ESPNBoston.com and its high school sports staff today announced that Coby Tippett, senior cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner for the Xaverian Brothers High School Hawks, is the recipient of its sixth annual Mr. Football award, presented annually to the top overall high school football player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Football Award was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Tippett was presented the award before Sunday’s contest between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, at Gillette Stadium. Presenting the award were Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, who is the team’s Executive Director of Community Relations.
“We are pleased to present Coby Tippett with our sixth annual Mr. Football award,” said ESPNBoston High Schools editor Brendan C. Hall. “There are very few players over the last decade that dominated in all three phases of the game the way Coby did this fall in lieu of his limited touches. From Armani Reeves to Lukas Denis, we’ve been blessed to cover a number of 'triple threats' over the years, guys who were a danger to take it to the house any time they got their hands on the ball, and I’m proud to say Coby is up there with the best of them. Simply put, he was a breathtaking high school football player to watch.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Tippett, a Sharon resident and returning ESPNBoston All-State selection, was the catalyst for the Hawks in their run to a second straight MIAA Division 1 State Championship. He punctuated his explosive senior campaign with an awe-inspiring performance in last Saturday’s state final, scoring a touchdown in three different ways (rushing, receiving, interception return) as the Hawks beat Central Catholic to extend their state-best 24 games. Headed into the state final, the Hawks hadn’t allowed a passing touchdown all season, and had pitched three straight shutouts. They finished the year having allowed just two passing touchdowns and shutting out seven teams, outscoring the opposition on the year 375-51.
Blessed with a special blend of speed and athleticism, Tippett was a true home-run threat in all three phases of the game, scoring a touchdown a combined five different ways from the receiver, running back, cornerback and kick returner positions. On the season, he totaled 1,114 all-purpose yards and eight interceptions. Counting his interceptions, Tippett scored 17 touchdowns on a total of just 53 touches, averaging a score for every three times he touched the ball.
"Watching Coby's maturation as a football player over the last three season has truly been a pleasure to watch," said ESPNBoston High Schools editor Scott Barboza. "He was always a natural threat on special teams as a returner, but to see his development as a cornerback and multi-threat athlete on offense this past year was truly remarkable. He worked hard to maximize his potential and was an integral part of two Xaverian championship teams that will be held in high regard among the rich program's very best teams."
Central Catholic’s Steven Jackson, Peabody’s Doug Santos, and Marshfield’s Danny Dalton and Jack Masterson were the four other finalists for the award, announced on Nov. 26.
Tippett is the second player from Xaverian to win the award; defensive end Joe Gaziano won the award last year. He joins Natick’s Troy Flutie, St. John’s Prep’s Alex Moore, and Everett’s Jonathan DiBiaso and Matt Costello among past recipients in the award’s history.