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Roundtable: Midseason All-State, Awards projections

Scott Barboza

ESPN Boston High Schools Editor

OFFENSE

QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick

QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster

QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham

RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South

RB – Mike Panepinto, Sr., Needham

RB – Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick

WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell

WR – Jeff Trainor, Soph., Billerica

WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty

TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman

TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield

OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale

OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep

OL – Shawn Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South

OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury

OL – Aaron Monteiro, Jr., Brockton

ATH – Zach Elkinson, Jr., Holliston

ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable

K – John Fisher, Sr., Hingham

DEFENSE

DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian

DL – Will Greelish, Sr., Auburn

DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell

DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English

LB – Kevin Bletzer, Sr., Catholic Memorial

LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell

LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover

LB – Brett McEvoy, Sr., King Philip

LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett

LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester

DB – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster

DB – Lukas Denis, Jr., Everett

DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic

DB – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

D-ATH – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett

RET – Brooks Tyrell, Jr. Marblehead

Mr. Football Finalists:

Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale

Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner

Neil O’Connor, Leominster - Winner

Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South

Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South

Defensive Player of the Year – Tom Rodrick, Leicester

Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale

Coach of the Year – Bill Moore, Westfield

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Brendan Hall

ESPN Boston High Schools Editor

OFFENSE

QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick

QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster

RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South

RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham

RB – Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead

RB – Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick

WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty

WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell

WR – Brian Daly, Sr., Marblehead

TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield

TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman

OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale

OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury

OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep

OL – Shaun Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South

OL – Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield

ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable

ATH – Zach Elkinson, Jr., Holliston

DEFENSE

DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English

DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian

DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell

DL – Hunter Sallila, Sr., Fitchburg

LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett

LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell

LB – Brett McEvoy, Sr., King Philip

LB – Kevin Bletzer, Sr., Catholic Memorial

LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover

LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester

DB – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett

DB – Derek Estes, Sr., Barnstable

DB – Da’Quan Clemons, Sr., Springfield Central

DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic

D-ATH – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster

RET – Brady Jones, Sr., Pope John Paul II

Mr. Football Finalists

Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner

Neil O’Connor, Leominster

Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South

Tom Rodrick, Leicester

Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Defensive Player of the Year – Tom Rodrick, Leicester

Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale

Coach of the Year – Dave Palazzi, Leominster

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Ryan Kilian

Founder and Editor, Massachusetts Prep Stars (massprepstars.com)

OFFENSE

QB – Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

QB – Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick

QB – Andrew Smiley, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

QB – Neil O’Connor, Sr., Leominster

RB – Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South

RB – Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham

RB – Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead

RB – Olan Abner, Sr., Bedford

WR – Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty

WR – Ju’an Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

WR – Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell

WR – Will Blumenberg, Jr., Concord-Carlisle

TE – Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield

TE – Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman

OL – Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale

OL – Grant Kramer, Sr., Duxbury

OL – Kent Blaeser, Sr., St. John’s Prep

OL – Shawn Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South

OL – Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield

ATH – Hayden Murphy, Sr., Barnstable

ATH – Kevin Dick, Sr., Tewksbury

DEFENSE

DL – Chris Tinkham, Sr., Lynn English

DL – Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian

DL – Alex Quintero, Sr., Lowell

DL – Josh Palmer, Sr., Everett

LB – C.J. Parvelus, Sr., Everett

LB – Shyheim Cullen, Jr., Lowell

LB – Liam Kenneally, Sr., Reading

LB – Eddie Matovu, Sr., Tewksbury

LB – Will Eikenberry, Sr., Andover

LB – Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester

DB – Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett

DB – Derek Estes, Sr., Barnstable

DB – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

DB – D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic

D-ATH – Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster

Mr. Football Finalists:

D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Central Catholic

Lubern Figaro, Everett

Troy Flutie, Natick - Winner

Neil O’Connor, Leominster

Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Offensive Player of the Year – Neil O’Connor, Leominster

Defensive Player of the Year – Lubern Figaro, Everett

Lineman of the Year – Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale

Coach of the Year – Dave Palazzi, Leominster

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Bob McGovern

ESPN Boston correspondent

OFFENSE

QB - Cody Williams, Sr., Springfield Central

QB - Troy Flutie, Sr., Natick

QB - Will Bolster, Sr., Walpole

QB - Brian Dolan, Sr., Lowell

RB - Rufus Rushins, Jr., Bishop Fenwick

RB - Brooks Tyrrell, Jr., Marblehead

RB - Brandon Gallagher, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham

RB - Dylan Oxsen, Sr., Plymouth South

WR - Kevin Nunes, Sr., New Bedford

WR - Jack Galvin, Sr., Lowell

WR - T.J. Hairston, Jr., Watertown

WR - Isaac Yiadom, Sr., Doherty

TE - Rory Donovan, Sr., Cardinal Spellman

TE - Brendan Hill, Jr., Mansfield

OL - Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale

OL - Aaron Monteiro, Jr., Brockton

OL - Josh Briggs, Sr., Oliver Ames

OL - Joey Fitton, Sr., Holy Name

OL - Aidan Beresford, Sr., Marshfield

ATH - Malik Garrett, Sr., Melrose

ATH - Michael Dunn, Jr., Dennis-Yarmouth

DEFENSE

DL - Shaun Duncombe, Sr., Plymouth South

DL - John Panzini, Sr., Wakefield

DL - Joe Brown, Sr., Central Catholic

DL - Joe Gaziano, Jr., Xaverian

LB - Tom Rodrick, Sr., Leicester

LB - Steve DiCienzo, Sr., BC High

LB - Shayne Kaminski, Sr., Xaverian

LB - Eric Mercer, Sr., Melrose

LB - Eddie Matovu, Sr., Tewksbury

LB - Michael Kwegyir-Attah, Sr., Haverhill

DB - D'Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Sr., Central Catholic

DB - Lubern Figaro, Sr., Everett

DB - Damion Wood, Jr., Xaverian

DB - Jarell Addo, Sr., Leominster

D-ATH - Isaiah Douglas, Sr., Bishop Feehan

RET - Frank Roche, Jr., Arlington

Mr. Football Finalists:

Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick - Winner

Troy Flutie, Natick

Cody Williams, Springfield Central

Tom Rodrick, Leicester

Will Bolster, Walpole

Offensive Player of the Year: Rufus Rushins, Bishop Fenwick

Defensive Player of the Year: Jarell Addo, Leominster

Lineman of the Year: Shaun Duncombe, Plymouth South

Coach of the Year: Joe Gaff, BC High

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Joe Parello

ESPN Boston correspondent

Mr. Football Finalists:

1. Johnny Thomas, Sr. RB/DB, St. John's Prep

2. Neil O'Connor, Sr. QB/S, Leominster

3. Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick

4. Cody Williams, Sr. QB, Springfield Central

5. Dylan Oxsen, Sr. RB, Plymouth South

Obviously, Thomas isn't going to win the award at season's end due to injury, but it's hard not to have him at the top here at the midway point. The St. John's Prep sensation was living up to every bit of the preseason hype at running back and delivered, perhaps, the play of the year in high school football on defense, returning an interception 107 yards for a score against Central Catholic.

Just behind him you're splitting hairs between O'Connor and Flutie, but I think the Leominster two-way player does a little more for his team. Obviously, there's a lot of football to be played.

Offensive Player of the Year: Troy Flutie, Sr. QB, Natick

All that being said, from a purely offensive perspective, it's hard to top what Flutie has done for the Redhawks. Without his two best targets, the BC commit is still putting up video game numbers in Natick's undefeated start. Level of competition is a bit of a question, but over 1,000 yards and 17 TDs while breaking in new receivers is hard to argue with.

Defensive Player of the Year: Tom Rodrick, Sr. LB, Leicester

Call me crazy, but I can't think of a player that does more for his defense than Leicester's massive middle linebacker. The UConn commit has an undeniable nose for the ball and plays with infectious energy, but it's his thunderous hits that make even the best runners in Central Mass nervous to carry the ball against the Wolverines. Rodrick is also a special teams demon, blocking a critical extra point in Leicester's big win over Auburn Saturday night.

Lineman of the Year: Jon Baker, Sr., Millis/Hopedale

He's the best offensive line prospect in the state, opening gaping holes for MH's prolific senior RB Chris Ahl, and the anchor of a suddenly salty Mohawks defense. MH isn't exactly a powerhouse, but Baker is special.

Coach of the Year: Dave Palazzi, Leominster

It helps when you have talent, as the Blue Devils do this year, but not many coaches get more out of their talent than Palazzi. The second-year Leominster coach has had the Midas touch this season, moving star athlete Neil O'Connor from receiver to quarterback on offense, and bouncing UMass-bound athlete Jarell Addo around pretty much everywhere on both sides of the ball.

Palazzi has also found creative ways to utilize versatile athletes James Gurley, Mayson Williams and Jake Allain, while running everything from the spread option to the double wing in Leominster's unpredictable attack.

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Mike Abelson

ESPN Boston correspondent

Mr. Football: Johnny Aylward, Sr. QB, Tewksbury

He might not be the best overall player, but no one is more valuable to his team than he is for Tewksbury.

Finalists: Issac Yiadom, Doherty; Brendan Hill, Mansfield; Troy Flutie, Natick; Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South

Offensive Player of the Year: Troy Flutie, Natick

Defensive Player of the Year: Tom Rodrick, Leicester

Coach of the year: Tom Ryan, Methuen