Boston High School: Joe Seccareccia

New England Roundup: Maine

December, 16, 2010
Thirteen semifinalists have been selected for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, symbolic of the state’s top high school senior football player.

MaineBallots were mailed to media and members of the football community and will narrowed to three finalists which will be announced Dec. 19. In addition to football accomplishments, grades, character and extracurricular activities are also factors in the award.

The winner will be announced at the Fiztpatrick Trophy Banquet on Jan. 16 in Portland.

The finalists are:
  • Kyle Bishop, Waterville — The averaged 6.8 yards per carry and passed for 902 yards. He also kicked 19 of 21 PATs and was in on 73 tackles. He carries a GPA of 3.47.
  • Max Cloutier, Leavitt — The center/defensive tackle made 95 tackles and was credited with 12 1/2 sacks. He added 49 PATs and kicked a field goal. He carries an 85 grade average.
  • Michael Cyr, Scarborough — The two way end caught 17 passes for 336 yards and eight TDs. On defense, he made 73 tackles and recovered three fumbles. He carries an 89.9 GPA.
  • Ethan Drigotas, Kennebunk — The receiver/defensive back caught 36 passes for 659 yards and averaged 5.5 yards a carry as a halfback and scored seven TDs. He carries a 92 GPA.
  • Luke Duncklee, Cony — The quarterback passed for 1,442 yards and rushed for another 1,147, accounting for 25 touchdowns in all. He is a top 10 member of his class.
  • Nicholas Gagne, Biddeford – The fullback/linebacker rushed for 973 yards and scored 15 TDs. On defense he made 40 tackles, 13 for sacks. He carries a 3.5 GPA.
  • Peter Gwilym, Cheverus — The QB/safety led the Stags to their first Class A title since 1986. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored 13 TDs. He also passed for seven TDs. On defense he made 64 tackles and made four interceptions. H carries a 3.89 GPA.
  • Jonathan Haws, Hampden — The QB/safety is one of the most prolific players in school history. He carries a GPA of 94.
  • Cam Kaurbis, Mountain Valley — The QB/defensive back led the Falcons to the Class B state title, passing for 873 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he had 21 tackles and eight interceptions. He carries a 98.8 GPA.
  • Caleb Kenney, Portland — The FB/TE/LB made 44 tackles. He rushed for 328 yards and four TDs and caught 10 passes for 165 yards. He carries a 95 GPA.
  • Nicholas Proscia, Yarmouth — The FB.LB totaled 707 yards and nine touchdowns and played on all the special teams. He carries an 89.5 GPA and helped the Clippers to the Class B state title.
  • Jamie Ross, Deering — The quarterback threw for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 912 yards and 19 TDs. He also punted and kicked 36 PATs and a field goal. He carries a 90 GPA.
  • Josh Woodward, Thornton — The WB/DB averaged 8.6 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He also completed 52 percent of his passes for nine TDs. He carries a 3.3 GPA.

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New England Roundup: Maine

November, 17, 2010
State football championships in Class A, B and C are on the line Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

MaineHere is a rundown of the games:

Class A, Cheverus (11-0) vs. Bangor (10-1), 2:30 p.m.
Both teams squeaked by in regional finals last week. Cheverus downed Deering 35-34 when a last-second 36-yard field goal attempt by Deering’s Jamie Ross missed by two feet. And Bangor won 28-25 against Lewiston when the Blue Devils gambled on fourth and one from their own 10-yard line with two and half minutes left. Bangor held and scored the game-winning touchdown to seal the win.

Cheverus is making its first appearance in a state game since it won in 1985. The Stags, however, have made a rapid climb in the past four years under Coach John Wolfgram who has won seven state titles at Gardiner and South Portland and is the state’s winningest coach. They rely on the passing and running of quarterback Peter Gwilym who has accounted for 21 touchdowns. Running back Evan Jendrasko has rushed for 13 touchdowns. Equally important is the play of the Stags’ special teams which has accounted for several scores.

Bangor has a history on state title appearances, having won five since the current format began in 1967 while also losing in the state game eight times. The Rams lost to Windham in the state final last year and to Bonny Eagle in 2004. They last won a championship in 2001. They led the East in points scored behind a balanced attack that features the passing and running of 6-foot-6 quarterback Joe Seccareccia and the running of Josiah Hartley. They’ve combined for 36 touchdowns. Included in that number are eight receiving scores by Nick Sherwood.

Class B, Leavitt (11-0) vs. Mountain Valley (11-0), 11 a.m.
Leavitt defeated Gardiner, 27-7, in the East regional game last week while Mountain Valley shut out Wells 18-0. The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Falcons who have allowed just 30 points in 11 games. Quarterback Cam Kaubris leads the offense along with running backs Josh Allen and Taylor Bradley who have combined for 29 touchdowns. The Falcons are looking for their fourth Class B title in seven, last winning in 2008.

Leavitt is the defending Class B state champion and is riding the state’s longest winning streak at 23 games. The Hornets allowed 81 points during the regular season and outscored their three playoff opponents 110-23. Junior quarterback Jordan Hersom accounted for 26 touchdowns in the regular season and an additional five in the playoffs. Running back Jake Ouellette is a complement, having scored 15 touchdowns.

Class C, Stearns (11-0) vs. Yarmouth (11-0), 6 p.m.
Stearns defeated John Bapst in the regional final 26-7 while Yarmouth downed Lisbon 14-12 thanks to a late 65-yard scoring run from freshman quarterback Brady Neujahr.

Stearns, located in Millinocket, has the longest trip of any of the state finalists at 200 miles. It’s doubtful the Minutemen will complain too much, though, since this is their first trip to the state championship game since winning in 1998. The team is both the northernmost as well as the smallest football playing school in the state. This season they carry a roster of just 29 players. Stearns also features one the toughest defenses in Class C, having allowed 49 points. Running back William Eurich leads the offense with 18 touchdowns.

Yarmouth is playing just its fourth year of varsity football, yet the Clippers excelled under coach Jim Hartman with an offense that led the state in the regular season with 391 points. Four players — Neujahr, Anders Overhaug, Nate Pingitore and Nick Proscia — have scored 10 or more touchdowns this season. Neujahr has passed for eight touchdowns and rushed for 10. A win by the Clippers would give them a unique double this fall since the soccer team won the state title last weekend. A win by the football team would complete unbeaten seasons for both.

1. Cheverus
2. Bangor
3. Deering
4. Bonny Eagle
5. Lewiston
6. Mtn. Valley
7. Lawrence
8. Leavitt
9. Stearns
10. Yarmouth

Scarborough football coach Lance Johnson recently won the Mike Landry Award, given annually to the top coach in the Southern Maine Activities Association. Johnson led the Red Storm to a 7-1 regular-season record, its best ever, as well as its first playoff victory.

The Bangor and Yarmouth football teams will look to duplicate the success of their soccer teams in state championship games this weekend. No Maine high school has ever won a football and soccer championship in the same year. The Bangor soccer team defeated Portland 3-2 for the Class A title while Yarmouth won the Class B crown with a 5-0 win against Ellsworth.

Yarmouth can also complete an unbeaten season for both teams if it stops Stearns in Saturday’s Class C football championship game.

Soccer titles in four classes were decided earlier this month.

In boys Class A, Bangor downed Portland 3-2 to win its second title overall and first since 2006. In girls Class a, Scarborough won its first state title with a 3-0 win against Bangor. The Red Storm allowed only one goal all season.

In Class B, the Yarmouth boys completed a 17-0-1 season with a 5-0 victory against Eastern Maine champion Ellsworth. The Falmouth girls won their second title in three years and eighth overall with a 1-0 win over Caribou in a game decided on a penalty kick.

In Class C, the Fort Kent boys downed North Yarmouth Academy to win their first state championship. Sacopee Valley won the girls' title with a 2-1 overtime win against Fort Kent.

In Class D, the Richmond girls defeated Van Buren 1-0 for their seventh state title. Bangor Christian won the boys title with a 5-2 victory against Richmond.

Cheverus junior Emily Durgin finished second at last Saturday’s New England cross country meet in Thetford, Vt. Durgin, who won the title last year, finished 12 seconds behind Linda Crevoiserat of Glastonbury, Conn.

Durgin placed second her freshman year behind Kennebunk’s Abbey Leonardi, who skipped this year’s meet to concentrate on the Foot Locker Regionals the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last fall, both Durgin and Leonardi qualified for the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.

New England Roundup: Maine

October, 21, 2010
Special teams play and defense powered Cheverus and Lawrence to key Class A victories last week over previously unbeaten teams.

MaineCheverus intercepted two passes and blocked two punts in beating Bonny Eagle, 23-20, to take sole possession of first place in the competitive North division of the Southern Maine Activities Association. Lawrence, meanwhile, rallied in the second half to stop Bangor, 21-14, and take over first place in the Pine Tree Conference’s Northern division.

The win for Cheverus was one of the biggest in years for the Stags who have rebuilt over the past four season under legendary coach John Wolfgram. Zach Dulac blocked two punts, the second recovered in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Stags also downed a punt on the 1-yard line in the second half that led to a safety. The visiting Scots, who have won four Class A state titles since 2004, took a 20-14 lead in the second half on a 46-yard run by Ethan Thorne. Quarterback Matt Rollins also threw touchdown passes of 60 and 45 yards to Cam Cooper.

The Stags also got a 65-yard scoring run from Evan Jendrasko who finished with 132 yards on 18 carries. Cheverus scored its first touchdown after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff.

Lawrence trailed Bangor 14-7 at the half but its defense took over in the second, holding the Rams to 32 total yards. The Bulldogs took the lead on two plays in the third quarter just 1 minute, 53 seconds apart.

Blair Blaisdell with a 3-yard run, then after holding the Rams on down, Shawn Carroll swept 80 yards for a score.

Bangor pulled off a 79-yard flea flicker from Joe Seccareccia to Nick Sherwood on the first play of the game but it was called back. Undeterred, the same pair hooked up later in the opening drive for a 59-yard scoring play. After Blaisdell tied the score with a 21-yard run, Bangor’s Joe Stanivicz returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to make it 14-7.

Lawrence, at 7-0, is the only unbeaten team in the PTC and will have home field advantage in the playoffs. The Bulldogs also have allowed a conference low 39 points this season.

Peak Performers:

  • Jamie Ross, Deering, 3 rushing TDs, 1 passing in 42-7 victory against Westbrook.
  • Cody LeBerge, Windham, 245 rushing yards, 1 TD; 129 passing yards, 2 TDs in 20-14 win over Portland.
  • Sam Meklin, Rockland, 203 passing yards, 4 TDs in 24-20 win against Calais.
  • Keenan Knox, Messalonskee, 246 rushing yards, 2 TDs in 45-12 win over Skowhegan.
  • Justin Tinsman, 2 TD passes, 1 rushing TD, field goal and six extra points in 45-12 win against Skowhegan.
  • Jason Dutton, Old Orchard, 214 passing yards, 3 TDs, one rushing TD in 33-0 win over Sacopee.
Football Top 10:
1. Cheverus
2. Lawrence
3. Bonny Eagle
4. Deering
5. Bangor
6. Mountain Valley
7. Leavitt
8. Scarborough
9. Lewiston
10. Thornton

Key games this week:
  • Leavitt at Gardiner: The host Tigers (6-1) were upset two weeks ago at Belfast but this one is for first place in the Pine Tree Conference’s Class B division. Junior Alonzo Connor leads the Tigers with over 1,300 yards rushing while junior quarterback Jordan Hersom is the playmaker for the defending state champion Hornets (7-0).
  • Deering at Cheverus: This one could decide home-field advantage in the Class A playoffs. Cheverus (7-0) is coming off a huge win over Bonny Eagle while Deering (6-1) has been the hottest team in the SMAA since an early-season loss.
  • Thornton at Biddeford: Not only are both teams 6-1 in the SMAA south, but this rivalry between the neighboring schools dates back to 1893. Thornton leads 49-34-8.
Football notes:
A proposed reclassification of Maine’s three football classes into four has hit a sticking point. The Maine Principals’ Association reclassification committee has tabled any recommendations at the request of the football committee which will review concerns next month. Among the issues is a proposal to divide the Double A class, which includes the state’s 18 largest schools into three divisions.

Northern schools are feeling crowded out and some prefer two divisions. Also at issue is the competitive balance for some new football programs which would essentially move up in class.

Former Bangor running back Lonnie Hackett is one of five recipients of the National High School Football Scholar/Athlete Award. Hackett was selected recently from a pool of 31 finalists and will be honored in New York City on Dec. 7. Now a freshman at Bowdoin College, Hackett set school records for rushing yards (2,257) and touchdowns (28) last season . . . Former Lisbon High and Bates College coach Joe Woodhead died this week. At Lisbon where he coached for 27 years, Woodhead led the football team to state titles in 1960, ‘61, ‘68, ‘71 and ‘78.

State team and individual golf championships were decided recently at 36-hole Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Gorham was a surprise winner in Class A, winning in a three-way tiebreaker over Brunswick and Deering. The Rams won based on the score of their fifth man. Falmouth won the Class B title with the lowest four-man score of the day, 315, while Houlton repeated as Class C champ, beating St. Dominic by one stroke.

Gorham senior Mike Arsenault won the Class A individual title, shooting even par 72 in cold and windy conditions. The Class B title went to Ellsworth junior Greg Martin who shot 77 while Madison junior Seth Sweet won the Class C championship with 73. Fort Kent freshman Ali Prescott won the schoolgirl championship with 79.

The state field hockey playoffs are under way. Skowhegan entered the playoffs as the only unbeaten team in the state. Last season, the Indians saw their streak of eight straight Class A state titles end with a loss to Scarborough.

Miss Maine field hockey candidates were announced this week. They include Gardiner’s Becca Paradee, Mt. View’s Hayleigh Kein, Scarborough’s Kristen Felt and York’s Hannah Keating. The winner will be announced Dec. 5.

1. Bangor
2. Scarborough
3. Portland
4. Lewiston
5. Yarmouth
6. Ellsworth
7. Gorham
8. Cape Elizabeth
9. Maranacook
10. Camden Hills


1. Brunswick
2. Scarborough
3, Bangor
4. York
5., Yarmouth
6. Waterville
7. Sanford
8. Thornton
9. Caribou
10. Greely

Boys' top 10
1. Scarborough
2. Falmouth
3. Caribou
4. Greely
5. Cape Elizabeth
6. Mt. Ararat
7. York
8. Massabesic
9. Mt. Blue
10. Gorham

Girls' Top 10
1. Cheverus
2. Cape Elizabeth
3. Mt. Ararat
4. John Bapst
5. Massabesic
6. Falmouth
7. Bonny Eagle
8. Windham
9. York
10. Brunswick