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December 10, 2013

Salem News 2013 Football all-star team


The Salem News

---- — SALEM NEWS 2013 FOOTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NICK BONA

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Quarterback/Linebacker

Trying to find a football player in Massachusetts that meant more to his team and made an impact in more ways than Bishop Fenwick’s Nick Bona might just be impossible. The Catholic Central League Most Valuable Player capped a sensational four-year career in a magical way, guiding the Crusaders to a 13-0 record and a Division 5 Super Bowl title Saturday night at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium.

Bona was counted on in all phases of the game this season. As a quarterback, he completed 78 of 154 passes for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran the football with the power of a fullback and the speed of a shifty tailback, gaining 889 yards and 12 more scores. He led the team to a new program record of 510 points.

As good as Bona’s numbers were offensively, his performance on the defensive side made have been more impressive. He finished the year with more than 200 tackles, resetting the school record that he previously set as a junior. He hit with a fearlessness rarely seen in high school football players.

Bona also served as the team’s kicker on kickoffs — usually running down the field to make the tackle — and was a valuable blocker on kick returns.

A starter on defense since freshman year, Bona ended up with 498 career tackles. No one else in Fenwick history ever reached 300. His four-year yardage total (rushing, passing, receiving yard combined) was 3,153, which ranks him fifth in school history. He remains undecided on college, but hopes to continue playing football.

JUSTIN ASSAD

Pingree Sophomore

Wide receiver

Led the North Shore in receiving yardage with 665 yards ... Caught 30 passes, eight of which went for touchdowns ... Glue-fingered receiver used his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame to outleap smaller defenders ... Deadly on sideline routes as far as making the catch and staying inbounds ... Had two touchdown runs among his six carries (good for 50 yards) ... Also had 25 tackles and six sacks from his spot at defensive end ... Evergreen League all-star ... Wants to play Division 1 sports on the West Coast.

DAN BAILEY

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie Junior

Linebacker/Fullback

Tough, hard-nosed player was the heart and soul of Bulldogs’ defense ... Named Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small MVP ... Led Bulldogs in tackles in each of the last two seasons ... Singled out by head coach Paul Worth for being a huge contributor in holding Fenwick’s Rufus Rushins under 100 yards rushing in the team’s early-season loss ... Also a capable offensive player who was second on the team in rushing with 579 yards and five touchdowns ... Led the team in receiving with six catches and 90 yards.

GRIFFIN BEAL

Pingree Sophomore

Quarterback

First-year signal caller burst onto the scene and led the North Shore in both passing yardage (1,911) and touchdown passes (20) ... Completed 95 of his 155 passes (62 percent) ... Threw for 348 yards and 4 TDs, plus ran for 85 yards and 2 more TDs and added an interception in wild 53-48 win over Hamden Hall ... Evergreen League all-star ... Averaged better than 212 passing yards per game ... The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder wants to play college football ... Carries 3.3 grade point average.

MACKENZIE CASHIN

Masconomet Senior

Fullback/Linebacker

A tough, strong player who stood out on both sides of the football despite battling some injuries ... Solid blocker who helped open some holes for Masconomet’s running backs ... Excellent tackler with a nose for the football and a non-stop motor ... Finished the season with 47 carries for 299 yards rushing and three touchdowns ... Selected to the Cape Ann League All-League team for the second consecutive season.

DEREK CHAMBERLAIN

Ipswich Senior

Middle linebacker/Fullback

Cape Ann League all-star ... Three-year starter ... A demon defensively who was constantly disrupting opponents’ plans with his attacking style ... Captain had a huge game on Thanksgiving against archrival Hamilton-Wenham ... Made transition from Tigers’ traditional Delaware Wing-T attack to spread offense this fall ... Led his team in rushing ... Would like to enter ROTC program at Norwich University ... Said legendary Ipswich head coach Jack Welch has been his greatest motivator.

AUSTIN CONNOLLY

Salem Senior

Defensive back

Known throughout the Northeastern Conference as a ballhawk defensively ... Captain registered 74 solo tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception ... Three-year starter for the Witches ... Starting quarterback as well this fall ... Caught the only pass thrown to him for a 14-yard touchdown ... Injured knee on first play of game vs. Danvers, yet stayed in and threw for over 100 yards while rushing for 50+ ... Wants to study pre-law or political science in college and continue his football career ... Holds 3.4 GPA.

ZACH DUGUID

Beverly Senior

Offensive guard/Defensive end

Panther captain was All-Northeastern Conference selection ... Two-year starter in the trenches ... Designated as Beverly’s ‘quick’ guard who could easily play either side of the line depending on the play being called ... Finished the season with five sacks ... Undersized (6-1, 185 lbs.) for his position, but used quickness and technique to constantly frustrate foes ... Ranked 4th in his senior class with spectacular 4.6 grade point average ... Lists Beverly’s win over previously unbeaten Marblehead at home his favorite memory from this past season.

CHRISTIAN ECKER

Hamilton-Wenham Senior

Tight end/Safety

Finished his senior campaign with 33 receptions, 75 tackles and four touchdowns ... Holds a 3.8 GPA and hopes to play either football or lacrosse in college ... Scored a touchdown and made 12 tackles in a loss to Amesbury ... A physical receiver whose blocking was crucial in the Generals’ run-heavy offense ... Team captain was two-time All Cape Ann League honoree ... Credits his brother Cam as his big influence for teaching him everything he knows about football.

MIKE FAVREAU

Danvers Senior

Defensive end

Defensive endThe 5-foot-11, 190-pounder caused headaches for offensive coordinators all over the Northeastern Conference with a motor that never stopped running on every play ... Quick off the edge with excellent football instincts ... Huge reason why Falcons won six straight games to capture NEC South championship for first time in eight seasons... Had a dozen tackles in big win at Lynn Classical ... Applying to Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, WPI, Stony Brook, UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell ... Carries 90.006 weighted average in classroom.

MICHAEL GEASLEN

St. John’s Prep Senior

Quarterback

First-year starter became one of only three quarterbacks to ever throw for 1,000 yards at St. John’s Prep ... Earned prestigious distinction as All-Catholic Conference QB ... Set new Eagles program record by throwing for 1,216 yards ... Andover resident completed 58 percent of his throws to nine receivers ... Leader took command of the offense after key injuries ... Tossed 10 TDs, including four in a victory over Malden ... Standout baseball catcher is committed to play that sport at Division 1 Northeastern University.

LIAM GILLIS

Marblehead Senior

Offensive guard/Linebacker

Took on a key leadership role in guiding the Magicians to 10 wins and the Division 3 Northeast final ... Hard hitter was a run-stopping machine in the middle of his defense with 96 total tackles ... Collected 10 stops and forced a fumble in Thanksgiving win over Swampscott ... All-Northeastern Conference pick ... Playmaker had an interception and two fumble recoveries ... Drove O-line that helped Brooks Tyrrell win area rushing title ... Three-sport captain thanks his dad for his advice and support ... Hopes to play football in college.

TOBY HALE

Swampscott Senior

Center/Defensive line

The Big Blue’s most consistent player was All-Northeastern Conference ... Two-year starter on both sides of the ball was also a team captain ... Solid pass rusher came up with three QB sacks and eight hurries ... Totaled 68 tackles (43 solo stops) along with five tackles-for-loss ... Playmaker forced three fumbles and recovered one ... Shored up an O-line that delivered Swampscott’s first 1,000-yard rusher in four years ... Hopes to study engineering and play football next year in college.

CHARLIE MAISTRELLIS

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Wide receiver/Safety

Slippery open-field runner was one of the best kept offensive secrets on the North Shore ... Scored 11 touchdowns in five different ways: five receiving, three rushing, one kickoff return, one punt return and one fumble return ... Caught 22 passes for 446 yards ... Rushed for 188 yards ... Named Catholic Central League all-star ... Also a four-year starter on defense ... Hopes to play football in college and is deciding between St. Lawrence, Stonehill, Salve Regina and Hobart.

MATT MILLETT

Marblehead Senior

Quarterback

Spearheaded the Northeastern Conference’s most potent passing attack to the tune of 1,604 yards ... Tied modern Marblehead High single season record with 18 touchdown passes ... Adept at short throws as well as long passes ... Threw for a career best 205 yards and three scores in win over Lynn Classical ... NEC’s All-Conference pick at QB ... Completed 59 percent of his passes for the season ... Had at least one TD pass in nine of 11 games, including three in regular season win over archrival Swampscott.

ROSS MURPHY

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie Senior

Running back

Extremely productive back who runs with speed and power ... Finished season with 170 carries for 1,183 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small title-clinching game that also gave coach Paul Worth his 100th career win ... Named CAC all-star ... Piled up 158 yards and three scores in a victory over Chelsea ... Also completed all four passes that he attempted this season for 69 yards.

ERIC RAZNEY

Bishop Fenwick Senior

Wide receiver/Cornerback

One of the fastest players on the North Shore, Razney made a big impact for the Crusaders for the past three years ... A dangerous deep threat for quarterback Nick Bona ... Led the Crusaders with 29 catches, 622 yards and nine receiving TDs ... Scored three touchdowns against Austin Prep in their first meeting and had a kick return for another score called back ... Selected to the Catholic Central League all-star team ... Plans on playing football and running track in college.

RUFUS RUSHINS

Bishop Fenwick Junior

Running back/Defensive end

Powerful back is hard to bring down and possesses deceptive speed in the open field ... Monster season with 1,451 yards on 169 carries despite missing 3 1/2 games due to a dislocated elbow suffered in Fenwick’s first playoff game ... Scored 23 touchdowns, including multiple TDs in nine of the 10 games he played in ... Starter since freshman year who has run for over 1,000 yards each season ... Crossed the goal line four times against Hamilton-Wenham and three times each against Arlington Catholic and in the Division 5 Super Bowl win over Northbridge.

JOHNNIE SPEARS

Pingree Senior

Running back/Wide receiver/Defensive back

Speed demon set school record for touchdowns this fall with 24 ... Third on North Shore in points with 144 ... Evergreen League All-Conference ... The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder averaged 10.01 yards per carry with 771 yards and a dozen touchdowns on just 71 carries ... Also caught 35 passes for 649 yards and nine more scores ... Had four TDs on just six touches in win over Tilton ... Most teams avoided kicking off in his direction, fearing they’d find him in their own end zone ... Weighing his college options in both football and basketball.

JOHNATHAN THOMAS

St. John’s Prep Senior

Running back

Arguably one of the top running backs in North Shore history had 762 yards in just 3 1/2 games before a knee injury ended his season ... Ran for 263 yards in a win over Brockton ... Rushed for 240 yards and had a highlight reel 107-yard interception return in win over eventual Super Bowl champion Central Catholic ... Peabody resident has blend of speed and power coveted by college scouts ... Graduates with 3,709 rushing yards and 37 TDs in 2 1/2 seasons ... Had seven career 200-yard games along with 11 150-plus efforts and 19 century games ... 2012 Salem News Player of the Year is committed to play at Penn State University.

MIKE TIVINIS

Masconomet Senior

Running back/Linebacker

An excellent back who battled injuries the last two years ... Despite missing several games, still ran for 501 yards and five touchdowns ... Averaged nearly nine yards per carry this season ... Produced 156 yards and four touchdowns on only seven carries in win over Saugus ... Had 11 carries for 154 yards in a loss to Pentucket ... Named to the Cape Ann League All-League team ... Also a solid defensive player for the Chieftains.

BROOKS TYRRELL

Marblehead Junior

Running back

Northeastern Conference Player of the Year capped incredible season by running for 300 yards and six TDs on Thanksgiving ... Led all North Shore players with 1,932 rushing yards, 262 carries and 25 TDs ... Surpassed 200 rushing yards three times while running for 100 or more in 10 of 11 games for the Division 3 Northeast finalists ... Led area with 170 total points ... Amassed four sacks, 44 tackles and one pick on defense ... Totaled 512 rushing yards in three playoff games ... Averaged 7.3 yards per rush ... Superb athlete committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame.

ALEX VALLES

Danvers Senior

Running back/Defensive back

Explosive back with electrifying speed was deadly when he hit the corner and took off ... Despite missing some time to injury still led Falcons in carries (132), rushing yards (1,172) and rushing touchdowns (14) ... NEC All-Conference ... Grabbed nine passes for 130 yards and a score ... Captain had 104 total points ... Had three forced fumbles defensively ... Holds 3.4 GPA Helped lead Danvers to its first NEC South title since 2005 ... Huge game vs. Beverly with 280 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns, including a 95-yard TD run.

ISAIAH WHITE

Beverly Senior

Running back

Shattered the Panthers’ single-season mark for rushing yards in a season with 1,782 ... Also set a new BHS mark with 315 yards rushing and three TDs on 17 carries vs. North Andover ... All-Northeastern Conference selection ... The 5-foot-10, 187-pounder finished with 26 touchdowns and 158 total points ... Had 2,644 yards and 29 TDs in two seasons at Beverly after transferring in from St. John’s Prep ... Physically imposing defender as well ... Credits older brother Tevin for always stoking his competitive fires athletically.

CODY WLASUK

Peabody Senior

Linebacker/Running back

Captain was the Tanners’ leading tackler with 118 stops ... Vocal leader was NEC All-Conference ... Added seven sacks and led Peabody in tackles in 7 of 10 games played ... Helped will his team to a win over Salem with 208 rushing yards and four TDs in the 120-year old rivalry’s highest scoring game ... Tied for team lead with eight rushing TDs while totaling 486 yards ... Thanks his dad, ex-Peabody head coach Scott, for teaching him to overcome adversity ... Plans to join older brother Sean on the gridiron at Framingham State next year.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly: Sam Mulumba, Sr. TE/FS; Sean Winston, Sr. OT/MLB; Jimmy Kastrinakis, Jr. OG/LB; Joe Kozlowski, Sr. WR/SS; Peter Mulumba, Soph. RB/DL; Matt Madden, Soph. RB/DE; Jordan Rawding, Soph. CB.

Salem: Aaron Palmer, Sr. RB; Josh McRae, Sr. C/LB; Christian Costa, Sr. TE/OLB.

Danvers: Anthony Cordoba, Sr. RB/WR; Tom Quinn, Sr. LT; Chris Behen, Sr. FB; Nick Andreas, Jr. QB; Andy Curtin, Jr. LB.

Peabody: Ryan Collins, Jr. RB/DB; Ethan Mercedes, Jr. OL/DL; Doug Santos, Soph. RB/LB; Billy Teehan, Jr. FB/LB; Mike Raymond, Jr. QB/DB.

Marblehead: Ben Anderson, Sr., LB; Dylan Cressy, Sr., WR/DB; Brain Daly, Sr., WR/P; Trevor Gelineau, Sr., OL/DL; Jeremy Gillis, Sr., WR/S.

Swampscott: Brendan McDonald, Sr. QB; Ben Faulkner, Sr. WR/DB; Desmond Wilhelmsen, Sr. RB; Cam Frary, Sr. WR/DB; Jordan James, Jr. LB.

Masconomet: Corey Tines, Jr. WR/DB; Troy Bunker, Sr. QB/DB; Gavin Monagle, Jr. RB/OLB; Austin Cashin, Sr. RB/DE; Steve O’Reilly, Jr. C/MLB; Harry Cwik, Sr. WR/DB.

Hamilton-Wenham: Pete Duval, Sr. FB/LB; Nolan Wilson, Sr., OL/DL; Ian Dickey, Sr., RB/DB; Alex Rogers, Sr., TE/DE

Ipswich: Nate Glaster, Sr. WR/DB; Aleks Kuljic, Jr. TE/DE; Kyle Blomster, Sr. QB/DB; John Kallas, Sr. OL/DL.

Bishop Fenwick: David Hurley, Jr. LB/LT; James Traversy, Sr. WR/LB; Tyler Kaufman, Sr. DT/RT; Tommy Parsons, Sr. WR/SS.

St. John’s Prep: Jake Burt, Jr. TE; Sean Lovett, Sr. C; Michael Fawehinmi, Sr. S; Nick Marraffa, Sr. LB; Sam Sutera, Sr. DE.

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: John Sabbio, Sr. OL; Yordany Sanchez, Sr. WR/S.

Pingree: Kyle Lentini, Sr. TE; Rob Vantuyl, Sr. S; Nino Leone, Soph. OT/DT; Alex Salalayko, Sr. WR/S; Sal Fazio, Jr. TB/OLB; Tom Zaleski, Soph. OLB/FB; Kevin Moyette, Jr. OG/MLB.