WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Separate, the two are a handful. Together, they are a headache.
The Warriors' duo of Brandon Johnson and Anthony Fabiano, at left tackle and tight end respectively, are one of the biggest tackle-tight end combinations in New England. Johnson, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, is a brutish tackle that will aggravate opposing defensive tackles on down blocks. He is a strong anchor on the offensive line for Wakefield, but is also quick.
Fabiano is also a strong run-blocker, but will also impose his will on the Middlesex League’s linebackers in the passing game. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end is regarded as one of the state’s premier players at the position, and ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in Massachusetts by ESPN. Fabiano currently holds scholarship offers from Bryant and New Hampshire, but also interest from a number of schools including Connecticut and Boston College.
"[Fabiano]'s really talented," senior co-captain Adam Bruzzese said of the tight end. "He’s big, he can block and he’s got great hands. He can also move for a guy that is 265 pounds."
Wakefield High coach Mike Boyages will not only use these two as a powerful double-team on linemen in the five-technique, but also looks to pull and trap with the duo as much as possible.
"We have two big guys that we can run behind," Boyages said of his weapons. "If we had a few more big guys it would obviously be better, but generally speaking I think it’s just nice to have those two."
The Warriors will rely a lot on the offensive line with a new quarterback this year.
Last season the Warriors got off to a 1-5 start and were very inconsistent. Boyages then sparked up the Warriors’ run-game and -- even with a barrage of injuries -- finished the season on a 5-game win streak.
With the duo of Johnson and Fabiano on the left side, all signs point to Wakefield’s run-happy offense starting right where it left off.
WAKEFIELD AT A GLANCE
2009 record: 6-5
Coach: Mike Boyages (14th year, 96-39-3)
Players to watch: Anthony Fabiano, Sr., TE/DE, 6-5, 265 lbs.; Brandon Johnson, Sr., OT/DT, 6-4, 295 lbs.; Brendan Looby, Sr., DB/WR, 5-10, 165 lbs.; Adam Bruzzese, Sr., LB/WR, 5-9, 185 lbs.; Greg Ledin, Sr., LB/TE, 6-0, 175 lbs.; Josh Puccio, Jr., RB, 6-1, 185 lbs.; Nick Calderon, Jr., DB, 5-9, 165 lbs.; Vinny DiSciscio, Sr., RB/S, 5-9, 175 lbs.; Ervin St. Jean, Sr., RB/DB, 5-10, 185 lbs.
Strengths: Skills position, size
Weaknesses: Inexperience, speed
Outlook: Wakefield has a lot of returning running backs from last year’s team. They also have the two big-men on the offensive line returning. However, after that, the Warriors are looking to fit in a lot of new players into the lineup. Connor O’Brien is coming off of major knee surgery and is projected as the team’s starting quarterback. While Wakefield does not have any players that will necessarily blow teams away with their speed, the team has a deep secondary