QB – Jack Barrett, Jr., Holliston
The Panthers didn’t miss a step with Barrett under center, as they won their second Division 4 state championship. Named the Tri-Valley League’s Offensive Player of the Year, Barrett threw for 1,502 yards and 17 touchdowns, while running for 924 yards and 13 touchdowns.
QB – Mike Fallon, Sr., Milton
The Bay State Herget’s Player of the Year, Fallon helped the Wildcats to their first league title in more than a half a century. He completed 161-of-298 pass attempts for 2,714 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Division 3 Southwest champions, while also running for 411 yards and 11 touchdowns.
QB – Jack Masterson, Sr., Marshfield
The ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year collected a 24-2 record over his final two seasons as Rams starter, including a Division 2 state championship campaign as a junior. Masterson completed 64 percent of his passes (126 of 196) for 1,883 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions, getting sacked just eight times. He was also the Rams' leading rusher, carrying 98 times for 746 yards and nine scores.
QB – Koby Schofer, Sr., Northbridge
Schofer led the Rams to the Division 5 state championship, putting behind him the heartbreak of previous sour memories at Gilette Stadium. The three-year starter threw for 2,433 yars and 30 touchdowns on 145 of 231 passing in his senior year.
QB – E.J. Perry IV, Jr., Andover
Perry was named the Merrimack Valley Conference’s Most Valuable Player after throwing for 2,852 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also broke the state’s single-game passing record, after throwing for 636 against Central Catholic in the Division 1 North playoffs.
RB – D’Aundray Burcy, Sr., Reading
The Middlesex League Liberty Division’s Most Valuable Player, Burcy helped led the Rockets to a Division 2 state final appearance. Burcy ran for 1,511 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also chipping in with 10 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown. He’s also a member of the Rockets’ track program.
RB – DeShaun Dias, Sr., Mashpee
Dias finished his career with 4,367 yards and 63 touchdowns while leading the Falcons to the Division 6 state championship. In his senior season, he ran for 2,302 yards and 33 touchdowns in addition to adding 60 tackles, a sack and an interception on defense.
RB – Mike Maggipinto, Sr., East Longmeadow
While small in stature perhaps, Maggipinto carved out a name as one of the state’s all-time great running backs, finishing his career with 6,462 rushing yards as the state’s second leading all-time rusher – just 226 yards behind Holyoke’s Cedric Washington’s career mark. He also turned in his third straight campaign with 2,000-or-more rushing yards in his final season.
RB – Kevin Mensah, Jr., Holy Name
The junior running back looks primed to join the ranks of the Naps’ running back greats after a big year as their feature back. Mensah averaged more than 10 yards per carry, running for 1,518 yards on 147 carries with 14 touchdowns this year.
RB – Doug Santos, Sr., Peabody
Santos finished his career as the Tanner’s all-time leading rusher, including another 2,000-yard season as a senior, to go along with a school-record 31 rushing touchdowns.
WR – Will Connery, Sr., Reading
Connery was a breakout performer in the postseason, capping his season with seven touchdown catches, four rushing touchdowns, in addition to scores on both a kick and return. A steady member of the Rockets’ secondary, Connery made 21 tackles and pocketed an interception and a forced fumble.
WR – Anthony DeNitto, Sr., Newton South
A standout track and field performer, DeNitto made himself into one of the state’s top receivers over the last two seasons. In his senior season, DeNitto piled up 1,510 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while also playing defensive back and kicking for the Lions.
WR – Steven Jackson, Sr., Central Catholic
After a breakout season, Jackson was named the Merrimack Valley Conference’s Player of the Year. While leading the Raiders to the Division 1 state championship game, Jackson finished with 50 catches for 727 yards and 10 touchdowns and added in 138 yards and two more scores on the ground, in addition to three kickoff returns for touchdowns.
WR – Hayden Rockett, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Following in the footsteps of his brother, who was an ESPN Boston All-Stater last year, Rockett was the top target of quarterback Ollie Eberth in his junior season. Rockett was the second leading receiver in the state through the start of the playoffs, with the Eagles taking the No. 1 seed in Division 1 North.
ATH – Eddy Hart, Sr., Middleborough
The UMass-Amherst baseball commit was a big-play threat for the Sachems in the running and passing games, as well as on special teams as a talented kick returner.
ATH – Jake Peterson, Sr., East Bridgewater
A multi-talented athlete, the South Shore League Player of the Year lined up across the formation for the Vikings, including stepping in a quarterback. Peterson threw for 714 yards while rushing for 558 yards and eight touchdowns for the Division 5 state finalists. He also recorded 13 receiving scores.
TE – Danny Dalton, Sr., Marshfield
The ESPN Boston Denfensive Player of the Year will continue his football career at Penn State. On offense, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end made 49 catches for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense, Dalton had 57 tackles and four sacks, along with three interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) and six passes defended.
TE – J.J. Howland, Sr., Tantasqua
The basketball player turned gridiron breakout had a monster year for the Warriors. The 6-foot-6 target led all of Central Mass. in receiving this year, hauling in 56 catches for 1,118 yards (20.0 YPC) and 15 touchdowns.
OL – Nick Allsop, Sr., Xaverian
A three-year starter on the offensive side of the ball, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Allsop also made his presence felt as an interior defensive lineman as the Hawks won their second straight D1 state title, earning Catholic Conference All-Star honors in the process. He’ll continue his career next year at Brown.
OL – Jay Carnevale, Sr., St. John’s Prep
A two-year starter on both sides of the ball, Carnevale was named a Catholic Conference All-Star this season. The 6-foot-4, 282-pound North Andover resident will continue his football career at Brown next year.
OL – Cam DeGeorge, Sr., Lynnfield
The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is a Syracuse commit. DeGeorge tallied 65 tackles with four sacks while batting down four passes on the line in his senior season.
OL – Shane Leonard, Sr., Marshfield
The Atlantic Coast League All-Star is also a three-time state champion in the shotput and discus. A Boston College commit, Leonard finished his career with 190 pancake blocks.
OL – Sean Ragan, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
The Boston College commit was named ESPN Boston’s Lineman of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 292-pounder played both tackle and guard for Pioneers, who racked more than 2,000 combined rushing yards on the season.
K – Randy Alay, Sr., Waltham
A Dual County All-Star, Alay finished his high school career 17-for-22 in field goal attemps while making 41 of 43 point-after tries. During his senior season, Alay set a school record with a 51-yard field goal.
DL – Mike Curtin, Sr., Nashoba
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder anchored both sides of the line for the Chieftains as they upset Reading for the Division 2 state title. The Mid-Wach A Offensive MVP and Central Mass. Division 2 Defensive MVP ate up many a blocker in the Chieftains’ 13-0 campaign, totaling 49 tackles, with 2.5 sacks and six tackles for loss.
DL – Sean McKeon, Sr., Shepherd Hill
A returning All-State selection, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Michigan signee was once again a force off the edge at defensive end, registering 51 tackles (eight for loss) and four sacks. Offensively, he was used primarily in a blocking role in the Rams’ Double Wing scheme, but still led the team in catches (23) and receiving yards (334), to go with three scores.
DL – Scott Murphy, Jr., Billerica
In his first year of football action, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound budding baseball prospect was a home run addition off the edge at defensive end, recording 81 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 11 pass deflections as the Indians won the Merrimack Valley Conference’s second division outright and earned the top overall seed in Division 2 North.
DL – Elijah Pierre, Sr., Xaverian
The 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive tackle was a menace on the interior for the Hawks, who went 12-0 for the second straight season to capture another D1 state title. On the season, he had 97 tackles (33 for loss), 16 sacks, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and was named the Catholic Conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He’ll continue his career next fall at Brown.
LB – Freddy Allen, Sr., Marshfield
The Central Connecticut State commit was one of the most imposing backers in the middle of the field for a team that spent most of the fall as the No. 1 team in ESPNBoston’s statewide poll. On the season, the 6-foot-2, 238-pounder led the Rams with 98 tackles, to go with six sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
LB – John Dean, Sr., Xaverian
One of several two-way Hawk standouts littering this list, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder registered 41 tackles, seven tackles for loss and an interception as Xaverian won its second straight D1 state title, earning Catholic Conference All-Star honors along the way. He also ran for 531 yards and seven scores as a running back.
LB – Jack Lambert, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The 6-foot, 238-pounder was a load off the edge in the front seven for the Eagles, who earned the No. 1 overall seed in D1 North. Lambert was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Catholic Conference for his efforts. He is undecided on college plans.
LB – Cole McCubrey, Jr., West Boylston
The 6-foot, 220-pound middle linebacker led the Lions to the Division 6 Central Final, registering 72.5 tackles and two sacks. One of the most physical power backs in the state, he was the only rusher in Central Mass. to surpass 2,000 yards this fall, reaching the end zone 25 times.
LB – Bobby Mylod, Jr., North Attleborough
A physical force on both sides of the ball, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mylod led the way at middle linebacker for a stout Red Rocketeers defense that earned the No. 2 seed in the loaded D3 Southwest district and allowed 13 points per game. Mylod was named a Hockomock League All-Star for his efforts.
LB – A.J. Ryan, Jr., Xaverian
The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder was another key two-way cog for the Hawks in their run to a second straight title racking up 58 tackles (35 solo, 18 assists), one sack, three tackles for loss and an interception, to go with 137 receiving yards and a score as a blocking tight end. Ryan was named a Catholic Conference All-Star.
DB – Mekhi Henderson, Jr., Xaverian
A three-year starter in what was widely considered the state’s best secondary, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder was a shutdown corner all season long for the Hawks, with two interceptions, and also registered 30 tackles (21 solo, seven assists, 2 TFL). Henderson was named a Catholic Conference All-Star.
DB – Coby Tippett, Sr., Xaverian
The 5-foot-10 Tippett was honored as this year’s ESPNBoston Mr. Football after an electric season in which he averaged a touchdown for every three times he touched the ball. On defense, he recorded eight interceptions, often saddled with marking the opposition’s top threat. In all, he totaled 1,114 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns on just 53 touches.
DB – Peter Thorbahn, Sr., Xaverian
Making an impact in all three phases, Thorbahn dazzled this fall in the Hawks’ successful state title defense. The 6-foot, 180-pounder had 39 tackles (three for loss) from the safety position, with four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. He also had 10 catches for 308 yards on offense.
DB – Tank Walker, Jr., Springfield Central
In addition to some terrific play at cornerback, the 6-foot-2 Walker had a breakout campaign at quarterback for the Golden Eagles, as they captured their second Division 2 West title in three seasons. This season, the dual-threat threw for 1,399 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air, and added 488 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
DB – D.J. Exilhomme, Sr., Malden
Blessed with speed in the 4.3 range, the 6-foot, 180-pound Exilhomme made plays all over the field on both sides of the ball all season long, earning Greater Boston League All-Star honors as the Golden Tornadoes earned their first league title since 1987 – which included an historic upset of Everett, their first over the Crimson Tide juggernaut in a quarter-century.