Boston High School: Colin Moore

New England Gatorade Football Player of the Year winners

November, 29, 2012
The Gatorade Football Players of the Year across all 50 states were announced today. Here's a look at the winners from across New England:

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior running back and defensive back has led the Falcons to a 10-0 record and a berth in the Class L state quarterfinals against New Canaan High, scheduled for Nov. 28. At the time of his selection, Moore had rushed for 2,012 yards and 29 touchdowns on 243 carries. In the defensive secondary, the 2011 All-Pequot Uncas League First Team selection had recorded 21 tackles and an interception.

Moore has maintained a B average in the classroom. During the 2011 Halloween snowstorm, he volunteered as an electrician’s assistant to help restore power in the area. He has also donated his time as a peer mentor to intellectually and physically challenged students and also serves as a youth counselor.

“Colin Moore is a tremendous football player,” said Paul Philippon, head coach of Canton High. “He’s tough, consistent and relentless—he produces in every game. He could have played in any era.”

Moore remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Moore joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Football Players of the Year Casey Cochran (2011-12, 2010-11, Masuk High School), Kevin Pierre-Louis (2009-10, King Low Heywood Thomas), Mike Osiecki (2008-09, Seymour High School) and Alex Thomas (2007-08, Ansonia) among the state’s list of former award winners.

The 6-foot, 195-pound junior running back and safety led the Golden Trojans to an 11-1 record and the Class A state championship this past season. Libby rushed for 1,091 yards and 23 touchdowns on 182 carries, caught 17 passes for 190 yards and two scores and returned four punts for touchdowns, including one in the state title game win over Lawrence High. Libby also recorded 98 tackles, six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and forced a fumble.

Libby has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and food bank, and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research. Libby has also served as an area youth football and track coach.

“Andrew is the most important player on Thornton Academy’s senior-laden team,” said Matt Perkins, head coach of Windham High. “Their offense goes through him. On defense, he’s their free safety and allows them to over-play one side of the field because he will control the other side. He is one of the most dynamic players I’ve seen.”

Libby will begin his senior year of high school next fall.

Libby joins recent Gatorade Maine Football Players of the Year Louis DiTomasso (2011-12, Wells High School), Peter Gwilym (2010-11, Cheverus High School), Jack Mallis (2009-10, Windham), Jack Heary (2008-09, Deering High School) and Justin Villacci (2007-08, Gorham) among the state’s list of former award winners.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior running back and safety led the Blue Hawks to an 11-1 record and the Division I state title this past season. Grant rushed for 1,238 yards and 20 touchdowns on 173 carries and caught 12 passes for 217 yards and three scores. On defense, he recorded 47 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The 2011 New Hampshire Union Leader First Team All-State pick returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns this fall.

Grant has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit juvenile diabetes and breast cancer research. Grant has also donated his time as a youth baseball coach and on behalf of a literacy-outreach program.

“Tyler Grant is the main reason for Exeter’s success,” said Eric Brown, head coach of Concord High. “He truly stands out on both sides of the ball and special teams as well. Not only is he a physical talent, he is a very intelligent football player as well.”

Grant will attend Maine’s Bowdoin College next fall where he will play football.

Grant joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Football Players of the Year Jake Kiley (2011-12, New Hampton School), Max Jacques (2010-11, 2009-10, Salem High School), David Zocco (2008-09, Nashua High School South) and Billy Ferriter (2007-08, Nashua South) among the state’s list of former award winners.

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior quarterback has led the Rams to a 9-1 record and a berth in the Division I state semifinals against Portsmouth High, scheduled for Nov. 28. At the time of his selection, Francis had passed for 2,013 yards and 18 touchdowns, completing 110-of-181 attempts while throwing just two interceptions. A 2011 Providence Journal First Team All-State honoree, he rushed for 633 yards and nine touchdowns on 116 carries through 10 games.

Francis has maintained a B average in the classroom. A member of the La Salle Academy Debate Team, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a day care center, at a homeless shelter and as a youth football coach.

“With Anthony this year it is like having a young coach on the field,” said Geoff Marcone, head coach of La Salle Academy. “Anthony knows the offense so well we have given him authority to check in and out of plays. He is the guy that makes the call.”

Francis remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Francis joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Football Players of the Year Josh Morris (2011-12, La Salle Academy), Ben Willett (2010-11, Portsmouth High School), Mike Read (2009-10, Barrington), Dave D'Errico (2008-09, North Kingstown High School) and Bobby Bentsen (2007-08, Warwick Veterans) among the state’s list of former award winners.

The 6-foot-3, 272-pound senior offensive and defensive lineman led the Hurricanes to an 11-0 record and their third straight Division I state championship this past season. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Dulac compiled 26 pancake blocks for an offense that accumulated 4,056 rushing yards and averaged 37 points per game. He started 43 consecutive games and helped Hartford to 26 straight wins to close out his career.

Dulac has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom. An active member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and in association with Hurricane Irene relief efforts.

“Michael Dulac is not only the best lineman we have faced the last two seasons, he is also one of the best players Vermont has produced in the past 20 years,” said Sean Murphy, head coach at St. Johnsbury Academy. “He is big, strong and quick and looks like a man against boys when he plays.”

Dulac remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Dulac joins recent Gatorade Vermont Football Players of the Year Jake Stalcup (2011-12, Burr & Burton Academy), Christian McCormick (2010-11, Rice Memorial High School), Max Librizzi (2009-10, Essex), Mick Wong (2008-09, Hartford High School) and James Durham (2007-08, Spaulding) among the state’s list of former award winners.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

October, 24, 2012
The 50-point rule in Connecticut High School football became a topic of conversation again after Norwich Free Academy defeated Stamford 51-0 last Saturday.

ConnecticutWhen it was adopted in 2006, the rule called for an automatic one-game suspension for any head coach whose team won by 50 points or more, although the suspension could be appealed. The rule has been modified and now states that any victory by at least 50 points is reviewed by a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) panel, which would determine if a suspension is warranted.

NFA suspended its coach, Jemal Davis, for Saturday's game against Bacon Academy before the CIAC made a ruling.

“We strongly support all CIAC efforts to support sportsmanship,” NFA athletic director Gary Makowicki told the Norwich Bulletin. “There's a rule in place, we broke the rule and we're self-imposing the penalty.”

According to newspaper reports, NFA starters remained in the game after the team had a 42-0 lead in the fourth quarter. It was 49-0 with 3:25 to play when NFA blocked a Stamford punt that resulted in a safety that capped the scoring. The victory improved NFA's record to 6-0.

Stamford coach Bryan Hockter called Davis “classless” in postgame interviews.

“Something like that is going to come back to bite you,” Hockter told the Bulletin. “You just can't embarrass a team and I thought he was trying to embarrass us.”

Statewide leaders in football:

Passing (completions-attempts-yards-TDs)
Logan Marchi (St. Paul Cathlolic) 124-255-1,867-23; (Brad Westmark (Brookfield) 113-196-1,509-9; (Ackee Barber (New London) 80-152-1,425-19(; Jake Kasuba (Foran) 98-142-1,388-10(; Bryan Castelot (Bunnell) 77-166-1,366-10; (Malik Cummings (Masuk) 53-68-1,293-12; Brandon Basil (North Branford) 69-105-1,282-20(; Jordan Vazzano (St. Joseph) 72-133-1,120-14(; Antwan Byrd (Capital Prep/Classical Magnet) 50-76-1,110-13(; Robert Quinn Fleeting (Windsor) 69-95-1,095-13.

Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs)
Joe Pacheco (New Fairfield) 140-1,468-17; (Joseph Piatnik (Bethel) 172-1,153-14(; Jalon White (North Haven 121-1,142-17; (Colin Moore (Avon) 124-1,089-15(; Derrick Villard (Cromwell) 73-979-12; (Justin Potts (Platt) 111-954-13(; Cameron Tucker (Notre Dame-West Haven) 116-948-9(; Chris Young (Rocky Hill) 51-911-12; (DeAngelo Berry (Xavier) 100-890-20; (Jack Shaban (Barlow) 89-834-12.

Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs)
Justin Schaffer (Weston) 39-639-3; (Chris Caron (North Branford) 25-624-10(; Daija Fitzpatrick (St. Paul Catholic) 40-624-7(; Thomas Milone (Masuk) 21-592-8; (Devante Teel (Bunnell) 28-574-5(; Reid Morin (St. Paul Catholic) 28-549-9; (Nicholas Weissauer (Foran) 43-531-3(; Chris Vankamerik (Oxford) 28-510-6(; L.T. Nembard (Hall) 30-469-4; (Andrew Matos (Ansonia) 16-463-6.

Tackles (total)
Peter Serencsics (Bethel) 87; (Justin Cheverier (Valley Regional/Old Lyme) 83; (Cody Zaro (Trinity Catholic) 83; (Zachary Dombrowski (East Hampton/Vinal RVT) 80; (David Deleo (Trinity Catholic) 79; (Roekwan Holmes (Prince RVT) 77; (Shaq Rowe (Bullard-Havens) 72; (Brad Helmkamp (Simsbury) 71; (Cole Harris (New Canaan) 70(; Thomas Ullman (Granby Memorial) 70.

The CIAC has nominated 18 athletic programs for the Michael's Achievement Cup, which recognizes outstanding achievement in sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical-free initiatives and athletic achievement for the 2011-12 school year.

The following programs have were nominated:

Class LL: Fairfield Ludlow, Glastonbury.(Class L: Avon, Darien.(Class MM: Brookfield, Foran, Joel Barlow, Ledyard.(Class M: Haddam-Killingworth, Weston, Woodland.(Class SS: East Hampton, Northwest Catholic, Valley Regional.(Class S: Gilbert, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Wamogo, Westbrook.

One school from each class will be selected as a finalist for the award,which will be announced Nov. 15.

Farmington boys' soccer coach Steve Waters collected his 450th career victory when Farmington defeated Newington 3-1 last week.

Colin Cheeseman, Josh Moreno and Guido Shutz scored for Farmington in the victory.

Waters has a 450-72-40 record in 30 years as a head coach.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.