By now you’ve heard of Jonathan DiBiaso and Matt Montalto. Here are 10 super players you may not know about.
BRENDAN MELANSON, St. John’s (Shrewsbury): The Pioneers play at Gillette Stadium for the first time, and witnesses to this notable event will see plenty of the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Melanson, who never leaves the field. The three-year starter plays center, defensive end, inside linebacker in nickel packages, and is the long-snapper on special teams. He registered 40 solo tackles this season with 2.5 sacks, and has not botched a snap in three seasons.
JOHN MONTELUS, Everett (above): Crimson Tide quarterback Jonthan DiBiaso has enjoyed some of the best pass protection in the state during his record-shattering three-years under center, and Montelus, a 6-4, 290-pound tackle, is a significant layer of the five-man security blanket in front of DiBiaso. Montelus, a junior has scholarship offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Connecticut, North Carolina State, and Virginia.
WILL TWYMAN, Lincoln-Sudbury: The 6-3, 218-pound senior is a three-year starter at linebacker and leads the Warriors with 106 tackles (17 for loss). Twyman is also the kicker, hitting 37 of 40 extra points for the season, and 4 of 5 field goals. He has committed to Brown.
DEREK TARPEY, Tewksbury: His statistics speak volumes (team-high 125 tackles, 12 for loss, three interceptions, four forced fumbles), but when asked to illustrate his game with words coach Brian Ayl- ward describes Tarpey as the ‘‘heart and soul of our defense.’’ The 5-11, 190-pound senior is a three-year starter and, with reps on the offensive line at guard, a big-hitter on both sides of the ball.
TOMMY DAVIS, Bourne: Offensive line- men often get recognized when they make mistakes, which is why you’ve probably never noticed Davis. The 6-1, 190-pound junior is a two-year starter and the leader of the offensive line from the tackle position.
He also leads the team with eight sacks as a defensive end.
MATT McKENNA, Wakefield: McKenna was hit by a car during preseason of his sophomore year. Instead of becoming the team’s starting quarterback as planned that season, he spent the next two years recovering from a severe concussion and injuries that required surgery on his shoulder and knee. He returned this season as a wide receiver to lead the Warriors in touchdown receptions (5), catches (27) and receiving yards (626) with an average of 23.2 yards per catch.
TOMMY KENNEDY, Dennis-Yarmouth: Kennedy is an animal as a tackle on the defensive line. The 5-9, 210-pound senior registered 63 tackles this season (15 for loss), with seven sacks and five forced fumbles (two recovered), despite consistently drawing double teams. In his third year starting on defense he has also taken on a starting role at guard protecting star quarterback Montalto.
SAGE PHILIPPE, Cathedral: The 6-1, 235-pound junior is a starter at middle linebacker and left tackle. He registered an interception and three sacks to go with a team-high 118 tackles this season. Philippe is a physical presence on the field and a vocal leader in the locker room. Coach Duane Sigsbury describes him as fearless. ‘‘He would run through a brick wall,’’ Sigsbury said.
LUKE WENDT, Hamilton-Wenham: A first team all-star for CAL/ NEC Div. 4, the senior defensive end/tight end is a transfer from Masconomet, where he was also a starter. Generals coach Andrew Morency describes Wendt as a terror on defense. He registered five tackles and a sack in last Tuesday’s playoff win over Newburyport. His numbers as a tight end are not an accurate indicator of what an important role he plays in the Generals’ run-first offense, using ferocious blocking to open up space for Elliott Burr and quarterback
GRAHAM KILPATRICK, Mashpee: A dominant defensive end, Kilpatrick has battled injury for the better part of two seasons. He missed his entire junior year with a torn ACL, and has just begun playing at 100 per- cent in the last four weeks. In those four games, he has registered seven sacks, including three in the Falcons’ playoff win over Millis/Hopedale. The 6-3, 250-pound senior also starts at right tackle.
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