Top 50 Massachusetts: Recruit Rankings / Database…

Massachusetts High School Football is often thought of as a wasteland for college football recruiting. Many promote the view that Massachusetts lags other states in terms of player development and producing high end college football players. The 2017 graduation year has produced a very strong class and will put several Massachusetts players into major college football programs ranging from FBS to FCS. Here are fifty of the top senior players with ties to Massachusetts.

  1. AJ Dillon – Lawrence Academy – Committed to University of Michigan- Dillon, simply put, is a man among boys. As a junior won ISL MVP and received several high FBS offers from teams such as Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Dillon plays running back and linebacker for LA and he wants to play RB at the next level but could also translate as a staunch linebacker for the Maize and Blue.
  2. Alex Marshall – Andover HS, Brooks, Bridgton Academy – Committed to Florida State University – Once a blue chip lacrosse prospect committed to UNC, Marshall ultimately turned towards football and the tight end position. Before committing to FSU he had over 25 offers to play football including major programs such as Ohio State and Alabama. Marshall has a 6′ 7″ frame with room to add bulk and excel at Florida State.
  3. Blake Gallagher -St. Sebastians – Committed to Northwestern- Gallagher is another High School RB/LB who is going to translate to LB at the next level. Gallagher had multiple power 5 offers and will look to compete for playing time at Northwestern. Gallagher is also a great athlete and one of the top baseball prospects in the state but looks as though he will only focus on football.
  4. EJ Perry – Andover HS – Committed to Boston College – The state’s best quarterback prospect and another great athlete. Perry is also a star basketball player and baseball player and he had an offer to play baseball at Boston College but turned it down. Perry looks to rewrite the state record books this season and then enroll early at BC to compete for the starting job next year.
  5. John Dean – Xaverian(2016), Choate – Committed to Yale – Dean started as a sophomore LB on a Xaverian defense loaded with players like Joe Gaziano and played ahead of current Houston Cougar Daundre Holmes-Wilfork. Dean was then hurt in his sophomore campaign and also missed most of his junior year with an injury before returning as a senior to be one of the top RB/LB players in the state. If it was not for injury, Dean would be on his way to a power 5 school but instead Yale stepped in and offered him. Do not be surprised if Dean is an all Ivy LB in the years to come.
  6. Noah Gray – Leominster HS – Committed to Duke University – Gray played QB for Leominster for the bulk of his high school career being a superior athlete. At the next level he will play TE or WR at Duke and could be a very good pass catcher for years to come as shown in his recent game versus Algonquin with four touchdown receptions. With the transition to a pass catcher at Duke, Gray will only improve and could become a force in the ACC.
  7. Coby Tippet – Xaverian (2016) Chesire Academy – Uncommitted -Tippet is a football player and a game changer. His father is in the NFL Hall of Fame and although he did not get his father’s size he got his football ability. Tippet was everything at Xaverian last year and was easily one of the best players in the state. Tippet has no formal offers but he will play big time football. Tippet visited Alabama, Georgia and Auburn over the summer and is also close to Iowa as it is his father’s alma-mater. Tippet is a player that will contribute at the next level with the only question being where he will land.
  8. Ifeatu Melifonwu – Grafton HS – Committed to Syracuse University – Melifonwu is a great athlete that has three FBS offers from BC, UCONN, and Syracuse. His brother is currently a senior at U Conn and he will follow in his brother’s footsteps to play FBS football. Ifeatu will most likely be a DB at the next level.
  9. Austin Burton – BC High,Newton South,West Orange HS (FLA) -Committed to UCLA- Burton was a prolific passer while at Newton South and was closing in on a Troy Flutie’s state passing touchdown record. Burton then transferred to West Orange to see if he could follow in the footsteps of Auburn commit Woody Barrett. Burton had proved at Newton South that with good talent in WR Anthony Denitto (a Harvard track athlete) and TE Sasha Hoban (several offers to play college football) he could put up big numbers. When he got to West Orange multiple receivers were expelled and quit the team leaving Burton shorthanded this season. Burton is the only UCLA QB commit for 2017 class so this will put him in a great position to replace current UCLA QB Josh Rosen after next season.
  10. Cal Flanders – Xaverian – Committed to Brown University – Flanders is a strong DE with a quick burst and will excel in the Ivy League. Flanders will either play DE or as an OLB at Brown.
  11. AJ Ryan – Xaverian – Committed to Brown University- The second Xaverian Brown commit will play linebacker and continue to play his physical style. For Xaverian he also plays TE but lacks traditional size to play TE at the Division 1 level and will either focus on defense or play an H-Back type position.
  12. Sasha Hoban – Newton South HS – Committed to Yale – Hoban is a big TE who held offers from BC, Fordham, and also many Ivy offers. Hoban was first offered by BC in the spring months before his former QB Austin Burton received an offer and one would think if Burton had stayed committed Hoban would have followed. With Burton’s de-commitment from BC Hoban remains a question mark as to where he will end up.
  13. Cory Ryder – Nantucket HS – Committed to Holy Cross – Arguably the best lineman in the Bay State, Ryder has a slew of FCS offers along with interest from FBS programs. Ryder is a very good student and had several offers from Ivy schools and even a walk-on offer from Notre Dame. Since his commitment he has visited UMASS and BC and could jump to an FBS school if a scholarship offer is extended.
  14. Allan Rappleyea – Milton Academy – Committed to Wake Forest- Rappleyea is a large OL who has used his size to compete in the ISL. Rappleyea will have to put on muscle and down the road will look to contribute in a power 5 conference for the Deacons.
  15. Ryan Reagan – Duxbury HS – Committed to Harvard University – Reagan is a true game changer and will look to continue to be a vertical threat at Harvard. He may have gone to a bigger FBS power 5 school if he had stayed healthy. Either way Reagan is a tremendous FBS talent and Harvard is truly gaining a diamond in the rough.
  16. Bobby Maimaron – Duxbury HS – Uncommitted – QB Maimaron received a FBS offer from App State after his junior season and since then has done nothing short of impressive with his on the field play. Also a very talented lacrosse player look for Maimaron to play at an Ivy or NESCAC school.
  17. Jordan McAfee – Everett HS – Committed to UCONN – McAfee has had a roller coaster high school career starting as a sophomore QB at a perrenial state power where he fell just short of a state title. McAfee then missed most of his junior campaign due to illness but picked up a UCONN offer after receiving a BC offer as a sophomore. McAfee has all the tools to be a FBS QB and with his size McAfee will have a world of opportunity at UCONN.
  18. Jack McGowan – Catholic Memorial – Committed to Harvard University – McGowan could be the most underrated prospect in the 2017 class. McGowan has a Luke Kuechly type sense of the field and is always near the ball. Also a good athlete he had a nice catch and run for a TD against Malden on Friday night. McGowan will be someone to keep an eye on in the upcoming years in the Ivy league.
  19. Kevin Mensah – Holy Name, Shepard Hill HS – Uncommitted – Mensah is one of the biggest names in the state but is having a rocky senior season. The MIAA had suspended Mensah for transferring schools and this forced Mensah to go to court so he could play for Shepard Hill. Mensah now has a limited opportunity to impress coaches for a Division 1 offer. Mensah is a great talent and unfortunately the MIAA caused him to have a rocky beginning to his senior year. Mensah has one FCS offer from Bryant but give him some time on the field behind a good O-line and the offers could be rolling in by the end of the season. Look for Mensah to pick up several FCS offers and for U MICH or BC to offer Mensah as they have both shown interest.
  20. Hunter Long – Exeter, Deerfield Academy – Boston College- Long who is prepping at Deerfield, will look to compete for playing time right away at BC. Long has a big body for a pass catching TE and BC is a program that wants to use their TEs in their offensive system.
  21. Michael Silva – Milton Academy – Harvard University – Silva has been playing at the ISL varsity level since his freshman year. He will most likely contribute as a scat back and on special teams at Harvard. Silva is a dynamic playmaker that is good in space and Harvard will be sure to take advantage of that skill.
  22. Scott Murphy – Billerica HS – Uncommitted – Murphy started playing football as a junior and broke out last season recording 14.5 sacks. Murphy has received offers from Bryant and Marist and with his stellar play look for Murphy to pick up bigger FCS offers or take a prep year and look to play FBS football. Either way, Murphy is a tremendously talented prospect as a DE/OLB.
  23. Alec Lindstrom – Shepard Hill- Committed to Boston College- Lindstrom will follow in his brother’s footsteps and enroll at BC. Lindstrom will continue to bulk up and look for playing time at BC along with his brother Chris who has started early in his Eagle career.
  24. Jake Byczco – Lawrence Academy – Committed to UCONN – Another TE from a talented Bay State class, Byczco had offers from FCS schools but chose to take his prowess to the FBS level.
  25. Cole McCubrey – West Boylston HS – Committed to UMASS – McCubrey will be a LB at the next level despite being one of the state’s most productive RBs. The same burst and quickness will help him diagnose plays as he heads to the next level.
  26. Dan Gemmell – Andover HS – Committed to Brown University – Gemmell is an explosive WR with good size to be a productive player at the FCS level. His speed and size will allow him to play quickly at Brown.
  27. Jake Guidone – Xaverian – Committed to Dartmouth – One of the state’s unheralded OL prospects with a solid playing style. Often gets over looked playing on a talented Xaverian team but will compete for playing time at Dartmouth over the next couple of years.
  28. Adam Buchanan – BB&N – Uncommitted – TE Buchanan seemed to have committed to Holy Cross via a social media post but it has since been deleted. He holds offers from several Patriot league schools and will be a good get for an FCS team. At 6 foot 4 he could be a pass catching tight end at the FCS level.
  29. Mehki Henderson – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Henderson is a four year starter at Xaverian and has been a part of two consecutive state championships playing as a lockdown corner. He holds three FCS offers from CCSU, Sacred Heart and Bryant. It will be interesting to see where Henderson ends up and would not be surprised if a FBS team picks him up as a great football player who may lack ideal size or speed.
  30. Blake Hill – Milford HS – Yale University – Another RB/LB who will most likely translate to a LB at the next level. Hill is a physical football player who has been one of the best players in the state over the past season. He held multiple Ivy offers before choosing Yale.
  31. Patrick Watson – Boston College High School – Uncommitted – OL Watson is a beast in the MIAA. His size and athleticism are huge plusses to have as a tackle in high school. While no offers have been extended his way, he has interest from BC, UMASS and FCS schools. Watson is definitely someone who will play college football at a high level at either guard or tackle.
  32. James LoChirco – Mystic Valley HS – Uncommitted – LoChirco received the first division one offer in his school’s history as a linebacker. LoChirco is a linebacker that diagnoses and reacts to plays well and UMASS is definitely an option for LoChirco.
  33. Mark Mulvaney – Holliston HS – Uncommitted- Mulvaney is one of the state’s best offensive lineman. A strong and sturdy athlete, Mulvaney has been offered by Columbia. Mulvaney will play at the next level and is similar to former Marshfield player Shane Leonard who is currently a BC offensive lineman.
  34. Greg Wood – Braintree HS – Committed to Bryant – Wood is a talented lineman and powerful player who excels on both sides of the ball. If Wood had more size he would likely be a FBS player but Bryant will get a player with a good motor.
  35. Declan Burt – Saint John’s Prep – Uncommitted – Has offers from Columbia and Bryant. Another athletic TE/DE combination, has good blood lines with his brother a TE at BC. It is unsure if he will be a pass catcher or disruptive defensive player at the next level.
  36. Connor Degenhardt – Westford Academy – Holy Cross – Degenhardt certainly has all of the tools to be the best QB in the class as he has a good frame (that will need bulking up) and also a great arm. Look for Degenhardt as a project that you will hear about in a few years down the road at Holy Cross.
  37. Kingsley Umemba – BB&N -Uncommitted – Recently picked up an offer from Georgetown. An athletic DE that will continue to draw attention as the season goes on.
  38. Austin Pyne – Cushing, Lawrence Academy-Uncommitted- Pyne is an interesting case as his recruitment appeared to be on the rise when he had said he was offered by Auburn University last year. He has since been offered by Villanova and Sacred Heart. If the offer from Auburn is still on the table one would expect Pyne to take it but only the future will tell.
  39. Tank Walker – Springfield Central HS- Uncommitted – A high flying QB at the high school level, Walker’s future most likely lies on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Walker to pick up FCS offers after the season.
  40. Anthony Dandini – Leominster HS- Uncommitted – Dandini picked up his first offer from Bryant but has not yet committed. He plays well as an aggressive OLB/FB. At the college level he will most likely play OLB on defense but with the infusion of H-back’s into college offenses he could also play on the offensive side of the ball.
  41. Max Beati – Andover HS -Uncommitted – Beati has size at 6′ 8″ and over 300 pounds so colleges love his build. Beati recently visited Yale and look for him to find a home to play college football by the new year.
  42. Broghean McGovern – Haverhill HS – Uncommittted – McGovern is a 6′ 5″ QB and picked up an offer from Bryant last winter. McGovern is in a run heavy offense with limited plays to prove he is worthy of a scholarship offer. Colleges love size especially at the QB position and McGovern will definitely get a flyer taken on him at the FCS level.
  43. Pete Kendall – Nobles and Greenough HS – Committed to UPENN -Kendall had several FCS offers along with an FBS offer from UMASS. Kendall has bloodlines as his father played in the NFL and also size at 6’6″. Look for him to be a good blocking TE first and also contribute in the passing game.
  44. Coreese Everett – Springfield Central HS -Uncommitted – A versatile athlete who is dynamic in open space and reportedly runs a 4.4 forty. Everett and fellow teammate Walker are a dynamic duo and should expect Everett to get FCS looks after his season or possibly a prep year.
  45. Derek Laundry – Billerica HS -Uncommitted – Laundry is a powerful FB/LB workhouse for Billerica on both offense and defense. He is a good athlete and will play football in college.
  46. Devon Piccinin – Xaverian – Committed to Bentley – A powerful runner in between the tackles. Although Piccinin lacks ideal size to play at the division one level, he could contribute right away at Bentley like former Hawk Peter Thorbahn.
  47. David Salazar -Newton North HS – Uncommitted- Salazar is a good competitor although a bit undersized for the DE position. Salazar would excel at the division two level as a DE/OLB.
  48. Colin Lama – Xaverian – Uncommitted – A key player in the Hawk’s defense for the past two seasons, Lama is a physical beast and plays like a man among boys. He lacks ideal size but is a smart player and could play at either FCS or Division 2 level.
  49. Spencer Kendall – Lexington HS – Uncommitted- A 6’5” WR has benefitted from the Lexington run and gun offense under Sal Frelick. Kendall is a WR with a big frame but needs to add muscle, bulk up and add explosiveness. A prep year would do wonders for Kendall who could see his stock soar towards the like of Belmont Hill’s junior WR Jake Bobo.
  50. Sam Laurent – Xaverian – Uncommitted – Laurent has come late to the scene but is a presence at 6’3” WR/DB and reportedly runs a sub 4.5 forty with a 33” vertical. Laurent plays for Xaverian and if he does well down the stretch to the playoffs he could receive a late offer. If not, Laurent could prep or choose to play at a level less than FBS/FCS.

Friday’s 5 To Watch…

  1. Malden QB Jared Martino comes off a seven touchdown performance against Lowell but faces a much tougher task this week when they travel to Catholic Memorial with their D1 North playoff hopes squarely on Martino’s shoulders.
  2. Brown commit WR Dan Gemmell leads Andover on the road against Haverhill in another huge D1 North match-up. Gemmel will look to stretch a tough Haverhill defense that has averaged allowing less than ten points per game in their last four outings.
  3. Bentley commit RB Devon Piccinin and Xaverian look to avoid a letdown against Malden Catholic as their October 21st showdown versus BC High looms large.
  4. Senior QB Zac Burns and senior TE Dean Brooks lead Billerica as they look to show they belong as one of the elite teams in the state.
  5. Junior RB Danny Abraham looks to keep BC High’s undefeated season alive as they face a very tough test playing on the road at St. John’s Prep. Both teams are loaded with D1 college prospects so this should be a good one.

Locks of the Week….

Duxbury over Quincy – The offensively challenged Presidents can’t keep up with Duxbury’s high powered offense led by Bobby Maimaron and Devin Demeritt.

BC High over St. John’s Prep – SJP will put up a battle at home on Saturday but the BC High running game behind Connor Cady and Danny Abraham will be the difference as they remain on top of the D1 South standings.

King Phillip over Attleboro – Watch out for Attleboro at home but the Warriors defense is the difference in this game.

Falmouth over Scituate – If you like offense this is the game for you on Friday night as Falmouth looks to outscore a good Scituate team.

Andover over Haverhill – In this huge D1 North showdown EJ Perry and Andover are too much on offense for Haverhill to keep up with.

Newton North over Weymouth – Newton North can clinch the Bay State Carey Division with a win over Weymouth on Saturday and remain in the hunt in the D1 South playoff race.

Catholic Memorial over Malden – CM defense keeps Malden QB Jared Martino in check as the Knights try and improve their standing in D1 South.

Wellesley over Norwood – Wellesley defense too much for the Mustangs.

Natick over Walpole – Could be another defensive game for Walpole but give the edge to Natick with their running game and playing at home.


ITHMA Power Rankings (10/12/16)…

  1. Duxbury (5-0) – QB Bobby Maimaron and crew lit up Silver Lake 55-14 and remain undefeated and the top seed in D2 South. This week the Dragons face Quincy on Friday night. Next up: Quincy Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  2. BC High (4-0) – A dominating 59-6 win over Malden Catholic keeps the Eagles as the top ranked team in D1 South. This Saturday they travel to St. John’s Prep in one of the top match-ups of the week which features BC High Tackle Patrick Watson versus SJP DE/TE Declan Burt. Next up: At St. John’s Prep Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  3. Xaverian (5-0) – Trailed early on but settled in and came back to beat Brockton by a score of 28-7. This week they get Malden Catholic as Dartmouth bound G Jake Guidone and the Hawks try and chase down BC High and Newton North in a very competitive D1 South playoff race. Next up: At Malden Catholic Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  4. Billerica (5-0) – Took care of business beating North Andover 35-8 and remain undefeated. This week DE Scott Murphy and the Indians get baseball powerhouse 2-4 Groton-Dunstable. Next up: Groton-Dunstable Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  5. Dartmouth (5-0) – Went on the road and upset Bridgewater-Raynham in a low scoring 13-6 game as they remain in the undefeated club as well. LB Liam Caulfield and crew led the way with a smothering defense. Next up: Home on Friday night at 7:00 PM versus New Bedford.
  6. King Phillip (5-0) – Remain on top of the D1A South standings with a big 35-13 win over Franklin. They now travel to 3-2 Attleboro who have turned things around recently with back to back wins. Next up: At Attleboro Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  7. Bridgewater-Raynham (3-2) – Lost at home in a close one to a very good Dartmouth team so they slip a few spots in this week’s rankings. RB Shawn Noel, Jr. hopes to lead BR back to their winning ways this week versus Barnstable.Next up: At Barnstable Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  8. Falmouth (5-0) – Jumps a few spots as QB Nick Couhig and the Clippers ran over Dennis-Yarmouth by a score of 53-13 and stay on top of the D2A South standings. Next up: At home versus a good Scituate team Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  9. Lexington (5-0) – QB Sal Frelick, WR Spencer Kendall and Lexington hang on to win by a point as Liam Fitzpatrick and Winchester went for the win going for a two point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Gutsy call but Lexington prevailed 28-27. They travel to play the 0-5 Arlington Spy Ponders this week. Next up: At Arlington Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  10. Central Catholic (4-1) – Lost on the road to a very good Haverhill team by a score of 21-10. QB Brett Edwards hopes to turn things around for Central as they travel to Lowell this week. Next up: At Lowell Saturday night at 7:00 PM.
  11. St. John’s Shrewsbury (4-1) – Held on in a close 38-35 game against crosstown rival Shrewsbury. Keep an eye on DE Flynn McGilvray as St. John’s plays 5-0 Wachusett this Saturday. Next up: Home versus Wachusett Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  12. Haverhill (4-1) – Pull out a big 21-10 win over tenth ranked Central and move up in the rankings This week QB Broghean McGovern tries to keep up with QB EJ Perry and Andover in one of the best games of the week. Next up: Home versus Andover Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  13. Everett (3-2) – QB Jordan McAfee helped them beat Medford 49-0 as they try and stay near the top of the D2 North Standings. Next up: Home versus Somerville Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  14. Hanover (5-0) – Beat a high scoring Scituate team 42-34 last week with RB Brad Rogers leading the way. This week they travel to 3-2 Pembroke. Next up: At Pembroke Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  15. St. John’s Prep (3-2) – QB Mike Yarin and the Rockett brothers helped the Eagles pull out a big 28-21 win over Catholic Memorial but now have to face top ranked BC High and their defense led by DE Jeff Wolff and MLB TJ Rothmann. Next up: Home against BC High Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  16. Marblehead (5-0) – Beat a good Beverly team 39-7 as the Magicians and RB Jaason Lopez stay unbeaten. Next up: Versus Lynn Classical on Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  17. Newton North (4-1) – QB John Grady and WR Bryce Adam teamed up for four touchdowns as North rallied late to beat RB Jared Caruso and Braintree on the road 36-33 and maintain second place in the D1 South standings. Next up: Home versus Weymouth at 2:00 PM.
  18. Andover (3-2) – Dominant T Max Beati and Andover took care of business beating Methuen 48-13 and now go on the road to take on twelfth ranked Haverhill in a D1 North showdown. Next up: At Haverhill Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  19. Scituate (4-1) – Went on the road and lost to highly ranked Hanover in a 42-34 high scoring affair. Should be a shootout this week versus Falmouth as the Sailors look to stretch the field with 6’6″ and 240 pound TE Dylan Brady. Next up: At top ten ranked Falmouth Friday night at 7:00.
  20. Holliston (4-1) – QB Jack Barret helps them bounce back with a 51-32 win over Hopkinton. This week they travel to Norton. Next up: at Norton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  21. Tewksbury (5-0) – Held on to beat Lawrence 20-18 and remain undefeated with QB Jay Connolly leading the way . This week they travel to Chelmsford. Next up: At Chelmsford Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  22. North Attleboro (4-1) – QB Chad Peterson continues to play well as they rolled over Sharon 41-0. Next up: At 1-4 Canton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  23. Wellesley (5-0) – The Raiders hung on to beat Walpole in a defensive 10-7 game. Wellesley with a very positive future with their National Champion AYF eighth grade team becoming freshmen at the high school next season. Next up: At Norwood Saturday at 3:00 PM.
  24. Natick (4-1) – Behind junior running backs Malik Williams and Amir Mells, Natick rolled over Dedham on the road by a score of 28-6. This week they get always tough Walpole at home. Next up: Home versus Walpole Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  25. Catholic Memorial (2-3) – Lost a close one on the road to St. John’s Prep. They look to remain in the D1 South race when Harvard bound LB Jack McGowan leads their effort to try and shut down QB Jared Martino and the Malden Golden Tornadoes at home. Next up: At home versus Malden Friday night at 7:00 PM.



Mass HS Football Weekend Wrap Up…

Let’s take a look back at this weekend’s results as we approach the divisional playoffs. Top ranked Duxbury handed Silver Lake their first loss of the season with a dominating 55-14 final score. Second ranked BC High ran all over Malden Catholic 55-6 and remain the top seed in Division 1 South. Xaverian came from behind against Brockton with a 28-7 final to give head coach Charlie Stevenson his 200th win and to stay in the hunt behind BC High and Newton North in the D1 South playoff standings…. Congratulations to Coach Stevenson! Seventh ranked Dartmouth remained unbeaten by upsetting fourth ranked Bridgewater Raynham by a score of 13-6. Fifth ranked Billerica also remained unbeaten beating North Andover 35-8.  Fourteenth ranked Haverhill moved to 4-1 as they upset sixth ranked Central Catholic 21-10. Lexington and QB Sal Frelick overcame a tremendous effort by Winchester QB Liam Fitzpatrick as a failed two point conversion with three minutes left was the difference in Lexington’s 28-27 win. Ninth ranked King Phillip remained unbeaten at 5-0 with a win over Franklin and tenth ranked St. John’s Shrewsbury beat crosstown rival Shrewsbury in a close 38-35 game. Outside the top ten, big performances by Falmouth QB Nick Couhig (two throwing TDs and one rushing TD in the first half) and a five touchdown performance (four throwing and one rushing) by Newton North QB John Grady keeps those two teams in top positions within their respective divisions. Jared Martino kept Malden’s playoff hopes alive by factoring in seven touchdowns (four throwing and three rushing TDs) in a triple overtime 48-42 victory against Lowell. QB Mike Yarin led St. John’s Prep over rival conference foe Catholic Memorial with a four touchdown performance. Yale commit Blake Hill led Milford over perennial power Foxboro with four touchdowns in a 41-14 final score. In arguably the most impressive stat line of the year, Brendan Costa threw for 180 yards and three TDs, ran for 336 yards and three TDs and picked off four passes on defense against Seekonk. Derek Landry manufactured four touchdowns (three rushing and one fumble return) as Billerica remained undefeated. Running back Jaason Lopez had three rushing touchdowns as the Marblehead Magicians beat previously undefeated Beverly. Devaun Ford of Mashpee had one rushing and two receiving touchdowns as they remain undefeated with a victory over Hull. ITHMA power rankings will be out later this week.

Friday’s 5 To Watch…

  1. Look for Xaverian’s defense to hold Brockton’s offense to negative yards. The floundering Boxer offense has not faced a defense of this caliber and the Hawks will look to continue their defensive dominance as they held a tougher CM team to under 30 yards of offense.
  2. Kevin Mensah in a Brady like comeback runs wild and leads Shepard Hill to a victory over Westborough.
  3. EJ Perry will throw for five touchdowns in a home trouncing of Methuen as he inches closer to Troy Flutie’s Massachusetts high school record.
  4. Look for Newton North’s David Salazar, one of the state’s unheralded defensive ends, to outplay Bryant bound Braintree tackle Greg Wood in a battle of Bay State Carey teams.
  5. Lawrence Academy vs. Milton Academy will lead to one of the state’s best running back battles and in the end look for Lawrence Academy and AJ Dillon to top Michael Silva and Milton Academy.

Huge Division 1 Playoff Implications This Weekend….

In D1 North you have a huge match-up between Central Catholic and Haverhill tonight for the top spot in that division while second place Lexington has a relatively easy path to an undefeated regular season. EJ Perry and Andover are still in the hunt at 2-2 but they still have to face Haverhill and Central Catholic in their regular season play. In D1 South BC High still has to play at St. John’s Prep and at Xaverian but should be the favorite to remain undefeated and hold on to the top ranking. If Xaverian beats Brockton this weekend and St. John’s Prep beats Catholic Memorial it could come down to BC High, Xaverian and potentially Newton North should they beat Braintree tonight. Weymouth can help themselves in the rankings if they are able to beat a good Needham squad tonight. So our top three in D1 North would be Lexington, Central Catholic and Andover while in D1 South the top three would be BC High, Xaverian and Newton North. This is a critical weekend for teams to create some separation so it will be interesting to see the results as they come in over the next two days.

Locks of the Week……

Duxbury over Silver Lake…. QB Maimaron had 5 TDs in a 42-3 rout last year.

Xaverian over Brockton…. Xav D too much for the Boxers.

Bridgewater Raynham over Dartmouth…. BR won on the road 16-13 last year so they win a close one at home.

Central Catholic over Haverhill…. Maintain top spot in D1 North.

Dennis Yarmouth over Falmouth…. DY D shuts down Falmouth offense.

Hanover over Scituate….. Hanover offense too much like last year’s 49-7 win.

St. John’s Prep over Catholic Memorial….. SJP defense keeps CM in check.

Newton North over Braintree….. Tigers try to stay close to BC High in the D1 South standings.

Marblehead over Beverly….. Marblehead won a close one 28-21 on the road last year so they win a competitive game at home.


ITHMA Power Rankings…

  1. Duxbury (4-0) – The loss of Harvard commit Ryan Reagan leaves Duxbury with two main weapons at QB (Bobby Maimaron) and RB (Devin DeMeritt) but that has been enough to stay on top of D2 South. This week vs. high scoring 4-0 Silver Lake that is trying to catch Falmouth in D2A South. Next up: Silver Lake at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  2. BC High (3-0) – Run game has been unstoppable with Connor Cady and BC offered Danny Abraham as they remain on top in D1 South. This week vs. 2-2 Malden Catholic. Next up: Malden Catholic at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  3. Xaverian (3-1) – Loaded on defense with Brown commits Cal Flanders and AJ Ryan keeps them right behind BC High in D1 South standings. This week at offensively challenged 2-2 Brockton. Next up: At Brockton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  4. Bridgewater Raynham (3-1) – Since Coach Buron returned from one game suspension, RB Shawn Noel, Jr.  and the Trojans haven’t lost and look to move up from fourth in D1A South. This week vs. a very good 4-0 and seventh ranked Dartmouth. Next up: Dartmouth at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  5. Billerica (4-0) – TE Dean Brooks had a big night in their huge OT win over D1 Everett which makes them a top contender in D2 North. This week vs. a scrappy 2-2 North Andover team. Next up: North Andover Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  6. Central Catholic (4-0) – Undefeated in D1 North and junior QB Brett Edwards has them going in the right direction. Next up: At Haverhill Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  7. Dartmouth (4-0) – Put up a lot of points against good competition so far this season and are just behind Duxbury in the D2 South standings. Big game at fourth ranked BR this week. Next up: At Bridgewater Raynham Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  8. Lexington (4-0) – BC Baseball commit Sal Frelick running wild and right behind Central Catholic in D1 North. Look for more fireworks against 2-2 Winchester this week. Next up: Winchester on Saturday afternoon.
  9. King Phillip (4-0) – Coming off a big win over 2-2 Mansfield look for them to continue their winning ways this week vs. 1-3 Franklin as they stay on top of the D1A South standings. Next up: Home against Franklin Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  10. St. John’s Shrewsbury (3-1) – Look for the Pioneers to stay undefeated in state play vs 3-1 crosstown rival Shrewsbury as they try and catch Wachusett in D2 Central. Next up: Home against Shrewsbury Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  11. Falmouth (4-0) – Another BC Baseball commit Nick Couhig running wild down on the Cape and on top of D2A South. This week the Clippers face off against 3-1 Dennis-Yarmouth in an ACL match-up. Next up: Home against Dennis-Yarmouth Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  12. Everett (2-2) – Coming off a tough OT loss to fifth ranked Billerica look for them to bounce back behind UConn commit QB Jordan McAfee against 3-1 Medford as they look to stay near the top of D1 North. Next up: At Medford Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  13. Hanover (4-0) – Beat a good Westwood team that just upset Holliston last week. This week vs. 4-0 Scituate in a high scoring match-up. Next up: Home against Scituate Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  14. Haverhill (3-1) – Hillies only loss this year is to a good St. John’s Prep team (losses to Central Catholic and Everett). This week in a big tilt against sixth ranked Central Catholic with QB Broghean McGovern. Next up: Home against Central Catholic Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  15. St. John’s Prep (2-2) – UConn baseball commit Mike Yarin leads the Eagles into the toughest part of their schedule (Catholic Memorial, BC High and BR) as Brian St. Pierre’s team tries to climb the rankings in D1 North. Next up: Home against Catholic Memorial Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  16. Catholic Memorial (2-2) – Harvard commit Jack McGowan (LB) and the Knights take on fifteenth ranked St. John’s Prep as they try and move up the rankings in D1 South. Next up: See above St. John’s Prep.
  17. Scituate (4-0) – Averaging over 30 points per game they face off against thirteenth ranked Hanover as the Sailors look to move up in D2A South. Next up: See above Hanover.
  18. Marblehead (4-0) – The Magicians and RB Jaason Lopez face 4-0 Beverly as they look to remain on top in D2A North standings. Next up: At home against Beverly Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  19. Andover (2-2) – Seven touchdowns? What? BC commit EJ Perry at QB threw for six TDs and ran for one as Andover improved in the D1 North standings. Brown commit Dan Gemmell remains a favorite target at WR as they face 1-3 Methuen this week. Next up: Home against Methuen Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  20. Newton North (3-1) – A sleeper tied for second place in D1 South with a strong defensive effort against a good Needham squad and a healthy QB John Grady returning. Next up: At Braintree Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  21. Beverly (4-0) – The Panthers defense lets up about ten points per game but faces a tough Marblehead offense that averages thirty points per game. Something has to give as they look to stay on top in D2 North. Next up: See Marblehead above.
  22. Tewksbury (4-0) – The Redmen look to move to 5-0 when they face off against 0-4 Lawrence.  Next up: Home against Lawrence Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  23. Holliston (3-1) – The Panthers lost in a 36-34 shootout to a very good Westwood squad. Look for QB Jack Barrett and OL Mark Mulvaney to rebound against 1-3 Hopkinton. Next up: Home against Hopkinton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  24. North Attleboro (3-1) – With only one loss to ninth ranked King Phillip, junior QB Chad Peterson looks to keep their high scoring offense flying against 3-1 Sharon. Next up: At Sharon Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  25. Wellesley (4-0) – Strong defense shut down a high powered Natick running game and sets them up for a big game against 2-2 Walpole as each look to move up in their division standings. Next up: At Walpole Friday night at 7:00 PM.