Last Season: Head Coach Matt Triveri and the Mashpee High School football team had a championship season in 2016 going 12-1 and winning a Division 4 Super Bowl title with a convincing 34-13 win over Waconah. The single blemish on the season was a close 31-26 road loss at Nantucket and most games on their schedule showed how good Mashpee was on both sides of the ball with the Falcon offense averaging over thirty points per game while their defense gave up less than ten points per game in the majority of their contests. Look for Mashpee to be very good again in 2017 with key linemen coming back along with star running back Devaun Ford who returns for his junior season.
Last Season Record: 12-1
ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 12
2017 Schedule – Key Games: Nantucket High School (10/14/17) – The Falcons suffered their only loss in 2016 on the road at Nantucket and they will now host Nantucket in this mid October showdown. Mashpee lost to Nantucket 31-26 last year so they will have to play their best football against the Whalers this year if they hope to come away with the victory. Abington High School (10/20/17) – Mashpee won last year’s game on the road by a score of 20-8 but this an Abington team that knocked off Nantucket late last season.
2017 – Full Schedule – Bishop Connolly / Westport High School (9/8/17), South Hadley High School (9/15/17), Carver High School(9/22/17), @ Cohasset High School (9/29/17), @ Hull High School (10/6/17), Nantucket High School (10/14/17), Abington High School (10/20/17), @ Sandwich High School (11/23/17)
Key Returning Players – Offense: Devaun Ford (RB/WR), Michael Barrows (WR), Camron Kergo (WR), Ben Bohnenberger (OL), John McNamara (C), Roo Garcia (OL), Xavier Gonsalves (TE)
Key Returning Players – Defense: Xavier Gonsalves (DE), Ben Bohnenberger (DT), John McNamara (DT), Camron Kergo (DB), Devaun Ford (DB)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Devaun Ford (KR)
Breakout Players To Watch – It is stunning that Devaun Ford has yet to receive a Division 1 scholarship offer but that will come in time when college teams come to Mashpee in droves looking for the services of one of the best class of 2019 athletes in the state. That being said, look for fellow class of 2019 defensive end Xavier Gonsalves to have an excellent 2017 as he continues to add to his 6’3″ and 230 pound frame and he should receive a lot more attention from Division 1 college programs this fall.
Biggest Team Strength – The Mashpee running game will once again be a dominant force with running back Devaun Ford operating behind an offensive line led by guard Ben Bohnenberger and center John McNamara. Ford is an elite athlete who can line up all over the field and makes big plays running, catching and even throwing the football. Ford will follow in his father’s footsteps and play FBS football at a national college program.
Biggest Team Weakness – Mashpee lost some players to graduation but some key players return and a relatively easy schedule should have Mashpee right back in Super Bowl contention in 2017.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: Mashpee will be very tough once again and they should be a heavy favorite in almost all of their games this fall. A looming rematch with Nantucket on October 14th will be a good benchmark game for 2017 but there is no reason that Mashpee can’t find their way back to defend their Super Bowl championship. Look for Ford, Bohnenberger, McNamara and Gonsalves to all receive Division 1 recruiting attention with Ford being one of the best class of 2019 prospects in the State of Massachusetts.