Boston High School: Jeff Synan

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

As Walsh bruises, No. 14 P-North cruises

October, 30, 2010
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Bandaged brow and all, Matt Walsh stood unfazed as he greeted reporters following his Plymouth North Eagles' game with Barnstable. This was a typical night for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior, after all -- which is to say, based on recent performances, an unstoppable one.

Whether it was carrying the ball or lead blocking, Walsh punished the Red Raider defenders all night to the tune of 111 yards and two scores on 26 carries, giving the Eagles all the cushion they needed as they pounced on Barnstable, 33-18, last night at Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Clean Harbors Stadium.

"They were loading up on us in the box," said Walsh, who recently committed to Franklin Pierce College for baseball. "They were keying on our power game, and we still powered through them. It was a really nice job by the offensive line."

As for his own game?

"I just want to get the running backs in the end zone," he said, referring to his lead blocks. "I'll do whatever I can for the team."

All night, the Raiders struggled to keep the Eagles off the field, and dominated the clock with their Power-I set in the first half. North was 8 of 13 on third downs, and converted all four of its fourth down tries, thanks to well-executed kick-out and trap blocks from linemen Jeff Synan, Mike Cahill and Justin Maskell that sprung Walsh free. Walsh did the rest, pushing the pile on his own strength at the end of runs and even trucking a few guys.

It's the same method that has delivered North impressive wins over Bridgewater-Raynham, Marshfield and Falmouth in successive weeks following the loss last month to Aquinas Institute of Rochester, N.Y.

"They're a real physical team," Barnstable head coach Doug Crook said. "We knew they were going to come and pound us. Matt Walsh is a load. My defense is laden with sophomores and I'm proud of them, but this is a good tune-up for next weekend (against Bridgewater-Raynham)."

As for that last point, some might consider this a warm-up for both teams' league slate ahead of them. Friday the Raiders look to clinch the Old Colony League crown when they head to B-R, a program known for its suffocating offensive line play and power running have since the days of Doug Bessette and Marc Colombo in the late-90's. The Eagles head to South Yarmouth in two weeks to take on Dennis-Yarmouth -- which runs a more read-option oriented version of Barnstable's spread attack -- for what could potentially be all the marbles in the Atlantic Coast League.

"D-Y is pretty much like Barnstable, so it was good to get a feel for that tonight," Walsh said. "Hopefully it helps us out alot."

The Eagles dominated the clock with their power running game in the first half, putting together two monster scoring drives and moving the ball steadily behind Walsh, Zach Zaniboni and keepers from quarterback Cody Merritt. North marched 63 yards in 12 plays on its opening drive of the game, with Walsh plunging in from four yards out for the initial 7-0 lead.

They pushed the lead to 13-0 late in the second quarter after putting together another drive from good field position, marching 54 yards in 10 plays and punching it in with a one-yard Merritt keeper. Barnstable, after a dismal start, came out blazing in the third quarter, with junior quarterback D.J. Crook (273 yards passing, three touchdowns) hooking up with Jordan Henderson (12 catches, 204 yards, three touchdowns) for a 46-yard pass on fourth down, then punching it in five plays later with an eight-yard comeback to Henderson.

Each Crook touchdown pass to Henderson was responded immediately with more Plymouth pounding between the tackles and scores. Meanwhile, the defense showed its mettle in keeping the quick Barnstable strikes to a dull roar, picking off Crook twice in crucial situations.

So, the North defense did bend. Henderson burned the Eagles' secondary for catches of 48, 46, 33 and 23, all off short passes to the flats; running back Dennis Reddy (nine carries, 79 yards) kept them honest with draws up the middle that went for big gains.

But they did not break.

"(We had to stop) the big play. They can score so fast, they can do everything," North head coach Dwayne Follette said. "They have a great deep passing game, and we didn't give up any big plays as far as deep strikes. We couldn't figure out the crossing route on that empty set they run, but we adjusted and we played well. I was very happy with our defense. They've very dangerous, they average alot more than 18 points (per game)."


PLN 7 6 14 6 --- 33
BAR 0 0 12 6 --- 18

First Quarter
P - Matt Walsh 4 run (Vinny Tavernelli kick) 3:49

Second Quarter
P - Cody Merritt 1 run (pass failed) 2:21

Third Quarter
B - Jordan Henderson 8 pass from D.J. Crook (kick failed) 8:35
P - Walsh 6 run (Tavernelli kick) 5:31
B - Henderson 9 pass from Crook (pass failed) 4:22
P - Zach Zaniboni 48 run (Tavernelli kick) 3:26

Fourth Quarter
B - Henderson 3 pass from Crook (pass failed) 4:00
P - Merritt 30 run (kick failed) 2:11