2018 HockomockSports Football Awards
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Canton senior Brendan Albert has been selected as the 2018 HockomockSports.com Football Player of the Year. A linebacker and fullback, Albert played a large role in helping Canton have a terrific season that resulted in the program’s first Hockomock title since 1990 as well as an appearance in the MIAA Division 5 South Sectional Final.
Albert has been a stalwart in the Bulldogs’ defense for three seasons and was relied upon as a leader of that unit in 2018. On offense, Albert did a lot of the dirty work that paved the way for a potent ground attack. Above all, Albert is a humble player that is respected by his peers. He had 71 tackles for the Dogs this year, including eight for a loss. He was a pest in the backfield, recording 10 sacks, a pass breakup, and had one interception. He forced three fumbles, had one fumble recovery, and was also a weapon on special teams with two extra points blocked and one field goal blocked.
“Brendan was a difference maker for us the day he walked on the field as a sophomore,” said Canton head coach Dave Bohane. “I feel he was the best defensive player in the league this season. His biggest defensive games came in our toughest league games. He came through in the clutch time and time again. He had 71 tackle and many teams ran the ball away from him. He has left quite a legacy behind and will be sorely missed.”
Offensively, Albert was a force blocking for a handful of different runners and helped the Bulldogs rush for over 2,300 yards this season.
“Brendan is a great player that had a terrific season in 2018,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “It didn’t matter what type of play it was, Brendan always seemed to be involved on the defensive side of the ball and had a knack for making the big play. He’s not a flashy player but he’s very reliable and consistent and the type of person you want on your team.”
Albert is the second Canton player to earn HockomockSports.com Player of the Year honors for football, joining Jake Ragusa in 2015. Previous winners of this award include King Philip’s Shane Frommer (2017), John DeLuca (2016), and Mark Glebus (2014), as well as Mansfield’s Kyle Wisnieski (2013).
Honorable Mentions: Ryan Clemente (North Attleboro), Ryan Driscoll (Franklin), Vinnie Holmes (Mansfield)
Editor’s Note: The HockomockSports.com Awards are selected strictly by our staff and have no affiliation to the official Hockomock League all stars. Please note players are listed alphabetically by position.
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Quarterbacks
Nick Gordon – Franklin- Senior
Franklin senior quarterback Nick Gordon added a different dimension to the Panthers offense this season with his ability to make plays through the air or with his feet. Gordon, who was chosen as the Hockomock League MVP, threw for 24 touchdown passes and exactly 2,100 yards to help Franklin reach the Div. 1 South semifinal. He also rushed for 419 yards and eight touchdowns, setting school records for passing and total TDs and total yards. Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “Nick stepped into the roll of QB for us and our system evolved to utilized his play making ability. He steadily improved as the season progressed.”
Johnny Hagan – Canton – Junior
Canton junior Johnny Hagan picked up where he left off last year and had a strong season for the Bulldogs. He was dangerous in the air, completing 43 passes for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also made a lot of plays with his legs, rushing for 883 yards and six touchdowns. “Johnny has possibly the best feel for the position and the game than any player I have ever coached,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane said. “Combine that with his speed, athleticism, and toughness and you have the right guy to lead your offense. Personally, I appreciate his ability to turn a bad offensive play call into a touchdown.”
Robbie Jarest – King Philip – Junior
King Philip junior quarterback Robbie Jarest stepped under center this season and helped the Warriors get back to the state final for the third straight season. With little experience back on offense, Jarest accounted for 1,000 yards of total offense, tossing nine touchdown passes to just two interceptions. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner in the Div. 2 South final against Mansfield. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “Robert managed the offense for us and made some huge plays with his legs to seal the south sectional game for us. The moment is never too big for Robert and seems to play his best with the pressure on.”
Colby Pires – Milford – Junior
Milford junior Colby Pires was one of the most prolific passers in the Hockomock League this season, as he helped the Hawks close the season with six wins over the final seven games and a winning record. Pires threw for more than 2,300 yards and had 22 touchdown passes this season while being one of the league’s most accurate pocket passers. He also added a touchdown on the ground. Milford coach Anthony Vizakis said, “Colby was the leader of our spread offense this year, and managed to put together a potent passing attack with precision, and poise. He is a true student of the game, and will look to build off of his success next season.”
Jason Weir – Attleboro – Junior
Attleboro junior Jason Weir stepped in as the starting quarterback this fall and showed off his ability to make plays with his feet and his arm. Also a starter on defense, Weir threw for more than 1,100 yards and had 10 passing touchdowns, while also rushing for more than 600 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground, which made him one of the league’s top scoring threats this season. Attleboro coach Mike Strachan said, “Jason is a big physical player that leads by example. He is a QB with an LB mentality and was our leader on and off the field. He had a great season for Attleboro. We look forward to his senior year.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Running Backs
Nate Cabral – Oliver Ames – Junior
Oliver Ames junior running back Nate Cabral took over as the Tigers primary runner after senior Anthony Berksza was injured in preseason and he emerged as a go-to back for OA. Cabral rushed for 1,100 yards this season and scored 10 touchdowns. He also converted three two-point conversions and heads into his senior season as the top offensive weapon for the Tigers. Oliver Ames coach Mike Holland said, “Nathan is a talented back with good strength, vision and speed. He came on strong for us this year and did a tremendous job.”
Kyle Fitzgerald – Canton – Junior
Canton junior Kyle Fitzgerald had a breakout season for the Bulldogs during the 2018 season. After starting on defense as a sophomore, Fitzgerald shined on both sides of the ball this year. Offensively, he rushed for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns and hauled in 12 catches for 257 yards and four touchdowns. He added 41 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and returned a punt for a touchdown. “Kyle is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever coached,” said Canton head coach Dave Bohane. “The bigger the moment, the bigger he plays. When our team had its back against the wall it was Kyle who stepped up and led the way.”
Cincere Gill – Mansfield – Sophomore
Mansfield sophomore Cincere Gill emerged as a big-play running back in his first varsity season, helping the Hornets win their first league title since 2013 and advance back to the D2 South final. Gill was second on the team with 535 rushing yards and 9.6 yards per carry. He led the Hornets with 10 rushing touchdowns. Gill also had 153 receiving yards. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “Cincere had a great start to his varsity career and gave us big-play capability from our run game. He runs hard and has great instincts and as he gets bigger and stronger, he should be one of the top backs in the league.”
Ryan Halliday – King Philip – Junior
King Philip junior Ryan Halliday made a name for himself during the 2018 season as the main weapon for the Warriors, as they booked a place in the Div. 2 Super Bowl for the third straight year. Halliday rushed for more than 1,500 yards this fall and scored 16 touchdowns, despite opposition defense gearing up to stop the running game every week. He was also a force on defense with five tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and two recovered fumbles. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “Ryan was our guy on ‘O’. He also finished fifth on our defense in overall productivity for the year! Kid never left the field, a true KP Warrior.”
Brendan McHugh – North Attleboro – Senior
North Attleboro senior running back Brendan McHugh was one of the most explosive players in the league this season and capable of a big play at any time. He led the Rocketeers with 15 touchdowns on the season and rushed for 844 yards (on a 6.8 yard per carry average). He also averaged 35 yards per punt, made 24 tackles and had an interception for the Davenport division co-champs and helped North reach the Div. 3 South semifinal. North Attleboro coach Don Johnson said, “He was our best playmaker and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. A tough, hard-nosed runner with great quickness.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Ryan Driscoll – Franklin – Senior
Franklin senior Ryan Driscoll was one of the top big play threats in the state this season, averaging more than 31 yards per catch and pulling in 12 touchdowns, which was half of QB Nick Gordon’s total passing touchdowns. He had 842 receiving yards this season, as well as 188 yards on special teams to eclipse 1,000 total yards for the year. Driscoll was also one of the top cover guys in the Panthers secondary. Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “Ryan had a flair for the big play, and scored in all but three games this season. He became the go-to in the big moments. He also had big plays on special teams in the return game.”
Ryan Gaumond – North Attleboro – Senior
North Attleboro senior Ryan Gaumond was the leading receiver for the Rocketeers and his playmaking in the passing game helped Big Red secure a fourth straight league title and reach the Div. 3 South semifinal. He caught 23 passes for 562 yards this season, which was an average of 24 yards per catch. He also caught seven touchdowns and was one of the team’s top returners. Gaumond also made 30 tackles and had three interceptions. North Attleboro coach Don Johnson said, “Ryan has incredible quickness and great hands. Pound for pound our toughest player. Also was our cover-corner on defense, matching up with everyone’s best receiver.”
Chris Gong – Sharon – Senior
Sharon senior wide receiver Chris Gong had an impressive season on the outside for the Eagles. Gong, who was selected as a special teams player in last season’s awards, had 26 catches this season for 405 yards. He caught five touchdown passes and also returned a kick-off for a score. Gong also chipped in with two blocked punts, 25 tackles, and an interception for the Eagles defense. Sharon coach Dave Morse said, “Chris is a tremendous athlete and one of the best players to come thru the program in my tenure. He did it all for us. He is an excellent receiver, special teams player, and tough defender.”
David Morganelli – King Philip – Senior
King Philip senior David Morganelli capped a memorable career with a strong senior season for the Warriors. He made 35 catches this season for 445 yards and three touchdowns. As the season progressed, Morganelli also became a powerhouse at defensive end with 5-1/2 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles. KP coach Brian Lee said, “Morgs was our number one receiver coming in. When we needed a play in the pass game, we went to Morgs. But it was how he impacted our ‘D’ that was even more impressive.”
Brendan White – Milford – Senior
Milford senior Brendan White closed out his career in style, finishing with a four-touchdown, one-interception game on Thanksgiving Eve against Maynard. That game capped a stellar season in which White played an important role on both sides of the ball. He caught 12 touchdowns and had more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, but also chipped in with eight interceptions and 78 tackles on defense. Milford coach Anthony Vizakis said, “Brendan was the emotional and vocal leader of the Scarlet Hawks this season. He led the defense in tackles and interceptions, and led the offense in TD passes and receiving yards .”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Offensive Line
Brian Campagna – Canton – Senior
Canton senior Brian Campagna was the anchor for the offensive and defensive lines for the Davenport division-winning Bulldogs this season. A captain, Campagna was relied on to lead by example. He was a big reason why the Bulldogs rushed for 2,354 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. “Brian represents our team personality as much as or more than any other player I have coached,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “We hang our hat on gang tackling and pursuing the ball and nobody got after the ball carrier like Brian. Brian best represents that mentality and he will be referred to as the model lineman for years to come.”
Ryan Clemente – North Attleboro -Senior
North Attleboro senior Ryan Clemente was dominant on both sides of the ball again this fall, matching up against some of the top linemen in the league. He started every game for three years on varsity. Clemente, a Sacred Heart University-commit, was second on the Rocketeers with 58 tackles and his play on the offensive line helped North win a share of a fourth straight league title. He was selected as the Davenport division MVP by the coaches. North Attleboro coach Don Johnson said, “Offensively he was powerful and athletic. Defensively he would over-power guys and chase things down from sideline to sideline. Runs extremely well for a 280-pound lineman.”
Terrell Jacobs-Baston – King Philip – Senior
King Philip senior Terrell Jacobs-Baston had a standout season in the trenches for the Warriors, who reached the state final for the third straight season. With no offensive starters back this year, Jacobs-Baston brought experience to a relatively young group. His strength on the line was a big season why KP was so successful on the ground this season, helping Ryan Halliday rush for more than 1,500 yards. He was also solid on the defensive line. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “He was the anchor of our D for the past 2 years. T ate up double teams allowing our backers to make plays and tackles. He is by far our strongest player and leads by example.”
Kevin Pyne – Milford – Junior
Milford junior lineman Kevin Pyne made an instant impact after transferring from Millis during the off-season to conclude his high school career with the Hawks. Milford’s starting left tackle, Pyne battled some of the top defensive linemen in the Hockomock League this season and showed the skills that have made him one of the most highly-recruited players in New England. He was selected as an all-star by the league’s coaches. Milford coach Anthony Vizakis said, “Kevin helped solidify the left side of the offensive line which saw an offensive attack that scored over 260 points, and combine for over 3,500 all purpose yards.”
Daenin Walker – Mansfield – Senior
Mansfield senior Daenin Walker was part of a powerful Mansfield offensive line that created openings for more than 2,600 rushing yards, despite teams gearing up to stop the run every week. With Walker providing, size, strength, and leadership in the trenches, Mansfield clinched the Kelley-Rex division title and reached the Div. 2 South final for the second season in a row. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “Daenin has consistently been our best offensive lineman over the last two years and this year he added valuable leadership as a captain. He’s a strong, physical player who also helped us on the defensive line when needed.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Athletes
Justin Cote – Attleboro – Senior
Attleboro senior Justin Cote was a constant threat for opposing defenses as a running back and a receiver and was capable of making big plays in all phases of the game. Cote finished the season with 1,145 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns and was the primary weapon through which the Attleboro offense flowed. No matter how much opposing defense game planned to try and stop him, Cote found ways to manufacture yards and scores. He was selected as an all-star by the league’s coaches. Attleboro coach Mike Strachan said, “Justin was our most dynamic athlete and gave us the ability for the big play every time he touched the ball.”
Jeff Grier – Stoughton – Senior
Stoughton senior Jeff Grier was one of the most explosive players in the Hockomock League again this season. Grier was always a threat to take any play for a touchdown, no matter where the ball was on the field. He was the leading rusher for the Black Knights this season, rushing for 856 yards on 77 carries (over 11 yards per carry) and scored nine touchdowns. He also had eight receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. He showed his explosiveness on Thanksgiving (211 yards), rushing for three scores including rushes of 6 and 72 yards. He had a 92-yard rushing touchdown earlier this season against Foxboro.
Jack Nally – Franklin – Junior
Franklin junior Jack Nally found a number of different ways to make an impact for the Panthers on both sides of the ball, helping them reach the D1 South semifinals. Nally averaged five yards per carry this season and rushed for one touchdown, while catching four touchdowns and totaling nearly 400 yards receiving. He also had more than 350 return yards (922 yards total) and was a strong presence on the defensive side of the ball. Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “Jack was our best overall athlete. We need to invent new and creative way to get him the football. He was a focal point of our game plan each week in all three phases.”
Nick Raneri – North Attleboro – Senior
North Attleboro senior Nick Raneri moved from tailback to quarterback this fall and gave the Rocketeers a tough, hard-nosed runner under center. Raneri rushed for 698 yards and six touchdowns and also threw for seven scores to help North clinch a share of its fourth straight league title (third straight in the Davenport) and reach the Div. 3 South semifinal. Raneri also made 45 tackles as a linebacker. North Attleboro coach Don Johnson said, “Nick is a tough two-way football player who happened to play QB. It was like having a fullback at QB. Was also a great leader on defense, playing ‘Mike’ linebacker and making all the calls on both sides of the ball.”
Aidan Sacco – Mansfield – Senior
Mansfield senior Aidan Sacco was certainly expected to be an impact player for the Hornets this season, but no one predicted it would be under center and that he would be the quarterback to lead Mansfield to the league title. Sacco stepped in with little prep and no game experience and delivered, rushing for a team-high 554 yards and completing 21-of-48 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “Amazing story to have never taken a snap at QB in organized football and lead us to seven consecutive wins and a league title. Just a great leader and athlete who found a way to lead us on offense running and passing.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Defensive Line
Woudanly Danger – Taunton – Junior
Taunton junior lineman Woudanly Danger was a force to be reckoned with at the line of scrimmage and turned the skills he developed as a wrestler into good use for the Tigers defense. Danger had 30 tackles and three sacks from his defensive tackle position. He also had 9-1/2 tackles for loss and helped the Tigers finish the season with a winning record this fall. Taunton coach Brad Sidwell said, “Woudanly really developed this season. He has very little football experience and moving him to defensive tackle suited his abilities. He is quick and powerful. We are looking forward to having him again next year and expect even more improvement.”
Nick Evans – Attleboro – Senior
Attleboro senior defensive end Nick Evans was once again one of the league’s most disruptive forces on the outside and a player that opposing offenses tried to game plan for with multiple blockers. Despite the attention that he got from opponents, Evans finished with 40 tackles and three sacks and helped the Bombardiers get off to a strong start on the defensive side, while also helping the ground game on the offensive line. He has received offers from several college programs. Attleboro coach Mike Strachan said, “Nick was our best overall and physical lineman. Nick was also a starter and the anchor for the offensive line.”
Anton George – Foxboro – Junior
Foxboro junior defensive end Anton George was one of the top defensive players for the Warriors this season, helping Foxboro return to the postseason and nearly pull off an upset of top seed Falmouth in the Div. 5 South opening round. George made 62 tackles and had five sacks and 11 quarterback hurries from his end position. he also forced a pair of fumbles, recovered two, and deflected a pair of passes. He was selected as an all-star by the league’s coaches. Foxboro coach Jack Martinelli said, “Anton was a rangy and very quick athlete that had the propensity for finding the football.”
T.J. Guy – Mansfield – Sophomore
Mansfield sophomore T.J. Guy wasted no time making an impression on the Hockomock League, putting together an all-star season in 2018 and became one of the Hornets leading players on both the offensive and defensive lines. The HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year (see below) recorded 30 tackles (10 solo) from his defensive end position and also made seven tackles for loss, which was second on the team. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “We thought TJ would help us this year at some point, but he immediately earned a starting spot and within a couple weeks became a key 2-way player for us as a sophomore.
Evan Jackman – Stoughton – Senior
Stoughton senior Evan Jackman emerged as one of the most reliable linemen for the Black Knights this season. The Black Knights are known for their ground game and Jackman played a big part in helping the Stoughton rush for nearly 2,000 yards this season. Jackman also shined on the defensive side of the ball, making it tough for opponents to get their rushing games going. Jackman’s leadership and experience were also valuable as well as the Black Knights boasted a lot of younger players as well as first-year starters. Having started and played varsity before, Jackman led by example and was a top lineman in the league.
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Linebackers
Brendan Albert – Canton – Senior
Canton senior Brendan Albert had a superb final season in the green and white, helping the Bulldogs win their first Davenport division title and first Hock title since 1990. For his standout efforts, Albert was selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Year (see above). He had 71 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, and blocked a last-second field goal against Milford. “I feel he was the best defensive player in the league this season,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “His biggest defensive games came in our toughest league games. He came through in the clutch time and time again.”
Max Armour – King Philip – Senior
King Philip senior Max Armour continued his strong play at linebacker for the Warriors in 2018. The Warriors hung their hat on defense again this season and Armour was a key piece to that unit. He helped the KP defense surrender a league-low 123 points, despite playing one more game than other teams. Armour made 16 tackles this season, two tackles for loss, two sacks, and recovered a fumble. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “Max has a great football IQ, responsible for making checks in our D and making sure we are aligned correctly. Everything Max does is full speed, practice, wt room, and the track. True Warrior work ethic.”
Vinnie Holmes – Mansfield – Junior
Mansfield junior linebacker Vinnie Holmes continued his stellar career in the middle of the Hornets defense and eclipsed 200 tackles for his career, while also scoring eight touchdowns as a running back. Holmes, the reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year, had 92 tackles this season (41 solo) and a team-high 10 tackles for loss. He also recovered a pair of fumbles and had three sacks. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “Vinnie has developed into one of the premier linebackers in the state. He also emerged this year as one of our go-to backs for tough inside running and his lead blocking was also critical.”
Jack Webster – King Philip – Senior
King Philip senior Jack Webster was a key member of one of the best defensive units in the entire state and a key part in KP’s return to Gillette Stadium. Playing both outside and middle linebacker, Webster was a leader on the defensive side of the ball and was tops on the team in tackles for the second year in a row. he made 70 stops this season, 14 tackles for loss, broke up 11 passes, and had six sack. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “Jack is the heart and soul of our ‘D’. Jack has such great instincts he just has a nose for the ball. Whether that’s making a tackle or dropping into coverage to break up a pass. He just makes big plays!
Evan Wertz – Franklin – Junior
Franklin junior linebacker Evan Wertz has already set school records during his two years in the middle of the Panthers defense, as he racks up tackles each week. He had an incredible 122 tackles in 11 games this season (11 per game), including 45 solo efforts and 10 tackles for loss. He also had three pass break-ups and an interception, as he showed the ability to drop into coverage when needed. Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “One of the best linebackers in the state, Evan has a nose for the football. He has great lateral quickness and is a technician with his block destruction. He has set multiple school records already as a linebacker.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Defensive Backs
Deric Casado – King Philip – Senior
King Philip senior Deric Casado stepped up as a member of the Warriors secondary this season and was a big reason why KP had one of the best defenses in the entire state. Casado made life difficult for opposing receivers and helped KP hold opponents to just 123 points this season. He made 35 tackles and had 25 pass breakups, as well as a remarkable eight interceptions. He also caught and ran for a touchdown on offense. King Philip coach Brian Lee said, “A true lockdown corner. There is not a receiver that Deric couldn’t handle one-on-one. Deric has great recovery speed, which allows him to play so aggressive.”
Khristian Conner – Mansfield – Senor
Mansfield senior Khristian Conner was a three-year standout for the Hornets and his ability to lock down on the outside freed the Mansfield linebackers and defensive linemen to be aggressive getting into the backfield. Conner had 31 tackles this season (22 solo) and also picked off three passes. Conner, who played 33 consecutive games to close out his career, was also an impact player at running back this year. Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “He had a great career for us and did so many different things well. He often covered the opponent’s best receiver…He gave us great effort on both sides of the ball for 33 consecutive varsity games.”
Ryan Driscoll – Franklin – Junior
Franklin senior defensive back Ryan Driscoll emerged as one of the top two-way players for the Panthers, making big plays in the passing game on offense and preventing them on defense. He finished with 31 tackles (15 solo tackles), 10 pass breakups, two interceptions, and a blocked punt. He also accumulated more than 1,000 total yards as Franklin’s top target in the passing game (see above). Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “Defensively, Ryan drew the toughest match-ups each week. He was one of our most sure tacklers, and had many solo tackles on the perimeter. His playmaking extended to the defensive side of the ball.”
Shapel Feaster – Milford – Junior
Milford senior Shapel Feaster was one of the top playmakers in the secondary for the Hawks this season and helped Milford turn its season around with six wins in its final seven games. Feaster was second on the team with seven interceptions and also returned a punt for a touchdown in the Thanksgiving Eve win over Maynard. He added five touchdown receptions and more than 400 receiving yards. Milford coach Anthony Vizakis said, “Shapel brought his dynamic playmaking ability to the offense, defense and special teams all year. His ability to make plays with the football in space made him dangerous to throw against on defense.”
Gersom Rivera – Canton – Junior
Canton junior Gersom Rivera made plays on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs, helping the program win its first-ever Davenport division title and first Hock title since 1990. In his second year starting, Rivera made life difficult for opposing receivers and finished the season with 22 tackles, three pass breakups, and one interception (returned for a touchdown). Offensively, he had over 700 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. “Gersom is one of the most unselfish players I have ever met,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “He works hard at all phases of his game and he turned out to be a tenacious blocker for us.”
HockomockSports.com Hock 5 Special Teams
Cole Baker – King Philip – Junior
King Philip junior became a very valuable weapon for King Philip during the 2018 season. After being relied on mostly for extra points and a couple of field goals through his first two years, Baker was an offensive threat this year with nine field goals made, including a season long 42-yard kick against Taunton. Over half of his field goals were from 30 yards or further and he finished second on the team with 47 points. KP coach Brian Lee said, “Field position is a huge part of the game often overlooked. Cole is so much more than a FG kicker to us, as a punter he was equally as good helping us flip the field many times to help out the ‘O’. As a kicker he is aces.”
Parker Cheuvront – Franklin – Sophomore
Franklin sophomore Parker Cheuvront stepped into the kicking role this season and turned into a weapon for the Panthers as they made a run to the Div. 1 South semifinal. He made 38-of-39 extra points this season and also went 3-of-6 on field goals. He made attempts from 32, 16, and 23 yards and finished with 47 total points in his first season for the Panthers. Franklin coach Eian Bain said, “Parker stepped in to sure up our kicking game this season. He is a master of his craft, and worked tirelessly to add an element to our team that we desperately lacked. As he got used to the bright lights on Friday, he became more and more consistent.”
Michael DeBolt – Mansfield – Junior
Mansfield junior Michael DeBolt battled injuries during various portions of the season but remained one of the league’s most accurate kickers and a big weapon for the Hornets, as they won their first league title since 2013. DeBolt kicked 23 extra points and one field goal in just seven games this season, while also stepping in at running back and scoring five touchdowns for a total of 56 points (second on the team). Mansfield coach Mike Redding said, “He’s another player that did so much to help us win the league title this year. After a preseason knee injury slowed him down, he came back and immediately gave us a lift with his great kicking ability.”
Tyler DeMattio – North Attleboro – Freshman
North Attleboro freshman Tyler DeMattio was given his varsity number the week before the season opener against King Philip and he turned into one of the league’s most accurate kickers. He made 32-of-35 extra point attempts and was also 3-of-4 on field goals to give the Davenport division champions an added weapon on the offensive side of the ball. DeMattio debuted at quarterback on Thanksgiving against Attleboro, scoring three touchdowns. North Attleboro coach Don Johnson said, “Tyler made an impressive debut as a freshman kicker. Also showed on Thanksgiving that he is a talented QB, coming off the bench and leading us to victory.”
Sean Lehane – Milford – Senior
Milford senior Sean Lehane had a huge impact on the Hawks special teams this season, whether it was booming a kick-off out the back of the end zone, punting the team out of danger, or nailing a field goal. Lehane also proved himself to be one of the league’s toughest covers as a wide receiver, with more than 700 receiving yards, seven touchdown catches and a rushing score. Milford coach Anthony Vizakis said, “Sean emerged as one of the top receiving threats in the Hockomock this season. His speed and catching ability made him a dual threat to catch and run the football and Sean had six receptions of 50 yards or more.”
Mansfield sophomore T.J. Guy has been selected as the 2018 HockomockSports.com Football Underclassman of the Year, given to the top freshman or sophomore in the league. Guy jumped into the starting lineup on both the offensive and defensive lines and made an immediate contribution to the Hornets league championship.
Guy was part of an offensive line that enabled the Hornets to rush for more than 2,600 yards, which was even more impressive considering opponents were lining up to prevent the run every week. He also recorded 30 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, from his defensive end position and was second on the team with seven tackles for loss.
“Great combination of size, strength, athleticism and intelligence,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding about Guy. “He has a bright future and is already receiving collegiate attention for his play this year. He has a great work ethic and an understanding of the game on both sides of the ball. He became one of our top pass rushers at defensive end and will become a disruptive player the next two seasons here on the defensive line.”
“T.J. was someone that you noticed every game because he always seemed to be in the backfield causing havoc,” said HockomockSports.com Managing Editor Josh Perry. “Whether he made the tackle or forced a running back where he didn’t want to go or put pressure on the quarterback, T.J. was a force to be reckoned with at the line of scrimmage.
Guy is the second straight Mansfield player to be selected as Underclassman of the Year, following Vinnie Holmes, and third overall (Brian Lynch in 2014). All six players chosen as Underclassman of the Year have been from Kelley-Rex division teams (Attleboro’s Kyle Murphy in 2013, Lynch in 2014, North Attleboro’s Chad Peterson in 2015, Taunton’s Noah Leonard in 2016, and Holmes in 2017).
Honorable Mention: Danny MacDougall (Taunton), Cincere Gill (Mansfield), Mike Strachan (Attleboro),
Coach of the Year
Coach of the Year
Canton head coach Dave Bohane has been selected as the 2018 HockomockSports.com Football Coach of the Year. Bohane led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Davenport division title, and first Hock title since 1990, as well as an appearance in the D5 South Sectional final.
Canton posted an 8-3 record for the season, their best record in recent history. The Bulldogs raced out to a 6-0 start, picking up a come-from-behind win over Dighton-Rehoboth (who made the D4 State Final) and snapped a 25-game skid against Foxboro with a dominant 43-20 win over the Warriors. A win over Sharon in Week 6 clinched a share of the division title.
“Canton was poised to be competitive this year but they surprised everyone with just how good they were,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Coach Bohane had the Bulldogs believing in themselves from the start of the season, and led a relatively young team to the South Sectional Final.”
This is the first time that Bohane has been selected as HockomockSports.com Coach of the Year, and he is the first coach from a Davenport division team to earn the honor. Previous winners of the award include King Philip’s Brian Lee (2014, 2016, 2017), North Attleboro’s Don Johnson (2015), and Attleboro’s Mike Strachan (2013).
Honorable Mentions: Eian Bain (Franklin), Brian Lee (King Philip), Mike Redding (Mansfield)