2017 Football Team Profile – Xaverian Brothers High School (7/7/17)…

Last SeasonXaverian 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 – OffenseIke Irabor (RB), Domenic DePaoli (OL), Lucas Ferraro (OL), Cooper Deveau (WR), Adam Harrington (RB), Patrick Barnes (WR)

Key Returning Players – DefenseBrian 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.

2017 Football Team Profile – BC High (7/3/17)…

Last Season: Boston College High School had a solid football season last year with some very impressive wins over Andover High SchoolBrockton High School and Braintree High School. They also had losses against some of the best teams in the state in St. John’s Prep, rival Catholic Memorial High School and Xaverian Brothers in the Division 1 South playoffs.

Last Season Record: 7-4

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 3

2017 Schedule – Key Games:  (7) Marshfield (9/15/17) – An early season match-up of top ten teams as one of the top public teams in the state will take on a perennial powerhouse. (10) Brockton (9/29/17) – BC High beat the Boxers twice last season and didn’t allow any points against them on defense. (2) St. John’s Prep (10/13/17) – A Catholic Conference battle as BC High will look to rebound from last season’s loss to SJP. (4) Xaverian Brothers (10/20/17) – BC High had a tough time generating offense and points against the Hawks defense last season including a 17-0 shutout in the Division 1 playoffs.

2017 – Full Schedule –  (7) Marshfield (9/15/17), (10) Brockton (9/29/17), @ Malden Catholic (10/6/17), (2) St. John’s Prep (10/13/17), (4) Xaverian Brothers (10/20/17), (6) Catholic Memorial

Key Returning Players – OffenseDaniel Abraham (RB), Will Bowen (H-Back/ATH), Evan Ohuabunwa (OL), Tom Aicardi (OL), Bobby DeMeo (WR)

Key Returning Players – DefenseBobby DeMeo (DB), Elijah Miranda (MLB),  Will Bowen (LB), Francis Dooley (DE), Keith Henderson (DT), John Destefanis (MLB)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams:  Bobby DeMeo

Breakout Players To Watch – Quarterback Matt Sullivan will be very interesting to watch as he takes over running the BC High offense. If Sullivan can balance the BC High offense with the ability to pass the ball it will force opposing defenses to not load up the box trying to stop Abraham and the BC High running game. On defense look for defensive tackle Keith Henderson to have a strong year as he anchors the middle of the BC High defensive line.

Biggest Team Strength – The BC High running game will be one of the best in the state as they have athletes like Danny Abraham and Will Bowen running behind an offensive line that features Evan Ohuabunwa and Tom Aicardi. On defense players like Elijah Miranda, Will Bowen, Francis Dooley and Bobby DeMeo will be very tough to score against.

Biggest Team Weakness – The Catholic Conference schedule will be very tough once again this season and BC High will need to find a quarterback to fill in for Connor Cady who has graduated. Games against St. John’s Prep, Xaverian Brothers and Catholic Memorial will all be battles that will likely determine the success of this year’s season for BC High.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: BC High could very well copy the Xaverian Brothers model and be a dominant running team with a solid defense. Danny Abraham is one of the best running backs in the state and can control the time of possession heavily in BC High’s favor. If they can successfully control a game running the ball behind their offensive line they will be a difficult team to beat. That being said, they appear very one dimensional and they will need to develop a passing game if they are to compete against other top teams in the state.