Last Season: Xaverian Brothers High School made it all the way to the Division 1 Super Bowl last season before losing to Everett High School 21-7. Xaverian Brothers had won the prior two Division 1 Super Bowls so this loss to a very talented Everett team ended their quest to win three in a row. The Hawks relied heavily on their defense and their running game but they were not able to generate a ton of points against other top teams. This coming season they will have to replace a number of their playmakers who have graduated and moved on to play football in college. Xaverian Brothers will also have a new head coach as legendary Charlie Stevenson has stepped down but they are in good hands with new Head Coach Allan Fornaro who was previously the Xaverian defensive coordinator.
Last Season Record: 10-2
ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 4
2017 Schedule – Key Games: (1) @ Everett High School (9/9/17) – An early season rematch of last year’s Division 1 Super Bowl with a lot of new players on both teams hoping to prove themselves. (9) Bridgewater-Raynham High School (9/15/17) – The Hawks will be looking for a little payback after their 22-21 loss on the road at BR last season. @ Archbishop Stepinac High School (NY) – The Hawks travel out of state to face New York powerhouse Archbishop Stepinac. (6) Catholic Memorial High School (9/29/17) – A Catholic Conference clash that will likely be another close game as the two times these teams met last year were decided by a total of fifteen points. (3) BC High (10/21/17) – Another big Catholic Conference match-up as the Hawks defense will look to slow down Danny Abraham and the BC High running game. (2) @ St. John’s Prep (11/30/17) – A late season game between two top ten rivals that could ultimately decide who wins out in the Catholic Conference this year.
2017 – Full Schedule – (1) @ Everett (9/9/17), (9) Bridgewater-Raynham (9/15/17), @ Archbishop Stepinac High School (NY) (9/23/17), (6) Catholic Memorial (9/29/17), (10) Brockton High School (10/6/17), Malden Catholic High School (10/13/17), (3) @ BC High (10/20/17), (2) @ St. John’s Prep (11/30/17)
Key Returning Players – Offense: Ike Irabor (RB), Domenic DePaoli (OL), Lucas Ferraro (OL), Cooper Deveau (WR), Adam Harrington (RB), Patrick Barnes (WR)
Key Returning Players – Defense: Brian Abraham (DB), Cooper Deveau (DB), Matty Drouillard (LB), John O’Connell (DE), Dom DePaoli (DT)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Cooper Deveau (KR), Brian Fallon (K)
Breakout Players To Watch – Ike Irabor takes over at running back following the graduation of Devon Piccinin and he will look to carry the Xaverian Brothers offense behind a strong offensive line led by two dominant tackles in 6’3″ and 270 pound Domenic DePaoli and 6’2″ and 280 pound Grant Laws. The Hawks’ defensive backfield is loaded with talented players including Brian Abraham and Cooper Deveau.
Biggest Team Strength – The Xaverian defense returns a number of players and will keep them in every game but they do have to replace a number of playmakers from last season including Cal Flanders, Dan Gioioso and AJ Ryan who have graduated and will be playing football in college. The Hawks should once again have a very good running game on offense.
Biggest Team Weakness – Xaverian Brothers will look to balance their offense with an improved passing game this season but will be starting a new quarterback and they also lost tight end AJ Ryan who was a big receiving target. Add in a brutal schedule filled with top ten ranked teams and their new starting players will have to be ready to go at the beginning of the season.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: There will be a lot of change this football season over on Clapboardtree Street as Xaverian Brothers will have a new head coach and a number of new starting players. They should once again feature an excellent defense and a solid running game but they face a very difficult schedule and they will need to find a quarterback to run their offense. They will also need to find new players to fill in spots on both the offensive and defensive lines. Their first game against top ranked Everett should let us know what changes their new head coach will look to implement this season and how their new starters stack up against other top competition in the state.