Mansfield junior wide receiver Brendan Hill, who suffered a partial tear in his medial collateral ligament, won’t play in Saturday’s Division 2 Super Bowl, coach Mike Redding said Wednesday morning at the Championship Breakfast at Gillette Stadium.
Hill will not have surgery, Redding said, but will undergo rehab that will keep him out six weeks, which will carry over into basketball season.
Kyle Hurley will start in place of Hill against St. John’s of Shrewsbury.
“We’ll miss Brendan,” Redding said. “I don’t know if we get here [the Super Bowl] without him, but we can win with Kyle Hurley.”
Hill suffered the injury in the Hornets’ Thanksgiving Day win over Foxboro.
Xaverian senior running back Shayne Kaminski is also expected to miss Saturday’s Division 1 Super Bowl against Central Catholic, coach Charlie Stevenson said. Stevenson said Kaminski has more doctor’s visits, but that the initial belief is a broken fibula.
Kaminski was on crutches and wore a boot on his right foot at Wednesday’s breakfast.
Kaminski also suffered his injury on Thanksgiving in a win over St. John’s Prep.
With the MIAA’s playoff format change, this year’s Vocational Bowls also underwent a facelift, one that ensures the best vocational schools a chance to win a championship.
Since its 2006 start, voke bowls were scheduled after Thanksgiving Day games, with the four best teams left that did not make the MIAA playoffs getting the nod for a title shot. But with the MIAA scheduling Thanksgiving games ahead of the State Super Bowls, there were many vocational schools in MIAA playoffs that now could take part in the voke bowl. The change resulted in tighter competition and a heightened drive for a vocational championship.
“Last year, MIAA playoff teams couldn’t play,” said Blackstone Valley athletic director and Vocational Bowl organizer Michelle Denise. “This year, it’s truly a championship of the top vocational schools. There’s a little more at stake this year because the interest is a little more focused.”
Blackstone Valley (10-1) will clash with Northeast (9-2) in the Large Division championship game starting at 7 p.m. at Braintree High. Northeast makes its first appearance while Blackstone will be playing in its third.
Both teams had stellar regular seasons, starting the year 9-0 and making it to the sectional finals of their respective divisions before being ousted from the MIAA playoffs.
Northeast coach Don Heres noted that the bowl game offers his team a chance at redemption and the stamp of a winning season.
“We still feel a little sour, we didn’t feel like we played our best football,” said Heres of the team’s 43-6 playoff loss to Bishop Fenwick. “This is a great opportunity for the kids and for our program. To make it deep into the playoffs, lose, and still have a chance to win a championship is huge,” he said.
North Shore (7-3) and defending champion Blue Hills (7-4) will play for the Small Division title at 4:30 p.m.