With the 2016 football season concluded, let’s take a look at the top players by position from around the State of Massachusetts. This list is based on a number of factors including productivity on the field and overall team success this past season. We will be announcing our ITHMA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and our ITHMA Mr. Football tomorrow.
Quarterback – ITHMA 1st Team:
Bobby Maimaron (Duxbury) – Williams
E.J. Perry (Andover) – Boston College
Sal Frelick (Lexington) – Boston College (Baseball)
Honorable Mention: Jordan McAfee (Everett), Jeff Costello (BB&N), Jack Barrett (Holliston), Nick Couhig (Falmouth), Matt Marcantano (Catholic Memorial), Tommy Seidl (St. Sebastian’s), John Grady (Newton North), Mike Yarin (St. John’s Prep), Chad Peterson (North Attleboro), Broghean McGovern (Haverhill), Jared Martino (Malden).
Running Back – ITHMA 1st Team:
A.J. Dillon (Lawrence Academy) – Boston College
Devon Piccinin (Xaverian Brothers) – Bentley
Michael Pedrini (Melrose) – Tufts
Honorable Mention: Sam Randle (Concord Carlisle), Michael LaFrange (Falmouth), Devin DeMerritt (Duxbury), Brad Rogers (Hanover), Michael Silva (Milton Academy), Kevin Mensah (Shepherd Hill), Danny Abraham (BC High).
Tight End – ITHMA 1st Team:
Declan Burt (Saint John’s Prep) – Bryant
Jay Symonds (BB&N)
Pat Freiermuth (Brooks) – Penn State
Honorable Mention: Hunter Long (Deerfield Academy), Jake Byczo (Lawrence Academy), Dean Brooks (Billerica), Brett Mazur (King Philip), Hunter Gorgas (St. John’s Shrewsbury).
Wide Receiver – ITHMA 1st Team:
Ryan Reagan (Duxbury) – Harvard
Brian Espanet (Millis) – UNH
Noah Gray (Leominster) – Duke
Joe Rockwell (Andover)
Bryce Adam (Newton North) -Tufts
Honorable Mention: Mike Sainristil (Everett), Cedric Gillette (Andover), Spencer Kendall (Lexington), Jake Bobo (Belmont Hill), Anthony Norcia (Everett), Henry McDonough (Winchester), Isaiah Likely (Malden).
Offensive Line – ITHMA 1st Team:
Greg Wood (Braintree) – Bryant
Jake Guidone (Xaverian Brothers) – Dartmouth
Alec Lindstrom (Shepard Hill) – Boston College
Dan Gioioso (Xaverian Brothers) – Union
Finn Dirstine (Lawrence Academy)
Honorable Mention: Cory Ryder (Nantucket), Patrick Flynn (Hanover), Mark Mulvaney (Holliston), Riley Burns (Milford High), Quinn Murphy (Duxbury), Patrick Watson (BC High), Domenic DePaoli (Xaverian Brothers), Allan Rappleyea (Milton Academy), Nathaniel Miller (Belmont Hill), Jack Kennedy (Barnstable).
Defensive Line – ITHMA 1st Team:
Cal Flanders (Xaverian Brothers) – Brown
Dallas Hobbs (Deerfield) – UConn
Duval Paul (Everett)
Ryan Betro (Lawrence Academy)
Honorable Mention: David Salazar (Newton North), Scott Murhpy (Billerica), Kingsley Umemba (BB&N), Jeff Wolff (BC High), Ethan Amorello (St. Peter Marian).
Linebacker – ITHMA 1st Team:
Blake Gallagher (St. Sebastian’s) – Northwestern
A.J. Ryan (Xaverian Brothers)
Jack McGowan (Catholic Memorial) – Harvard
Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike (Brockton) – Brown
Honorable Mention: Colin Lama (Xaverian Brothers), Grant Chryssicas (Wellesley), Cole McCubrey (West Boylston), Blake Hill (Milford), James LoChirco (Mystic Valley), Bryce Shaw (Bridgewater-Raynham), Bobby Mylod (North Attleboro).
Defensive Back – ITHMA 1st Team:
Mekhi Henderson (Xaverian Brothers)
Alex Claudio (Wilbraham and Monson) – Bryant
Graeme Davis (BB&N) – Brown
Carlins Patel (Everett)
Honorable Mention – Sherron Dailey-Harris (Lawrence Academy), Ifeatu Melifonwu (Grafton), Jason Maitre (Everett), Coreese Everett (Springfield), Marvens Fedna (Everett), Jack McNeil (Marshfield).
Kick / Punt Return – ITHMA 1st Team:
Cooper Deveau (Xaverian Brothers)
Mike Sainristil (Everett)
Honorable Mention – Hunter Ferreira (Mansfield), Eamonn Dennis (Saint John’s Shrewsbury), Devaun Ford (Mashpee).
Punter / Kicker – ITHMA 1st Team:
Diogo DeSousa (Mansfield)
Gabriel DeSouza (Everett)
Jacob Tondel (Shepherd Hill)
Honorable Mention – David Guekguezian (Newton North), Brian Fallon (Xaverian Brothers).