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Previewing the 2017 high school Super Bowls

Foxboro-11/28/17- Lincoln-Sudbury's football star, wide receiver Harrison Gross, catches a pass on the field of Gillette Stadium. Captains, coaches and cheerleaders form the high schools that will play in Friday, and Saturdays MIAA superbowls, got to see Gillette Stadium, where they will play the games. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Lincoln-Sudbury's Harrison Gross is just one of the stars you can catch in this weekend’s Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium.

Here are scouting reports on all eight MIAA high school football Super Bowls Dec. 1-2 at Gillette Stadium. Spectator information can be found here.

Everett (10-0) vs. Xaverian (7-4)

What: MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.


Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

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TV, radio: NBCSB and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: Everett — John DiBiaso (36th season, 301-78); Xaverian — Al Fornaro (1st season, 7-4).

Scoring: Everett (42.5 ppg); Xaverian (25.4).

Defense: Everett (16.7 ppg); Xaverian (12.4).


The heavies up front: Everett — Helber Fagundes (6-5, 300 pounds); Xaverian — Domenic DePaoli (6-3, 270).

Stat check: Everett — Junior quarterback Jake Willcox has exceeded even the loftiest expectations in his first full season as quarterback of the Crimson, sporting a 75 precent completion percentage and 2,126 yards passing. Willcox has thrown 26 touchdowns to just three interceptions, managing to feed each of his receivers on a consistent basis throughout the season; Xaverian — After backing up former Globe All-Scholastic Devon Piccinin in 2016, running back Ike Irabor has answered the bell in his senior campaign, racking up 14 touchdowns as the main man in the Hawks’ offense.

The captains: Everett — RB Jacob Miller (Sr.); LB Josh Miller (Sr.); OL Helber Fagundes (Sr.); WR Jason Maitre (Sr.); LB Duane Binns (Sr.); WR Anthony Norcia (Sr.); Xaverian — DB Brian Abraham (Sr.); OL Domenic DePaoli (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: Everett — 27; Xaverian — 20.

Last Bowl appearance: Everett — 2016; Xaverian — 2016.


OUTLOOK: From its opening week drubbing of the Hawks to a breezy win over Masconomet at Fenway Park, Everett has appeared indestructible for the duration of the 2017 season. Xaverian’s secondary is stout — senior corner Ike Irabor is one of the most underrated two-way players in the state — but the Tide receiving corps have proved un-coverable no matter the competition. Mike Sainristil, Jason Maitre, Anthony Norcia, Isaiah Likely, and David Zorilla may inhibit the tranquility of Xaverian coach Al Fornaro’s sleep.

PREDICTION: Even if Irabor and safety Brian Abraham are up to the task of slowing Everett’s dynamic passing attack, how will the Hawks put up points? Everett linebacker Duane Binns and safety Lewis Cine are exceptional against the run and the pass, and Xaverian has yet to prove it can consistently score against above-average defenses. Take the heavy favorite.

Everett 38, Xaverian 10

King Philip (11-0) vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (11-0)

What: MIAA Division 2 Super Bowl.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: None

Coaches: King Philip — Brian Lee (13th season, 98-44); Lincoln-Sudbury — Tom Lopez (40th season, 294-122-4).

Scoring: King Philip (28.1 ppg); Lincoln-Sudbury (42.7 ppg).

Defense: King Philip (10.5 ppg) Lincoln-Sudbury (13.6 ppg).

The heavies up front: King Philip — Terrell Baston-Jacobs (6-1, 270 pounds); Lincoln-Sudbury — Cal Kenney (6-3, 265 pound).

Stat check: King Philip — KP leans on senior standout running back Shane Frommer. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Frommer has rushed for 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns this season; Lincoln-Sudbury — The two-headed monster attack in the backfield of James Dillon (15 total touchdowns) and Andrew Marshall (12) has L-S touting one of the most potent offensive attacks in the state. Junior QB Braden O’Connell has that offense running on all cylinders.

The captains: King Philip — WR/DB Andrew Dittrich (Sr.); RB/LB Shane Frommer (Sr.); Lincoln-Sudbury — RB/LB James Dillon (Jr.), OL/DL/ Cal Kenney (Jr.), ATH Harrison Gross (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: King Philip — 17; Lincoln-Sudbury — 15.

Last Bowl appearance: King Philip — 2016; Lincoln-Sudbury — 2011.

OUTLOOK: Lincoln-Sudbury basically started from scratch on both sides of the ball to begin the season, but now find themselves one game away from the school’s first football championship since 1989. King Philip is hungry for a repeat title and enter with the state’s longest active winning streak at 24 games. The KP defense has allowed a tick over 10 points per game.

PREDICTION:Fireworks should light up Gillette Stadium in one of the most closely contested Super Bowl matchups — on paper. But experienced King Philip squeaks out a win for a second consecutive Super Bowl title.

King Philip 27, Lincoln-Sudbury 21

North Attleborough (11-1) vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury (12-0)

What: MIAA Division 3 Super Bowl

When: Friday, 5 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: None

Coaches: North Attleborough — Don Johnson (9th season, 68-20); St. John’s Shrewsbury — John Andreoli (13th season, 119-38).

Scoring: North Attleborough (29.0 ppg); St. John’s Shrewsbury (46.1 ppg).

Defense: North Attleborough (11.5 ppg); St. John’s Shrewsbury (20.6 ppg).

The heavies up front: North Attleborough — Ryan Clemente (6-3, 270) ; St. John’s Shrewsbury — Neal Nasuti (6-4, 270).

Stat check: North Attleborough — The Red Rocketers have won 11 straight since a Week 1 loss to King Philip. They’ve allowed more than 20 points just twice in that span and notched two shutouts, including a 35-0 win over defending champion Duxbury in the D3 South final; St. John’s Shrewsbury — The Pioneers haven’t lost since Nov. 5 of 2016. Senior quarterback Steven Bucciaglia has scored multiple touchdowns in all 12 games this season.

The captains: North Attleborough — QB Chad Patterson (Sr.); RB/LB Zach DeMattio (Sr.), OT/DT Sam Bullock (Sr.); St. John’s Shrewsbury — QB Steven Bucciaglia (Sr.); OL Federico Ernst (Sr.); LB Liam Doran (Sr.); LB Isaiah Keegan (Sr.); DB Owen Ryan (Sr.)

Seniors on the roster: North Attleborough — 23; St. John’s Shrewsbury — 30

Last Bowl appearance: North Attleborough — 2003; St. John’s Shrewsbury — 2013

OUTLOOK: North Attleborough’s sound strategies vs. St. John’s all-out firepower. The Big Red has been impressive on defense by making few mistakes and flying to the football, but they must find an answer for the skill and athleticism of the Pioneers. If found in a shootout, North Attleborough might be in trouble.

PREDICTION: Bucciaglia and Co. break open the game following a low-scoring first half. The Big Red offense moves the ball well, but their defense runs out of steam against the high-powered Pioneers.

St. John’s Shrewsbury 34, North Attleborough 21

Melrose (12-0) vs. Nashoba (10-1)

What: MIAA Division 4 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: NECN and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: Melrose — Tim Morris (24th year, 175-97-4); Nashoba — Jamie Tucker (5th year, 43-14).

Scoring: Melrose (31.6 ppg); Nashoba (23.4 ppg).

Defense: Melrose (14.7 ppg); Nashoba (9.6 ppg).

The heavies up front: Melrose — Charlie Femino (6-4, 235 pounds); Nashoba — Nathaniel Hicks (5-10, 210 pounds).

Stat check: Melrose — Four of the Red Raiders’ 12 wins have been by 8 points or fewer. Junior running back Isaac Seide leads Melrose with 21 touchdowns, 10 of which have come during postseason play; Nashoba — The Chieftains have recorded four shutouts and forced 19 turnovers this season. Senior wide receiver and defensive back Breese Hill has accounted for five interceptions.

The captains: Melrose — RB/DB Colin Kiernan (Sr.); OL/LB Adam Caffey (Sr.); Nashoba — WR/DB Breese Hill (Sr.); RB/DB Max Parrow (Sr.); RB/LB Kyle Hume (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: Melrose — 22; Nashoba — 16.

Last Bowl appearance: Melrose — 2015; Nashoba — 2015.

OUTLOOK: Both programs earned a trip to Gillette Stadium in 2015, and although Melrose came up short against South champion Dartmouth for a second consecutive year, Nashoba upended Reading, 27-13, to complete an undefeated season. Expect a close tilt in a state final that features two stout defenses. Both teams lean on two-way stars, with Seide leading the way for Melrose and Hill leading Nashoba. Hill is a dangerous runner on the perimeter, and Alex Childs carries the mail between the tackles for Nashoba. Childs, a junior, scored two touchdowns with the game-winning 2-point conversion in overtime to down Marlborough, 21-19, in the state semifinals. Clearly, running the ball effectively will be a key factor in determining the outcome.

PREDICTION: Melrose holds Nashoba under 15 points and the game comes down to the wire. Once again, Seide comes up clutch late with a Melrose touchdown as the Red Raiders win a low-scoring battle.

Melrose 19, Nashoba 13

Dennis-Yarmouth (12-0) vs. West Springfield (11-1)

What: MIAA Division 5 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: NECN (NBCSB to join at end) and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: D-Y — Paul Funk (17th season, 119-55-1); West Sprinfield — Chad Labonte (15th season, 77-72).

Scoring: D-Y (43.3 ppg); West Side (37.7 ppg).

Defense: D-Y (12.3 ppg); West Side (10.3 ppg).

The heavies up front: D-Y — Brett Halloran (6-2, 275), Sam Kenny (6-3, 240 pounds); West Side — Jon Lozada (6-0, 290 pounds), Thomas Cecchetelli (6-1, 300 pounds).

Stat check: D-Y — Quarterback Jacob McCarthy has thrown for 1,556 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and 55 percent completion rate. WS — Vaunell Hill has rumbled for 1,907 yards on the ground with 25 touchdowns. Defensively, the Terriers have held opponents to just 18 points in its last four games.

The captains: D-Y — QB Jacob McCarthy (Sr.), LB Sawyer McDonald (Sr.), DL Sam Kenny (Sr.), RB Rob Evans (Sr.); West Side — QB Tylor Rochefort (Sr.), OL/DL Jon Lozada (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: D-Y — 21; WS — 19.

Last Bowl appearance: D-Y — 2013; WS — 2009.

OUTLOOK: The Dolphins have scored more than 34 points in each of its 12 games, but face a tried-and-tested Terriers’ team that has allowed only 18 points over its last four — three of which have been shutouts. The D-Y defense has faced powerful running backs all season, but could have its hands full against Hill. Averaging 173.4 yards per game, Hill is regarded as one of the top backs in the state. The Terriers’ offensive and defensive lines will undoubtedly be the toughest the Dolphins have faced all season.

PREDICTION: The matchup ultimately comes down to which defense can stop the run. The Terriers are fresh off consecutive shutouts, but the Dolphins have found success at stopping the run and using a quick-strike offense to put points on the board.

D-Y 34, West Springfield 30

Littleton (11-0) vs. Middleborough (9-3)

What: MIAA Division 6 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: NBCSB and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: Littleton — Mike Lynn (16th year, 129-61) ; Middleborough — Pat Kingman (7th year, 47-30)

Scoring: Littleton (37.1 ppg); Middleborough (28.8 ppg).

Defense: Littleton (12.0 ppg); Middleborough (18.1 ppg).

The heavies up front: Littleton — Tommy Keenan (6-5, 375 pounds); Middleborough — Robbie Nestor (6-2, 265 pounds).

Stat check: Eight Littleton players have rushed for touchdowns. Defensively, the Tigers have not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game since Week 5. Evan Gwozdz and Jeremy Soule (37 total touchdowns) have been a two-headed monster for the Sachems’ offense. Middleborough has scored 27 points or more in 10 of its 12 games.

The captains: Littleton — RB/LB Kevin Frisoli (Sr.); RB/DB Brad Klock (Sr.); DT Brady Hunt (Sr.); C/LB Jake Kivlin (Sr.) ; Middleborough — DB Sean McCarthy (Sr.); WR/DB Colin O’Brien (Sr.); QB/DB Evan Gwozdz (Sr.); RB/LB Jeremy Soule (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: Littleton — 15; Middleborough — 16.

Last Bowl appearance: Littleton — 2014; Middleborough — 1983.

OUTLOOK: Littleton’s knack for limiting big plays will be tested by Middleborough’s skilled players. The backfield that has the bigger impact likely will be victorious, but both teams have talented receiving corps and quarterbacks who aren’t afraid to throw deep.

PREDICTION: The Tigers get worn down by the relentless Sachems’ attack. Littleton stretches the Middleborough defense long enough to stay in the game, but a big second half from Gwozdz and Soule is the difference.

Middleborough 24, Littleton 17

Blackstone Valley (11-1) vs. Mashpee (12-0)

What: MIAA Division 7 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: NBCSB and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: Blackstone Valley — Jim Archibald (7th season, 70-15); Mashpee — Matt Triveri (13th season, 117-33).

Scoring: Blackstone Valley (27.8 ppg); Mashpee (35.4 ppg).

Defense: Blackstone Valley Tech (9.8 ppg); Mashpee (12.1 ppg).

The heavies up front: Blackstone Valley Tech — Ethan Blake (5-9, 270 pounds); Mashpee — Ben Bohnenberger (6-4, 285 pounds).

Stat check: Blackstone Valley — Senior Conner Polymeros (927 rushing yards, 11 TDs) and sophomore J.D. Antaya (1,400 rushing/receiving yards, 15 TDs) provide a 1-2 punch; Mashpee — Junior back Devaun Ford has 1,067 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jake Johnston has 1,110 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 11 rushing TDs.

The captains: Mashpee — QB/S Jake Johnston (Sr.); OT/DE Toren Burton (Sr.); C/DL John McNamara (Sr.); OL/DL Ben Bohnenberger (Sr.); Blackstone Valley – QB/FS Reece Hendriks (Sr.); FB/MLB Sam Niro (Sr.); Austin Brodeur LT/DE (Sr.) TE/DE Jordyn Amero (Jr.).; QB/S Jake Johnston (Sr.); OT/DE Toren Burton (Sr.); C/DL John McNamara (Sr.); OL/DL Ben Bohnenberger (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: Mashpee — 9; Blackstone Valley — 9.

Last Bowl appearance: Mashpee — 2016; Blackstone Valley — 2012.

OUTLOOK: Mashpee will be looking for its third consecutive state title, and Blackstone last won the Central Mass. Super Bowl in 2012. Both teams have big, athletic, and disciplined linemen. Blackstone leans on a solid run game. The Falcons will need to shut down the Blackstone run game and spread the field.

PREDICTION: The game will be close at the half. But the Falcons pull away late for their third straight state title.

Mashpee 30, Blackstone Valley 21

Hoosac Valley (11-0) vs. Millis (11-1)

What: MIAA Division 8 Super Bowl.

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com or available at Gillette Stadium; $17 for adults; $14 for students/senior citizens.

TV, radio: NECN and 98.5 FM (HD2).

Coaches: Millis — Dana Olson (4th year, 36-11); Hoosac Valley — Dayne Poirot (6th year, 50-14).

Scoring: Millis (30.25 ppg); Hoosac Valley (47.72 ppg).

Defense: Millis (12.25 ppg); Hoosac Valley (16.45 ppg).

The heavies up front: Millis — Murrell Quashie (6-5, 370 pounds); Hoosac Valley — Dominic Acquista (6-1, 300 pounds).

Stat check: Millis — Senior quarterback Bryce Latosek surpassed 4,400 career passing yards and racked up 32 touchdown passes this season. Andrew Brooks hauled in 10 touchdown receptions and Dom Zonfrelli and PJ Adams each snagged nine touchdowns each. Despite missing time due to an injury, senior back Kurt Hopkins added 13 touchdown rushes. Hoosac Valley — The Hurricanes are led by quarterback Vance Eugene, who tossed 13 touchdowns, six to receiver Nick Waterman. Senior running back Matt Hall leads the high-powered Hoosac offense with 17 rushing touchdowns and David Critelli added 11 touchdown rushes.

The captains: Millis — WR/DB PJ Adams (Sr.); ILB Ryan Daniels (Sr.); RB/OLB Kurt Hopkins (Sr.); OL Kieran Hurrahan (Sr.); QB Bryce Latosek (Sr.); WR/DB Dom Zonfrelli (Sr.); Hoosac Valley — OL Adam Bush (Sr.); QB Vance Eugene (Sr.); RB Matt Hall (Sr.); WR Nick Waterman (Sr.).

Seniors on the roster: Millis — 17; Hoosac Valley — 12.

Last Bowl appearance: Millis — 2016; Hoosac Valley — 2009

OUTLOOK: Millis and Hoosac Valley are similar teams with dynamic offenses and stout defenses. Hoosac has scored 50-plus points in four games. The Hurricanes rely on a punishing rush attack: Matt Hall and David Critelli have combined for 29 touchdowns. QB Vance Eugene (15 TDs rushing) is also a dual threat. Linebackers Kurt Hopkins and Ryan Daniels will have their hands full trying to contain Hoosac’s ground game. Millis has scored 40 points in three of its last five games. The Mohawks have forced 35 turnovers in 12 games. The team that is more physical at the line of scrimmage will have the edge.

PREDICTION: Millis will use its size to overpower Hoosac at the point of attack and the Mohawks’ passing attack will be too much to stop.

Millis 35, Hoosac Valley 28

Compiled by Brandan Blom, Henry Brechter, Karl Capen, Owen Pence, Lenny Rowe, Dan Shulman and Nate Weitzer.