Players of the Year

Joe Gaziano

Division 1: Xaverian, DE/K

The Northwestern-bound defensive end had 51 tackles and 16 sacks for the Division 1 state champion Hawks defense that allowed 9.8 points per game. Gaziano, a two-time Globe All-Scholastic, also kicked two field goals and 34 extra points. The two-time reigning Catholic Conference MVP finished his career with 139 tackles, 33 sacks, and an interception.

Mark Glebus

Division 2: King Philip, RB/SS

Coach Brian Lee said Glebus is the most talented player he’s coached in his 10-year coaching career. Glebus’s 7.26 yards-per-carry, 21 touchdowns, and 37 tackles took the Warriors to the Division 2 North semifinal this season.


Jack Lavanchy

Division 3SW: Walpole, WR/DB/K

Lavanchy caught 46 passes for 765 yards and 14 touchdowns. The senior also picked off six passes, one of which he returned for a TD. On special teams, Lavanchy returned a punt for a TD and hit a game-winning field goal against Natick.

Nick Athy

Division 4: Holliston, QB/DB

Athy was the Tri-Valley League MVP and led his team to a 12-1 record and Division 4 Super Bowl title. Athy passed for 1,573 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,429 yards and 28 TDs. He led Division 4 in scoring.

Rufus Rushins

Division 5: Bishop Fenwick, RB/LB

The senior back led the Crusaders to the Division 5 state semifinal, breaking school records by rushing for 1,899 yards and 19 touchdowns. He rarely left the field, recording 68 solo tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries from his linebacker position.

Johnny Mims

Division 6: Dorchester, QB/LB

Mims was the glue that kept Dorchester running all season long, his shiftiness and deceptive speed earning him 1,389 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, good for second in Division 6 scoring with 123 points. The senior plans to attend a four-year university and play football.



Dexter Andrews, Brighton, senior, RB/SS

The senior back gained 2,210 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns, including 1,474 yards on the ground. He also contributed on defense at safety, intercepting three passes and recording 40 solo tackles.

Dan Bailey, Essex Tech, senior, MLB/RB

For the second consecutive year, the middle linebacker was honored as the CAC Small MVP. He had 106 tackles, 25 for a loss, and he’s a four time CAC All-Star. Essex won the Vocational Small School Bowl game led by Bailey.

Matt Benson, Marshfield, LB/OL

The senior linebacker/guard was the heart of the Division 2 Super Bowl champs. His 92 tackles powered a relentless Marshfield defense that allowed 20 or more points just three times. Benson had five tackles in the Rams’ 45-6 Super Bowl win.

Jake Burt, St. John’s Prep, senior, TE

The Boston College commit was a huge piece to the Eagles’ offense. The senior tight end caught 31 passes for 311 yards and eight touchdowns. Burt is also captain of the Prep basketball team and a member of the National Honor Society.

Luca Cerasani, Abington, senior, OL/DL

The senior lineman was a pivotal piece in the Green Wave’s ride to a Division 5 Super Bowl victory. Cerasani notched more than 90 tackles (21 for a loss), 14 sacks, and had two fumble recoveries, anchoring a defense that gave up 14.0 points per game.

Michael Chipman, Holliston, senior, OL/DL

Chipman started the offensive and defensive lines for the Division 4 state champion Panthers and was named the Tri-Valley League Lineman of the Year. Chipman had 35 tackles and three sacks this season and helped solidify the offensive line.


Jeff Costello, Lexington, junior, QB/WR

Costello was second in Division 1 with 29 touchdown passes. The junior quarterback also threw for 2,500 yards and added 731 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. The two-time Middlesex League All-Star was also the Minutemen’s kicker and punter.

Spencer Craig, Marblehead, senior, QB/OLB

Craig passed for more than 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 700 yards and 13 TDs. On defense, he recorded 85 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Also a basketball standout, Craig will attend the US Naval Academy next fall.

Shyheim Cullen, Lowell, senior, RB/LB

Cullen is the two-time reigning Merrimack Valley Conference defensive player of the year. The senior linebacker had 58 tackles — 13 for losses — and three sacks this season. The Syracuse commit also rushed for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Dan Dalton, Marshfield, junior, TE

The Division 2 Super Bowl win capped a fine season for the junior tight end. He finished with 56 catches for 765 yards and nine touchdowns and also had 49 tackles at defensive end. He has 91 catches for 1,299 yards and 12 TDs in his career.

Lukas Denis, Everett, senior, DB/WR

The Boston College-bound senior was a shutdown defensive back, the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver, and a consistent running back. He also stepped in at quarterback when needed. Denis picked off eight passes and returned three of them for scores.


Andrew DeNucci, Newton North, senior, LB

The senior linebacker had 102 tackles (27 for losses), four sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception for the Tigers. The first-team Bay State Carey All-Star has a 3.92 GPA and also plays lacrosse for the Tigers.

Brian Dunlap, Natick, senior, WR

After missing the 2013 season with a foot injury, Dunlap returned to lead Division 2 with 21 receiving touchdowns and 26 total TDs. He finished his senior season with 60 catches for 1,278 yards and 2,104 all-purpose yards.

Mike Dunn, Dennis-Yarmouth, senior, RB/WR/CB

Dunn passed for 1,060 yards and eight touchdowns, and rushed for 1,335 yards and 21 scores, making him the second-highest scorer in Division 4. He also caught 11 passes for 195 yards and another score and finished with six career interceptions.

Zach Elkinson, Holliston, senior, WR/DB

Elkinson, a three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star, rushed for 826 yards and had 737 receiving yards this season. Elkinson accounted for 20 touchdowns for the Panthers, and will be playing lacrosse next year at the University of Hartford.

Matt Froio, Cohasset, senior, ILB/LG

The Skippers captain racked up 163 tackles in the Super Bowl-winning winning season (12.5 tackles per game), totaling 311 for his career. The South Shore League Small MVP and honor roll student also captained the 2014 state champion wrestling team at Cohasset.

Sean Gillis, Winthrop, senior, RB/LB

The three-year starter played on both lines for the Vikings. Defensively, he led Winthrop in tackles while he was one of the team’s best blockers on the offensive side. He is a member of the National Honor Society.


Joey Girolamo, Stoughton, senior, FB/LB

Girolamo racked up 1,294 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. The Hockomock League MVP finished his career with 2,633 yards and 35 TDs. The 5-8, 200-pound senior helped the Black Knights to a 9-2 season and a 34-0 Thanksgiving win over Canton.

Jack Hubley, Lincoln-Sudbury, senior, LB/FB

The Dual County league Defensive Player of the Year paced the Warriors with 82 tackles, including 22 in a playoff loss to North Andover. Switching from offensive line to fullback this season, he rushed for 851 yards and 14 TDs.

Kenny Kern, Xaverian, senior, MLB/FB

The senior was a force on both sides of the ball for the Division 1 state champions. A middle linebacker, Kern had 68 tackles with 4 sacks, batted down 12 passes, and recovered four fumbles. Also a fullback, Kern rushed for 646 yards and 17 TDs. He will attend West Point.

Jack McCabe, Dartmouth, senior, FB/ILB

McCabe helped Dartmouth capture the Division 3 Super Bowl, finishing with 120 tackles, 10 sacks, 800 yards rushing, and 6 touchdowns. He also added a blocked punt and a blocked field goal. The senior ended his career with more than 200 tackles.

Mike Milano, Central Catholic, senior, QB/DB

The dual-threat quarterback was the Merrimack Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. The senior quarterback passed for 1,558 yards and 16 touchdowns racked up 973 yards rushing and 12 scores. He finished with 72 career touchdowns running and passing.

Aaron Monteiro, Brockton, senior, OL

The 6-foot-6-inch, 327-pound senior left guard was a nightmare for opposing pass rushers and key in establishing Brockton’s run-first offense. Monteiro, who also played defensive tackle, will play football for Boston College next fall.

Steve O’Reilly, Masconomet, senior, LB/OL

The Cape Ann League Large Player of the Year, O'Reilly is a three-time CAL All-League performer and the Chieftains’ senior captain. He had 130 tackles, 17 for a loss, along with 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. He’s also a three-time Masco Scholar-Athlete.

Matt Patry, Medfield, senior, WR/DB

Patry contributed on offense, defense, and special teams. He caught 31 passes for 546 yards, and 7 TDs. The Tri-Valley defensive MVP recorded 58 tackles and picked off 10 passes, returning two for TDs. On special teams, he returned a punt for a TD.

Josh Pierre-Charles, Millis, junior, RB/LB

The junior back carried Millis to an 8-3 record as he churned out 2,133 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. His impact was also felt at linebacker, where he recorded 56 solo tackles and two interceptions.

Kerry Raymond, Brockton, junior, RB

The 5-foot-11-inch, 215-pound junior led a stout Brockton rushing attack. A Big Three All-Star, he rushed for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns, good for third in Division 1. Raymond also stars on the track for the Boxers.

Owen Rockett, St. John’s Prep, senior, WR/S

Rockett was consistent and dependable for the Eagles. The senior wide receiver is just 5-9 and 180 pounds, but he hauled in 43 receptions for 737 yards and 11 touchdowns, the most in Division 1. Rockett also returned an interception for a score and was the Prep’s primary returner.

Doug Santos, Peabody, junior, RB

Santos was key in the Tanners’ resurgent 8-3 campaign. The Division 1 scoring leader rushed for 31 touchdowns and 2,013 yards, both single-season school records. The junior has already racked up 4,500 career yards. He is also a member of the lacrosse and track teams.

Noah Sorrento, Xaverian, senior, RB/LB

Sorrento was the heart and soul of the Division 1 state champion Hawks. He rushed for 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns, good for second in Division 1. At linebacker, he had 75 tackles, 3 sacks, and an interception. He was a two-time Catholic Conference All-Star.

Dan Sullivan, Lynnfield, senior, QB/DB

Sullivan, a three-sport athlete at Lynnfield, passed for a school-record 21 touchdowns this season. Defensively, he was a member of a defense that allowed just 6 point per game this season.

James Sullivan, Tewksbury, senior, RB/SS

Sullivan posted 950 rushing yards, 350 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns in his senior season. The 5-10-inch, 215-pound senior added 50 tackles and two picks for the 9-3 Redmen. He amassed 3,200 rushing yards, 1,000 receiving yards, and 200 tackles in his career.

Mark Tonucci, Somerset Berkley, senior, RB

Tonucci led Division 3 with 162 points and was second with 25 touchdowns. He scored three or more TDs in a game six times. At defensive back, he anchored a Blue Raiders defense that limited opponents to 7.7 points per game.

Brooks Tyrrell, Marblehead, senior, RB/CB

Tyrrell led Division 3 with 26 touchdowns, good for third overall in EMass. The senior, who will play lacrosse at Notre Dame next year, compiled 1,843 rushing yards and picked off four passes. He ends his career with 4,625 yards and 62 TDs.

Jared Vargus, East Bridgewater, junior, RB/LB

The junior back helped the Vikings to an 11-2 finish and the Division 5 South final in an injury-shortened season. In seven games Vargus piled up 846 rushing yards (7.98 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He also added 46 solo tackles and two interceptions.

Chris Winbourne, King Philip, senior, OL/DL

Coach Brian Lee said Winbourne was the best lineman on the field every game the the Warriors played. The captain played both sides of the ball on a team that rushed for 2,618 yards and held teams to just 9.64 points per game.

Coaches of the Year

Charlie Stevenson

Division 1: Xaverian

Stevenson led the Hawks to a perfect 12-0 campaign, which culminated in a Super Bowl title over Everett. It is his sixth state championship since taking over in 1993. The 1969 graduate of Xaverian now has an all-time record of 184-65-1.

Lou Silva

Division 2: Marshfield

After losing their season opener, Silva’s Rams rode a 12-game win streak all the way to the Division 2 state title. Silva improved to 220-132 in his 34 seasons as head coach and called this year’s team ‘‘the best group of young men I've ever been involved with.’’

Richard White

Division 3SE: Dartmouth

In his 11th season as head coach, White guided the Indians to an 11-2 record and a Division 3 Super Bowl win over Melrose. After opening just 3-2, the Indians ripped off eight straight wins. White got the most out of his players all season.

Pat Kingman

Division 4: Middleborough

After finishing 5-6 last season, Kingman turned things around, leading the Sachems to the fourth 10-win seasons in school history and a trip to the Division 4 South final. In his fourth season as head coach, Kingman won the school’s first Patriot League Fisher title.

Kevin Bradley

Division 5: Whittier

Bradley led Whittier to a Commonwealth Large league title, the Division 5 North final, and a Vocational School Large state championship. Bradley guided his squad to a 9-3 record, building a ferocious defense that allowed 14.1 points per game.

Craig Turner

Division 6: Mystic Valley

A Billerica grad and member of their 1999 Super Bowl winning team, Turner led Mystic Valley to a school-best record of 9-2. The former assistant has been on the sideline for every game in school history. Their Division 6 playoff appearance was the school’s first.