BREAKDOWN BY DIVISION
Here are the new division breakdowns for Division 1 and 2 in the new statewide format
* BC high
* Brain tree
* Central Catholic
* Lynn Classic
* New Bedford
* Newtons north
* Newton South
* NS. Johns (Shrewsbury)
* NS. John’s preparation
* – Schools in Eastern Massachusetts
* Barn barn
* Bishop Feehan
* Boston Latin
* Bridge Water Raynham
* Cambridge Beef & Latin
* Catholic monument
* King Philip
* Marsh field
* North Andover
* North Quincy
* Westford Academy
* – Schools in Eastern Massachusetts
The buzz in high school circles was this fall Catholic monument Decision to only move up a division of Div. 3 to 2 in the new nationwide format.
A mainstay in the Div. 1, Catholic Memorial might very well be the best team in the state – which infuriated more than one school. The Knights are loaded and clearly the team to beat in the Div. 2 as they bring back several All-Scholastic players as well as talented quarterback JC Petrongolo, who injured himself at the season opener and stopped playing.
The path to Gillette will not be so easy for Catholic Memorial as it is in the Div. there are many worthy opponents. 2. Lincoln Sudbury, Mansfield, barn and Natick were unbeaten in autumn 2 and have some good returnees. Marshfield made some very good progress under Chris Arouca and could very well be a top 10 team by the end of the season.
reading returns with James Murphy one of the best quarterbacks in the state while Woburn has an impressive cast back. King Philip is always competitive and there will be a new look Bridgewater-Raynham Part-time job as Lou Pacheco for legendary coach Dan Buron.
While Catholic Memorial is clearly the team to beat in Division 2, there are two Div. 1 Catholic Conference teams giving the knights a fight for their money. Xaverian got past the Catholic Memorial just under eight yards last year and offers one of the best lines in the state that comes with a pair of solid running backs at Joe Kelcourse and Michael Oates. St. John’s Prep struggled last year but the Eagles are poised for a turnaround as all-scholastic running back James Guy is back along with a talented wide receiver tandem in Jackson Delaney and Jesse Ofurie.
Over at the Merrimack Valley Conference, all eyes are on you Central Catholic return as raiders are the two-time Herald All-Scholastic quarterback Ayden Pereira and the all-eight-end Preston Zinter. And over counters with his own dynamic duo by bringing back Lincoln Beal and quarterback Scott Brown while Methuen and Lowell are able to make noises.
Everett Numbers to be the Greater Boston League class, a talented team more than good enough to play with the best in the state. A trio of all-scholastics, wide receiver Ish Zamor, running back Jayden Clerveaux and defensive end Jaylen Murphy are back along with lineman Jayden Biggi.
DANDY DOZEN FOR DIVISION 1-2
Lincoln Beal, Jr., RB, 6-0, 205, Andover: As a double threat, Beal ran 703 yards and also added 412 yards.
Jack Funke, Sr. OL, 6-6, 290, Xaverian: This pre-eminent offensive device is the anchor of one of the state’s top lines and has already signed up to Boston College.
Johnny Garrett, Sr., OL, 6-5, 255, BC High: Athletic enough to play tackle, the Scituate native signed up to play his college ball at Virginia Tech.
James Guy, Sr., RB, 5-10, 195, St. John’s Prep: Guy, arguably the first running back in Eastern Mass., Rushed for 909 yards and eight touchdowns at 144 carries last year.
Datrell Jones, Jr., RB, 5-9, 175, Catholic Memorial: Despite a lack of time with an injury, the future BC Eagle still managed to run more than 500 yards, leading the Knights to an undefeated season.
James Murphy, Jr., QB, 6-5, 190, reads: Murphy was the main force behind the march to the Middlesex Liberty title, throwing 1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning him a career totaling 38.
Jaylen Murphy, Sr., DE, 6-2, 230, Everett: Hybrid defensive end / outside linebacker Murphy combines speed and strength to get the job done.
Patrick O’Neil, Sr., DE, 6-4, 230, Barnstable: The son of former Brockton Defense Coordinator Bobby O’Neil is a very talented lineman who will make some colleges very happy.
Ayden Pereira, Sr., QB, 6-0, 190, Central Catholic: Pereira completed 71 of 105 passes for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns while charging to six points while the Raiders remained undefeated.
Boubacar Traore, Jr., DL, 6-4, 250, Catholic Memorial: Traore was a strong presence in the trenches, collecting eight sacks and forcing some fiddling. He is one of several local talents who orally professes BC.
Ish Zamor, Sr., WR, 6-1, 170, Everett: Although his season was limited to three games in the abbreviated Fall 2 format, the BC-tied Zamor caught eight passes for 250 yards and three points.
Preston Zinter, Jr., TE, 6-3, 220, Central Catholic: Already a major college recruit, Zinter could catch an average of more than 20 yards in his sophomore year.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH IN DIVISION 1-2
Jake Adelmann, Sr., LB, Natick; Samee Akhouzine, Sr., OL, North Quincy; Yahya Aksadi, Sr., OL, Woburn; Tyler Arno, Sr., WR, Belmont; Jared Arone, Sr., QB, Franklin; Brady Auslander, Sr., TE, Hopkinton; Derek Baccari, Sr., RB, Woburn; Brandon Baker, Sr., OL, North Quincy; Aaron Becker, Sr., OL, Natick; Myles Beckett, So., OL, Bridgewater-Raynham; Hunter Bertucci-Bissonnette, Sr., OL, Hopkinton; Jaylen Biggi, Sr., DL, Everett; Ryan Blagg, Jr., DB, Chelmsford; Alex Borrelli, Sr., LB, Methuen; Mahki Boston, Jr., OL, Brockton; Ryan Brooks, Jr., RB, Braintree; Shane Broughton, Sr., LB, Arlington; Scott Brown, Jr., QB, Andover; Dante Bruschi, Jr., LB, Bishop Feehan; Anthony Busa, Jr., DB, Xaverian; Bryce Busa, Sr., LB, Newton North; Crawford Cantave, Sr., RB, King Philip; Aidan Canty, Sr., DT, Barnstable; Thomas Centurelli, Sr., LB, Winchester; Dante Christie, Sr., WR, Cambridge; Tyler Clayton, Jr., DB, Acton-Boxboro; JC Clerveaux, Sr., RB, Everett; Cody Coleman, Sr., QB, Framingham; David Cooperstein, Sr., OL, North Andover; Sean Coverdale, Sr., OL, Acton-Boxboro; Matt Craig, Sr., LB, North Quincy; Carlo Crocetti, Sr., WR, Xaverian; Derek Dabrieo, Sr., DB, Woburn; Jake Daniell, Sr., LB, Woburn; Nolan DeAndrade, Sr., QB, Bridgewater-Raynham; Mark DeGirolamo, Sr., DE, Mansfield; Jackson Delaney, Sr., WR, St. John’s Prep; Caetano Drinkwater, Jr., WR, Brookline; Ben Evee, Sr., WR, BC High; Vincent Ferrara, Jr., QB, Wellesley; Ryan Fleming, Sr., OL, Acton-Boxboro; Mario Francois-Johnson, Jr., RB, Braintree; Jayden Frazier, Sr., RB, New Bedford; Peter Gardikas, Sr., OL, Peabody; Cam Garrity, Sr., WR, Braintree; Sam Gear, Sr., LB, Wellesley; Rudy Gately, Jr., DB, King Philip; Douglas George, Jr., QB, Boston Latin; Derek Gianci, Sr., RB, Winchester; Patrick Gill, Sr., TE, BC High; Colby Goodchild, Sr., DB, reading; Gibson Guimond, Sr., RB, Barnstable; Mack Gulla, Sr., LB, Franklin; Will Griffin, Sr., LB, Hingham; Danny Haggerty, Sr., WR, Bishop Feehan; Chase Halfkenny, So., RB, Brookline; Ahmad Hanberry, Jr., RB, Lexington; Carson Harwood, Jr., RB, Catholic Memorial; Brian Hayden, Sr., DL, Durfee; Tim Hays, Sr., LB, Concord-Carlisle; Zander Holmes, Sr., LB, Mansfield; Jordan Irvine, Sr., RB, Beverly; Clinton Jacobs, Sr., DB, Newton North; Eugene Jordan, Sr. RB, Barnstable; Kevin Kazadi, Sr., DE, Woburn; Joe Kelcourse, Sr., RB, Xaverian; Aidan Kelley, Sr., LB, Hopkinton; Kyle King, Sr., LB, Catholic Memorial; Mathias Latham, Jr., RB, Central Catholic: Sam Lavallee, Sr., PK, St. John’s (Shrewsbury); Chris Leonardo, Sr., OL, Attleboro; Nathan Leone, Sr., DB, Newton North; Christian Leriche, Sr., OL, Boston Latin; Jaden Lewis, Sr., DB, Durfee; Jayson Little, Sr., WR, Natick; Isaiah Louissant, Jr., OL, Waltham; Rob Lyons, Sr., OL, Beverly; Shea Lynch, Jr., QB, Peabody; Hunter MacIsaac, Sr., DB, North Quincy; Case Mankins, Jr., DE, Bishop Feehan; Devon Marshall, Sr., CB, Catholic Memorial; Faisal Mass, Sr., DE, Taunton; Owen Masterson, Sr., QB, Marshfield; Matt McAlpine, Sr., LB, Marshfield; Alex McColl, Sr., OL, Milford; Andy Medina, Jr., WR, Lawrence; Nelson Mendes-Stephen, Jr., QB, Lexington; Devan Miller, Sr., DL, Brockton; Marco Monteiro, Sr., OL, Milford; Aaron Morris, Sr., RB, Lowell; Zack Moss, Sr., LB, Belmont; Jon Mold, Sr., OL, Xaverian; Juan Muniz, Sr., DB, Methuen; Michael Oates, Jr., RB, Xaverian; Nolan O’Brien, Sr., WR, Lincoln-Sudbury; Thomas O’Brien, Sr., OL, reading; Jack O’Connell, Sr., QB, North Andover; Riley O’Connell, Sr., QB, Lincoln-Sudbury; Jesse Ofurie, Jr., WR, St. John’s Prep; John Ogletree, Sr., TE, Needham; Oluwakoleade Osinubi, Jr., WR, Catholic Memorial; JC Petrongolo, Jr., QB, Catholic Memorial; Joe Pinto, Sr., LB, Methuen; August Reardon, Sr., OL, Lincoln-Sudbury; Josh Registre, Jr., WR, Waltham; Jack Renaud, Jr., QB, Waltham; Bobby Rodolakis, Sr., RB, St. John’s (Shrewsbury); Michael Rubbo, Sr., LB, Bridgewater-Raynham; Adrian Rufo, Sr., DL, Needham; Trent Santos, Sr., WR, Taunton; Tom Seifert, Sr., TE, Wellesley; Zach Semakula, Sr., DB, Framingham; Jason Silverio, Sr., WR, Methuen; Jaeden Skeete, Jr., WR, Catholic Memorial; Jacob Snoeyink, Sr., OL, Natick; Ben Smith, Sr., OL, Lincoln-Sudbury; Jack Sokol, Sr., PK, Catholic Memorial; Joey Spero, Sr., TE, Haverhill; Cole Stickel, Sr., LB, Westford; Andre Sullivan, Sr., RB, Beverly; Sam Sullivan, Sr., CB, Marshfield; Matt Thomas, Sr., WR, Weymouth; Nick Tinkham, Sr., OL / DL, Lynn Classical; Jordan Tompkins, Sr., RB, Peabody; Joe Toyias, Sr., LB, Newton South; Casey Trodden, Sr., LB, Marshfield; Max Tucker, Jr., DB, Catholic Memorial; Jarod Walker, Sr., DB, Quincy; Amari Williams, Sr., WR, Concord-Carlisle; Nick Yanchuk, Jr., RB, Bishop Feehan