Boston High School: New England Patriots

Kyle ArietaScott Barboza/ESPNDighton-Rehoboth football player and track athlete Kyle Arieta met with his favorite player, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, at Gillette Stadium on Thursday.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – About this time last year, as a high school junior, Kyle Arieta was confronted with his mortality.

A seemingly healthy, multi-sport athlete at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional, Arieta fell ill suddenly due to a non-malignant tumor that was growing – unbeknownst to him — inside his brain. After suffering hemorrhaging of the pituitary gland, doctors performed emergency surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital on May 15.

But even then, as Arieta was in a fight for his life, all he could think about was football.

“After a life-changing event like that, knowing that anything can happen to you at any time, it’s just about going out and having fun,” Arieta said Thursday.

About as soon as Arieta was out of surgery and the ensuing week spent in the hospital recovering, he had one goal in mind: joining his Falcons teammates for opening night of his senior football season.

Everything he did was with the intent of healing, getting stronger and preparing for one last go-round, whether for a game or the entire season.

“Football kept me motivated,” said Arieta, who played tight and contributed on special teams units. “I just wanted life to be back to normal and I knew that my senior year and football was coming up. I needed to be on the field to help my teammates, that kept me motivated.”

Meanwhile, those teammates were also there to lift Arieta along the way.

“They’d come to the hospital, that meant so much,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support from them, telling me they couldn’t wait to see me back on the field. I felt that helped me through recovery more, knowing that they were helping me along the way.”

As summer practices approached, the unthinkable happened when doctors gave Arieta a clean bill of health, clearing him for contact on the football field.

He took the field with the Falcons at home when they opened their season against South Coast Conference rival Bourne and played the entire season, as D-R went 7-4 this year, including a two-game run in the Division 3 state tournament.

Arieta’s recovery and return earned him the Henry Smith Courage Award from The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

With his football career behind him, Arieta has competed with the Falcons track and field team this winter and into the spring. He plans to attend Bridgewater State University and study physical education, with the intent of getting into teaching. He wants to play intramural sports as well.

Doctor’s continue to monitor the tumor with follow-up MRIs, but, looking back on an otherwise scary ordeal, Arieta emerged with a new perspective.

“I came out stronger than I was before.”

On Thursday, Arieta was invited by the New England Patriots to tour Gillette Stadium, taking his picture on the field before getting a guided tour of the team’s Hall of Fame.

What Arieta didn’t know was that he was about to be surprised by his favorite football player – Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones.

After being drafted by the Patriots out of Syracuse in 2012, Arieta quickly gravitated to Jones. An avid follower of the NFL Draft, Arieta immediately predicted big things in New England for the pass-rusher.

“I was watching one of the preseason games with my friends and I was telling them about Chandler and how he was going to change the defense,” Arieta said. “Then, as soon as I said it, he came up with a sack. That was it.”

Jones startled Arieta in their meeting on Thursday the way he would an opposing quarterback. As Arieta and his family posed for pictures, Jones snuck up from behind interjecting, “Mind if I take a picture?”

“When I was walking out here I saw him with my jersey and that brought a smile to me,” Jones said.

Jones signed a football for Arieta and took him out on the turf, instructing him in how to get down in a stance, adding he was a “quick learner.”

“It just shows how strong he is, mentally and physically,” Jones said of Arieta. “With the illness he had, some people really don’t come back from that. A kid like Kyle, just showing how strong he is, I’m happy and I’m proud of him.”

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Dighton-Rehoboth senior football player and track athlete Kyle Arieta received a surprise from his favorite NFL player as Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones surprised him and his family Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

Arieta, who was treated for a brain tumor last year, returned to the gridiron for his senior season of football, just months after undergoing a life-saving surgery last May.

We'll have more on Arieta's story coming later on the blog, but here's the scene from earlier when Jones snuck up and surprised Arieta with a visit on Gillette's field:

Duxbury's Maimaron is Pats Coach of the Year

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Duxbury High School’s Dave Maimaron has been named the New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Year in recognition of his team’s Eastern Mass. Division II Super Bowl Championship and perfect 13-0 season. The Green Dragons’ 35-0 win over Tewksbury High School completed the fourth 13-0 season in Coach Maimaron’s seven seasons at Duxbury, and extends the team’s winning streak to 26 games, the longest in the state.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $2,000 to Duxbury High School’s football program in Maimaron’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Year selection.

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New England PatriotsDuxbury coach Dave Maimaron was named the New England Patriots Coach of the Year after coaching the Dragons to a second straight Super Bowl championship and completing the Dragons' fourth 13-0 season in his seven years with the program.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Maimaron and his team on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Duxbury High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

“The excitement surrounding the Duxbury football program was evident when I visited with Coach Maimaron and his team,” said Tippett on Tuesday. “The Green Dragons exhibited great dedication and commitment en route to their second consecutive Super Bowl championship. The Patriots are pleased to present the 2011 Coach of the Year Award and donation to Coach Maimaron and the Duxbury football program.”

This season marks the 16th year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Each week throughout the season, a high school coach was selected as the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week, receiving a $1,000 donation towards his school’s football program. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.

In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium, but decided to take the award on the road in 2011 so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives. For more information, visit www.patriots.com/community.

Pembroke's Bancroft named Pats Coach of the Week

November, 30, 2011
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Pembroke football head coach Bob Bancroft has been named the New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week after earning his 200th win with his team’s 27-14 victory over Silver Lake on Thanksgiving.

The win gave the Titans the first 10-0 record in program's six-year history and is the Titans' first victory over Silver Lake. Pembroke came back from an early deficit to earn a spot in the EMASS Division 3 semifinal.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Pembroke's football program in Bancroft’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Bancroft and his team on Tuesday. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show "Patriots All Access" which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

“I enjoyed visiting with Coach Bancroft and the Titans after such a a meaningful victory for the coach, his players and Pembroke High School,” said Tippett on Tuesday. “This victory was a result of the hard work, dedication and perseverance displayed by both the team and community in building this program. The Patriots are pleased to present this week’s Coach of the Week Award and donation to Coach Bancroft and the Pembroke football program.”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.

D-Y's Funk named Pats Coach of the Week

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Paul Funk New England PatriotsDennis-Yarmouth's Paul Funk was named the New England Patriots' Coach of the Week following the Dolphins' first 7-0 start since 1960.


Dennis-Yarmouth football head coach Paul Funk has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 42-0 victory over Cranston West (R.I.) on Friday.

The win marks the school’s first 7-0 record since 1960 and gives the Dolphins a 3-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dennis-Yarmouth came out on top of a game between two highly ranked teams, with No. 7 Dennis-Yarmouth overpowering the third-ranked Division 1 team in Rhode Island.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dennis-Yarmouth' football program in Funk’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Funk and his team on Tuesday at D-Y.

The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

“I am pleased to present this week’s Coach of the Week Award to Coach Funk and the Dennis-Yarmouth football program,” said Tippett on Tuesday. “The Dolphins’ stingy defense and high-powered rushing attack are a testament to great coaching, hard work and true teamwork. I enjoyed visiting with Coach Funk and his team and wish them success as they continue their historic season.”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.

D-R's Driscoll named Pats Coach of the Week

October, 19, 2011
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Dave Driscoll New England PatriotsDighton-Rehoboth's Dave Driscoll was named this week's Patriots Coach of the Week following his 200th career victory over Wareham on Saturday.


Dighton-Rehoboth Regional football head coach Dave Driscoll has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 7-0 victory over Wareham High School on Saturday.

The game went down to the final seconds and resulted in Driscoll’s 200th win. The victory breaks the conference tie between Wareham and Dighton-Rehoboth, as the Falcons moved to 3-0 in the South Coast Conference.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s football program in Driscoll’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Driscoll and his team on Tuesday at D-R. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with Coach Driscoll and his players after his 200th win,” said Tippett on Tuesday. “Reaching this milestone takes a commitment to preparation, hard work and teamwork. These qualities were on display on Friday night as the Falcons came through with a strong defensive effort to edge their conference rival. The Patriots are proud to present this week’s Coach of the Week Award to Coach Driscoll and the Dighton-Rehoboth football program. ”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.

Needham's Duffy named Pats Coach of the Week

October, 4, 2011
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Needham football head coach David Duffy has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of the Rockets' 45-28 victory over Top 10 opponent Weymouth on Saturday.

A powerful rushing attack led the way for the unranked Rockets over the previously undefeated No. 6 Wildcats in a key Bay State Carey matchup. Needham’s two senior tailbacks combined for 279 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the win.

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New England PatriotsNeedham coach David Duffy was honored by the Patriots and Andre Tippett.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Needham High School’s football program in Duffy’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Duffy and his team on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Needham High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

“This was a true Bay State matchup with Needham winning 45-28 and upsetting Weymouth,” Tippett said. “As always in big games like this, turnovers, defense and good coaching were key to this win. We’re excited to present Coach Duffy and the Needham High School football program with this donation, and we wish them well the rest of the season.”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.

Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination at nominatecoach@patriots.com.

Norwood's Sariandes is Pats Coach of the Week

September, 23, 2011
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Norwood football head coach John Sarianides was named New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 27-14 victory over Natick last Saturday.

Touchdown drives on all four of their first-half possessions powered the team to the program’s first victory over Natick since 2005. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Norwood High School’s football program in Sarianides’ name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Sarianides and Norwood High on Tuesday. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, "Patriots All Access," which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.

This season marks the 16th year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.

“I am thrilled to kick off another season of the New England Patriots Coach of the Week award at Norwood High School with Coach Sarianides and the Mustangs,” Tippett said. “After meeting with the team, I can see that they embody the values of perseverance, mental toughness and hard work. Coach Sarianides did a tremendous job preparing his team, both mentally and physically, for their matchup last weekend. The Patriots are proud to be able to reward his team and Norwood High School with a donation to the football program and we wish them the best of luck going forward.”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.

In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium, but decided to take the award on the road in 2011 so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the first year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination at nominatecoach@patriots.com.

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