WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- It is never an easy task to replace one of the most decorated signal callers in school history. Mackay Lowrie was named the Independent School League MVP, was a three-time First Team NEPSAC All-New England selection, NEPSAC Division C Player of the Year, a "Super 26" All-State team selection, a Massachusetts All-State selection, and the holder of the ISL record for most touchdowns in a season with 35.
Lowrie left big shoes to fill as the three-year starter and current Boston College Eagle graduated from Roxbury Latin with over 5,600 passing yards, 1,600 rushing yards, and 75 total touchdowns.
Next in line to take the reign at Roxbury Latin is 6-foot-2 junior Pete Cahill. A Dorchester native, Cahill won the job in camp after some fierce competition at the position.
“Our stability with Mackay Lowrie, over the last three years at the QB position, has moved on,” Ross said. “We had three guys battling for the job all camp and Pete (Cahill) earned the job.”
Cahill, who Ross describes as dual-threat quarterback who can get out on the edge and make plays, will have the luxury of some veteran returning offensive weapons, led by junior wide receiver Sean Lowrie.
Despite graduating leading receiver Sean Myers (Bentley), RL returns Lowrie’s younger brother Sean, who had a breakout season in 2012, featuring a monster 14 catch, 170-yard and four touchdown game in a 34-33 win over Thayer.
“Fortunately we are returning the entire offensive line as well as three-quarters of the receiving corps with a year of experience under their belts,” Ross said. “We may not be the biggest group up front but the boys have a great understanding of our offensive concepts and look forward to compete in every game.”
Boston College commit Kevin Cohee also returns at the tight end position and will be counted on to lead the defense once again this season. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Cohee has developed over the course of his years at Roxbury Latin and is primed to make some big noise this season.
“We plan on moving him around more on defense this year as teams are going to want to run away from him,” Ross said of his starting linebacker. “Another thing about Kevin is the fact that he is such an easy going kid, He is two-year captain and he definitely leads by example. He is the first in weight room, he is always on field doing extra work before and after practice and his leadership skills have improved so much that people are now listening to him and taking him very serious. He has instilled a business-like atmosphere with the team.”
RL also returns hard-hitting playmaker Scott Frankenthaler. Frankenthaler, a Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit, should provide another veteran presence on a defense that Ross thinks could be a team strength this season.
“Defensively we will be fast and athletic. Our philosophy will be to create turnovers and hopefully be opportunistic so our offense can work with shorts fields.”
Special teams is also a weapon that cannot be forgotten as RL features one of the top kickers/punters in the area in senior John Baron. Baron adds a weapon that not many teams can boast.
“Johnny has a great leg and has been with us since a sophomore year,” Ross said. “He has not had a lot of chances as Mackay Lowrie would complete a lot of drives with touchdowns, but I see us giving him more opportunities this year. He has good leg, is strong from 40-yards in and he can nail the long one as well. He also has the ability to flip fields on us as he does a great job executing our directional kicking game.”
ROXBURY LATIN AT A GLANCE
Coach: Patrick Ross (5th season, 20-12)
Returning Starters: Kevin Cohee, Sr. TE/ OLB, 6-3, 245 lbs.; Mark Goldstein, Sr. T/ MLB, 6-0, 215 lbs.; Duncan Finigan, Sr. T/ DE, 6-1, 210 lbs.; Jimmy Joyce, Sr. G/NG, 5-10, 200 lbs.; Scott Frankenthaler, Sr. G/ DE, 6-0, 215 lbs.; John Thomsen, Jr. C/NG, 5-10 lbs,; Christian Hasiotis, Sr. RB/S, 5-10 175 lbs.; Tevin Barros, Sr. RB/S, 5-9, 160 lbs.; Sean Lowrie, Jr. WR/ CB, 6-3, 195 lbs.; Alex Abelite, Jr. FB/ ILB, 6-2 225 lbs.
Other Key Returnees: Steven Daley, Jr. WR/TE/ DE 6-3, 205,; Drew Dodakian, Sr. WR/CB, 5-10, 170 lbs.; Luke Roberts, Sr. WR/ CB, 6-0, 185 lbs.; Peter Cahill, Jr. QB, 6-2, 200 lbs.; Darrio Zarrabian , Jr. WR/ S, 5-11, 165 lbs.; Nate Downes, Jr. 5-11, G/NG, 215 lbs.; G/ NG, Sean Rose, Jr. T, 6-2, 210 lbs.; John Driscoll, Sr. FB/LB, 5-11, 200 lbs.; Devin Rosen, Jr. OLB, 6-0, 195 lbs.; Jonah Deykin, Jr. G/T, 5-10, 175 lbs.; Anthony Giordano, Jr. G/NG, 5-10, 190 lbs.; Alan Balson Jr. T/OLB, 5-10,; Ronan O’Toole, Jr. QB/ S, 5-8, 150 lbs.; Martin Buckley, Jr. WR/S, 5-10, 155 lbs.
Strengths: Offensive Line, WRs, Team Speed on Defense.
Weaknesses: Quarterback experience.
Outlook: Cohee anchors a defense that returns featured veterans Frankenthaler, Lowrie, and Goldtein. Lowrie and Cohee will provide Cahill with two veteran options in the RL offensive attack. Three players to keep an eye out for this year, according to Ross, are seniors Drew Dodakian, Luke Roberts and junior Steven Daley. Daley possesses great hands according to Ross, and will be counted on to step in and produce right away. “I believe that the top dogs of the ISL will be strong as always, St Seb’s, Gov’s, BB&N, Milton & Belmont Hill with Lawrence Academy being a team to watch out for,” Ross said. “I also think that there are several well coached, hungry teams that are looking to upset the status quo and compete for the title.” With the balance of the ISL Ross also mentioned that, “I see the schedule filled with exciting, hard fought, close games that will be settled in the final minutes from one week to the next. Every game in the ISL is a battle between competitive teams, who all respect each other in between the lines.”