Hockomock Football: Players to Watch on Offense

Hockomock Football Players to Watch on Offense
Sharon’s Juvan Elisma is one of the top returning running backs this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Players are listed in alphabetical order.

Hockomock Football Players to Watch on Offense

Mark Clagg, Senior – Foxboro

Foxboro went with a two quarterback system in 2015 with Clagg splitting snaps with senior Darren Kelly. This season, Clagg, who led the team with nine touchdown passes last year, has the starting position to himself. He is a mobile quarterback who can make throws on the run and has the arm strength to stretch the field with the deep ball. Clagg can also take off and get yards with his feet, so defenses have to keep an eye on the backfield to ensure he does not have a running lane. While the top three receivers from 2015 have graduated, but Clagg will still have plenty of targets to look for including Jamaine Few and he is experienced after helping Foxboro claim a share of the Davenport title last season.

Juvan Elisma, Senior – Sharon

Sharon utilized several running backs last season, but few were as effective as Elisma. He could be dropped for a loss on one play but then break the next one for a long touchdown. On his day, Elisma was able to dominate a game with his speed to the edge and his strength to break tackles and extend runs in the secondary. Even though teams would regularly load up on the line of scrimmage daring the Eagles to throw, Elisma was able to find holes and turn small openings into big plays. This year, Elisma will be the primary back for Sharon and should get the bulk of the carries. If he can handle the workload, this could mean big numbers for the senior and, the Eagles hope, more success for the Sharon offense.

Hunter Ferreira, Junior – Mansfield

Although he was limited to just one touchdown reception as a sophomore, Ferreira is one of the first players that opposing coaches mention when talking about the Hornets potential this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver showcased his athleticism last year with catches in traffic or leaping above defenders. His size makes him a tough matchup on the outside and his speed makes it difficult for linebackers to stay with him, which caused teams to have multiple players assigned to keep an eye on him and opened up lanes for his teammates. Ferreira made 32 catches for 631 yards last season and those numbers should go up this year as his relationship with senior quarterback Anthony DiGirolamo develops.

Cam Furtado, Junior – Attleboro

As a sophomore, Furtado stepped in as quarterback midway through the season and provided a spark for the Attleboro offense, leading the Bombardiers to a win over King Philip in his debut and a Thanksgiving Day win over North Attleboro. His athleticism changed the way that defenses lined up against Attleboro and this year he could be used in a variety of ways to help the Attleboro offense. Furtado could be a change of pace quarterback alongside senior Tyler McGovern, a running back in a wildcat set, or even split out as a receiver when needed. His versatility (and the mystery about how he will be used) will be a major weapon for the Bombardiers and he was voted a team captain as a junior, which shows that he earned the respect of his teammates by his performance last season.

Sean Garrity, Senior – King Philip

Last season, Garrity rushed for five touchdowns, emerging as the go-to tailback for the Warriors. Heading into this season, Garrity has solidified his starting position in combination with classmate Giovanni Fernandez and there are high expectations that he can take his game to the next level. Garrity has the ability to get to the edge, changing the point of attack for the run-first KP offense, and can break big plays, such as his 75-yard TD last season. The Warriors will be hoping that his development can help shorten a few drives for the offense and help put more points on the board.

Adam McLaughlin, Senior – Taunton

Taunton has a new coaching staff that likes the spread formation and to throw the ball and McLaughlin has the potential to make head coach Brad Sidwell’s offense click this season as a big target for whoever gets the starting nod for the Tigers. At 6’3, McLaughlin is a big target and is difficult for defenders to deal with in one on one situations. He has the ability to take off on a fly route, use his speed and then size to beat defenders or can go over the middle or on a slant. He showed his ability to haul in tough passes last season as a junior. As Taunton’s offense develops more weapons, McLaughlin will become that much more difficult to handle.

Chad Peterson, Junior – North Attleboro

In 2015, Peterson beat out two teammates to earn the starting spot for the Rocketeers and it turned out to be a good decision by the North coaches. Peterson set a program record for completions in a season and led the Kelley-Rex division with 13 touchdown passes, as North won its first league title since 2011 and advanced to the Div. 3 Southwest final. While he has a big arm and can throw an accurate deep ball, Peterson also has the touch to make the throw over the middle. Despite his youth, he grasped the North offense right away and showed an ability to read defenses and make adjustments that was unusual for an underclassman. Thanks to Peterson’s performance last year, there is no quarterback battle in camp this fall and the junior is poised to take his game to the next level in North’s first year in the Davenport.

Nick Rajotte, Senior – North Attleboro

North Attleboro’s offense possesses a lot of weapons and can hurt defenses in many different ways. Nick Rajotte is one of those weapons. In a crowded backfield last season, one that included the Kelley-Rex MVP Nick Morrison, Rajotte was second on the team with three rushing touchdowns. While also a talented defensive back, Rajotte’s speed is something that helps him on both sides of the ball. Rajotte and Bobby Mylod form a balanced 1-2 punch of speed and power. When Rajotte is able to get a little bit of space and get into the open field, not too many people in the area are going to be able to catch him. In North Attleboro’s offense with the Jet Sweep, Rajotte is able to use his speed to get around the edge and get up field.

Ryan Sullivan, Senior – Stoughton

The Stoughton offense has always been predicated on a strong ground game and Sullivan will be a key to its success this season. As a junior he led the team with eight touchdowns and his quickness and breakaway speed make him a constant threat. Sullivan can make defenders miss with quick feet but he is also a downhill runner who is not afraid of contact. He will find the hole and turn up field right away to drive into the secondary. He has also been a constant threat as a receiver out of the backfield, outrunning linebackers and safeties on wheel routes. With a new quarterback this year, expect Sullivan’s role in the offense to expand.

Jake Wolowacki, Senior – Franklin

Franklin’s offense struggled to score points a season ago but Jake Wolowacki made the most of his opportunities when he was out there. The shifty back is hard to tackle on the first attempt and has shown the ability to break through contact. He can get around the edge on the outside and use his speed to get up field. He has a good first step that freezes defenders and allows him to find space and use his speed to get through the gaps up the middle. Last season, Wolowacki showed up his versatility by throwing for a pair of touchdowns as well so defenses will have to respect that. He can also catch passes out in the flats and get up field in a hurry.

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