Boston High School: Jermal Brevard-Jackson

Mr. Football Watch: Week 4

October, 1, 2013
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Here is our latest "Mr. Football Watch" following Week 4 of the 2013 season. Statistics can be sent to editors Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com) and/or Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com)

THE CONTENDERS*

Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick
Did it all in the Redhawks’ 35-14 win over Wellesley, completing 20 of 30 passes for 236 yards and five touchdowns, and adding 170 rushing yards.

Brandon Gallagher, Jr. RB, Bridgewater-Raynham
Carried 20 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 32-0 shutout of New Bedford.

Jack Galvin, Sr. WR, Lowell
Caught four passes for 39 yards and a score in the Red Raiders’ 32-6 win over Billerica.

Brendan Hill, Jr. TE/DE, Mansfield
Caught four passes for 31 yards in the Hornets’ 35-14 win over North Attleborough, but where he did most of his damage was on the defensive side, setting the edge and containing.

Neil O’Connor, Sr. QB, Leominster
Threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns, and added 40 rushing yards, in the Blue Devils’ 41-14 win over Shepherd Hill.

Dylan Oxsen, Sr. RB, Plymouth South
Ran for 191 yards and a touchdown, and added a 90-yard interception return – his second pick-six and three games – in the Panthers’ 21-14 win over cross-town rival Plymouth North.

Mike Panepinto, Sr. RB, Needham
Carried 12 times for 147 yards and two scores in the Rockets’ 41-12 rout of Newton North.

Andrew Smiley, Sr. QB, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Completed 12 of 21 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers’ wild 20-15 thriller over rival Fitchburg.

Johnathan Thomas, Sr. RB, St. John’s Prep
Carried 19 times for 96 yards in the Eagles’ loss to Everett. But even worse, he is reportedly undergoing season-ending knee surgery later this week after getting hurt in the second half of the game.

Cody Williams, Sr. QB, Springfield Central
In another easy rout, this one a 49-0 drubbing of Holyoke, Williams completed 9 of 12 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

Ju’an Williams, Sr. WR, Springfield Central
Caught two passes for 42 yards and score in the Golden Eagles’ 49-0 blanking of Holyoke.

Kyle Wisnieski, Sr. QB, Mansfield
Completed 11 of 16 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 35-14 win over North Attleborough.

FIVE ON THE RISE

Ryan Barabe, Jr. QB, Pope John Paul II
In the Lions’ 26-22 loss to Boston Cathedral, completed 18 of 25 passes for 279 yards and three scores and an interception. On the season, he is completing 68 percent of his passes for 776 yards and eight scores, which is among the state’s best.

Derek Estes, Sr. CB, Barnstable
Came up with two interceptions in the Red Raiders’ upset of then-No. 1 Xaverian last Friday, helping seal a 15-14 win at the end. He leads the Raiders with three interceptions through three games.

Ian Kessel, Soph. RB, Haverhill
Slowly establishing himself as one of the premier pass-catching tailbacks in Eastern Mass. Through four games he has 245 receiving yards and three touchdowns to go along with 331 rushing yards and five more scores.

Dylan Kierman, Sr. QB, Quabbin
Currently leads all passers in Central Mass. with 774 yards and nine touchdowns.

Brooks Tyrrell, Jr. RB, Marblehead
The Notre Dame lacrosse commit continues his torrid tear through the first half of the season, the latest a 27-carry, 181-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 35-7 win over rival Swampscott.

TOP STATISTICAL LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Rushing
Johnathan Thomas, Sr., St. John’s Prep – 748 yards, 8 total TD
Mark Wright, Sr., Auburn – 728 yards, 8 TD
Isaiah White, Sr., Beverly - 682 yards, 6 total TD
Brooks Tyrell, Jr., Marblehead – 634 yards, 7 total TD
Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South – 609 yards, 10 total TD

Passing
Jordan Bolarinho, Sr., Billerica – 955 yards, 7 TD
Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick – 807 yards, 13 TD
Matthew Jeye, Sr., Holliston – 785 yards, 8 TD
Michael Whitsett, Jr., Chicopee Comp – 781 yards, 4 TD
Ryan Barabe, Jr., Pope John Paul II – 776 yards, 8 TD

Receiving
Cole Bernier, Jr., Old Colony – 339 yards, 3 TD
Mike Bombard, Sr., Chicopee Comp – 335 yards, 3 TD
Brian Daly, Sr., Marblehead – 328 yards, 7 TD
Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell – 322 yards, 7 TD
Jeff Trainor, Soph., Billerica – 317 yards, 3 TD

Dual Threat**
Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick – 807 passing yards, 269 rushing yards, 14 total TD
Matthew Jeye, Sr., Holliston – 785 passing yards, 156 rushing yards, 10 total TD
Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central – 647 passing yards, 169 rushing yards, 10 total TD
Jermal Brevard Jackson, Jr., Boston Cathedral – 262 passing yards, 514 rushing yards, 6 total TD
Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster – 542 passing yards, 193 rushing yards, 12 total TD



*Not including teams who were idle last weekend.
**To qualify, quarterbacks must have rushing yards account for at least 15 percent of their total offensive production.


Recap: Cathedral 34, Pope John XXIII 28 (OT)

November, 11, 2012
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CHELSEA, Mass. -– In an emotional showdown at Chelsea High School on Saturday afternoon, Cathedral was victorious over Pope John XXIII, giving the Panthers an opportunity to win the Catholic Central small outright with one more win.

Cathedral (8-2, 6-0) benefited from two Pope John (5-5, 5-1) interceptions early on, finishing the first half with a 6-0 lead on a 25 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kejonte Hickman to 6-foot-4 wide receiver Kadeem Edge.

Edge, who had two touchdown receptions of 25 yards each on the day, helped anchor an offensive attack that overcame several turnovers and came up in the clutch in overtime.

“I trust my quarterback, I know he’s gonna give me the ball, and he knows where I like it, so I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team,” Edge said.

The quarterback Hickman, only a sophomore, was one of the most dominant performers on the field, throwing for two touchdowns and running in the eventual game-winning touchdown late in the overtime period.

“All summer long, I watched [Hickman and Edge]," Cathedral head coach Duane Sigsbury said. "They had a connection back then and it’s carried on through the year, that must have been like their 13th and 14th connection of the year, or about that.

“Kadeem is a special kid, he’s a Division 1 [college] player but he hasn’t gotten a lot of [college] looks because we’re D4.”

Following a fumbled kick return by Cathedral, Pope John took advantage to start off the second half, as junior running back Joe D’Onofrio picked up all 41 yards over the course of the Tigers’ first scoring drive. After a thirty-six yard run that put Pope John within inches of the goal line, D’onofrio ran in for the score and two-point conversion, the first of four touchdowns that he scored in the contest.

The Tigers' offense greatly improved in taking care of the ball in the second half, while their defense forced a fumble and Hickman’s second interception of the day, but it looked as if the Tigers had come up just short going into the final play of the game.

With five seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pope John quarterback Mike Sullivan scrambled around the red zone and threw up a Hail Mary pass to the endzone. With no time left on the clock, D’Onofrio came down with jumpball, tying the game at 20. Following a significant delay inbetween the touchdown and extra point attempt, the Tigers were penalized fifteen yards for excessive celebration, and were unsuccessful in their long two point attempt.

Cathedral started off the overtime period with a touchdown by Jermal Brevard-Jackson, a 10-yard run and his second touchdown of the afternoon. Following a successful two-point conversion for the Panthers, D’onofrio put Pope John on his back once again, running in a score and successful two-point conversion to tie the game at 28.

Enter Hickman. The young Cathedral quarterback played hero on the Panthers’ final drive, running in a ten yard touchdown to put Cathedral ahead on the scoreboard at the time, and in hindsight, for good. Cathedral stopped the Tigers inside the five yardline on their final possession, and came up with a win that puts them in position to win the Catholic Central small title next week with a win over Marian.

“Thanksgiving is always great,” Sigsbury said, “the next stop in the road for us is a Marian team that’s been working their tails off...They’ll be ready to play on Thanksgiving and we’ll be focused on the playoffs after that.”

Cathedral now has a one game lead over Pope John in the Catholic Central small standings, as Pope John now sits at 5-1 in league. As mentioned, Cathedral will take on Marian on Thanksgiving, while Pope John will play at Lowell Catholic.

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