2017 Football Team Profile – Central Catholic High School (7/15/17)…

Last Season: The Central Catholic Raiders started off hot in 2016 with three straight wins including a very impressive 21-14 road win at St. John’s Prep. A surprising 21-10 loss at Haverhill and a 43-18 loss to State Division 1 Champion Everett in the playoffs were the only two losses all season for the Raiders who also added wins over other solid programs including Reading High School and Andover High School. Look for Central Catholic to be a very strong team in 2017 led by senior QB Bret Edwards and featuring a number of very good linemen on both sides of the ball.

Last Season Record: 7-2

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 8

2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ Dartmouth (9/8/17) – Dartmouth was rolling last year with wins over Bridgewater-Raynham and Walpole before losing to a good North Attleboro team in the playoffs so look for this to be an early test for Central Catholic this season. (2) St. John’s Prep (9/15/17) – Another early season match-up of two ITHMA Top Ten ranked teams and this will be a critical Division 1 North game between two teams who hope to make it to the State Championship game. Billerica High School (9/29/17)The Raiders will face an always dangerous Billerica team that knocked off State Champion Everett last season.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ Dartmouth High School (9/8/17), (2) St. John’s Prep (9/15/17), Methuen High School (9/22/17), Billerica High School(9/29/17), Lowell High School (10/13/17)

Key Returning Players – OffenseBret Edwards (QB), Max Faro (RB), Ty Donatio (RB), Mathias Villafane (WR), Osho Omoyeni (OL), Kalvin Guillermo (OL), Ryan Burns (OL), Nathan Driscoll (OL), Michael Awiszus (OL)

Key Returning Players – DefenseMax Faro (LB), Ty Donatio (LB), Osho Omoyeni (DL), Kalvin Guillermo (DL), Michael Awiszus (DT), Mathias Villafane (DB)

Key Returning Players – Special TeamsZach Debay (K), Mathias Villafane (KR) 

Breakout Players To Watch – Senior running back and linebacker Max Faro is a dynamic two way player who along with QB Bret Edwards will lead the Central Catholic offense this season. At 5’9″ and 190 pounds Faro plays with a surprising physicality as he is a hard hitting linebacker and he will run outside but has no problem running between the tackles as well. Look for Faro to be an impact player on both sides of the ball for the Raiders this season.

Biggest Team Strength – Central Catholic has excellent senior leadership and a number of linemen who will make them competitive in every game. Seniors Edwards, Faro and Donatio will lead the offense statistically but it will be behind a very good offensive line featuring Omoyeni, Guillermo, Burns, Driscoll and Awiszus.

Biggest Team Weakness – Central Catholic did lose a number of top players to graduation including standout lineman Carlos Cabrera and wide receiver David Onyemem but return a core group of very solid players.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: A winnable schedule this year with the big tests coming early on with a home game against second ranked St. John’s Prep on September 15th followed by another home game against Billerica on September 29th. Look for UNH commit Edwards to lead the Raiders to a very solid year and they should be in the hunt for the Division 1 North title at the end of the season.

2017 Football Team Profile – Marshfield High School (7/14/17)…

Last Season: The Marshfield High School football program and Head Coach Lou Silva earn their way into the ITHMA 2017 Top Ten rankings after a 2016 season that saw them lose only three games to three very good teams by a grand total of 18 points. Losing to Falmouth in overtime and close losses to King Philip and Catholic Memorial show just how close Marshfield was last season and how good they can be in 2017 with so many of their best players returning. During 2016 Marshfield had solid wins over three very good teams in Stoughton, Mansfield and Duxbury and look for them to take things to the next level in 2017.

Last Season Record: 9-3

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 7

2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (3) BC High (9/15/17) – An early season public vs. private clash between two top ten ranked teams as the Marshfield defense will look to slow down Danny Abraham and the BC High running game. (15) Falmouth High School (9/22/17)The Rams will look for a better outcome at home after last year’s 20-14 overtime road loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Clippers . (17) Duxbury High School (11/23/17) – Marshfield beat the eventual Super Bowl champions 53-0 last year in a game in which Duxbury sat their starters.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ Cranston West High School (RI) (9/8/17), @ (3) BC High (9/15/17), (15) Falmouth High School (9/22/17), Nauset High School(9/29/17), @ Sandwich High School (10/6/17), @ Dennis-Yarmouth High School (10/13/17), (17) Duxbury High School  (11/23/17)

Key Returning Players – OffenseJack McNeil (RB), Brendan Ward (RB), Jackson Phinney (QB), Casey Phinney (RB), Ryan Mosesso (T/TE), Jacob Devonshire (OL), Patrick Barnes (OL)

Key Returning Players – DefenseJack McNeil (FS), Brendan Ward (DB), Brendan Finneran (OLB), Casey Phinney (OLB)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Brendan Ward (KR) 

Breakout Players To Watch – Class of 2020 sophomore linebacker Casey Phinney is a dynamic two way player who started as a freshman and contributed on both sides of the ball. At 6’1″ and 210 pounds Phinney lines up as all over the field on defense playing middle linebacker and a hybrid outside linebacker / defensive end for the Rams. Look for major college football programs to come calling for Casey Phinney over the next few years.

Biggest Team Strength – Marshfield is just a solid football program with a lot of excellent football players. A young team last season but they still did not back down against Super Bowl champions like Falmouth and King Philip while also slugging it out with Catholic Conference power Catholic Memorial. Players like McNeil, Ward and the Phinney brothers make Marshfield a very dangerous team to play against in 2017.

Biggest Team Weakness – Marshfield does not have a ton of size on their offensive and defensive lines so it will be interesting to see how they play against a team like BC High early in September as the Eagles will try and impose their physical will on a smaller Marshfield team.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: A winnable schedule this year with the big tests coming early on with a road game against third ranked BC High on September 15th followed by a home game against Falmouth on September 22nd. Look for Jack McNeil, Brendan Ward and Casey Phinney to all have explosive offensive seasons and for Marshfield to have a great shot to return to a Super Bowl championship game at the end of the 2017 season.

2017 Football Team Profile – Catholic Memorial High School (7/12/17)…


Last Season: The 2017 Catholic Memorial football team will see a lot of changes from last season as they lose a number of outstanding players to graduation including Harvard bound linebacker and playmaker Jack McGowan. They will also have a new Head Coach this season as former New England Patriot defensive lineman Brent Williams will take over on the Knights’ sideline. In 2016 Catholic Memorial had a very solid 7-4 record with two of those losses coming against state Division 1 finalist Xaverian Brothers who in their second meeting knocked CM out of the playoffs by a 34-29 score. Catholic Memorial also had very good wins last season over Brockton High School, Marshfield High School and rival BC High.

Last Season Record: 7-4

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 6

2017 Schedule – Key Games: (5) St. John’s Shrewsbury (9/8/17) – An early season rematch of two top ten ranked teams that last year saw the Pioneers prevail with a high scoring 30-28 victory. @ (10) Brockton (9/22/17)CM shut out the Boxers 34-0 last season and will look for a similar result this year. @ (4) Xaverian Brothers (9/29/17) – Both Catholic Conference powers lost a lot on both sides of the ball so it will be interesting to see how quickly they can reload this year. (2) St. John’s Prep (10/7/17) – Another Catholic Conference battle which will see the Knights defense try and slow down QB Mike Yarin and the SJP offense. @ (15) Falmouth High School (10/13/17) – Another tough test for the CM defense as they try and slow down the Falmouth triple option running game. (3) BC High (11/23/17) – BC High will be looking for some payback against their longtime rival after last year’s 41-27 loss.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ (5) St. John’s Shrewsbury (9/8/17), Stoughton (9/15/17), @ (10) Brockton (9/22/17), @ (4) Xaverian Brothers High School(9/29/17), (2) St. John’s Prep (10/7/17), @ (15) Falmouth High School (10/13/17), @ Malden Catholic (10/20/17), (3) BC High (11/23/17)

Key Returning Players – OffensePat Duffy (OL), Hunter Salmon (OL), Ryan Wetterberg (OL), Ore Ojo (RB), Kion Tucker (RB), Garrett McCarthy (FB)

Key Returning Players – DefenseJarrett Martin (FS), Khari Johnson (DB), Lucas Folan (DE), Dan Boyle (DE), Hunter Salmon (DT), Ore Ojo (LB), Garrett McCarthy (LB), Michael Brown (LB)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: William Fay (K)  

Breakout Players To Watch – Senior running back and outside linebacker Ore Ojo stands 6’0″ and 181 pounds and makes plays on both sides of the ball. A quick running back that has the speed to get to the outside edge and a disruptive hybrid outside linebacker that can get after the quarterback. Having Ojo running behind Duffy, Salmon and Wetterberg should help the Catholic Memorial offense establish a strong running game. Also keep an eye out down the road for freshman Owen McGowan who already plays a similar brand of football as his brother Jack who just graduated.

Biggest Team Strength – Catholic Memorial definitely has a number of very solid players on the defensive side of the ball including Johnson, Martin and Folan but losses to graduation will force new players to take on bigger roles this season. Their defense should keep them in games while their offense tries to get up to speed under their new Head Coach.

Biggest Team Weakness – Catholic Memorial graduated a bunch of high end starters and many of their skill position players from last season including starting quarterback Matt Marcantano and all-around star Jack McGowan. New players will have to step up in a big way and their brutal overall schedule including playing against five Top Ten teams gives them little room for error in finding their stride this season.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: Bringing in a new Head Coach and a bunch of new starters will be a huge challenge for Catholic Memorial this season. Their overall schedule is extremely difficult so a lot of new players will have to perform at a very high level right out of the gate. With games in September against St. John’s Shrewsbury, Brockton and Xaverian Brothers we should quickly see if their roster depth can rise up to this challenge or if it may take a year or two with all of the changes they are currently going through over in West Roxbury.

2017 Football Team Profile – St. John’s Shrewsbury (7/10/17)…

Last Season: The St. John’s Shrewsbury football team had a very good season in 2016 posting a 7-3 record that included a big 30-28 win over Catholic Memorial and an out of state loss to Connecticut powerhouse Xavier. The Pioneers return a number of top playmakers in 2017 and they have a very solid senior class that should make them one of the best teams in the state this fall.

Last Season Record: 7-3

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 5

2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (6) Catholic Memorial (9/8/17) – An early season rematch of two top ten ranked teams that last year saw the Pioneers prevail with a high scoring 30-28 victory. @ Shrewsbury (9/22/17) – The Pioneers faced Shrewsbury twice last season beating them in their first game by a score of 38-35 but losing to them in the playoffs by a score of 34-28.

2017 – Full Schedule – @ (6) Catholic Memorial (9/8/17), Leominster (9/15/17), @ Shrewsbury (9/22/17), @ Wachusett Regional High School(9/29/17), Shepherd Hill (10/14/17), St. Peter Marian (11/23/17)

Key Returning Players – OffenseEamonn Dennis (WR), Hunter Gorgas (TE), Peter Oliver (RB), Michael Bernard (RB), Coleman Drugotch (WR), Josh Shrestha (WR), Zachary Pedone (WR), Federico Ernst (OL), Neal Nasuti (OL), Steven Bucciaglia (QB)

Key Returning Players – DefenseLiam Doran (LB), Isaiah Keegan (LB), Andrew DelBrocco (DB), Michael Bernard (SS)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams:  Eamonn Dennis (KR)

Breakout Players To Watch – Peter Oliver is a two dimensional threat in the offensive backfield as he has speed and very good vision running the ball in traffic but he can also be used in the passing game. Running behind linemen Neal Nasuti and Federico Ernst should result in a big year for Oliver who recently received an offer to play college football at Harvard University. On defense senior linebackers Liam Doran and Isaiah Keegan are both very physical and are always around the ball.

Biggest Team Strength – St. John’s Shrewsbury is loaded on offense with a number of senior playmakers returning including Oliver, Bucciaglia and Gorgas. Look for the Pioneers offense to score a lot of points this season and they will need to show up in big games against teams like Catholic Memorial, Wachusett and Shrewsbury.

Biggest Team Weakness – The St. John’s schedule has some difficult games and battles against Wachusett and Shrewsbury will likely determine the top team coming out of central Massachusetts this year. The Pioneers defense will need to play better in big games this season if they are going to make some noise come tournament time.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: There is a lot of potential with this St. John’s Shrewsbury team given the talent on offense and their overall senior leadership. If their defense can play better in big games this year they will be a tough team to keep up with. Look for Oliver and Bucciaglia to control the time of possession on offense and to put up a lot of points on the scoreboard. The first game of the season on the road against eastern powerhouse Catholic Memorial will be a huge test for this team and will be a very good indicator of how far they can go in 2017.

Quarterbacks On The Move – MIAA and ISL (7/9/17)…

The quarterback of a football team is clearly the single most important player on the field at any level of play be it high school, college or the National Football League. This fall there will a number of new starting quarterbacks at local high schools as a result of upperclassmen graduating and others transferring to new schools. It is interesting to note that many of these quarterbacks are multi-sport athletes who should have even further upside should they focus solely on football. So here are six quarterbacks across the MIAA and NEPSAC football landscapes who will be key players if their teams are to perform at a high level this coming season.

Jake WillcoxEverett High School – Willcox takes over running the Everett offense as last year’s starter Jordan McAfee has moved on to play college football at UConn. Willcox is a junior this year but he has already had significant playing time at the varsity level as he started most of his freshman season when McAfee was out due to illness. The 6’2″ and 170 pound Willcox has a number of skilled running backs and receivers to work with at Everett and he should have an excellent season. In 2015 Willcox led his Everett Pop Warner team to a National Championship and he more recently picked up a Division 1 scholarship offer from Bryant University.


Matt SullivanBC High – Sullivan is a 6’3″ and 190 pound senior who will be in charge of managing one of the best rushing attacks in the state. In addition to handing the ball off to Danny Abraham, Sullivan can also run very well out of the read option and if he adds a passing threat to the BC High offense he could really open things up even further for their running game as this would help to keep opposing defenses off balance. A very good athlete Sullivan also plays on the BC High baseball team and was recently named a Catholic Conference All-Star.

John GradyNoble & Greenough – Grady has transferred over to Nobles and will be a junior this coming football season. Grady was very effective both throwing and running the ball for Newton North last season so he should be a perfect match to lead the Nobles offense in the high scoring ISL. It should be very interesting to see how far he can take Nobles as he joins a team with a very strong offensive line and a number of high skill players.  At 6’1″ and 225 pounds Grady is a very good all-around athlete who was recently named an All-Conference starting pitcher and he also played on the Newton North hockey team.

Ryan EamerBuckingham Browne & Nichols – Eamer is an All-Conference transfer from Medfield High School who will be a junior this season and will take over at quarterback for Jeff Costello who has moved on to focus on his baseball career at Northeastern University. BB&N played an up-tempo and high scoring brand of football with Costello running their offense so it will be interesting to see how fast the BB&N coaching staff can get Eamer up to speed running things. Eamer stands 5’9″ and 170 pounds and can both run and throw the ball well so he should fit in very well at BB&N. Look for Eamer and Pittsburgh bound tight end Jay Symonds, Jr. to become a dynamic scoring threat in the ISL.

Nick SalmonTilton School (NH) – Salmon had a very productive season at Durfee High School last season and he will now move on to play at Tilton School in New Hampshire. A very good athlete who also plays basketball and baseball, Salmon stands 6’2″ and 200 pounds while running a reported 4.58 forty yard dash. Salmon played all over the field for Durfee and was utilized on offense as an athletic quarterback and on defense as a big defensive back. He also returned kicks on special teams. Look for Salmon to have an excellent season at Tilton and for Division 1 schools to look at him given his overall athleticism and versatility on the field.

Jared MartinoCheshire Academy (CT) – Martino is another multi-sport athlete who stands 6’1″ and 190 pounds and will be a junior at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut having transferred over from Malden High School. Martino was an ITHMA Player Of The Week following his seven touchdown performance against Lowell High School last fall. Martino also threw a no-hitter this spring for the Malden High School baseball team. Look for Martino to challenge Josh Comune for the starting quarterback position at Cheshire this fall.





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.

2017 Football Team Profile – St. John’s Prep (6/29/17)…

Last Season: Head Coach Brian St. Pierre and the St. John’s Prep Eagles had a solid season last year with some very impressive wins over Catholic Memorial, BC High and Bridgewater-Raynham High School. They also had losses against some of the best teams in the state in Central Catholic, Everett High School and Xaverian Brothers as well as a close loss to Andover High School in the Division 1 North playoffs.

Last Season Record: 7-4

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 2

2017 Schedule – Key Games:  @ (8) Central Catholic High School (9/15/17) SJP QB Mike Yarin goes up against Central Catholic QB Bret Edwards in a battle of two high powered offenses. (1) Everett High School (9/23/17) SJP and Everett are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and both teams have multiple playmakers that will make this one of the best games of the year. @ (6) Catholic Memorial (10/7/17) A huge Catholic Conference match-up for both teams to start off October. @ (3) BC High (10/13/17)  Another huge Catholic Conference match-up in a tough stretch of games for the Eagles. (9) Bridgewater-Raynham High School (10/20/17)  A tough B-R defense will look to contain the SJP offense. (4) Xaverian Brothers High School (11/23/17) A rivalry game that usually decides the Catholic Conference title.

2017 – Full Schedule – 9/9 @ Haverhill High School, 9/15 @ Central Catholic High School, 9/23 Everett High School, 9/30 Malden Catholic High School, 10/7 @ Catholic Memorial High School, 10/13 @ BC High, 10/20 Bridgewater-Raynham High School, 11/23 Xaverian Brothers

Key Returning Players – OffenseMike Yarin (QB), Aise Pream (RB/ATH), Trent Tully (RB/ATH), Wes Rockett (WR/ATH), Michael Slattery (TE), Patrick Sweetnam (TE), Cooper Smith (OL), Zak Zinter (OL)

Key Returning Players – Defense: Wes Rockett (FS), Cooper Smith (DL), Zak Zinter (DL), Michael Slattery (DE)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Wes Rockett

Breakout Players To Watch Two-way linemen Cooper Smith and Zak Zinter are two very talented sophomores who will be critical on both the offensive and defensive lines this season. Junior wide receiver and safety Wes Rockett is a star in the making on both sides of the ball and he is a player to keep an eye on as Division 1 colleges will come calling for him.

Biggest Team Strength – A very strong senior class led by QB Mike Yarin will look to turn some of last year’s very close losses into victories this season. They will need this senior leadership to win out in a very difficult Division 1 North bracket.

Biggest Team Weakness – Their schedule is brutal. Probably the toughest schedule in the state with games against Central Catholic, Everett, CM, BC High, Bridgewater-Raynham and Xaverian Brothers. This schedule will test this SJP team at the highest levels.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: This St. John’s Prep team is very talented on both sides of the ball and they will need to be ready each week as their schedule features a number of top ten ranked opponents. We should know early on if they can compete for a Division 1 State Championship as the Eagles play at Central Catholic on September 15th and they will then host top ranked Everett on September 23rd. Look for players like Yarin and Rockett to make this Eagles team extremely competitive this coming season and a team that will be very fun to watch.

2017 Football Team Profile – Everett High School (6/28/17)…

Last Season: The defending Massachusetts Division 1 Super Bowl Champions. Lost close games to Xaverian Brothers and Billerica High School early in their 2016 season before they went on an undefeated run all the way to the D1 Super Bowl victory over Xaverian Brothers.

Last year’s record: 10-2

ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 1

2017 Schedule – Key Games: (4) Xaverian Brothers (9/9/17) – Xaverian Brothers has a highly skilled defensive secondary that could shut down the Everett passing game and force them to run the ball. @ (2) St. John’s Prep (9/23/17) – St. John’s Prep is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and has multiple playmakers that will make this one of the best games of the year.

2017 – Full Schedule – 9/9 Xaverian Brothers, 9/15 @ Leominster High School, 9/23 @ St. John’s Prep, 10/6 @ Lowell High School, 10/13 Medford High School, 10/20 @ Malden High School.

Key Returning Players – Offense: Jake Wilcox (QB), Jacob Miller (RB), Kevin Brown (RB), Mike Sainristil (RB/WR), Jason Maitre (WR), Anthony Norcia (WR), Isaiah Likely (WR), Fritz Durosca (TE), David Zorilla (WR)

Key Returning Players – Defense: Duane Binns (OLB), Isaiah Likely (LB/DE), Josh Miller (OLB), Fritz Durosca (DE), Lewis Cine (S), Jordan Riggs (S), Jason Maitre (DB), Mike Sainristil (DB)

Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Mike Sainristil, Jason Maitre

Breakout Players To Watch Jordan Riggs and Fritz Durosca. Riggs will contribute at a high level on defense while Durosca is a force on both sides of the ball and is a very underrated prospect.

Biggest Team Strength – Overall running back depth with seniors Jacob Miller, Kevin Brown and Yirah Irung. Also have a number of extremely talented skill players.

Biggest Team Weakness – None. Just kidding… The loss of Gabe DeSouza hurts in the kicking game which will be a question mark heading into the 2017 season. Everett also graduated a number of top players including Super Bowl MVP Duval Paul.

Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: This Everett team is just loaded with elite talent on both sides of the ball including numerous players already holding Division 1 college football scholarship offers. A top national team in the United States who can play with anyone but they will face some of the best teams in the state with fourth ranked Xaverian Brothers and second ranked St. John’s Prep both on the Everett schedule. Wilcox takes over at quarterback but will have a number of highly skilled players to distribute the ball to. A very fun team to watch and it will be great to see them battle Xaverian Brothers in the opening weekend of play.

The College Football Scholarship Offer Process – Massachusetts Recruits (6/27/17)…

As we watch the high school classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 college football recruiting process unfold, it is very interesting which schools offer scholarships to top local high school football prospects and the order in which they do it. Very often you will see Power 5 out of state colleges aggressively offer Massachusetts players ahead of even local Division 1 schools. Class of 2020 running back / linebacker Kalel Mullings from Milton Academy was offered first by the University of Michigan before receiving a local offer from Boston College three days later. Class of 2018 tight end Jay Symonds, Jr. from BB&N received FBS offers from the University of Pittsburgh and Temple prior to receiving an offer from Boston College. The State of Massachusetts produces a significant amount of Division 1 football talent but rarely do the top Mass college teams get in on the local prospects first and keep them from leaving the state. Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (Framingham High School) and Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, Jr. (Xaverian Brothers High School) are projected to be two first round NFL draft picks in 2018 and both left Massachusetts to play their college football in South Carolina and Michigan. Top national class of 2017 tight end recruit Alex Marshall from Andover is a Florida State commit who received a BC offer just minutes after he received an offer from the University of Alabama. To be a top college football program you have to be in the lead for the best high school prospects in your own state. Very often it appears that BC only offers a Mass football recruit following the player being offered by an out-of-state Power 5 program as if they have been validated as a Division 1 level recruit. This was the case with Everett’s Lewis Cine receiving an offer from the University of Florida followed by an offer from BC fourteen hours later. St. Sebastian’s class of 2019 linebacker Bryce Gallagher similarly was offered by Northwestern University followed by a BC offer days later. Arlington High School / Suffield Academy class of 2020 wide receiver Jaden Dottin received an offer from UConn before receiving an offer from BC a few weeks later. It appears that the BC strategy is to offer local prospects after they are validated by other power 5 offers. Colleges need to be informed and evaluate local talent so you can offer players like Mullings, Cine and Symonds, Jr. before any other school does to enhance your chances of getting them to commit to your school. Nineteen of the top twenty college football programs last year had rosters full of players from their home states. BC has recovered recently by getting running back AJ Dillon (Lawrence Academy) in  their 2017 recruiting class along with Finn Dirstine (Lawrence Academy), Jason Maitre (Everett) and Ryan Betro (Lawrence Academy) committed in their 2018 class. It would be great to see all of the elite Massachusetts football talent stay home at an in-state program such as BC or UMass where they could form the core of a very competitive national college football program.