Boston High School: Anthony Scurto

All-ISL football team

November, 20, 2013
11/20/13
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The Independent School League today announced its All-ISL football team for this season

Coaches or league representatives, across all fall sports, are encouraged send their league All-Star lists to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) and Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com):

Belmont Hill
Evan Chaletzky, Jr. WR/K
Eric Gustafson, Sr. DB
Harry Kraft, Jr. QB
Joe LaLiberte, Sr. OL
Greg Plumb, Sr. RB

Brooks
Chris Cervizzi, Jr. RB
Geoff Fulgione, Sr. LB
Andrew Konovalchik, Sr. DB

BB&N
Patrick Champagnie, Sr. DB
Frankie Williams, Sr. RB
Dante Papas, Sr. LB
Matt Bonazzolli, Sr. RB
Connor Coady, Sr. OG
Mike McCaffrey, Sr. WR

Governor's Academy
Jesse Gwozdz, Sr. RB
Bug Carper, Sr. LB
Mark Hoffman, Sr. OL
James Leary, Sr. OL
Tyler Harrington, Jr. OL
Brandon Lopez, Jr. RB
Tommy Vailas, Sr. QB

Groton
Austin Stern, Sr. LB
John Beatty, Soph. RB

Lawrence Academy
Andrew Crane, Sr. DL
Kyle Howes, Sr. FS
Chris Garrison, Jr. WR
Austin Luckey, Jr. FB
Rocco Daigneault, Sr. LB

Middlesex School
Hasani Figueroa, Sr. RB
Charlie Owen, Sr. LB
George Morris, Jr. LB
Sam Carlin, Jr. LB

Milton Academy
Drew Jacobs, Sr. RB
Anthony Scurto, Sr. QB
Matt Morin, Sr. LB
Bobby Gilmore, Jr. OL
Peter Graves, Sr. DL
Luke MacDonald, Sr. LB
Justin Yoon, Jr. K

Noble & Greenough
Alex Beach, Sr. DL
Ryan Vultaggio, Sr. QB
John McCarthy, Sr. DB
Martin Williams, Soph. DT
John Keally, Sr. LB
Teddy Strzetelski, Jr. DE

Roxbuty Latin
Mark Goldstein, Sr. OL
Duncan Finigan, Sr. OL
Sean Lowrie, Jr. WR
Kevin Cohee, Sr. TE

St. George's
Sage Hill, Sr. RB
Jonathan Lumley, Jr. WR

St. Paul's
David Smith, Sr. WR
John Bews, Jr. TE
Colin Sequiera, Sr. QB

St. Sebastian's
Connor Strachan, Sr. LB
Dan Fulham, Sr. DE
Will Kenny, Sr. OL
Joe Kearney, Sr. DB
John McNamara, Sr. DL

Thayer Academy
Quentin Hall, Sr. OL
Jack Becker, Sr. QB

Recap: Milton Academy 38, Lawrence Academy 20

October, 5, 2013
10/05/13
10:03
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Milton, Mass. -- It can now be said that Milton Academy belongs in the conversation.

When the pundits started the discussion as to which teams were the front-runners in the ISL during the preseason, few, if any, spoke of the Mustangs. Following a pedestrian 5-3 season a year ago, that was to be expected.

But three weeks into the regular season and lo-and-behold Milton Academy sits atop the league standings at 3-0, following tonight's 38-20 triumph over Lawrence Academy at Stokinger Field. In just three weeks, the Mustangs have already attained signature wins over two of the ISL power programs in St. Sebastian's and Lawrence Academy.

"As a team we knew we had the potential to be a good team," said Milton Academy senior running back Drew Jacobs. "We all worked very hard during the summer and believed in ourselves. We used the newspapers not saying much about us as motivation."

Jacobs, who is listed at 5-10,190 pounds, proved to be the catalyst behind this victory. The Marblehead native tore through the Spartans defense for 175 yards on 25 carries, finding the end zone three times.

It was his 22-yard gallop with 9:26 remaining in the third quarter which finally set the gears in motion, as it put the Mustangs, which finished with 356 yards offensively, ahead 17-7. But to Lawrence Academy's credit, it did not go down without a fight.

Minutes after the Jacobs' score, Spartan defensive back Tim Preston stepped in front of a Anthony Scurto pass and returned it 48 yards helping set up a 20-yard scoring strike from Kyle Howes to Chris Garrison and slicing the deficit to 17-14.

But the Spartans failed in their opportunity to seize the moment. On its next possession, Milton Academy drove 62 yards before Jacobs barreled in from 10 yards out to open the final quarter to push the Mustangs' advantage to 24-14. Once again, the Spartans (1-2) stormed back. After Austin Luckey secured a Scurto fumble, Lawrence Academy turned that into points as freshman A.J. Dillon scored on a 4-yard run to make it a 24-20 contest with 6:46 on the clock.

Despite their efforts to hang with Milton Academy, the Spartans defense failed to come up with a big play when they needed to. On the Mustangs' ensuing possession, Scurto, who finished with 123 yards on 8-of-10 passing, found receiver John Cahill for a key 38-yard reception on third-and-11. Jacobs, who finished with 175 yards on 25 attempts, busted up the middle for 24 yards, setting up his own 1-yard keeper over the goal line with 2:40 showing and increased Milton Academy's lead to 31-20.

"Drew is just a great football player and he's all football," said Milton Academy head coach and recently-inducted Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall-of-Famer Kevin MacDonald. "He's just a great football player."

Now in desperation mode, the Spartans needed to rectify their passing game in a hurry.

It seemed to be effective once Howe connected with Preston on a 60-yard pitch-and-catch, moving the ball to the Mustangs' 25. But on the next play, Howe (11-of-25 passing for 152 yards) was picked off by Cahill, who returned it 78 yards untouched to advance Milton Academy's margin to 18 points with just over a minute remaining, and, in the process, close the book on Lawrence Academy, which gained 261 yards.

"Our goal is to get better every week and I think we are," MacDonald said. "We need to get over a few things. We seem to come out at the beginning of games and don't play much defense and then later in the game we start to tighten things up. We need to smarten up and play defense right off the bat. We have good resiliency and we don't quit so I do like that about our team. I don't think we'll ever give up. We're always going to be a good offensive team but sometimes we don't play the type of defense I would like to see us play."

That defense was nowhere to be found early. On their first possession, the Spartans grabbed the early lead. Following a Mustangs’ fumble on their opening drive, Lawrence Academy marched 65 yards before Dillon (60 yards on 17 carries) capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run. Unable to sustain any momentum in the early going, Milton Academy finally settled for a Justin Yoon 48-yard field goal midway into the second quarter to make it 7-3.

A few minutes later, senior linebacker Matt Morin pounced on a Howes’ fumble giving the Mustangs the ball at the Spartans’ 33. That would eventually lead to a Scurto 3-yard touchdown run to put Milton Academy in front, 10-7, with just 27 seconds to go before halftime. Fortunate to take the lead heading into the break, Milton Academy was able to parlay its momentum off of that late score into 28 second half points and roll on to victory.

"Our kids played OK but we're not a very good tackling team right now," Lawrence Academy head coach Paul Zukauskas said. "Today that was the difference. We have some very good players on our team but they didn't tackle well. Both teams worked really hard but for us, it comes down to blocking and tackling and tonight that was the difference."

Recap: Governor's 29, Milton Acad. 10

November, 4, 2011
11/04/11
11:44
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BYFIELD, Mass.- It wasn’t always pretty and it wasn’t always easy, but Governor’s Academy kept its hopes for an undefeated season alive Friday with a 29-10 victory over Milton Academy.

Governor’s Academy (7-0) started the game slow, failing to convert a 4th-and-5 from midfield. That gave Milton (3-4) good field position, and it took full advantage by driving down the field and converting a field goal to give them an early lead.

On the Govs next possession, it drove down inside the redzone, but the drive was stopped when quarterback Tate Jozokos was intercepted around the goal line, giving the momentum back to Milton.

The Govs swung the momentum back in their direction when they sacked Milton quarterback Anthony Scurto in the endzone for a safety.

Governor’s Academy finally got in the endzone when Jozokos capped off a five-minute drive late in the second quarter with a quarterback sneak to give his team an 8-3 lead. He redeemed his interception with 5 seconds remaining in the quarter when he took the ball from under center, ran a sweep to the left, and took it 35 yards down the sideline to put his team up two scores going into halftime.

“We only had 5 seconds and someone said, ‘Let’s throw the Hail Mary,’ and I said, ‘Ya know what? They’re going to be playing deep, and we have such a great running quarterback, I said if we just get around the corner with some blocks, he might take it in,” said Governor’s Academy coach Jim O’Leary. “He made a great move to get to the pylon and it was just huge, huge momentum for us. A big, big play.”

Milton was able to take advantage of a sluggish second half start by the Govs and drove down the field in 3 minutes for a touchdown. It appeared the tide might be turning when Milton picked off Jozokos again later in the quarter. However, Drew Jacobs fumbled on the first Milton offensive play after the fumble, giving the ball right back to Governor’s Academy.

They drove down the field and put the metaphorical exclamation point on the game with Jozokos’ third rushing touchdown of the afternoon.

Running back Elijah Morrissey contributed heavily on the ground for the Govs with 20 carries for 87 yards. Jozokos finished with 18 carries for 97 yards and the three touchdowns.

-- Governor’s Academy was dominant with both its run game and defense Friday. Jozokos only attempted seven passes through the air, two of which were intercepted. While those two interceptions killed scoring opportunities, he knew he had to keep his head in the game. “Those set me back a little bit, but I knew I still had to lead the team,” he said. “As QB, you have to lead your team, so I was able to put them behind me with the support of my team. They told me I still got it, so with my team’s support, I knew I could bounce back.”

-- With the inclement weekend weather effecting much of Massachusetts into the early parts of the week, many schools were without power, which forced cancellations. Jozokos felt that those days away from school and ultimately, the practice field, may have contributed to the Govs sluggish start Friday. “With the power outage, we really only had one full practice and then a walk-through,” he said. “With those two days off, our guys weren’t really into it, so we didn’t get into the emotion and the momentum going into this game. I think it took us a little bit to get into the game. I think not having a full week of practice was the main reason we didn’t come out so hot.”

-- With the victory, the Govs are set for a showdown next weekend with also undefeated Belmont Hill. The winner of that game will stand alone atop the Independent School League at the end of the regular season. The gravity of the game is not lost on the players, nor the coaches. “You try not to look ahead each week, we play one game at a time, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” said O’Leary. “We’re looking forward to it. It’s here, but I’m sure these guys will come to play. It’s a tough challenge for us, this year Belmont Hill was picked to be the best, they came through undefeated, so it’s going to be a showdown, but that’s what we’ve been waiting for.”

“Obviously Belmont Hill is an unbelievable team,” said Jozokos. “It’s definitely going to be a big matchup. We’ve been looking forward to it all season long. We know we have to come ready to play from the first snap, so we’ll get ready this week because it’s a big game for the Super Bowl, so we’ll be ready for a dogfight.”

GOVERNORS ACADEMY 29, MILTON ACADEMY 10
GOV (7-0) - 2 12 7 8 -- 29
MILTON (3-4) - 3 0 7 0 -- 10


1st quarter
M - Justin Yoon 46-yard field goal
G - Safety

2nd quarter
G - Tate Jozokos 2-yard run (2-point conversion failed)
G - Jozokos 35-yard run (2-pt conversion failed)

3rd quarter
M - Drew Jacobs 12-yard run (Yoon kick good)
G - Jozokos 1-yard run (Colin Smith kick good)

4th quarter
G - Samuel Davis 6-yard run (2-point conversion good)

Recap: Belmont Hill 10, Milton Academy 3

October, 29, 2011
10/29/11
7:38
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MILTON, Mass. -- Oftentimes bad weather football games are decided by intangibles; things such as ball control can be the difference between wins and losses.

Belmont Hill didn’t necessarily adhere to that credo of protecting the ball for long stretches of Saturday’s game played in monsoon rains at Milton Academy, but the Hillies held onto the ball when it mattered most in a clock-killing fourth-quarter drive.

The Hillies ran their record to 6-0 with a 10-3 victory over the Mustangs, but Belmont Hill head coach Kevin Fleming was still felt unfulfilled.

“I’d like to see us put in a true four-quarter effort,” said Fleming, who’s in his last season at the Hillies’ helm after 21 years. “I don’t think we’ve really put a complete game together yet.”

Belmont Hill fumbled five times losing four during the first half.

Milton Academy (3-3) took the first lead of the game with freshman Justin Yoon’s 40-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. That lead didn’t last long however, as the Hillies responded scoring the only touchdown of the contest on a 50-yard connection from Connor Murphy to Matt Gustafson minutes later.

“They were running a Cover-3, so we came out with the four [verticals], Coach [Curt] Oberg called that one,” Murphy said. “I saw the safety shift off to the right side and I hit him wide open. I don’t think he had to break a tackle and got in the end zone. That was a huge momentum shift for us, obviously.”

The Hillies added to their lead on George McLaughlin’s 23-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter.

COMING OUT STRONG
Belmont Hill’s lackadaisical start Saturday resembled that of their season opener at BB&N.

Thankfully, for the Hillies, both of those mud bowl games resulted in victories, but it’s a trend Murphy’s looking to correct.

“In the BB&N game we came out flat again and we came out in the second half and won and it was the same today. We just believe in our defense. They held them to three points today. Our defense has been great and our offense finds a way to get into the end zone. “

FINISHING STRONG
For all the ball control problems the Hillies had early on, equally as impressive was their ability to hang onto the ball during their game-sealing drive to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.

With under three minutes remaining, the Hillies forced a turnover on downs after Mustangs quarterback Anthony Scurto’s rush on fourth and five came up half a yard short. Taking over on their own 8-yard line, Belmont Hill pounded the ball behind running back George McLaughlin, exhausting all of the Mustang’s timeouts and bleeding the clock dry.

And it all came down to the Hillies’ ability to control the line of scrimmage.

“We have two senior captains on the left side, with Parker [Mundt] and [Robert] Perdoni, they’ve been great,” Murphy said. “Our fullback Goose [Gustafson] has been opening holes up for George [McLaughlin] and obviously he’s run the ball great and he came up huge for us on that last drive.”

Milton Acad. (3-3) 0 3 0 0 -- 3
Belmont Hill (6-0) 0 7 3 0 -- 10

2nd quarter
M – Justin Yoon 40-yard field goal
BH – Matt Gustafson 50-yard pass from Connor Murphy (George McLaughlin kick)

3rd quarter
BH – McLaughlin 23-yard field goal

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