ESPN Boston announced the five finalists for the 2011 Mr. Football award today, and the names on the list should sound very familiar.
Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso is a finalist, and he's joined by Duxbury quarterback Matt O'Keefe, Catholic Memorial running back/receiver Armani Reeves, Chelmsford linebacker Tim Joy and Putnam running back Melquawn Pinkney.
At this point, I'd have to single out DiBiaso as the frontrunner. He's leading the No. 1 team in the state, and he's arguably having an even better year than he did in 2010, when he set the state's single-season TD pass record. Here's what the ESPN Boston story has to say about Dibs:
The returning All-Stater more than lived up to his hype so far in the 2011 season, breaking the state's all-time mark of 85 career touchdown passes late last month. And with as many as three games left on the slate, he could not only put it into triple-digits (he currently has 97), but out of reach. Through 10 games for the undefeated No. 1 Crimson Tide, he has completed 148 of 250 passes for 2,407 yards and 38 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Since the start of the 2010 season, DiBiaso has thrown 81 touchdown passes to just 10 interceptions.
You also have to be impressed with the season Pinkney is having. The senior has already rushed for 2,113 yards and 33 touchdowns. Maybe it's because of an EMass bias (I admit, I've seen a lot more of DiBiaso than I have of Pinkney), but if pressed for a vote right now I'd cast it for DiBiaso.
Thankfully, there's still a lot of football to be played.
To read the complete ESPN Boston story, click here.