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ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

December, 6, 2011
12/06/11
7:40
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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

Recap: No. 5 CM 33, No. 13 Xaverian 11

November, 12, 2011
11/12/11
7:35
PM ET


WESTWOOD, Mass.-- Xaverian was able to stop Catholic Memorial on their first drive of Saturday's game, but after that, the No. 5 Knights pretty much had their way with the ball, defeating the No. 13 Hawks, 33-11.

CM quarterback A.J. Doyle had 12 rushes for 72 yards and one touchdown while throwing for 167 yards and three scores.

"A.J.'s a really good player, he's a great competitor, has got good size and runs hard," Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. "We would have like to try and tackle him a little lower."

Even when Doyle was not coming out of the backfield, he had numerous receivers who he could throw to, giving the Knights many offensive attack options and not giving Xaverian much of a chance to hold them for a prolonged period of time.

"The big thing was that we didn't make them go three and out at any point in time," added Stevenson.

LINEBACKERS IN THE CROSSHAIRS?
When most quarterbacks move out of the pocket, they are looking to avoid contact and if they make it to the linebacker corps will slide - but A.J. Doyle seeks out defenders and tries to hit them - while he is running the ball.

"I worry about the linebackers," CM head coach Alex Campea said. "He's not going to shy away that. He's going to make certain that he is going to get that extra yard."

Doyle did not slide once today and he makes it clear why.

"You see the size of me, I'm not afraid to get hit, I've never been afraid to get hit, I've played this way since I started Pop Warner," Doyle said.

Some players square up and brace for a hit from Doyle as he comes across the line of scrimmage while others yield to the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback and let him go along his way.

HAMEL'S HANDS - A COACH'S DREAM



A.J. Doyle can run the ball or throw - and has plenty of receivers and backers to choose from. On Saturday, he found senior Brandon Hamel twice for touchdown passes. According to Doyle, he chose his target carefully and with good reason.

"Hamel knows how to get open, plain and simple. He can catch the ball in any spot, probably best hands on the team as well. He's not going to burn you with his speed but he's going to get open and you can count on him to make a catch."

Campea seconded the notion that Hamel has the best hands on a talented CM team as well as a good football intelligence.

"He's the kid who catches the snap from center when we're kicking field goals and PATs, he runs great routes, he always understands where he's supposed to be," Campea said.

BLETZER'S KEEN



Sophomore Kevin Bletzer was everywhere on the field today, coming up with an interception that set up CM's third touchdown, four tackles and a sack. As a sophomore, he is proving himself to be an asset to the team, but like any sophomore, he doesn't get any more credit than he deserves, maybe less since he is still coming of age.

"He's making some plays but he is still learning," said Doyle. "Once he gets to be a senior he's going to be a scary player."

Bletzer attributes his ability to make plays today to the game prep that coaches put in during the week.

"The coaches draw up this great game plan for us and I just do what I'm told and I'm there in the right place making tackles and making interceptions."

Bletzer also earned points for his Batman-esque face paint, but it doesn't earn him any respect from Campea...

CAMPEA DOESN'T CARE FOR COSMETICS
"As far as the face paint, these guys think that it's Halloween every time we have a game, they have a different kind of face paint. I tell them they can do whatever they want as long as they play the way they are supposed to."

CATH. MEM. (7-1) – 6 21 0 6 -- 33
XAVERIAN (5-5) – 0 3 0 8 – 11

First quarter

C – Armani Reeves 92 run (kick blocked)

Second quarter
C – Brandon Hamel 35 pass from A.J. Doyle (Michael Keane kick)
X – Jules Murphy 32 FG
C – David Berment 61 pass from Doyle (Keane kick)
C – Hamel 28 pass from Doyle (Keane kick)

Fourth quarter
X – Chris Calvanese 37 pass from Austin DeCarr (Mike Warren rush)
C – Doyle 12 rush (kick failed)

Recap: No. 8 Xaverian 27, St. John's (S) 9

October, 29, 2011
10/29/11
5:17
PM ET



WESTWOOD, Mass. -– After three straight losses and a subpar first half against St. John’s of Shrewsbury, Xaverian needed a spark in what was turning into a dreary, windy and rainy Saturday.

But the Hawks figured out pretty quickly that maybe the poor weather conditions were the perfect remedy for their offense, as they turned loose a punishing ground attack to rally for a 27-9 win.

The Hawks (5-3) did not pass once in the second half, grinding out 264 yards on 23 attempts in the final 22 minutes and 376 on 40 for the afternoon. Super-sized running backs Hunter Taute (6-2, 240) and Mo Hurst (6-2, 265) finished with 266 of those yards and senior athlete Chris Calvanese added another 83 while picking off a pass on defense.

“It was huge to build our confidence up a little bit today and it was a big game from that standpoint,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “I think coming out in the first half, maybe that was why we were stumbling a little bit because we had lost our confidence. It took a little bit of time for us to regain our confidence.

“We talked about it at halftime. We wanted to really establish the run game in the second half and of course the weather sort of added to the necessity to do that kind of a thing. I thought our offensive line and our big running backs kind of picked it up in the second half. We really ran the ball very nicely against them.”

St. John’s (4-4) probably wouldn’t agree that Xaverian’s run game was very nice. Quite the opposite, the Hawks pushed around the Pioneers and scored on pure, straight-forward isolations, traps and tosses and St. John’s just couldn’t stop it.

Hurst and Calvanese added two short scoring runs in the third quarter before Hurst made an early “Run of the Year” nomination with a 75-yarder down the home sideline that effectively put the game away in the fourth quarter.

With that, Xaverian's outlook felt a lot sunnier, and just in time, too. Xaverian defensive coordinator Al Fornaro said outside the postgame huddle, "Playoffs start this week," as the Hawks resume Catholic Conference play with a trip to BC High.

Big Mo in the form of Big Mo: When the Hawks put the ball in Hurst’s hands, there’s a palpable rush of adrenaline that runs through the Xaverian sidelines. Also one of the top defensive tackles in the area, Hurst has nimble feet as a ballcarrier and brings a forearm shiver to opposing tacklers. Once he got into the secondary on his 75-yard score, those behind him weren’t catching him and those in front of him weren’t capable of bringing him down. With him and Taute, Xaverian can set the tone on the ground in a way that few teams in the area can hold up to.

Touting Taute: As good as Taute was running the ball Saturday, he’s probably an even better linebacker and certainly one of the most important players on the field for the Hawks. With the graduation of linebackers like Chris Tamasi and Zack Bartlett, Xaverian needed Taute to step in and immediately fill a huge void in that unit. He has done so this year admirably. Possessing a quick first step, a good nose for the ball and good tackling form, he is the centerpiece to an improving defense in Westwood.

Marvelous Montalvo: While the Xaverian offense found its rhythm in the second half, the Pioneers had a consistent threat all game in senior Efrain Montalvo, who caught five passes for 136 yards. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder also had a 50-yard kickoff return wiped out by a penalty. Despite his small stature, the speedy Montalvo battles for the ball when it’s thrown to him, possesses excellent hands and an ability to make defenders miss in open space. There aren’t a lot of corners in the area capable of shutting him down.

XAVERIAN 27, ST. JOHN’S (S) 9

SJS (4-4) 2 7 0 0 --– 9
XAV (5-3) 0 6 14 7 --- 27

First quarter
S – Safety (Patrick Ryan tackle)

Second quarter
X – Chris Calvanese 14 run (pass failed)
S – Shadrach Abrokwah 5 run (Patrick Merrill kick)

Third quarter
X – Mo Hurst 2 run (Jules Murphy kick)
X – Calvanese 1 run (Murphy kick)

Fourth quarter
X – Hurst 75 run (Murphy kick)

Recap: No. 5 B-R 28, No. 6 Xaverian 22 (2 OT)

October, 22, 2011
10/22/11
10:54
PM ET
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- After the game that Bridgewater-Raynham's Branden Morin had Saturday afternoon, it wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that he drove the Trojans bus home from Westwood, too.

The 5-10, 190-pound senior captain picked off two passes, one which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown, the other basically ensuring his team would get a shot at overtime. He also added 49 yards on seven carries and scored what would end up as the game-winning touchdown as No. 5 B-R survived yet another epic battle against No. 6 Xaverian with a 28-22 victory in double overtime.

This was the third straight meeting between the two powerhouse programs to require more than just 44 minutes to determine a winner. Two years ago, Xaverian won in the triple overtime; last year, B-R took it in the first OT.

Maybe next year they'll shoot for four.

"It's ridiculous," Morin said afterward with a smile. "We're always going to OT with them. It never gets easier."

Defenses controlled the first quarter, and it was Xaverian (4-3) who broke through first when Austin DeCarr connected with Mike Warren (4 receptions, 84 yards) for a 58-yard touchdown strike less than three minutes into the second.

The Trojans (5-1) came storming back, pounding the ball with 6-2, 200-pound wrecking ball Nick Schlatz (33 carries, 158 yards, two TDs) powering his way behind a determined offensive line. Schlatz carried nine times on a 14-play drive and finished it off with a four-yard TD with 2:18 left in the half.

Then Morin came through with the first of several clutch plays, stepping in front of a DeCarr pass and racing 45 yards to the end zone to put B-R ahead, 14-7.

Morin related how he saw the play develop, "The QB was dropping back, I saw him looking at the receiver and I just read it the whole way and took it to the house."

Undeterred, the Hawks put together a terrific drive, showing tremendous balance between the pass and the run on a 17-play possession that ended with a six-yard touchdown run on an option keeper by Chris Calvanese. Jules Murphy's extra point tied the game at 14-14.

Both Kevin Wadsworth and Morin each had crucial, fourth-quarter interceptions with the Hawks broaching B-R territory, while Xaverian's defense held firm as the Trojans gambled a couple of times simply to keep the Hawks explosive offense on the sidelines.

In the first overtime, Calvanese picked up nine yards on first down and Taute Hunter bulled his way in from the 1 for the Hawks. DeCarr hit Warren on the conversion pass and Xaverian held a 22-14 advantage.

B-R needed just one play to respond as Schlatz took a pitch and cut back through the middle for a 10-yard score, and Morin threw an option pass to Joe Noviello to send it to a second OT.

The Trojans went first, and two Schlatz runs set up a three-yard TD by Morin, but Xaverian's Aiden Desrosiers stuffed Schlatz in front of the goal line on a shovel pass for a failed conversion.

Those missed points ended up not not mattering, as Eric Wabrek picked off DeCarr on 3rd-and-goal from the 16 to lock up the win.

BLUE COLLAR WORKERS
Schlatz is the type of back you can picture grabbing his lunch pail and putting on his hard hat before each game. His longest carry went for 27 yards, but it was the steady dose of positive yardage he made that kept the Hawks on the defensive.

Facing Xaverian's big defensive line and linebackers, the Trojans offensive line of Joe MacInnis, Pat Whooley, Eric DeMoura, Brian Pope and Nick Falconeiri, along with tight end Ryan Murphy, showed they are group with heart and toughness in paving the way to a 254-yard ground attack. In addition to Schlatz and Morin, Wabrek also chipped in with 35 tough yards and good blocking.

"We worked all week long and said, we have to come off flat backs, low and hard technique will win the game," B-R coach Dan Buron explained. "They're big but we thought if we stayed lower than them, it would neutralize their size. We went with a little bit of an unbalanced and tried to pick places to run and were able to get some double teams. That number 11 (Maurice Hurst Jr.) in particular is a pretty good player. We tried to run away from him but sometimes that's worse because he's so quick."

ONE MAN DOWN, ANOTHER STEPS UP
Trojans quarterback Brad Deluliis left the game with a bad ankle after being tackled on a running play in the first quarter. What could have become a disastrous situation was tempered by the poise of backup quaterback David Miller, who stepped right in without allowing the offense to miss a beat.

"He threw a couple good passes," praised Buron. "He was a little nervous and the timing was off a little bit but I thought he did a great job leading the offense and he was very poised."

SEARCHING FOR AN IDENTITY
While B-R makes no bones about who it is and what it does, Xaverian appears to be still trying to find ways to fit the right pieces into the right spots, Chris Calvanese among others.

The senior had a terrific all-around performance, seeing time at quarterback, running back, receiver and also on defense. Calvanese completed 5-of-7 passes for 37 yards, caught two more for 43 yards, added 79 yards and a TD on six carries. Defensively, he was in on four tackles and had an interception.

"I think that we're still trying to get ourselves to be more consistent on both sides of the football," said Hawks coach Charlie Stevenson. "Clearly today was not a good game defensively for us against the run. We didn't sustain our offense the way we should have either."

He continued, "I think Chris Cal had a great game on both sides of the ball. In my opinion, he was the best athlete on the field on both sides of the ball. I wish we had more guys to go around him right now. We're looking for them and hopefully we will get more guys to put around him so that we can really highlight his athletic ability as we go down the stretch."

BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM 28, XAVERIAN 22 (2 OT)
BR (5-1) 0 14 0 0 8 6 - 28
Xaverian (4-3) 0 7 7 0 8 0 - 22


X - Mike Warren 58 pass from Austin DeCarr (Jules Murphy kick)
BR - Nick Schlatz 4 run (Kevin Wadsworth kick)
BR - Branden Morin 45 interception return (Wadsworth kick)
X - Chris Calvanese 6 run (Murphy kick)
X - Taute Hunter 1 run (Warren pass from DeCarr)
BR - Schlatz 10 run (Dan Noviello pass from Morin)
BR - Morin 3 run (rush failed)

Our midseason All-State team

October, 19, 2011
10/19/11
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HS Football Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.com Bridgewater-Raynham's Nick Schlatz has earned a reputation for being a hard-nosed player on both sides of the ball, resulting in his selection as a linebacker on our midseason All-State team.


The 2011 season is halfway over, and we've had our fair share of ups, downs, thrillers and surprises. Here are the staff's picks for ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State team at the midway point of the season.

NOTE: The finalized ESPNBoston MIAA All-State Team roster and second annual ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award will be announced on Monday, December 5.

OFFENSE
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
QB – Nick LaSpada, Sr., Billerica
QB – Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
RB – Melquawn Pinkney, Sr., Springfield Putnam
RB – Preston Cooper, Sr., BC High
RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
RB – T.J. Norris, Sr., Longmeadow
TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
TE – Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
WR – Damion Johnson, Sr., Dennis-Yarmouth
WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
WR – Malcolm Brown, Sr., Pope John XXIII
OL – Andrew VanderWilden, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
OL – Keith Sullivan, Sr., Oliver Ames
OL – Gordon Acha, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Rob Kosharek, Jr., Duxbury
OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
ATH – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian

DEFENSE
DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett
DL – Brendan Battles-Santos, Sr., Nauset
DL – Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr., Xaverian
DL – Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Luke Catarius, Jr., BC High
LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
LB – Dan Flink, Sr., Auburn
LB – Nick Schlatz, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
LB – Zack Hume, Jr., Nashoba
DB – Gordon McLeod, Sr., BC High
DB – Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
RET – Geeavontie Griffith, Sr., Boston Cathedral

Recap: No. 1 Everett 42, No. 5 Xaverian 21

October, 15, 2011
10/15/11
11:04
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Everett vs. XaverianBrendan Hall for ESPNBoston.comDonning the jersey of his close friend and injured captain, Everett's Vondell Langston went off for a career-high 203 rushing yards and two scores on 15 carries.


EVERETT, Mass. -- Buck McCarthy sat on the Everett High sideline slouched in a chair, crutches laying in front of him, his left leg heavily casted, and could only gaze out at the game unfolding that he'll never be playing again.

"It's horrible," he said, his eyes glued to the game. "I worked so hard for the team, and we all worked so hard together. But hey, that's football."

But the senior captain, who both dislocated his left ankle and broke his left fibia in a win over Barnstable, was far from forgotten in the No. 1 Crimson Tide's 42-21 homecoming win over No. 5 Xaverian. Senior Vondell Langston -- his close friend, and running mate in the linebacking corps -- switched from his No. 4 jersey to McCarthy's No. 44, and left the injured linebacker's nameplate on the back of the jersey. Before kickoff, he promised McCarthy a touchdown.

So naturally, the 6-foot-1 senior went off for a career-high 203 rushing yards and scored twice -- both in the fourth quarter. His first, a 13-yard draw that he cut to the right hash marks after shaking a Hawks linebacker, gave the Tide (6-0) a 28-13 lead; after Gilly De Souza kicked the extra point, Langston ran over to McCarthy and told him, "I told you I was gonna come through for you."

"That meant a lot to me," McCarthy smiled. "We're best friends. I love that kid, man."

Langston's second score essentially put this one out of reach, putting the Tided up 35-21 on the Hawks (4-2) with seven minutes to go. Stretching to the ride side of the field, Langston strafed along the line of scrimmage before slipping inside of a vicious crackback block by wide receiver Jalen Felix (10 catches, 145 yards, TD) and plowing to paydirt.

For Langston, it's the least he could do for his good pal.

"It's unfortunate that he's not out there with me, side by side, but I definitely wanted to do something special for him," Langston said. "I put on his jersey, and told him I was going to go hard for him."

Like many of the Tide's performances this season, this one started off slow. Xaverian's D.J. Pagliuca opend up the scoring with a 22-yard reception from Austin DeCarr with 6:02 left in the first half, marking the first time the Tide had trailed since giving up a quick score early to Leominster in Week 1.

But Everett quickly fired back, and from there the momentum rolled. Kenny Calaj (133 yards offense) capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive with a 10-yard plunge to knot it at seven. Five plays into the next Everett drive, Calaj took a dumpoff pass in the left flat, cut to the left sideline and raced his way into the end zone for a 40-yard score and a 14-7 lead. It was the last time the Tide trailed in the game.

Passing marks: Up to this point, the Tide absorbed their fair share of criticism in the passing game despite the high point totals they'd accumulated (39.8 points per game). From head coach John DiBiaso down to his son and quarterback Jonathan, and everyone in between, nobody seemed overly enthused even as the 30-point decisions continued to pile up.

Today, however, was a day of concession. Jonathan spread the ball around evenly to Jakarrie Washington, Jaylen McRae and Felix, as he finished within four passing touchdowns of the state's all-time record of 85.

"It was very good -- and under adverse conditions," smiled John DiBiaso, noting the strong winds to start the game. "We had a couple of bumps in the road, but I thought we did a good job. They're a good team. The way I said it, we were maybe two holding penalties and an interception away from scoring 60 points.

"That -- how can you complain? How can you, like, say 'Jeez, you know, we're not playing'...We're like three plays away from 60 points against a real good team. We're hitting all cylinders, getting better and better at it. The one thing we were able to do was balance out the plays now."

Jonathan finished with 308 yards passing with two touchdowns and a pick, and added a 39-yard scamper with 5:34 to round out the scoring. Meanwhile, the offense overall put up 565 yards.

When the game started, Jonathan was putting a little too much air under the ball and letting the wind get under it. As the game progressed, he shortened up his release and started firing darts across the middle of the field and to the flats, with Felix the biggest benefactor.

"We made adjustments, and when we started getting going in the second quarter, it's hard to stop us," Jonathan said. "We're a high-tempo team, we have five great athletes with the running backs and wide receivers, it's so tough to stop us that we can hit you at any point, and it showed. People stepped up today."

Respect the run: Langston was truly a benefactor today, rushing for a career-high 203 yards on just 15 carries as the Hawks found themselves conflicted on whether to stack the box or not. The Hawks maintained consistent pressure in the trenches thanks to junior defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. (sack); but at the same time, Langston reeled off runs of 26, 32 and 50 off of simple draw plays.

Chris Calvanese (one interception) manned the secondary well as the free safety, but underneath it was the sturdy Langston's hard-nosed running style that kept the defense honest.

"They were overplaying the cutbacks a little, so I just used my eyes," Langston said, while noting Brandon Conde's admirable job filling in at guard for the injured Mike Ottersburg. "My offensive line did a great job. They were just opening the holes, and I run through them."

Quarterback controversy? Calvanese was back in the lineup today, and was under center for the game's first series. But Calvanese, the team's incumbent, found himself mostly lined up at wideout today.

Head coach Charlie Stevenson likes Calvanese's athleticism, and used him all over the field, taking end-around handoffs and option pitches out of the slot, and sometimes going deep on fly routes. Calvanese finished with four catches for 84 yards and a touchdown (a 61-yard gain), and added 15 yards on the ground on four carries.

Meanwhile, junior Austin DeCarr has been topped out at 91 miles per hour on his fastball in the spring and summer, and it showed on the field this afternoon. He finished with a very respectable 13 of 27 for 204 yards and three touchdowns, with one pick.

The gut feeling is that Stevenson will continue to platoon these two, but without compromising Calvanese's exemplary speed. Look for the traditionally-conservative Hawks to get a little more creative as they head into the Catholic Conference season.

Felix the Cat: To say the least, this was a breakout game for Felix. At times the junior showed flashes of Manny Asprilla by doing what the former ESPNBoston All-Stater and Boston College freshman did best for the Tide: taking short passes in the flats or in space downfield, and making defenders miss.

Several times, Felix took a quick screen by the sideline and juked several defensive backs en route to a first down. His touchdown catch, meanwhile, came on a 10-yard skinny post from the right slot that Jonathan hit perfectly in stride.

"I love to challenge one-on-one," Felix said of those short screen passes. "I like the challenge. I like when my team pushes me, I like when they depend on me, and I depend on them [too]. When that play comes up, we look forward to it."

EVERETT 42, XAVERIAN 21
XAV (4-2) 0 7 7 7 --- 21
EVE (6-0) 0 14 7 21 --- 42

Second Quarter
X - D.J. Pagliuca 22 pass from Austin DeCarr (Jules Murphy kick) 6:02
E - Kenny Calaj 10 run (Gilly De Souza kick) 3:28
E - Calaj 40 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (De Souza kick) 22.3

Third Quarter
E - Jalen Felix 20 pass from DiBiaso (De Souza kick) 8:04
X - Chris Calvanese 61 pass from DeCarr (Murphy kick) 7:03

Fourth Quarter
E - Vondell Langston 13 run (De Souza kick) 9:43
X - Mike Warren 19 pass from DeCarr (Murphy kick) 8:02
E - Langston 18 run (De Souza kick) 7:23
E - DiBiaso 39 run (De Souza kick) 5:34

Recap: No. 4 Xaverian 31, No. 14 Brockton 0

September, 24, 2011
9/24/11
7:27
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Over the years, Xaverian has won many games with field position and defense.

Saturday at the Hawk Bowl, the hosts dominated both facets of the game in the first half then turned on its offense for a 31-0 rout of Brockton.

No. 4 Xaverian started five first-half possessions on the Boxer side of the field and forced four turnovers - two fumble recoveries and two interceptions - to build a 17-0 halftime edge.

The Hawks have now won five straight in the storied series (leading 15-13 all-time), the longest win streak by either side since the Boxers took the first six when the rivalry was renewed in 1988. It also marked the program’s first shutout win over No. 14 Brockton and largest margin of victory.

Senior kicker Jules Murphy consistently pinned the Boxers back inside their own end and the defense took care of the rest. Brockton gained a total of 116 yards against the Xaverian first-team defense and ran a total of eight plays from scrimmage in Hawk territory.

The Xaverian (3-0) offense, which sputtered at times in the first half and struggled to gain 75 yards against an active Boxer front, found its rhythm in the second half and compiled 197 yards in the final 22 minutes. Senior quarterback Chris Calvanese completed 7-of-12 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and the Hawks marched 93 yards on 17 plays entirely on the ground to finish off the scoring when Hunter Taute plowed in from a yard out with 2:55 to play.

This one wasn’t pretty for the Boxers (1-2), whose offense was shut out for the second time in three games. The last time Brockton has been shut out at least twice in the same season was 1969.

Some quick-hitters on Xaverian’s historical drubbing of the reeling Boxers:

MURPHY’S MUSCLE
The Hawks always seem to have good kickers and Murphy certainly can add his name to the list of scholarship-level boots that includes Jon Barker (Syracuse) and Paul Asack (Duke). You can make the case that Murphy was Xaverian’s MVP, although coach Charlie Stevenson gave the game ball to junior guard Ray Gobbi, who is from Brockton. Every single one of Murphy’s kickoffs either went inside the 5-yard line or the end zone. He had a 57-yard punt that helped set up Xaverian’s first touchdown, a drive that started on the Brockton 32. He was also perfect on four PATs and drilled a 38-yard field goal that may have been good from 50. On Xaverian’s final drive, Murphy kicked a 26-yarder but was roughed by a Brockton player and was groggy coming off the field. The Hawks, clearly enraged by the vicious hit on the defenseless player, sent their offense back on the field and went for the score, Taute’s 1-yard run. Murphy came back out, pounded out the PAT and then boomed the ensuing kickoff to the very back of the end zone, where Brockton’s Jesse Monteiro ran it out to the 15. That kickoff may have drawn the loudest ovation from the Hawk sideline.

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
Stevenson said after the game he isn’t quite satisfied with the offense yet, which struggled to move the ball in the first half before breaking out in the second. But he has to be impressed with where his defense is at the moment. Start with the defensive line, where junior tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. pretty much demands a double team and fellow tackle Kevin Painten and ends Matt Stapleton and Colby Enegren are no slouches. He recovered a fumble on one of two bad exchanges that he forces simply because he is so quick off the snap that it creates a panic-snap from the center. Then you have to account for middle linebacker Hunter Taute, a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder with great feet who is as comfortable in coverage as he is sticking running backs up the gut. And then you have an entirely-new secondary that hasn’t missed a beat despite losing UNH-offered safety Ryan Farrell to injury. Calvanese plays back there now and is doing an excellent job, but can you imagine how good this defense - which has given up 12 points in three games - would be if they had him? Scary. Seniors Zach Maiuri and Mike Warren are also playing terrific in that almost completely inexperienced defensive backfield and sophomore outside linebacker Shayne Kaminski already looks comfortable in a varsity uniform, making an interception in the first half.

SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS
The Boxers looked bad Saturday, but there may be hope for the offense if the Boxers can cut out the turnovers. Ball security as a whole was woeful. An improvement in that area alone will do wonders for a unit that has not shown the big-play ability that the program is known for. The defense actually played well in the first half considering how badly its back was against the wall. Still, the overriding challenge for coach Peter Colombo is to somehow keep the morale on this team from falling apart. If this squad has any senior leadership it needs to step up now and keep this season, filled with so much promise in August, from falling apart before October, as the Boxers travel up to Danvers next week to face a just-as-desperate St. John’s Prep team.

Brockton (1-2) 0 0 0 0 - 0
Xaverian (0-3) 7 10 7 7 - 31




First Quarter
X - Zach Maiuri 4 run (Jules Murphy kick)

Second Quarter
X - Hunter Taute 3 run (Murphy kick)
X - Murphy 38 FG

Third Quarter
X - DJ Pagliuca 47 pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

Fourth Quarter
X - Taute 1 run (Murphy kick)

ESPN Boston's Preseason All-State Team

August, 22, 2011
8/22/11
6:55
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Below is our Preseason MIAA All-State Football Team, along with some other players to watch. Returning All-Staters are bolded.

OFFENSE

QB – Nick LaSpada, Sr., Billerica
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
QB – Brandon Walsh, Sr., North Andover
RB – Andrew Coke, Sr., Andover
RB – Preston Cooper, Sr., BC High
RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
RB – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
TE – Lucas Bavaro, Jr., St. John’s Prep
WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
WR – Efrain Montalvo, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
WR – A.J. Baker, Sr., Swampscott
OL – Tyler Loring, Sr., Catholic Memorial
OL – Peter Salem, Sr., Dracut
OL – Ryan Anger, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
OL – T.J. Leeman, Sr., Andover
OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
ATH – Karl Sery, Sr., Hudson
K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian

DEFENSE

DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett
DL – Dino Hyppolite, Sr., Brockton
DL – Brendan Battles-Santos, Sr., Nauset
DL – Brett Harrington, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Max McDaniel, Sr., Lexington
LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
LB – Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
LB – Buck McCarthy, Sr., Everett
LB – Camren Williams, Sr., Catholic Memorial
DB – Jesse Monteiro, Sr., Brockton
DB – Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
RET – Chucky Ortiz, Sr., Woburn

Watch List:
Chris Burke, Sr. LB, Gloucester
Drew Burnett, Sr. QB, Needham
Chris Calvanese, Sr. QB, Xaverian
Luke Catarius, Jr. LB, BC High
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial
Donovan Henry, Sr. RB/DB, Catholic Memorial
Kurt Hunziker, Sr. RB/LB, Masconomet
Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr. DL, Xaverian
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth
Matt King, Sr. RB/LB, Scituate
Jake Lazarus, Sr. QB, Longmeadow
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth
Paul Mroz, Sr. QB, Brockton
Terry Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
Chuddy Nwachukwu, Jr. OL, Dighton-Rehoboth
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington
Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury
Quinton Perkins, Sr. RB, Fitchburg
Joe Previte, Jr. OL/DL, Brockton
Bartley Regan, Sr. QB, BC High
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham
Mike Walsh, Sr. QB/S, Swampscott

Coppola carries SJP to playoff berth

November, 25, 2010
11/25/10
5:39
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -- St. John’s Prep sophomore Alex Moore intercepted a Chris Calvanese pass on fourth and 23 with under two minutes left in the game to seal the upset over No. 5 Xaverian, 21-12, and capture the Catholic Conference title for Prep.

“Defense played well,” said Prep coach Jim O’Leary. “We bent a little bit, but my young secondary made some big plays.”

Having given up a safety and a field goal in the second quarter, the Eagles were up 14-5 with 6:37 left in the third quarter after Tyler Coppola (26 carries, 215 yards) took a 28-yard jaunt for his second score of the day.

“You got a horse, you ride him,” added O’Leary. "We knew we had to run the ball.”

Xaverian then put together their first, and only, sustained drive of the game, a 6:10, sixty yard journey, capped off by a nine yard pass from Calvanese to senior Joe Colton with 19 seconds left in the third. The extra point kick by Jules Murphy made the game 14-12.

On the ensuing kickoff, the ball landed and St. John’s could have recovered the ball, but Chris Ryan slipped when he tried to fall on it and Xaverian’s Chris Tamasi recovered the ball at the St. John’s Prep 30.

After a run for a three yard loss and two failed passes, Murphy set up for a 47 yard field goal, having already made a 30-yarder in the second quarter. After the kick fell right and short, the St. John’s Prep sideline erupted and the Eagles offense went back to work.

Coppola took eight runs for 58 yard on the drive, but Tommy Gaudet (six carries, 81 yards, touchdown) took a special route into the end zone on his 3-yard run.

“We ran the same play we had just used to run up the field with Tyler, except Coach O’Leary told me to pull the ball and there was no one in front of me,” said Gaudet of his naked bootleg to the left side, which most of his teammates didn’t know about. “Everyone kept their blocks, that made the fake, and that was the touchdown.

“That’s our equivalent of a pass play,” joked O’Leary.

After Connor Shaw’s extra point made the game 21-12, Xaverian took the ball from their 37 looking to score and possibly get the ball back with 2:37 left in the game.

Xaverian’s Joe Colton caught a swing pass on the left side of the field eight yards behind the line of scrimmage on first down, but sophomore Mike Brennan put his shoulder into Colton just after the ball arrived, sending him to the ground and the St. John’s stands out of their seats.

On the next play, Calvanese completed a pass down field for the first, but he ran past the line of scrimmage, wherein they incurred a 5-yard penalty, lost a down, making it 3rd and 23.

“We had a pretty good pass rush,” said O’Leary. “We caught a break with him throwing over the line … that would have changed the game considerably.”

After the failed pass on third down, Calvanese tossed up a prayer on fourth down but Moore (7 tackles, interception) was on the prowl and came down with the interception.

“That’s a tough situation for a high school quarterback,” added O’Leary. “We’re just back there looking to pick the ball. That’s what we do… make picks when we need to make picks."

ST. JOHN’S PREP 21, NO. 4 XAVERIAN 12

SJP 0 7 7 7 --- 21
XAV 0 5 7 0 --- 12

Second Quarter
SJ - Tyler Coppola 29 run (Connor Shaw kick)
X – Safety
X - Jules Murphy 29 field goal

Third Quarter
SJ - Tyler Coppola 28 run (Shaw kick)
X - Joe Colton 9 pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

Fourth Quarter
SJ - Tommy Gaudet 3 run (Shaw kick)

No. 6 Xaverian hits second gear at CM

November, 13, 2010
11/13/10
12:00
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Two weeks ago, No. 6 Xaverian’s record was stained after two consecutive losses to out-of-conference opponents Everett and Bridgewater-Raynham.

At halftime on Friday, the Hawks trailed 7-6 to Catholic Memorial, and looked as if they were going to give up a chance to play for the Catholic Conference title on Thanksgiving. But the Hawks were determined to stick to its balance to pull off the victory.

“I thought it was just a great team effort on our kids part, I’m really happy about it,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “Hopefully, now we will have our best game of the year on Thanksgiving Day.”

Now the Hawks have managed to diminish their seasons earlier imperfections, as they moved closer to an undefeated Catholic Conference record, with a 34-18 win over No. 25 CM on the road on Friday.

Hawks running back Joe Colton was the key to the win as he piled up 194 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.

“We did a lot of running in practice and just tried to stay balanced,” Colton said. “We have to run when it is called for.”

While some people wrote off the defending Division I Super Bowl Champions because of the blemishes earlier in the season, the Hawks did not let up on their dreams to make it out of a tough conference schedule.

Xaverian improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the Catholic Conference, and handed CM -- a team that was once ranked as high as No. 7 in the ESPNBoston.com polls -- its fourth loss of the season.

The first half was a low-scoring affair and Xaverian got two field goals from kicker Jules Murphy.

“The first half we had two really great drives but just stalled out in the red zone, we didn’t -- for some reason -- click on our chances down there,” Stevenson said. “Fortunately for us, we have a good field goal guy and Jules [Murphy] got us six points out of that.”

“Everyone was really relaxed [at halftime], no one was screaming and yelling in the locker room,” Colton said. “We just knew what we had to do. It was quiet and we listened to the adjustments, came out, and just executed.”

While CM was still able to rack up 18 points on the Hawks, Xaverian was able to limit the effect of quarterback A.J. Doyle and his offensive weapons. Doyle completed 11 of 18 passes for 118 yards with one interception.

Armani Reeves, one of the premiere athletes in the state, caught five catches for 57 passes, but his effort was not enough for CM to squeeze out the upset. Knights’ running back William Earl also added to the offensive effort with 11 carries for 63 yards, but was slowed by Xaverian’s second-half adjustments.

“Second half I thought we came out and really dominated play,” Stevenson said. “…I just thought we made plays. Mike Muir had a big catch, and Joe [Colton] had a pick for us.”

The Hawks have now gathered steady momentum after three consecutive wins, and roll into Thanksgiving with the Catholic Conference title on the line. Last year Xaverian avoided a loss to St. John’s Prep by a touchdown, and this year figures to be more of the same.

“For us in the Catholic Conference, our Thanksgiving Day game is many times a winner takes all prize,” said Stevenson. “We’re prepared to play that game like we have before…so the two of us know what we need to do.

“We have all the respect in the world for the Prep, but we are prepared to play our best game of the year on Thanksgiving.”

X 3 3 15 13 -- 34
CM 0 7 3 8 -- 18

First

X - Jules Murphy 30 kick

Second
X - Murphy 25 kick
C - Doyle 2 run (Tom Byrne kick)

Third

X - Colton 15 run (conversion good)
C - Byrne 37 kick
X - Colton 62 run (Murphy kick)

Fourth
X - Mike Muir 60 catch from Chris Calvanese (kick blocked)
X - Colton 4 run (Murphy kick)
C - Donovan Henry 5 run (conversion good)

No. 6 Xaverian blanks No. 9 BC High

November, 6, 2010
11/06/10
8:59
PM ET


WESTWOOD, Mass. – There wasn’t one particular thing you could identify that was better than the rest in No. 6 Xaverian’s 28-0 win over No. 9 BC High.

In sum, they were all pretty darn good.

On offense, the Hawks implemented an old school Patriot-like scheme with quarterback Chris Calvanese distributing the ball among seven receivers while throwing for 108 yards on 8 of 11 pass attempts, including two touchdowns. That was supplemented by the ground game efforts of Joe Colton (one touchdown), Chris Tamasi and Calvanese, who also ran for a touchdown.

On defense, Xaverian bottled up explosive Eagles running back Preston Cooper. While not allowing the shifty junior to hit the edge with speed, the Hawks linebackers routinely swarmed under and held Cooper to just 35 rushing yards. Without establishing the run, BC High was forced into more passing situations from longer downs and distance. Xaverian also had three takeaways.

All in all, a good day at the Hawk Bowl.

“We had probably our most complete game of the year,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “We really needed it because they’re a very good opponent.”

Calvanese got the Hawks (7-2, 2-0 Catholic Conference) started on the game’s opening drive with the longest play of the day. The junior signal-caller tabbed his own number and rumbled 51-yards to the end zone one minute and 40 seconds in.

BC High (4-4, 1-1) held Xaverian off the board for the rest of the half until Hawks receiver Tommy Jenkins made a circus catch in the back of the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese just 17 seconds before halftime.

“That was all Tommy [Jenkins], on that play,” Calvanese said. “He made an unbelievable catch.”

The Hawks widened their lead in the second half on Colton’s 8-yard touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the third. The score came with the benefit of some good field position after Matt Stapleton forced an Eagles fumble that was recovered by Tamasi.

“I thought the eleven guys we had out there today did a great job,” said Tamasi, who had a forced fumble in addition to his fumble recovery. “They didn’t score a point against us, so it doesn’t get much better than that. I couldn’t be more proud of those guys today.”

Stapleton left his imprint on the game again, hauling in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese.

Ryan Farrell iced the game for Xaverian with an interception with less than a minute remaining.

No. 9 BC High 0 0 0 0 -- 0
No. 6 Xaverian 7 7 7 7 -- 28

First quarter

X Chris Calvanese 51-yard run (Jules Murphy kick)

Second quarter
X Tommy Jenkins 24-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

Third quarter
X Joe Colton 8-yard run (Murphy kick)

Fourth quarter
X Ryan Farrell 11-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

No. 13 Xaverian throws Pioneers for first loss

October, 30, 2010
10/30/10
6:48
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SHREWSBURY, Mass. -– No. 2 St. John’s of Shrewsbury came into yesterday’s non-league game with No. 13 Xaverian averaging 41 points per game.

In the second half against the Hawks, though, the Pioneers didn’t manage a single point.

Spurred by that terrific defensive effort, Xaverian ended a two-game losing streak with a 20-16 win over the previously unbeaten Pioneers. The Hawks (6-2) now enter next week’s pivotal showdown with BC High with a little momentum.

"They've been scoring a lot of points, and I wasn't sure we'd be able to contain them as well as we did," Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said.

"They’re a good football team," St. John’s (7-1) coach John Andreoli said. "We want to play these kind of games. They’re going to go down to the wire and they’re going to be the type of game where the littlest thing can have a huge impact."

St. John’s led, 16-13, at the half, before a Nick McDaniels interception set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Xaverian’s Joe Colton (111 yards rushing). Jules Murphy’s extra point completed the scoring, but not before the Hawks twice turned the Pioneers over on downs in Xaverian territory, once in the third and once in the fourth. The second came when Ryan Farrell and Chris Tamasi tackled Cal verbal commit Richard Rodgers (101 yards receiving, but just 17 in the second half) two yards shy of the first. The Pioneers never seriously threatened again.

Chris Calvanese threw for 148 yards and two scores for the Hawks, as he looked in the direction of receiver Mike Muir (96 yards on eight catches) early and often. John Warner and Muir caught first-half touchdowns from Calvanese.

Rodgers kicked a 37-yard field goal and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Light (141 yards passing, 103 rushing). Light’s 1-yard sneak with four minutes left in the first half helped give the Pioneers a 16-7 lead before Calavanese’s toss to Muir made it 16-13 going into the break.

Here are a few quick thoughts from what was a terrific high school football game between two of the best in the state:
  • Stevenson has a lot of confidence in Calvanese, and the junior signal-caller rewarded him with a solid all-around effort on a windy day. Calvanese completed 13-of-21 passes with one interception on a ball that was overthrown. That set up the Rodgers 27-yard touchdown reception, but other than that, Calvanese made smart decisions with the ball and put it in tight spaces when need be. You can’t really coach poise, but Calvanese has it, as the St. John’s defense hurried him into some sticky situations and he didn’t blink.
  • Xaverian just might have the best secondary in the state. The Hawks made two interceptions and allowed just one touchdown through the air to an offense that has been putting up video-game numbers against everyone else on its schedule. The combination of Colton and McDaniels at the corners is superb, and safeties like Farrell, a junior, and Muir, make it so difficult to go over the top against this team. There were several times that Light had all day to throw, and he eventually just escaped the pocket and tried to pick up yards because there was no one open. Against a team with a set of receivers like St. John’s has, that’s quite an accomplishment.
  • Is there a more underrated player in Central Massachusetts than Pioneers’ senior John Vassar? Probably not. Vassar only carried the ball four times for 37 yards, but that’s not where his biggest impact on the game was. Vassar was everywhere on defense, just everywhere. He made two sacks and several other key tackles that prevented what would have been first downs. Listed at 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 200 pounds, Vassar is a thickly-built player who packs a wallop when he arrives at the ballcarrier. He may not be the most highly-recruited player, but wherever he plays at the next level, expect him to be a productive one. He’s just a pure, instinctive athlete who can do a lot of things well on a football field.
Xaverian (6-2) 7 6 7 0 -- 20
St. John's (S) (7-1) 9 7 0 0 -- 16


X - John Warner 9 pass from Chris Calvanese (Jules Murphy kick)

S - Richard Rodgers 27 FG

S - Rodgers 27 pass from Dan Light (kick failed)

S - Light 1 run (Rodgers kick)

X - Mike Muir 2 pass from Calvanese (kick failed)

X - Joe Colton 5 run (Murphy kick)

Everett now has Xaverian's number

October, 16, 2010
10/16/10
8:27
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WESTWOOD, Mass. – It wasn’t quite revenge. It was the next best thing.

“When they beat us 29-0, that was an embarrassing loss,” Everett’s Manny Asprilla said, looking back on last year’s thumping doled out by No. 1 Xaverian in the Eastern Mass Division I Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

“That stayed with us through the summer, throughout the offseason lifting, everything. When we came into the game, we wanted to put a lot of points on the board. We wanted to hold them to zero.”

During Saturday’s bout between old rivals at the Hawk Bowl, No. 2 Everett first did it by power, then by sheer athleticism.

A healthy dose of Vondell Langston’s runs, followed by the connection between quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso and receiver Manny Asprilla created an effective balance on offense. The Crimson Tide defense slowed the Hawks’ explosive running game, limiting Xaverian to just 83 yards on the ground.

It wasn’t quite the shutout win that Asprilla was looking for, but Everett’s 28-13 win certainly got the job done. And for the second time this season in the ESPN Boston Top 25 poll, No. 2 took out No. 1.

“I didn't have any worry about them being flat, because they’ve got to walk though that whole student body,” Crimson Tide head coach John DiBiaso described his team’s walk to the field past throngs of Xaverian supporters. “My kids are going crazy. That was the best thing they could’ve done.

DiBiaso continued: “Can they come to all our games and do that? I wasn't worried about them being emotional, again I was more concerned about them keeping focus and keeping poise and composure.”

Jonathan DiBiaso got things started for Everett (5-0) with a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. The swirling wind pushed the point-after try wide left for a 6-0 Crimson Tide lead.

Everett nearly struck again before the end of the first half. Gilly DeSouza’s attempt on what would have been a 33-yard field goal was blocked by Chris Tamasi with no time remaining.

Xaverian (5-1) had a new lease on life, returning to field in the second half as Joe Colton’s 30-yard kickoff return set up the Hawks with positive field position.

Eight plays later, head coach Charlie Stevenson went to the bag of tricks for the old Statue of Liberty play. Xaverian quarterback Chris Calvanese deftly sold the play, handing the ball off to Nick McDaniels on the end around for a 3-yard touchdown run. Jules Murphy knocked home the extra point for a 7-6 Hawks lead with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter.

Then, the floodgates opened in the fourth, led by Asprilla’s efforts on both sides of the ball.

“Manny [Asprilla], he’s a freak,” Langston said of his teammate.

Langston, who registered 13 carries for 47 yards, rumbled into the end zone on a 4-yard run to regain the lead for Everett. DiBiaso (12 of 21, 195 yards, TD) connected with Asprilla on the two-point attempt for a 14-7 lead.

After Ronnie Richard recovered a Xaverian fumble on the ensuing kickoff, DiBiaso hit Asprilla for a 17-yard touchdown pass with seven minutes to go.

When the Hawks got the ball back, Asprilla again proved why he’s headed to Boston College next fall. As Xaverian quarterback Chris Calvanese scrambled right, Asprilla snatched an interception near midfield and sprinted 47 yards for the touchdown, putting the game out of reach.

The Hawks added a touchdown with no time remaining when Calvanese connected with Mike Muir on an 18-yard score.

Everett 6 0 0 22 -- 28
Xaverian 0 0 7 6 -- 13


1st quarter
Everett Jonathan DiBiaso 3-yard run (kick failed)

3rd quarter
Xaverian Nicholas McDaniels 3-yard run (Jules Murphy kick)

4th quarter
Everett Vondell Langston 4-yard run (Manny Asprilla pass from DiBiaso)
Everett Manny Asprilla 17-yard pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
Everett Asprilla 47-yard interception return (DeSouza kick)
Xaverian Mike Muir 18-yard pass from Chris Calvanese

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