Boston High School: Mike Morris

New Englanders fill up Power 100 ranking

August, 13, 2012
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An interesting read today by Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon in the magazine's recruiting issue, ranking the 100 top incoming freshmen in the nation.

The New England region is well represented in the list with 15 players, including the top-rated overall prospect, attack Case Matheis of Darien, Conn., a Duke signee. In addition, there were four MIAA-based players in the rankings, led by ESPN Boston Mr. Lacrosse Max Randall of Duxbury (No. 50 - Dartmouth).

Here's how the locals ranked:

(The entire list can be found here.)

1. Case Matheis A Darien (Conn.) Duke
12. Mikey Morris A Salisbury School (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
17. Henry West M Darien (Conn.) Cornell
22. Ian Ardrey A Deerfield (Mass.) Harvard
23. Sammy Davis M Governor's Academy (Mass.) Penn State
29. Luke Aaron G Deerfield (Mass.) Duke
37. Tony Britton D Darien (Conn.) Cornell
39. Will Ryan G Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
50. Max Randall D Duxbury (Mass.) Dartmouth
65. Bob Fahey D Bishop Guertin (N.H.) UMass
75. Tommy Labidini M Salisbury School (Conn.) Loyola
77. Reilly Naton D Duxbury (Mass.) Yale
82. Paul Hellar A Duxbury (Mass.) Fairfield
90. Sean Connors A Deerfield (Mass.) Princeton
99. Greg Stamatov G Foxborough (Mass.) Villanova

Young L-S squad seizes DCL Large destiny

November, 6, 2010
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SUDBURY, Mass. -– There traditionally hasn’t been much margin for error in the classics between Dual County League rivals Acton-Boxborough and Lincoln-Sudbury. But it was one of the youngest additions to the age old rivalry that helped the Warriors preserve a 10-7 win over the 24th-ranked Colonials Friday night in Sudbury.

L-S sophomore Brian Carroll pocketed a clutch fourth-quarter interception, along with some key rushes in his nine-carry, 72-yard performance. Coupled with quarterback Matt Cahill’s (8 of 11, 128 yards) efficient contributions in the passing game, a rushing touchdown from Chrstopher Giorgio and a fourth-quarter field goal from William Twyman, the young Warriors have shown they’ve done a lot of growing up in a hurry.

“It shows how far we’ve come and we’re playing real well right now,” Carroll said.

And L-S (6-3, 3-0 DCL Large) has just so happened to play themselves into playoff contention in the process.

With the win over A-B (7-2, 2-1), the Warriors control their destiny in the DCL Large with a game in hand over the Colonials and Westford, which each have losses to L-S on their records. In its wins over the Grey Ghosts and A-B in back-to-back weeks, L-S hasn’t had a whole lot of wiggle room, winning both games by three-point margins.

The Warriors need only to win one of their remaining games with Boston Latin and Newton South to become DCL Large champions.

With just two seniors starting on either side of the ball, it has made the ride all that much more improbable.

“I couldn’t be happier,” L-S head coach Tom Lopez said. “I never thought we’d be at this point right now, especially after that first loss to Tewksbury.”

The Colonials entered the game have allowed opponents under six point per game on average, led by senior linebacker Eric Apgar (two sacks), but the Warriors were on the board first with Giorgio’s 12-yard touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first quarter. The rushing score capped off an impressive four-play drive which started on the L-S 40-yard line. Three big plays of 20-plus yards (a Carroll run, a Cahill pass to John Harris and a Cahill keeper) set up the game’s first score.

The Warriors chipped away at the A-B defense, but was unable to knock one into the end zone on a goal-to-go situation midway through the fourth quarter. L-S settled for a field goal try, which Twyman drove through the uprights from 18 yards out.

It would prove to be the game-winner.

The Colonials had moved into Warrior territory on the ensuing drive before Carroll picked off a Mike Morris pass at the L-S 7-yard line.

“I was in deep coverage, but I was just reading the quarterback’s eyes,” Carroll said. “I made a jump on it and I got there in time.”

A-B forced the Warriors three and out and translated the late stop into its lone score. Morris hit Billy Jackman on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 remaining in the game.

After L-S recovered the Colonials’ onside kick attempt, a 33-yard run by Carroll is all the Warriors would need to ice the win.

“We’ve got to get him the ball more,” a smiling Lopez said of Carroll.

Acton-Boxborough 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Lincoln-Sudbury 7 0 0 3 -- 10

First quarter

L-S Christopher Giorgio 12-yard run (Will Twyman kick)

Fourth quarter
L-S Will Twyman 18-yard field goal
A-B Billy Jackman 10-yard pass from Mike Morris (Jack Perry kick)

Maver moving Acton-Boxborough forward

August, 27, 2010
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ACTON, Mass. -- Throughout longtime Acton-Boxborough Regional High head coach Bill Maver’s tenure calling plays for the Colonials, he has rarely heard his team dubbed as the biggest or fastest. Maver dismisses those terms because he knows that as long as he has a good group of football players that believes in family, the team will succeed.

"With most of my teams, we'd probably get our butts kicked in a street fight," said Maver about his time at Acton-Boxborough. "But before each game I tell them play hard, play smart, play together and have fun."

That message has bred a lot of success for A-B in the last 25 years. However, the Colonials are coming off of a 6-5 year that most players deemed "disappointing", and the team doesn't have a lot of experience on either sides of the ball.

Sounding a bit cliché, Maver believes that the experience and talents of this team don’t matter in the end.

"Every year is different," said Maver. “You do the best you can with what you’ve got and take it one game at a time.”

Except this year, it appears things are drastically different. Maver — an old school Wing-T proponent — has altered the playbook so quarterback Mike Morris will take snaps in the shotgun while running the offense. The coaches hope that will allow him to get the ball to receivers Wes Schroll and David Immerman on the outside.

Senior co-captain and starting running back Eric Apgar showed plenty of talent last year before his season was cut short due to a fractured pelvis. With the transition of the offense, Apgar has bought into the family attitude at A-B, and doesn’t think the change in playbook is a sleight against him.

"I like the transition," said Apgar. "I won't get the ball as much but it’s fine with me as long as we're winning."

This kind of attitude has rubbed off on Maver's players for years. In fact, players have liked his coaching style so much that he now has six former Colonials on the coaching staff — including two of his own sons.

"It really says a lot about the coaching staff here and tradition at Acton-Boxborough," said Schroll. "The family part of it is awesome and Coach balances the good with the bad."

For right now though, A-B is trying to get back to that winning tradition. With a lot of holes to fill on the offensive and defensive lines, Maver believes his players just need to develop the intangibles.

"We have to get our 'mojo' back," Maver said. "I think we lost that last year. The intensity that we had in practice, and the leadership we saw from all of the kids — not just the captains — I think we lost that and need to get it back."

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH AT A GLANCE
2009 record: 6-5
Coach: Bill Maver (25 seasons, 200-61-1)
Players to watch: Wes Schroll, Sr., WR/FS, 6-3, 200 lbs.; David Immerman, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 190 lbs.; Devin Santilli, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 195 lbs.; Rob Gougen, Sr., RB/DB, 6-0, 185 lbs.; Colin Shaughnessy, Sr., OL/DL, 5-7, 195 lbs.; Ethan Dukes, Jr., RB/LB, 6-1, 195 lbs.; Mike Morris, Sr., 6-0, 175 lbs.; Eric Apgar, Sr., RB/LB, 5-10, 200 lbs.
Strengths: Discipline, skill positions
Weaknesses: Lack of size, offensive and defensive lines
Outlook: The Colonials have fast wide receivers and a few talented running backs but will have to sure up the offensive line in the coming weeks. They return one starter on the offense and defensive line combined, so they may be exploited up the middle. Apgar is the lone returning starter from a year ago in the entire defensive front seven. While the team is confident in Morris at quarterback and the speed it has in the defensive backfield, Acton-Boxborough will have a challenge early on in the season as they gain experience in the Dual County League.

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