennis-Yarmouth

DEFENSE
DL - Shaun Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South
DL - John Panzini, Sr., Wakefield
DL - Joe Brown, Sr., Central Catholic
DL - Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian
LB - Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester
LB - Steve DiCienzo, Sr., BC High
LB - Shayne Kaminski, Sr., Xaverian
LB - Eric Mercer, Sr., Melrose
LB - Eddie Matovu, Sr., Tewksbury
LB - Michael Kwegyir-Attah, Sr., Haverhill
DB - D'Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic
DB - Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett
DB - Damion Wood, Jr., Xaverian
DB - Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster
D-ATH - Isaiah Douglas, Sr., Bishop Feehan
RET - Frank Roche, Jr., Arlington

Mr. Football Finalists:
Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick - Winner
Troy Flutie, Natick
Cody Williams, Springfield Central
Tom Rodrick, Leicester
Will Bolster, Walpole

Offensive Player of the Year: Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick
Defensive Player of the Year: Jarell Addo, Leominster
Lineman of the Year: Shaun Duncombe, Plymouth South
Coach of the Year: Joe Gaff, BC High


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Joe Parello
ESPN Boston correspondent


Mr. Football Finalists:
1. Johnny Thomas, Sr. RB/DB, St. John's Prep
2. Neil O'Connor, Sr. QB/S, Leominster
3. Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick
4. Cody Williams, Sr. QB, Springfield Central
5. Dylan Oxsen, Sr. RB, Plymouth South

Obviously, Thomas isn't going to win the award at season's end due to injury, but it's hard not to have him at the top here at the midway point. The St. John's Prep sensation was living up to every bit of the preseason hype at running back and delivered, perhaps, the play of the year in high school football on defense, returning an interception 107 yards for a score against Central Catholic.

Just behind him you're splitting hairs between O'Connor and Flutie, but I think the Leominster two-way player does a little more for his team. Obviously, there's a lot of football to be played.

Offensive Player of the Year: Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick
All that being said, from a purely offensive perspective, it's hard to top what Flutie has done for the Redhawks. Without his two best targets, the BC commit is still putting up video game numbers in Natick's undefeated start. Level of competition is a bit of a question, but over 1,000 yards and 17 TDs while breaking in new receivers is hard to argue with.

Defensive Player of the Year: Tom Rodrick, Sr. LB, Leicester
Call me crazy, but I can't think of a player that does more for his defense than Leicester's massive middle linebacker. The UConn commit has an undeniable nose for the ball and plays with infectious energy, but it's his thunderous hits that make even the best runners in Central Mass nervous to carry the ball against the Wolverines. Rodrick is also a special teams demon, blocking a critical extra point in Leicester's big win over Auburn Saturday night.

Lineman of the Year: Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale
He's the best offensive line prospect in the state, opening gaping holes for MH's prolific senior RB Chris Ahl, and the anchor of a suddenly salty Mohawks defense. MH isn't exactly a powerhouse, but Baker is special.

Coach of the Year: Dave Palazzi, Leominster
It helps when you have talent, as the Blue Devils do this year, but not many coaches get more out of their talent than Palazzi. The second-year Leominster coach has had the Midas touch this season, moving star athlete Neil O'Connor from receiver to quarterback on offense, and bouncing UMass-bound athlete Jarell Addo around pretty much everywhere on both sides of the ball.

Palazzi has also found creative ways to utilize versatile athletes James Gurley, Mayson Williams and Jake Allain, while running everything from the spread option to the double wing in Leominster's unpredictable attack.


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Mike Abelson
ESPN Boston correspondent


Mr. Football: Johnny Aylward, Sr. QB, Tewksbury
He might not be the best overall player, but no one is more valuable to his team than he is for Tewksbury.

Finalists: Issac Yiadom, Doherty; Brendan Hill, Mansfield; Troy Flutie, Natick; Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South

Offensive Player of the Year: Troy Flutie, Natick
Defensive Player of the Year: Tom Rodrick, Leicester
Coach of the year: Tom Ryan, Methuen