Michael Mammone – Plymouth North High School – OT/DT Class of 2018 – ITHMA

ITHMA Player Profile – Michael Mammone

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High School: Plymouth North High School

Grade: Senior – Class of 2018

GPA – SAT: 4.0 GPA / 1150 SAT

Position(s) Played: OT / DT

Height – Weight: 6’4″ and 250 pounds

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Speed: 5.4 Forty

Gym Stats: Bench – 275 pounds

Other Sports Played: Basketball

Notes: Varsity Team Captain and Starter, National Honor Society, AP Courses, Honor Roll, High Honors  

College Interest: Bentley, Stonehill, St. Anselm, Central Connecticut, Tufts

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Conor Kennelly – Watertown High School – (K/P Class of 2018) – ITHMA…

ITHMA Player Profile – Conor Kennelly

Contact Information: conorkennelly2018@gmail.com

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High School: Watertown High School

Grade: Senior – Class of 2018

GPA – SAT: 3.55 GPA / 29 ACT

Position(s) Played: Kicker / Punter

Height – Weight: 6’3″ and 190 pounds

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Other Sports Played: Lacrosse

Notes: Game long field goal of 48 yards. New England Elite Punting Champion. Middlesex League All-Star.

College Interest: Tufts, Bryant, UMass, Bentley, Holy Cross, Hamilton, Amherst, Trinity, RPI, WPI, Bowdoin

College Offers: Wesleyan

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2017 Team Profile – Milton Academy (8/3/17)…

 

Last Season: Head Coach Kevin MacDonald and the Milton Academy football team had a very good 2016 season in which they beat some of the top teams in the ISL including a home win against Brooks and road wins against BB&N and Governor’s Academy. The Mustangs lost a close game against Belmont Hill and they also had a road loss against Lawrence Academy. In 2017 Milton Academy will face six ITHMA Top Ten ranked teams including key early season games at St. Sebastian’s and at Governor’s Academy.

Last Season Record: 6-2

ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 4

2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (9/23/17) – An early season test for the Mustangs against a good St. Sebastian’s defense led by Bryce Gallagher. @ (7) Governor’s Academy (9/29/17) – MA beat Governor’s 42-18 last year but look for a closer game this year as the Governor’s defense should be much improved. (3) Belmont Hill (10/14/17) – Belmont Hill won 31-28 last season and they bring back most of their key offensive players this season. @ (1) Lawrence Academy (11/4/17) – Milton Academy lost to Lawrence Academy 42-21 last year as A.J. Dillon dominated the game for LA. (5) Noble & Greenough (11/11/17) – The Nobles defense had no answer for Kalel Mullings last season as the Mustangs ended their season with a 56-6 victory.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (9/23/17), @ (7) Governor’s Academy (9/29/17), Roxbury Latin (10/6/17), (3) Belmont Hill (10/14/17), @ (8) BB&N (10/21/17), Tabor Academy (10/28/17), @ (1) Lawrence Academy (11/4/17), (5) Noble & Greenough (11/11/17)

Key Returning PlayersOffense: Kalel Mullings (RB), Kyle Santiago (RB), Jailen Branch (WR), Greg Livingston (WR), Eddie Duggan (WR), Alec Beesmer (QB), Anthony Gallagher (OL), Jason Bussgang (OL)

Key Returning Players – DefenseKalel Mullings (LB), Jailen Branch (CB), Kyle Santiago (DB), Tom Urquhart (SS), Greg Livingston (FS), Jack Czarniak (LB), Eddie Duggan (LB), Jason Bussgang (DT)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Kalel Mullings (KR)

Breakout Player To Watch – Look for senior lineman Jason Bussgang to have a very good year playing as a guard on the offensive line and as a tackle on the defensive line. Bussgang stands 6’1″ and 275 pounds and he will set the tone for the Milton Academy rushing attack as they lose a number of their best linemen to graduation.

Biggest Team Strength – The sophomore running back tandem of Kalel Mullings and Kyle Santiago will look to dominate games and control the time of possession in the Mustangs favor. In the passing game senior quarterback Alec Beesmer will look for transfer wide receiver Eddie Duggan to stretch the field as he is a big and athletic target at 6’3″ and 215 pounds.

Biggest Team Weakness – Milton Academy lost a number of key players to graduation as running back Michael Silva has moved on to play at Harvard while linemen Allan Rappleyea will play in the ACC at Wake Forest and Kevin Crabtree will play at Villanova. The Mustangs also lose wide receiver Freddy Okito and kicker Min Kyu Park.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: If Milton Academy can replace some key starters on their offensive line they should have one of the best running games in the ISL this season. National recruit Kalel Mullings will lead the way on offense and defense against what looks to be a very difficult schedule that includes games against top ranked Lawrence Academy and third ranked Belmont Hill.

2017 Team Profile – Belmont Hill (8/2/17)…

Last Season: Head Coach Chris Butler and the Belmont Hill football team turned things around in a big way and posted a 7-2 season record after having gone just 1-7 in 2015. Their championship 2016 season ended with a 41-23 playoff win over Wilbraham & Monson in the Kevin Fleming Bowl and the Hillies also had some impressive regular season ISL wins over St. Sebastian’s, Milton Academy and Governor’s Academy. Belmont Hill will look to try and stay on top again in 2017 but they will face a very difficult schedule this fall including six games against ITHMA Top Ten ISL teams.

Last Season Record: 7-2

ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 3

2017 Schedule – Key Games: (8) BB&N (9/29/17) – Belmont Hill lost a close 27-25 game last year but return more firepower on offense this year than BB&N does. @ (4) Milton Academy (10/14/17) – The Hillies beat MA 31-28 last season and look for another high scoring game between these two teams this year. (5) Noble & Greenough (10/21/17) –  The Hillies offensive firepower will look to show up again in the middle of a tough three game stretch. (1) Lawrence Academy (10/28/17) – The Hillies lost to LA 33-16 late last season and this will be another tough game against a top ranked team.

2017 – Full Schedule – Roxbury Latin (9/23/17), (8) BB&N (9/29/17, @ Tabor Academy (10/7/17), @ (4) Milton Academy (10/14/17), (5) Noble & Greenough (10/21/17), @ (1) Lawrence Academy (10/28/17), (6) St. Sebastian’s (11/3/17), (7) Governor’s Academy (11/11/17)

Key Returning PlayersOffense: Jake Bobo (WR), Blake Brookes (WR), Justin O’Neil-Riley (WR), Mike Piazza (QB), Jaylen Bailey (RB)

Key Returning Players – DefenseJaylen Bailey (LB), Jake Bobo (FS), Blake Brookes (LB), Ugonna Anuonyemere (LB/DE), Justin O’Neil-Riley (CB), Shane Rockett (LB)

Key Returning Players – Special TeamsPatrick Walsh (K)

Breakout Player To Watch – Look for sophomore Blake Brookes to have a huge season as both a wide receiver and as a linebacker. The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit stands 6’4″ and 200 pounds while running a reported 4.7 forty yard dash and is one of the top overall players in the Massachusetts class of 2020.

Biggest Team Strength – This year’s Belmont Hill team will feature a passing attack with three of the best receivers in the ISL as quarterback Mike Piazza will throw to 6’4″ Duke commit Jake Bobo, 6’4″ Blake Brookes and 5’10” Justin O’Neil-Riley. Add in Jaylen Bailey at running back and this offense will be one of the best in the ISL.

Biggest Team Weakness – Belmont Hill had a big senior class last season so losses to graduation will have a huge impact. On the offensive and defensive lines the Hillies lost a number of key players including UPenn bound Nathaniel Miller, James Feinberg and Matthew O’Leary.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: The Belmont Hill schedule this fall is very difficult with the Hillies playing six of the teams ranked in the ITHMA Top Ten preseason poll. Their offense will generate points so the success of this season will largely come down to how well the Belmont Hill defense plays in the toughest games on their schedule. They will also need to replace a number of starters from last season with many of those spots being on the offensive and defensive lines.

2017 Football Team Profile – Brooks School (8/1/17)…

Last Season: Head Coach Pat Foley and the Brooks School football team had a very good 2016 season going 7-2 with their only blemishes being a 34-19 road loss at Milton Academy and a 38-13 playoff loss to undefeated Connecticut powerhouse Hamden Hall Country Day School. In ISL play the Bishops had very impressive victories over Lawrence Academy and Governor’s Academy and in those two wins the Brooks defense gave up a grand total of only nine points. Look for another strong year for Brooks in 2017 with a less difficult league schedule than last season.

Last Season Record: 7-2

ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 2

2017 Schedule – Key Games: (7) Governor’s Academy (9/23/17) – An early ISL test for Brooks as they only beat Governor’s by a score of 13-9 late last season. @ (6) St. Sebastian’s School (10/28/17) – A road test against what should be a solid St. Sebastian’s team led by Bryce Gallagher on defense. (8) BB&N (11/11/17) – A  November game against a BB&N team that should have their offense playing at a high level by the end of the season as they transition to a new quarterback this year.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ Roxbury Latin (9/16/17), (7) Governor’s Academy (9/23/17), @ (9) St. George’s (10/7/17), Thayer Academy (10/14/17), Middlesex (10/21/17), @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (10/28/17), Rivers (11/4/17), (8) BB&N (11/11/17)

Key Returning PlayersOffense: Patrick Freiermuth (TE), Seamus Lambert (QB), Preston Santos (WR), Terrell Brown (WR), Justin Connolly (WR), Jaylen Cromwell (RB)

Key Returning Players – DefensePatrick Freiermuth (OLB), Jaylen Cromwell (DB), Terrell Brown (SS), Preston Santos (FS), Connor Breen (CB)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Jaylen Cromwell (KR/Gunner)

Breakout Player To Watch – Look for senior quarterback Seamus Lambert to have a big year throwing to very talented playmakers including 6’6″ Patrick Freiermuth, 6’5″ Preston Santos and 6’2″ Terrell Brown. The 6’0″ and 185 pound Lambert should help lead Brooks to a very successful 2017 season.

Biggest Team Strength – A talented senior class led by Penn St. bound tight end Pat Freiermuth and quarterback Seamus Lambert should provide the necessary leadership for this team and a manageable schedule should set them up very nicely for the playoffs come November. The Bishops defensive backfield should be a strength on defense.

Biggest Team Weakness – The Brooks offense had trouble scoring points against the top ISL teams last year as they lost to Milton Academy and won low scoring games over Lawrence Academy and Governor’s Academy. Key two way lineman Owen Rosenberger has also graduated and will be playing football at Colgate this fall.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: The Brooks School football team is loaded up with a lot of senior playmakers and they have a favorable schedule that misses many of the top ranked ISL teams heading into this season. Look for the early September 23rd game against Governor’s Academy to be a good test as to how far this Brooks team can go in 2017 and it is very likely they will find themselves back in the playoffs once again this November.

2017 Football Team Profile – Lawrence Academy (7/31/17)…

 

Last Season: Head Coach Paul Zukauskas and the Lawrence Academy football team had a very good 2016 season compiling an overall record of 6-2 with losses coming at the hands of BB&N and the Brooks School. With a healthy A.J. Dillon the Spartans beat Connecticut powerhouse Cheshire Academy and they also had impressive ISL victories over Milton Academy and Governor’s Academy. With Dillon now a freshman running back at Boston College it will be very interesting to see how this year’s Lawrence Academy team adjusts as when Dillon was out with an injury for the second half of last season the Spartans lost to BB&N 20-17 and they lost at Brooks by a score of 20-0.

Last Season Record: 6-2

ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 1

2017 Schedule – Key Games: (8) BB&N (9/23/17) – Running back A.J. Dillon has graduated from LA and quarterback Jeff Costello has graduated from BB&N so both of these teams will be looking for new stars on offense. (5) Noble and Greenough (9/29/17) – A lot of new skill players on both of these teams and they also feature some of the best linemen in the state with players like Ryan Betro of LA and Michael Sullivan of Nobles.  (3) Belmont Hill (10/28/17) – Belmont Hill will be a handful to match up against this year with receivers like Jake Bobo and Blake Brookes looking to stretch the field on offense. (4) Milton Academy (11/4/17) – The LA defense will be put to the test against Milton Academy’s running game led by sophomore sensation Kalel Mullings.

2017 – Full Schedule – Taft School (CT) (9/16/17), (8) BB&N (9/23/17, (5) Noble and Greenough (9/29/17), @ (7) Governor’s Academy (10/7/17), @ (10) St. Mark’s (10/14/17), @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (10/21/17), (3) Belmont Hill (10/28/17), (4) Milton Academy (11/4/17), @ Tabor Academy (11/11/17)

Key Returning PlayersOffense: Finn Dirstine (OL), Ryan Betro (OL), Cam Reddy (TE), Thomas Greaney (TE/QB), Joey Luchetti (TE), Brady Martin (QB), Spencer Aronson (RB/WR), Justin Barron (WR)

Key Returning Players – DefenseRyan Betro (DT), Joey Luchetti (DE),  Cam Reddy (DE), Thomas Greaney (LB), Josh Arruda (LB), Peter Bryant (LB), Spencer Aronson (DB)

Key Returning Players – Special TeamsSpencer Aronson (KR), A.J. Mastrangelo (K)

Breakout Player To Watch – Look for transfer Spencer Aronson to have an immediate impact at Lawrence Academy this season as he can make big plays in all three phases of the game. A terrific all-around athlete who stands 6’2″ and 190 pounds and he is also a very good basketball prospect. Look for Aronson to contribute on offense, defense and special teams as he has excellent speed and quickness to go along with very good hands.

Biggest Team Strength – This year’s Lawrence Academy team is full of Division 1 college prospects and their offensive and defensive lines should both be very solid. Adding in athletic playmakers such as Spencer Aronson and Justin Barron will help make up for the loss of star A.J. Dillon. Boston College commit Ryan Betro anchors what should be a very tough LA defensive unit.

Biggest Team Weakness – A.J. Dillon was the single best player in Massachusetts high school football last year and his loss to graduation can not be underestimated. Without Dillon in their line-up Lawrence Academy lost to the Brooks School 20-0 raising questions about the Spartans going up against the top teams in the ISL without him dominating on both sides of the ball.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: The Lawrence Academy schedule this fall is very difficult with the Spartans having to play a number of ranked teams including BB&N, Noble and Greenough, Governor’s Academy, St. Sebastian’s, Belmont Hill and Milton Academy. The overall talent they have on both sides of the ball make them the favorite in the ISL heading into the 2017 season but their very challenging schedule will be sure to test the Spartans football program this fall.

ISL All-State Preseason Football Team (7/28/17)…

With the approach of the 2017 Massachusetts high school football season let’s take a look at our ITHMA ISL All-State preseason team.

Offense:

Tackle – Michael Sullivan – Noble and Greenough School

Guard – Dan Monaghan – Noble and Greenough School

Center – Kyle Peck – Buckingham Browne and Nichols

Guard – Finn Dirstine – Lawrence Academy

Tackle – Jonathan Pace – Saint Sebastian’s School 

Tight End – Pat Freiermuth – Brooks School

Tight End – Jay Symonds, Jr. – Buckingham Browne and Nichols

Wide Receiver – Terrell Brown – Brooks School

Wide Receiver – Jake Bobo   – Belmont Hill School

Wide Receiver – Nick Murray – St. Mark’s School

Quarterback – Seamus Lambert –  Brooks School

Running Back – Kalel Mullings – Milton Academy

Fullback – Desi O’ Mahony – Buckingham Browne and Nichols

Defense:

Defensive End – Camden Gagnon – Governor’s Academy

Defensive Tackle – Ryan Betro – Lawrence Academy

Defensive End – Uche Ndukwe – Noble and Greenough School

Linebacker – Shane Smith – Governor’s Academy

Linebacker – Jason Medeiros – Noble and Greenough School

Linebacker – Bryce Gallagher – St. Sebastian’s High School

Linebacker – Blake Brookes – Belmont Hill School

Defensive Back – Jaylen Cromwell – Brooks School

Defensive Back – Caleb Coleman – Groton School

Defensive Back – Joey Everett – Saint George’s School

Defensive Back – Jailen Branch – Milton Academy

Special Teams:

Kicker / Punter – A.J. Mastrangelo  – Lawrence Academy

Kick / Punt Return – Quin Stott – Governor’s Academy

MIAA All-State Preseason Football Team (7/28/17)….

With the approach of the 2017 Massachusetts high school football season let’s take a look at our ITHMA MIAA All-State preseason team.

Offense:

Tackle – Scott Elliott – Holliston High School

Guard – Ben Bohnenberger – Mashpee High School

Center – John McNamara – Mashpee High School

Guard – Tommy Aicardi – Boston College High School

Tackle – Pat Walsh – Wachusett Regional High School

Tight End – Jerrod Clark – Brighton High School

Wide Receiver – Cedric Gillette – Andover High School

Wide Receiver – Isaiah Likely – Everett High School

Wide Receiver – Anthony Norcia – Everett High School

Quarterback – Sal Frelick – Lexington High School

Running Back – Danny Abraham – Boston College High School

Defense:

Defensive End – Hunter Gorgas – St. John’s Shrewsbury

Defensive Tackle – Nick Correia – Nantucket High School

Defensive End – Andy Clough – Marblehead High School

Linebacker – Duane Binns – Everett High School

Linebacker – Will Bowen – Boston College High School

Linebacker – Bryce Shaw – Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

Linebacker – Eric DeMayo – Peabody High School

Defensive Back – Jason Maitre – Everett High School

Defensive Back – Lewis Cine – Everett High School

Defensive Back – Jack McNeil – Marshfield High School

Defensive Back – Mike Sainristil – Everett High School

Special Teams:

Kicker / Punter – Gabe DeSouza – North Andover High School

Kick Return – Devaun Ford – Mashpee High School

Kick Return – Brendan Ward – Marshfield High School

Punt Return – Cooper Deveau – Xaverian Brothers High School

Boston College Football – A Make Or Break Season (7/28/17)…

Head Coach Steve Addazio and the Boston College football program start their 2017 season on Friday September 1st when they go on the road to play against Northern Illinois. On paper this may seem like an average out of conference football game between two struggling programs but for Boston College this game and this season are of immense importance. New Athletic Director Martin Jarmond comes to BC from Ohio State and he has inherited an athletic department with football and basketball programs that have not been relevant in years. Dismal conference performance in both sports along with huge declines in attendance will force Jarmond to make drastic changes if things do not improve this coming season. It was Coach Addazio himself who said it would take five years to turn things around at BC and as he enters his fifth season leading the program fans are still wondering if he will be able to follow through on his plan. This first game against a decent Northern Illinois team that won four of its last five games in 2016 will show if Addazio has recruited the type of players that can compete in the ACC or if they are just another version of last year’s BC team that could play against weaker teams but were no match for highly ranked teams such as Clemson, Florida State and Louisville. After the Northern Illinois game BC will face Wake Forest at home and will then play Notre Dame at home and Clemson on the road. How BC fares in these first four games will likely determine Addazio’s future at the Heights. Should he go 1-3 or 0-4 in these first four games Jarmond will have to start considering what is best for the program in the long term. Even if BC goes 2-2 with losses against Notre Dame and Clemson fans will still be complaining that no progress has been made under Addazio in his five years leading the program. Beating Northern Illinois and Wake Forest are critical but winning against Notre Dame or Clemson (or even just being competitive in these games) will be the only way to show Jarmond and the BC fans that actual progress is being made. Jarmond is a young and motivated Athletic Director who will not sit by and watch his football program be irrelevant with an apathetic fan base. The month of September will go a long way to determining who will lead the Boston College football program into the future.

Evolution Of The High School Running Back Position – Mass Edition (7/27/17)….

 

Yesterday ITHMA profiled the King Philip High School football team that features a dynamic rushing attack on offense led by their star running back Shane Frommer who is committed to play at Yale University next year. With many of the teams in the NFL and college football moving to spread offenses that feature a “pass first” philosophy it is interesting to see how high school offenses have evolved and how they incorporate running backs into their offensive game plans. Many high school running backs these days have to be multi-functional as they are asked to run the ball, catch the ball as a receiver out of the offensive backfield and be able to block in passing formations. Some high schools will even line up an athletic running back at the quarterback position and run a wildcat offense as we have seen with Zach Harris at Braintree High School and Darren Watson at North Andover High School. In a more traditional sense you have a player like BC High running back and Harvard commit Danny Abraham who runs behind a big and physical offensive line that is designed to wear down an opposing defense and to control the time of possession on offense. In the high scoring Independent School League (ISL) you still find a number of productive running backs with very different styles of play including Milton Academy’s Kalel Mullings, Noble and Greenough’s Jason Medeiros and Governor’s Quin Stott. Mullings and Medeiros are also linebackers on defense so they bring a more physical game while Stott relies primarily on his speed and quickness to make big plays on offense. Back in the MIAA you have a number of versatile running backs like Everett’s trio of Jacob Miller, Kevin Brown and Yirah Irung, Mashpee’s Devaun Ford, Brockton’s Eddie Kelsey, Xaverian Brothers’ Ike Irabor, St. John’s Prep’s Aise Pream, Lexington’s Ben Quint, Central Catholic’s Max Faro, Danvers’ Tahg Coakley, Bridgewater-Raynham’s Devante Greaves, Tewksbury’s Brandon Winn, St. John’s Shrewsbury’s Peter Oliver and Marshfield’s three-headed monster of Jack McNeil, Brendan Ward and Casey Phinney. All of these running backs play a very important role on offense and show that the position has definitely evolved over time but still plays a critical role in managing a football game and keeping opposing defenses off balance to help set up the passing game. High school teams have joined the trend towards more passing on offense but the running back position can still be effectively utilized in a number of ways to control the ball on offense, to force opposing defenses to respect the run game and to make their overall offensive game plan more dynamic and difficult to stop. A team like Everett High School is really the perfect example of how dangerous a high school offense can be when they have the dual threat of both a running and passing game on offense. Everett has a number of running backs who can move the ball on the ground while also having a deadly passing attack with multiple receivers who are all scoring threats. This balance on offense is a nightmare for opposing defenses and is the single biggest reason ITHMA ranked Everett as the best team in the state. Passing the football on offense will continue to be the trend even at the high school level of play but the vast majority of highly ranked teams in our ITHMA poll still feature running backs as a key part of their offensive game plans and this is something not likely to change as it is this dual threat offense that helps to define the best teams in the State of Massachusetts this coming football season. Look for a future post that will detail some of the state’s best fullbacks for this coming football season.