Below are the official 2016 Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
John DeLuca, King Philip
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro (Co-MVP)
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton (Co-MVP)
Hockomock League All Stars
Tyler McGovern, Attleboro
Elvin Sam, Attleboro
Jacob Wolowacki, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Carl Sanuth, King Philip
Shane Frommer, King Philip
Alex Olsen, King Philip
Giovanni Fernandez, King Philip
Anthony DeGirolamo, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Travis Sjoberg, Mansfield
Julio Arevalo, Mansfield
AJ Gibbs, Mansfield
Liston Funai, Oliver Ames
Adam McLaughlin, Taunton
John Chretien, Taunton
Hockomock League All Stars
Brian Smith, Canton
Joe Bartucca, Foxboro
Trey Guerrini, Foxboro
Riley Burns, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Asong Aminmentse, Milford
Thomas Reynolds, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Nick Rajotte, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Kyle McCarthy, North Attleboro
Juvan Elisma, Sharon
Andrew Iverson, Stoughton
Lino Azul, Stoughton
Izon Swain-Price, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Honorable Mentions were not distributed by the Hockomock League. We will update this post, as well as our History section, when they are made available.
Today’s games are listed below.
Game of the Week – Football
Attleboro, 35 @ Oliver Ames, 8 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Tyler McGovern 63 yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul DeLuca XP good; (A) T. McGovern 36 yard pass to E. Sam, P. DeLuca XP good; (A) T. McGovern 1 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 8 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (A) C. Furtado 3 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good; (OA) Liston Funai 5 yard rush, Travis Campbell pass to Michael Mulrean 2pt conversion.
Stoughton, 42 @ Canton, 22 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 87-yard TD, Josh Cocchi XP good; (C) Tony Harris 65-yard TD, Thomas Monagle XP good; (S) Ryan Sullivan 86-yard punt return, J. Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Evan Gibb 60-yard pass to Izon Swain-Price, J. Cocchi XP good; R. Sullivan 3-yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 19-yard pass to Jack Connelly, David Cellucci 2-point rush; (S) I. Swain-Price 94-yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 8-yard rush, Dan Alice 2-point rush; (C) Dan Dillon 1-yard rush, T. Monagle XP good.
Milford, 41 @ Foxboro, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 24 yard pass to Jamaine Few, John Cronin XP good; (M) Blake Hill 58 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP good; (F) Phil Dure 5 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) B. Hill 5 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) B. Hill 2 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) B. Hill 56 yard rush, XP blocked.
4th Quarter: (M) Ryan O’Toole 56 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Matt Curran 22 yard pass to Chris Rivera, S. Lehane XP good.
Franklin, 13 @ King Philip, 35 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 62 yard punt return, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 15 yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 11 yard rush, XP good; (KP) Brendan Lydon 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Jacob Wolowacki 1 yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) B. Lydon 5 yard pass to Brett Mazur, XP good; (F) J. Wolowacki 3 yard rush, XP no good.
Mansfield, 29 @ Taunton, 27 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 1 yard rush, Diogo DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Nick Graham 44 yard rush, N. Graham 2pt rush; (T) Noah Leonard 15 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, 2pt failed; (T) Brevan Walker 5 yard rush, N. Leonard 2pt pass to Mike Fernandez.
3rd Quarter: (M) Travis Sjoberg 55 yard interception return, D. DeSousa XP good; (T) B. Walker 10 yard rush, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (M) Joe Cox 5 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (T) B. Walker 3 yard rush, XP good.
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Milford head coach Brian Edwards said Danny Mendoza played “exceptional defense” for the Scarlet Hawks and added Joey Madden did a great job up front.
Foxboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – James Gillespie scored twice, once in each half, as Oliver Ames rallied from an early deficit. Matt Campbell and Thomas McCormick notched assists for Oliver Ames in the win.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – James Chotkowski netted the game winning goal with just five minutes to play to lift the Hornets. Max Gurnon’s throw in was headed on by Kevin Bouck to Chotkowski, who finished for the lone tally of the game.
Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – Cam Mullins scored a brace, both off corners, and Connor Mullins recorded three assists for the Warriors. Colby Koch, Tyler Mann (from Larsen Keys) and Cam McGovern also scored for KP.
Stoughton, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Franklin built a two goal lead in the first half but the Black Knights stormed back with three unanswered goals to grab the win. Farley Asmath and Nitin Chaudury netted goals off assists from Liam Kapples to put the hosts up 2-0. Stoughton answered as Noah Schulze scored on a free kick from 30 yards out and then tied the game before the break on Tyler Melo’s strike from outside the area. The Black Knights netted the game-winner with Melo finishing off a cross from Jordan Asnes. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said, “It was an excellent team performance today from every player.” Salter had specific praise for his back line as well as Melo and junior Brian Peoples.
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Milford senior Sydney Morrison netted the lone goal of the game off an assist from Kristen Franzini to help the Scarlet Hawks edge Attleboro. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Maggie Boyle and Ashleigh Starks both played well for the Scarlet Hawks.
Mansfield, 2 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Hannah Reiter scored both goals for the Hornets, including the winner on a header off an Emily Vigeant corner with eight minutes remaining. Stephanie Kemp assisted the first Mansfield goal. Emily Schromm scored North Attleboro’s goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the second half off an assist from Haley Guertin. North interim head coach Bill Wallace said Aine Mendonca played well for the Rocketeers.
King Philip, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Avery Snead (from Maddie Smith) and Abby Baker scored the goals for the Warriors. Ally Filipkowski scored the goal for the Eagles off an assist by Alex Rabb.
Franklin, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Meghan Doherty, Miranda Smith, Sara Yelle and Molly Duncan scored the goals for the Panthers, while Calen Frongillo has a pair of assists and Emily Mastaj and Nadia Havens each had one.
Milford, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Canton picked up the win 25-13, 25-9, 25-15 in what head coach Pat Cawley called a “great team effort.” Nicole Poole controlled the offense skillfully, dishing out 27 assists and adding two kills and two aces. Hannah Jerrier had a 10 kills with no errors, hitting an impressive .435. Casey Shea added seven kills with just one error, hitting .545. Julia Panico was “outstanding” in the back row according to Cawley, finishing with 20 digs. Erika Lum, Maria Mackie and Emily Lynch combined for 33 digs for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final
North Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield notched a 25-13, 25-17, 19-25, 25-21 win at home over the Rocketeers. Meg Hill led the Hornets with 10 kills and six blocks, Olivia Broyles had eight blocks and played strong defense. Julia Harrison had seven kills, Jess Haradon added 23 digs and Chloe Peters had 33 assists and 14 service points.
Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip earned the sweep on the road with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-19. Sydney Phillips led KP with 16 kills and 14 service points, Carly Adams added 18 service points and 22 assists, Amanda Loewen chipped in with eight digs, Liv Balduf had four kills and nine service points and Angela Vellante added 15 service points and three digs.
Stoughton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Lauren McGrath helped set Franklin up for victory, notching 33 assists along with seven digs and three aces to lead the Panthers. Erin Skidmore had 15 kills and 11 digs, Maddie Kuzio had 21 digs and three aces, Lindsay McGowan contributed with seven kills, four digs, three aces and Meaghan Maguire finished with eight blocks and five kills for Franklin. For Stoughton, Riley Bagley had 43 digs while Val Whalen added 17 kills and sophomore Molly Turner had 20 assists.
King Philip, 0 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Gianna Barbosa stopped 10 shots, earning the shutout as the Black Knights handed King Philip its first loss of the season. Kelli Joyce scored the game winner for Stoughton early in the second half off an assist by Julia Russell.
Mansfield @ Sharon, 3:45
Mansfield, 173 @ King Philip, 155 – Final – King Philip’s Danny McLaughlin earned match medalist honors, shooting a low round of 37 to lead the Warriors. Senior Jack Citarell finished with a 40 for the Warriors but picked up birdies on both the fifth and sixth hole to help KP. Sebastian Ladoulis and Matt Stanton both shot 39 for KP. Jason Hindman led Mansfield with a 39.
Taunton, 256 @ Coyle & Cassidy, 280 – Final
By HockomockSports.com Staff
Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Hockomock Football Players to Watch on Defense
Paul Darcy, Senior – Foxboro
Foxboro graduated some key pieces on defense but the Warriors will be relying on experience in both the linebacking and defensive backs corps. Paul Darcy is one of the more experienced defensive backs for Foxboro and will be an important leader for the Warriors’ defense. The Davenport Division got even more competitive with the addition of North Attleboro, putting all three of the 2015 Hockomock champions in one division. Darcy will provide stability on defense, making plays in the passing game and also playing a role helping against the run on the outside. The Warriors should be in the race for the division title and Darcy’s leadership in the secondary will be a big reason why.
Xavier Hackett, Senior – Sharon
Whether he lines up at outside linebacker or drops deeper to play as a safety, Hackett is a playmaker for the Sharon defense. He can quickly read a play and see where it is headed, but has the speed and quickness to hang back for an extra beat before closing on a ball carrier. Hackett can also provide the Eagles with an edge rusher when they choose to blitz and on the next play drop deep into coverage down field. Hackett’s versatility meshes well with the Sharon lineup that includes a number of players who can switch between positions in the back seven. Hackett also adds his speed on special teams and lined up in the backfield on offense.
Blake Hill, Senior – Milford
The Yale-commit could have been on the offense or defense list, as Hill has been a star for the Hawks on both sides of the ball. He caught 15 touchdown passes last season, lining up in the backfield, on the edge of the line, or split out wide, and was also team’s leading tackler as an imposing middle linebacker. Hill has the size and strength to bully his way past a blocker and the speed to be a menace as an end-rusher. He pursues the ball well and was in the middle of seemingly every defensive play for the Hawks. In addition, the speed he shows on the offensive side of the ball helps him cover running backs and tight ends downfield. Hill is the rare player that teams have to game plan for on both sides of the ball.
Jake Lyons, Senior – Franklin
A lot of safeties at the high school level are one dimensional but Lyons has shown he can help defenses in a variety of ways. He has impressed in pass coverage with his ability to read the play as it’s happening and make a play on either the ball or the receiver after the catch. If it’s a run play, he’s quick to react and attack the ball carrier, typically making a play. In one on one situations, Lyons is patient and doesn’t over pursue, and sizes up the play he needs to make. On passing plays, he can quickly read it and either knock the ball down or come away with an interception. Lyons should be a vital part of Franklin’s defense as they work towards getting back to the playoffs.
Bobby Mylod, Senior – North Attleboro
North Attleboro’s defense was its primary weapon in clinching the Kelley-Rex title last season and Mylod was integral to the Rocketeers’ ability to stop other teams. Mylod is a speedy linebacker who was one of the team’s leaders in tackles. He can play close to the line of scrimmage to get involved in stopping the run and can also be effective in the pass rush either on the end of the line or up the middle on a stunt. He does not have the size of a player such as Milford’s Blake Hill, but he is strong enough to shed blockers and make the play. Mylod’s athleticism gives him the versatility to drop back into coverage when needed and he can keep up with running backs and even slot receivers. His performances last season have led to Mylod being touted as a potential all-state selection this year.
Alex Olsen, Senior – King Philip
Whether he’s leading the way as the fullback on offense, or he’s coming at you on defense, you don’t want to be in Alex Olsen’s way. Olsen is a strong, quick linebacker that can do a lot of things for the Warriors. Whether it’s coming on a blitz, coming up to stop a run, or dropping off into pass coverage, Olsen is a reliable option. He can read the play well and attack the ball carrier. Olsen has the speed to get around the edge and the strength to make the tackle. If the play is coming up the middle, Olsen is no stranger to big hits and can make a play there too. He’s solid in pass coverage and quick to make a play if the pass is completed.
Alec Ragusa, Junior – Canton
Canton middle linebacker Alec Ragusa is going to have a lot more responsibility in 2016 with some key pieces departed from the Bulldogs’ defense but don’t expect his production to change much. Ragusa hasn’t seen a ball carrier that he isn’t willing to chase down, no matter where on the field, and make a play. Even when someone is attempting to block Ragusa, he somehow manages to push his way towards the ball carrier and influence the play. When he does get his hands on an opponent, it’s not likely that they’ll be able to free themselves. As just a sophomore, Ragusa had some pretty big hits so with another year of growing and lifting, Ragusa could be one of the toughest players to get through.
Thomas Reynolds, Senior – North Attleboro
Another member of North Attleboro’s vaunted defense, Reynolds gives the Rocketeers a presence on the defensive line to bottle up opposing running games and take on blockers to allow lanes for linebackers such as Bobby Mylod to make plays. Reynolds was also able to get into the backfield from his interior line position, shedding blockers to get to the ball carrier or to the quarterback. He has quick feet and gets off the ball well, while having the size and strength to bully his way past the opposition line of scrimmage. A lot of attention is rightly paid to North’s linebackers and secondary but the line led by Reynolds and Thomas Kummer regularly won the battle at the line of scrimmage and gave the defense a foundation on which to make plays.
Travis Sjoberg, Senior – Mansfield
Coming off a season in which he recorded more than 80 tackles, Sjoberg is the lynchpin of an experienced front seven for the Hornets that has Mansfield fans hoping for a quick turnaround from a 5-6 season and a challenge for the Kelley-Rex crown. Sjoberg is an aggressive linebacker who closes quickly and is relentless in pursuit of the ball. He is always around the line of scrimmage making plays and will be one of the vocal leaders on the defensive side of the ball. Behind Mansfield’s big defensive line, Sjoberg and the linebackers will have room to make plays and he has the potential to reach the 100-tackle plateau this season.
Izon Swain-Price, Senior – Stoughton
Teams are going to have a hard time throwing the ball against the Black Knights this season with Swain-Price in coverage against the top receiver. Swain-Price has the size and athleticism to match up with just about any receiver in the league and the closing speed to make plays on the ball even when it seems that he has been beaten on a route. There are plenty of times when quarterbacks think they have a sure completion on a throw to the sidelines only to see Swain-Price swoop in and get a piece of it. As a receiver on offense, he also has the hands to make plays in the secondary and then turn it into points on the other end. Between Swain-Price at the edge and Ryan Sullivan at safety, speed will not be an issue for the Black Knights defense.
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2016 Kelley-Rex Football Preview
2015 Record: 7-4
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Mike Strachan
Attleboro has developed as a program under head coach Mike Strachan and continues to be one of the teams contend with for the Kelley-Rex title even with a number of new faces on the roster heading into this fall. Even with the loss of standout lineman Kyle Murphy, the Bombardiers will have size on both sides of the ball and use that to control the line of scrimmage.
Offensively, senior quarterback Tyler McGovern returns after an injury knocked him out of the starting lineup midway through last season. He gives Attleboro the chance to look downfield, while junior Cam Furtado stepped in at QB last year and proved to be a dynamic athlete who opened up defenses with his legs.
The offense will flow behind senior lineman Andrew Gingras. At 6’5 and 285 pounds, Gingras will be counted on to open holes for senior running back Sam Corrado and also provide a stout run stopper on defense. Corrado will also provide help at linebacker and on special teams.
“The 2016 Bombardiers are a young team with many players that will be competing for time both offensively and defensively,” said Strachan, who is confident that despite the youth on the roster that Attleboro will be a team to watch this fall.
2015 Record: 2-9
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Eian Bain
Jacob Wolowacki, Sr., RB; Packie Watson, Sr., WR/DB; Joey Blasie, Sr., WR/DB; John Fenton, Sr., OL/DL; Jake Noviello, Jr., QB; Jake Lyons, Sr., RB/DB; Brad Jarosz, Sr., FB/DL; Nick Gordon, So., QB/DB; Khyler Colella, Sr., RB/LB
There is a lot of energy in the Franklin camp over the past couple of weeks, as new head coach Eian Bain takes over from longtime coach Brad Sidwell and looks to give the Panthers a boost after three straight one-win seasons in the Kelley-Rex division. Bain said that he expects there to be a “different vibe” from the team this season.
The Panthers have a lot of experience coming back this season starting in the backfield with quarterbacks Jake Noviello (junior) and Alex Cregg (senior), who both saw action last season. Whoever is starting will have a host of experienced receivers to look for with Eddie Scannapieco, Packie Watson, and Joey Blasie on the outside and 6’5 Connor Peterson at tight end. The bulk of the offense will run through senior tailback Jacob Wolowacki, who emerged last year as a go-to back with three touchdown runs.
Defensively, Franklin has a lot of talent returning in the back seven led by senior safety Jake Lyons, who will also help out as a running back on offense. The secondary also includes Kyle McInery and Nick Gordon with Justin O’Callahan, Bruce Johnson and Khyler Colella manning the linebacker positions. Brad Jarosz will add size to the defensive end position.
Bain said, “It has been an uptempo, high energy camp in Franklin. Players have answered the bell every step of the way to learn both new offensive and defensive systems. While still a work in progress, the team is making strides every day.”
2015 Record: 5-6
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Brian Lee
John DeLuca, Sr., QB; Sean Garrity, Sr., RB/DB; Brett Mazur, Sr., TE/LB; Alex Olsen, Sr., FB/LB; Giovanni Fernandez, Sr., RB/LB; Daniel Loewen, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Sullivan, Sr., OL/DL; Paul Macrina, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Mello, Sr., WR/DB
King Philip got off to a rough start last season, but managed to turn things around with a dramatic victory at Mansfield and won three out of four to get back into the postseason. The Warriors could be inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball in 2015, but with experienced skill position players coming back KP could be ready to challenge for the league title.
It begins in the backfield with senior quarterback John DeLuca, who is ready for his third year as the starter and is one of the toughest signal callers in the league. This season, DeLuca will have a number of weapons to help put points on the board. Senior running back Sean Garrity will add speed to the edge for the Warriors, while his classmate Giovanni Fernandez is a power back to add another dimension inside the red zone. Senior Michael Mello returns to add experience to the receiving corps.
The strength of the Warriors under head coach Brian Lee has been defense and line play and this season should be no different. Seniors Paul Macrina, Michael Sullivan, and Daniel Loewen will be major factors on both sides of the ball. Senior Alex Olsen has the potential to be the defensive MVP this year taking over the role of graduated linebacker Cory Lombardo. Fernandez and fellow senior Brett Mazur will add strength to the linebacker position as well.
2015 Record: 5-6
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Semifinal
Coach: Michael Redding
Hunter Ferreira, Jr., WR/DB; Ben Budwey, Sr., WR; Brian Lynch, Sr., RB; Nick Graham, Sr., RB/DB; Anthony DeGirolamo, Sr., QB; AJ Gibbs, Sr., OL/DL; Colin Gibbons, Sr., OL/DL; Travis Sjoberg, Sr., LB; Andrew Ducharme, Sr., OL/DL; Nick Krouskos, Sr., RB/LB; Diogo DeSousa, Sr., K
Mansfield’s defense held teams to 15 or fewer points in all but two games last year. Only St. John’s Prep and Marshfield (two teams ranked in the top five in the state when they faced the Hornets) were able to get any rhythm going offensively against the Hornets. Despite strength on that side of the ball, Mansfield struggled to find consistency on offense and ended up one point short of a share of the Kelley-Rex division title.
This season, the Hornets offense could be a huge strength with a number of playmakers returning. Senior quarterback Anthony DeGirolamo will be the starter for the second season in a row and will have a strong backfield around him with senior Brian Lynch as the power back and Nick Graham giving Mansfield speed to the edges. DeGirolamo will be able to aim for junior Hunter Ferreira, who has emerged as one of the top receivers in the league, and senior Ben Budwey.
On defense, the front seven will once again be a strong feature for the Hornets. A.J. Gibbs, Colin Gibbons, and Andrew Ducharme add size and strength on both sides of the ball, while senior linebacker Travis Sjoberg is a leader with the potential for hitting triple digits in tackles this fall. Senior placekicker Diogo DeSousa is a weapon in special teams after being recognized at kicking camps over the summer.
“We are a senior team (30 seniors),” said Mansfield head coach Mike Redding, “but we have some very talented juniors and sophomores that will help us win this year and give us some great depth”
2015 Record: 2-9
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mike Holland
Liston Funai, Sr., RB; Jack Mills, Sr., OL/DL; Travis Campbell, Sr., QB/LB; Kyle Gagliardi, Sr., QB/DB; Leandro Moro, Sr., TE/LB; Jay Fruci, Jr., LB; Noah Fitzgerald, Jr., DB; Michael Mulrean, Jr., DB
Oliver Ames head coach Mike Holland is entering his second season in charge of the Tigers and will also be managing the program’s first fall in the Kelley-Rex division. In the last three games of 2015, OA beat Norwell and North Quincy and battled Sharon in a three-point loss on Thanksgiving Day, building momentum heading into this season.
The Tigers are excited about the potential of the offense with two quarterbacks who can make plays with their feet or their arms. Kyle Gagliardi and Travis Campbell are in the mix to be the starter and Holland expressed confidence in both of his seniors. OA also has a strong running game with senior Liston Funai leading the way for a group of backs that provide the Tigers with toughness and the ability to find open space.
OA has a lot of experience returning on the defensive side of the ball. Jack Mills will be a force on both the offensive and defensive line, while Jay Fruci and Leandro Moro will provide a spark from the linebacker spot. The secondary has also been boosted by Noah Fitzgerald and Michael Mulrean. “[We] have an excellent group of seniors and younger guys,” said Holland. “Kids are working hard and putting in strong efforts in all phases.”
2015 Record: 1-10
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Brad Sidwell
Adam Mclaughlin, Sr., WR/DB; Andrew Welington, Sr., TE/LB; Collin Hunter, Jr., QB; Khoury Simmons, Sr., OL/DL; Jake Norberto, Sr., OL/DL; Khoury Simmons, Sr., OL/DL; Paul Corrao, Jr., OL/DL; Zakim Harrow, Sr., OL/DL; Sylvester English, Sr., OL/DL; Mike Fernandez, Sr., TE/LB; Brevan Walker, Sr., RB/DB
The Tigers have a new coaching staff this fall, but it will be one that is very familiar to fans of the Hockomock League. Brad Sidwell moved to Taunton after 20 years in charge of the Franklin program. Sidwell comes into his new position with plenty of experience in the league and an experienced roster that has 14 returning starters, but the Tigers enter 2016 without a Kelley-Rex win since 2012.
There is optimism in the camp this preseason because of the large number of returning players and because of the size that Taunton boasts on the front line. Senior Zakim Harrow checks in at 6’2 and 335 pounds, his classmate Sylvester English is 6’1 and 290 pounds and junior Paul Carrao is 6’3 and 270 pounds. Those players will open holes on both sides of the ball and create space for playmakers such as senior linebacker Mike Fernandez and senior running back Brevan Walker.
There is a battle for the quarterback position this season. Junior Collin Hunter threw 11 touchdown passes last fall but sophomore Noah Leonard has impressed in camp and could snag the starting spot for Friday night’s opener at New Bedford. Whoever is under center will have a couple of strong targets to aim for with senior receivers Adam McLaughlin and Sam Krajewski and senior tight end Andrew Wellington all back.
“We’re just looking for improvement everyday,” Sidwell said. “Hopefully with a little confidence we can get off to a good start.”