Boston High School: Rob Kosharek

MHSFCA releases All-State Team

December, 29, 2012
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The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) released its "Super 26" All-State Team yesterday. Selections are below as follows:

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Zach Bartak, Greenfield, 6'1" 200
Mackay Lowrie, Roxbury Latin, 6'5" 210
Nick Peabody, Barnstable, 6’4" 225

Running Back
Vincent Burton, Blue Hills, 6’2” 200
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South, 5’9” 185
Quron Wright, Holy Name, 5’6” 165

Wide Receiver
Will Heikkinen, Andover, 6’1” 196
Brian O’Malley, St. Sebastian’s, 6’3” 195

Offensive Line
Aaron Dyke, Auburn, 6’4” 305
John Foster, Scituate, 6’5” 260
Rob Kosharek, Duxbury, 6’6” 265
Jack McDonald, B.C. High, 6’5" 275
John Montelus, Everett, 6’5" 325

DEFENSE

Defensive Line
Matt Comerford, Reading, 6’5” 275
Terrel Correia, Nantucket, 6’7” 275
Joe Previte, Brockton, 6’2” 260
Maurice Hurst, Xaverian, 6’2” 290

Linebacker
Cam Hanley, Walpole, 5’11” 210
Sha’ki Holines, Springfield Commerce, 6’4” 240
Zack Hume , Nashoba, 6’2” 235
Bryan Vieira, Thayer Academy, 6’3” 190

Defensive Back
Brendan Flaherty, Beverly, 6’1” 185
Kiivone Howard, Foxborough, 6’1” 185
Dylan Mann, Masconomet, 5’10” 180
Alex Moore, St. John’s Prep, 6’1” 195
Justin Mount, Westford Academy, 6’2” 205

ESPN Boston 2012 MIAA All-State Team

December, 4, 2012
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OFFENSE
All-StateQB -- Nick Peabody, Sr., Barnstable
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller led the Red Raiders to their most successful season in over a decade, claiming the Old Colony League title outright, holding the No. 1 spot in ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll for seven weeks, and falling to Everett, 20-19, in a thrilling Division 1A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. For the season, he threw for 2,627 yards and 34 touchdowns while also carrying the ball 73 times for 366 yards and seven more scores. He is considering several Division 1 FCS schools for college.

All-StateQB -- Drew Belcher, Jr., Reading
In two years as the Rockets' starter under center, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback has gone 21-4, including two Middlesex League titles and a Division 2 Super Bowl championship this season. Through the air, he was very efficient, completing 107 of 169 passes for 1,710 yards, 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions. On the ground he was just as dangerous, carrying 138 times for 804 yards and 15 scores.

All-StateQB -- Troy Flutie, Jr., Natick
The son of Boston College legend Darren Flutie, the younger Flutie endured a record-setting 2012 campaign in leading the Redhawks to the Division 2A Super Bowl title game. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,153 yards and 35 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, and on the ground he carried 167 times for 1,075 yards and 14 more scores.

All-StateQB -- Andrew Smiley, Jr., St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Smiley took the starting job during the preseason following injuries, and in his first year running the Pioneers' "Blur" offense, he set the Central Mass. single-season record for passing yardage. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 3,123 yards and 25 touchdowns; on the ground, he carried 141 times for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Pioneers also led the state in yards from scrimmage, averaging 442.2 yards per game.

All-StateRB -- Jonathan Thomas, Jr., St. John's Prep
The Catholic Conference's Offensive MVP established himself as one of the state's most dangerous in leading the Eagles to their first Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 seasons. The 6-foot, 195-pound Salem resident carried 220 times for 1,794 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added nine catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and defensively added 20.5 tackles and two interceptions. Thomas currently holds a scholarship offer from UMass, but more are sure to follow.

All-StateRB -- Quron Wright, Sr., Holy Name
The 5-foot-6, 165-pounder finished his career as the all-time leading rusher at both his school and in Central Mass. This fall, he totaled 3,199 yards from scrimmage and 38 touchdowns for the Naps, who made the postseason for an eighth straight year. That includes 35 rushing touchdowns and a state-best 2,254 rushing yards, as well as 806 return yards and two return touchdowns. For his career, Wright has 5,891 rushing yards and 2,659 return yards, to go along with 95 touchdowns (84 rushing, seven kickoff return, two receiving, two interception return).

All-StateRB -- Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly
Considered the most dynamic back of the Panthers' vaunted three-pronged rushing attack, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flaherty led the Panthers to the Division 2A Super Bowl title and their first undefeated season in 100 years. On the season, he carried 160 times for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns, and added 10 catches for 236 yards and four more scores.

All-StateRB -- Dylan Oxsen, Jr., Plymouth South
By far the state's most surprising breakthrough this fall, Oxsen took Eastern Mass. by storm as the Panthers qualified for postseason for the first time in the school's 30-year history. After recording just three touchdowns last fall, the 5-foot-8, 205-pounder exploded for a state-best 40 rushing touchdowns in 2012, to go along with over 2,100 yards on the ground.

All-StateWR -- Brian Dunlap, Soph., Natick
Already off to a remarkable start to his young varsity career, the 6-foot Dunlap led the state in receiving, with 86 catches for 1,570 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 34 carries for 301 yards and another score. In just two years of varsity, Dunlap already has record-pace receiving totals: 155 catches, 2,742 yards, 35 touchdowns.

All-StateWR -- Jakarrie Washington, Sr., Everett
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was as dangerous on the ground as he was through the air, as the Crimson Tide captured their third straight Super Bowl championship. He caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns, and on the ground had 75 carries for 697 yards and 15 more scores. Defensively, he also recorded two picks and two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

All-StateWR -- Elijah Scott, Sr., Cambridge
Scott exploded into the spotlight following the Falcons' shootout loss to Everett, and stayed there for good. On the season, he recorded 73 catches for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns, the latter tying a school record, as the Falcons went 7-4 for their first winning season since 2007.

All-StateWR -- Dylan Morris, Sr., Barnstable
The 6-foot, 180-pounder established himself as one of the region's best deep-ball threats, as the Red Raiders reached their first Super Bowl since 1999. On the season, he recorded 33 catches for 716 yards and 13 touchdowns. Morris signed a National Letter of Intent with UMass last month, for baseball.
All-StateWR -- Will Heikkinen, Sr., Andover
Part of one of the most dynamic receiving corps in Eastern Mass., the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder led the Golden Warriors in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1,126), to go along with nine touchdowns as the Warriors reached the Division 1 playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

All-StateTE -- Terrel Correia, Sr., Nantucket
Another one of the state's surprise breakthroughs, the 6-foot-7, 270-pounder was a matchup nightmare for the Mayflower League. On the season, he led the 4-7 Whalers with 26 catches and 372 yards for five touchdowns. Correia is verbally committed to UMass, where he plans on converting to the offensive line.

All-StateOL -- John Montelus, Sr., Everett
The Notre Dame-bound left tackle concluded his Crimson Tide career as a three-time Super Bowl champion. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder started on each of those Everett championship teams and was a finalist, the first-ever lineman, for our Mr. Football Award. Montelus, who didn’t allow a sack in his high school career, will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

All-StateOL -- Rob Kosharek, Sr., Duxbury
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound road-grading tackle was a key part of a Dragons' offensive line that fueled the team to a then state-best 37-game winning streak, that only ended in a Division 2 playoff game against Mansfield. Kosharek led the team in pancake blocks with 28, nearly doubling the amount of Duxbury's second leading blocker.

All-StateOL -- Aaron Dyke, Sr., Auburn
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was among the state's most punishing road graders, as the Rockets won their fifth straight Central Mass. Super Bowl title. With Dyke leading the way, Auburn once again went over 3,000 mark in rushing (3,155 yards, 10.1 yards per carry, 53 TD) and accumulated 66 total scores and nearly 4,000 yards of offense. They also outscored the opposition 468-84, with four shutouts, to go 13-0 and captured the Division 3 Super Bowl title.

All-StateOL -- Matt Comerford, Sr., Reading
Reading was one of the state's most dominant offenses in capturing its second Division 2 Super Bowl title in four years, and the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder made sure the Rockets won the line of scrimmage. The Rockets were one of the best rushing attacks (2,544 yards, six yards per carry, 34 TD) and totaled 4,272 yards from scrimmge with 56 touchdowns. Comerford is also a standout goaltender on the Rockets' lacrosse team.

All-StateOL -- Joe Previte, Sr., Brockton
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder played the interior and was a force for the Boxers, allowing them to total over 3,000 yards rushing in their newly-installed flexbone attack. Behind Previte, the Boxers averaged 255.5 rushing yards per game, among the state's best, and returned to the Division 1 Super Bowl for the first time since 2009. Previte also recorded 35 tackles and a sack as a defensive tackle.

All-StateATH -- Tedaro France, Sr., Barnstable
A true three-phase contributor, the Red Raiders receiver and defensive back was considered by his peers the MVP of Barnstable’s run at a Div. 1A Super Bowl. France tallied 41 receptions for 884 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. He also had 682 combined return yards for 1,600 yards all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns.

ATH -- David Harrison, Jr., Weymouth
Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, it didn't matter which role Kevin Mackin asked the versatile Harrison to play this season. Harrison finished second in Division 1 with 21 touchdowns scored while hauling in 12 touchdown passes and throwing for eight more scores.

All-StateK -- Jackson Bockhorst, Sr., BC High
A feared weapon, not only in the kicking game but with his kickoffs, Bockhurst has earned the reputation as one of the most consistent kickers in the state during the last several seasons. In 2012, Bockhurst connected on three field goals and 17 point-after tries for 26 points.

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DEFENSE
All-StateDL -- Maurice Hurst, Sr., Xaverian
As the Catholic Conference's Lineman of the Year, Hurst was a dominant force in the middle, recording 51 tackles (23 for loss), 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, he also ran for 63 yards and five touchdowns as the Hawks' goal line running back. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Hurst is the state's No. 2 overall prospect, and will be heading to Michigan next year.

All-StateDL -- Jon Baker, Jr., Millis/Hopedale
Considered one of New England's top Class of 2014 prospects, Baker dominated the Tri-Valley League once again as the Mohawks made a second straight Division 4 playoff appearance. As a defensive tackle, he registered 78 tackles with four sacks, and was named the league's Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker currently holds offers from UMass, UConn and Boston College.

All-StateDL -- Peter Ngobidi, Sr., Catholic Memorial
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hyde Park resident established himself as one of the state's premier edge-setting defensive athletes, despite the Knights' struggles to a 2-8 campaign. Off the edge, he led the Knights in sacks (12), ranked second in tackles (68) and recorded three forced fumbles. Ngobidi will continue his career next fall at UMass.

All-StateDL -- Jeff Soulouque, Sr., Everett
Soulouque was a feared pass-rusher coming of the edge of the Crimson Tide defense which allowed just 12.6 points per game for the three-time defending Super Bowl champions.
All-StateLB -- Marshall McCarthy, Sr., Duxbury
Perhaps the most surefire tacklers in the state, McCarthy was the fulcrum of the Dragons' defense at his inside linebacker position. The 6-foot, 195-pounder led the team in tackles with 116 (79 solo), averaging nearly 10 tackles per game, and sacks with 12.5. He also had two forced fumbles and an interception.

All-StateLB -- Sha'ki Holines, Sr., Springfield Commerce
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is bound for UConn next season and was capable in the pass rush and he is adept at stuffing the run. Holines also finished the season with two touchdowns on offense.
All-StateLB -- Zack Hume, Sr., Nashoba
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was one of the most feared linebackers across the state, as the Chieftains captured their second straight Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl title to extend their win streak to a state-best 26 games. Hume totaled 113.5 tackles on the season, giving him over 100 for the third straight year, with 10.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, a sack and an interception. Hume is also the two-time Defensive MVP of Mid-Wach B.

All-StateLB -- Andrew Ellis, Sr., Barnstable
Leading one of the state's most aggressive, athletic front sevens, the 5-foot-11, 230-pounder recorded over 100 tackles as the Red Raiders spent seven weeks at No. 1 in our statewide poll and reached their first Super Bowl since 1999. He had 105 tackles on the season, to go along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

All-StateLB -- Brad Schiff, Sr., Sharon
At just 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, Schiff came away with the Defensive MVP award in the competitive Hockomock League. He recorded 174 tackles (17 for loss), four forced fumbles, a sack and an interception as the Eagles unexpectedly captured the Eastern Mass. Division 3 Super Bowl title in their first-ever postseason appearance. For his career, Schiff had 320 tackles (36 for loss), seven forced fumbles, three sacks and an interception.

All-StateLB -- Sean Smerczynski, Jr., St. John's Prep
The 5-foot-10, 216-pounder was an integral force for the Eagles as they captured their first Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 seasons. On the year, he recorded 76 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack and two fumble recoveries and was named a Catholic Conference All-Star.

All-StateDB -- Alex Moore, Sr., St. John's Prep
Earlier this week, Moore was named ESPN Boston's Mr. Football for the 2012 for his impact in all three phases of the game. On offense, he carried the ball 112 times for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added a team-high 20 receptions for 455 yards and five more scores. Defensively, he recorded 67 tackles from the strong safety position, to go along with four forced fumbles, four interceptions (including a return for a TD) and five tackles for loss.

All-StateDB -- Micah Morel, Sr., Brockton
One of the top safeties in the state, Morel was also asked to play quarterback for several weeks when Austin Roberts was lost to injury for the Division 1 EMass Super Bowl finalists.
All-StateDB -- Jalen Felix, Sr., Everett
Playing lock-down corner, Felix tallied two interceptions for the three-time reigning Super Bowl champions. Felix also made his presence felt on the offensive side of the ball, leading the Crimson Tide in rushing with 684 yards for nine touchdowns. He also tallied three receiving touchdowns in addition to a kick return for a score.

All-StateDB -- Lucas Bavaro, Sr., St. John's Prep
The Dartmouth commit was one of the most hard-hitting forces in the state, playing a hybrid role of linebacker and free safety for the EMass Division 1 champion Eagles. Bavaro finished third on the Eagles with 46.5 tackles (41 solo), including five tackles for loss. He also tallied two interceptions, two forces fumbles, a fumble recovery and two punt blocks.

All-StateRET -- Cam Farnham, Sr., Andover
Always a big-play threat in the return game, Farnham was also a integral part of Andover's vaunted passing attack. The shifty speedster hauled in 11 touchdown receptions with two returns for a score.

Recap: No. 4 Duxbury 20, Xaverian 16

October, 7, 2012
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- It’s a common adage on offense that you put the ball in the hands of your playmakers.

Well, to the same extent, Duxbury football head coach Dave Maimaron does that with his best defensive player. Maimaron, along with defensive coordinator Harry Taylor, entrust senior inside linebacker Marshall McCarthy with the ability to make his own decisions on the field. A three-year starter at his position, McCarthy is the quarterback of the defense, responsible not only for his own actions, but that of the unit.

With the game on the line against Xaverian on Saturday with one second remaining and a fourth-and-goal try from the 9-yard line, McCarthy again did what comes naturally.

“Smart Marshall, we call that,” Maimaron said of the defensive call. “He picks a hole and he goes.”

In this instance, McCarthy chose the A-gap and went barreling through, meeting Hawks quarterback Austin DeCarr in the backfield for sack. When the play was through, time expired and the Dragons escaped with their state-best winning streak in tact after a 20-16 win.

“Our guys, they just know when they’re down there that they’ve got to pick it up,” Maimaron said. “They just stepped it up every single time. Unfortunately, our offense kept putting them in that position.”

Duxbury (5-0) lengthened its winning streak to 31 games, but sweated out some tense moments late in the fourth. Twice in the final three minutes of the game, the Dragons were faced with goal-to-go situations and held. In addition to having a potential game-winning score erased off the board for Xaverian (1-4), due to an illegal procedure penalty, the Dragons were unrelenting.

“They brought some very good pressure on us,” Hawks head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “When you’re down in the red zone and it’s a condensed area, some times guys make those plays, some times they don’t. Two plays before that D.J. [Pagliuca] made the play, we score a touchdown, but it gets taken off the board.”

Two plays after Pagliuca’s aborted score, Duxbury senior defensive back Jack Sullivan broke up a pass attempt on the goal line to force a turnover on downs with 2:28 to play.

After forcing the Dragons three-and-out on their ensuing possession, Xaverian had one last shot at the end zone with 1:08 to play. Moving quickly downfield on a couple of pass plays from DeCarr (14 of 31, 233 yards) to Pagliuca (4 catches, 58 yards, TD), the Hawks were within 12 yards of a victory.

That’s when McCarthy (3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble) came calling again.

STUMBLING BLOCKS
Duxbury won while lacking any kind of offensive rhythm. The Dragons were held under 200 offensive yards on the afternoon, thanks in no small part to the play of the Hawks’ front seven. Xaverian was able to pressure Duxbury quarterback Sean McCarthy throughout. Maurice Hurst Jr. notched three sacks, and rangy outside linebacker Aiden Desrosiers created havoc with two hurries and two passes defended with tipped balls at the line.

The Dragons were also able to dial up pressure at key moments. Starting running back Jon Hurvitz was asked to play a greater role on defense, playing slot corner. Hurvitz disrupted a promising first-quarter Hawks’ drive with a strip-sack. The fumble was recovered by Mike Klein.

“I give them credit, they’re a good football team,” Stevenson said. “They’ve won a lot games in a row, so they know how to win and they made the plays on both sides of the ball.”

RUN BEHIND THE BIGS
Of course, no Duxbury game this season would be complete without a touchdown or two by Hurvitz. While being held largely in check in the running game, the shifty 5-foot-9, 185-pound back was again a deciding factor. Hurvitz rushed for Duxbury’s second touchdown of the game for a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.

But it was a play in the passing game that gave Duxbury its margin for victory.

After Xaverian took a 14-13 lead with 6:13 remaining in the third on Shayne Kaminski’s 30-yard touchdown run, Hurvitz regained the lead for the Dragons with his second score of the game. Running to the left on a slip screen pass, Hurvitz turned upfield running behind the pull of offensive lineman Rob Kosharek, who was inserted at left guard on the play. Twenty-four yards later, the Dragons were back on top.

“We usually try to run behind our big boys and Kosharek’s obviously the biggest,” Hurvitz chuckled.

With the Dragons’ running lanes disrupted by the Hawks’ front seven, Duxbury had to find other means of opening up space.

“They’re a lot bigger than us up front, so we knew that coming in,” Hurvitz said. "We thought we could get some movement, but they plugged the holes pretty good, so we had to go to our outside stuff.”

Xaverian – 0 7 7 2 -- 16
Duxbury – 7 6 7 0 -- 20

First quarter
Duxbury – J.P. O'Neil fumble recovery (Tucker Hannon kick)

Second quarter
Duxbury - Jon Hurvitz 10-yard run (Hannon kick)
Xaverian - D.J. Pagliuca 34-yard pass from Austin DeCarr (Kyle Darrow kick)

Third quarter
Xaverian - Shayne Kaminski 30-yard run (Darrow kick)
Duxbury - Hurvitz 24-yard pass from Sean McCarthy (Hannon kick)

Fourth quarter
Xaverian – Safety – Joe Gaziano sack

Game of the Week: Xaverian at Duxbury

October, 4, 2012
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- ESPN Boston High Schools editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall stopped by practice at Duxbury High, site of this week's National Guard Game of the Week, to discuss the No. 4 Dragons' matchup with visiting Xaverian High this Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stop by our ESPN Boston tent on Saturday, as well as the Natonal Guard's tent, for giveaways and prizes, and stick around after as we award our Player of the Game.

Recap: No. 9 Duxbury 20, No. 8 B-R 7

September, 8, 2012
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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The hits just keep on coming for No. 9 Duxbury.

The Dragons ran their state best winning streak to 27 games with a 20-7 win over No. 8 Bridgewater-Raynham on Saturday. Even after two straight Super Bowl championship seasons and a historically good 13-0 campaign in 2011, Duxbury showed there’s no need to revel in the glories of the past.

[+] EnlargeRob Kosharek
Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comDuxbury tackle Rob Kosharek anchors a physical, veteran offensive line that helped Jon Hurvitz run for 208 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.
Once again, they’re for real.

Senior running back Jon Hurvitz provided the fireworks, racking up 208 yards on 17 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Despite breaking in a new quarterback, taking over for Matt O’Keefe, junior Sean McCarthy (rushing touchdown) was composed in the pocket and showed a tough nose in the running game out of the shot gun.

On defense, the Dragons looked strong again with linebacker Marshall McCarthy frequently dropping the hammer.

Trojans head coach Dan Buron remarked after the game that his team isn’t likely to see a team as talented as their Week 1 opponent – and B-R’s schedule is stacked.

In the end, there are simply too many horses to corral.

“Our [offensive] pace, I think, got to them in the second half,” said Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron whose team run at a hurry-up pace in the third. “I thought we could go as fast as we could around them, as much as we could.”

A BREAK-OUT YEAR?
Hurvitz gained plenty of game experience last season while featuring at running back for the Dragons after Henry Buonagurio lost most of the season to injury.

He continued the pace in his season debut, breaking off touchdown runs of 22 and 61 yards.

Of course, Hurvitz believes the key to his success has been Duxbury’s offensive line, which returns largely in tact this season.

“We’ve got [Grant] Kramer, [Rob] Kosharek, C.J. [LoConte], who’s going to Army next year for lacrosse. We’ve got [Rick] Lippard and [Jack] Hurlihy, big guys who are all physical. It’s fun to run behind them.”

Hurvitz just fills in the blanks thereon.

“He doesn’t need much room,” Maimaron said of Hurvitz, “he just gets a little seam and he can bust it.”

BRIGHT SPOTS FOR B-R
Even without the services of running back Arcel Armstead, the Trojans showed plenty of promise on offense, despite coming away with just one touchdown.

Sophomore Brandon Gallagher stepped into the Trojans’ tailback role and Buron saw him “grow up” in the game’s second half.

“I told him at halftime that he can’t bounce to the outside, this isn’t freshman football any more. Then, he made some nice cuts in the second half.”

Buron also praised senior Jordan Cohen, who made his first varsity start on Saturday. Cohen showed good chemistry with receivers Ryan Martin, Ryan Scripter and Kevin Wadsworth and command of the offense.

“I thought Jordan Cohen, threw the ball pretty well in the second half,” Buron said. “The big knock on us is that we can’t throw the ball very well, but I thought he showed he could.”

ESPN Boston Week 1 football picks

September, 6, 2012
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FRIDAY
NO. 1 EVERETT AT NO. 7 LEOMINSTER
The Skinny: Leominster has never beaten the Crimson Tide since this series began in 2002, but the Blue Devils have usually been a tough out. In 2009, the teams played to a 14-6 Tide win. The last two meetings, the Blue Devils got under the Tide’s skin early before Everett’s talent took over. But Leominster is brimming with excitement, its proud football culture awakened again following their first Super Bowl championship in a decade last fall. Everett, meanwhile, seems to be settled at every position but quarterback – and with a line averaging over 315 pounds, that will suffice. If Leominster is to pull off the upset, they’ll have to a find a way to contain electric wideouts Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix.

Scott Barboza: Leominster turns it into a game, but still too many horses in the stable for Everett despite the questions. Everett, 27-20.

Brendan Hall: It’s going to be a majestic crowd at Doyle, and some readers will undoubtedly conclude I’m biased towards Leominster because their defensive coordinator coached me 10 years ago at Oakmont. But I’m not. Even I’m not foolish enough to pick against the Tide in this one. Everett, 24-13.

NO. 2 BC HIGH AT NO. 22 BROCKTON
The Skinny: Injuries were an overarching theme of the preseason and both of these teams were affected. Bad news for BC High is Luke Catarius is out with a hairline ankle fracture, but Brockton should have Micah Morel in the lineup for their Week 1 challenge. We’ll get a look at the reigning Div. 1 Super Bowl champions new-look offense with Brendan Craven under center and Brandon Owens in the backfield while the Boxers will be sporting a Georgia Tech-inspired scheme with Auggie Roberts back at quarterback.

Barboza: A Jackson Bockhurst field goal will be the difference. BC High, 17-14.

Hall: Things unraveled for Brockton pretty quickly in last year’s meeting in Dorchester. The Boxers are fighting an uphill battle again this year, but at least it will be respectable. BC High, 28-14.

NO. 23 SPRINGFIELD PUTNAM AT NO. 14 SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL
The Skinny: With the schools sitting less than a mile from each other along Roosevelt Ave., the season-opening battle between these rival schools has become must-see as of late. Putnam won this contest last season, kick-starting an historic 2011 season that ended with their fifth Super Bowl title in eight seasons. Central will be looking for revenge, but it’s not easy replacing 2,000-yard rusher in Sacoy Malone. Putnam, meanwhile, turns to a plethora of new faces to replace record-setting running back Melquawn Pinkney, including quarterback Kayjuan Bynum and running back Wayne Lowery.

Barboza: I came away very impressed from talking to Central QB Cody Williams last year at Gillette. He blossoms into the real deal this year. Central, 21-16.

Hall: I like the direction Central is headed in over the long run, but Putnam is still Roosevelt Ave (See what I did there?). Putnam, 7-6.

LA SALLE ACADEMY (R.I.) AT NO. 16 NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
The Skinny: Big Red will have its hands full opening night with their challenger from just across the state line. The Rams feature a high-octane attack led by reigning Gatorade Player of the Year running back Josh Morris and senior quarterback Anthony Francis. The key to this one will be in the trenches where North’s offensive line led by Eric Beckwith and Sean Peters could have the advantage.

Barboza: This Rams team is very talented, but North holds on – just barely. North, 28-26.

Hall: Josh Morris and Co. have been dying for that elusive win over a Massachusetts squad, and I think they finally get it here. La Salle, 17-13.

NO. 12 KING PHILIP AT DOVER (N.H.)
The Skinny: Self-admittedly, we don’t know as much about Dover as we do KP, but we can be some what certain what the Warriors will be showing them on defense. And, of course, that’s a variety of different looks and blitz and coverage schemes. Dover, which sits just outside of ESPN Boston correspondent Marc Thaler’s Granite State Top 10 poll, will also have to contend with KP quarterback John Dillon, who will enjoy a greater role directing the offense in his second year as starter.

Barboza: KP’s “Psycho” package gives Hockomock League teams fits, nevermind an offense that hasn’t seen it. KP, 28-8.

Hall: Knowing little about Dover outside of what our loyal New Hampshire correspondents tell us, I’m going to trust their convictions on this one and say it will be close. But I’m still going with the team closer to Boston. KP, 20-10.

NO. 4 ST. JOHN’S PREP AT DRACUT
The Skinny: The Middies have been a bit of a bugaboo for St. John's Prep in recent years and some around Danvers feel Dracut has simply posed a matchup problem for the Eagles with its spread attack. Good news for Prep is that their secondary, with Lucas Bavaro, Gerry Kahari, Alex Moore and Johnny Thomas, has matured into a strength of the team. Dracut senior linebacker Zach Bassett could be the key to the game, trying to slow down Prep's running attack.

Barboza: Looking for a defensive struggle here. Prep, 14-7.

Hall: Classic trap game for The Prep, against a classic trap opponent that’s had their number in recent years. Dracut, 10-6.

NORTH ANDOVER AT ANDOVER
The Skinny: North Andover's season starts with a Walsh at quarterback, but of another name. Brendan Walsh's younger brother Casey takes the helm of the Scarlet Knights' offense. It also marks North Andover's first Merrimack Valley Conference game. The Golden Warriors will counter with a high-flying attack that impressed during this summer's Northeast 7v7 passing tournament. Quarterback C.J. Scarpa has plenty of targets including Cam Farnham and Will Heikkinen.

Hall: I know it’s a familiar rival that’s been on the schedule for years, but North Andover is still in for a whole new ball game. And since it’s now officially an MVC game, there will be no less than 172 points scored and 1,000 yards of offense. Andover, 35-30.

Barboza: Ditto. Andover, 31-20.

MARSHFIELD AT CATHOLIC MEMORIAL
The Skinny: Last year at this time, Catholic Memorial entered Marshfield’s stadium with plenty of hype, behind three Division 1 FBS commits and a No. 4 preseason ranking in ESPNBoston.com’s poll. They promptly got shut out by the Rams, 24-0, fueling their ensuing seven-game win streak. The Knights will no doubt be looking to exact revenge, and they’ll look to Preseason All-State defensive end Peter Ngobidi to stifle the Rams’ vaunted run game.

Barboza: Ngobidi is a dominant force and asserts his will here. CM, 7-0.

Hall: The Knights got embarrassed last year in Marsh Vegas, and I expect them to exact revenge here. CM, 16-13.

SATURDAY
NO. 24 HOLY NAME AT NO. 17 ST. JOHN’S (SHREWSBURY)
The Skinny: For all of Holy Name’s success under Mike Pucko, the Naps have never beaten St. John’s during his tenure. Could that change on Saturday? Holy Name turns to one of the state’s most elusive scatbacks in Quron Wright, and will hope for a big day. St. John’s has already hit the injury bug, with incumbent QB Connor Kurtz (knee) out for the season, but RB Shadrach Abrokwah is a nice fit for their hurry-up scheme, and is poised for a breakout senior season.

Hall: If the Naps are ever to beat St. John’s, this has to be the year. Holy Name, 9-8.

Barboza: Hate to do this to the Naps, sorry. St. John's, 22-21.

NO. 9 DUXBURY AT NO. 8 BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM
The Skinny: B-R is itching to get over the hump after dropping its season-opener to the Dragons the past two seasons. The Trojans have some terrific talent between the tackles, led by Joey MacInnis, to pave for a big afternoon for junior tailback Arcel Armstead. Duxbury graduated one of its most talented classes ever from the 2011 Super Bowl champion squad, but still has plenty of talent left over to keep the state’s longest active win streak (26) going. Look for guard Rob Kosharek, linebacker Marshall McCarthy and running back Jon Hurvitz to have big days.

Barboza: Now that Dan Buron's nephew Andrew (former Duxbury standout) has graduated, expect the Trojans to get back to their winning ways. B-R, 14-10.

Hall: After graduating one of the program’s most talented classes ever, Marshall the Missile gets the full spotlight. And he usually gives the fans their money’s worth. Duxbury, 14-10.

CONCORD-CARLISLE AT BEVERLY
The Skinny: C-C heads into its non-league tilt with the heavy NEC/CAL Tier 2 favorite already limping, losing its star running back Tim Badgley (ACL tear) for the season. If the Patriots are to repeat last year’s Super Bowl championship success, sophomore quarterback Will Blumenberg will have to grow up quickly. Meanwhile, Beverly features one of the North Shore’s most feared rushing attacks with the three-pronged approach of Kenny Pierce, Brendan Flaherty and Dom Abate.

Barboza: ETA on when the Kenny Pierce hashtag gets rolling again? We're looking at you James Coffey. Beverly, 27-14.

Hall: I’m excited to see what Will Blumenberg can do for the Patriots, but the Panthers just have too much in the tank to be stopped in this one. Beverly, 28-7.

McCarthy brings the boom for No. 9 Duxbury

August, 28, 2012
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DUXBURY, Mass. –- As a sophomore, linebacker Marshall McCarthy began his gridiron career for the Duxbury Dragons with a bang against Bridgewater-Raynham in week one of the 2010 season.

Fourteen bangs to be exact.

McCarthy, now a senior captain for the Dragons, piled up 14 tackles against the Trojans as the Dragons won, 42-22, that afternoon.

He hasn’t looked back since, and neither have the Dragons as that game kicked off a winning streak that is still alive two years later. It stands at 26 straight and includes a pair of Super Bowl titles.

“We’ve never seen anything else out of him,” said coach Dave Maimaron. “He is one of the most devastating tacklers I’ve ever seen. He just loves to hit. I think he looks forward to hitting people.”

His teammates might look forward to McCarthy hitting people as much as he does, and it’s not just because he racks up tackles, but because of the way he goes about it.

“It’s exciting any time someone on your team makes a big hit, but whenever he pops somebody, it’s different than anyone I’ve ever played with,” said fellow captain Jon Hurvitz. “It’s just the sound, man. You can hear it from the sideline. You hear it all over the field. When he hits someone, it’s just real loud.”

McCarthy’s big tackles are nothing new.

“It’s just part of the game,” he said. “You just have to bring it. I grew up playing football from second grade on and that’s just always been my instinct.”

Added Hurvitz: “Even growing up, he was always like that. He’s always been one of the best players one the field and just seems to be around the ball, in on every tackle.”

Maimaron, who has coached four undefeated Super Bowl champions in his eight years as head coach at Duxbury, recognizes that the 6’0, 210-pound McCarthy is much more than just a heavy hitter.

“He has to be the leader out there, he’s the only linebacker with experience,” said Maimaron. “He’s great in pass coverage and he’s great at stopping the run. He is a complete linebacker.”

This season even more than ever, McCarthy’s impact will be necessary because the Dragons graduated nine players who are playing either NCAA Div. 1 football or lacrosse this year.

“Replacing nine D-1 athletes – even if they’re not all playing football, is no easy task,” said Maimaron. “Obviously, last year was special. I felt like I was coaching an all-star team and now we’re a high school football team. We all have to work a little harder.”

Graduating a four players named to ESPN Boston's 2011 All-State Team -- quarterback Matt O’Keefe, receiver Don Webber, offensive tackle Gordon Acha, safety James Burke -- as well as safety Reilly Naton and linebacker Max Randall, doesn’t mean expectations have changed for Duxbury football in 2012.

“We have four goals every year,” said Hurvitz. “Our first goal is to beat Bridgewater-Raynham. The second goal is to beat Xaverian. After that, we want to win the Patriot League. The last goal is to get to the Super Bowl and win.”

Even with the graduation of such an impressive class, the Dragons still return potential stars all over the field.

Rob Kosharek, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound left guard, returns to the offensive trenches for Duxbury after garnering ESPN All-State honors last year. C.J. LoConte, a captain this year, will be the team’s center. Several other players have already stepped forward on the offensive line.

“The offensive line has been a real pleasant surprise so far,” said Maimaron. “Grant Kramer, whose brother Aaron is playing over at BC, is a junior whose been doing an unbelievable job in camp so far. Right now, our offensive line and our running back looks like the strength of our offense.”

The running back Maimaron speaks of is Hurvitz, who could be primed for a breakout season with the Dragons shifting to an offensive attack that features more running than recent years.

“He’s probably the worst to try and tackle, not to mention of the hardest guys to bring down because he just keeps moving his feet,” said McCarthy, who often squares off against him in practice. “He lifts just as much as some linemen do and he’s only 165 or 170 pounds. It’s hard to stop him.”

Hurvitz not only welcomes contact from defenders trying to stop him, but forces the issue when they get near him.

“Growing up I was kind of afraid to get hit and then one of my coaches told me to lower my shoulder and hit them back,” he said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Hurvitz also saw time as a starter last season at corner back, and will be back to help the secondary again this year.

Kevin Guilfoyle, a senior captain and three-year starter, will be one of the team’s top receiving threats.

The Dragons also return defensive tackle Mark Trudeau, and the expectations are the same for him as the other returning starters.

“Mark is going to be one of the best in the state, without a doubt,” said Maimaron. “He can play. He’s a three-year start a d-tackle.”

While the Dragons plan to lean on their returning starters, they have no doubt that new faces will play a significant role in pursuing their third straight Super Bowl title.

“The tradition and experience of winning kind of sets the bar for these kids,” said Maimaron. “They know what it takes to win. We have kids who were waiting to get on the field and now they’ll get their chance.”

One of the most important guys who have been waiting to get on the field will be Sean McCarthy, who looks like the heir apparent to O’Keefe at the quarterback position.

“He has the one spot right now but we still have a couple more evaluations,” said Maimaron. “We’re evaluating these guys every day. He’s worked really hard in the weight room and really worked on strength and athleticism. He probably runs a little bit better than Matt and throws a little bit better than Kane Haffey (who saw time at QB in 2010). It’s kind of the best of both worlds.”

DUXBURY AT A GLANCE
2011: 13-0, won Division 2 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl
Coach: Dave Maimaron (Eighth season , 72-12)
Strengths: Offensive line, running back
Weaknesses: Experience at quarterback
Key Returnees: Marshall McCarthy, Sr. LB, 6-0, 210 lbs; Jon Hurvitz, Sr. RB/CB, 5-9, 170 lbs; Rob Kosharek, Sr. OG, 6-6, 250 lbs; C.J. LoConte, Sr. C/LB, 6-0, 190 lbs.
Outlook: Duxbury might not be able to rattle off a third-straight unbeaten campaign (Bridgewater-Raynham week one and Xaverian week five are the biggest hurdles), but the Dragons have to be among the favorites to win the Div. 2 Super Bowl this season. Even after graduating nine NCAA Div. 1 athletes, they are still the class of the Patriot League Keenan Division and have experienced players all over the field. Not many teams could graduate four ESPN All-State honorees and not miss a beat, but Dave Maimaron is confident that younger plyers have been waiting for their chance to step in and add to the program’s legacy. Dragons’ players certainly believe they can repeat. “We’re still expecting the same things,” said Marshall McCarthy. “Our skill level might not be exactly what it was the last two years, but I still think we can get it done.”

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

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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

Our midseason All-State team

October, 19, 2011
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HS Football Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.com Bridgewater-Raynham's Nick Schlatz has earned a reputation for being a hard-nosed player on both sides of the ball, resulting in his selection as a linebacker on our midseason All-State team.


The 2011 season is halfway over, and we've had our fair share of ups, downs, thrillers and surprises. Here are the staff's picks for ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State team at the midway point of the season.

NOTE: The finalized ESPNBoston MIAA All-State Team roster and second annual ESPN Boston Mr. Football Award will be announced on Monday, December 5.

OFFENSE
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
QB – Nick LaSpada, Sr., Billerica
QB – Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
RB – Melquawn Pinkney, Sr., Springfield Putnam
RB – Preston Cooper, Sr., BC High
RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
RB – T.J. Norris, Sr., Longmeadow
TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
TE – Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
WR – Damion Johnson, Sr., Dennis-Yarmouth
WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
WR – Malcolm Brown, Sr., Pope John XXIII
OL – Andrew VanderWilden, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
OL – Keith Sullivan, Sr., Oliver Ames
OL – Gordon Acha, Sr., Duxbury
OL – Rob Kosharek, Jr., Duxbury
OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
ATH – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian

DEFENSE
DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett
DL – Brendan Battles-Santos, Sr., Nauset
DL – Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr., Xaverian
DL – Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
LB – Luke Catarius, Jr., BC High
LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
LB – Dan Flink, Sr., Auburn
LB – Nick Schlatz, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
LB – Zack Hume, Jr., Nashoba
DB – Gordon McLeod, Sr., BC High
DB – Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
RET – Geeavontie Griffith, Sr., Boston Cathedral

What We Learned: Week 5

October, 10, 2011
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LONG LIVE THE ROCKETS…?
Call it a fluke, a trap game, or just plain bad night for special teams coverage. However you choose to draw it up, the nation’s third-longest active win streak was snapped last Friday night at 41 games.

Unranked Shepherd Hill played foil to SWCL rival No. 5 Auburn, upsetting them 32-22, thanks to a series of long runs. Kenny Mardirosian returned a kickoff 85 yards to the house in the third quarter, and then Brad Picard broke through for a 60-yard touchdown scamper to start the fourth quarter with a 26-7 lead. When the Rockets responded with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Drew Goodrich to Connor Fuller, the Rams immediately fired back with a 51-yard run by Anthony Wilga, for a 32-13 lead and essentially the game.

Aberration? Of course. This is a stout Rockets defense that is sturdy in the trenches and, quite frankly, doesn’t give up many long gains.

Shocker? You bet. The Rams are always a tough out, with their vaunted Double-Wing scheme, but few predicted this (including us).

It’s a period, not a comma, in the Rockets’ storied history under coach Jeff Cormier; but it’s hardly the end. The Rockets face Leicester and Tantasqua the next two weeks, followed by a tough three-game road swing against Northbridge, Grafton then Westborough, before the Thanksgiving matchup with Oxford/Sutton.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
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Brendan Hall for ESPN.comXaverian's Maurice Hurst Jr. is establishing himself as one of the state's premier interior defensive linemen.
The picture on the front page of the Boston Globe’s high school section says it all: yes, that’s Maurice Hurst Jr. –- all 6-foot-2, 275 pounds of him –- chasing down Duxbury wide receiver Reilly Naton all the way downfield after a big gain.

Few defensive linemen in Eastern Mass. have asserted themselves the way this junior three-technique has. In Saturday’s showdown with No. 2 Duxbury, Hurst fought through double-teams all game to make quarterback Matt O’Keefe’s life tough in the pocket, sacking him twice.

“He played a hell of a game,” Naton noted. “He was in our face all day, getting double-teamed and making plays.”

For those familiar with the Parcells-era Patriots, Hurst’s father, Maurice Sr., manned the right cornerback spot for New England for seven seasons, making 102 starts and 27 interceptions; he was named to the team’s All-1990s squad for his efforts.

A quick glance at these highlights from 2011 (so far) indicate the speed is in the blood. His backside pursuit is exemplary, with a strong bull rush to boot. In other words, keep this kid on your radar.

UNDERRATED? DIAL 4-1-3
Three weeks ago, in an interview with ESPN Boston, Putnam’s Melquawn Pinkney declared the Springfield area “very underrated” for football, saying “I guess they don’t think our players are as good or as talented, but we’ve got some good players coming out of here, and they’ll soon see…I went to a lot of showcases over the summertime, and I’ll hang with the best of them.”

The reason for us coming out to Springfield, of course, was to honor the 5-foot-9 senior with our Player of the Week honors after rushing for a Western Mass record 421 yards and six scores on just 17 carries, in a 66-0 win over Agawam (four yards off the state record, too). No matter how you cut, 421 yards is pretty darn impressive.

Last season, Pinkney spelled his cousin Lavaughnte Lowe in a terrific season for the Beavers. Both went for over 1,000 yards, as Putnam accumulated over 2,600 on the ground and lost to South Hadley in the Division 2 Western Mass Super Bowl. This season, Pinkney has exploded as the Beavers’ feature back, leading all rushers statewide with 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns. In the last three games alone, he’s racked up 1,035 yards.

Combined with Longmeadow’s T.J. Norris (101 yards last week) and Springfield Central’s Sacoy Malone (141), that’s a trio that would make the short list on any All-Star team in Central or Eastern Mass.

Give these guys some credit –- it’s long overdue.

DRAGONS DOMINEERING UP FRONT
A look down the Duxbury roster shows senior left tackle Gordon Acha at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds; and junior left guard Rob Kosharek, at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds.

A quick glance across the line tells us two things about them: 1. Those listed heights and weights are no stretch, and 2. These two kids are pretty athletic.

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Brendan Hall for ESPN.comDuxbury's Rob Kosharerk (72) and Gordon Acha (69) are both potential Division 1 line prospects.
“They’re beasts,” senior wide receiver Reilly Naton said following the team’s win over Xaverian. “That was a huge game for Gordon, he wants to go play college football, and he proved he can play against the great players like that.

“Kosharek, the kid’s amazing. He’s gonna be the heart and soul of the team next year on the line, and that’s just a great way for them to go out in this game –- on top.”

At the end of the day, this might be one of the state’s best guard-tackle combinations; the two demonstrated fluid footwork in the passing game, and sturdy leg power in run-blocking. The two matched up with Maurice Hurst Jr. at different times, sometimes combining for double-teams, traps and chips.

Aaron Kramer, a redshirt-freshman left tackle for Boston College, is the measuring stick by which linemen inevitably get judged by in Duxbury. The 6-foot-7, 296-pounder transferred back home from BC High before his junior year, and immediately made his impact felt, helping lead the Dragons to a rout of Gloucester in the 2008 Division 2A Super Bowl and bulling them back to the playoffs a season later.

Asked if he sees shades of Kramer in Kosharek, Naton quickly concurred.

“For sure, he’s definitely proven to be one of the best linemen to come through this program in a long time,” Naton said. “I mean, the kid’s still growing. He’s huge. Kid gets bigger every day.”

Head coach Dave Maimaron sees the comparison as well.

“Junior year, comparing him to Aaron, I mean yeah, there’s definitely some crossover there in their skill level,” Maimaron said. “They’re both very athletic for their size. Aaron kept getting better, and as long as Rob keeps improving, yeah he could be a D1 kid.”

The same could be said for Acha, who like Kramer, plays center for the school’s basketball team. Like Kosharek -– and like Kramer before them –- Acha wears a long, lean frame with high athleticism and projectability. BC and Maryland are among the Division 1 feelers who have expressed interest in his services.

“Gordon also has great size and he’s really progressing,” Maimaron said. “He’s real athletic. He has great feet, very similar to Aaron Kramer’s, and he has the size.”

THROWN FOR A LOSS
You knew something was off. As D.J. Crook, Barnstable quarterback, split out wide in a formation, you expected some kind of trick play, maybe some sort of double pass.

However, that was the last time Crook was on the field during the Red Raiders' game at New Bedford. What at first head coach Chris Whidden thought was an elbow problem, later thought to be a thumb dislocation, turned out to be a fracture of the thumb on his throwing hand.

While Crook's prospect of return is questionable (his father said he hopes to return to game form in 3 to 4 weeks) the injury seemingly will affect his assault at the state's career touchdown pass record; Crook is five off from Tommy Colombo's record of 79 touchdown passes. But more than that, Crook could be absent for the Red Raiders' Old Colony League schedule, which starts this Friday against Dartmouth.

While some on the Cape might be fearful that a promising season might have been lost on a twist of fate, fear not. We're here to provide Red Raider nation with three reasons why 2-3 Barnstable could still pull out an OCL championship sans-Crook.
  1. Barnstable is more than a passing attack: A quick observation of the Red Raiders' opening drive against Whalers shows that the Red Raiders' attack is built on more than just their talented signal-caller. Running back Theo France nearly single-handedly cut through the Whalers' defense, capped off by a 44-yard touchdown run to give Barnstable a 7-0 lead.
  2. An extension of pont No. 1 ... This defense is pretty darned good: Not every Barnstable win needs to be a track meet anymore. Ask any coach who's played against the Red Raiders about junior linebacker Andrew Ellis and they'll throw praise at the 5-11, 215-pounder and free safety Kevin Hardy is perhaps the grittiest player we've seen all year.
  3. There are solutions at QB: Junior Nick Peabody filled in for Crook (promising sophomore Hayden Murphy also took a couple snaps) down the stretch. While the final score didn't exemplify a close game that was in doubt until its final moments, Peabody led the Red Raiders downfield on a couple of promising drives that were cut short by blocking penalties (including a potential game-tying score erased). While Peabody, Barnstable's top receiver, will subtract by being pulled to another position, the Red Raiders still have a deep receiving corps with Dylan Morris and Tedaro France.

Recap: No. 2 Duxbury 31, No. 4 Xaverian 14

October, 8, 2011
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Saturday’s 31-14 win by No. 2 Duxbury football over Xaverian proved something to Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron.

There’s no secret behind Duxbury’s prolific offense, or their shut-down defense. Or the plethora of Division 1 recruits they have, for that matter; have you happened to hear that the town is lacrosse crazy?

No, it wasn’t any of those things everyone has come to know. Instead, Maimaron found out that his team can deal with adversity.

For the first time this season, the Dragons trailed in a game. With time winding down in the third quarter, the No. 4 Hawks took a 14-10 lead on Austin DeCarr’s second touchdown pass.

Then, Duxbury (5-0) responded.

“We haven’t really faced much [adversity] this season so far,” Maimaron said, “… the kids stayed focused and were able to execute down the stretch.”

Dragons quarterback Matt O’Keefe hit Reilly Naton on their first of two touchdown connections on the first play of the fourth quarter. After forcing the Hawks (4-1) three-and-out, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit then coolly led Duxbury downfield again on two plays with Naton hauling in a 63-yard pass on a hitch-and-go route for a 24-14 Dragon lead with 8:15 remaining.

“We knew they were going to be reading our screen game, we knew that [coming in],” said O’Keefe, who had the Xaverian defense fooled on a pump fake. “They just bit on that. We put that in in practice a couple weeks ago and it came up big.”

O’Keefe finished completing 16 of 26 attempts for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 76 hard-fought yards on 14 carries.

Naton (2 TDs, INT, 2 TFL) capped a spectacular second half picking off DeCarr with 3:43 to play.

CONCERNS ADDRESSED
Any opposing coach looking over Xaverian film this season will have the Hawks’ defensive line at the top of the list of things to stop. And contending with the big bodies of Maurice Hurst Jr., Kevin Painten and Colby Enegren up front, that’s no small task.

For the most part, save for a stretch of the second quarter, the Dragons won the battle of the lines with tackle Gordon Acha and guard Rob Kosharek minimizing the pass rush.

“Their D-line is excellent,” Maimaron said. “Hurst is a beast and their two D-ends, unfortunately one of them got hurt early … but they brought some kids in who played great.

“But they’re really good. O’Keefe took some licks today, but he keeps getting up. He’s just a tough kid and he kept fighting. The whole team kept fighting all day long.”

Sure, the Hawks got theirs with Hurst tallying a sack and two tackles for loss and Painten adding a sack of his own. But the Dragons’ line bought just enough time for O’Keefe to operate in the pocket.

“Our motto is that if you mess up this play, just get ready for the next play,” Acha said. “Don’t think about the past, only think about the future. You just keep on going.”

STEPPING UP
Aside from his fourth-quarter interception, DeCarr played well in his second straight start, filling in for Chris Calvanese.

DeCarr, a flame-throwing pitcher for the Hawks baseball team, completed 12 of 25 attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns, including a lazer beam to Mike Warren on a 10-yard post.

“That was his fastball,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said of DeCarr’s second touchdown pass. “I was more worried that we’d have someone to catch it more than if he could get it in there."

Stevenson added, “He did some really good things. I think that the touchdown pass to D.J. [Pagliuca] was a gem. And the touchdown pass to Warren on the backside post was a bullet."

WE GOT YOU COVERED
Xaverian mixed up their looks against the Duxbury offense, playing a dash of man, quarters and some Cover-3. It was all in an effort to keep O’Keefe and his receivers honest.

“We tried to change up our looks and where we were coming with our pressure, trying to confuse their quarterback,” Stevenson said. “Obviously, he’s a real good one.

“Sometimes we were successful, other times we weren’t and gave up big plays. We knew that we would try to pressure him, but when you do that, you take risks in the secondary and it worked for us for a while, but they hit on some big plays, too.”

Likewise, the Dragons made some in-game adjustments after a 70-yard scoring connection from DeCarr to Pagliuca.

“We had the coverage to play it and we should’ve had it,” Duxbury safety James Burke said, “but the corner and I mis-communicated that we were going to play more of a zone, or a man, but I was playing a combo and he was playing man. So when my guy wheeled, with his guy coming in, it left obviously a gaping hole.”

During halftime, the Dragons’ secondary huddled to fix their communication problems and things tightened up in the second half.

“We said, this is what we’re doing, once somebody calls it, that’s what we’re doing,” said Burke, who had a key fumble recovery, setting up the game-winning score. “So then after that, we were not second-guessing ourselves.”

No. 2 Duxbury built from inside out

September, 3, 2011
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- The old baseball adage goes that you build a team through its core; a strong center of the field from the catcher out to center field is the ticket to success.

Similarly constructed is the defense of No. 2 Duxbury football. The Dragons return all but two defensive starters from last year's Eastern Mass. Division 2A Super Bowl championship team.

That includes a host of three-year starters who patrol the middle of the field with middle linebacker Max Randall and safeties James Burke and Reilly Naton. The trio has much in common. First off, their all tackling machines. Burke (106) and Randall (102) both broke the school's record for tackles in a season as sophomores, breaking the century mark in takedowns. Another kinship the three share -- like a great number of Duxbury football players -- is that they're all members of the Dragons state championship lacrosse team. Burke (Penn State), Randall (Dartmouth) and Naton (Yale) are all D1 college lacrosse recruits.

Plus, they do everything they do with speed.

"They can really fly to the ball," Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said.

Sometimes even to their own detriment.

"Sometimes [Randall] is almost too quick in his reads and he'll over-pursue," Maimaron added. "If I had one criticism of him, it's that. He's able to anticipate to that extent. But he's the leader of that group with Burkey and Reilly [Naton] behind him. That's what makes the middle of our defense is just so strong."

The speed at which they play the game is a testament to the deep lines of communication shared by a defense that is confident each of its members is precisely where they need to be. It's a comfort of having played together as long as they have and it all starts with their defensive quarterback, Randall.

"It's nice to make one call and be confident everybody's going to be in the right place," the 5-foot-10 linebacker said. "Obviously, you check it over, that's your job, but deep down you know that everyone knows what they're doing."

That's made life difficult for opponents looking to run or finding passing lanes in the middle of the field. It also bears secondary benefits for the the Dragon's pass-rushers up front.

"The coverage has been pretty solid and sometimes that allows our defensive tackles to really get upfield," Burke said.

To which Naton added, "It's not like they need much time anyways. We have trust in them that they can beat their guy and get to the quarterback."

Despite all the experience and fresh off a Super Bowl season, the group realizes there's room for improvement. A Saturday morning scrimmage against No. 4 Catholic Memorial was an eye-opener, even for a defense that's seen it all. Deep down, the group still possesses a desire to improve -- even on a Super season.

"It's our third year together and we've had some good chemistry," Naton, the strong safety, said. "We have a couple new guys in the defense, but they're picking it up pretty quickly.

"Ninety-five percent of the time, I feel like we're in the right places, but it's that five percent that kills us. We have to correct that."

And, with that, they hope those adjustments will have them vying for a repeat championship come December.

"Our goals are to win our non-league games, then win our division and get back to Gillette," Burke said. "But we go play-by-play. We pride ourselves on three-and-outs and helping our team win football games. That's what we're there to do."

DUXBURY AT A GLANCE
2010 record:
13-0 (Won Eastern Mass Div. 2A Super Bowl over Concord-Carlisle)
Coach: Dave Maimaron (7h year, 63-20)
Players to watch: Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, 6-4, 195 lbs.; Don Webber, Sr. WR/DE, 5-11, 190; Max Randall, Sr. LB, 5-10, 195; James Burke, Sr. WR/FS, 6-0, 175; Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/SS, 6-1, 180; Gordon Acha, Sr. OG/DT, 6-4, 255; Rob Kosharek, Jr. OT/DT, 6-6, 250; Henry Buonagurio, Sr. RB/LB, 5-8, 180;
Strengths: Experience, skill on both offense and defense.
Weakness: Inexperience at running back.
Outlook: There's hard to find many glaring areas of need throughout Duxbury's roster. From returning quarterback Matt O'Keefe, to a D1-caliber wideout in Don Webber, to hulking linemen Gordon Acha and Rob Kosharek, the offense looks like it will remain on track despite losing co-starting quarterback Kane Haffey to graduation. One of area of concern, however, has developed on the injury front, as starting running back and Drexel lacrosse commit Henry Buonagurio will miss the start of the season due to a back injury. "There's no timetable set yet," Maimaron said, adding that Buonagurio's return could take some time. The opportunity will be ripe for junior Jon Hurvitz and sophomore Khai Perry to show their skills in the backfield. Hurvitz will also start at corner. Returning starting defensive end and Duke lacrosse commit Seamus Connelly adds depth to a senior-laden defense and provides a pass-rushing presence.

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