Boston High School: Don Webber

MHSFCA unveils 'Super 26' All-State Team

December, 29, 2011
The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches' Association unveiled its annual "Super 26" All-State Team today. Those honored will be presented this spring at Lantana's Restaurant, in Randolph.

Below are the selections. Italicized names indicate they were also a selection to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team.


Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett
Cam McLevedge, Weymouth
Matt Montalto, Dennis-Yarmouth

Armani Reeves, Catholic Memorial
Don Webber, Duxbury

Offensive Line
Brendan Melanson, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Dan McCourt, Pembroke
Jameson McShea, BC High
Andrew VanderWilden, Concord-Carlisle
Chad Woodfine, Chicopee

Running Back
Sacoy Malone, Springfield Central
Quinton Perkins, Fitchburg
Melquawn Pickney, Springfield Putnam


Defensive Line/Linebacker
Henry Bumpus, Concord-Carlisle
Nick DiChiara, BB&N
Tim Joy, Chelmsford
Vondell Langston, Everett
Max Randall, Duxbury
Zack Schafer, Mansfield
Nick Schlatz, Bridgewater-Raynham
Will Twyman, Lincoln-Sudbury
Camren Williams, Catholic Memorial

Todd Collier, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Jack Connolly, St. Sebastian’s
Joe Epps, Bourne
Charles Ruffin, King Philip

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

December, 6, 2011
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
Statistically the state’s best all-time quarterback, the ESPN Boston Mr. Football recipient finishes his storied career in Everett as the state’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (103) and passing yards (7,052). This season he broke his own state single-season record for TD passes (44), and threw for over 2,800 yards. In the last two seasons alone, both perfect Super Bowl-winning campaigns, he threw for 87 touchdown passes to better the previous state all-time mark of 85. DiBiaso is undecided on college plans.

QB – Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
In his first season as the full-time starter under center, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was a finalist for ESPN Boston’s Mr. Football award. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder totaled nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage, throwing for 2,321 yards, rushing for another 670, and totaling 39 scores. O’Keefe, a defender for the defending Division 1 state champion Dragons, is currently ranked as the No. 32 overall lacrosse player in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU.

QB – Matt Montalto, Sr., Dennis-Yarmouth
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder led the Dolphins to their best season in school history, finishing a perfect 13-0 campaign by winning the Division 2A Super Bowl title – their first championship of any kind in the Super Bowl era. For the season he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,065 yards and 25 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also carried 134 times for 1,219 yards and 16 more scores. Montalto is fielding various college interest, including, New Hampshire, Albany, Colgate, Brown, Sacred Heart and Bentley.

QB – Michael Walsh, Sr., Swampscott
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was a force on both sides of the ball for the 9-2 Big Blue, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,129 yards and 25 touchdowns to go along with 930 rushing yards and 13 more scores. Defensively, he totaled 47 tackles from the free safety position, forcing three fumbles and making two interceptions. Walsh will continue his career next fall at Brown as a safety.

RB – Melquawn Pinkney, Sr., Springfield Putnam
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Mr. Football finalist ended his career with the Beavers in record-breaking fashion. With 341 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 48-6 win over Commerce for the Division 2 Super Bowl title, Pinkney broek Cedric Washington’s 15-year-old state all-time record for single-season yardage (2,889), and set the new state single-season mark for rushing touchdowns (43). Earlier in the season, Pinkney set a Western Mass single-game record with 421 rushing yards in a win over Agawam. For the season, he averaged 8.4 yards a carry. Pinkney is currently undecided on college plans.

RB – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
Both Malone and his cross-town foil Pinkney eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark on the season, as the Eagles returned to the Western Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl for the second straight year. On the season, Malone had 257 carries for 2,001 yards and 22 touchdowns; since the start of the 2010 season, he’s accumulated over 3,200 yards and 35 touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Malone is currently fielding interest from several Division 1 FCS schools.

RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Craan, the reigning Dual County League MVP, was the catalyst for the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl-winning season. He followed up a 1,900-yard junior season with just as explosive numbers in 2011, carrying 220 times for 1,761 yards and 24 touchdowns, as the Patriots went 13-0. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Craan is currently undecided on college plans.

RB – Charles Ruffin, Sr., King Philip
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is the second Warrior in four seasons to capture Hockomock League Offensive Player of the Year honors. On the season he amassed over 1,300 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, and led the Warriors to their first postseason berth of the Super Bowl era. Ruffin, who also stars in lacrosse and track and field, is currently fielding interest from several Division 1 schools.

TE – Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
One of several All-Staters previously known most for their lacrosse exploits, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was a force to be reckoned with for the 9-4 Rockets. Utilized as both a receiver and tight end, Riley caught 72 balls for 1,266 yards and a school record 15 touchdowns. He is currently undecided on college plans, but fielding Division 1 interest in lacrosse.

TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Temple commit didn’t put up eye-opening numbers in the passing game, but his support in the running game was without peer as he helped paved the way for both Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe. As a defensive end, he recorded 68 tackles (12 for loss) and was named the Catholic Conference’s Lineman of the Year.

WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
One of the state’s best deep-ball threats, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder tallied 936 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns for the 9-2 Wildcats this fall. Since the start of his junior season, Bailey-Smith has caught over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is also a state champion in track and field, having cleared 6-foot-10 in the high jump. Bailey-Smith is fielding interest from Division 1 schools.

WR – Gordon McLeod, Sr., BC High
One of the most versatile threats on the Eagles’ Division 1 Super Bowl champion squad, McLeod was one of the leading receivers in Eastern Mass., with 755 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns as they captured their second title in four seasons.

WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
Considered one of the state’s best route-runners, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was the 13-0 Dragons’ most dangerous weapon in space. Webber led the team with 52 receptions for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns, as the Dragons won a second consecutive Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium and extended the state’s longest winning streak to 26 games. Webber is leaning towards the Ivy League for college plans.

WR – Malcolm Brown, Sr., Pope John XXIII
Statistically, the 6-foot-1 Brown graduates from the Everett campus as one of the state’s most decorated receivers of all-time. This fall he caught 71 passes to set school records of 1,306 yards and 20 touchdowns, both tops in the state. He also racked up 918 return yards and three touchdowns, ran for 328 yards, and threw for another 267. Defensively, he recorded 65 tackles (10 for loss) and three interceptions, including a pick-six. For his career, he has 192 receptions for 3,447 yards and 44 touchdowns, and 56 total scores. Brown currently has interest from schools in the Northeast-10 and MEAC conferences.

OL – Andrew VanderWilden, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
At 6-foot and 245 pounds, VanderWilden was arguably one of the most efficient pound-for-pound centers in the state. He led a Patriots rushing attack that racked up 53 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards the ground, part of one of the state’s highest scoring averages (35.4). VanderWilden, a two-time Dual County League Lineman of the Year, will continue his career at Brown next fall.

OL – Keith Sullivan, Sr., Oliver Ames
The 6-foot-9, 300-pounder was arguably the most crucial two-way player for the Tigers’ historic run, winning their first Hockomock title since 1964 and qualifying for their first championship game of the Super Bowl era. Sullivan is currently undecided on college plans, but fielding Division 1 interest.

OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
DiBiaso’s blind side is quickly rising as one of New England’s top Class of 2013 prospects. The last two seasons the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has allowed DiBiaso to throw 87 touchdown passes and keep his jersey clean. Montelus received four offers before his 16th birthday this fall, and counts UConn, Syracuse, NC State, Virginia and Boston College.

OL – Gordon Acha, Sr., Duxbury
Acha, the Dragons’ left tackle, was named ESPN Boston’s inaugural Lineman of the Year this week after helping pave the way to a second straight 13-0 season. The Dragons averaged 302 yards of offense and had 36 touchdown passes. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Acha is currently fielding interest from Division 1 schools, including Boston College and Maryland.

OL – Rob Kosharek, Jr., Duxbury
Together with Acha, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Kosharek created one of the state’s best tandems on the left side of the 13-0 Dragons’ line. Behind Kosharek at left guard, the Dragons won their second straight Division 2 Super Bowl title and rang their winning streak up to a state-best 26 games.

ATH – Geeavontie Griffith, Sr., Boston Cathedral
The 12-1 Panthers experienced one of the state’s most dramatic turnarounds under first-year head coach Duane Sigsbury, and leading the charges was Griffith. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Randolph native carried 152 times for 2,244 yards and 29 touchdowns, as the Panthers advanced to the Division 4A Super Bowl. He is currently undecided on college plans.

ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Don’t let the Mr. Football finalist’s limited touches fool you. Reeves, a Penn State commit and the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, was electric practically every time he touched the ball. He ran for 1,001 yards on just 46 touches, caught another 205, and returned a punt for a touchdown to total 15 scores for the 7-2 Knights. That averages out to almost a touchdown every three touches.

K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian
Murphy has been known to regularly hit from 40 yards and further, and while he didn’t have many opportunities this season, he was a near-perfect 27-of-28 on extra points. Murphy is undecided on college plans.

DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was a mainstay of the Crimson Tide's back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams and a defense that allowed just over 12 points per game this season. Jonathas has received interest from multiple Division 1 programs, but is undecided on college plans.

DL – Brendan Battles, Sr., Nauset
At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, the UConn commit was one of the most feared defensive presences in the state. But the bruising lineman also did double time, serving as the play-caller in Nauset's single wing offense, paving the way as the lead blocker out of the backfield. Battles also won the Division 1 and All-State wrestling crowns in the 215-pound divsion, advancing to the New England finals.

DL – Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr., Xaverian
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle was a physical presence in the middle of the Hawks defense. Hurst finished the season with 61 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Hurst also showed off his athleticism in one of the more improbable performances of the season, rushing for over 200 yards in the Hawks' win over St. John's of Shrewsbury, including an awe-inspiring 75-yard touchdown run.

DL – Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
The 6-foot-6, 218-pound defensive end was one of the more imposing physical presences in the state, as well as an important part of C-C's rushing attack at tight end. The senior captain helped to guide the Patriots to a Division 3 Super Bowl championship. A feared rusher off the edge, Bumpus finished with 9.5 sacks and 66 tackles. He also nabbed four interceptions on the season. Bumpus will attend Brown University next year.

LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
The Boston College-bound 'backer was the heart and soul of the Lions defense, leading the team with 155 tackles, including eight for a loss and three sacks. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder also had an interception in addition to three passes defensed. Joy was also a steady contributor to Chelmsford's offense, as a punishing lead blocker at full back in front of running back Eddie Sheridan.

LB – Luke Catarius, Jr., BC High
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder lead the Eagles in tackles, despite playing 10 regular season games with 129 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss. Catarius was also a mainstay of BC High's offense, providing lead blocks at fullback in front of Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe for the Division 1 Super Bowl champions.

LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
The Crimson Tide senior captain was an integral part of Everett's offensive and defensive units in each of their back-to-back Super Bowl championship seasons. As a linebacker, Langston was tough against the ran and a threat to drop back in coverage, coming away with three interceptions on the season. Langston tallied 15 touchdowns on the season at running back. He is undecided on his college choice.

LB – Cam Williams, Sr., Catholic Memorial
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker was named one of 50 national finalists for the high school Butkus Award, honoring the nation's top linebacker. The Penn State commit totaled 119 tackles (81 solo), including 18 tackles for loss. Wiliams was also effective in pass defense with an interception and seven passes defensed.

LB – Nick Schlatz, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
The Trojans' senior captain was part of a dynamic 1-2 punch at running back along with Brandon Morin, totaling nine touchdowns. Schlatz was the fulcrum of Bridgewater-Raynham's defense, which allowed just under 14 points per game this season.

LB – Dan Flink, Sr., Auburn
Flink was the heart of the Rockets' defense, which surrendered just over 10 points per game this season. He totaled 141 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss, along with seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and eight sacks. Flink played running back with the same mentality he brought to his play at linebacker with 1,393 yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior season. The three-year starter was part of four Super Bowl championship teams at Auburn and is looking to study at Mass Maritime Academy next year.

DB – James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
The senior captain was a stalwart in the Dragons' defense in their back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The 6-foot, 165-pounder formed a vicious safety duo along with Reilly Naton and led the secondary with 76 total tackles (50 solo) and had three interceptions with nine passes defensed. Also a standout on Duxbury's state-title winning lacrosse team, Burke has signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Penn State.

DB – Quinton Perkins, Sr., Fitchburg
The 6-foot, 170-pound wideout and safety was one of the most dynamic talents in the state, nevermind Central Mass. Perkins, who holds offers from UConn and UMass-Amherst, tallied 35 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He racked up 20 total touchdowns with 10 rushing, nine passing and a kickoff return. Perkins also racked up over 1,300 all-purpose offensive yards. He also racked up 200 all-purpose offensive yards and three touchdowns in the Red Raiders' playoff loss to Leominster.

DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
The University of New Hampshire commit was one of the most electrifying offensive talents in the state this year, but also played lock-down corner for the Vikings. DeAndrade tallied one interception in his senior season to push his career total to 11, a testament to opponents' weariness in throwing in his direction. The multi-talented athlete tallied 22 touchdowns with nearly 1,400 all-purpose offensive yards.

DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
The UConn commit was a big-play threat on both sides of the football for Grafton, leading the Indians with three interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder also ran for nearly 1,400 yards in a shortened season along with 17 touchdowns.

RET – Chucky Ortiz, Sr. Woburn
Ortiz was a jack of all trades while taking MVP honors of the Middlesex League Large division. In racking up 24 touchdowns, Ortiz tallied two pick-sixes, and a pair punt returns and kick returns for scores. Ortiz had six interceptions on defense while finishing a shade under 1,200 rushing yards. He also handled place kicking duties for the Tanners, connecting on 15 PATs and one field goal.

Best of the Rest
A.J. Baker, Sr. WR, Swampscott
Dan Barone, Sr. QB, Holliston
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills
Kenny Calaj, Jr. WR, Everett
Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover
Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick
Aaron Dyke, Jr. OL, Auburn
Andrew Ellis, Jr. LB, Barnstable
Joe Epps, Sr. RB, Bourne
Theo France, Sr. RB, Barnstable
Brett Harrington, Sr. DL, Chelmsford
Jack Harris, Sr. TE, Lincoln-Sudbury
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth
Jordan Keli'inui, Sr. RB, Mashpee
Thomas Kleyn, Sr. LB, Concord-Carlisle
Zack Hume, Jr. LB, Nashoba
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth
Reilly Naton, Sr. S, Duxbury
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
Mike Prendeville, Sr. OG, BC High
Will Quigley, Sr. RB, Marblehead
Deontae Ramey-Doe, Sr. RB, BC High
Max Randall, Sr. LB, Duxbury
Zack Schafer, Sr. LB, Mansfield
Eddie Sheridan, Sr. RB, Chelmsford
Jarod Taylor, Jr. RB, Mashpee
Shawn Whouley, Sr. WR, Weymouth

Recap: Duxbury 35, Tewksbury 0

December, 3, 2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was no drama in Saturday's Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Super Bowl.

Duxbury entered the contest as a heavy favorite against Tewksbury, and seized control early. The Dragons built a 28-point first-half lead and posted a comfortable 35-0 victory.

Duxbury received three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt O'Keefe and two touchdown runs from Jon Hurvitz. O'Keefe, a senior, completed 8 of 18 passes for 135 yards in the victory, and finished the season with 35 touchdown passes.

“I couldn't be more happy right now,” O'Keefe said. “It's just nice to have receivers out there who are incredibly athletic, and our line played awesome. We were firing on all cylinders, so it was just a lot of fun.”

Duxbury completed the season with a 13-0 record and extended the program's winning streak to 26 games.

“We always want to start fast,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We were able to do that today. The defense was able to cause a couple turnovers as well. It was a huge start to the game.”

Duxbury turned each of Tewksbury's three first-half turnovers into touchdowns. After an interception on Tewksbury's opening possession handed Duxbury the ball on Tewksbury's 29-yard line, Hurvitz opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run six plays later.

The Dragons doubled their lead when O'Keefe hooked up with Reilly Naton for a 36-yard touchdown pass, and then fumbles set up Duxbury's two other first-half touchdowns.

Tewksbury quarterback Kevin Saunders fumbled while being sacked and Duxbury recovered on the Tewksbury 24. Hurvitz cashed in on that opportunity when he scored on a 2-yard run.

Duxbury's final TD in the half came on a 7-yard pass from O'Keefe to Don Webber with 39 seconds to play. That scoring drive took three plays and 21 seconds after the Redmen fumbled on their own 9. It was Webber's 11th touchdown catch of the season.

“If there was one team in the Super Bowls that nobody wanted to play it was Duxbury,” Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward said. “They showed why. They're very good. They're tough.”

Duxbury's final touchdown came on a 27-yard pass from O'Keefe to James Burke with 2:58 remaining.

Tewksbury completed its season with a 7-6 record. The Redmen have played in five other Super Bowls: 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

“We knew we were gonna be up against it,” Aylward said. “These guys have a lot to be proud of. Tonight wasn't our night.”

Doing it with defense: Duxbury's offense, which entered the game averaging 34.7 points per game, may have received most of the media attention this season, but the Dragons have played some stingy defense as well.

Duxbury allowed an average of 6.7 points per game through its first 11 contests, and posted its sixth shutout of the season Saturday. Ten of Duxbury's 13 opponents failed to score more than seven points, and the Dragons allowed 27 points in their last eight games.

“I can't talk enough about our defense,” O'Keefe said. “They are the best defense in the state. We only had to score one touchdown against King Philip [in the semifinals) and we won the game {7-0]. The defense is athletic, they fly to the ball and do their job.”

Duxbury held Tewksbury to 12 yards of offense – 2 yards rushing and 10 yards passing --in the first half. The Redmen failed to convert on each of their four third-down opportunities and committed three turnovers (two fumbles).

The Redmen finished the game with 106 yards of offense and were 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.

Tewksbury running back Chris Bettano began the game with 1,313 yards rushing, but was held to 82 on 19 carries.

“Our defense has been unbelievable all year long,” Maimaron said.

Lucky 13: It was the second Super Bowl victory in as many years for Duxbury, which beat Concord-Carlisle 35-13 in last year's Division 2A Super Bowl.

Duxbury also won the Division 2A Super Bowl in 2005 (28-13 over Bishop Stang) and in 2008 (46-26 over Gloucester). The Dragons also finished 13-0 during their three other Super Bowl seasons.

Duxbury's 26-game winning streak is the longest in the state.

“We're gonna miss this entire senior class,” Maimaron said. “They've won a lot of games and they haven't lost in a long time.”

Tewksbury (7-5 ) 0 0 0 0 – 0
Duxbury (13-0) 7 21 0 7 – 35

1st Quarter
Dux – Jon Hurvitz 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick), 4:18.

2nd Quarter
Dux – Reilly Naton 36 pass from Matt O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 7:07.
Dux – Hurvitz 2 run (Hannon kick), 2:53.
Dux – Don Webber 7 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), :39.

4th Quarter
Dux – James Burke 27 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 2:58.

Our midseason All-State team

October, 19, 2011
HS Football Scott Barboza/ Bridgewater-Raynham's Nick Schlatz has earned a reputation for being a hard-nosed player on both sides of the ball, resulting in his selection as a linebacker on our midseason All-State team.

The 2011 season is halfway over, and we've had our fair share of ups, downs, thrillers and surprises. Here are the staff's picks for ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State team at the midway point of the season.

NOTE: The finalized ESPNBoston MIAA All-State Team roster and second annual ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award will be announced on Monday, December 5.

QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
QB – Nick LaSpada, Sr., Billerica
QB – Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
RB – Melquawn Pinkney, Sr., Springfield Putnam
RB – Preston Cooper, Sr., BC High
RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
RB – T.J. Norris, Sr., Longmeadow
TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
TE – Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
WR – Damion Johnson, Sr., Dennis-Yarmouth
WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
WR – Malcolm Brown, Sr., Pope John XXIII
OL – Andrew VanderWilden, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
OL – Keith Sullivan, Sr., Oliver Ames
OL – Gordon Acha, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Rob Kosharek, Jr., Duxbury
OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
ATH – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian

DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett
DL – Brendan Battles-Santos, Sr., Nauset
DL – Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr., Xaverian
DL – Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Luke Catarius, Jr., BC High
LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
LB – Dan Flink, Sr., Auburn
LB – Nick Schlatz, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
LB – Zack Hume, Jr., Nashoba
DB – Gordon McLeod, Sr., BC High
DB – Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
RET – Geeavontie Griffith, Sr., Boston Cathedral

Week 6 High Schools podcast

October, 14, 2011
Signs of the apocalypse? Not really. But this sure was a wild week in Boston sports.

We chronicled it all in our latest edition of the ESPN Boston High Schools podcast. Once again, Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall had the latest, sans producer Drew Brooks.

Did the boys make it out, OK? Find out in this week's edition, along with the divine intervention found on Duxbury receiver Don Webber's sleeve and an interview with East Bridgewater's multi-talented Casey DeAndrade.

Naton stakes his claim at Hawk Bowl

October, 8, 2011

WESTWOOD, Mass. -- When people talk about athleticism and versatility with the half-dozen or so lacrosse-bred football stars on No. 2 Duxbury's squad, this is what they're talking about.

Up by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron dialed up a screen play that produced a touchdown the previous week, but with a twist. Quarterback Matt O'Keefe pump-faked to sell a jailbreak screen over the middle; meanwhile, deep to the right sideline in single coverage, senior wideout Reilly Naton sold his man on a downfield block five yards off the ball and took off on a go route.

O'Keefe let it rip, and then held his breath for a split-second as Naton plucked the underthrown ball away from the Xaverian defender closing from behind, and marched 63 yards to paydirt. That made it 24-14 with eight minutes to go in the contest.

"I put way too much air on it, to be honest," O'Keefe said. "Reilly came down with it, and I thought that defender was going to bat it back. If I had missed that, I dunno if I would have been able to sleep tonight."

Said Naton, "We faked that screen and once I was even with the corner, I could hear him in the background, 'Oh crap'...when you hear that as a receiver, your eyes kinda light up and you're like 'Alright, I clearly have some moves'. He had a great throw, and it was just a great play by O'Keefe, too."

Asked about the underthrown ball, Naton continued, "He's been getting pressure in his face all game, and to throw a ball like that is just amazing. Thirty yards, and he had that big Maurice kid [defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr.], he played a hell of a game -- he was in our face all day, getting double-teamed all the time and making plays. But when he can throw it, boy, he's got the best arm I've ever seen. It's a blessing to have."

And thus the coming-out party for Naton -- who is committed to Yale for lacrosse and ranked 51st overall in the ESPNHS 100 as a long-stick midfielder -- was on. After not catching a touchdown pass the first month, and coming up with no catches in the first half of this one, he exploded in the final 15 minutes to put this one away. He finished the day with three catches for 91 yards and two scores.

Naton made the Hawks pay for jumping early on his first touchdown catch, the go-ahead on the first play of the fourth quarter, with a 10-yard skinny post to the middle of the field. The Hawks secondary jumped early on Joe Guilfoile's arrow route to the far pylon, and O'Keefe hit Naton perfectly in stride towards the goal posts.

Then with three minutes and change to go, Naton sealed it when he broke on an Austin DeCarr pass to the flat and came up with an interception. The Dragons eventually punched it in with under a minute for the 31-14 final.

"It's all coaching, they set us up for it," Naton said. "Every time they come out in that trips formation, we come out in the same play. Basically, it's impossible to run any plays on it, we've got every zone covered. Usually they'll throw the curl, but that time they threw the out, and clearly I was jumping the out, and it was important to come up and make that play."

Don Webber is considered far and wide one of the state's premier possession receivers, making Naton's presence all the more important on a day like today -- because, frankly, the Hawks did their best to shut him out of the offense.

This week, it was Naton, sparking Maimaron to remark after the game, "Glad he's wearing a white shirt and not a blue shirt".

Next week, it could be Guilfoile or James Burke, or Andrew Buron.

At this point, the Dragons are as well-oiled as one can expect.

"Reilly's awesome," O'Keefe said. "Webber is probably the best receiver, [or] one of the best receivers in the state, so he obviously gets a lot of attention. And Reilly and Burkey and Joe Guilfoile have been stepping up. Makes my life easy. It's a lot of fun."

The View from No. 2 Duxbury

October, 5, 2011
DUXBURY, Mass. -- The last time Duxbury visited Xaverian's Hawk Bowl, many of the leaders on the No. 2 Dragons' swarming defense were just freshmen, and future Division 1 stars like Shane DiBona (Iowa) and Aaron Kramer (Boston College) were leading the way.

The Dragons, for the unfamiliar, won that contest over the Hawks, and used that win to fuel their run to the Division 2A Super Bowl, which they ended up winning handily over a talented Gloucester squad. checked in this afternoon from Dragons practice, where players are well-aware of the history and fired up for Saturday's pivotal rematch.

Head coach Dave Maimaron:

Senior safety Reilly Naton:

Senior wide receiver Don Webber:

Senior safety James Burke:

Senior linebacker Max Randall:

Recap: No. 2 Duxbury 42, No. 20 New Bedford 19

September, 24, 2011
DUXBURY, Mass. -- This was supposed to be New Bedford’s chance to show the rest of Eastern Mass. that they were a force to be reckoned with this season.

Duxbury quickly took that notion and passed it to the side.

The No. 2 Dragons (3-0) dominated the No. 20 Whalers (2-1) with a razor-sharp offensive attack in a battle of undefeated teams with a 42-19 victory yesterday at Raymond P. Chandler Memorial Field.

Matt O’Keefe completed 14-of-20 throws for 220 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The senior quarterback also added two touchdowns on the ground when the Whalers defense was able to flush him out of the pocket.

“We tried to prepare hard for this game and it obviously didn’t go our way,” said Whalers coach Dennis Golden. “So we are going to prepare harder this week and do what we can to be successful.”

The Whalers were riding high coming into the game with wins against Wareham and Silver Lake. The team was averaging over 40 points coming into the game, but the Dragons defense wreaked havoc on the skill position players.

Myles Medeiros looked out of sync through the air, although he did rush for two scores and also hit Jaraud Wood for a 49-yard touchdown pass, as he was held to 12-of-26 for 148 yards.

Marcel DePina was gobbled up for 58 yards on nine carries.

Despite the big loss to one of the class teams in the state, Golden believes there are things that he and his team can learn even though the scoreboard was well in favor of Duxbury in this one.

“We have to make sure that we play our responsibilities on defense,” said Golden. “We had some turnovers and penalties that hurt us in the first half when we were in scoring position a couple of times. We need to eliminate those and just battle the whole game.”

The Dragons quarterback may have played on a part-time basis last season, but he looked like a seasoned veteran out there running the Dragons’ offense at a blistering pace.

O’Keefe accounted for five touchdowns and led six touchdown drives out of the eight — one drive only lasted one play with a kneel down to end the half — times he took the field. The Dragons were efficient in everything they wanted to accomplish, whether it was by the arm or legs of the talented senior quarterback.

The Dragons signal-caller hit eight different receivers on the afternoon and finished with 71 rushing yards.

“It really goes back to our practice all week,” said O’Keefe. “We really focused on having good routes on every play. We executed. The receivers played great and the offensive line gave me the time I needed.”

O’Keefe was sharp in the first half, but he was pin-point accurate in the third quarter, which just happened to be the last quarter he played. He finished the third quarter 8-for-9 for 125 yards and a touchdown.

“It was a phenomenal performance through the air and on the ground,” said Duxbury head coach David Maimaron. “He manages the whole offense.”

The Whalers tried a little New Orleans Saints Super Bowl magic to begin the second half, when they tried to fool the Dragons with an onside kick to begin play.

The Dragons didn’t have the right front to deal with an onsides attempt, but Seamus Connelly stuck his nose in there and pounced on the ball to maintain possession.

“We always say that coming out of the half is the most important drive of the game,” said Maimaron. “We always preach that and the kids know that. (Connelly) came up with a huge football play.”

With a short field at their own 45-yard line, O’Keefe was able to direct the Dragons on a six play, 55-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by Khai Perry’s touchdown plunge from 2 yards out to push the lead to 35-7.

It was a play that the Dragons put in earlier in the week, but it was one that looked like it had been practiced over and over again from the beginning of camp.

After stopping the Whalers on fourth-and-9, the Dragons grabbed possession with 1:19 left from their own 38-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Don Webber came around and grabbed a reverse.

This wouldn’t surprise anyone if Webber kept it and used his blazing speed to get around the right edge, but he stopped and delivered a strike to Reilly Naton down the field for a 52-yard gain.

O’Keefe took care of the rest with a 1-yard keeper to score with 35 seconds left on the clock before the half.

“The right time for the right call I guess,” said Maimaron. “That put us right down there and kind of changed the momentum of the game and made sure it would stay in our favor in the second half.”

New Bedford (2-1) 0 7 6 6 19
Duxbury (3-0) 14 14 14 0 42

DUX – James Burke 27 pass from Matt O’Keefe (Tucker Hannon kick)
DUX – Joe Guilfoile 33 pass from O’Keefe (Hannon kick)
NB – Myles Medeiros 7 run (Jared Tavares kick)
DUX – O’Keefe 37 run (Hannon kick)
DUX – O’Keefe 1 run (Hannon kick)
DUX – Khai Perry 2 run (Hannon kick)
NB – Jaraud Wood 49 pass from Medeiros (kick failed)
DUX – Perry 8 pass from O’Keefe (Hannon kick)
NB – Medeiros 4 run (rush failed)

Mr. Football Watch: Week 3

September, 19, 2011
Here's how things played out this past weekend in the ESPN Boston Mr. Football race:


Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover - Ran for three touchdowns in the Golden Warriors' 33-14 win over Gloucester.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett - Threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Springfield Central.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth - Caught seven passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Dolphins' 28-27 thriller over Barnstable.
Tim Joy, Sr. LB, Chelmsford - Recorded 10 tackles in the Lions' 26-0 shutout of Acton-Boxborough
Jordan Knowles, Sr. DE, St. Peter-Marian - Recorded eight tackles in the Guardians' 27-20 win over Shepherd Hill.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Threw for 200 yards and totaled three scores, including the go-ahead goal line dive in the fourth quarter, as the Dolphins downed Barnstable 28-27.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Threw for 234 yards and totaled three scores in a 35-21 win over Plymouth North.
Karl Sery, Sr. RB, Hudson - Carried 22 times for 109 yards and a score in the Hawks' 27-6 win over Leominster.
Mike Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Had his second straight game with 300 all-purpose yards, throwing for 194 yards, running for another 111, and totaling five scores in the Big Blue's 34-14 win over Winthrop. Walsh was also 20 of 24 passing, and recorded six tackles.


Malcolm Brown, Sr. WR, Pope John XXIII - Recorded a school record six touchdowns in the 62-38 win over Pope John Paul II of Hyannis. He caught four, returned an interception, and ran back an 82-yard kickoff return.
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills - Tied a career-high with five touchdowns as he ran for 276 yards in a 34-13 win over Case.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - In the heartbreaking loss to rival D-Y, he threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, putting him within 16 touchdown passes of the state all-time record.
P.J. Dorsey, Sr. RB, Lynn English - Ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-6 win over Wakefield.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB, Grafton - The UConn commit ran for 201 yards and had five total touchdowns in the Indians' 44-13 win over Uxbridge.
Paul Mroz, Sr. QB, Brockton - Threw for 150 yards and three scores in a 27-7 win over Taunton.
R.J. Noel, Sr. QB, Lowell - Vaulted himself into the conversation with a school-record 500 passing yards and 114 rushing yards, totaling five scores, in a 44-41 loss to Nashua South.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Ran for 179 yards and three scores in a 48-6 win over Arlington.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Ran for three touchdowns in the Warriors' 42-7 rout of Medfield.
Don Webber, Sr. WR, Duxbury - Caught seven passes for 134 yards in a 35-21 win over Plymouth North.

Recap: No. 2 Duxbury 26, No. 8 B-R 0

September, 10, 2011

DUXBURY, Mass. -- It's been a slow start for the much ballyhooed offense of No. 2 Duxbury.

The high powered spread attack was stunted at times during the preseason -- most notably in the Dragons' scrimmage against Catholic Memorial. Likewise, Duxbury took nearly two quarters to get going on offense in the season-opener against No. 8 Bridgewater-Raynham on Friday.

But after a convincing 26-0 win over the Trojans, it looked like the Dragons rediscovered the form that lifted them to a Division 2A Super Bowl title last year.

"We've been working hard all summer," Duxbury quarterback Matt O'Keefe said, "with the guys running routes at 6 a.m. with Don [Webber], [Joe] Guilfoile, [Andrew] Buron, [Reilly] Naton, even [James Burke], who's known more as a defensive player. We've spent a lot of time trying to perfect it."

While the Dragons (1-0) were able to shake off signs of the early rust, Duxbury found its consistency in the red zone, punching in touchdowns on three of four trips inside the Trojans' 20, following O'Keefe's touchdown pass to Guilfoile with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

"Our offense really hasn't clicked," Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron said, "but today was the first day that they played up to their ability, I think."

In addition to Duxbury's regained offensive polish, the Dragons were effective in shutting down B-R's running game, holding Trojans running back Nick Schlatz under 50 yards on the ground. Duxbury won the battle of the trenches with its swarming defense, flying to ball carriers in addition to sacks from defensive linemen Seamus Connelly, Mike Klein and Mark Trudeau.

"We knew they were going to try to run the ball and control the clock against us and try to keep it away from our offense," Maimaron said. "We just had to stop them on third downs and get off the field and get the ball back to the [offense]."

O'Keefe and the offense took care of matters from there. The senior quarterback completed 71 percent of his passes (15 of 21) while throwing for two touchdowns and 110 yards.

Junior running back Jon Hurvitz had the Dragons to a 12-0 lead before the half with a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:23 to play in the second.

After the defenses traded interceptions -- with B-R's Schlatz nabbing an O'Keefe pass and Duxbury linebacker Max Randall returning the favor with a theft of Brad Delulis -- O'Keefe threw for his second score of the game, finding Andrew Buron in the end zone from eight yards out.

Dragons sophomore running back Khai Perry showed a glimpse of his potential with a 20-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

"[O'Keefe] has so much confidence in his arm strength now that he only needs a small window and he can fit the ball in there," Maimaron said. "We had some good route running down there as well. The slant was a great catch by Andrew Buron, the throw was a little bit behind him and he made a great catch."

Proof that there's still room for improvement in an otherwise stellar start to the season.

"We're not there yet," O'Keefe said of the offense. "We're still working on it. There's a long way to go. We're onto Plymouth North week now."

B-R (0-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Duxbury (1-0) 0 12 7 7 -- 26

2nd quarter

Duxbury - Joe Guilfoile 6-yard pass from Matt O'Keefe (kick failed)
Duxbury - Jon Hurvitz 3-yard run (pass intercepted)

3rd quarter
Duxbury - Andrew Buron 8-yard pass from Matt O'Keefe (Tucker Hannon kick)

4th quarter
Duxbury - Khai Perry 20-yard run (Tucker Hannon kick)

No. 2 Duxbury built from inside out

September, 3, 2011
DUXBURY, Mass. -- The old baseball adage goes that you build a team through its core; a strong center of the field from the catcher out to center field is the ticket to success.

Similarly constructed is the defense of No. 2 Duxbury football. The Dragons return all but two defensive starters from last year's Eastern Mass. Division 2A Super Bowl championship team.

That includes a host of three-year starters who patrol the middle of the field with middle linebacker Max Randall and safeties James Burke and Reilly Naton. The trio has much in common. First off, their all tackling machines. Burke (106) and Randall (102) both broke the school's record for tackles in a season as sophomores, breaking the century mark in takedowns. Another kinship the three share -- like a great number of Duxbury football players -- is that they're all members of the Dragons state championship lacrosse team. Burke (Penn State), Randall (Dartmouth) and Naton (Yale) are all D1 college lacrosse recruits.

Plus, they do everything they do with speed.

"They can really fly to the ball," Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said.

Sometimes even to their own detriment.

"Sometimes [Randall] is almost too quick in his reads and he'll over-pursue," Maimaron added. "If I had one criticism of him, it's that. He's able to anticipate to that extent. But he's the leader of that group with Burkey and Reilly [Naton] behind him. That's what makes the middle of our defense is just so strong."

The speed at which they play the game is a testament to the deep lines of communication shared by a defense that is confident each of its members is precisely where they need to be. It's a comfort of having played together as long as they have and it all starts with their defensive quarterback, Randall.

"It's nice to make one call and be confident everybody's going to be in the right place," the 5-foot-10 linebacker said. "Obviously, you check it over, that's your job, but deep down you know that everyone knows what they're doing."

That's made life difficult for opponents looking to run or finding passing lanes in the middle of the field. It also bears secondary benefits for the the Dragon's pass-rushers up front.

"The coverage has been pretty solid and sometimes that allows our defensive tackles to really get upfield," Burke said.

To which Naton added, "It's not like they need much time anyways. We have trust in them that they can beat their guy and get to the quarterback."

Despite all the experience and fresh off a Super Bowl season, the group realizes there's room for improvement. A Saturday morning scrimmage against No. 4 Catholic Memorial was an eye-opener, even for a defense that's seen it all. Deep down, the group still possesses a desire to improve -- even on a Super season.

"It's our third year together and we've had some good chemistry," Naton, the strong safety, said. "We have a couple new guys in the defense, but they're picking it up pretty quickly.

"Ninety-five percent of the time, I feel like we're in the right places, but it's that five percent that kills us. We have to correct that."

And, with that, they hope those adjustments will have them vying for a repeat championship come December.

"Our goals are to win our non-league games, then win our division and get back to Gillette," Burke said. "But we go play-by-play. We pride ourselves on three-and-outs and helping our team win football games. That's what we're there to do."

2010 record:
13-0 (Won Eastern Mass Div. 2A Super Bowl over Concord-Carlisle)
Coach: Dave Maimaron (7h year, 63-20)
Players to watch: Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, 6-4, 195 lbs.; Don Webber, Sr. WR/DE, 5-11, 190; Max Randall, Sr. LB, 5-10, 195; James Burke, Sr. WR/FS, 6-0, 175; Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/SS, 6-1, 180; Gordon Acha, Sr. OG/DT, 6-4, 255; Rob Kosharek, Jr. OT/DT, 6-6, 250; Henry Buonagurio, Sr. RB/LB, 5-8, 180;
Strengths: Experience, skill on both offense and defense.
Weakness: Inexperience at running back.
Outlook: There's hard to find many glaring areas of need throughout Duxbury's roster. From returning quarterback Matt O'Keefe, to a D1-caliber wideout in Don Webber, to hulking linemen Gordon Acha and Rob Kosharek, the offense looks like it will remain on track despite losing co-starting quarterback Kane Haffey to graduation. One of area of concern, however, has developed on the injury front, as starting running back and Drexel lacrosse commit Henry Buonagurio will miss the start of the season due to a back injury. "There's no timetable set yet," Maimaron said, adding that Buonagurio's return could take some time. The opportunity will be ripe for junior Jon Hurvitz and sophomore Khai Perry to show their skills in the backfield. Hurvitz will also start at corner. Returning starting defensive end and Duke lacrosse commit Seamus Connelly adds depth to a senior-laden defense and provides a pass-rushing presence.

Scrimmage Slants: CM vs. Duxbury

September, 3, 2011
DUXBURY, Mass. -- In a battle of two teams in the top five of ESPNBoston's preseason poll, No. 4 Catholic Memorial traveled to No. 2 Duxbury this morning in a highly-anticipated game scrimmage.

DuxburyBrendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comDuxbury's pass rush forced CM quarterback A.J. Doyle to make decisions on the fly at times.
By virtue of two quick scores, CM took the first quarter. First, Penn State-bound middle linebacker Camren Williams intercepted a bullet over the middle, taking it 60 yards to the house. The ensuing kickoff was misplayed by Duxbury, giving the Knights the ball again at the Duxbury 30. CM marched down the field, aided by a late hit call on Penn State-bound athlete Armani Reeves; 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior Peter Ngobidi punched it in on a dive from two yards out.

Early on, perhaps in part to communication errors, Duxbury's offense was working out kinks. But as the game progressed, things loosened up. The Green Dragons notched their only score in the third quarter, when Andrew Buron took an eight-yard hitch route, shook his man in single coverage and scampered 40 yards down the left sideline.

Overall, it was an evenly-played matchup, with neither team able to get much of a drive going over the final three quarters.

"We're only replacing two starters on defense," Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said. "[But] you can tell that our offense isn't nearly where it needs to be in getting ready for B-R next Friday. So we have a lot of work to do on the offensive side of the ball. We're just not executing. We made some mental errors. That's a little frustrating right now."

Said CM head coach Alex Campea, "Overall, we did OK, I guess that's what I'm going to say. We did some good things at good times, other times we didn't. Consistency is a thing you look for through the entire season, and right now we don't have that."

Some other thoughts from the scrimmage:

-- The amount of talent in Duxbury's lacrosse program, and how many of those Division 1 recruits are an impact in football, is one of the reasons we've been so high on the Dragons this preseason. The Dragons return nine starters on defense, including Reilly Naton (Yale) and James Burke (Penn State) at the two safety spots, and linebackers Henry Buonagurio (Drexel) Seamus Connelly (Duke) and Max Randall (Dartmouth).

From that, the Dragons boast speed all over the field, and from that run an aggressive scheme out of a 3-4 base that isn't afraid to throw an array of blitzes.

But perhaps the athletic talent is most evident in Duxbury's pass coverage. In the Division 2A Super Bowl championship season a year ago, this unit combined for 16 interceptions, led by Naton with five. That lockdown coverage was on display again this morning, forcing CM's NC State bound quarterback A.J. Doyle into some second-guessing.

Said Reeves of the Dragons defense: "It was a really good test. You know, they brought a lot blitzes, mixed a lot of [Cover] 2's and 3's in there, Cover 6's, so it was a really good test of A.J., getting a lot of looks out there. It was really good for the wide receivers, to see where the holes open up in the zones."

-- In turn, the pass coverage bought some time for the speedy edge rushers, who forced Doyle to sometimes make decisions with his feet. Between Connelly Brody Zisko and Henry Narlee (two sacks), the Dragons got consistent pressure from the outside.

"We have a bunch of athletes on our defense who can get to the quarterback," Maimaron said. "We try to put on as much pressure as we can from various spots. The defense kept us in that scrimmage today."

-- On a defense full of speed, Williams is hardly the fastest. But he took charge of the defense and showed why Reeves calls him "the backbone", making all the right calls, and demonstrated a great nose for the ball, taking good angles in pursuit and coming up with two interceptions. His first, as discussed above, was a laser over the middle that he snagged away from a receiver running a shallow drag route, jumping in front. His second came on a tipped pass deep down the left side of the field.

"[He's been] terrific. He's making plays all over the field," Campea said. "I mean, he's a terrific player, he's a terrific leader, he sees the whole field and makes plays happen."

Said Maimaron, "Their linebackers are phenomenal. That Williams kid is an amazing player, he's tough to block. We just have to get better and be able to execute."

-- CM's Boston College-bound running back/defensive back Donovan Henry was not at this morning's scrimmage, as he was attending to the wedding of a family wedding.

-- By now, Catholic Memorial's "Big Four" of Doyle, Williams, Reeves and Henry are household names in the Northeast, as are the Dragons' many athletes, including quarterback Matt O'Keefe (a Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit) and wideout Don Webber (an Ivy League recruit). But keep an eye out for 5-foot-7 sophomore speedster Khai Perry, a fire hydrant who will get reps at running back and returner. The left side of the offensive line will be in focus, too, with bulky junior left tackle Rob Kosharek (6-foot-6, 250 lbs) and senior guard Gordon Acha (6-foot-4, 255 lbs).

Some of CM's lesser-known athletes look to be in for big things this fall, including wideout/cornerback Josh Charles, running back Eddie Murray, and linebackers Kevin Bletzer and Garrett Ewanouski. On the line, 6-foot-4 tackle Tyler Loring is getting a good share of Division 1 looks, while John Schneider and Mike Lyons will also turn some heads. Ngobidi is a Division 1 prospect at defensive end, and will split time on defense in both two-point and three-point stances.

Preseason Top 25 Unveiled

August, 22, 2011
We kick off our coverage of the 2011 football preseason today with our first statewide MIAA Top 25 poll of the year, which you can find here.

There shouldn't be much surprise as to who starts off the season at No. 1. Defending Division 1 Super Bowl champion Everett, which finished No. 1 to end the season after record-breaking seasons from quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (43 TD passes) and wideout Matt Costello (1,301 receiving yards, 23 TD) launched the Crimson Tide to an unprecedented eighth title in 12 seasons. The Greater Boston League drops to Division 1A this season, and the Tide are the overwhelming favorite to run the table.

Defending Division 2A champion Duxbury, with its swarming defense and high-octane offense led by quarterback Matt O'Keefe and wideout Don Webber, comes in at No. 2. And with the Patriot League Keenan moving up a division, it's possible we could see the Dragons facing No. 6 Mansfield of the Hockomock (the defending D2 champ) in a playoff for a return to Gillette Stadium.

BC High (3), Catholic Memorial (4) and Brockton (5) round out the top five.

They are joined in the top ten by Mansfield (6), Xaverian (7), Bridgewater-Raynham (8), St. John's of Shrewsbury (9) and Longmeadow (10).

Here's how the Top 25 breaks down by league affiliation:

Catholic Conference - 4
Merrimack Valley - 3
AA - 2
Dual County - 2
Hockomock - 2
Atlantic Coast - 1
Bay State - 1
Big Three - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Greater Boston - 1
Middlesex - 1
Midland-Wachusett - 1
Old Colony - 1
Patriot - 1
So. Worcester County - 1

ESPN Boston's Preseason All-State Team

August, 22, 2011
Below is our Preseason MIAA All-State Football Team, along with some other players to watch. Returning All-Staters are bolded.


QB – Nick LaSpada, Sr., Billerica
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
QB – Brandon Walsh, Sr., North Andover
RB – Andrew Coke, Sr., Andover
RB – Preston Cooper, Sr., BC High
RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
RB – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
TE – Lucas Bavaro, Jr., St. John’s Prep
WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
WR – Efrain Montalvo, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
WR – A.J. Baker, Sr., Swampscott
OL – Tyler Loring, Sr., Catholic Memorial
OL – Peter Salem, Sr., Dracut
OL – Ryan Anger, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
OL – T.J. Leeman, Sr., Andover
OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
ATH – Karl Sery, Sr., Hudson
K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian


DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett
DL – Dino Hyppolite, Sr., Brockton
DL – Brendan Battles-Santos, Sr., Nauset
DL – Brett Harrington, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Max McDaniel, Sr., Lexington
LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
LB – Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
LB – Buck McCarthy, Sr., Everett
LB – Camren Williams, Sr., Catholic Memorial
DB – Jesse Monteiro, Sr., Brockton
DB – Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
RET – Chucky Ortiz, Sr., Woburn

Watch List:
Chris Burke, Sr. LB, Gloucester
Drew Burnett, Sr. QB, Needham
Chris Calvanese, Sr. QB, Xaverian
Luke Catarius, Jr. LB, BC High
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial
Donovan Henry, Sr. RB/DB, Catholic Memorial
Kurt Hunziker, Sr. RB/LB, Masconomet
Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr. DL, Xaverian
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth
Matt King, Sr. RB/LB, Scituate
Jake Lazarus, Sr. QB, Longmeadow
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth
Paul Mroz, Sr. QB, Brockton
Terry Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
Chuddy Nwachukwu, Jr. OL, Dighton-Rehoboth
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington
Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury
Quinton Perkins, Sr. RB, Fitchburg
Joe Previte, Jr. OL/DL, Brockton
Bartley Regan, Sr. QB, BC High
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham
Mike Walsh, Sr. QB/S, Swampscott

Duxbury's Don Webber likely Ivy bound

July, 27, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with Duxbury wide receiver Don Webber, who has dabbled in Division 1 FBS interest but will most likely end up playing in the Ivy League.

[+] EnlargeDon Webber
Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comDuxbury wide receiver Don Webber is favoring several Ivy League schools.
And for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Webber, that's perfectly fine. He currently lists his favorites as Harvard, Princeton and Penn. Brown writes:

"Those are probably my top three," Webber said. "UPenn is showing the most interest. I've been told I'm one of their top receivers. "I went to the [Boston College] camp, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. That's OK, because I'd rather play in the Ivy League anyway."

Webber ran a 4.4 40-yard dash two years ago, but said he has added weight since then and now runs the 40 in 4.6. He's 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds.

He set a school record by catching 53 passes for 921 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, when Duxbury went 13-0 and ended its season with a 35-13 victory over Concord-Carlisle in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 2A Super Bowl.

Webber also played lacrosse for Duxbury -- one of the top high school programs in the Northeast -- but stopped playing that sport so he could focus on football.

Although Webber did attract some FBS interest, he is being recruited primarily by FCS programs. He said with the exception of Dartmouth, all the Ivy League schools have shown interest. He visited Richmond and William & Mary last April, and has also been contacted by Holy Cross, Lafayette, Maine and New Hampshire.

Most schools are recruiting Webber as a receiver, but he said Penn and Brown both told him he's capable of playing outside linebacker or conerback as well.

"I visited some schools, but I wasn't focused on the Ivy League at that point," Webber said. "You hope to have to make a tough decision, and with the Ivy League you can't really go wrong."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.