Meet the standout performers who earned All-Scholastic honors for their work this season:
Athletes of the Year
Division 1: St. John’s Prep, RB/FS
Alex Moore, the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, did it all for the Eagles. He rushed for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 20 passes for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns, and contributed four interceptions and four forced fumbles on defense.
Division 1A: Barnstable, QB
The 6-4, 225-pound senior moved from receiver to quarterback and led the Red Raiders to the Division 1A Super Bowl. Peabody threw for 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. Tops in his class, Peabody is considering Princeton, among other Ivy League schools.
Division 2: Reading, QB
Belcher led unbeaten Reading to the Division 2 Super Bowl title, passing for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Rockets averaged 32.5 points per game on the way to a 13-0 mark. The Middlesex Liberty MVP also ran for more than 800 yards and 15 scores.
Division 2A: Plymouth South, RB/LB
The Panthers’ explosive junior running back tied for an EMass-leading 40 touchdowns (39 rushing), and added five more against Natick in the Division 2A playoffs. Oxsen gained more than 2,000 yards and led Plymouth South to its first Atlantic Coast League championship.
Division 3: Westwood, QB/DB
Berluti helped lead the Wolverines (8-4) to the Tri-Valley League Large title. The three-sport athlete passed for 1,950 yards and 26 touchdowns (the most in Division 3) while rushing 100 times for 675 yards and three scores in his senior season. He’ll attend Amherst.
Division 3A: Wareham, RB/DB
The leading scorer in Div. 3A, Fernandez tied the school record for touchdowns in a season (24) and set a school career record with 35 scores. A 1,350-yard rusher and starter in the defensive secondary, he led the Vikings to a 9-2 mark.
Division 4: Greater Lawrence, RB/OLB
The centerpiece of the Reggie offense, Rivera broke the 2,000-yard mark and collected 25 touchdowns. For his career Rivera has gained 4,123 yards and scored 46 times. The senior running back also plays on the other side of the ball at linebacker. Rivera is currently uncommitted but does plan on playing football at the college level.
Division 4A: Blue Hills, FB/LB
Burton capped his high school career by rushing for 2,196 yards and 36 touchdowns and scored an EMass-high 258 points. In his three years at Blue Hills, Burton amassed 5,530 rushing yards (sixth in state history) and scored 650 points, third in state history.
Division 5: Latin Academy, QB
The honors student broke the school record for touchdown passes, finishing with 24, and also added eight rushing scores for the Dragons. The junior also enjoys snowboarding and golf.
Division A: Salisbury (Conn.), RB/OLB
Averaging nearly 6 yards per carry, the Salisbury School MVP led his team to a NEPSAC Class A championship. Abdur-Rahman, the Erickson Player of the Year, rushed for 925 yards this season. On defense he accounted for three interceptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Division A: Phillips Exeter
The Class A Offensive Player of the Year finished the fall with 1,763 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. He also had 21 receptions for 384 yards and two scores. The team captain and MVP, he’s a three-time All New England running back at Exeter.
Division B: Governor’s Academy, QB
Jozokos led Governor’s Academy to another undefeated season with his 1,127 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He scored five touchdowns in a 42-27 win over Cheshire Academy in the Tom Flaherty Bowl to cap a perfect season. Jozokos is committed to UNC to play lacrosse.
Division B: Suffield, RB/FS
The 5-11, 190-pound running back did a little bit of everything for unbeaten Suffield Academy. The Colonial League Play of the Year rushed for 1,723 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per carry, and also recorded 30 tackles and had an interception return for a touchdown.
Division C: Portsmouth Abbey, RB/DB
Kreinz gained 1,581 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns on 132 carries this season. He also added three touchdowns on interceptions and two more on kick returns. The Evergreen (South League) Player of the Year will attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Bishop Feehan, senior, RB
The centerpiece in the Shamrocks’ rushing attack, the shifty Allen netted 1,351 yards rushing and found the end zone 17 times for the Super Bowl champs. Also a special teams standout, Allen returned kicks and led EMass with 38 PATs and booted two field goals.Continued...