Boston High School: Khary Bailey-Smith

UMass making splash in NE recruiting

March, 16, 2012
Shortly after University of Massachusetts football coach Charley Molnar secured his first recruiting class in February, he talked about how he wanted New England players to form the foundation of his program. Apparently that was more than just talk.

UMass has clearly made New England –- and Massachusetts in particular –- the focus of much of its recruiting efforts.

BC High offensive lineman Jack McDonald, Everett offensive lineman John Montelus, Xaverian defensive lineman Maurice Hurst Jr., Tabor Academy defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery, BB&N tight end Brendan O'Neil and Catholic Memorial defensive end Peter Ngobidi have each received a scholarship offer from UMass, which held two junior days last month.

In addition, Todd Stafford, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback from the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., committed to UMass on Thursday. He became UMass' first commitment from the class of 2013.

“I went to the first junior day and [Molnar] said with the move to the MAC they want to start with the local kids,” McDonald said. “He talked about how good the talent is around here, and they want to bring in as many local kids as they can.”

UMass has been competing at the FCS level in the Colonial Athletic Association, but will move up to the FBS level when it begins play in the MAC next season. The Minutemen won't play on campus, but will use Gillette Stadium as their home field.

“It's a little bit of a drive from the campus, but I got to play at Gillette in last year's Super Bowl and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” McDonald said. “They'll have their own locker room there. I think the positives will outweigh the negatives.”

McDonald also has offers from Boston College and Maryland, and has received significant interest from Duke and Temple.

“Right now I'm considering everything,” he said.

Montelus and Hurst each have at least 10 Division 1 scholarship offers. Hurst received his offer from UMass while at one of the junior days last month.

“I'll definitely consider UMass,” Hurst said. “I really like the coaching staff and a lot of Mass. kids seem to be going there.”

There were six players from New England in Molnar's first recruiting class: wide receiver Khary Bailey Smith (Weymouth), tight end Nevin Cyr (Pelham, N.H.), quarterback A.J. Doyle (Lakeville), linebacker Vondell Langston (Everett), linebacker John Robinson (Springfield) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (Middletown, Conn.).

Wide receiver Derek Beck, a New Jersey native who played at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine, signed with UMass as well.

Jake Kennedy, who is perhaps the best offensive lineman from New Hampshire in the Class of 2013, also has a UMass offer. Kennedy plays for Souhegan High School in Amherst.

Kennedy received his offer from UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo earlier this week. He's also receiving interest from Boston College, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Brown and Harvard.

Kennedy said UMass is a school he'll strongly consider.

“Most definitely,” he said. “I could see myself there.”

Bailey-Smith on UMass: 'I made the right decision'

February, 8, 2012
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- We're nearly a week past the first day high school seniors are permitted to sign National Letters of Intent for football, but last night was the first chance we've had the opportunity to catch up with Weymouth wide receiver Khary Bailey-Smith since he signed with UMass exactly one week ago.

Bailey-Smith, a member of ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team last fall after catching 936 yards and 13 touchdowns. He spoke with us as he warmed up for the Wildcats' basketball contest with Newton North, an eventual 73-63 loss.

When he decided: "The night before [Jan. 31]. I was pretty sure a couple days earlier, but I was still going back and forth in my mind about whether I felt like it was the right school for me. But I made the right decision."

What made it the right decision: "The chance to play football at Division 1 [FBS] level. And also, the chance to jump with track, and it's not too far away from home."

His duties with the track and field program: "High jump. I'll probably just do spring, because of football."

Other schools he considered: "UConn and Pitt. They were partial scholarships for track."

What the coaching staff envisions his role being: "They said the best player gets to play. They have me coming in at safety, and that if they need help at wide receiver on offense and I show up at practice, do my stuff, I'm looking good at wide receiver, then maybe I'll get a shot. But, more defense, and it's up to me to show that I have what it takes to play on the field."

What he'll be working on between now and the day he reports to camp: "We haven't really talked about that much yet. I'm just trying to relax a little bit after that stressful period, but I'll get back in touch in not too long, and we'll talk about that more...I'm going to go train and do some conditioning, and I'm doing spring track so that should keep me in shape. I'll go out with Cam [quarterback Cam McLevedge], who's going to St. Anselm, and catch some passes, run routes, work on my coverage and technique."

On his official visit to UMass: "I took it the weekend before signing day. I liked it, it was fun there. Everyone got along really well, and the coaching staff sounded like they were into this. It sold me."

Did he go down to Gillette Stadium? "No, but I've been there a couple times, seen it. It's a very nice facility, and I can't wait to call it home."

Recap: No. 7 North 73, No. 18 Weymouth 63

February, 8, 2012

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Players from the Weymouth basketball team looked up at the scoreboard at their home gym as they headed into the halftime break, glanced at the 34-9 score, and dipped into the locker room to the chorus of a "single digits" chant from the visiting Newton North student section.

Then the Wildcats came out swinging, and cut the Tigers' lead to single digits, outscoring them 41-19 over the first 11 minutes of the half to close the gap to 55-50. But some key transition basket from two clutch seniors, and a dagger 3-pointer from a promising freshman, put the finishing touches on a 73-63 Newton North victory that puts the Tigers in control of the Bay State Conference's Carey division.

And so just 48 hour after losing a thriller in overtime to red-hot Brockton, the Tigers quickly rebounded with one of their strongest performances of the season's second half.

"We knew they were going to make a run. Basketball is a game of runs," North head coach Paul Connolly said. "Ours was early, theirs was in the middle, and we hung on and did what we had to do. We're in their gym, they're not going to lay down. You've got some tough, tough, city-type athletes here in Weymouth. That's a really good team, so for us to come in their gym, play the way we played early, was terrific."

To put it bluntly, the Wildcats (13-2, 12-2) couldn't buy a bucket in the first half, going 4-for-23 from the field and 0-for-7 from the free throw line. Between a plethora of shots that hit iron, and a mix of 2-2-1 and diamond-and-one presses from the Tigers (15-1, 13-0), the Wildcats appeared overwhelmed at first.

But they came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, opening with a 12-3 run, ending the third quarter with a Khary Bailey-Smith breakaway two-handed slam that energized the home crowd, and eventually cutting North's lead down to 55-50 with five minutes to go.

"We talked about not handling their press well, and about getting in the middle and reversing it," Weymouth head coach Jim Dolan said of the half-time adjustments. "We didn't do a good job of that in the first half, and a much better job of it in the second half. But our guys didn't quit. Newton North is a great program, and you can't spot anybody a 25-point lead, nevermind a Newton North lead."

North responded down the stretch with clutch performances from its biggest playmakers to ice this one. Down low, senior forward Barry Santana (20 points, 17 rebounds) stepped out to the wing and hit Luke Westman with a backdoor touch pass. Westman picked up the foul in the process, and converted the three-point play, to make it 59-50 with just under four minutes to go.

A few possessions later, Santana took a high entry lob over the top from freshman Tommy Mobley for a wide-open lay-in; he followed up the next trip down with a layup off a pick-and-roll with Michael Thorpe (20 points) to make it 65-54 with two minutes left.

Mobley then put the clamps down on this one with a dagger 3-pointer from the left wing, off a long pass from the opposite corner by Westman, to make it 68-57 with 1:37 to go.

Damian Lugay led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points, while junior Connor Deegan added 13.

Oye Como Va: Since the Tigers won back-to-back MIAA Division 1 state titles in 2005 and 2006 by pushing a fast pace with an NCAA Division 1 backcourt of Anthony Gurley (Wake Forest/UMass) and Corey Lowe (Boston University), they have had a size luxury. From the 6-foot-8 Greg Kelley (currently a sophomore at Yale) to 6-foot-8 Tevin Falzon (a post-graduate a Winchendon who has signed with Sacred Heart) to his younger brother Aaron (who has since transferred to St. Mark's), it had been a gradual switch to a halfcourt-oriented offense.

In 2011-12, the Tigers present a dramatically different look in the frontcourt, with the 6-foot-2 Santana being counted on for a role once owned by players nearly half a foot taller than him. For once unable to rely on a shot-blocking big man behind the play for help, this guard-heavy lineup loves to run up and down the court

It was Santana's five rebounds in the first quarter that enabled the Tigers to push such a tempo in transition and open with a 12-2 run that set the tone for the night. On both ends, the undersized Santana does the dirty work underneath night after night, in spite of his guard-like frame.

"I thought the difference in the game at so many levels was Barry," Connolly said. "Barry was so active all night long. He was on the glass, loose balls, defensively, he easily had a double-double tonight. He kept balls alive for us."

Thorpe said Santana is "an animal."

"He's just always going, no matter what," Thorpe said. "He gets so excited for these games, and just loves to go. Nobody's going to stop him, he doesn't like to lose, and when we lost to Brockton (on Sunday) he took it really hard. He made sure to make a statement coming out tonight. I love playing with him."

Thorpe stepping up: Connolly commented on Thorpe's play over the last week and half, stressing that the Emerson-bound senior has "really shown some great point guard ability."

"He's really, really solid," Connolly said. "I get on him in terms of turnovers, missed assignments sometimes. But he takes it, he's real coachable. His point guard ability in the last couple of weeks has really elevated."

Also playing a motivating factor? Public perception.

"You've kind of just got to step up," Thorpe said. "You know people are talking about you, 'Newton North this, Newton North that'...coming into the season, people were like 'Oh, Newton North doesn't have any size', blah blah, 'They're going to be mediocre at best'. Then we blow the head off, we win our first 14 games and [now] people are like 'Whoa, Newton North is this'."

'Mobley Time', part 2: Last month, we introduced the term "Mobley Time" on this blog to characterize St. Peter-Marian senior swingman Matt Mobley and his knack for explosive late-game performances. Perhaps Tommy Mobley, North's promising sharp-shooter of a freshman, could be the heir apparent.

The 15-year-old Mobley, brother of former North star and Yale sophomore Greg Kelley, has been known to put up as many as 1,000 jump shots in a day. It shows on the court; there are few freshman seen at the MIAA level with not only stout confidence in his shot, but mastery of it -- a repeatable follow-through, perfect 60-degree arc, soft touch and quick release.

Mobley didn't enter the game until the fourth quarter tonight, and it's probably hard for the unfamiliar to believe that the shot he took seems so automatic coming off his hands. But just ask his coaches and teammates what it's like playing with him.

"It's a blessing, just to have him coming off the bench," Thorpe said. "You know when it goes up, it's going in. It's beautiful to have a kid like that."

Said Connolly, "He's fearless, he's a real weapon for us. He's got a great attitude, he's real, real coachable."

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

December, 6, 2011
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.

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

Mr. Football Watch: Week 8

October, 24, 2011

Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High - Had 15 carries for 168 yards on Everett before a serious ankle injury late in the third quarter. The midseason All-State selection is all but done for the season.
George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 35-12 win over Acton-Boxborough, their first victory over the Colonials since 1987.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - In the win over BC High, he was 14 of 28 passing for 252 yards and a touchdown, and added two rushing scores. He's now three touchdown passes off the state all-time mark, and could break it this Friday against Medford.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - In the Indians' 28-20 double-overtime thriller over Haverhill, he accounted for both overtime scores. He finished with 167 yards passing and another 50 on the ground.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Turned in a record-setting evening in the Golden Eagles' 49-7 rout of Northampton, rushing for 301 yards and seven scores on just 15 carries.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Another game, another 200 yards of offense. This week, in a 42-0 blanking of Cranston West (R.I.), he threw for 143 yards and ran for another 102, totaling three scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried 10 times for 170 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-0 romp of Agawam.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Threw for 87 yards on 3 of 4 attempts, and totaled three scores in a 40-7 win over North Quincy.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - After four straight weeks of going over the 250 mark, Pinkney settled for 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the Beavers' 28-20 win over Chicopee.
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Carried 33 times for 158 yards and two scores in the Trojans' 28-22 double-overtime thriller over Xaverian.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Thew for three touchdowns and added a fourth on the ground in a 42-6 win over Lynn Classical.


Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR, Weymouth - With another touchdown catch in a 45-19 win over Norwood, the senior caught one in every game this season, for a Division 1-best 10.
Dan Barone, Sr. QB, Holliston - The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was a workhorse in the Panthers' 20-0 shutout of Hopkinton, carrying the ball 28 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Carried 19 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the Redmen's 21-14 win over Lowell.
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial - Threw four touchdown passes in a 33-13 win over Malden Catholic.
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick - In the Red and Blue's 21-12 win over Braintree, caught two first-quarter touchdown passes to give him a Bay State Conference and Division 2A best 11 on the season.
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug - Was 26 of 37 passing for 343 yards in the Falcons' 21-14 win over Westfield.
Vondell Langston, Sr. RB/LB, Everett - It was his second straight week going over the century mark, rushing for 102 yards and two scores in the Tide's 35-21 win over BC High.
Trevor Leandro, Sr. QB, Dartmouth - In the Indians' surprise 56-28 blowout of New Bedford, was a perfect 5 for 5 passing for 146 yards and two scores, and tacked on another 146 yards on the ground for three scores on just 14 carries.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB, Grafton - The UConn commit ran for 109 yards and three first-half touchdowns in a 37-19 win over Oxford.
Tim O'Brien, Sr. RB, East Bridgewater - Ran for 147 yards and two scores on just six carries, and added another touchdown through the air, in a 41-0 shutout of Norwell.
Kenny Pierce, Sr. RB, Beverly - Had his second game five-touchdown game of the season, this time on just nine carries for 256 yards, in a 47-0 blanking of Danvers.
C.J. Scarpa, Jr. QB, Andover - Threw for three touchdown passes in the Golden Warriors' 52-13 win over Methuen, giving him 16 on the year.

Our midseason All-State team

October, 19, 2011
HS Football Scott Barboza/ 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.

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

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

Mr. Football Watch: Week 5

October, 3, 2011

Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR, Weymouth - Caught two touchdown passes in the Wildcats' 45-28 loss to Needham, bringing his season total to a Division 1-best seven.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Completed 26 of 38 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 35-21 win over Barnstable.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR/DB, Dennis-Yarmouth - It was a limited night through the air, save one big catch, but he was part of a defensive effort that held Falmouth to 41 first-half yards in the 41-8 win, and returned a punt 85 yards to the house in the third quarter to seal the win.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Completed 14 of 23 passes for 239 yards and totaled three scores in a 40-14 win over Dracut.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB/DB, Grafton - The UConn-bound Melifonwu ran for three touchdowns and a career-high 320 yards in a 34-18 win over Leicester.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Attempted just five passes, completing two, while adding 97 rushing yards and a score on six carries, in a 41-8 rout of Falmouth.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Ran for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the Lancers' 41-27 win over West Springfield.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 14 of 18 passing for 230 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-0 shutout of Whitman-Hanson.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - Carried 28 times for 262 yards and four scores in a 34-6 win over Westfield. In the last two weeks, he has ran for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 45 carries, for an average of 15.1 yards per carry.
Armani Reeves, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial - Throttled the Knights to a 42-0 beatdown of New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin with three touchdowns. He caught an eight-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive, and had touchdown runs of 41 and 69 yards -- his only two carries of the night. In the last five quarters, the Penn State commit has six touchdowns.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Threw for 125 yards and ran for another 88, totaling four scores, in a 34-7 win over Newburyport.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Accounted for 296 yards of offense and totaled four scores, while adding six tackles on defense, in a 33-19 win over Lynn English.


Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Ran for 130 yards and a score in the Redmen's 21-6 win over Central Catholic.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - Completed 31 of 57 passes for 294 yards and three scores in a 35-21 loss to No. 1 Everett.
Alex Eaton, Sr. RB, Westford - The Lehigh-bound lacrosse star went for a school-record 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-8 win over Groton-Dunstable. It's his third game of the season going over 200 yards of offense; through the first month he has 785 yards of offense.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - Accounted for 247 yards of offense and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a 34-12 win over Newton North.
Geeavontie Griffith, Sr. RB, Boston Cathedral - Off to an explosive first month of the season, he ran for 240 yards and two scores on 19 carries in an 18-16 win over Pope John Paul II. Through four games he has 52 carries for 737 yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 14.9 yards per carry.
Connor Kurtz, Jr. QB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Completed 10 of 17 passes for 267 yards and two scores in the Pioneers' 21-7 win over Wachusett.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Ran for 168 yards and a score in a 41-12 win over Chicopee.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Ran for 213 yards and four scores on 19 carries in a 34-26 win over Woburn. Through four games, the 3-1 Red Devils are averaging 39 points per game.
Bartley Regan, Sr. QB, BC High - Showed poise and promise in the Eagles' 35-19 loss to St. Peter's Prep (N.J.), completing 13 of 24 passes for 204 yards and two scores.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Carried 21 times for 158 yards, and totaled three scores, in a 27-26 loss to Mansfield.

Recap: Needham 45, No. 6 Weymouth 28

October, 1, 2011
NEEDHAM, Mass. -– Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Needham had this particular contest circled on their calendar.

And, well, they certainly seemed prepared, as the unranked Rockets beat up on the No. 6 Weymouth Wildcats, 45-28.

The Rockets relied heavily upon their ground game, as senior tailbacks Ian Riley and Mike Vespa ate up the Wildcats front seven, combining for 279 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

“We [were] working on running the ball all week,” Needham head coach Dave Duffy said. “We got four good running backs and we try to give them the ball and Ian got tired their late in the game, we put Vespa in and he usually blocks, so it’s nice for him to carry the ball a lot and they both did a great job.”

Following a quick scoring strike from Weymouth’s senior quarterback Cam McLevedge to senior receiver Shawn Whouley in the first quarter, Needham’s offense took over and tallied 24 points. Needham senior quarterback Drew Burnett, who finished the game with three touchdowns, connected with both Nico Panepinto and Ian Riley to take a 24-7 halftime lead.

To start the third quarter, the Rockets took a page out of the New Orleans Saints' book, catching the Wildcats' special teams unit off-guard with an onside kick, which led to a touchdown pass from Burnett to Panepinto.

The Rockets' lead wasn’t totally safe, as McLevedge connected with senior receiver Khary Bailey-Smith for back-to-back scores before the Rockets defense collected three interceptions and forced junior running back Ozzy Colarusso to fumble the ball on Weymouth’s final drive.

“It’s a very disappointing game. We practiced [this past] week on what they were going to do, [and] we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to do,” McLevedge said. “I take a lot of blame for the game, made a lot of bad reads, [but] we just got to bounce back for next week and just see what we do in the rest of the season.”

Ian Riley’s dominance: The senior tailback tallied 186 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns, as well as recorded two receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown. Weymouth’s offense struggled against Needham’s running attack, which ate up the front seven all game. Riley rushed for 142 yards on 13 carries in the second half, as well as recovered a loose ball during the first half.

Denying Mark Riley: While Needham’s pass happy offense struggled at times, Weymouth’s linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties shutdown Burnett’s safety blanket. Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin described Riley has the best tight end in the state.

“He’s just clobbering everybody and we put a great athlete on him, our quarterback, which is double duty for him, so maybe that hurt a little offensively, who knows, but he covered him and we had Bailey-Smith over the top,” Mackin said. “We maybe over-committed a little bit, but clearly that kid is the best tight-end in the state when we [wanted] to make sure that we slowed him down [and] unfortunately they had way too many weapons to go to other than him.”

Wildcat Turnovers: Mackin expressed that the turnovers was the biggest issue for Weymouth, who recorded three interceptions and two fumbles.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate staying away from it obviously, [but] it caught up with us tonight and we got our share hopefully for the season,” Mackin said. “[There was] just way too many against a fantastic football team.”


NHS (3-1) 14 10 7 14 --- 45
WHS (3-1) 7 7 14 0 --- 28

1st Quarter
W – Shawn Whouley 6 pass from Cam McLevedge (Tyler Smith kick)
N - Ian Riley 3 run (Andrew Murochick kick)
N – Nico Panepinto 23 pass from Drew Burnett (Murochick kick)

2nd Quarter
N – Riley 29 pass from Burnett (Murochick kick)
W – Ozzy Colarusso 5 run (Smith kick)
N – Murochick 25 Field Goal

3rd Quarter
N – Panepinto 15 pass from Burnett (Murochick kick)
W – Khary Bailey-Smith 14 pass from McLevedge (Smith kick)
W - Bailey-Smith 19 pass from McLevedge (Smith kick)

4th Quarter
N - Riley 32 run (Murochick kick)
N – Mike Vespa 6 run (Murochick kick)

The View from No. 6 Weymouth

September, 29, 2011
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- It's not often you can say a Week 4 game has playoff implications, but No. 6 Weymouth's clash with Needham on Saturday could go a long way to deciding the Bay State Carey.

We caught up with the Wildcats to preview their impending matchup:

WR Khary Bailey-Smith

LB Jon Hachey

RB Ozzy Colarusso

QB Cam McLevedge

Mr. Football Watch: Week 2

September, 12, 2011
Last week, we introduced our initial list of 15 players expected to be in contention for our annual ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award. After a wild first weekend, the running is decidedly wide open. Here's how we break it down this week:


Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover - Carried the ball 21 times for 130 yards and score, and had a hand in the game-changing flea flicker, as the Golden Warriors beat rival North Andover 30-20.
Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High - Ran for 98 yards and three scores in a 42-0 blanking of Brockton.
George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-7 win over defending Division 3 Super Bowl champion Beverly.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw for 256 yards and four scores in a 47-12 win over Leominster.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Was nearly perfect through the air, completing 12 of 14 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns, and added a fourth on the ground, in a 41-7 rout of Taunton.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried 10 times for 114 yards and two scores in a 35-6 win over Chicopee Comp.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Threw for 189 yards and added 70 on the ground, totaling five scores, in a 49-28 win over Burlington.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Completed 13 of 19 passes for 193 yards and two scores, and added 149 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries, as the Big Blue rolled to a 33-14 win over Somerville. He also had an interception on defense.


Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR, Weymouth - Caught three of Cam McLevedge's six touchdown passes in a 48-6 rout of Milton.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - In a 65-0 rout of Durfee (the Red Raiders' first shutout since 2003), Crook was 18 of 27 passing for 247 yards and two scores, and added a third touchdown on the ground. That brings him to 67 career touchdown passes, 18 away from the state record.
Greg Finley, Sr. QB, Framingham - Threw for 196 yards and ran for 119 more, totaling three touchdowns in a 41-10 win over Wellesley.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - Darren's son threw for 270 yards and three scores, and added 101 yards on the ground, in a 21-7 win over Brookline. Also notable is the debut of freshman wideout Brian Dunlap, who had 11 catches for 240 yards and two scores.
Steve Flynn, Sr. QB/DE, St. Peter-Marian - Threw for 240 yards and two scores in the Guardians' 20-6 win over Fitchburg. He also made 11 tackles and batted two passes on defense.
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug - Was 23 of 36 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown in a 33-14 win over Silver Lake.
Jermaine Kelly, Sr. QB, Lynn English - The Swampscott transfer made his presence felt in his first start for the Bulldogs, leading a 41-0 rout of Gloucester with 279 passing yards and six touchdowns.
Jordan Knowles, Sr. DE, St. Peter-Marian - Recorded two sacks and nine tackles in a 20-6 win over Fitchburg.
Eric LaCroix, Sr. QB, Methuen - Totaled 292 yards of offense and all four of the Rangers' scores in a 27-13 win over Plymouth North, avenging last year's season-opening loss.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - Led a quick dismantling in a 48-6 rout of Milton, completing 11 of 15 passes for 267 yards and six touchdowns.
Jimmy Ryan, Jr. QB, Dracut - In his first start taking over for Matt Silva, Ryan threw for 113 yards and ran for 103, totaling one score, as the Middies upset St. John's Prep, 13-7.
Sean Wilson, Sr. RB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Carried 26 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 22-21 thriller over Holy Name.

No. 18 Weymouth will speed up its pace

August, 25, 2011
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- When opposing teams in the Bay State Conference line up against Weymouth this season, opposing coaches might scratch their heads and wonder just exactly who is playing in those maroon and gold jerseys on the other side of the field.

The trademark elements of a smash mouth, grind-it-out kind of offense will still be rooted in Weymouth, but this season the Wildcats will deploy speed, athleticism and maybe a little bit of surprise on their quest for a second-straight undefeated regular season.

“We are going to try and spread the field a little bit more with the athleticism we have,” said head coach Kevin Mackin, whose team added non-league opponent Gloucester to the schedule during week three. “We still have elements of our power game in there and we are very confident.”

The change in philosophy isn’t necessarily viewed as a need to get away from the old system. In fact, the old style worked just fine for Weymouth in the Bay State Carey Division, as it has won four of the last five titles.

It’s more of a change to fit the personnel that Mackin can deploy on a weekly basis.

Ozzie Colarusso is back for his junior season as a “Mr. Everything” for the Wildcats offense. He can split out wide, play in the slot, or come out of the backfield to create havoc on opposing defenses.

Last season, the younger Colarusso broke the 100-point barrier and finished with 16 total touchdowns on the season. He may have been the best-kept-secret last season for Weymouth, but this year, the Wildcats will have to do a good job of mixing it up to continue his upward climb.

“I like to be able to mix it up and be able to help the team as much as possible,” said Colarusso. “I try to get the ball as much as possible and make things happen.”

Khary Bailey-Smith isn’t a secret at all in Eastern Mass., and he’s very tough to hide on the football field. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, the senior wide-out will be looking to exceed his 50 catches last season in the newer style of offense.

“We can stretch the defense,” said Bailey-Smith, who is an All-State champion in the high jump. “We still have people that can power up the middle, but now with a spread people have to respect (the outside threat).”

Added Mackin: “I’m sure teams are going to be aware of Khari and maybe gameplan a little bit. We have some ways of trying to get him the football. He’s certainly going to make his plays and if people worry about him too much then we have other guys who can step up.”

The last piece, and maybe most important, will be Cam McLevedge’s ability to step in and guide the offense through this transition. McLevedge has seen plenty varsity time on the defensive side of the ball, but this will be his first go-around as the quarterback of the Wildcats.

McLevedge showed off a strong arm in the windy conditions in the first day of training camp for Weymouth on Wednesday, and he will rely heavily on his two offensive playmakers.

“Khary and Ozzie are good weapons to have,” said McLevedge. “Any quarterback would be lucky to have them and I have that opportunity to play with these two great players. They are great athletes and they can go get the ball wherever I throw it.”

McLevedge, as well as fullback John Hachey, will be responsible for adding a little bit of that old Weymouth-power to compliment the skill position players on the outside as well.

“I want to bring the hammer,” said McLevedge. “I want to go hard, so I can deliver that message to the defense that I’m not going to go down easy just because I’m a quarterback.”

That sentiment is just proof, that while the style may change, the old Weymouth mentality never goes away.


Coach: Kevin Mackin (Sixth year, 44-25)
Last Year: 11-1 (Lost in Division 1A playoffs)
Key Returnees: Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR/S, 6-2, 185 lbs (50 catches, 900 yards, 8 TD, 4 defensive touchdowns); Ozzie Colarusso, Jr. RB/DB, 5-11, 175 lbs. (16 total touchdown, 11 interceptions); Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB/OLB, 6-1, 200 lbs.; John Hachey, Sr. RB/ILB 6-0, 190 lbs.; Shawn Whouley, Sr. DB, 5-9, 160 lbs.; Tim Harrington, Sr. G/DT, 6-4, 280 lbs.
Strengths: Speed and playmaking ability at the skill positions, experienced defensive backfield.
Weaknesses: Experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
Outlook: The Bay State Carey division will most likely run through Weymouth again this season, meaning the final game of the season with Walpole could bring another chapter to this long-standing rivalry between the league rivals. A perfect season might not be in the cards again for Weymouth, with a tough third game against a stout Gloucester team on the road. The big question will be if Tim Harrington can gather an inexperienced offensive line, which lost all of it’s starters from last season, and give the skilled Wildcats offensive players a chance to run the new offensive system. Expect to see some more downfield action with Khary Bailey-Smith opening up the underneath routes for Ozzie Colarusso and company. Weymouth will still leave people bruised and battered, but expect to see a higher-octane, aerial assault as a solid compliment.

ESPN Boston's Preseason All-State Team

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


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


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

Role players vault No. 15 NN over Weymouth

February, 8, 2011

NEWTON, Mass. -- Newton North head coach Paul Connolly found himself joking to reporters, following his No. 15 Tigers' 55-45 win over No. 14 Weymouth, that perhaps a change in music was in the works.

The jury's probably still out on Barry Santana's musical exploits, but you get the idea. On an afternoon when the attention went to Tiger stalwarts Mike Thorpe and freshman sensation Aaron Falzon, and how they'd collectively shut down uber-talented Weymouth swingman Jared Terrell, Santana slipped under the radar and had himself a pretty nice day at the office, with 16 points to go along with 15 boards. Junior Jared Masinton also stepped up with 12 points.

"We've got a lot of games coming up, so I want to play a lot of guys," Connolly said. "We played 10 in the first half, 12 for the game, and I think we've got some pretty good depth in our team. Guys really stepped up, Barry had a great game for us. That was a good win for our team today."

Down the stretch, as the Tigers locked up defensively, Santana put things away by hitting five of six free throws. And with it, North (12-4, 9-3) avenged Jan. 11's loss at Weymouth, a 56-51 upset that gave the Tigers their first Bay State Conference loss. Weymouth (13-3, 10-2) stays one game ahead of the Tigers in the Carey division, with the loss.

"The game plan was banging them first, be the toughest team out there," said Santana, a 6-foot-2 junior. "You know? Punch them first. They fell in the beginning, but they fought back, but we punched last. We finished strong."

Indeed, the Tigers threw a haymaker to start this afternoon contest, opening the game up on a 15-2 run and leading 18-6 after one quarter. North forced the Wildcats' stars, junior Damian Lugay (10 points, five rebounds) and super sophomore Terrell (13, nine) into settling for perimeter shots as opposed to their trademark physical drives to the lane. Terrell went 0 for 5 from the field in the first quarter, creating his own shots off step-backs but unable to sink them.

But the Wildcats found a renewed urgency heading into the fourth quarter. Trailing 39-31 to start the final eight minutes, there was considerably more bounce in the steps of Terrell, Lugay and Khary Bailey-Smith as they tipped away loose balls to start transition, swiped entry passes or deflected them back out to the perimeter. Meanwhile the the Wildcats exploded for an 11-4 run to start the quarter, using penetration to kick passes out to the baseline, and out to the wing for sharpshooters Patrick Deegan and Jon Perez (10 points, three 3-pointers).

That penetration, combined with athleticism, led to alot of trips to the line for Weymouth in the second half. But as was the case in their other two losses this season, sub-par shooting from the charity stripe left alot of points off the board. The Wildcats, who went 43 of 70 from the line combined in losses this season to Needham and East Boston, were just 6 of 17 on free throws in the second half.

Weymouth cut the lead to 45-44 with 3:20 left when Terrell swung it to Perez on the right wing, and Perez -- after hesitating for a second -- calmly sank the three-ball. That was their last field goal the rest of the game, however, as the Wildcats managed just a free throw the last three minutes.

"You know what happens is, you get down early and then you use so much energy to get back in, that we just didn't finish," Weymouth head coach Jim Dolan said. "They hit their foul shots and we certainly didn't hit ours. That's kinda been our Achilles heel, if you will, but my kids didn't quit and I'm really proud of them for that."

Terrell Rallies No. 12 Weymouth in BSC tilt

January, 12, 2011
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Against Bay State Carey royalty, Jared Terrell climbed upon a mound of whistles, steals and dunks to assume his thrown. The Weymouth boys' basketball team is making a case for its own.

Amid a rash of Newton North turnovers, Terrell exploded for a series of gymnasium-shaking dunks to rally the Wildcats on Tuesday, before they held on at the free throw line for a crucial 56-51 victory.

The dynamic sophomore scored 16 points, including eight in the span of two minutes in the fourth quarter. In that time, he made four steals, helping turn what was a 37-34 Tigers lead at the beginning of the period into a 47-41 Weymouth advantage with 5:08 to play.

Streaking, flying and dunking amid deafening cheers, Terrell continued to establish himself as one of the state’s most exciting second-year players -- and Weymouth (8-0) as a strong candidate to end Newton North’s streak of eight straight Carey titles.

“Jared’s just a freakish athlete,” Weymouth coach Jim Dolan said. “We needed him to step up, make a couple steals and finish, and he did that.”

It was a rare win for Weymouth, ranked 12th in ESPN Boston’s MIAA poll, over its divisional rivals. Dolan said it was just the second time in his eight years coaching the Wildcats that he’s beaten Newton North (5-2), during which the Tigers, currently ranked 17th by ESPN Boston, found no equal in the Carey division.

But after surviving several scoring bursts by Newton North’s Michael Thorpe (23 points, seven rebounds), the Wildcats switched to an aggressive 1-3-1 half court trap -- dubbed “Rebel” by Dolan -- to force the Tigers into 10 fourth-quarter turnovers and 21 for the game.

It came after a brilliant third quarter in which Thorpe nearly outscored the Wildcats by himself, 10-11, and had Newton North up by as many as five points. Then Terrell hit, changing the game in a flurry of transition baskets.

“Just a couple of those breakouts,” Newton North coach Paul Connolly said. “I mean, Jared Terrell shooting a dunk is a very high percentage shot. When you give up those little runs in a one-possession game, those are huge plays.”

They were ones Weymouth was waiting on. Having broken 70 points four times -- and 80 twice -- already this season, the Wildcats don’t enjoy life in low-scoring affairs. Creating baskets often starts with their defense. Terrell’s making a habit of finishing them.

“The whole game, we’re just trying to push it, fast paced, and they slowed it down a little bit in the third quarter,” Terrell said of Newton North. “But then in the fourth, we picked it up a little bit, started playing our game instead of theirs.”

Terrell, of course, had help. Jon Perez added 10 points, Damian Lugay grabbed 11 boards and Khary Bailey-Smith hit six of his final eight free throws -- all in the final two minutes -- to push his point total to 10.

“We just had to play ‘D’,” Perez said, “and that’s what we did.”

It helped erase big nights from Newton North’s Luke Westman (11 points, eight boards) and freshman Aaron Falzon, who was bloodied by an elbow to his left eye but returned to total 10 points and seven rebounds.

But in the end, the Tigers went as Thorpe did. Weymouth held him to a free throw in the fourth quarter.

“He got a little tired,” Connolly said. “Keep playing, you’re not coming out, I’m sorry. He’s a First Team all-league player, they have some kids in there, trying to get in his head, talking trash to him. But he had none of it and just battled and played. It’s just a tough ending.”

It may be the beginning of change in the Bay State Carey.

“Hey, this is their year to maybe win the league,” Connolly said. “We’ll see. They have a senior-oriented team, they’re good, they’re tough. We’ll keep going, though. My guys will be back.”


-- After the game, Connolly raved about Falzon, a promising forward who can shoot from the outside and is learning how to body up in the paint.

“I’ve been on him, I’ve been riding him,” Connolly said. “I know all the prep schools are on him, and they’re feeding him a bunch of [non-sense] about going here, doing this. To be honest with you, I can care less about that. That kid has never worked so hard in his life playing the game of basketball and learning the game of basketball, learning how to play the right way. Once he gets the athletic piece, once he gets a little more bounce, he’s going to be really, really, really good.”

Connolly then referenced Terrell, who’s well-built for his size and has the athleticism to easily thrown down transition dunks.

“And Aaron doesn’t have that bounce yet,” Connolly said. “That’s the separation. That’s why they talk about Jared Terrell as a Division-I athlete. … [But] I think the sky’s the limit for Aaron.”

-- Dolan didn’t want to look too far ahead regarding his team’s chances to win the division despite Tuesday’s win. He instead cautioned that his team needs to stay in the moment.

Unfortunately, that also likely means no practice Wednesday with heavy snow expected to hit the area.

“We want to get better every day,” Dolan said. “It happened to be Newton North tonight. I think we got better, got some defensive stops. It’s a win in the Bay State league. They’re tough to come by.”

Balanced B-R attack overtakes Weymouth

December, 1, 2010

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -– It was a tale of two halves for Billy Zolga but all that matters is a win in the end.

The senior quarterback Zolga was an efficient 7-of-10 under center for 148 yards with three of his seven completions going for touchdowns but Bridgewater-Raynham dominated previous undefeated Weymouth in the second half with their ground game in a 34-22 victory in front of the their home crowd to advance to the Division 1A Super Bowl this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

While Zolga did throw one interception that resulted in a Wildcats' touchdown, most of the senior signal caller's damage came in the first half with 134 yards on 5-of-7 passing before turning the game over to his backfield - junior tailback Branden Morin and senior captain Mike Chicoine.

Morin was the workhorse with 28 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns and was the major cog in the Trojans' ability to control the clock in the second half. Morin replaced starting tailback Nick Schlatz due to Schlatz's shoulder injury in the third quarter of Bridgewater-Raynham's big win over Brockton on Thanksgiving.

Chicoine had 59 yards on eight carries before also leaving with an lower leg injury with less then five minutes to play in regulation.

“Brandon Morin stepped up huge, we needed a lot of guys to step up for Nick Schlatz, and they did it. It was a great team effort, a great team win,” Trojans head coach Dan Buron said. “We knew they were going to stop the run and figured we would get a little play action pass going but we changed in the second half cause I like the clock to run.”

Weymouth drew first blood on their first series with a 73-yard, nine-play drive finished by quarterback Mitch Temple with a 17-yard floater to junior receiver Khary Bailey-Smith.

But Bridgewater-Raynham (10-2) answered back quickly scoring on only their second play from scrimmage as Zolga found Sean O'Donnell wide open for a 47-yard touchdown and the game was knotted at seven with 5:13 to go in the first quarter.

Not only that, but the Trojans would hit pay dirt on their first three possessions to take a commanding 22-7 lead as Morin scored the first of his two rushing scores and Zolga found fellow senior Sean McCall for the first of McCall's two end zone grabs, this one going for 52 yards.

But Weymouth (11-1) didn't go away quietly as senior tailback Dylan Colarusso punished the Trojans' defensive front for 78 first-half yards on the ground and scored from four-yards out to cut the deficit to eight, 22-14. Colarusso scored again from three-yards out after Shawn Whouley tipped a Zolga pass in the middle of the field to defensive back Ozzy Colarusso for the interception to set up the Wildcats at the Trojans' 34-yard line. Dylan Colarusso's second score came with only 33 seconds left in the second quarter and he capped off the comeback with a two-point conversion to tie it all up, 22-22, at the break.

“When it was tied I said 'What do you expect' – (Weymouth) is undefeated, they are not going to die, but we handled their surge and let's go out and take the opening drive,” said Buron.

A seven-play drive ending in Morin's second end zone dance, a six-yard sweep to the left, ate up 4:32 of the third quarter and gave Bridgewater the slim 28-22 lead.

Bridgewater-Raynham's defense finally came alive and forced the Wildcats into a quick three-and-out and the Trojans' running game took over the rest of the way.

A clock-killing 17-play drive ensued with Buron methodically drawing out plays to the final seconds of each possession to keep Weymouth's defense on the field. The drive covered the remainder of the third quarter and then after 15 of the first 16 plays of the drive were running plays – Zolga drove the stake into Weymouth's perfect season with an eight-yard corner route touchdown to McCall for the 34-22 lead with only 3:50 remaining.

All in all, the Wildcats only touched the ball eight times in total on offense in the second half which resulted in a net 11 yards of offense from scrimmage. Dylan Colarusso was bottled up the rest of the way as he finished with only 80 yards on 14 carries.

The win sets up a rematch of last season's D1A Super Bowl between the Trojans' and Gloucester -- 21-0 winners over Lincoln-Sudbury -- in a game in which the Fishermen's running game prevailed in a 33-13 victory.

WEYMOUTH (11-1) 7 15 0 0 -- 22
BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM (10-2) 15 7 6 6 -- 34

WE – Khary Bailey-Smith 17 pass from Mitch Temple (Ozzy Colarusso kick)
BR – Sean O'Donnell 47 pass from Billy Zolga (Mike Chicoine kick)
BR – Branden Morin 5 run (Morin run)
BR – Sean McCall 52 pass from Zolga (Chicoine kick)
WE – Dylan Colarusso 4 run (O. Colarusso kick)
WE – D. Colarusso 3 run (D. Colarusso run)
BR – Morin 6 run (kick failed)
BR – McCall 8 pass from Zolga (run failed)