Boston High School: Jameson McShea

Picked up pieces from BC High signing day

February, 2, 2012
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BOSTON -- Perhaps the busiest local school on Wednesday's National Letter of Intent signing day was BC High. Eagles athletes representing five different sports gathered to give their John Hancock's to athletic programs ranging from the D1 to D3 levels, from the Big East (UConn) to the Ivy League (Harvard, Penn and Yale) to artsy Boston-located schools (yes, indeed, Emerson College has athletics).

Here's a smattering of observations from a couple of Eagles gridiron standouts who put pen to paper after a Division 1 Super Bowl season:

TE JAMESON McSHEA, HARVARD
On what led him to Harvard:
“It’s was all about the coaching and how comfortable I felt there. It’s the family of the team that I felt in the locker room with them, compared to what I felt at BC, not that I didn’t feel welcomed, but it just wasn’t the place for me.”

On what impact former BC High teammate Obum Obukwelu had on decision: “I definitely talked to him during the process. I stayed with the family of an offensive tackle at the school, but when I was there for my official, I spent a lot of time with Obum, coming from BC High, he’s one of my good friends. I’ve spent a lot of time with him there and he loves it. He had a big influence on me, but mainly it was my family and going to the UPenn game, when I got to see them raise the Ivy League championship trophy, that was a deciding factor. … I wanted to be a part of that.”

QB BARTLEY 'MOE' REGAN, STONEHILL
On whether his and WR Gordon McLeod's commitment was coincidence:
“No, we didn’t plan that together, not at all. But to have that connection going into college, that’s going to be amazing. To have the last four years together, and he’s one of my best friends on the team, that’s just going to translate into a better chemistry at the next level.”

BC High's McShea on Harvard: 'I felt at home'

January, 26, 2012
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Although a scholarship offer from Boston College was tempting, the lure wasn't strong enough to pull Boston College High School tight end Jameson McShea away from the Ivy League.

That's what McShea said Thursday, one day after he committed to play football at Harvard.

“It was a really hard decision because I had been hoping to go to BC for a long time,” McShea said. “It was my dream school, but Harvard is the dream school for everybody around the world.

“It basically came down to where I was more comfortable. Where I felt at home.”

Although McShea also played defensive end at BC High, he was recruited as a tight end. He is rated as a three-star tight end by ESPN Recruiting and the No. 6 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. He was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team last month.

McShea, a Cotuit resident, committed to Temple last summer, but reopened his recruitment in December, shortly after he received his acceptance letter from Harvard. All signs pointed to Harvard until BC assistant coach Sean Devine offered McShea a scholarship Saturday.

“BC gave me something to think about,” McShea said. “They had told me to prepare for [a scholarship offer], so I expected it. It was all because of Sam Grant [a tight end from Ohio who decommitted from BC last week].

“Coach Devine was very accepting when I told him. He wished me well. Obviously the ACC is a bigger league than the Ivy League. Football is more of your life at BC than it is at Harvard, which is not a problem for me because I love football. It's just that the opportunity Harvard presents after college is amazing.

“Temple is a great school with a great staff, but I was very unfamiliar with the area. I only went down there once.”

McShea, the Catholic Conference Lineman of the Year, said he also strongly considered UMass before narrowing his choices to BC and Harvard. He helped BC High win its second Eastern Mass. Super Bowl in the last four years last season.

McShea said the opportunity for playing time early in his career, and his relationship with Harvard head coach Tim Murphy were also key factors in his decision.

“I spent a lot of time with Coach Murphy and not much time with Spaz [BC head coach Frank Spaziani],” McShea said. “That's basically what it came down to.

“[Murphy's] style of offense is exactly what I wanted. He uses three tight ends and splits them out a lot.”

McShea attended Harvard's games against Dartmouth and Penn last season. He said he had a strong feeling Harvard was the school and program for him when he was in the locker room following Harvard's victory over Penn.

“I just had a good feeling when I saw all the teammates,” he said. “When I received my acceptance letter I had a pretty strong feeling I was heading there. The last few days I was just making sure Harvard was the place for me.

“My parents told me that Harvard is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not many people get that chance.”

BC High TE McShea commits to Harvard

January, 26, 2012
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Boston College hasn't had much luck with in-state recruits from the Class of 2012, and another local player slipped off the hook Wednesday when Boston College High tight end Jameson McShea committed to Harvard.

McShea, a Cotuit native, confirmed his decision via text message this morning.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound McShea committed to Temple last summer, but reopened his recruitment last month and had narrowed his choices to BC and Harvard. BC assistant coach Sean Devine offered McShea a scholarship Saturday, shortly after tight end Sam Grant decommitted from BC.

McShea is the No. 6 recruit from Massachusetts in this year's class, and was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team last month.

Massachusetts has six players in the Class of 2012 rated with three stars or better. Five of the six have committed and none selected BC. Catholic Memorial's four-star athlete Armani Reeves, the state's top recruit, is expected to choose either Michigan or Ohio State.

Boston College offers BC High TE McShea

January, 23, 2012
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ESPN's Roger Brown reports today on the East Football Recruiting Blog that Boston College High tight end/defensive end Jameson Mcshea received a scholarship offer from Boston College over the weekend.

BC offensive line coach and Massachusetts recruiting coordinator Sean Devine extended an offer to McShea, a Cotuit native, on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound McShea was the Catholic Conference's Lineman of the Year, and an ESPN Boston All-State selection, as the Eagles captured their second Eastern Mass. Super Bowl championship in four seasons.

McShea initially committed to Temple last summer, but de-committed last month.

Brown writes:



“I'd been talking to BC quite a bit,” McShea said. “They told me everything depended on Sam Grant. I got the offer about an hour after he decommitted.”

McShea, who decommitted from Temple in December, said he was down to Harvard and BC.

“It was between UMass and Harvard,” he said. “Once I decided it was Harvard over UMass I was just waiting on BC. I've already been accepted at Harvard, but I'm really not leaning one way or another.”

McShea is very familiar with BC. He has been to several BC games, went to a BC junior day and attended the BC camp twice.

McShea said he expects to make his decision within the next week.

“I'll talk it over with my parents and do a little more homework,” he said. “BC asked me to give them a decision a few days before signing day because they may have spots to fill.”


MHSFCA unveils 'Super 26' All-State Team

December, 29, 2011
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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.

OFFENSE

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

Receivers
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

DEFENSE

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

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

UMass offers BC High's Jameson McShea

December, 20, 2011
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ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting that Boston College High tight end Jameson McShea picked up an offer from UMass this morning.

“Yes, I like [UMass],” McShea told Brown via text message. “I'm going to check it out some more though.”

McShea, who decommitted from Temple earlier this month, said last week that he was considering four schools: Boston College, Dartmouth, Harvard and Maryland. Of the four, Harvard is the only school made an offer. He's hoping he'll know if the other schools are going to offer by Christmas.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Cotuit resident played an integral role as a blocking tight end in the Eagles' run to their second Division 1 Super Bowl championship in four seasons. As a defensive end, he was named the Catholic Conference's Lineman of the Year for recording 68 tackles, 12 for loss. He also made ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team, as a tight end.

BC High's McShea decommits from Temple

December, 13, 2011
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ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting that Boston College High tight end/defensive end Jameson McShea is no longer committed to Temple University for the fall of 2012.

He's now strongly considering Dartmouth, Harvard, Boston College and Maryland, however he only holds an offer from Harvard. McShea has many Division 1 FCS options, with Elon, Fordham, Holy Cross, Maine and New Hampshire all offering him.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Cotuit native was integral part of the Eagles' Division 1 Super Bowl championship season on both sides of the ball, racking up 68 tackles (12 for loss) and throwing some vicious blocks in run support. He was named the Catholic Conference's Lineman of the Year, and last week was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team.

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

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OFFENSE
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.


DEFENSE
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

Ramey-Doe, O-line deliver for BC High

December, 3, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – On the strength of Bartley Regan's right arm, BC High earned its berth in the Eastern Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

But the passing game was option No. 2 in Saturday's final, thanks largely to an offensive line that fueled a first-rate running game against no-quit underdog Needham.

Deontae Ramey-Doe ran for 200 yards on 24 carries in BC High's 21-7 title-clinching win. But, just as quickly as Ramey-Doe hit the holes, he lauded the unheralded stars up front for ripping open those running lanes.

“They got real nasty,” said the 6-foot 1-inch, 180-pound senior, whose three touchdown runs included a highlight-reel 91-yard breakaway to the end zone, snapping a 7-all tie in the second quarter.

Who were the guys who enabled Ramey-Doe to gash the Rockets?

Left to right, across the line: Left tackle Justin Roberts, left guard Mike Prendeville, center Jake Durkin, right guard Jack McDonald and right tackle Bill Breen. Ends Jameson McShea, a Temple recruit, and Mark McGuire added to BC High's toughness in the trenches.

Make no mistake. Running the football requires attitude. BC High (10-3) certainly had it.

The Eagles averaged a whopping 7.7 yards per carry. Ramey-Doe, Luke Catarius (10 carries for 87 yards), James Moynahan and Regan combined for 39 rushes.

BC High's quartet tallied 300 of the offense's 360 total yards.

“Our game plan coming in was to mix it up (with the run and pass),” said BC High head coach Jon Bartlett, whose team led at halftime, 14-7. “We felt in the second half, we could establish the run more, so that's what we went to.”

Helping the head coach make that decision was the fact BC High lacked rhythm in the passing game.

So, Bartlett sent this message as the Eagles started the second half: Keep pounding the ball on the ground.

Those are words every offensive lineman loves to hear.

“It's the best feeling, just knowing that your running back can hit that hole and has open field in front of him,” said McDonald, a towering 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior. “There's nothing better than that.”

Case in point: Ramey-Doe's dagger 91-yard run.

Backed up at their 9-yard line after Andrew Murowchick's punt temporarily altered field position, the Eagles ran a shotgun draw. Ramey-Doe cut to McDonald's side of the line, where a gaping hole opened.

BC High's burner accelerated through it and raced down the right sideline. Ronnie Rosser nearly made a shoestring tackle 4 yards from the end zone. But Ramey-Doe fell forward across the goal line.

The offensive line continued to help kill clock in the third quarter. The Eagles orchestrated a 13-play drive over a span of six minutes, 40 seconds.

“We were all disappointed last year, not going to the playoffs,” said Breen, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior. “I know our whole team spent a lot of time in the weight room.”

It paid off.

Needham (9-4) routinely shifted along the defensive line. Yet, when the ball was snapped, the Eagles were routinely in position to provide a massive push.

“It's all attitude,” Breen said. “You have to want it.”

Recap: BC High 34, Chelmsford 13

November, 30, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- They say it is always tough to beat a team twice in a season. On Tuesday night, BC High accomplished that feat defeating Chelmsford for the second time this season, 34-13, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 semifinal at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium.

Chelmsford began the game with a drive that saw them move the ball all the way down to the BC High 23-yard line. BC High linebacker James Moynahan then made the play of the first quarter as he picked off Chelmsford quarterback Colby Emanouil at the 18-yard line. The interception set up a Bartley Regan 14-yard out to Gordon McLeod followed by a 68-yard touchdown burst from senior Deontae Ramey-Doe.

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Ryan Kilian for ESPN.comTemple-bound Jameson McShea and the BC High defense kept Chelmsford's offensive stars in check.
“It was a toss to the outside,” Ramey-Doe said. “ I saw that the defense was heading to the outside so I had to cut it back and I only had one tackle to break until it was just wide open.”

Chelmsford would answer back on the second play of the second quarter as Emanouil got wide and took it around the left side for a 6-yard touchdown run.

After a Regan strike to Lincoln Collins made it 14-7 BC High in the second quarter senior defensive back Yosa Nosamiefan stepped in front of an Emanouil pass and took it 47 yards to the end zone to extend the Eagles' lead to 21-7 heading into the half.

BC High kept Emanouil and running back Eddie Sheridan in check for most of the night as the two Lions’ offensive stars struggled to break their typical “big plays”.

“They [Chelmsford] were tough, but we worked real hard in practice over the past few days and knew that their running game was going to be a challenge,” BC High junior linebacker Luke Catarius said.

Chelmsford also proved stout against the run on the evening which gave Regan more opportunities to throw the ball. The BC High senior signal caller found his favorite target McLeod to open the second half on a 12-yard corner end zone strike to extend the lead to 27-7 with 8:05 remaining in the third.

“Each game we have a different scheme,” BC High head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We wanted to throw the ball a little more tonight. They had great pressure and our guys did a good job of picking them up.”

Sheridan finally found the end zone in the third quarter as the senior scored his 25th rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard burst through the middle of the line. The touchdown cut the lead to 27-13 and gave the Lions momentum heading into the fourth quarter.

“I thought our defense responded well,” said Bartlett. “We stress all the time that if big plays happen you just have to forget about it and get to the next play.”

BC High stepped up their effort after Sheridan’s score and used the clock to their advantage as Moynahan capped off the game in the final quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run to seal the win and send BC High to the Division 1 Super Bowl.

“It feels great,” said Ramey-Doe of getting to Gillette and the Super Bowl. “A lot of us have been here (BC High) for four or even five years now, from our middle school class. It is a real great experience and we are all happy.”

Trusting the O-Line
Ramey-Doe also credited his offensive line for their strong play on the evening. Along with Temple-bound tight end Jameson McShea the Eagles scored 34 points on one of the state’s stingiest defenses.

“Our offensive line has been getting better and better each week,” Ramey-Doe said. “I trust them that if I just work hard and hit the holes they will be there.”

Ramey-Doe has seen his carries and role dramatically increase as he became BC High’s primary ball carrier with the season ending ankle injury to star senior tailback Preston Cooper against Everett during the regular season.

Chelmsford recap
Chelmsford concludes their season with a 10-2 record and graduates a stellar senior class led by Boston College-bound linebacker Tim Joy, linebacker Corey Everleigh, defensive end Brett Harrington, along with Emanouil and Sheridan.

“I am real proud of our kids,” Chelmsford head coach Bruce Rich said. “These guys are outstanding. They have great size and great talent over there.”

1st Quarter
B – Deontae Ramey-Doe 68 run (Jackson Bockhorst kick)

2nd Quarter
C – Colby Emanouil 6 run (Charlie Calenda kick)
B – Lincoln Collins 13 pass from Bartley Regan (Bockhorst kick)
B – Yosa Nosamiefan 47 interception return (Bockhorst kick)

3rd Quarter
B – Gordon McLeod 12 pass from Regan (kick failed)
C – Eddie Sheridan 4 run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
B – James Moynahan 18 run (Bockhorst kick)

Recap: No. 3 BC High 13, No. 5 CM 0

November, 24, 2011
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. –- Jackson Bockhorst booted two 30-plus-yard field goals and Luke Catarius added a 1-yard rush to lead the BC Eagles over host Catholic Memorial 13-0 to capture the Catholic Conference title on Thanksgiving morning.

“This was a great win,” said BC High coach Jon Bartlett. “We came in saying bend but don’t break. They’re going to get some yards, but and the end of the day the only thing that matters is the scoreboard.”

BC scored on their first possession with a 31-yard field goal from Bockhorst. CM then went three-and-out and BC converted one first down on the following possession, but a failed fair catch by Catholic Memorial at their 20 gave Bockhorst enough room for a 35-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 6-0 with 8:11 left in the second quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, CM stopped BC High on the BC High 14. After three plays, it was 4th and 2 on the 22. A.J. Doyle took the ball from under center and made a dive forward, but linebacker John Snee and lineman Jaleel Johnson shot the A-gaps and stopped Doyle for no gain.

On the ensuing drive, CM had the Eagles on their heels with a third and four situation, and although Camren Williams stopped Deontae Ramey-Doe short of the first down, an unnecessary roughness penalty against CM for hitting Ramey-Doe after the play set up the first down. Catarius (12 rushes, 28 yards) took three straight rushes and the third got him into the end zone.

“I wanted, the ball, coach gave it to me and I knew the linemen were going to make the blocks,” Catarius said. “Bartley gave me the ball, we put it in and it was just a great feeling.”

CM made it 31 yards on the ensuing drive and Doyle was looking towards the end zone on second and five from the 27, but James Moynohan came up with his second take away of the day, this an interception for a touchback with 2:10 left, affording BC High with the opportunity to run out the clock.

ON THE SIDE BUT OUT FRONT


After the game, the injured Preston Cooper led the BC High Eagles across the red CM emblem to shake hands. He says that even though he is not playing, his teammates have helped make it easier by being encouraging.

“They’ve been great to me, supporting me throughout my injury, so I am happy for them," Cooper said. "I’m going to be there to support them no matter what.”After the game, in the team’s huddle, they gave a chant in his honor.

EAGLE EYE


Moynahan came up with the interception late in the game, but it was very deliberate.

“Coach said watch the rear route, which he ran," Moynahan said. "Coming out, I figured they’d were going to run the exact same play so I just went to the corner of the end zone, he threw it up and I just tried to out jump him.”

Moynahan’s first take away on the morning was a failed fair catch by Catholic Memorial with 9:09 to go in the second quarter.

“Coach always said get to the ball and stay in front of it,” added Moynahan. “That’s just what I was trying to do."

STUFFING
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, A.J. Doyle usually had his way in between the tackles, muscling for a yard or two almost at will. On fourth and inches, Snee and Johnson split the center, clogging the A gaps and, along with Jameson McShea and other Eagles, stopped Doyle from the first down and set up the Knights’ sole touchdown on the day.

“I knew [Snee] was going to shoot the other side, I pinched in, grabbed his legs and then everyone came in and ran him over,” Johnson said.

BIG FOOT
Six-foot-three, 210-pound junior kicker Jackson Bockhorst got three calls to put it between the posts and he answered them all.

“In practice, he’s been working everyday getting better and better the whole season,” Ramey-Doe said. “[Today] was just like practice for him.”

RUNNING RAMEY-DOE
Although it doesn’t appear in the box score, Ramey-Doe’s 23 rushes for 100 yards were key for the Eagles, and even topped the Knights’ 90 total yards during the game.

“The [offensive] line, they’re always doing their job. I just have to follow them and trust the holes."

BC High -- 3 3 0 7 -- 13
CM -- 0 0 0 0 -- 0


1st quarter
BC – Jackson Brockhorst 31 FG

2nd quarter
BC – Jackson Brockhorst 35 FG

4th quarter
BC – Luke Catarius 1 run (Brockhorst kick)

What We Learned: Week 9

November, 8, 2011
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IN RAIDER NATION, FUTURE IS NOW
The knock on Barnstable the last few years has never been that they've been short on talent, but rather they always seemed a year away.

One five-yard touchdown scamper in overtime, from a floppy-haired sophomore named Hayden Murphy, has suddenly changed everything about that perception. Since junior Nick Peabody took over for the injured D.J. Crook at quarterback, the Red Raiders are 3-1, and a point-after field goal in overtime from being 4-0, led by their youth movement on defense and some above-average speed at the skill positions.

All of it came to a head on Friday night in Hyannis, when the Raiders (5-4, 3-0) emerged with a 26-20 overtime win over previous No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham to win the Old Colony League outright and punch their first ticket to the playoffs since 2002.

"I just wanted it so bad for the kids," first-year head coach Chris Whidden said following the game. "They've done so much, so much off the field as a team, and they worked so hard in the offseason, I just felt like they deserved it so much."

The Raiders will face Dual County Large champion Lincoln-Sudbury in a Tuesday night playoff following their Thanksgiving showdown with archrival Falmouth. By all accounts, this figures to go a lot more swimmingly than the Raiders' last appearance, a 42-6 stomping by a St. John's Prep squad that saw two kids go to the NFL, another get drafted 17th overall by the Padres, and another go on to play hockey at Boston University.

This time around, the Raiders have speed in all sorts of places, and smart coach in the young Whidden. Witness the B-R game, in which he made a few tweaks on his defensive line to free up hawking linebackers Andrew Ellis, Bryan Hardy and Ryan Litchman, allowing them to get to the sidelines quicker and contain those outside power sweeps that has been the calling card of the Trojans for so many years.

Offensively, speedsters like Murphy have their best days ahead of them. But just as integral to the turnaround has been the emergence of running back Theo France. We've long mused that, given more carries, the senior will prove his worth. Off the field, France is reportedly a workout warrior; and Friday night, it showed, racking up nearly 160 yards on the ground to keep the Trojans honest.

HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER
You might have thought the loss of Preston Cooper would be catastrophic for BC High.

As tight end Jameson McShea put it, "He was our offense."

However, the Eagles have gotten along just fine without Cooper because of Deontae Ramey-Doe's hard-nosed running out of the backfield in the last two weeks. The rangy senior running back put in a huge 206-yard, two-touchdown performance against No. 13 Xaverian at a windswept Viola Stadium on Friday night, powering the Eagles to an important Catholic Conference win.

And, while Ramey-Doe admits he could never hope to replace Cooper, he's understanding his new role as a feature back within the Eagles' offense.

"Coach [Jon Bartlett] has told me that he doesn't expect me to be Preston," Ramey-Doe said after Friday's victory. "I just have to run the way that I know that I can run."

What that means is the Eagles have a versatile runner who's tough enough to run in between the tackles, but also fast enough to run on sweeps to outside behind BC High's hulking line, as they exhibited on Friday night.

"We just want him to run hard," Bartlett said, "and he did that.”

Of course, Ramey-Doe didn't do it alone. He had his biggest fan on the sideline for Friday's game, none other than Cooper, himself. After scoring his first touchdown of the game, Ramey-Doe ran over to Cooper with a high five, saying, "That one's for you."

LIONS HOLD STRONG
With Lowell quarterback R.J. Noel working his magic again and wreaking havoc with his arm and his feet, Chelmsford was playing for their lives in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game at Cawley Stadium. The Red Raiders came back to tie the Lions, 14-14, and for all intents and purposes had gained momentum. Not only had Chelmsford lost the lead, they also lost BC-bound linebacker Tim Joy on the game-tying PAT by Lowell. A bad night had just gotten worse.

Then, the Lions offense took over behind running back Eddie Sheridan (168 yards, 2 TDs).

Chelmsford marched down the field on two straight series and the Lions' defense tightened, including Lou Ferrer's huge fourth-down stop. So the Lions escaped and inched closer to a Merrimack Valley Large title.

"My favorite part of the game is getting that one yard," Sheridan said. "I love it."

BAY STATE CAREY WIDE OPEN
Several weeks ago, Needham was in the driver's seat to claim the Bay State's large division title. A few key injuries later and a last-second win by Framingham (22-21) last week and the Carey is ripe for the picking.

Flyers quarterback Greg Finley connected with Mike Stearns on a 4-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining to lift Framingham to an improbable comeback win that's thrown the league race into limbo.

Framingham, Needham and Weymouth now all stand at 6-2 in league play. Needham holds an advantage over Weymouth in their head to head record, but with the loss to Framingham, the Flyers can sneak by with a win over the Wildcats in Framingham Friday night. Meanwhile, Needham hosts Newton North on Friday.

FAMILIAR FOES
To think of the last time a team besides Natick or Walpole represented the Bay State Conference's Herget division in the playoffs, you have to go all the way back to 2002, when a Kyle Beatrice-led Swampscott squad torched division champ Norwood 51-22 in Division 3. That's a decade-long run that, following Friday night's showdown in Walpole, is about to get longer.

The Hockomock League has Mansfield-North Attleborough. The Dual County League has Acton-Boxboro versus Lincoln-Sudbury. In the Bay State, the premier matchup year in and year out is Natick-Walpole, and this year's installment should be no different.

From Reshaude Goodwin to Billy Flutie to Ryan Izzo and Scott McCummings, the rivalry has always featured premiere Division 1 talent going at it. This year's installment will be more of a youth movement, with a strong junior class leading Walpole's stout defense that hasn't allowed a point since its lone loss of the season, to Needham in Week 7.

Natick, also 8-1, battles Walpole's youth with uber-youth. Their starting quarterback, sophomore Troy Flutie (yes, Darren's kid), is on track for 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing. Their leading receiver, freshman Brian Dunlap, is closing in on 1,000 receiving yards and is one of the state's leaders in touchdown receptions (12). Running back Nick Lee, a junior, is 33 yards short of 1,000.

SOUTH SHORE SHOWDOWN
Of all of the league championships up for grabs on Friday night, one of the most underrated has got to be the one going down in Mashpee, where the Falcons will host No. 19 East Bridgewater in a battle of unbeatens, for the South Shore League's playoff berth.

By now, East Bridgewater's superstar, UNH-bound running back Casey DeAndrade, is a household name for his breathtaking speed. Some have even gone as far as to call him one of the best to come through the league in the last two decades. But flying under the radar has been Mashpee senior running back Jordan Keli'inui.

A patient runner with a long frame, live hips, and a compact yet powerful frame at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he's paved his way to over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, one of the leading scorers in Division 4. (Check out his highlights here)

This could be a high-scoring affair -- even by the down-tempo South Shore League standards.

Recap: No. 5 BC High 16, No. 8 Xaverian 6

November, 5, 2011
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BOSTON – Preston Cooper might have been BC High’s lightning in a bottle, but Deontae Ramey-Doe packs plenty of thunder.

Now, as the No. 5 Eagles’ feature back, following Cooper’s season-ending injury against Everett, Ramey-Doe has kept up his counterpart’s stride. Along with a stifling defense, Ramey-Doe’s 206-yard, two-touchdown effort propelled the Eagles’ key 16-6 Catholic Conference victory over No. 8 Xaverian at Viola Stadium.

“Deonte runs hard,” Eagles head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We told him that we’re not expecting [him] to be Preston for the rest of the season, we just want him to run hard. And he did that tonight.”

Ramey-Doe had BC High (6-3, 2-0) to a 13-0 halftime lead after two second-quarter rushing touchdowns of 28 and 44 yards.

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ defense was downright dominant in the first 22 minutes, allowing just three yards of offense and holding the Hawks (5-4, 1-1) to a single first down.

Xaverian didn’t break up the Eagles’ shutout bid until the inside the two-minute warning on Austin DeCarr’s 32-yard pass to Mike Warren.

HOLDING THE LINE
Bartlett considers the Hawks’ linemen as the strength of the team, so he had to be pleased with the way his offensive and defensive linemen controlled the point of attack on both sides of the ball.

The Eagles offensive line of Bill Breen, Jake Durkin, Jack McDonald, Mike Prendeville and Justin Roberts along with fullback Luke Catarius and tight end Jameson McShea, gashed holes in the Hawks’ line, easily allowing Ramey-Doe entry to the second level of the Xaverian D.

Meanwhile, the Eagles defensive line was equally disruptive. Defensive end Adam Richard (3 tackles for loss) set up shop in the Hawks’ backfield along with McShea (sack).

Linebacker Zach West also killed a promising Hawks drive inside the red zone with an interception at the end of the third quarter.

“We used our speed to our advantage,” said McShea, a Temple commit. “They had a lot of big gaps that we took advantage of with our speed … We know that our linebackers can fill the holes.”

FILLING BIG SHOES
With Cooper and Ramey-Doe in the backfield, the Eagles had perhaps the most potent rushing duo in the state. And, while you might have thought BC High would lose its big-play ability with the loss of Cooper, it’s just been more of the same with Ramey-Doe in his last two games making the start.

“I just have to do what I can do,” the 6-foot, 180-pound senior back said.

Cooper was in attendance, watching the game from the sideline. So when Ramey-Doe scored his second touchdown of the game, he made it a point to give a high five to his injured teammate on the way back to the bench area.

But now Ramey-Doe must forge his own identity, which to no small extent will be the Eagles’ offensive identity down the stretch run of the season.

So far, pretty good.

“We’re different runners, me and Preston,” Ramey-Doe said. “I like to run between the tackles a little bit more. But as long as the linemen keep doing their job, like they did tonight, we’ll be all set.”

DOING IT FOR NO. 4
Cooper remains on the forefront of the Eagles’ minds.

Many of the BC High players carved out No. 4 on their eye black strips. Cooper’s white jersey hung on the kicking net a few feet from where the Wareham native watched Friday’s game.

In the waning seconds of the Eagles’ wins, fellow captains Bartley Regan and Gordon McLeod came over to congratulate Cooper on the win. He was also a part of the celebratory postgame breakdown with his teammates forming a semicircle around his wheelchair.

“He has a lot of spirit for us and just having him around is great,” said McShea, who typically carpools with Cooper to school on the way from the Cape. “I love having him back on the field with us now.”

Xaverian (5-4, 1-1) 0 0 0 6 -- 6
BC High (6-3, 2-0) 0 13 0 3 -- 16


2nd quarter
BC -Deontae Ramey-Doe 28-yard run (kick blocked)
BC - Ramey-Doe 44-yard run (Jackson Bockhurst kick)

4th quarter
BC - Bockhurst 30-yard field goal
X - Mike Warren 32-yard pass from Austin DeCarr (pass failed)

Scouts Inc. player rankings updated

November, 1, 2011
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ESPN Scouts Inc. has updated its player rankings in its football recruiting database, and there is a new No. 1 at the top. Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves, a Penn State commit, has been named the state's new top prospect for the Class of 2012, and it's a well-deserved spot based on the returns this year so far. Reeves -- who, along with CM teammates Cam Williams and A.J. Doyle were named to the ESPNU 150 Watch List earlier this year -- has 11 touchdowns in four different ways thus far for the 5-1 Knights, who are ranked No. 9 this week in our statewide MIAA Top 25 poll.

You can view the full database rankings by clicking here.

Here's how the new Top 10 looks, with college commitment in parentheses:



1. Armani Reeves, ATH, Catholic Memorial (Penn State)
2. Cam Williams, LB, Catholic Memorial (Penn State)
3. Abner Logan Jr., ATH, Dexter
4. Canaan Severin, ATH, Worcester Academy (Virginia)
5. Eric Olson, OT, BB&N (Northwestern)
6. Jameson McShea, TE, BC High (Temple)
7. Vondell Langston, RB/LB, Everett
8. Tim Joy, LB, Chelmsford (Boston College)
9. Jason Sylva, LB, Tabor Academy (UConn)
10. Preston Cooper, RB, BC High


Recap: No. 1 Everett 35, No. 3 BC High 21

October, 23, 2011
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EVERETT, Mass. –- It’s always a numbers game against No. 1 Everett’s offense.

Stack the box and Jonathan DiBiaso will pick apart a secondary. Slip too many people into coverage and Vondell Langston is equally adept at gashing a defense.

Either way, there’s no simple solution and, as the Crimson Tide showed in their 35-21 win over No. 3 BC High on Saturday afternoon, maybe there’s simply too much to stop.

“We know that if they play one side, they’re bound to leave the other side open,” Crimson Tide wide receiver Jalen Felix said. “So I feel as though they can’t cover all of us.

“There’s 11 men on both sides, but they can’t cover all of us.”

Everett (7-0) played the role of aggressor from the game’s onset recovering an onside kick to start the game. Five plays later, the Crimson Tide had an instant 7-0 lead with Vondell Langston’s first of two rushing scores. Along with two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett took a 28-14 lead to the half.

It didn’t matter much how they drew it up, the Crimson Tide kept the Eagles (4-3) guessing. Langston turned in his second straight game going over 100 yards (20 carries, 102 yards) while DiBiaso settled into a groove with the passing game (14 of 28, 252 yards, TD) and creating additional offense with his 52 rushing yards.

"If there's five guys in the box, we run,” Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. “If there's seven, we pass. The whole first half, I think there was five in the box. So that means that we've got five blockers on five defenders, so we're going to run the ball and we did. Second half, they came out with six.”

After moving the BC High defenders up into the box, that gave DiBiaso the space to continue his assault on the state’s career touchdown record. The left-handed signal-caller is now three off of Tommy Colombo’s record after a 64-yard connection with Jaylen McRae in the third quarter.

Still, the Eagles were not without their own offensive highlights. Eagles quarterback Bartley Regan also dialed up two touchdown connections of greater than 60 yards with a 72-yard hitch-and-go to Lincoln Collins and a 60-yard bomb caught in stride by Yosa Nosamiefan.

In addition, running back Preston Cooper, the reigning Catholic Conference MVP, was elusive again with 15 carries for 161 yards including a dazzling 58-yard touchdown run in the third.

However, Cooper likely played in his last high school game after suffering a dislocated ankle with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. On the drive following his touchdown run, Cooper was cut down on a tackle in between the hash marks. An audible cry for help underlined the severity of the injury.

"It's a big loss losing Preston," Eagles head coach Jon Bartlett said. "He's one of the top players in the state, if not the top running back in the state."

A STAR IS BORN?
The talent Everett enjoyed with receiving duo of Manny Asprilla and Matt Costello last season is about as common a find as Haley’s comet, but the Crimson Tide have plenty of horses in the stable this year with juniors Kenny Calaj, Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix.

Felix’s play was downright electric on the second quarter drive that resulted in DiBiaso’s second rushing touchdown. The 6-foot, 180-pounder added 57 receiving yards on two of the most amazing catches you’ll ever encounter.

The highlight was Felix’s 18-yard reception to set Everett up with a first goal at the BC High 4-yard line. On the play, Felix lost his balance and was hurdling toward the turf with tight coverage provided by the Eagles’ corner. No problem. Felix simply made a one-handed grab with his back to the ground with the defender in his back pocket.

“I just slipped,” Felix said. “I was just thinking, I have to catch this ball.”

Felix acknowledged that no one player, even in the talented cache of weapons DiBiaso has at his fingertips, is greater than the sum of the whole.

“If I make a good play, it’s because of my teammates,” Felix said. “It’s not because of me., it’s because they did their jobs that I had the opportunity to do mine and vice versa.”

Even their coach was in awe.

“I think you saw some of the finest plays you’ll ever see in a high school football game today,” DiBiaso added.

… WITH THAT SAID
The Eagles actually did a fair job of slowing down the Tide in pass coverage. Gordon McLeod came away with an interception while Nosamiefan and Deontae Ramey-Doe each had two passes defensed.

BC High also had spurts of pressure put on DiBiaso with a Jameson McShea tallying a sack and Luke Catarius single-handedly blowing up a couple of running plays in the backfield.

It just wasn’t quite enough to hold in the end.

“Our DBs played well,” Bartlett said. “We challenged them and they rose to the occasion.”

MOMENTUM SHIFTS
You could practically hard a pin drop when Cooper went to the turf following his grizzly injury (save for some nimrods who celebrated the injury in an utterly tasteless and classless display from the sideline). But more than Cooper’s absence, the play provided yet another negative shift of momentum for the Eagles.

“There were a few plays that we hurt ourselves,” Bartlett said. “I give a lot of credit to Everett and they’re a good team, but there were a number of times where we shot ourselves in the foot.”

There were interceptions by Felix and corner Gilly DeSouza, in addition to a fumble recovery by DeSouza. There were also a pair of roughing the kicker penalties, which extended Everett drives in the second half.

It all left the Eagles asking what if?

HIGH PRAISE
DiBiaso said he was sickened by the injury to Cooper and the reaction of a few in attendance. He also laid heavy praise on the wounded Eagle, comparing Cooper to some of the Crimson Tide’s best.

“We’ve had guys like Isaac Johnson and Diamond Ferri in the past, he’s right up there with those guys.

“They were just trying to let him pick his way. He’s a talented running back. If you overplay, he cuts it back. Then you think he’s going to cut back and he takes it out wide.”

BC High (4-3) 7 7 7 0 -- 21
Everett (7-0) 14 14 7 0 -- 35

1st quarter
E - Vondell Langston 12-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Lincoln Collins 72-yard pass from Bartley Regan (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
E - Langston 3-yard run (DeSouza kick)

2nd quarter
E - Jonathan DiBiaso 2-yard run (DeSouza kick)
E - DiBiaso 4-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Yosa Nosamiefan 60-yard pass from Regan (Bockhurst kick)

3rd quarter
BC - Preston Cooper 58-yard run (Bockhurst kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 64-yard pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)

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