Boston High School: Nate Cyr

Shriners Football Classic rosters announced

May, 5, 2011
The North-South game of the 33rd Annual Shriners Football Classic kicks off this June 17 at 7 p.m., and for the second year in a row the contest will be held at Gillette Stadium. Below are the rosters for both squads participating in the game:

Ryan Adams, Northeast, DE
James Aloisio, Masconoment, OT
Eric Apgar, Acton-Boxborough, RB
Anthony Arcari, Tewksbury, RB
Manny Asprilla, Everett, WR
Derek Bent, Shawsheen, TE
Brian Bourque, Reading, DB
James Brao, Hamilton-Wenham, LB
Cal Carroll, Methuen, QB
Brendan Casey, Boston Latin, DT
Thomas Chub, Masconomet, OL
Mitchell Colley, Arlington, LB
Sean Connolly, Tewksbury, FS
Tyler Coppola, St. John's Prep, RB
Matt Costello, Everett, WR
Anthony Courtouis, Lowell, WR
Jeff Covitz, Reading, OL
Nate Cyr, St. John's Prep, OL
Ned Deane, Andover, LB
Ryan Delisle, St. John's Prep, TE
Jake Giovanucci, Dexter, DE
Mike Grassa, BB&N, DB
Will Guinee, Malden Catholic, OL
Mike Harper, Methuen, LB
Zach Hayes, Chelmsford, S
Justin Hood, Billerica, DE
Brian Hurley, Wilmington
Zach Ingalls, Westford, DB
George Kallas, Beverly, OT
Ben Koopman, Marblehead, C
Chris Malonis, Dracut, WR
Tyllor MacDonald, Lynn English, DB
Tom Meade, Malden Catholic, LB
Trae Musumarra, Central Catholic, LB
Zach Nardone, Bishop Fenwick, DT
Paul Nwokeji, Thayer Academy, OL
John O'Connell, Northeast, DL
Daniel Omorgie, Lynn Classical, DE
Xavier Peralta, Central Catholic, DB
Ony Ramos, Lawrence, DB
Peter Savarese, BB&N, RB
Jordan Shairs, Gloucester, RB
Matt Silva, Dracut, QB
Bradley Skeffington, Salem, DB
Zach Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury, DL
Brian Strachan, St. Sebastian's, WR
Dave Summiel, Shawsheen, DT
Chris Unis, Gloucester, DE
Trae Weathers, Revere, RB
Sean Whittaker, Methuen, OL
Peter Yasi, Swampscott, DE

Matt Allen, Pembroke, SE
Ryan Barrett, Holliston, TE
Rob Barrus, Weymouth, LB
Adam Boari, King Philip, OL
Blaise Branch, Cardinal Spellman, RB
Lance Burlingame, New Bedford, OL
Jack Carrier, Cohasset, SE
Dylan Colarusso, Weymouth, RB
Joe Colton, Xaverian, DB
Tom Condon, Whitman-Hanson, OL
David Conroy, Walpole, SE
Nate Crary, Dennis-Yarmouth, DL
Seth DeMello, Somerset, RB
Mike Devin, Bridgewater-Raynham, OL
Mike Driscoll, Rockland, FB
Connor Fraser, Abington, DL
Jake Golden, Hingham, OL
Mitchell Graziano, Silver Lake, DB
William Greene, Oliver Ames, DE
Ernest Guy, Foxborough, OL
Joseph Hak, East Bridgewater, OL
Matt Hallisey, Duxbury, SE
Brian Harrington, Rockland, DE
Jordan Henderson, Barnstable, WR
D.J. Jamieson, West Bridgewater, RB
Randall Jette, Martha's Vineyard, DB
Dan Johnson, North Attleboro, SE
Andrew Kestenbaum, Dartmouth, OL
Matt Lockwood, Seekonk, RB
Albert Louis-Jean, Brockton, SE
Denis Maguire, Duxbury, LB
Jamel Marshall, Mansfield, RB
Zach Martin, Mashpee, RB
Alec May, King Philip, TE
Sean Mayo, Holliston, QB
Paul McCarthy, North Attleboro, DB
Kyle McGuire, Mansfield, OL
Dave McSweeney, Medway, OL
Obum Obukwelu, BC High, OL
Trevon Offley, Brockton, RB
Jon Page, Bourne, RB
Tyler Park, Scituate, QB
Liam Porter, Natick, OL
Ethan Rayner, Holliston, OL
Nate Robitaille, Attleboro, DB
Andrew Siden, Natick, TE
Kevin Stanton, Cardinal Spellman, LB
Jeff Synan, Plymouth North, OL
Chris Tamasi, Xaverian, LB
Ryan Vaughn, Norwell, OL


Football, Albert Louis-Jean, St. John's Prep, Andrew Kestenbaum, Liam Porter, Lynn English, Chelmsford, Swampscott, Gloucester, Tyllor MacDonald, Lincoln-Sudbury, Plymouth North, Manny Asprilla, Matt Costello, Central Catholic, Obum Obukwelu, Barnstable, Bridgewater-Raynham, Paul Nwokeji, Zach Smerlas, Andrew Siden, Matt Silva, Matt Hallisey, Acton-Boxborough, Eric Apgar, Chris Malonis, Lance Burlingame, Joe Colton, Chris Tamasi, Trevon Offley, Oliver Ames, Ryan Barrett, Ethan Rayner, Paul McCarthy, Dan Johnson, Trae Musumarra, Xavier Peralta, King Philip, Adam Boari, Mike Devin, Tyler Coppola, Ryan Delisle, Brian Bourque, Jeff Covitz, Zach Hayes, Jordan Henderson, Zach Ingalls, Cal Carroll, Mike Harper, Sean Whittaker, Justin Hood, Chris Unis, Jake Giovanucci, Jamel Marshall, Kyle McGuire, Malden Catholic, Will Guinee, Dennis-Yarmouth, Nate Crary, Jordan Shairs, Anthony Arcari, Sean Connolly, Cardinal Spellman, Blaise Branch, Peter Savarese, Connor Fraser, Silver Lake, Seth DeMello, Trae Weathers, Lynn Classical, Martha's Vineyard, Randall Jette, New Bedford, Rob Barrus, Dave McSweeney, St. Sebastian's, Brian Strachan, Peter Yasi, Mike Driscoll, Brian Harrington, Whitman-Hanson, Bishop Fenwick, Masconomet, Jeff Synan, East Bridgewater, Boston Latin, David Conroy, Foxborough, Hamilton-Wenham, West Bridgewater, Derek Bent, George Kallas, Tyler Park, D.J. Jamieson, James Brao, Ryan Adams, Denis Maguire, Thayer Academy, Marblehead, Ben Koopman, Wilmington, Brian Hurley, Shriners Football Classic, James Aloisio, Brendan Casey, Thomas Chub, Mitchell Colley, Anthony Courtouis, Mike Grassa, Zach Nardone, John O'Connell, Daniel Omorgie, Bradley Skeffington, Dave Summiel, Matt Allen, Jack Carrier, Tom Condon, Jake Golden, Mitchell Graziano, William Greene, Ernest Guy, Joseph Hak, North Attleboro, Matt Lockwood, Zach Martin, Kevin Stanton, Ryan Vaughn

Moore takes wind out of Whalers' sails

November, 30, 2010

TAUNTON, Mass. – The winning equation for St. John’s Prep this season has pretty much gone as follows: Give it to Tyler Coppola.

While the talented running back did tear off 212 yards -- eclipsing the 2,000-yard rushing mark -- and a touchdown, it was another of the Eagles’ running backs who left his immediate imprint on a 35-7 win over New Bedford in their Eastern Mass Division I semifinal.

On the first series of the game, Alex Moore promptly read the eyes of New Bedford quarterback Myles Medeiros, coming over the route of a Whalers receiver and returned the pick 61 yards for an instant 7-0 lead with Connor Shaw’s point after try.

“I dropped back into my deep quarter and I saw the ball come a little high,” the sophomore said, “I ran behind the receiver and it came to me.”

After forcing the Whalers three and out on the ensuing possession, Dillon Gonzalez spun off one tackler and got a de-cleater of a block from Nate Cyr while rumbling 84 yards on a punt return for a touchdown. However, Shaw’s following kick was blocked for a 13-0 Eagles’ lead.

“I didn’t really see what happened,” Gonzalez said about the monster block that set him free. “All I know is that I was looking downfield and seeing who I had to beat.”

Then, Moore got back in the act in the second quarter, ripping off a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead heading into the half.

“That’s really my one running play.”

Moore added, “It’s really designed to score a touchdown every time.”

The Eagles (8-4) kept things going in the fourth quarter when quaterback Tommy Gaudet hit tight end Ryan Delisle in the flat on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Gaudet was a perfect 4 of 4 for 44 yards, as head coach Jim O’Leary sprinkled in the pass here and there.

“Coach has all the confidence in the world in our offensive line, that’s what got us here,” Gonzalez said. “As a wide receiver, it’s nice to see a little bit of both. We’ll take it anyway it comes.”

Coppola put the exclamation point on the win with a 70-yard score in the fourth.

New Bedford (6-5) got on the board late on Marcel Depina’s 6-yard touchdown catch from Medeiros, who finished 15 of 27 for 145 yards.

“We’re proud of them,” Whalers head coach Dennis Golden said of his Big Three championship team. “We’re proud of them for not quitting on one another and becoming a team. That’s something we feel is significant, very significant.”

The Eagles will face Everett for the Eastern Mass Division 1 Super Bowl Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

SJP 13 8 0 14 -- 35
NB 0 0 0 7 -- 7

First quarter
SJP Alex Moore 61-yard interception return (Connor Shaw kick)
SJP Dillon Gonzalez 84-yard punt return (Kick blocked)

Second quarter
SJP Moore 20-yard run (Tommy Gaudet to Gonzalez)

Fourth quarter
SJP Ryan Delisle 21-yard pass from Gaudet (Shaw kick)
SJP Tyler Coppola 70-yard run (Shaw kick)
NB Marcel Depina 6-yard pass from Myles Medeiros (Justin St. Pierre kick)

St. John's Prep takes CM to the wire

October, 30, 2010

DANVERS, Mass. – According to St. John’s Prep’s players, their season just began on Saturday in the eighth game of the 2010 season.

“Coach said we have the longest preseason in high school football,” Eagles running back Tyler Coppola said.

The Prep had played to a 4-3 record, entering their Catholic Conference opener with Catholic Memorial. But after registering a 42-29 win over the Knights, with a frenetic fourth quarter when 48 points were scored, the Eagles felt their new season was off to a good start.

It was an emotional Senior Day in Danvers from beginning to end, as the Prep’s fourth-year players had their final game on home turf. Brandon and Jared Coppola, who both had their Eagles gridiron careers cut short by spinal column injuries, joined their brother, Tyler, for on-field introductions and provided an uplifting moment. The Eagles have also been dealing with the loss of assistant coach David McHenry’s wife, Terry, who died last week and was a longtime head of the boosters at the Prep.

Emotions aside, there was a still a game to be played — an important one at that — and the Eagles responded.

“When we first got out there, we were definitely ready to go,” senior offensive guard Nate Cyr said. “But with the introductions with our parents and everything, it was a little emotional. It was a little hard to get ready to go out there and hit some people. But we got it done.”

Catholic Memorial (5-2, 1-1) was the first to strike in the first quarter on the first of three field goals by Tom Byrne.

St. John’s Prep took its first lead of the game with 4:40 remaining in the first half on Dillon Gonzalez’s 8-yard touchdown run. The score came on an end around that the Eagles ran to perfection on two occasions with Gonzalez running for 62 yards early.

“It’s something new that we put in this week,” Gonzalez said. “We know teams are looking for Tyler [Coppola], so we were trying to mix things up a little bit.”

After taking a 7-6 lead to the locker room, Coppola got things going in earnest during the second half. The senior back finished with 25 carries for 246 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the pivotal fourth quarter.

“There weren’t any surprises,” Knights head coach Alex Campea said. “We just didn’t stop them the way we should have or could have. But they’re a good football team and Coppola’s a heck of a back.”

Still, despite Coppola’s offensive outburst, Catholic Memorial remained engaged in a one-possession game at 29-22, following A.J. Doyle’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hamel with 1:24 remaining in the game.

What happened from there was a flourish of activity.

The Knights recovered the ensuing on-side kick, with a recovery by Josh Charles (who also had a fumble recovery on defense earlier in the fourth). However, Catholic Memorial’s drive was cut short when Alex Moore grabbed a tipped ball and raced 65 yards with an interception return for a touchdown.

On the following Prep kickoff, the Knights’ sublime returner, junior Armani Reeves, again made it a one-score game with an 86-yard return for a touchdown.

The ensuing Catholic Memorial on-side attempt rolled out of bounds, but with 20 seconds remaining, Campea still had three timeouts at his disposal. After the Eagles took three knees in the V-formation, they were forced to punt with Reeves set to return and seven seconds to go.

Hearts were surely fluttering on the Eagles’ sideline.

“I’m a stubborn old guy and said, ‘We’re going to kick it deep,’” Eagles head coach Jim O’Leary said on his decision to kick to Reeves earlier. “I was so frustrated, I didn’t want to give them the ball at the 40 and have them throw it up to those kids. I wanted to get them back down here and make them earn it from a further distance.”

There would be no such luck the second time around despite Reeves’ best efforts. After a lateral and a Catholic Memorial fumble, Eagles senior Pat Shunney took a scoop and score 25 yards to seal the deal — for good.

“As I said to our kids before the game, every game in our league is the league championship,” O’Leary said. “We were fortunate to win this one. We find ways to win.”

Catholic Memorial 3 3 3 20 -- 29
St. John's Prep 0 7 7 28 -- 42

First quarter

CM Tom Byrne 33-yard field goal

Second quarter
SJP Dillon Gonzalez 8-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
CM Byrne 22-yard field goal

Third quarter
SJP Tommy Gaudet 9-yard run (Shaw kick)
CM Byrne 23-yard field goal

Fourth quarter
SJP Tyler Coppola 4-yard run (Shaw kick)
CM Armani Reeves 57-yard run (Byrne kick)
SJP Coppola 43-yard run (Coppola run)
CM Brandon Hamel 8-yard pass from A.J. Doyle (kick blocked)
SJP Alex Moore 65-yard interception return (Shaw kick)
CM Reeves 86-yard kickoff return (Byrne kick)
SJP Pat Shunney 25-yard fumble return

Prep's Coppola leaves lasting memory

October, 9, 2010

DANVERS, Mass. – Counter trap right, Tyler Coppola.

That phrase and the image of Coppola terrorizing the Mount Saint Joseph defense will be burned in the memories of the Gaels on their 10-hour bus trip back to Maryland after Saturday’s shocking 42-35 win by No. 19 St. John’s Prep.

Although they hadn’t arrived until the wee small hours of Saturday morning, the Gaels looked like the fresher team, taking a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

From that point on, Coppola changed the complexion of the game with a 97-yard kickoff return to set up the first Eagles’ score. The senior running back took the rest on his shoulders, ripping off five touchdown runs to led St. John’s Prep (3-2) in the comeback win.

What’s more impressive is that Coppola touchdown runs (from 57, 76, 48, 61 and 42 yards, respectively) all came on the same counter trap play call.

Coppola finished with 338 yards rushing on 19 carries and, coupled with kickoff returns and receptions, racked up 473 all-purpose yards.

“We need to play better than that,” Eagles head coach Jim O’Leary said of his team’s start. “We can’t spot people those kinds of points early. But I’m proud of them coming back the way they did and the way we did it, too. We did it on the ground, broke it open and Tyler [Coppola] had some big runs.”

The Eagles looked groggy early and it could’ve been that a good number of their players had taken the SAT in the morning on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Gaels (3-3) looked sharp behind sophomore quarterback Luke Casey, who was making his first varsity start. Casey hit Angelo Deshields (19 yards) and Timmy O’Donnell (5 yards) on touchdown passes before Jeffrey Matthews added a rushing score to give the Gaels a 21-0 lead with 4:18 remaining in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Coppola made his 97-yard charge down the field, setting up Prep with their first legitimate scoring chance of the game at the Gaels’ 2-yard line.

“When I got the ball, I saw a little gap between two kids, I ran up to them, made a move, beat them, Coppola said. “And that was pretty much it because they were both on the same level.”

Eagles quarterback Tommy Gaudet then put the Eagles on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Then, it was time for a healthy dose of the counter, which was led by the crushing, John Hannah-esque pull blocks of guard Nate Cyr.

“He’s about as good of a lineman we’ve had,” O’Leary said of the senior captain, “and we’ve had some good ones.”

Mt. St. Joseph did not score again until the 8:48 mark of the fourth quarter on Casey’s 5-yard run.

Coppola countered with his fifth rushing score, before the Gaels came back to make it a one-possession game once again on Casey’s 63-yard bomb to Deshields with 3:13 remaining.

However, once getting the ball back, the Eagles were able to muster a couple of first downs to bleed the clock dry.

“We needed this one,” Coppola said. “We lost the last two games and last week [17-14 loss at Brockton] was tough. We should’ve won that game.

“We really needed this one.”

And all the Eagles needed was one play.

MSJ 7 14 0 14 -- 35
SJP 0 14 21 7 -- 42

First quarter
MSJ Angelo Deshields 19-yard pass from Luke Casey (Fletcher Sullivan kick)
Second quarter
MSJ Timmy O'Donnell 5-yard pass from Casey (Sullivan kick)
MSJ Jeffrey Matthews 5-yard run (Sullivan kick)
SJP Tommy Gaudet 1-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
SJP Coppola 57-yard run (Shaw kick)
Third quarter
SJP Coppola 76-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
SJP Coppola 48-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
SJP Coppola 61-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
Fourth quarter
MSJ Casey 2-yard run (Sullivan kick)
SJP Coppola 42-yard run (Connor Shaw kick)
MSJ Deshields 63-yard pass from Casey (Sullivan kick)

Coppolas inspiration to St. John's Prep

September, 2, 2010
DANVERS, Mass. -- Since the second grade, Tyler Coppola has always shared the football field and the spotlight with two of his brothers. But now he is the only Coppola playing football for the No. 19 St. John’s Prep Eagles.

It started two years ago when Tyler’s brother Brandon fractured his fifth cervical vertebra making a hit in practice. Although he did not undergo surgery, doctors said he could never play contact sports again.

Then, last year, another one of the triplets suffered another career-ending injury. This time it was Jared, the middle child of the three, who fractured the same vertebra.

But this injury was worse.

Jared, who was starting at safety going into last year, could not move after colliding with a Lynn English player during a scrimmage in September. He was then taken to Children’s Hospital Boston where Doctors operated on his C5 vertebra and stabilized his spine.

According to St. John’s head coach Jim O’Leary, initially the injury shocked the community so much that some parents took their children off of the team.

“It was a lot of adversity for last year’s team,” said O’Leary.

Jared spent last fall at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta trying to regain motion in his limbs. Now — just one year removed from the injury — he has regained motion in his upper body, and is rehabbing his lower extremities. Even though doctors still consider Jared a quadriplegic, the high school senior proclaims he will walk again.

The most impressive part is that the brothers will once again share the same field.

Tyler is St. John’s starting tailback and a co-captain. Brandon helps younger players learn their plays and run their routes. Jared serves as a constant motivation by cruising the sidelines in his wheelchair.

“Although we didn’t have a great season last year, he was a lot of motivation for us to pick up our game and play,” co-captain Ryan Delisle said. “It’s good to have him back home though. He is just showing us how precious life is.”

Last year, the community rallied around Jared’s injury and helped the family through tough times. A local public-access television station even streamed the Eagles’ games online so Jared could watch in Atlanta.

“It was just good to know that I had the support, they were there for me and that I knew they had my back,” said Jared about the school’s reaction.

St. John’s players wrote the initials “J.C.” and No. 34 on everything from their athletic tape to their helmets in memory of their injured teammate.

Coming into this year O’Leary and the triplets’ mother, Dawn Coppola, had a lot of discussions about whether or not Tyler should play football. Doctors were brought in to study Tyler’s spine and compare it to Jared and Brandon’s.

In the end, they deemed the two injuries rogue accidents, and Tyler decided that he wanted to play this season for his two brothers.

“I just have to play like nothing happened even though I know that in the back of my mind they both got hurt,” said Tyler.

Along with Delisle and quarterback Tommy Gaudet, Tyler will be one of the go-to options on the Eagles offense. This year with both of his brothers on the sideline, Tyler is ready to produce under pressure.

“It would be better if they could play because we’ve been playing on the same team since second grade,” said Tyler of his brothers’ presence. “But I just have to step up my game because I have to carry the weight for the three of us.”

2009 record:
Coach: Jim O’Leary (27th year, 178-84-2)
Players to watch: Danny Culkeen, Sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 245 lbs.; Blair Friedensohn, Sr., C/DE, 6-3, 220 lbs.; Nate Cyr, Sr., LB/OG, 6-2, 250 lbs.; James Ferguson, Sr., OT, 6-3, 270 lbs.; Tyler Coppola, Sr., RB/CB, 5-9, 185 lbs.; Chris Ryan, Sr., FB/ILB, 5-9, 230 lbs.; Tommy Gaudet, Jr., QB, 5-11, 190 lbs.; Ryan Deslisle, Sr., TE/DE, 6-5, 245 lbs.
Strengths: Size, Senior leadership.
Weakness: Depth.
Outlook: The Eagles lost four games by seven points or less last season, and had a tough time against Catholic Conference and non-conference opponents. However according to O’Leary, this year’s schedule “didn’t get any easier”. While St. John’s offensive and defensive line can match up against anyone and they have experience at the skills positions, they are unproven at quarterback. Look for Gaudet to throw primarily to Delisle and use Coppola to complement him in the Eagles' option offense.