ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Jonathan DiBiaso, senior quarterback of the Everett High Crimson Tide, is the recipient of its second annual "Mr. Football" award, to be presented annually to the top high school football player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Football award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. DiBiaso was honored before yesterday's Patriots-Colts game at Gillette Stadium along with his family. On hand to present DiBiaso with the award were Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett, and University of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.
"We are honored to present our second annual Mr. Football Award to Jonathan DiBiaso," said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Brendan Hall. "Like Matt Costello before him, this was an overwhelming clear-cut choice. Jonathan overcame criticisms and the graduation of some of the program's finest athletes ever, to outperform what was an historic junior season. He should be proud that he will go down as statistically the best high school quarterback to come through Massachusetts."
DiBiaso led the Crimson Tide to a second straight Super Bowl title last Saturday, throwing for 108 yards in the Tide's 36-13 win over Lincoln-Sudbury, at Bentley University. He finished the year with 2,839 yards and a state single-season record 44 touchdown passes, breaking his own personal mark of 43 last season. In the Tide's win over Medford in October, DiBiaso broke the state touchdown pass record held by Brockton's Tom Colombo (85). He finishes his career at Everett with 103 touchdown passes and 7,052 passing yards, both state records.
"Not only is Jonathan a very worthy candidate for his accomplishments on the field, he has become a leader on and off the field for his teammates," said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza. "As a standout student in the classroom, he is the embodiment of what we have hoped the Mr. Football program would be, a recognition for a player who values football equally as he does his teammates and education."
With DiBiaso under center, the Tide went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in ESPN Boston's state-wide MIAA Top 25 poll. The Tide have remained in the top spot of ESPN Boston's poll since Week 6 of the 2010 season. In DiBiaso's four seasons with the Everett varsity, the Tide went 42-5, including a perfect 26-0 in his junior and senior campaigns.
This marks the second consecutive year that an Everett athlete has been named Mr. Football. Wide receiver Matt Costello, a freshman wide receiver at Princeton, was the inaugural recipient in 2010, and also took Gatorade Player of the Year honors.