Boston High School: Michael Walsh

L-S, Westford battle in 'Coaches vs. Cancer'

May, 19, 2012
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SUDBURY, Mass. -- Occasionally, the literal and figurative lines separating sports from real life disappear, as they did Friday night at Feeley Field.

While No. 5 Lincoln-Sudbury was scratching and clawing its way to a 2-1, eight-inning victory over Westford, there were symbols all around reminding everyone that what happened on the baseball diamond was not the life or death situation some make it out to be.

The Westford players sported pink undershirts they made for the "Coaches vs. Cancer" fundraiser they had weeks before. Most of the L-S players sported pink wristbands during the game. About 100 feet away from the concession stand, a woman stood at a Coaches vs. Cancer table, collecting donations and selling raffle tickets for a cause she believes in.

Before the game, L-S coach Kirk Fredericks presented Coaches vs. Cancer with a check for a $4,000, on behalf of the school.

These were all done to generate support and raise money for the American Cancer Society. It’s in times like these when one can see that games, at any level, are just that: games.

“Every year I watch the Jimmy Valvano speech (from the 1993 ESPYs) and that really touches me,” said Fredericks, one of the main organizers of the baseball team’s fundraising efforts. “As a matter of fact, I have it on tape because it kind of brings you back down to reality. When you’re going through every day life and you get up and you complain about your boss, or you complain about some kid you have in class.

"My daughter has had a rough two years in life. She doesn’t have cancer, but you go in the hospital and there are kids there that are living in the hospital. It makes you realize how lucky you are. We lost a kid from L-S a couple years ago to leukemia, who was in the baseball program. We have a kid now who is hopefully at the tail end of his battles, so things just make it mean a little more to you.

"Our seniors wanted to raise some money to put towards that cause and if we can have a part in that, then great.”

The team raised money by selling discount cards to various restaurants around the Sudbury area. During the game, raffle tickets were sold for the opportunity to win a signed photograph of Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

The total amount raised by the sales at the game and by the players in school will be added to the donation total, once it is tallied.

L-S works extra innings: On the field, it was the grind one would come to expect by two Dual County League teams.

Westford (9-9) scored its only run of the game off L-S (14-3) pitcher Sid Warrenbrand in the top of the first inning.

John Troy singled to right with one out, then stole second two batters later. He scored from second on a Riley Cox single to make it 1-0.

Troy also did well for himself on the mound also, not allowing a L-S hit until the fourth inning. He walked Matt Cahill to open the inning, then faced Michael Walsh.

Walsh hit a grounder to short, which slowed down considerably in the infield grass. By the time the shortstop could make a play on the ball, Cahill was mere feet away from second base.

Cahill slid head-first into the bag, beating the throw, making everybody safe, and giving L-S its first hit of the game.

He then moved to third, but a 6-4-3 double play gave his team two outs. He scored two pitches later on a Troy wild pitch.

L-S plated the final run of the game after Troy fell apart in the eighth inning. Michael Biggins singled to right to open the inning, then Cahill reached base safely after Troy’s throw to second pulled the shortstop off the bag, making both runners safe.

He then hit Walsh with a 3-1 pitch, which loaded the bases. Warrenbrand’s hit dropped in the outfield to send the fans home happy, and allowed him to finish the game he started.

Warrenbrand shining: Warrenbrand is only a sophomore, but did not pitch like one Friday. After he gave up the run in the first, he left 10 Westford runners on base, three of which reached third base.

His biggest scare came in the sixth inning, when he walked Riley Cox to start the inning. A William Alden single put runners on first and second with nobody out.

He came back and struck out Thomas O’Brien looking, then got Luke Morse to ground out to him, which advanced the runners, but made two outs in the inning.

Connor Murphy came up to hit, but Warrenbrand struck him out swinging, ending any hopes Westford had of scoring in the inning.

He gave up a single to start the seventh inning, but came back and forced a fly ball out and a double play to end the inning.

“He’s been struggling a little bit lately, and struggled in the early part of the game, threw a lot of pitches,” said Fredericks. “He’s been getting better as the game goes on. I think what you saw was that he’s a competitor and he’d come off the mound in each of those last three innings he pitched, and he came off like he just won the state championship. Then he goes and gets the game-winning hit. Sometimes you’re the hero, and sometime’s you’re the goat, but today he was the hero.”

Warrenbrand was relieved in the eighth by David McCullough.

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

December, 6, 2011
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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

Mr. Football Watch: Week 11

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
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HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Carried 28 times for 164 yards and two scores in the Patriots' 27-0 shutout of Lincoln-Sudbury.
Casey DeAndrade, Sr. RB, East Bridgewater - Ran for 116 yards on 19 carries, and returning a kickoff 71 yards to the house, in a 16-6 loss to Mashpee.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns, and added 97 rushing yards and a fifth score, in the Crimson Tide's 42-20 win over Malden that clinched their 17th straight Greater Boston League title. DiBiaso is now at 97 career touchdown passes.
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial - In the No. 5 Knights' win over Xaverian, threw for 167 yards and three scores and added 72 rushing yards and a fourth score.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Completed 14 of 15 passes for 170 yards and 3 TD, and added 124 rushing yards and two more scores on just three carries, in a 42-7 win over Sandwich.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Carried 14 times for 94 yards in a 34-25 win over Holyoke, the first time since the Eagles' season-opening loss to Putnam that he's been held to under 100 yards.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Spraing his ankle in the opening five minutes of an 18-6 win over Minnechaug. Reports have surfaced that Norris, who has nearly 1,400 rushing yards on the season, sprained it somewhat significantly.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - In the Dragons' 34-7 league-clinching win over Hingham, completed 14 of 25 passes for 248 yards and four scores, and also added 95 rushing yards and a fifth score.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - Carried 33 times for 168 yards and two scores in the Beavers' 22-12 win over South Hadley.
Armani Reeves, Sr. RB/WR, Catholic Memorial - Opened up the floodgates in the first quarter of a 33-11 win over Xaverian, with a 92-yard touchdown scamper, before Doyle took over.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - In the Big Blue's 33-15 win over Gloucester, he was 13 of 22 passing for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and carried nine times for 63 yards. On the season, the Brown commit has over 2,900 yards of offense.

ON THE RISE

Dan Barone, Sr. QB, Holliston - In the Panthers' 48-22 win over Norton, completed a perfect 7 of 7 passes for 227 yards and three scores, and added two rushing scores.
Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover - Totaled 283 yards of offense and four rushing touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Lowell.
Mike Decina, Sr. QB, Hopkinton - Threw for 300 yards and six touchdowns in the Hillers' 42-13 beatdown of Westwood.
Theo France, Sr. RB, Barnstable - Last week, it was carving up the B-R defense on the ground. This week, he had 103 receiving yards and three touchdowns, in a 20-10 win over Plymouth North.
Jordan Keli'inui, Sr. RB, Mashpee - Carried 18 times for 98 yards in the Falcons' 16-6 win over East Bridgewater.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - Threw for four touchdowns in a 50-0 shutout of Framingham, bringing his season touchdown pass total to a Division 1-best 34.
Chucky Ortiz, Sr. RB, Woburn - Did it all in the Tanners' 24-7 win over Lexington, running for two scores, throwing for another, and kicking a field goal.
Matt Owens, Sr. QB, Boston Cathedral - Threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers' win over Trinity Catholic that clinched the Catholic Central Small.
Quinton Perkins, Sr. RB, Fitchburg - Ran for four touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 26-15 win over Holy Name.
Karl Sery, Sr. RB, Hudson - The Bryant commit carried 34 times for 239 yards and two scores in the Hawks' 25-14 win over Clinton.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 10

November, 7, 2011
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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.

Recap: Swampscott 21, Beverly 13

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
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BEVERLY, Mass. -– As far as momentum swings go, you won’t find many that top the one that happened Saturday in Swampscott’s 21-13 victory over Beverly.

With the host Panthers up 13-7 late in the first half, Swampscott quarterback Michael Walsh swung a pass to Richard Sullivan in the right flat, but Beverly’s Dan Brown arrived when the ball did and with authority.

The hit, which caused an incompletion, elicited a roar from the Beverly crowd and a corresponding one from Swampscott coach Steve Dembowski, who barreled over from his sideline to argue for either a personal foul or taunting penalty.

Neither came, but Dembowski ended up getting an even better result. On the next play, Walsh (240 all-purpose yards) converted a fourth and 3 when he picked up nine yards. Then, Walsh threw back to A.J. Baker, who found Walsh in the left flat with a wall of blockers leading him to the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown. Nick Meninno’s PAT gave the Big Blue a 14-13 halftime lead and they never trailed again.

Walsh added a 12-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the defense forced two turnovers on downs in Swampscott (8-1, 3-0 in the NEC/Cal Tier 2) territory later on to seal it. It was a satisfying win for the Big Blue, who hadn’t beaten Beverly (6-3, 2-1) since 2007.

“It feels incredible,” said Swampscott linebacker Zach Kalapinski. “They’re a great team.”

“This was huge,” said Walsh. “This was another step towards winning the NEC and that’s where we want to be. So this was a big step towards that.”

Beverly nearly took that step, as Brendan Flaherty (137 yards rushing, 91 receiving) was a major weapon for the Panthers, scoring on a 49-yard run on their first drive and a 27-yard reception on their second.

But Swampscott made just enough plays in the final minutes to hold off the hosts, turning the ball over on downs twice deep in Big Blue territory.

Swamp monsters: The Swampscott offensive line may not be the biggest around, but it’s an underrated group that made the difference in the second half. The all-senior group of Mark Lausier, Sam Gold, Michael Wynne, Michael Bagarella and Abdi Yusef paved the way for 108 yards on the ground between Walsh and Evan Rhodes (71 yards rushing) in the final 22 minutes.

“We thought we could win the trench war,” Dembowski said. “Last year we lost the trench war. We won the yards and all that stuff, but we didn’t get the touchdowns.”

No huddles here: Swampscott’s offense is well-known for its no-huddle spread, but Beverly showed at times that its Wing-T could be executed at just as quick a pace. For much of the game, the Panthers operated without a huddle and kept the Big Blue on their heels for the entire first half. The tempo at which the Panthers played was impressive, and by the looks of it, will only be more elevated in the future. With quarterback Dave Rollins, running backs Flaherty, Dom Abate and Kenny Pierce and four offensive linemen returning next year, expect more defenses to be sucking wind when the Beverly offense takes the field.

SWAMPSCOTT 21, BEVERLY 13
SWA (8-1, 3-0) 7 - 7 - 0 - 7 --– 21
BEV (6-3, 2-1) 7 - 6 - 0 - 0 –-- 13

First quarter
B – Brendan Flaherty 49 run (Dave Rollins kick)
S – Michael Walsh 1 run (Nick Meninno kick)

Second quarter
B – Flaherty 27 pass from Rollins (kick failed)
S – Walsh 49 pass from AJ Baker (Meninno kick)

Fourth quarter
S – Walsh 12 run (Meninno kick)

Mr. Football Watch: Week 9

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
11:26
AM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - The Patriots scored on their first three plays from scrimmage in a 38-21 defeat of Weston, taking a 22-0 lead after five minutes and going up 38-0 at the half. Once again, short night of work for Craan, who scored his 15th rushing touchdown of the season.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw for six touchdown passes in a 41-14 rout of Medford and broke the state all-time record (85) in the process, completing 9 of 12 passes for 209 yards. He now has 88 career touchdown passes, and will likely have five more games to eclipse the century mark.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - In the Indians' 40-30 barnburner over Lowell, was 15 of 28 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 112 yards and another score.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Ran for 144 yards and a score in the Golden Eagles' 41-12 win over Agawam.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Accounted for three scores in the Dolphins' 28-0 shutout of Plymouth South, completing 9 of 15 passes for 146 yards and a score, and rushing for 81 yards and two more scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards and four scores in the Lancers' 42-7 rout of Westfield.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - In the Green Dragons' 34-7 win over Silver Lake, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 16 of 25 passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - In the Beavers' 48-0 shutout of Amherst, ran for 224 yards and four scores, as they outgained the Hurricanes 500-51 in yards of offense.
Armani Reeves, Sr. RB/WR, Catholic Memorial - In the Knights' 26-7 win over St. John's Prep, the Penn State commit amassed 238 all-purpose yards. He ran for 98 yards and a score on eight carries, returned a punt 72 yards to the house, and hauled in a 34-yard catch.
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, part of 346 total yards on the ground by the Trojans, in a 30-6 win over Dartmouth.
Cody Titus, Sr. RB, St. Bernard's - Eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the second time this season, on 29 carries, in a 40-32 loss to Narragansett.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Easy night for Walsh in the Knights' 34-6 win over Revere, completing all three of his pass attempts for 28 yards and running in two touchdowns.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - In the Big Blue's 47-14 thrashing of Danvers, was 12 of 20 passing for 245 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried 10 times for 68 yards and two more scores, and from his safety spot on defense recorded three tackles and an interception.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Carried 32 times for 158 yards and two scores, and ran in the winning two-point conversion in overtime, in a 26-24 thriller over Methuen.
Shane Blass, Sr. RB, Walpole - Racked up 207 yards rushing and two scores on just nine carries, in a 34-0 blanking of Newton North.
Ozzy Colarusso, Jr. WR, Weymouth - Hauled in three touchdown passes and ran in a fourth score, in a 47-7 win over Braintree.
Jamison Craft, Sr. RB, Gardner - Carried 19 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-0 shutout of Lunenburg.
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick - We know Dunlap, who ranks second in the state in touchdown receptions (11), can catch. In the 49-24 win over Needham, he hauled in two catches for 51 yards, but he also carried 12 times for 69 yards and three scores to pace the REd and Blue.
Dan Flink, Sr. RB, Auburn - The bulldozer carried 14 times for 75 yards and five touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in the Rockets' 42-14 rout of Grafton.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - In the Red and Blue's 49-24 win over Needham, completed 11 of 14 passes for 181 yards and two scores; he also ran for 124 yards and two more scores on 23 carries.
Jake Frechette, Sr. RB, Holliston - The four-year starter became the Panthers' all-time leading rusher following Friday's 35-13 rout of Millis/Hopedale, carrying 19 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug - In the Falcons' 35-12 win over Holyoke, he completed 17 of 22 passes (to eight different receivers) for 143 yards and three total touchdowns.
Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr. FB/DT, Xaverian - He's becoming a household name for his work on the defensive side of the ball. But it was his work carrying the ball in Saturday's 27-9 win over St. John's of Shrewsbury that had everyone talking, with 126 yards and two scores on nine carries -- including a 75-yard scamper.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - Threw five touchdown passes in a 47-7 rout of Braintree, bringing his season total to a state-best 30.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Carried 12 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns, in a 44-12 rout of Watertown.
Quron Wright, Jr. RB, Holy Name - The pint-sized scatback ran for a career-high 226 yards in a 33-14 win over Algonquin.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 6

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
12:24
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Easy week for him in the Patriots' 35-7 rout of Boston Latin. He had just five carries for 135 yards and two scores.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - Looks he won't be appearing on this list for a few weeks. He fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in the second half of a 31-17 loss to New Bedford last Friday, meaning he'll be sitting at 74 career touchdown passes for a while. He did managed to throw for 135 yards on 13 of 19 passing.
Casey DeAndrade, Sr. RB, East Bridgewater - The UNH commit ran for two touchdowns in the Vikings' 36-12 win over Cohasset, bringing season season total to 12.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw five touchdown passes in the No. 1 Crimson Tide's 41-8 rout of Taunton, bringing his career total to 79. It's a very real possibility he'll break Tom Colombo's state record of 85 sometime over the next two weeks.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Threw for 209 yards and two scores in the Indians' 20-14 win over Tewksbury.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Carried 16 times for 141 yards in the Golden Eagles' 36-15 win over East Longmeadow.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - In the Dolphins' 27-18 win over Plymouth North, he completed 7 of 13 passes for 236 yards and added 71 yards on seven carries on the ground, totaling three scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried 14 times for 101 yards and two scores in the Lancers' 34-7 win over Holyoke.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Another brilliant performance for the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit, in a big 31-14 win over Xaverian. He was 16 of 22 passing for 230 yards and two scores, and added 76 yards on the ground on 14 carries.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - Carried 23 times for 352 yards and six scores in the Cybercats' 54-22 win over Chicopee Comp. In the last three weeks, he's carried 68 times for 1,035 yards and 16 touchdowns. That's an average of 15.2 yards per carry.
Armani Reeves, Sr. RB, Catholic Memorial - The Penn State commit had rushing touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters to seal the Knights' 35-14 win over Hingham.
Michael Walsh. Sr. QB, Swampscott - Threw for three touchdowns in the Big Blue's 24-23 comeback win over Triton.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Ran for 122 yards on 15 carries in the 20-14 loss to Billerica.
Matt Clifford, Jr. WR/KR, Billerica - Amassed nearly 300 all-purpose yards in the Indians' 20-14 win over Tewksbury, hauling in both of Nick LaSpada's touchdown passes and returning a kickoff 91 yards for the game-winning score.
Alex Eaton, Sr. RB, Westford - In the Grey Ghosts' 48-14 stomping of Newton South, carried 16 times for 139 yards and two scores, and added a 90-yard kickoff return for a third score.
Geeavontie Griffith, Sr. RB, Boston Cathedral - Carried 10 times for 180 yards and all four of the Panthers' scores in a 32-0 win over Charlestown. On the year, he has 917 rushing yards on 62 carries, for 11 touchdowns.
Myles Medeiros, Sr. QB, New Bedford - In the 31-17 win over Barnstable, was 17 of 26 passing for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also carried six times for 53 yards.
Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/DB, Duxbury - The Yale lacrosse commit asserted himself at the most crucial point of the Dragons' 31-14 comeback win over Xaverian. He had back to back receiving touchdowns to give them the lead for good, and sealed the game late with an interception.
R.J. Noel, Sr. QB, Lowell - In the Raiders' 35-20 win over Dracut, he ran for 127 yards and a score on the ground, and added 96 yards and two scores through the air.
Ian Riley, Jr. RB, Needham - Ran for 162 yards and three scores in the Rockets' 34-0 shutout of Weymouth, giving him six rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 5

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
12:22
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

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.

ON THE RISE

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.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 4

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
1:30
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Completed 14 of 22 passes for 186 yards and three scores in a 35-0 blanking of St. John's Prep.
Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High - Led the way in rushing for the Eagles in their 35-14 win over Chelmsford, carrying 20 times for 123 yards and a touchdown; he also added an 82-yard kickoff return for a score in the win.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth - Caught nine passes for 96 yards and a score in the Dolphins' 42-12 rout of Hingham. In three games, he has 22 catches for 358 yards and five touchdowns.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran in a 25-yard score in the Indians' 23-14 win over Methuen.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - In the Dolphins' 42-12 win over Hingham, he completed 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards, and added 60 rushing yards, totaling four scores.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 14 of 20 passing for 220 yards and three scores, and added two rushing scores, in a dominant 42-19 win over New Bedford.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Springfield Putnam - Any time you run for 400 yards in a game, you launch yourself into 'Contender' territory on Mr. Football Watch. In Putnam's 66-0 blanking of Agawam Friday, Pinkney carried 17 times for 421 yard and six scores, setting a new Western Mass single-game record for rushing yards (and coming just four yards from the state record).
Armani Reeves, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial - In the Knights' 28-20 win over St. John's (Shrewsbury), the Penn State commit caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter and ran for two scores in the fourth to seal the deal.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third in the Scarlet Knights' 21-6 win over Westford.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - In the Big Blue's 28-0 win over Revere, was 10 of 21 passing for 191 yards, added 40 yards on the ground, and accounted for all four scores. On the year, he's completing nearly 69 percent of his passes, for 594 yards and seven touchdowns; on the ground, he's got over 300 yards and five scores.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - In the Redmen's 38-28 upset of Andover, he was the catalyst, carrying 21 times for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Shane Blass, Jr. RB, Walpole - Ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-0 win over Brookline.
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills - Had three touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing in a 40-0 shutout of North Shore, giving him a state-best 11 rushing scores on the season.
Ozzy Colarusso, Jr. RB/WR, Weymouth - Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and added a 43-yard touchdown reception in a 28-0 shutout of Gloucester.
Dan Flink, Sr. RB, Auburn - Carried the ball 15 times for 191 yards and two scores, part of a 462-yard rushing effort by the Rockets in a 35-6 rout of St. Peter-Marian.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - In the 28-0 blanking of Gloucester, threw two touchdown passes and ran in a third, bringing his season touchdown pass total to a state-best 11.
Derek Moore, Jr. WR, Nipmuc - Had six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-19 win over Bartlett.
Jim Perkins, Sr. RB, Millis - Carried 21 times for 225 yards and had scores of 36 and 71 yards, in a 28-0 win over Norton.
Mark Riley, Sr. TE, Needham - Continuing his blistering pace, had six catches for 134 yards and three scores in the Rockets' 34-2 win over Braintree.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Had two rushing touchdowns in the 34-0 win over Sharon, giving him eight on the season through three games, second-best in Division 2.
Sean Wilson, Sr. RB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Carried 34 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers' 28-20 loss to Catholic Memorial.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 2

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
1:02
PM ET
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:

HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

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.

ON THE RISE

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.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 1

September, 6, 2011
9/06/11
5:41
PM ET
Last year, Everett wide receiver Matt Costello was the inaugural recipient of the ESPNBoston Mr. Football Award, annually given to the top high school football player in Massachusetts.

It was a unanimous decision for the Princeton freshman, who also took home the state's Gatorade Player of the Year honors. But with the wealth of quality quarterbacks and running backs this season, this year's field appears to be much more wide open.

Check back with us each Monday leading up to the announcement on December 5, as we track the players in the running across the state. Below is our initial list of 15 players to watch for the award:

(Note: The award is not eligible to players in their fifth year of high school)

PRESTON COOPER, Sr. RB, BC High
The ESPN Boston preseason All-State selection will be looking to lead the Eagles back to the top of the Catholic Conference. Cooper ran for more than 1,500 yards last season.

GEORGE CRAAN, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle
The Dual Country League Small 2010 Player of the Year is coming off a 1,914-yard rushing performance. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound back also led Division 2A with 24 touchdowns and will be a major factor in the Patriots’ quest for another Super Bowl appearance this year.

CASEY DeANDRADE, Sr. ATH, East Bridgewater
DeAndrade is a true triple threat for the Vikings at running back, defensive back and kick returner. He racked up over 1,000 offensive yards with 750 rushing yards. DeAndrade scored 23 total touchdowns last season with four defensive touchdowns on his nine interceptions. For his career, DeAndrade has accumulated over 2,000 yards of offense with 14 interceptions.

JONATHAN DiBIASO, Sr. QB, Everett
The coach’s son had a junior year for the ages, throwing for a state-record 43 touchdown passes to just four interceptions and accumulating 2,885 yards. What’s next? With 59 career scoring strikes, another monster season could put him atop the all-time record books (Brockton’s Tom Colombo holds the record at 85).

TIM JOY, Sr. LB, Chelmsford
The Boston College-bound, two-time Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star made a name for himself as one of the state’s best defensive players, racking up 131 tackles from his middle linebacker position, including 13 for losses and adding three interceptions.

NICK LaSPADA, Sr. QB/S, Billerica
In his swan song at Billerica, where he’s assured every school record when all is said and done, LaSpada is looking to lead the Indians back to the playoffs after a 5-6 campaign. The 2009 Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year has over 9,300 yards of offense for his career; last season, he totaled 3,802 yards and 40 scores.

SACOY MALONE, Sr. RB, Springfield Central
The Golden Eagles didn’t have quite enough to knock off perennial power Longmeadow in Western Mass. last season, but Malone was a big reason for the Golden Eagles’ Super Bowl berth. Malone has average over six yards per carry for his career and posted a 1,200-yard rushing performance with 16 touchdowns.

MATT MONTALTO, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth
In the Dolphins’ historic 2010 campaign, Montalto threw for over 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns to just four interceptions, while adding 1,123 yards and 15 more scores on the ground. He could be in for an even bigger campaign this fall.

PAUL MROZ, Sr. QB, Brockton
After a junior season that hinted at promise, the 6-foot-1 senior could be in for a big 2011. A season ago, he threw for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns; on the ground, he ran for another eight scores and averaged nearly seven yards per carry.

T.J. NORRIS, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
As the Lancers gun for their 11th Super Bowl title in the last 15 seasons, Norris will again be the feature back in coach Alex Rotsko’s Wing-T offense. Norris eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau despite missing the final two games of the season while racking up 1,148 yards and 14 touchdowns.

ARMANI REEVES, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial
The Knights plan on using the Penn-State bound scatback and his 4.4 speed in every conceivable fashion in their quest for the Catholic Conference title. He racked up over 1,250 all-purpose yards and scored 16 touchdowns in four different ways – rushing, receiving and returning both punts and kicks.

NICK SCHLATZ, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound was an Old Colony League All-Star in both football and track and field and is about as good a two-way player as you’ll find in the state. Schlatz ran for 1,300 yards last season with 18 touchdowns and was a key cog to the Trojans’ defense that led the team to its second straight Eastern Mass Division 1A Super Bowl appearance.

KARL SERY, Sr. RB/CB, Hudson
After leading a rapid turnaround a year ago, the Bryant-bound Sery has the Hawks in Super Bowl conversation again. Last year he ran for 1,430 yards and 18 touchdowns, and added 32 tackles and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

BRANDON WALSH, Sr. QB, North Andover
Walsh’s remarkable interception-free streak came to an end at the most inopportune times, but that shouldn’t tarnish a spectacular junior season. He threw for 1,525 yards and 23 touchdowns while adding another 695 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground while leading the Knights to a Division 2A playoff appearance.

MIKE WALSH, Sr. QB/S, Swampscott
After playing most of last season just on the offensive side of the ball, Walsh, who’s commited to playing safety at Brown, will hold down duties on both sides of the ball this year. The Northeast Conference’s 2010 Offensive MVP combined to put up over 3,000 yards of offense last year.

Swampscott QB Walsh commits to Brown

July, 1, 2011
7/01/11
4:03
PM ET
Swampscott High senior quarterback Michael Walsh has verbally committed to Brown University after receiving a verbal offer from the Bears following their football camp this past week, head coach Steve Dembowski wrote in an email to the Boston media.

Walsh was also considering Harvard, UMass, Dartmouth and UNH at the time of his commitment.

"This is accumulation of year’s hard work in the class room, weight room and athletic fields for the three-sport athlete," Dembowski wrote. In a follow-up email confirming the commitment with ESPNBoston.com, he wrote, "He has verbally committed to them and loves the school."

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Walsh is a three-year starter for the Big Blue at quarterback and free safety, and will also captain this year’s team. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, he was named Offensive Player of the Year in the Northeastern Conference's Small division.

Walsh completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for 756 yards and 14 touchdowns last fall for the 8-3 Big Blue. Defensively, he registered 36 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

Walsh also plays basketball and baseball for Swampscott.

Swampscott's wild comeback downs Revere

October, 2, 2010
10/02/10
9:16
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SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. – No one was surprised when Swampscott’s Phillip Larkin plunged into the end zone with what proved to be a game-winning two-point conversion try on a fake point after play.

With 16 seconds remaining in the game, Big Blue got within one point at 42-41 after Michael Walsh’s third touchdown pass of the game. What came next was the more predictable part of Swampscott’s 43-42 comeback win over Revere on Saturday.

Larkin knew the play call and Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski didn’t hesitate with the call to go for two with a dash of trickery. Even Revere head coach Louis Cicatelli had a guess at what was to come next.

“We knew that was coming,” said Cicatelli whose team was off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1981. “He was just able to get around the corner and get in.”

What would have been much harder to forecast was how Swampscott (3-1) returned to the field in the second half a new team.

Patriots running back Trae Weathers ran roughshod over Big Blue defenders to the tune of 221 yards in the first half alone. Weathers left his mark on the scoreboard with five touchdowns through the first 22 minutes of play and Revere (3-1) led 34-14 at the break.

In the second half, Weathers was limited to just 38 yards on the ground to finish with 33 carries for 259 yards. The Big Blue defense had better luck wrapping up the 6-foot, 210-pound running back, while forcing a couple of key turnovers.

“I’m so impressed with Revere,” Dembowski said. “They humiliated us in the first half … We looked awful.”

As the defense held in the second half, Walsh and the offense went to work.

Larkin began the long climb back with a pair of touchdown runs of five and four yards to start the third quarter. He finished the game with 11 carries for 64 yards, two touchdowns and two successful two-point conversions.

However, the Patriots responded with Paul Norton’s 67-yard touchdown pass to Drew Lauria and, with a successful two-point conversion run by Weathers, took a 42-28 lead with 23 seconds remaining in the third.

After the teams exchanged possessions — with a couple of Big Blue three-and-outs and two Revere fumbles mixed in — Swampscott regrouped once again.

Walsh, who completed 25 of 43 pass attempts for 322 yards and three touchdowns, struck for a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:25 remaining. The Big Blue defense bottled up Revere, forcing a turnover on downs after a fourth-and-one rush fell short and Swampscott had the ball back with 1:51 on the clock.

“We had a real good attitude and confidence going at it,” Walsh said of the comeback effort. “It all started with the cattle [offensive linemen] up front, they did a great job. They were moving the defensive line off the ball and our wideouts made a bunch of nice plays.”

Walsh marched the offense down the field, hitting on 7 of 10 pass attempts on the game-winning drive. He capped it off, finding a wide-open Zach Beermann, who collected his second touchdown reception from 16 yards out with 16 seconds left to play.

All that was left was for Larkin to seal the deal on the two-point play.

“We know that it was a great call,” Larkin said. “We just want to be able to get the ball in. Fortunately, we got the ball in.”

SWAMPSCOTT 43, REVERE 42
Revere 8 26 8 0 -- 42
Swampscott 0 14 14 15 -- 43


First quarter
R - Trae Weathers 4-yard run (Weathers run)
Second quarter
R - Weathers 62-yard run (rush failed)
R - Weathers 5-yard run (Quintin Wesley kick)
S - Zach Beermann 20-yard pass from Michael Walsh (pass failed)
R - Weathers 39-yard run (pass failed)
S - Peter Yasi 13-yard pass from Walsh (Phillip Larkin run)
R - Trae Weathers 33-yard run (rush failed)
Third quarter
S - Larkin 5-yard run (Steven Page kick)
S - Larkin 4-yard run (Page kick)
R - Drew Lauria 67-yard pass from Paul Norton (Weathers run)
Fourth quarter
S - Walsh 7-yard run (Page kick)
S - Beermann 16-yard pass from Walsh (Larkin run)

Gloucester leaves Swampscott feeling blue

September, 11, 2010
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GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Running back Gilbert Brown, a sturdy offensive line and a speedy defense led the way for Gloucester High School as they beat down on Swampscott High, 41-14, Friday night.

Brown, Gloucester’s co-captain, started the new season with a bang, taking his first carry 51 yards for the Fishermen’s first score of the game. He carried the offense for most of the first half and finished the game with 160 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.

“The offensive line was superb today,” said Brown about his night. “The blocking was unreal, the holes were wide open for me and the other backs. It was like you were running by yourself in the open field.”

With only one offensive lineman returning from Gloucester’s Super Bowl team last year, the offensive line wasn’t an experienced group coming into the game. However, by game’s end, they’d showed all the signs of a smart veteran group.

Senior tackle Andrew Mizzoni stood out on a number of counters and reverses where he pulled across the Wing-T set to pick up Swampscott defenders.

Gloucester’s defense suffocated Swampscott’s rotation of quarterbacks. Neither Swampscott’s Michael Walsh nor Jermaine Kelly could earn much against the Fishermen’s defensive line.

Mizzoni plays opposite co-captain Chris Unis at defensive end -- creating a frightening combination for opposing offenses. Unis had two sacks to go along with multiple tackles in the backfield for Gloucester.

“Unis is just scary coming off the line,” said Brown. “At 6-2 and 225, you just don’t want to hit him. It’s good because he has Andrew Mizzoni on the other side to get the pass rush down so it works well.”

Gloucester controlled the ball on offense throughout the night, leaving Swampscott looking for answers.

“We have a learning curve at quarterback, we have a learning curve on defense with a new system and some new players,” Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski said. “We can’t duplicate the speed and the way they execute their offense.”

Evidently the quarterback battle has not been settled for the Big Blue. Dembowski rotated Walsh and Kelly every series allowing neither to gather up consistency behind center.

Swampscott scored first with a field goal in the first quarter, but then was held quiet on offense until the fourth quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Swampscott senior Oliver Narcisse returned a 75-yard kick for a touchdown, giving the Big Blue a momentary buzz on the sidelines.

However, the Fishermen then put together a four-minute, 75-yard drive to stretch the lead to 28-10.

“We knew coming in that this was probably the best team on our schedule … I think they proved tonight that they are a legitimate top 5 team in the state,” Dembowski said. “I’d like to see them play anybody, and I’d buy a ticket to go to the game.”

The Fishermen showed how tough its defense can be at home, and Unis called it a “statement game.”

“Let’s keep on rolling, that is the way they feel, that is the way I feel, and I give them credit,” Gloucester head coach Paul Ingram said. “They don’t miss a beat, and they love playing football and I think you can see that.”

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