QBs Frelick, Bucciaglia are head of the class

Lexington quarterback Sal Frelick was an elusive target on the football field, compiling 52 total touchdowns as a passer, runner, and receiver in 2017.

By Nate Weitzer Globe Correspondent 

Senior quarterbacks Sal Frelick of Lexington and Steven Bucciaglia of St. John’s Shrewsbury headline the 2017 Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association’s All-State team.

Frelick, the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, amassed 52 total touchdowns as a passer, runner, and receiver this season and finished his career with more than 10,000 yards from scrimmage and 135 touchdowns.


Bucciaglia led St. John’s to a 13-0 record and the Division 3 state title, setting Central Massachusetts records with 45 touchdowns and 3,601 passing yards in 2017.

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A committee that included coaches Brian Chamberlain (Braintree), Dave Driscoll (Dighton-Rehoboth), and Steve Allosso (Minnechaug) selected 13 offensive and 13 defensive players from a list of 100 player nominatons.

In total, 24 of the 26 honorees hailed from the ranks of the MIAA, with Division 1 state champion Everett earning two selections along with BC High, Central Catholic, and Lexington.

The team will be honored March 4, 2018, at Lantana’s in Randolph.

Quarterbacks: Steve Bucciaglia, St. John’s Shrewsbury; Bret Edwards, Central Catholic; Sal Frelick, Lexington.


Running backs: Danny Abraham, BC High; Isaul Figueroa, Fitchburg; Shane Frommer, King Philip.

Receivers: Jake Bobo, Belmont Hill; Breese Hill, Nashoba Regional.

Offensive linemen: Tom Aicardi, BC High; Helber Fagundes, Everett; Osho Omoyeni, Central Catholic; Jonathon Pace, St. Sebastian’s; Patrick Walsh, Wachusett Regional.

Defensive linemen: Payton Heidtke, Andover; Emil Rossi, Lynn English; David Schwartz, Longmeadow.

Linebackers: Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield; Joseph Gooley, Duxbury; Sal Lupoli, Chelmsford; Bryce Shaw, Bridgewater-Raynham; Harry Smith, Old Rochester.

Defensive backs: Brian Abraham, Xaverian; Khalil Blair, Boston Cathedral; Elijah Johnson, East Longmeadow; Jason Maitre, Everett; Ben Quint, Lexington.