Swampscott running back Xaviah Bascon was the star of the show last night at the 60th annual Agganis All-Star Game in Lynn.
Bascon had 199 total yards including a highlight reel 93 yard kickoff return and two touchdowns in the North’s 49-12 win. Bascon was named the MVP for the North team.
For Bascon, it was an opportunity to play with some great teammates and the culmination of a memorable season.
“It was a great way to go out. Finished it exactly how I wanted. It was a great opportunity to be able to play behind an amazing line and great skill guys. Along with having my coaching staff. That definitely helped with allowing me to be able to perform the way I did. I think I had a pretty impactful career and to go out with a dominant team victory and a solid individual performance just proved that even more.”
Bascon wasn’t the only member of Big Blue to have a big game. Swampscott quarterback Cam O’Brien had 118 yards of offense and three total touchdowns. According to Bascon, it was a reminder of just how good Swampscott has been in recent years.
“Last night should be a message to the whole state as to what type of team the Big Blue is. The best coaching staff in the state. Hands down. All you heard all week from the players of other teams was “no wonder why you guys won 2 state championships.”
Bascon added: “The coaching at Swampscott is superior. I believe we had the most players from one team on the Agganis team as well. Just proving how talented we are as a squad.”
Marblehead running back George Percy also starred for the North rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown. It is proof of just how good the NEC is according to Bascon.
“The NEC is a top conference easily in the state. Just let alone look at what Marblehead and Swampscott did. Then you see this game and get to watch how talented the top players from each team were together and it was clear we are a power house together.”
Bascon is going to do a post graduate year at Phillips Andover Academy. He is looking forward to the opportunity to develop further as a student athlete.
“Going to Phillips Exeter is the best decision so far in my young life. This will be very beneficial to me as an athlete, as student and especially as a person. I know I’m a D1 running back myself, not in a cocky way, but in a confident way. ” Bascon continued . “I know how much time I put into it and how dedicated I am to my craft. I believe going there will help me get to where I want to be because the connections are very strong there. We have a great incoming team. Our coach (Coach Voulgaris) has an insane résumé and his second season at PEA is going to be a very memorable one. The resources at Phillips are ridiculous! The athletic facility is top notch. The gym has a 30 yard turf, I believe 12 squat racks. Believe I am going to be living in there.”
The lone bright spot for the South was KIPP Academy’s Piero Canales who rushed for 99 rushing yards and a touchdown. Canales ended up being named South MVP.
The 37 point margin of victory is the largest in the history of the game.