Boston High School: Eric Apgar

Shriners Football Classic rosters announced

May, 5, 2011
The North-South game of the 33rd Annual Shriners Football Classic kicks off this June 17 at 7 p.m., and for the second year in a row the contest will be held at Gillette Stadium. Below are the rosters for both squads participating in the game:

Ryan Adams, Northeast, DE
James Aloisio, Masconoment, OT
Eric Apgar, Acton-Boxborough, RB
Anthony Arcari, Tewksbury, RB
Manny Asprilla, Everett, WR
Derek Bent, Shawsheen, TE
Brian Bourque, Reading, DB
James Brao, Hamilton-Wenham, LB
Cal Carroll, Methuen, QB
Brendan Casey, Boston Latin, DT
Thomas Chub, Masconomet, OL
Mitchell Colley, Arlington, LB
Sean Connolly, Tewksbury, FS
Tyler Coppola, St. John's Prep, RB
Matt Costello, Everett, WR
Anthony Courtouis, Lowell, WR
Jeff Covitz, Reading, OL
Nate Cyr, St. John's Prep, OL
Ned Deane, Andover, LB
Ryan Delisle, St. John's Prep, TE
Jake Giovanucci, Dexter, DE
Mike Grassa, BB&N, DB
Will Guinee, Malden Catholic, OL
Mike Harper, Methuen, LB
Zach Hayes, Chelmsford, S
Justin Hood, Billerica, DE
Brian Hurley, Wilmington
Zach Ingalls, Westford, DB
George Kallas, Beverly, OT
Ben Koopman, Marblehead, C
Chris Malonis, Dracut, WR
Tyllor MacDonald, Lynn English, DB
Tom Meade, Malden Catholic, LB
Trae Musumarra, Central Catholic, LB
Zach Nardone, Bishop Fenwick, DT
Paul Nwokeji, Thayer Academy, OL
John O'Connell, Northeast, DL
Daniel Omorgie, Lynn Classical, DE
Xavier Peralta, Central Catholic, DB
Ony Ramos, Lawrence, DB
Peter Savarese, BB&N, RB
Jordan Shairs, Gloucester, RB
Matt Silva, Dracut, QB
Bradley Skeffington, Salem, DB
Zach Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury, DL
Brian Strachan, St. Sebastian's, WR
Dave Summiel, Shawsheen, DT
Chris Unis, Gloucester, DE
Trae Weathers, Revere, RB
Sean Whittaker, Methuen, OL
Peter Yasi, Swampscott, DE

Matt Allen, Pembroke, SE
Ryan Barrett, Holliston, TE
Rob Barrus, Weymouth, LB
Adam Boari, King Philip, OL
Blaise Branch, Cardinal Spellman, RB
Lance Burlingame, New Bedford, OL
Jack Carrier, Cohasset, SE
Dylan Colarusso, Weymouth, RB
Joe Colton, Xaverian, DB
Tom Condon, Whitman-Hanson, OL
David Conroy, Walpole, SE
Nate Crary, Dennis-Yarmouth, DL
Seth DeMello, Somerset, RB
Mike Devin, Bridgewater-Raynham, OL
Mike Driscoll, Rockland, FB
Connor Fraser, Abington, DL
Jake Golden, Hingham, OL
Mitchell Graziano, Silver Lake, DB
William Greene, Oliver Ames, DE
Ernest Guy, Foxborough, OL
Joseph Hak, East Bridgewater, OL
Matt Hallisey, Duxbury, SE
Brian Harrington, Rockland, DE
Jordan Henderson, Barnstable, WR
D.J. Jamieson, West Bridgewater, RB
Randall Jette, Martha's Vineyard, DB
Dan Johnson, North Attleboro, SE
Andrew Kestenbaum, Dartmouth, OL
Matt Lockwood, Seekonk, RB
Albert Louis-Jean, Brockton, SE
Denis Maguire, Duxbury, LB
Jamel Marshall, Mansfield, RB
Zach Martin, Mashpee, RB
Alec May, King Philip, TE
Sean Mayo, Holliston, QB
Paul McCarthy, North Attleboro, DB
Kyle McGuire, Mansfield, OL
Dave McSweeney, Medway, OL
Obum Obukwelu, BC High, OL
Trevon Offley, Brockton, RB
Jon Page, Bourne, RB
Tyler Park, Scituate, QB
Liam Porter, Natick, OL
Ethan Rayner, Holliston, OL
Nate Robitaille, Attleboro, DB
Andrew Siden, Natick, TE
Kevin Stanton, Cardinal Spellman, LB
Jeff Synan, Plymouth North, OL
Chris Tamasi, Xaverian, LB
Ryan Vaughn, Norwell, OL


Football, Albert Louis-Jean, St. John's Prep, Andrew Kestenbaum, Liam Porter, Lynn English, Chelmsford, Swampscott, Gloucester, Tyllor MacDonald, Lincoln-Sudbury, Plymouth North, Manny Asprilla, Matt Costello, Central Catholic, Obum Obukwelu, Barnstable, Bridgewater-Raynham, Paul Nwokeji, Zach Smerlas, Andrew Siden, Matt Silva, Matt Hallisey, Acton-Boxborough, Eric Apgar, Chris Malonis, Lance Burlingame, Joe Colton, Chris Tamasi, Trevon Offley, Oliver Ames, Ryan Barrett, Ethan Rayner, Paul McCarthy, Dan Johnson, Trae Musumarra, Xavier Peralta, King Philip, Adam Boari, Mike Devin, Tyler Coppola, Ryan Delisle, Brian Bourque, Jeff Covitz, Zach Hayes, Jordan Henderson, Zach Ingalls, Cal Carroll, Mike Harper, Sean Whittaker, Justin Hood, Chris Unis, Jake Giovanucci, Jamel Marshall, Kyle McGuire, Malden Catholic, Will Guinee, Dennis-Yarmouth, Nate Crary, Jordan Shairs, Anthony Arcari, Sean Connolly, Cardinal Spellman, Blaise Branch, Peter Savarese, Connor Fraser, Silver Lake, Seth DeMello, Trae Weathers, Lynn Classical, Martha's Vineyard, Randall Jette, New Bedford, Rob Barrus, Dave McSweeney, St. Sebastian's, Brian Strachan, Peter Yasi, Mike Driscoll, Brian Harrington, Whitman-Hanson, Bishop Fenwick, Masconomet, Jeff Synan, East Bridgewater, Boston Latin, David Conroy, Foxborough, Hamilton-Wenham, West Bridgewater, Derek Bent, George Kallas, Tyler Park, D.J. Jamieson, James Brao, Ryan Adams, Denis Maguire, Thayer Academy, Marblehead, Ben Koopman, Wilmington, Brian Hurley, Shriners Football Classic, James Aloisio, Brendan Casey, Thomas Chub, Mitchell Colley, Anthony Courtouis, Mike Grassa, Zach Nardone, John O'Connell, Daniel Omorgie, Bradley Skeffington, Dave Summiel, Matt Allen, Jack Carrier, Tom Condon, Jake Golden, Mitchell Graziano, William Greene, Ernest Guy, Joseph Hak, North Attleboro, Matt Lockwood, Zach Martin, Kevin Stanton, Ryan Vaughn

Young L-S squad seizes DCL Large destiny

November, 6, 2010

SUDBURY, Mass. -– There traditionally hasn’t been much margin for error in the classics between Dual County League rivals Acton-Boxborough and Lincoln-Sudbury. But it was one of the youngest additions to the age old rivalry that helped the Warriors preserve a 10-7 win over the 24th-ranked Colonials Friday night in Sudbury.

L-S sophomore Brian Carroll pocketed a clutch fourth-quarter interception, along with some key rushes in his nine-carry, 72-yard performance. Coupled with quarterback Matt Cahill’s (8 of 11, 128 yards) efficient contributions in the passing game, a rushing touchdown from Chrstopher Giorgio and a fourth-quarter field goal from William Twyman, the young Warriors have shown they’ve done a lot of growing up in a hurry.

“It shows how far we’ve come and we’re playing real well right now,” Carroll said.

And L-S (6-3, 3-0 DCL Large) has just so happened to play themselves into playoff contention in the process.

With the win over A-B (7-2, 2-1), the Warriors control their destiny in the DCL Large with a game in hand over the Colonials and Westford, which each have losses to L-S on their records. In its wins over the Grey Ghosts and A-B in back-to-back weeks, L-S hasn’t had a whole lot of wiggle room, winning both games by three-point margins.

The Warriors need only to win one of their remaining games with Boston Latin and Newton South to become DCL Large champions.

With just two seniors starting on either side of the ball, it has made the ride all that much more improbable.

“I couldn’t be happier,” L-S head coach Tom Lopez said. “I never thought we’d be at this point right now, especially after that first loss to Tewksbury.”

The Colonials entered the game have allowed opponents under six point per game on average, led by senior linebacker Eric Apgar (two sacks), but the Warriors were on the board first with Giorgio’s 12-yard touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first quarter. The rushing score capped off an impressive four-play drive which started on the L-S 40-yard line. Three big plays of 20-plus yards (a Carroll run, a Cahill pass to John Harris and a Cahill keeper) set up the game’s first score.

The Warriors chipped away at the A-B defense, but was unable to knock one into the end zone on a goal-to-go situation midway through the fourth quarter. L-S settled for a field goal try, which Twyman drove through the uprights from 18 yards out.

It would prove to be the game-winner.

The Colonials had moved into Warrior territory on the ensuing drive before Carroll picked off a Mike Morris pass at the L-S 7-yard line.

“I was in deep coverage, but I was just reading the quarterback’s eyes,” Carroll said. “I made a jump on it and I got there in time.”

A-B forced the Warriors three and out and translated the late stop into its lone score. Morris hit Billy Jackman on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 remaining in the game.

After L-S recovered the Colonials’ onside kick attempt, a 33-yard run by Carroll is all the Warriors would need to ice the win.

“We’ve got to get him the ball more,” a smiling Lopez said of Carroll.

Acton-Boxborough 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Lincoln-Sudbury 7 0 0 3 -- 10

First quarter

L-S Christopher Giorgio 12-yard run (Will Twyman kick)

Fourth quarter
L-S Will Twyman 18-yard field goal
A-B Billy Jackman 10-yard pass from Mike Morris (Jack Perry kick)

As Hayes rolls, so does No. 14 Chelmsford

September, 17, 2010
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- As a lifelong Chelmsford resident, Zach Hayes has seen many a loss by the local high school to nearby rival Acton-Boxborough, both in good years and bad. So when the handshakes had ceased and his Chelmsford teammates took a knee around head coach Bruce Rich, Hayes, like everyone else, merely exhaled. Two years, no loss.

"It feels great that we can finally get a win streak," he smiled. "Teams before us, Super Bowl teams, never did it. We're just trying to build off that and make a run with it this year."

Hayes, by virtue of a fumble recovery in the Colonials' end zone, started the scoring late in the second quarter. The Lions then added another score with another lucky bounce in the third to cushion it, got some mileage out of feature back Joe Gennaro (27 carries, 204 yards), and then Hayes sealed it late with an inteception. They went on to win, 13-0, and mark the first win streak by Chelmsford (2-0) in this annual series (the Lions also won 2009's contest, 28-21).

"Twelve years in a row losing? Yeah, I remember it," laughed junior linebacker Tim Joy (12 tackles), another Chelmsford lifer. "It feels really good, but you can't get over-confident now. It's like every other game to me -- 100 percent, relentless every single play."

After taking a downed punt at their own four midway through the second quarter, the Lions marched 95 yards in 15 plays, with quarterback A.J. Rotella (9 of 17, 100 yards, TD) keeping the drive alive with darting scrambles and light pop passes over the middle. On fourth and goal at the Colonials' one yard line, Rotella was stuffed on a sneak over center, met at the goal line by Matt Marcotte, Brendan Spangler and Collin Shaughnessy.

It took all of one play to reverse that fortune. On A-B's first play of the ensuing drive, Eric Apgar came off tackle right only to be met at the line of scrimmage by Brett Harrington. Hayes then popped the ball loose from Apgar's grip, and fell on it in the end zone for the game's first score.

Hayes followed through just as he does in the Lions' strip-and-rip drills in practice.

"Our coach Sal (Lupoli), he does the drill, and he's very intense with it," Hayes said. "He just teaches us to punch it and rip it."

Said Joy of the Hayes' fumble recovery, "I'd say he's probably the best defensive player in the MVC right now, and he's my best friend. So that feels good."

The Lions gave themselves some cushion in the third quarter when, on fourth and 10 at the Colonials' 13, Rotella rolled right and flicked a fade to the far right corner of the end zone. The pass was originally intended for Arron Witkus; but Witkus, falling out of bounds, smartly tipped it up instead, and Anthony Andre came down with it for the 13-0 lead.

A few more observations:

-- At halftime, the Colonials had mustered just 46 yards of offense. And really, they didn't get going until the fourth quarter, down two scores. A-B head coach Bill Maver deflected the blame unto himself -- "The whole game we had no life to us, we were flat from the beginning, but that's on me, that's my fault," he said -- but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt here and credit the Lions defense.

In eight quarters so far this season, the Lions have yet to give up a point. Head coach Bruce Rich said he installed a 3-4 scheme this season to match up better with the many spread teams he'll face the rest of the way, but that's not to discount his depth at linebacker. Juniors Ryan Decoste and Joy (who's already receiving great Division 1 interest) were very active tonight at the two middle backer positions, and provided tremendous run support.

"We really like our defense," Rich said. "We've got some youth over there, most of those kids are juniors, including (Corey) Everleigh. With Decoste, Tim Joy and on the other side Joey Christopher, they're just great athletes. They all play two or three sports. We installed a 3-4 defense this year, hope I'm not jinxing it but...we were able to apply it tonight against a Wing-T offense.

"The kids worked it well. So, we're putting most of our good athletes on that side of the ball, and they can run to the ball. Tonight, they did a great job."

-- That isn't to say the Colonials are running with flat tires, either. After years of wearing defenses out with the Wing-T, Maver has diversified his playbook a bit. A-B ran some spread packages tonight, and used it to put together a solid drive in the fourth that came up empty when Hayes jumped a route over the middle for the pick.

Wes Schroll (four catches, 48 yards) is their best vertical threat and go-to guy in hurry-up mode -- the 6-foot-3 senior kept the chains moving with great sideline routes. But Maver was most pleased with Schroll's pursuit of Gennaro on the Lions' game-ending drive; the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Gennaro burst up the middle on the first play following Hayes' pick, and was chased down by Schroll 52 yards later.

"That was impressive in my book. That means you want to play football," Maver said.

-- For all the talk about Billerica and Central Catholic, here's my case for Chelmsford as the team to beat in the MVC Large. Not only are they a sound, balanced defense, they have the capability to wear down teams in the second half with monster drives.

Speaking specifically to Gennaro, the Lions kept the chains moving tonight without having to rip off too many big plays, thanks to the run game. Gennaro follows his blockers well, and looked elusive against A-B. One particular play that comes to mind is his second carry of the third quarter, a nifty little 33-yard scamper: out of the I, Gennaro plunged up the middle, cut 45 degrees to the right sideline, reversed direction at the right sideline, and evaded several more tacklers with two quick cuts to the left before being wrapped up at midfield.

"I think he's one of the best running backs in the state," Hayes said of Gennaro. "Just how he plays, he's one of the toughest runners...(his big runs) just lights our team up. He did it alot last year, we get psyched for him and we just try to build off that."

Chelmsford 13, Acton-Boxborough 0

AB 0 0 0 0 --- 0
CH 0 7 6 0 --- 13

C - Zach Hayes 0 fumble recovery (Charlie Calenda kick)
C - Anthony Andre 13 pass from A.J. Rotella (kick failed)

Maver moving Acton-Boxborough forward

August, 27, 2010
ACTON, Mass. -- Throughout longtime Acton-Boxborough Regional High head coach Bill Maver’s tenure calling plays for the Colonials, he has rarely heard his team dubbed as the biggest or fastest. Maver dismisses those terms because he knows that as long as he has a good group of football players that believes in family, the team will succeed.

"With most of my teams, we'd probably get our butts kicked in a street fight," said Maver about his time at Acton-Boxborough. "But before each game I tell them play hard, play smart, play together and have fun."

That message has bred a lot of success for A-B in the last 25 years. However, the Colonials are coming off of a 6-5 year that most players deemed "disappointing", and the team doesn't have a lot of experience on either sides of the ball.

Sounding a bit cliché, Maver believes that the experience and talents of this team don’t matter in the end.

"Every year is different," said Maver. “You do the best you can with what you’ve got and take it one game at a time.”

Except this year, it appears things are drastically different. Maver — an old school Wing-T proponent — has altered the playbook so quarterback Mike Morris will take snaps in the shotgun while running the offense. The coaches hope that will allow him to get the ball to receivers Wes Schroll and David Immerman on the outside.

Senior co-captain and starting running back Eric Apgar showed plenty of talent last year before his season was cut short due to a fractured pelvis. With the transition of the offense, Apgar has bought into the family attitude at A-B, and doesn’t think the change in playbook is a sleight against him.

"I like the transition," said Apgar. "I won't get the ball as much but it’s fine with me as long as we're winning."

This kind of attitude has rubbed off on Maver's players for years. In fact, players have liked his coaching style so much that he now has six former Colonials on the coaching staff — including two of his own sons.

"It really says a lot about the coaching staff here and tradition at Acton-Boxborough," said Schroll. "The family part of it is awesome and Coach balances the good with the bad."

For right now though, A-B is trying to get back to that winning tradition. With a lot of holes to fill on the offensive and defensive lines, Maver believes his players just need to develop the intangibles.

"We have to get our 'mojo' back," Maver said. "I think we lost that last year. The intensity that we had in practice, and the leadership we saw from all of the kids — not just the captains — I think we lost that and need to get it back."

2009 record: 6-5
Coach: Bill Maver (25 seasons, 200-61-1)
Players to watch: Wes Schroll, Sr., WR/FS, 6-3, 200 lbs.; David Immerman, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 190 lbs.; Devin Santilli, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 195 lbs.; Rob Gougen, Sr., RB/DB, 6-0, 185 lbs.; Colin Shaughnessy, Sr., OL/DL, 5-7, 195 lbs.; Ethan Dukes, Jr., RB/LB, 6-1, 195 lbs.; Mike Morris, Sr., 6-0, 175 lbs.; Eric Apgar, Sr., RB/LB, 5-10, 200 lbs.
Strengths: Discipline, skill positions
Weaknesses: Lack of size, offensive and defensive lines
Outlook: The Colonials have fast wide receivers and a few talented running backs but will have to sure up the offensive line in the coming weeks. They return one starter on the offense and defensive line combined, so they may be exploited up the middle. Apgar is the lone returning starter from a year ago in the entire defensive front seven. While the team is confident in Morris at quarterback and the speed it has in the defensive backfield, Acton-Boxborough will have a challenge early on in the season as they gain experience in the Dual County League.