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Midseason football staff superlatives

Continuing with our mid-season theme today, ESPN Boston high school editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall check in with quick-hit thoughts on the area's best.

BRENDAN HALL

Coach of the Year: Paul Funk, Dennis-Yarmouth

Best offense: Everett

Best defense: Duxbury

Biggest surprise: Needham

MVC Large winner: Chelmsford

Hockomock Kelly-Rex winner: Mansfield

Hockomock Davenport winner: Stoughton

Catholic Conference winner: BC High

DCL Large winner: Westford

South Shore winner: Mashpee

ISL Bowl invites: Governor’s Academy, Belmont Hill

Best offensive player: Armani Reeves, Catholic Memorial

Best defensive player: Tie – Tim Joy, Chelmsford; Maurice Hurst Jr., Xaverian

Best small-school player: Casey DeAndrade, East Bridgewater

Second-half breakthrough to watch: Jonathan Thomas, Soph. RB, St. John’s Prep

Mr. Football Top 5:

1. Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett

2. Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury

3. Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam

4. Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High

5. Armani Reeves, Sr. RB/WR, Catholic Memorial

SCOTT BARBOZA

Coach of the Year: Dave Duffy, Needham

Best offense: Everett

Best defense: Duxbury

Biggest surprise: Brockton

MVC Large winner: Chelmsford

Hockomock Kelly-Rex winner: Mansfield

Hockomock Davenport winner: Oliver Ames

Catholic Conference winner: BC High

DCL Large winner: Lincoln-Sudbury

South Shore winner: East Bridgewater

ISL Bowl invites: Governor’s Academy, Belmont Hill

Best offensive player: Melquawn Pinkney, Putnam

Best defensive player: Tim Joy, Chelmsford

Best small-school player: Malcolm Brown, Pope John XXIII

Second-half breakthrough to watch: Austin DeCarr, Xaverian

Mr. Football Top 5:

1. Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam

2. Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury

3. Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett

4. Tim Joy, Sr. LB, Chelmsford

5. Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham