The Massachusetts Coaches Association released its 2013 All-State football team Thursday, a group of 26 that includes record-setting Natick quarterback Troy Flutie and 16 players from Eastern Massachusetts. The team is a mix of both MIAA and NEPSAC players and all 26 are seniors.
The 13 players selected on the offense starts with Flutie. The Natick senior broke the state record for both single-season (47) and career (112) touchdown passes. Also selected as quarterbacks were Mansfield's Kyle Wisnieski and Springfield Central's Cody Williams.
Three running backs were selected – Plymouth South's Dylan Oxsen, Needham's Mike Panepinto, and Johnathan Thomas of St. John's Prep. The receivers were Cardinal Spellman's Rory Donovan and Holyoke's Justin White. Offensive linemen included Millis-Hopedale's Jon Baker, Dexter's James Hendren, Duxbury's Grant Kramer, Northbridge's Tom Tabur, and Medway's Kevin Sheehan.
On defense, three linemen were selected, Tewksbury's Ed Matovu, Newburyport's Dillon Guthro, and Westfield's Corey Ward. Five linebackers were named All-State, including Bishop Fenwick's Nick Bona, Milton Academy's Drew Jacobs, King Philip's Brett McEvoy, Barnstable's Hayden Murphy, and St. Sebastian's Connor Strachan.
Defensive backs selected include Catholic Memorial's Kevin Bletzer, Central Catholic's D'Andre Druummond-Mayrie, Littleton's Alex McLaughlin, Leominster's Neil O'Conner, and Doherty's Isaac Yiadom.
The team will be honored at a banquet March 2 at Lantana's in Randolph. The banquet is sponsored by the MHSFCA and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
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