Boston High School: John Parsons

Mr. Football Watch: Week 10

November, 7, 2011

Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Brought his career touchdown pass total to 93 in a 48-12 rout of Somerville. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns.
Dan Flink, Sr. RB, Auburn - In the Rockets' 42-35 shootout win over rival Northbridge, carried 33 times for 245 yards and six touchdowns.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - In the Indians' 44-28 loss to Andover, LaSpada was 14 of 21 for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three costly interceptions.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Was his usual dominant self in the Dolphins' 40-14 dismantling of New Bedford, rushing for 140 yards and passing for another 87, totaling three scores.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - In the Dragons' 49-0 rout of Hanover, completed 21 of 28 passes for 251 yards and six touchdowns.
Armani Reeves, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial - Bookmarked the Knights' 26-0 shutout of Brockton with rushing touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters.
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Was off to a dominant start in the Trojans' 26-20 overtime loss to Barnstable, before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Up to that point, he had 122 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and an interception.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - In the Knights' 35-10 win over Peabody, had racked up 84 rushing yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury. His younger brother, Casey, took over and finished with a touchdown on the ground and through the air.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Racked up 240 all-purpose yards and all three of the Big Blue's scores in their 21-13 win over CAL/NEC rival Beverly.


Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover - Ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, in the Golden Warriors' 44-28 win over Billerica.
Jamison Craft, Sr. RB, Gardner - In the Wildcats' 41-7 rout of Groton-Dunstable, carried 22 times for 176 yards and two scores, and added two touchdown receptions.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - Threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns in the Red and Blue's 39-20 win over Wellesley.
Theo France, Sr. RB, Barnstable - Keying the Red Raiders' upset of Bridgewater-Raynham, carried the ball 17 times for 159 yards and a touchdown to keep the Trojans on their heels.
Geeavontie Griffith, Sr. RB, Boston Cathedral - In arguably the most are-you-kidding-me state line of the season, Griffith led the Panthers to a 44-20 win over Matignon with 10 carries for 377 yards and five touchdowns. That's an average of nearly 38 yards per carry.
Chucky Ortiz, Sr. RB, Woburn - Ran for four touchdowns in the Tanners' 39-14 win over Belmont.
John Parsons, Sr. RB, Wilmington - Accumulated 277 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yard kickoff return, in the Wildcats' 47-14 win over Watertown.
Jim Perkins, Sr. RB, Millis/Hopedale - Wrapped up the Tri-Valley Small title for the Mohawks with 280 rushing yards and two scores in a 48-6 rout of Bellingham.
Deontae Ramey-Doe, Sr. RB, BC High - Propelled the Eagles to a 16-6 win over Xaverian with 206 rushing yards and two scores. In his two starts in place of the injured Preston Cooper, he has ran for nearly 310 yards.
Geraldo Rivera, Sr. RB, Leominster - Ran for 113 yards and a score on 20 carries, and added a touchdown reception, in the Blue Devils' 27-14 win over Shrewsbury.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - In the Warriors' 41-7 win over Attleboro, carried 21 times for 252 yards and six touchdowns.

Middlesex Magic, N.E. Storm host 'College Night'

May, 11, 2011
Mike Crotty Jr. of the Middlesex Magic and Rick Gorman of the New England Storm AAU programs have linked up tonight to host "College Night" at Tufts University, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Anywhere from 25 to 40 coaches from Northeast-10, NESCAC and NEWMAC schools are expected to be in attendance for the event.

"Rick Gorman of the New England Storm and I believe that bringing our players together for this event will be a great night for them to gain exposure, and for coaches to have the opportunity to see two teams full of collegiate level basketball players," Crotty said in a press release.

Below is a list of some of the most notable players expected to play tonight:

Aaron Davis, Brooks
Mike Corcoran, BC High
Cooper Ainge, Wellesley
Michael Thorpe, Newton North
Chris O'Keefe, Lexington
Connor Mahoney, Brooks
John Mullane, King Phillip
Anthony Barry, Brooks
John Parsons, Willmington
Peter Miller, Northfield-Mount Hermon
Kyle Reardon, Rivers School
Joe Glynn, Cardinal Spellman
Chris Lee, Lexington

Mussachia, M-E take down No. 22 Wilmington

February, 4, 2011
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Joe Mussachia had the ball at the top of the key and drove left towards the basket. What happened next? Manchester-Essex's 6-foot-6 offensive force either made a tough layup over the nearest defender, or he drew a foul and got to the free throw line. Sometimes, he did both.

That scene repeated itself almost every M-E possession in the second half of its 92-85 victory over No. 23 Wilmington (11-2). The Hornets improved 10-4 with the win.

When he wasn’t taking the ball to the basket, his mere presence caused the Wilmington defense to collapse on him, creating open jump shots for teammates Sean Nally (22 points, 5-of-8 from three-point range) and Alex Porter (13 points).

“They were going to him every possession,” Wilmington head coach Joseph Maiella said. “They put Nally and (Chris) Bishop in the corners, and said he’s going to create. Our help guys were helping defend him and that creates opportunities in the corners for the shooters.”

Mussachia was a pedestrian 4-of-10 from the field in the first half, but came back with a vengeance in the second, and ended with 31 points, including 9-of-12 from the free throw line.

Hornets head coach Duane Sigsbury deployed Mussachia in the paint in the first half, hoping to take advantage of the size mismatch he created against the smaller Wilmington defenders, but after only bringing down five total rebounds, he decided to put the ball in his hands in the second half and let him play away from the basket.

“Joe plays all five spots, so whatever our best is we’ll do,” he said. “We thought him bringing it up against their center was the best matchup. That let our shooters get on the perimeter. We were able to create with Joe with kick-outs and things like that.”

John Parsons gave Mussachia the most trouble defensively, while giving up size. But when he fouled out with 2:23 left in the fourth, that yielded even more second-chance opportunities for Mussachia and others, and they turned most of them into points.

The whole game was a seesaw battle, until the Wildcats' shooters went cold in the final minute. Vinny Scifo (33 points), its hottest shooter for most of the night, could not find the bottom of the net when it was still a two-possession game, 90-85. However, having no timeouts with over a minute left and a shooter who had lost his touch, it would be tough for any team to win a close game like that.

“They defended him better in the fourth quarter,” Maiella said. “Mussachia wasn’t covering anybody, he was in the paint helping on our guys. He’s long in the paint, so it got tough attacking the basket.”

The largest lead M-E had was 13 points (66-53) with 2:45 left in the third quarter, and that was after it went on a 12-0 run in a minute and a half. Even still, Wilmington was able to call a timeout, rally back, and cut the score to 70-64 by the end of the quarter.

In the first half, Scifo put on quite the show for the Wildcats. He ended the first half 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 on 3-pointers for an impressive 18 points.

“They have some great players, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I’ve got the best player in the Cape Ann League in Joe and I’m happy he’s on my team,” Sigsbury said.