High School: Kurkjian’s Northeast 7 on 7 North and South Recap

Over the weekend, we took in a heaping helping of 7-on-7 at the Northeast 7v7 North and South regionals. Milton coach Steve Dembowski does a phenomenal job running the tournament, and the event was a success again.

On Saturday, it took place at Exeter High School in New Hampshire, while Sunday was at Oliver Ames. The only blip was for about an hour when it poured down rain on Sunday. Some teams left, but enough stayed to have a great playoff.

What we did on both days was talk to as many people from each school to try to get info on teams for the fall. We are going to use this article to share that information with you.

If your team did not get mentioned, feel free to reach out via email to kurkjianadam@gmail.com.

We talked with over 65 teams. Here is that info.

— Billerica won the South Small Division title with a victory over Milton in the final. The Indians had some players out, but played well thanks to senior QB JT Green, senior S/WR Mike Murnane, senior WR/DB Jason Martin, junior OLB/TE Cole Dillon, and sophomore OLB/WR Steve Gentili.

— Milton had a fantastic weekend. The Wildcats made it to the North Small final before losing to Billerica Saturday, then won the South regional Large division championship on Sunday. Senior quarterback Owen McHugh threw the ball well on both days. The Wildcats have their top four receivers back in seniors Mike Fulton, Dillon McKenzie, Mike Salmon, and Shane Olsen. Senior captain and LB KJ Beckett also returns, and junior WR Zack Stowell played well on Sunday.

— BB&N won the North regional Large or Open Division. The Knights are always in the mix for an ISL title and will be again this fall. Senior WR/S/OLB Ronan Hanafin had a tremendous Saturday and would be in the running for overall MVP of the event had there been such a thing. Barnstable transfer quarterback Henry Machnik will lead the Knights this fall. Other players who will contribute this fall are senior WR/DB Isaiah Kacyvenski, junior TE Brett Elliott, senior LB Leo Sarzana, sophomore running back Bo MacCormack, junior LB Jack Kelly.

— Barnstable had one of the best collection of athletes on either day, as the Red Raiders made it to Sunday’s Large final where they lost to Milton. The player to remember here is sophomore WR/S Chevy Shakespeare. He already has a URI offer, and was a touchdown machine on Sunday. Barnstable in recent years has been a run-heavy team, but will open things up this year. Other top performers for Barnstable included junior RB/WR/S Tajardo France, senior WR/DB JJ Martin, senior QB Jake Mooney, and senior RB Mark Wiseman.

— Dedham made a surprise run and won the South’s Small division title with a 6-0 win over Rockland in the final. The Marauders will be junior heavy this fall, but talented. Juniors to watch here are QB Joe Goffredo, RB/S Gianni Gasbarro, LB/RB Will Fitzgerald, and WR/S Eyram Kplorfia. Sophomore RB/DB AJ Pinet is another player to keep an eye on.

— Dexter had a successful run in its first year at Northest 7v7, making it to the Large Division semifinal. This team is very junior-heavy. Junior QB Joe MacCauley, junior WR/DB Mike Bonsu, junior RB/LB Quinn Carver, sophomore RB//WR Dom Woodland, sophomore LB Chasee Halfkenny, and senior CB/RB Takai Whitmore. Players who were not there but will contribute to coach Casey Day’s team include junior OL Liam Andrews, junior WR Darius Day, and junior OL Dom Silvia.

— Westford Academy had a great day Saturday, making it to the Large division final before losing to BB&N. Senior running back Anthony Rudiman is a 1,500-yard rusher and should have another big season. Senior LB Drew Wilson, senior WR Matt Hagan, senior WR Luke Frenault, and sophomore WR/S Alex Wilson should all have big years for the Grey Ghosts.

— Bonny Eagle of Maine had a terrific run to the knockout stage. Seniors led the way for the Scots. This year, they will be led by QB Cam Marcello, WR Hayden Campbell, WR Caden Nixon, RB Trevor Perkins, OL Nick Ryker, and OL Brody Ernst.

— The Brooks School out of the ISL had a strong Saturday, making it to the semifinals of the Large or Open Division before losing to BB&N, which Brooks beat earlier in the day. The premier player for that team was senior WR/TE/DE/LB Jackson Conners-McCarthy, who is a Buffalo commit. Senior QB Mike Wolfendale, junior RB/LB Joel Moreles, senior LB/WR Marcos Montiel, senior CB/WR Rayden Waweru, and senior WR/S Nomar Tejeda will lead this team in the fall.

— Xaverian will be looking to replace quarterback Jake Gilbert, and the Hawks brought three signal-callers on Sunday in juniors Tucker Asack and Ty Cheney and senior Jason Grant. Other players to watch include junior WR Jonathan Monteiro, junior WR Charlie Comella, and senior FB/LB Cole Jette.

— Rockland is coming off a D6 state title, and the Bulldogs have the opportunity to make it back with a strong nucleus this fall. Rockland has a strong senior group in RB/DB Lucas Leander, QB Michael Moriarty, RB/S Jake Wilson, and WR/CB Gavin Wardwell.

— Mansfield went undefeated Sunday but left during the large rainstorm that struck in the middle of the day. This year, the Hornets will be led by junior WR CJ Bell, junior WR Trevor Foley, senior FB Rocco Scarpellini, senior QB Conner Zukowski, junior S/TE/WR Ryan DeGirolamo, WR Brian Butler, and senior OL/DL Jephte Jean.

— Duxbury made it to the Div. 4 state title game last year, and has the firepower to get back. It all starts with quarterback Matt Festa, who was on target on Sunday. Other Dragon standouts include senior WR Cullen Quinlan, senior S Brendan Bonner, junior LB/WR Alex Barlow, and junior LB Finn Carley.

— One of the top New Hampshire teams at the event was Exeter. The Blue Hawks will be led by senior captains Tyler Graney (TE/DE/DT) and Michael Dettore (HB/DB). They will also get contributions from seniors HB/LB Bradley Richards, HB/DE Aidan McGinley, TE/LB Connor McGinley, QB/S Evan Pafford, HB/S/K Ethan Moss, C/DT Hayden Frohmy, OT/DT Ian O’Kane, and HB/DB Desmond Rugg.

— Timberlane out of New Hampshire won the D2 state title last year with a 12-0 record. This team will compete again behind players like seniors QB Dom Coppera, WR/RB Matthew Williams, LB Cam Zambrowicz, LB/C Kaleb Muley, OL Malikai Colon, DB Jaden Marangi, DB Trey Baker, OT/DT Niko Langlois, and LB Braden Perras.

— Randolph, the defending D8 state champs, we on hand Sunday and competed well. The Blue Devils will be led by senior S Greg Izedonmwen, senior QB/DB Gardy Augustin, freshman RB/CB Mekhi White, and junior OLB/WR Kaleb Ledbetter.

— Plymouth South made some strides last year and looks to continue the good times behind junior RB Casious Johnson, one of the top backs in the state. The Panthers will also have senior contributors in WR James Andrews, WR/CB Liam Davis, CB/S Declan Davis, and QB Cole Brunstrom.

— Thornton Academy of Maine went 11-0 last year and won the Class A state title. This team is always in the running up there, and should be good again. Leading the way this fall will be senior WR/CB Henry Lousier, senior LB Tommy Johnson, senior RB/DB Hayden Whitney, junior QB/S Caden True, senior QB/S Ryan O’Keefe, and senior LB Harry Bruce.

— Taunton is building a lot of momentum and the Tigers performed well Sunday. They will be led this fall by senior QB Jacob Leonard, junior WR/DB Jose Touron, junior WR/DB Trey Santos, and senior lineman Nathan LaPlante.

— Trinity of New Hampshire is a strong program that played well Saturday, Junior QB Jack Service, junior RB Devoghn Ellis, junior RB Bobby Kinsella, freshman RB Anthony DiGiantomosso, senior WR Jordan Joyal, sophomore WR Owens Anistor, and senior WR Caleb Wenger will lead Trinity this fall.

— Natick again looks to be strong out of the Bay State Conference. The Redhawks have two quarterbacks who can play in sophomore Damon Taylor and junior Drew George. Other players to watch are junior RB/LB Ted Ferrucci, senior WR/CB Drew Waldron, senior LB Henry O’Connor, and senior TE/DE Jack McCarthy.

— Hingham out of the South Shore should again be strong. The Harbormen are led by senior TE Cameron Dobson, junior TE Gunnar Corey, senior LB Ronan O’Ciardubhain, senior S Brendan Hill, and senior John Heffernan.

— Andover had some success Saturday behind players like sophomore WR/CB Chase Dimeco, junior QB Johnny Enman, sophomore WR/DB Jed Galludet, junior Max Hoffman, sophomore DB/LB Will Denver, and junior LB Sam Joseph.

— Marshwood of Maine won the Class B state title last year, but will be young and replacing a lot of talent this fall. Senior WR/DB Emmanuel Poe and junior TE/LB Riley Parnham will lead this team.

— St. Mary’s went 10-2 last year and should be strong again. Leading the Spartans are seniors RB/WR Dave Brown, TE/DE Jack Marks, LB/S/RB/WR Rick Coulanges, and TE/DL/OL Tommy Iolasca.

— Marshfield had a very strong 2021 season and will look to build on that this fall. The Rams return senior WR Jay O'[Keefe, who broke the school record in receiving yards. The Rams also return senior LB Aidan True, senior QB Anthony Molander, senior CB Joe Corbo, junior S John McAlpine, and senior RB Jack Marini.

—Chelmsford went 8-3 last year and will be a factor in the Merrimack Valley Conference Small Division again. That league should be quite tough this fall. Leading the way for the Lions are senior S Joey Tays, senior LB Cooper Collins, senior LB Joe Mitri, senior WR Manny Marshall, senior WR Jack McCarthy, senior TE Dan Craig, senior WR Ryan Blagg, junior QB Kyle Wilder, junior RB Kai Lindon, sophomore OL Thomas Brown, senior OL Shea Carbonneau, and senior OL Ryan Ward.

— Middleboro had a good year in 2021 and will be back at it this season behind seniors Jacob Briggs (QB), Nate Tullish (RB), and Harry Fuller (OL).

— St. George’s out of the ISL competed Sunday. This team will be led in the fall by senior QB Louis David Pouliat, senior WR/DB Bryce Farrell, junior WR/LB Diego McCray, junior WR/DE Julian Pollard, and RB/LB Jesse Gray.

— Leominster was one of the few Central Mass. programs there Saturday. The Blue Devils will be led this fall by seniors WR/S Ricky Encarnacion and RB/LB Makai Stinson-Norton, senior WR/DB Bryan Aguilar, freshmen QB Osiris Lopez and DB/WR Kaden Drinkwater, and senior LB/TE Josh Cormier.

— Expect another strong year from Abington out of the South Shore League. The Green Wave will be led by five seniors this fall: OT/DT Jeff Buckley; RB/DB Izzy Ricketson; RB/LB Luke Foley; LB/OL Trent Patterson; OL/DL Aidan Powers.

— Wellesley only had seven seniors on last year’s roster, so the Raiders return an experienced and talented team. Senior brothers Xavier Ferrara, a TE/LB, and Vince Ferrara, a QB, will combine with senior S/WR Tyler Yen to lead the Raiders.

— Keep an eye on Foxboro. The Warriors lost a lot to graduation, but will just reload. The junior class is strong with WR/CB Tony Sulham, LB/RB Lincoln Moore, and DE/TE Brandon Mazenkas O’Grady. Senior WR/S Payton Francis will also contribute.

— Wilmington will compete again in the Middlesex League behind junior WR/CB Michael Waller, junior RB/S Julian Cella, senior LB Joey Kullman, and senior LB Peter Leblanc.

— Hanover had a nice day Sunday and will be led this fall by senior WR/OLB Dave Quinlan, senior WR/SS Joe Curran, senior RB/MLB Nick Freel, and junior QB Ben Scalzi.

— Braintree compete on Sunday and the Wamps will be led this fall by senior captains QB James Tellier, RB Ryan Brooks, and WR/CB Mario Franciosa-Johnson. RB/LB/S Perry Lane also returns.

— Greater Lawrence made a nice run on Saturday and will be led this fall by junior QB Isiah Suero, senior WR Jordy Ortega, senior S-WR Juan Arias, sophomore RB Johan Tamayo, senior LB/RB Alvin Nunes, and junior WR/LB Aiden Furnero.

— North Quincy looks to keep improving, and will be led this fall by senior WR/DB Nate Caldwell, senior TE/DE Grant Murphy, junior RB/OLB Sydney Green, and junior WR/DB Nate Sampson.

— Cumberland of Rhode Island competed on Sunday. Leading the way this fall are sophomore QB Evan Spencer, senior LB Miguel Garcia, senior LB/DL Pat Conserve (sporting several FCS offers), WR/DB Taye Merbott, and senior RB/DB James Titre.

— Concord of New Hampshire had some bright spots on Saturday. This team will be led by seniors DB/WR Divon Duncan, QB Zack Doward, TE/DL Austin Wells, and WR/DB Matt O’Rourke.

— Dennis-Yarmouth is hoping for a big year on the Cape. The Dolphins will be led by sophomore QB Jayden Barber, junior TE/LB Jake Bohlin, sophomore WR/S Walter Mayo, senior OL/DL Josh Vlacich, and sophomore OL/DL Griffin Pratt.

— Another Cape team that made the trip Sunday was Nauset. Leading the way this fall are senior QB Dillon White, sophomore slot receiver Isaiah Robinson, junior RB Logan Daniels, and junior WR Evan Archer.

— More with the Cape theme, St. John Paul II made the trip up, and has players to watch in senior WR Mike Hyde, junior WR Teddy Cordeiro, junior WR Owen Enright, senior RB Enrique Tatara, and senior WR Vinny Castano.

— South host Oliver Ames will build behind its linemen this year. Senior linemen lead the Tigers in Jaden Hinton, John Carey, and Chris Young. Senior RB/LB Chad Silva will also contribute.

— Westwood is looking to make some noise in the Tri-Valley League. Five seniors to watch for the Wolverines are: QB Brendan Donegan; CB/WR Tony Maroun; WR/S Tommy Kane; DB/WR Jack McDaniels; LB/OL Trent O’Shea; RB/LB Joey Toti.

— Haverhill will be young with a mostly sophomore team. Senior S/WR/RB Adrian Sarrette will lead the way for the Hillies.

— St. Bernard’s has been one of the top small school programs in the state, and will look to improve behind senior RB/CB Damien Jones, junior QB/S Salvi Bilotta, senior RB/S Antonio Mancini, senior TE/LB Jordan Burwell, and junior WR/LB Owen Carlson.

— Triton made a nice run Saturday and will be led this year by senior QB Max Ciaramataro, senior OL/DL Ashton Wonson, and junior WR/S Cole Piaseczynski.

— Old Colony had a good group on hand Sunday, and will be led this fall by senior QB Matt MacGuiggan, senior RB/WR Chris Egan, junior WR Shawn Markham, senior RB Ryan Silva, junior WR Trevor Taviera, junior WR Luke Meelia, and sophomore WR Max Finney.

— Silver Lake competed Sunday, and players to watch for the Lakers include senior RB/LB Nick Peterson, senior LB/RB John Dickinson, and junior RB/DB Seth Wakefield.

— Monadnock Regional of New Hampshire is getting ready for another competitive year in Division 3 behind junior LB/C Joe Lotito, senior LB/G Jack Lorenz, senior WR/S Ethan Bonn, sophomore Kaden Smith, and senior WR/LB Zach Phillips.

— East Bridgewater is always in it and looks to reload this year behind senior WR/S Patrick Donahue, junior RB/CB Gavin McLoud, sophomore QB Ethan Pohl, senior WR/SS Gage WIlliams, and senior QB Jake Shaw.

— Fairhaven should again be competitive in the South Coast Conference, led by senior RB Weston Chase, senior OL Kevin Moura, sophomore LB/RB Justin Marques, and senior S/WR Nate Carroll.

— Another team to watch out for is Apponequet. Seniors lead the way for Lakers in QB/DB Harry Lemieux, RB/LB Jackson Gagnier, and TE/DE Ethan Brown.

— Stoughton did well Sunday and has players to watch in senior RB/DB Tagh Swierzewski, senior OL Thomas Laz, and junior QB Jarred Daughtry.

— Newton North looks to ascend in the Bay State Conference behind QB Adam Landry, RB Akeale Rather, WR Brendan O’Guin, and S/WR Brad McNew.

— York, Maine will be led by junior QB Gavin Davis, senior LB/WR Jake Fogg, senior LB/RB Sam Fogg, and senior LB/WR Ronan Thompson.

— David Prouty is looking to make waves again as a smaller school in Central Mass. Top players include junior QB Logan Justi, senior WR/S Julian Kondratowicz, and junior WR/LB Cam Goodrich.

— For Carver, watch for junior QB Tyler Lennox and senior RB Nate Glover.

— Narragansett will be led by senior C Jason Baxter, junior QB Corey Henderson, senior RB/LB Bryce Matuszewski, senior RB Cam Hoey, and junior RB/LB Joe Pineyro.

— Attleboro had a strong day Sunday and will build in the Hockomock League behind seniors Anthony Salvianti (WR/DB), Spencer Schertz (S), and Ayden Ramirez (WR/DB).

— Quincy was there on Sunday, and will be led this fall by senior WR/S JC Ham, senior WR/CB Ruben Charles, senior QB Andrew Novak, junior RB/LB Gabe Rodriguez, and senior RB/LB Stephen Gallant.

— Woburn was there on Saturday and played well, led by senior QB Brettt Matuzzola, sophomore WR Ryan Lush, and senior LB Mike Doherty.

— Winchester had a good day Saturday and has a big junior group this season.

— Norton brought a lot of players and expects to be very competitive this season.