Boston High School: Peter Graves

All-ISL football team

November, 20, 2013
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The Independent School League today announced its All-ISL football team for this season

Coaches or league representatives, across all fall sports, are encouraged send their league All-Star lists to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) and Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com):

Belmont Hill
Evan Chaletzky, Jr. WR/K
Eric Gustafson, Sr. DB
Harry Kraft, Jr. QB
Joe LaLiberte, Sr. OL
Greg Plumb, Sr. RB

Brooks
Chris Cervizzi, Jr. RB
Geoff Fulgione, Sr. LB
Andrew Konovalchik, Sr. DB

BB&N
Patrick Champagnie, Sr. DB
Frankie Williams, Sr. RB
Dante Papas, Sr. LB
Matt Bonazzolli, Sr. RB
Connor Coady, Sr. OG
Mike McCaffrey, Sr. WR

Governor's Academy
Jesse Gwozdz, Sr. RB
Bug Carper, Sr. LB
Mark Hoffman, Sr. OL
James Leary, Sr. OL
Tyler Harrington, Jr. OL
Brandon Lopez, Jr. RB
Tommy Vailas, Sr. QB

Groton
Austin Stern, Sr. LB
John Beatty, Soph. RB

Lawrence Academy
Andrew Crane, Sr. DL
Kyle Howes, Sr. FS
Chris Garrison, Jr. WR
Austin Luckey, Jr. FB
Rocco Daigneault, Sr. LB

Middlesex School
Hasani Figueroa, Sr. RB
Charlie Owen, Sr. LB
George Morris, Jr. LB
Sam Carlin, Jr. LB

Milton Academy
Drew Jacobs, Sr. RB
Anthony Scurto, Sr. QB
Matt Morin, Sr. LB
Bobby Gilmore, Jr. OL
Peter Graves, Sr. DL
Luke MacDonald, Sr. LB
Justin Yoon, Jr. K

Noble & Greenough
Alex Beach, Sr. DL
Ryan Vultaggio, Sr. QB
John McCarthy, Sr. DB
Martin Williams, Soph. DT
John Keally, Sr. LB
Teddy Strzetelski, Jr. DE

Roxbuty Latin
Mark Goldstein, Sr. OL
Duncan Finigan, Sr. OL
Sean Lowrie, Jr. WR
Kevin Cohee, Sr. TE

St. George's
Sage Hill, Sr. RB
Jonathan Lumley, Jr. WR

St. Paul's
David Smith, Sr. WR
John Bews, Jr. TE
Colin Sequiera, Sr. QB

St. Sebastian's
Connor Strachan, Sr. LB
Dan Fulham, Sr. DE
Will Kenny, Sr. OL
Joe Kearney, Sr. DB
John McNamara, Sr. DL

Thayer Academy
Quentin Hall, Sr. OL
Jack Becker, Sr. QB

Recap: Milton Academy 35, Governor's Academy 14

October, 27, 2013
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MILTON, Mass. --- The two top teams in the ISL took the field on Saturday in a pivotal league match-up between undefeated (5-0) powers, Governor’s Academy and Milton Academy.

Gov’s entered Saturday’s game riding a state-best 23-game winning streak, dating back to opening day 2011.

“We knew about the winning streak and we set our minds on staying sharp all week during practice and preparing as a team.” Milton Academy safety Nelson Thomas said after the game. “We were focused on coming out and putting our foot to the gas peddle right away.”

Milton Academy would do just that, as they led from start to finish, en route to a convincing, 35-14, victory over the two-time defending league champions.

“It was just a great win,” Milton Academy head coach Kevin MacDonald said after the game. “Beating a team like that and beating them soundly was kind of a surprise and just terrific.”

Milton Academy (6-0) was led by running back Drew Jacobs, who played like a man possessed on the afternoon, starring on both sides of the ball and running for 194 yards and four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 INT).

“Winning the ISL has been our goal all along, from day one,” Jacobs explained. “This was a great win but we need to keep working each day to accomplish our ultimate goals.”

Jacobs would make an immediate impact on the game as he intercepted a first quarter pass and returned it 40 yards for a score, to give the Mustangs a 7-0 first quarter lead.

“I thought our defense did a terrific job and Drew Jacobs, as usual, was just great,” MacDonald said.

Milton quarterback Anthony Scurto showed impressive leadership, calmly running the offense all afternoon, as he picked his spots to shine.

After a key fourth down stop and leading 14-7 Scurto would conclude the first half by scrambling and finding wide receiver Jack Urquhart in the end zone, with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first half, to give the Mustangs a critical 21-7 halftime lead.

Big Play Second Half: It would become apparent that big plays would dictate Saturday’s game as the second half featured numerous swing plays that would favor the Mustangs.

Known for their frequent second half comebacks, Gov’s seized momentum at numerous points in the second half, only to be thwarted by the Milton Academy defense.

Milton defensive back Jack Cahill made the play of the game as he dove to break up a pass over the middle, rolled over on the ground, and still managed to bring in the interception.

Milton defensive end Peter Graves, who has been a presence in opposing backfields all season, made the game-sealing defensive play as he exploded off the line and recorded a strip sack, that teammate William Medina would recover, late in the fourth quarter of play.

“The biggest thing today is that we just made the big plays,” MacDonald stressed.

Game Notes:
  • With two games remaining on the 2013 ISL football calendar Milton Academy now controls their own fate as they sit on top of the ISL with a 6-0 record. St. Sebastian’s defeated previously undefeated BB&N on Friday, 24-14.
  • Milton Academy freshman cornerback Michael Silva continued to impress with his veteran-like abilities and phenomenal ball skills. Silva intercepted his fifth pass of the season in the second half to give him the unofficial league lead through six games.
  • Despite not kicking any field goals on Saturday junior standout Justin Yoon showed his extreme value once again as his once-in-a-generation leg consistently booted touchbacks and gave Gov’s (5-1) little room to work with all afternoon.
  • Milton punter Austin Johnson, who MacDonald highlighted and praised after the game, also played a large role in the contest as he pinned Gov’s deep on multiple occasions and showed beautiful technique and execution punting the football.
  • Gov’s quarterback Tommy Vailas tossed two touchdowns to account for both scores as he found Jesse Gwozdz and Zach Coffey in the first and second half respectively.
  • Gov’s standout and All ISL performer Bug Carper left Saturday’s game with an apparent serious ankle injury. The North Carolina lacrosse commit, who is one of the top all-around athletes in the ISL, was injured on a play in which he ran the ball into a pile of Milton defenders, only to be bent back deep in Milton territory.
  • Gwozdz continued to show why he is regarded as one of the top overall players in New England. The Fairfield lacrosse commit, made plays in all three facets of the game, and showed his versatility out of the offensive backfield, as well as usual strong play from the outside edge on defense.
In the past two years, Plymouth South senior running back Dylan Oxsen has more than carried the load for the Panthers. But, even in a string of tough-nosed performances, Oxsen may have outdone himself in Friday's 27-6 win over Atlantic Coast League rival Nauset.

Oxsen ran for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries against the Warriors. Even more impressive is the fact that Oxsen put up those numbers after missing the Panthers' previous game with an ankle injury.

For his efforts, Oxsen was named our Player of the Week, presented by Sports Authority and the Bay State Games.

Editor Brendan Hall caught up with Oxsen for this interview Monday:



Including Oxsen, here are the Top 5 performances from Week 6:
  • Dylan Oxsen, Sr. RB, Plymouth South - Ran for 243 yards on 37 carries with 4 TD vs. Nauset.
  • Joe Gaziano, Jr. DL, Xaverian - Put on a defensive clinic with four sacks, two tackles for loss along with an interception vs. Brockton.
  • Peter Graves, Sr. DE, Milton Academy – 4. 5 sacks, blocked punt (returned for touchdown) vs. Roxbury Latin.
  • Dana Parello, Sr. QB, Waltham – Racked up 270 offensive yards (150 rushing, 120 passing) and also pocketed an interception in the Hawks’ shut-out win vs. Lincoln-Sudbury.
  • James Sullivan, Sr. RB/DB, Tewksbury – Collected three of Redmen’s four interceptions, while adding 75 yards on nine carries with a touchdown on offense vs. Methuen.

Recap: Milton Academy 33, Roxbury Latin 14

October, 12, 2013
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DEDHAM, Mass. -- The halfway point of the football season is a perfect time to take stock of what you have accomplished and what you need to continue to improve on.

On Saturday afternoon Milton Academy improved to 4-0 at the midpoint of their season, as they defeated Roxbury Latin, 33-14, on a damp and soggy afternoon in Dedham.

After going 5-3 in 2012, one would think that an undefeated ISL record at the mid-season mark would create happiness on the Mustang sideline.

“We have to play a lot better than that,” Milton Academy head coach Kevin MacDonald said after the game. “Roxbury Latin played us really tough today. They outplayed us in a lot of ways, especially in the first half, and we have to do a much better job offensively.”

Milton Academy has now outscored its first four opponents by a score of 145-69, and its veteran defensive unit is playing at a very high level.

“None of us are happy with the game today, which is weird because we won 33-14,” Milton Academy senior linebacker Matt Morin said after the game. “I actually think that is why it is clicking this year. We are never satisfied and we are always trying to get better each week, because being champions is the goal, not being 4-0.”

Both teams struggled early on in the game to find any offensive rhythm as the defensive fronts dictated play at the line of scrimmage, thus eliminating any offensive flow.

Milton Academy would get on the board first as freshman defensive back Michael Silva made a nice read and break on a Peter Cahill pass for a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Roxbury Latin (1-3) would answer right back at the eight minute mark in the first quarter, as Cahill would execute a nice play action pass to find a streaking Sean Lowrie (104 receiving yards, one touchdown) down field for an 80-yard touchdown strike.

Lowrie’s touchdown would be the final Roxbury Latin score until the fourth quarter of play, as Milton Academy locked in and ran off 26 straight points.

The Milton Academy defense was led by defensive end Peter Graves, who had a career day and one of the better individual defensive efforts of the young season. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound senior was everywhere for the Mustangs, registering 4.5 sacks along with a key blocked punt, that was returned for a touchdown by teammate Sean Sylva.

“That was just a great play,” MacDonald said. “He was really something today.”

Roxbury Latin, playing without two of their top players in Boston College commit Kevin Cohee and junior Alex Abelite, played solid defense throughout the game despite battling unfavorable field position throughout.

Milton Academy running back Drew Jacobs continued his workhorse efforts for the victors as he gained 101 yards from scrimmage, including a 25-yard third quarter touchdown run.

Milton Academy also received strong games from safety Nelson Thomas, quarterback Anthony Scurto, defensive end William Medina (1.5 sacks) and running back Dom Frazier (45-yard third quarter touchdown run).

Roxbury Latin tight end/ defensive end Steven Daley (3-yard TD reception), defensive tackle Sean Rose, and linebacker Mark Goodstein all played well in the loss.

Impressive Senior Unit: The Milton Academy senior linebacking unit of OLBs Jacobs and Luke MacDonald and MLB Morin continued to show why they are one of the top units in New England.

Jacobs and MacDonald provided speed to the ball and contained the edge, while Morin led the unit from his middle linebacker position, stuffing the run and penetrating the backfield in the mold of run-stuffing Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes.

“Morin is just an outstanding football player,” Coach MacDonald said. “I think Luke MacDonald played real well today and Drew does it for us game in and game out.”

Morin came up with a big second half sack and made three tackles-for-loss, while MacDonald and Jacobs flew around the ball all afternoon.

“I think we really set the tone because we are all in for this season and we have been since last November,” Morin said of the veteran defensive group. “That mentality is contagious and it trickles down to underclassmen like Bobby Gilmore, Johnny Lawson, Jeff Brown, Mike Silva and Dom Cozier.”

The X-Factor: Despite connecting on just one of three field goal attempts, kicker Justin Yoon proved again why he is such an important factor in Milton Academy’s success.

Playing with a heavy heart, due to the passing of his grandfather on Saturday, Yoon executed 6-of-6 touchbacks on his kickoffs. The touchbacks forced Roxbury Latin to begin their offensive drives 80 yards away from the end zone.

“It is a great weapon for us,” MacDonald said. “It is just terrific when there are no returns, and there were none today."

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