Boston High School: Matt O'Keefe

Two-Sport ESPN Boston All-Staters

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Looking back at the nearly two years that ESPN Boston's high school section has been up and running, we have had seven boys and one girl make our MIAA All-State Teams in multiple sports. Here are the eight below:

Pat Connaughton, St. John’s Prep '11
Basketball (2010-11), Baseball (2011)
College: Notre Dame (Basketball and Baseball)

Richard Rodgers, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) '11
Football (2010), Basketball (2010-11)
College: Cal (Football)

Matt Walsh, Plymouth North '11
Football (2010), Baseball (2011)
College: Franklin Pierce (Baseball)

Blake Dietrick, Wellesley '11
Basketball (2010-11), Lacrosse (2011)
College: Princeton (Basketball)

Casey DeAndrade, East Bridgewater '12
Football (2011), Baseball (2012)
College: New Hampshire (Football)

Matt O’Keefe, Duxbury '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Johns Hopkins (Lacrosse)

James Burke, Duxbury '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Penn State (Lacrosse)

Mark Riley, Needham '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Bates (Football and Lacrosse)

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 25, 2012
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FIRST TEAM
All-StateG - Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
The Air Force-bound goalie backstopped the Patriots to their fourth state title and an undefeated season. The Eastern Mass. All-American recorded a .682 save percentage this season.
All-StateD - Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
A true shut-down defender, the 5-foot-10 pole always drew the matchup of the opposing team’s top offensive threat. Randall, who will continue his lacrosse career at Dartmouth College next season, was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and also earned ESPN Boston All-State football consideration as a linebacker on the Dragons’ repeat Super Bowl title squad.

All-StateLSM - James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
One of the most dynamic talents in the state, the Penn State-bound long-stick did a little bit of everything for the Dragons, from winning ground balls off the wing on faceoffs to providing hounding defense. An Eastern Mass. All-American, Burke was also an ESPN Boston All-State football defensive team selection on.

All-StateLSM - Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Leading one of the state’s top defensive units, Cassidy led the Raiders to the Division 2 EMass finals at Harvard Stadium. On the season, the Amherst College-bound long-stick collected 175 ground balls.
All-StateLSM - Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
Paired on the wing with Burke on Duxbury’s face-off set, the Yale commit was one of the state’s best players during the last couple of years. In addition to winning three state titles with the Dragons, Naton was also a starting safety on two Duxbury Super Bowl title-winning football teams.

All-StateM - Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
One of the most physically intimidating forces in the state, the 6-foot-3 linebacker/tight end/midfielder extraordinaire was a force. Hunziker, a UMass-Amherst signee, earned back-to-back Eastern Mass. All-American nods in his junior and senior seasons.
All-StateM - Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Among the top faceoff men in the state, the two-time All-American was also a scoring threat for the first-time Division 3 state champions. Also a multi-sport athlete, Polk plans to play both football and lacrosse at Colby College.
All-StateM - Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
A key element to the Colonials rise to prominence in the Dual County League this season. The Middlebury-bound middie was named an All-American after scoring 30 goals with 39 assists.
All-StateA - Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
A two-time Eastern Mass. All-American, Blair has been one of the most feared scorers in the state and was an ESPN Boston All-State second-teamer last season. Blair, who finished with over 100 points on the season, will attend Providence College next year.
All-StateA - Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
While Duxbury’s defense got most of the headlines, Hellar proved the Dragons could score in bunches as well. The All-American was the fulcrum of the Duxbury attack and has signed a Letter of Intent to play at Fairfield University.
All-StateA - Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
The Fairfield commit showed why he was one of the most dynamic attacks in the state during the Rockets’ state final tilt with Duxbury. The All-American tallied 54 goals with 30 assists on the season.
All-StateFaceoff specialist – Henry Narlee, Jr., Duxbury
Ask any member of Duxbury’s coaching staff or its players and they’ll tell you their ninth state title in the last decade started at the faceoff X with Narlee. The midfielder won a high percentage of his draws and was more than capable of finishing on the rush as well.

Second Team
G - Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
G - Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
G - Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough
D - Matt O'Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
LSM - John Sexton, Soph., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Henry Guild, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
M - Chris Williams, Sr., Duxbury
A - Tucker Ciessau, Jr., Scituate
A - Jay Drapeau, Soph., Wesford Academy
A - Ben Melaugh, Sr., Billerica
Faceoff specialist – Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Best of the Rest - Honorable Mention
Henry Bumpus, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Henry Buonagurio, Sr. G, Duxbury
Cody Carbone, Sr. A, North Reading
Matt Comerford, Jr. G, Reading
Jeff Desko, Sr. A, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
Conor Healy, Sr. A, Algonquin
Stephen Iodice, Sr. D, Weston
Cam Joyce, Sr. A, Archbishop Williams
Matt McIver, Sr. A, Andover
Tyler McKelvie, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough
Cabot Noyce, Sr. A, Norwell
Joey Pasquale, Sr. A, Weston
D.J. Smith, Jr. G, Billerica
Tom Stanton, Sr. M, Catholic Memorial
Ian Yanulis, Jr. D, BC High

Coach of the Year
Tom Dalicandro, Concord-Carlisle


DUXBURY, Mass. -- Tight-knit. It’s a codeword for Duxbury lacrosse members.

It’s always slipped into conversation during any of the Dragons’ postgame interviews, a way of showing no team member is above another. Often a teammate will walk past another midsentence and it is uttered again.

After Duxbury advanced to its 11th straight state final with an 18-6 thumping of No. 4 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in Saturday’s semifinal, the Dragons showed strength throughout their ranks. No one player stood above the others as they turned in perhaps their most complete effort of the season – a quintessentially Duxbury performance.

“It started with the faceoffs with Henry [Narlee] and our two wing guys, Reilly [Naton] and James [Burke],” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said, going down the roster. “Our attack did a phenomenal job controlling the ball, being patient, but at the same time, being aggressive. And our defense just clamped down, they’re fun to watch. And Bongo [goaltender Henry Buonagurio] came up with some huge saves, highlight saves.”

The Dragons (22-2) traded salvos with L-S (16-6) through the first quarter, but built an 8-3 lead by the half.

While the Warriors hung around in a mostly competitive first half, Duxbury turned the complexion of the match with a seven-goal outburst in the third. Spurred on by a string of eight straight face-off wins by Narlee, the Dragons continued to pour it on.

And the offense was well-distributed with Seamus Connelly, Cam Mullins and Narlee tallying hat tricks. Seven Duxbury players finished with 3-or-more points on the game. Long-stick midfielders, Burke and Naton, continued their ground ball dominance as both collected a team-high six. The defensive trio of Jay McDermott, Matt O’Keefe and Max Randall were impeccable as always, and Buonagurio made several high-difficulty saves.

In all, there wasn’t a lot of fault to go around.

“The guys on the field got it done today, they made very few mistakes,” Sweet said. “From day one, we talk about that we’re going to come out and work hard in order to get better each day. And today was an indication of just that.”

The Dragons look for their ninth state title Wednesday against Needham. Faceoff at Harvard Stadium is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

LAST GO-ROUND
For Duxbury’s seniors, Saturday was a bittersweet occasion, as they played their final home game.

“That’s what I was thinking about the whole time,” Mullins said. “This was going to be my last time on this turf. I had to go out with my all.”

Mullins responded with two big first-half goals before notching the hat trick as part of Duxbury’s third-quarter barrage.

“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team, if not the hardest worker,” Sweet said of Mullins. “I’m just happy for Cam that he can cap off his last game on this field with a hat trick.”

Even though he’ll never play again in front of the home crowd, Mullins was looking forward to yet another trip to another patch of hallowed ground.

“We call it our home away from home,” Mullins said of Harvard Stadium. “It’s just nice having that experience behind us. We’ve been playing together since we were in probably second grade, so it’s a nice little group of guys we have going on.”

Boys' lacrosse All-Americans announced

May, 29, 2012
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The 2012 boys' lacrosse Eastern Mass. High School All-American team was released Monday morning by the Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Also included was the list of senior Acacemic All-Americans.

Here is the All-Americans list, which will be forward to U.S. Lacrosse:

Doug Gouchoe, Sr. G, Concord-Carlisle
Connor Darcey, Sr. G, Wellesley
Kurt Hunzinger, Sr. M, Masconomet
Kevin Blair, Sr. A, Hingham
Paul Hellar, Sr. A, Duxbury
James Burke, Sr. D, Duxbury
Max Randall, Sr. D, Duxbury
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. D, Duxbury
Nico Panepinto, Jr. A, Needham
Tucker Ciessau, Jr. A, Scituate
Ben MeLaugh, Sr. A, Billerica
Bill Polk, Sr. M, Dover-Sherborn
Henry Bumpus, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Ryan Cassidy, Sr. LSM, Wellesley
Greg Stamatov, Sr. G, Foxborough
Kyle Soroka, Sr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Tom Stanton, Sr. M, Catholic Memorial
D.J. Smith, Jr. G, Billerica
John Sexton, So. D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Jay Drapeau, So. A, Westford Academy
Cabot Noyce, Sr. A, Norwell
Matt Comeford, Jr. G, Reading
Matt McIver, Sr. A, Andover
Alex Eaton, Sr. M, Westford Academy
Tyler McKelvie, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough
Henry Guild, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Mark Riley , Sr. M, Needham
Chris Williams, Sr. M , Duxbury
Ian Yanulis, Jr. D, BC High

Academic All-American Team
Benjamin Newbert, Dover-Sherborn
Mitchell Maffeo, Masconomet
Wellesley Shrewsbury, Masconomet
Jacob Sherman, Newton North
Peter Trombly, Acton-Boxborough
Jacob Saccorso, Foxborough
Stephen O'Grady, North Andover
Miles McCarthy, Catholic Memorial
Jonathan Lee, Hopkinton
Mark Palermo, Lowell
Colton Williamson, North Attleborough
Oliver Gregory, Marblehead
James Moynahan, BC High
Branden Morin, Bridgewater-Raynham

Recap: No. 1 Duxbury 6, Bp. Guertin (N.H.) 5

May, 23, 2012
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Over the past six years, Duxbury has found itself a great opponent for the final game of the regular season in perennial New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin.

All but one of the six meetings have been highly competitive, and Tuesday afternoon saw the two squads put together a defensive masterpiece. All six starting long poles and three long-stick midfielder's on each side are committed to play at the Division 1 college level next spring, and they were the key factors for the majority of this interstate showdown.

Ultimately, a three-goal spurt midway through the fourth quarter decided it as top-ranked Duxbury rallied from a 5-3 deficit to take a 6-5 triumph over the Cardinals at Babson College's MacDowell Field.

"It felt like we were playing Garden City's defense there," Sweet laughed when asked about the high level of defense. "[Bishop Guertin] were tough to beat one on one, they played great team defense, they packed it in and they got key goaltending. That's a good formula for keeping the score down. It was a great high school lacrosse game and it could have gone either way. I'm glad that we had that little run and were able to get some key defensive stops at the end."

The Cardinals (15-3) tried to break open what was a 3-3 game when Tommy Vailas made a beautiful alley-dodge to free himself up for a goal late in the third, then opened the fourth with a nice rip down near the baseline by Luke Roever.

The way Guertin was playing defensively, it was going to prove difficult for the Dragons to make one of their patented runs, but sure enough, they did exactly that. In an extra-man situation, Will Siefert fed Seamus Connelly down low and the big attackman used a great stick fake to pull Cardinals goalie Colin Dulea out of position for a score.

Henry Narlee won the next faceoff and James Burke swooped in on the ground ball, as he has done all season, and fed Siefert for an easy look in transition to tie the game. Just over a minute later, Sam Sweet produced a tremendous individual effort to get free and set up Jack Sullivan for a goal that not only put Duxbury in the lead for the first time, but also held up as the game-winner.

"We were just moving around on the crease and my guy slid early and went to Sam and he just made a great look in the crease," described Sullivan. "It was kind of nerve wracking on the crease with the ball. We worked hard, we're a fourth quarter team and we gave it our all at the end. Narlee did great on the faceoffs, won those three in a row to get us those three goals."

BIG MAN GOES OFF ON THE BIG STAGE
It seemed the like the impressive size of the Guertin poles fed right into the best aspects of Seamus Connelly's game. The 6-foot-2, 200-plus pound Duke commit was able to body up against the Cardinals poles and use his exceptionally talented hands to rifle shots home to the tune of a four-goal game.

He even showed a little of his flashy side, using a nice stick fake where it looked as though he would shoot behind his head, then whipped the ball around from the front on the first score of the Dragons' game-deciding run.

"Shay [Connelly] played great today," praised Sweet. "He played with some energy, he played smart and he hit his shots. Lacrosse is funny. You can have great players out there and its really a game of matchups. They were a little bit slow to slide to him on those goals and they paid a price for it and Seamus stuck his shots. It was awesome. He played a great game."

Added Connelly, "One of our things is to keep believing. We knew we could pull it out. We've been down a lot in games and we've always come back. It's just a matter of our seniors looking each other in the eye and knowing we could do it. Our offense was really helping me get the space I needed to shoot. It was the kind of day where it was my turn to shoot. Any other day it could have been Sief or Sammy or anybody else."

DEFENSE STEALS THE SHOW
Connelly popped in the second of his four goals with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the game ended up tied, 2-2, at the half. Fans who weren't at the game might look at that score and say, "Good thing I didn't go. Must have been a boring game."

Not even close. You missed brilliance on display.

The fans who did make the trek to Babson College saw two defenses playing at the highest of levels a pair of New England high school teams are capable of. We've come to expect this from the Dragons, who have been all year long by close defenders Max Randall (Dartmouth commit), Matt O'Keefe (Johns Hopkins) and Jay McDermott (Syracuse), as well as lethal LSMs Reilly Naton (Yale) and James Burke (Penn State).

For perhaps the first time all season, aside from Garden City and Irondequoit, the Dragons met their match in the defensive zone. The Cardinals are led by long poles Bob Fahey and Kyle Karaska, both of whom are UMass-commits, and LSM Jay Krzyston (R.I.T.).

That unit was able to force turnovers, bad shots, and keep Duxbury's transition opportunities to a minimum for all but that two-minute stretch in the fourth.

"I have so much confidence in those kids," praised Guertin coach Chris Cameron. "They've been with me for four years and I know what they can do. They play against top-notch caliber all summer. We try to get them as many competitive games as possible so I knew that at this level of play they could handle their attack."



DUXBURY, Mass. – Any time the ball was in the vicinity of Duxbury long-stick midfielder James Burke, it either settled in his stick, or if a Billerica player happened to snatch it first, they were likely to be sent flying.

The physical matchup between the No. 1 Dragons and the No. 12 Indians came as advertised, with Burke as its prime example. But Duxbury was, at times, a bit too hasty with the physical play and were hampered by nine man-down situations throughout Wednesday’s battle.

Despite surrendering two goals while down a man, the Dragons showed their teeth with a relentless defensive showing in a 5-4 win over the Indians.

“Our defense kept us in the game all night long,” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said. “We knew coming into this season that our defense is the heart and soul of the team and that they were going to keep us in a lot of games.”

The Dragons (4-1) were paced by senior captain Paul Hellar’s hat trick, while Burke and senior long pole Matt O’Keefe turned in superb defensive efforts.

“It all starts with Bongo in the cage,” O’Keefe said of Dragons goaltender Henry Buonagurio. “He’s such an awesome asset to have back there, he’s so vocal.”

While the Dragons were solid from the back out, they were stunted offensively at times, with so much time concentrating on killing Billerica’s man-up situations.

When Duxbury was able to possess, Hellar was most effective. Perhaps none of his three strikes was finer than his last. While looking to boil down the clock with a one-goal lead late in the fourth quarter, Hellar ripped off a shot from 15 yards out off a ground ball.

“I think it’s really that we’ve just been there so many times,” Hellar said. “We’re able to keep our composure at the end of the game. We all know what we have to do, we just got out there and do our jobs.”

Still, Duxbury sweated out the final seconds of the contest as Billerica senior middie Peter Walters notched a hat trick of his own while drawing the Indians within a goal with 1:26 to play.

Billerica (4-2) had one final possession with 11 seconds to play, but Ben Melaugh’s desperation shot from 30 yards out went just wide of the cage.

Indians goaltender D.J. Smith was solid again in cage, making nine saves.

“Our guys are tough,” Indians head coach Craig Flynn said. “They’re going to fight, scratch and claw the whole game. There’s no giving up in these guys.”

NOT QUITE THERE YET
Duxbury faces another of its biggest challenges of the season on Saturday when they face defending New York state champion Jamesville-DeWitt. And Sweet thought his team might have been guilty of looking ahead to that meeting instead of focusing on the task at hand.

“I think we have to realize that we’re not as good as we thinks we are and everybody else thinks we are,” Sweet said. “We have to work hard for our wins. We’re starting to realize that.”

It was the second straight one-goal decision Duxbury faced in its last two games, after falling by a goal to Irondequoit last weekend. It’s partially a product of the face that goals have been difficult to come by for the Dragons.

“I feel like we’ve stepped it up a bit, but we still have to step it up a lot,” Hellar said of Duxbury’s attacks.

“Now, we have Jamesville-DeWitt this weekend and we’re going to have to play really strong against them.”

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Jim Tarbox for ESPNBoston.comDuxbury goaltender Henry Buonagurio was a bright spot for the Dragons with 11 saves in a loss to New York power Irondequoit on Saturday.
DUXBURY, Mass. -- It was what you’d expect from two of the top lacrosse programs in the nation, with top-notch defense and big-time goaltending.

Then again, it wasn’t (i.e. offense was something to be desired).

As MIAA lacrosse top dog Duxbury squared off against New York power Irondequoit Saturday, the two ESPNHS FAB 50 squads showed how they are built from the back end out. The result was a tightly played game with a score that resembled more of a baseball game than a lacrosse match.

Irondequoit escaped their Bay State journey with a 4-3 win over the Dragons despite being shut out in the second half.

The margin of victory largely was indicative of the fact that the Eagles (5-0) converted on more of their early chances than did the Dragons (2-1).

“We struggled to score,” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said. “But that’s a high-powered offense on the other side and they struggled to score, too. It’s unusual, a 4-3 game.”

For a game where both sides’ defensive units outplayed their offensive group, both teams were off and running during the fourth minute of play.

Nick Doktor put the Eagles to the first lead of the game on a dodge, only to see Duxbury attack Paul Hellar tie the score 22 seconds later.

The Dragons were able to bounce back again when Gunnar Miller notched his first of two goals with 5:32 remaining in the first. Duxbury’s Sam Sweet countered with the first of his two tallies less than a minute later with an assist from Andrew Buron.

Irondequoit rallied for two goals in the second quarter. Connor Enright showed off his quick hands, pulling in a pass from Doktor at the top of the crease, going across his body and beat Dragons goaltender Henry Buonagurio (11 saves). Miller then score what held up as the game-winner with 5:55 remaining in the first half.

“We finished our shots early, we were ready to go and I think everybody was on the same page and working really well together,” Irondequoit head coach Craig Whipple said. “But I think you saw Duxbury keep working during the game and they got to an area where they were doing the same thing and battled back to make it a one-goal game in the end.”

Duxbury cut the lead to one on Sam Sweet’s second of the game in the third quarter, with Hellar picking up his second point of the game on the assist.

The Dragons had several prolonged possessions in the latter stages of the third and into the fourth. Still, Duxbury looked out of sorts at times offensively and saw a string of blocked or missed shots fail to hit their mark. Whatever else made its way through to the cage was gobbled up by Eagles netminder Eric Fischer (10 saves).

AGAINST THE DRAGONS’ FIRE
Whipple and his Irondequoit squad knew what they were getting into on Saturday, having faced the Dragons in each of the last three season.

Duxbury claimed the teams’ previous two meetings.

“Duxbury’s known for their defense and I think our defense play up to that task,” Whipple said. “They had multiple possessions of long, three- to four-minute possessions on offense, but I think our talk, our discipline and really Eric Fischer from the goal did an outstanding job making the saves he needed to make.”

Even in defeat, the Dragons showed their defensive mettle with strong games from longsticks Jay McDermott, Matt O’Keefe and Max Randall, as well as some sensational play from Buonagurio in net, particularly during a five-save third quarter.

… WITH THAT BEING SAID
Duxbury’s offense struggled some — particularly in the second quarter — getting clean looks at the cage. Some of that was to be attributed by a fleet-footed Eagles defense, but part of it was also of the Dragons’ own doing.

“As the season goes on, shooting gets better, offensive movement gets better and our stick work gets better,” Chris Sweet said. “We were pretty stagnant, but a lot of that was that Irondequoit is such a good team that they took a lot of that away.

“On any day, we need to bring out A-game to beat Irondequoit, but today, we were maybe a B-plus.”

Preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

April, 2, 2012
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The high school lacrosse season kicks off this week for many top teams across the state.

Here is our preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team, as compiled by ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents.

Attackmen:
Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
Peter Crane, Sr., Wellesley
Seamus Connelly, Sr., Duxbury
Jeff Desko, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
Matt McIver, Sr., Andover
Cabot Noyce, Sr. , Norwell
Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Joey Pasquale, Sr., Weston
Connor Roddy, Sr., Medfield
Cam Slatton, Sr., Billerica

Midfielders:
Dan Delaney, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Alex Eaton, Sr., Westford Academy
Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
Jonathan Lee, Sr., Hopkinton
Kyle Livingstone, Sr., Cohasset
Drew O’Connell, Soph., St. John's Prep
Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
Oliver Saffery, Sr., Wellesley
Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
Tim Towler, Sr., Masconomet

FOGO:
Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Long Stick Middies:
James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury

Defensemen:
Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Pat Hannigan, Sr., Hanover
Jay McDermott, Sr., Duxbury
Nate Menninger, Sr., Newton North
Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
Paul Tocci, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Brian Uva, Jr., St. John's Prep
Ian Yanulis, Jr., BC High

Goaltenders:
Jonathan Barton, Sr., BC High
Henry Buonagurio, Sr., Duxbury
Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Miles McCarthy, Sr., Catholic Memorial
D.J. Smith, Jr., Billerica
Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough

ESPNHS boys' lacrosse East preview

February, 29, 2012
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After taking a look a local girls' lacrosse squads yesterday, the lacrosse crew at ESPNHS continued their season preview coverage today with a look some of the top boys' squads and players in the East region.

Lacrosse editor Mike Loveday hints that Duxbury could among the Top 10 in their national FAB 50 poll, while handing out "Starting Lineup" honors to Seamus Connelly and Matt O'Keefe, along with Deerfield Academy goaltender Luke Aaron.

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

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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

This year, Duxbury's defense rules the day

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
8:21
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Henry Narlee stood almost stoic near the podium looking over Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

His helmet gripped between both hands, the Duxbury linebacker spoke calmly of the Dragons’ suffocating defense. With hardly a smile, he discussed their second consecutive perfect season, now months removed from a shutout of Bridgewater-Raynham in the season opener.

“Really, it’s not what it seems,” Narlee said following Duxbury’s 35-0 thumping of Tewksbury team in the Eastern Mass. Division II Super Bowl. “I forget about last season. I don’t feel undefeated right now.”

Say that again?

“You get used to always looking at the next game,“ he explained. “You’re never really thinking about, ‘Oh, we’re 4-0’ or something. You’re just thinking about what’s next.”

It’s a safe bet "next" includes more sacks, tackles and wins for Duxbury, a South Shore powerhouse that’s built its success atop a defense as unmoved as its stars’ emotions.

Sure, the Dragons cheered and mugged for photos Saturday, taking a few moments to savor their fourth 13-0 season in seven seasons under coach David Maimaron and 26-game winning streak, the longest active in the state.

But unlike a year ago, when players milled around the concourse savoring a 35-13 victory over Concord-Carlisle for at least a few moments, the team shuttled off to its bus as quickly and efficiently as its defense disposed of an overmatched Tewksbury team.

They held the Redmen (7-6) to 12 total yards while building a 28-0 first-half lead. The combination of the Narlee and the 6-foot, 240-pound Mark Trudeau produced two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 2 sacks. Seamus Connelly and Owen Grey were disruptive throughout. James Burke picked off a pass and (maybe) tipped a punt.

“I’ll say I did,” he said of a lame-duck punt in the first quarter he nearly devoured. “But honestly, I’m not sure.”

They’re all part of a defense built on speed and power that provides a reliable reflection of the program itself.

If they’re not perfect, few opponents prove it.

“I said it earlier: Coach Maimaron, he’s built an empire,” Burke said. “People are excited about the program. People are excited in the youth league. People just want to be a part of this. And it shows come Friday or Saturday when we’re out there winning 26 straight games. He’s built quite the program.”

Duxbury, of course, is blessed on offense: Quarterback Matt O’Keefe is one of the best in the state, and Jon Hurvitz punched out of Gillette with two touchdowns and 75 yards on just seven carries.

But on a day like Saturday, where the attack was slowed if not flawed at times (see two interceptions), the defense glazes over any shortcomings with play and after big play.

During one stretch in the second quarter, Narlee stripped Tewksbury quarterback Kevin Saunders of the ball, allowing Trudeau to pounce on it. On the first play of the Redmen’s very next offensive series, they exchanged roles, with Narlee’s fumble recovery after a Trudeau hit helping set up a Duxbury touchdown.

“They’re a dangerous two out there,” Burke said. “Owen Grey is on the other side, and Trudeau is a house. And Narlee is just one of those athletes. Getting him off the edge on the pass rush, it’s almost unstoppable. Not many tackles have the ability to come out and block him. He’ll be playing D-1 somewhere.”

Maimaron laid a ton of credit at the weight room door, where he said the team’s dedication not only transformed wiry athletes into powerful multi-tooled football players, but helped the team largely avoid injury the last two perfect seasons.

“They’re smart, they’re fast, they’re strong,“ senior lineman Gordon Acha said of the defense, which yielded just one third down conversion on nine Tewksbury attempts. “That’s all you need. It doesn’t matter how big you are, how small are. (If you’re) fast, smart, strong, you’ll win games.”

And thus the Dragons have. Twenty one seniors will move on this season, and likely, someone, somewhere will take their place.

Narlee, a junior, will have the chance to add a third Super Bowl title before he’s done. But as his coach called any last stragglers to the bus Saturday, Gillette Stadium was far from his crosshairs.

“I’m looking forward to B-R,” he said.

Recap: Duxbury 35, Tewksbury 0

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
7:24
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was no drama in Saturday's Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Super Bowl.

Duxbury entered the contest as a heavy favorite against Tewksbury, and seized control early. The Dragons built a 28-point first-half lead and posted a comfortable 35-0 victory.

Duxbury received three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt O'Keefe and two touchdown runs from Jon Hurvitz. O'Keefe, a senior, completed 8 of 18 passes for 135 yards in the victory, and finished the season with 35 touchdown passes.

“I couldn't be more happy right now,” O'Keefe said. “It's just nice to have receivers out there who are incredibly athletic, and our line played awesome. We were firing on all cylinders, so it was just a lot of fun.”

Duxbury completed the season with a 13-0 record and extended the program's winning streak to 26 games.

“We always want to start fast,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We were able to do that today. The defense was able to cause a couple turnovers as well. It was a huge start to the game.”

Duxbury turned each of Tewksbury's three first-half turnovers into touchdowns. After an interception on Tewksbury's opening possession handed Duxbury the ball on Tewksbury's 29-yard line, Hurvitz opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run six plays later.

The Dragons doubled their lead when O'Keefe hooked up with Reilly Naton for a 36-yard touchdown pass, and then fumbles set up Duxbury's two other first-half touchdowns.

Tewksbury quarterback Kevin Saunders fumbled while being sacked and Duxbury recovered on the Tewksbury 24. Hurvitz cashed in on that opportunity when he scored on a 2-yard run.

Duxbury's final TD in the half came on a 7-yard pass from O'Keefe to Don Webber with 39 seconds to play. That scoring drive took three plays and 21 seconds after the Redmen fumbled on their own 9. It was Webber's 11th touchdown catch of the season.

“If there was one team in the Super Bowls that nobody wanted to play it was Duxbury,” Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward said. “They showed why. They're very good. They're tough.”

Duxbury's final touchdown came on a 27-yard pass from O'Keefe to James Burke with 2:58 remaining.

Tewksbury completed its season with a 7-6 record. The Redmen have played in five other Super Bowls: 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

“We knew we were gonna be up against it,” Aylward said. “These guys have a lot to be proud of. Tonight wasn't our night.”

Doing it with defense: Duxbury's offense, which entered the game averaging 34.7 points per game, may have received most of the media attention this season, but the Dragons have played some stingy defense as well.

Duxbury allowed an average of 6.7 points per game through its first 11 contests, and posted its sixth shutout of the season Saturday. Ten of Duxbury's 13 opponents failed to score more than seven points, and the Dragons allowed 27 points in their last eight games.

“I can't talk enough about our defense,” O'Keefe said. “They are the best defense in the state. We only had to score one touchdown against King Philip [in the semifinals) and we won the game {7-0]. The defense is athletic, they fly to the ball and do their job.”

Duxbury held Tewksbury to 12 yards of offense – 2 yards rushing and 10 yards passing --in the first half. The Redmen failed to convert on each of their four third-down opportunities and committed three turnovers (two fumbles).

The Redmen finished the game with 106 yards of offense and were 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.

Tewksbury running back Chris Bettano began the game with 1,313 yards rushing, but was held to 82 on 19 carries.

“Our defense has been unbelievable all year long,” Maimaron said.

Lucky 13: It was the second Super Bowl victory in as many years for Duxbury, which beat Concord-Carlisle 35-13 in last year's Division 2A Super Bowl.

Duxbury also won the Division 2A Super Bowl in 2005 (28-13 over Bishop Stang) and in 2008 (46-26 over Gloucester). The Dragons also finished 13-0 during their three other Super Bowl seasons.

Duxbury's 26-game winning streak is the longest in the state.

“We're gonna miss this entire senior class,” Maimaron said. “They've won a lot of games and they haven't lost in a long time.”

DUXBURY 35, TEWKSBURY 0
Tewksbury (7-5 ) 0 0 0 0 – 0
Duxbury (13-0) 7 21 0 7 – 35


1st Quarter
Dux – Jon Hurvitz 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick), 4:18.

2nd Quarter
Dux – Reilly Naton 36 pass from Matt O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 7:07.
Dux – Hurvitz 2 run (Hannon kick), 2:53.
Dux – Don Webber 7 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), :39.

4th Quarter
Dux – James Burke 27 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 2:58.

Recap: Duxbury 7, King Philip 0

November, 29, 2011
11/29/11
11:55
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WEYMOUTH, Mass. — It wasn’t the way that David Maimaron would have drawn it up, or probably liked to see his Duxbury football team advance to the Div. 2 Super Bowl, but a grind-it-out win to run the Dragons' winning streak to 25 is exactly how it went down last night.

The Dragons improved their record to 12-0 on the season, with a tight 7-0 victory over King Philip (9-2) in the Div. 2 Eastern Mass. semifinals at Weymouth High.

Jon Hurvitz scored the lone touchdown for the Dragons, and Greg Williams came away with a game-saving interception in the final seconds, with the Warriors barreling down towards the goal-line for a tying score, to set up a date with the winner of Reading and Tewksbury at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Maimaron’s team has probably won a football game in every which way during the 25-gamer, and he knows that having that experience in the playoffs and on the big stage is something that can’t be overlooked, especially in one-score games.

“We’ve been in these situations before,” said Maimaron. “That’s something that kind of helped us. Our big game experience, I think that’s what kind of helped us a little bit here. The fact that we’ve done this before and that was a slight advantage we had, and we needed every advantage we could get against that team.”

Warrior 'D' strong early: It was no secret the formula the Dragons have been using all season against their opponent. Matt O’Keefe came into the game with 32 touchdown passes to only seven interceptions this season, and the talented quarterback can run just as well he can throw.

The Warriors' plan was to punish him and send pressure at him from all angles, and that’s exactly what they did. O’Keefe finished the game 6-for-16 or 60 yards and only picked up 51 yards on 12 carries. The Warriors defense put a shot on the Dragons quarterback whenever they could, as they finished with four sacks and a number of hurried throws.

“They came out with an awesome game plan,” said O’Keefe. “I had no idea really where they were coming from.”

The Dragons best chance to score early came late in the first quarter. Reilly Naton hit Don Webber on a fake punt for a 15-yard gain to keep the Dragons drive alive.

On third and goal from the two yard line, O’Keefe scrambled left and looked like he could have gotten the corner on the play, but decided to heave it at the last minute to a receiver in the corner of the end zone and his pass fell harmlessly to the turf. Then on fourth down, O’Keefe was stuffed at the 1-yard line as he tried to got over center.

Dragons finally get in: Duxbury looked like it was going to stall again in the red zone on its first possession of the second half, but a mistake by the Warriors set up the only score of the game. On fourth and two from the 16 yard line, O’Keefe barked out his commands and got the Warriors to jump offside to extend the drive.

“We tried to draw them off and we went with the hard count,” said O’Keefe.

Hurvitz barreled in up the gut from 11 yards out on the next play, to give Duxbury the 7-0 lead.

The Clincher: Williams made sure to keep his focus with the Warriors on the doorstep in the waning moments of the game. A penalty on a punt, for the Dragons' punter illegally kicking the ball on a bobbled snap, put King Philip in the best position it had all day.

Charles Ruffin broke four tackles for a 20 yard gain to get inside the Duxbury 20. On the next play, Sam McDonald made a shoestring catch to get inside the 10 with less than a minute to go. On first-and-goal to go from the six, John Dillon went searching for an open receiver towards the right pylon, but Williams made a good read on the ball and nearly picked off the pass.

He waited to do just that on the next play.

Dillon went back same route, and Williams was there to jump in front of the intended receiver and intercept the pass to send the Dragons sideline into a frenzy.

It was a huge play for a player who saw little playing time during the opening part of his senior season.

“They came right back at me and I was ready for it,” said Williams. “I just read the quarterback. It came my way and I made a play on it.”

DUXBURY 7, KING PHILIP 0
DUX(12-0) 0 – 0 – 7 – 0 --- 7
KP (9-2) 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 --– 0

Fourth Quarter
Jon Hurvitz 11 run (Tucker Hannon kick)

ESPN Boston names Mr. Football Award Finalists

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
1:25
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ESPNBoston.com and its high school sports staff today have named the five finalists for the second annual ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award, to be announced on December 5. The winner will be presented with an award and jersey on the field at Gillette Stadium, prior to Dec. 4's matchup between the Patriots and Colts.

Last year, Everett wide receiver Matt Costello won the award. His quarterback, Jonathan DiBiaso, is one of the five finalists this season.

Here are the five finalists:

JONATHAN DIBIASO, EVERETT
Senior Quarterback
6-foot-1, 197 lbs.
Jonathan DiBiaso
Jonathan DiBiaso
The returning All-Stater more than lived up to his hype so far in the 2011 season, breaking the state's all-time mark of 85 career touchdown passes late last month. And with as many as three games left on the slate, he could not only put it into triple-digits (he currently has 97), but out of reach. Through 10 games for the undefeated No. 1 Crimson Tide, he has completed 148 of 250 passes for 2,407 yards and 38 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Since the start of the 2010 season, DiBiaso has thrown 81 touchdown passes to just 10 interceptions.

ARMANI REEVES, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL
Senior Athlete
5-foot-10, 185 lbs.
Armani Reeves
Armani Reeves
The Penn State commit and returning All-State athlete has been labeled as the state's No. 1 overall Class of 2012 prospect, at times teetering in the ESPNU 150. Suffice it to say that he has made the most of his limited touches, for a Knights squad that has been averaging nearly 32 points per game over the last seven games. Lining up at both running back and wide receiver for the No. 5 Knights (7-1) as well as cornerback and retuner, he has been dazzling. He's run for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns on 42 carries, and caught 294 yards and another three, with a total of 15 touchdowns. That breaks down to an average of one touchdown for every three touches.

MATT O'KEEFE, DUXBURY
Senior Quarterback
6-foot-3, 185 lbs.
Matt O'Keefe
Matt O'Keefe
The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit is ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the ESPNHS 100, as a defender, but he's made plenty of noise on the gridiron this fall as well. In his first season as the full-time starter under center, he has completed 66 percent of his passes (136 for 206), for 1,992 yards and 30 touchdowns to just six interceptions. On the ground he has been just as tough for the No. 2 Dragons (10-0), carrying 72 times for 493 yards and four scores.

TIM JOY, CHELMSFORD
Senior Linebacker
6-foot-2, 220 pounds
Tim Joy
Tim Joy
The Boston College commit is the third finalist on this list who made ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2010, and so far he has lived up to his billing as one of the state's premier middle linebackers. After registering 131 tackles last season, Joy has nearly matched that total through 10 games this year for the No. 4 Lions (9-1); and with potentially three games left on the slate, it isn't out of the realm to think he could surpass 300 tackles in the last two seasons.

MELQUAWN PINKNEY, SPRINGFIELD PUTNAM
Senior Running Back
5-foot-9, 170 lbs.
Melquan Pinkney
Melquan Pinkney
After rushing for over 1,000 yards in part-time duty as a junior, Pinkney has been electric in 2011, leading the No. 8 Beavers (9-1) through one of their most historic seasons in recent memory. In the first month of the season, he ran for a Western Mass. record 421 yards and six touchdowns; it took him just three weeks to go over the 1,000-yard plateau. Through 10 games, he has carried 262 times for a state-best 2,113 yards and 33 touchdowns, for averages of 8.1 yards a carry and 211 yards a game.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 10

November, 7, 2011
11/07/11
11:03
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HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

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

ON THE RISE

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

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