PEABODY — With 40 teams on hand at Bishop Fenwick for the Northeast 7v7 East regional, competition was fierce.
In the end, Methuen took the Large or Open title, and Lynnfield won the Small crown.
As was the case in the North and South regionals last week, we went around and spoke to as many coaches as we could to get information on their teams for this fall.
Now, some teams competed for a second time, so we did not gather info on those squads. See last week’s article for that.
But here is what we got from everyone else. If there are any misspellings or corrections, I can be reached at [email protected]
— Methuen continued in its strong tradition of playing well at the Northeast 7v7 with a title in the East Regional after winning the North in 2021. The Rangers will contend in D1 this year and be one of the top teams in the Merrimack Valley Conference. Leading the way are junior captain and QB Drew Eason, sophomore RB/S Shane Eason, senior captain and WR/S Xander Silvia, senior captain and TE/OLB Anesti Touma, and senior WR/DB Kian Greeley.
— It was a great day for Lynnfield, which is one of the top program in the Cape Ann League. This squad will be led this fall by quarterbacks David Tracy and Nick Razzaboni, senior RB/LB James Sharkey, senior RB/LB Steve Dreher, WR/DB Charlie Capachietti, senior RB/LB Robert Marley, and senior OL/DL Chase Goldberg.
— Lowell Catholic had a great day, and made it to the Small final, where it fell to Lynnfield. Coach Paul Sobolewski has a good squad this year, led by senior QB/RB Nick Sawyer, senior WR/CB Riley Nichols, junior S/RB Aidan Virella, and senior DE/LB Alejah Iraola.
— Peabody had a terrific day, posting wins over BB&N, Bishop Hendricken, and Everett, before losing to Methuen in the semifinals. Leading the way for the Tanners are senior three-year starter and QB Shea Lynch, junior WR/S Eli Batista, WR/CB Colin Ridley, and WR Danny Barrett.
— Marblehead had a strong day, making it to the knockout round before falling to eventual champion Methuen. The Magicians were led by senior RB/WR/S Connor Cronin, junior QB Miles O’Neill, senior S/WR Zander Danforth, and junior CB Andy Palmer.
— Reading had a strong day, and will be a contender in D2. Leading the way is senior QB James Murphy, who had a terrific day spreading the ball around to his receivers. The Rockets also have senior WR/CB Ryan Strout, and senior WR/CB Aidan Bekkenhuis.
— Saturday was a bit of a special occasion as Everett competed in the Northeast 7v7 for the first time. The Crimson Tide this year will be led by junior WR/S Christian Zamor, senior DB/WR Giaccobi Ward, senior OT Nick Raymond, senior QB Kamari Ellerbe, and junior WR/S Jayden Prophet.
— Scituate is coming off a D4 state title in 2019. The Sailors have to replace a fair amount, but will go forward this fall behind TE/DE and senior captain Jamieson Hodlin, senior MLB Colin Morley, senior captain and CB Will Chatterton, and junior QB/S Jackson Belson.
— Bishop Hendricken (R.I) graduated 26 seniors off last year’s team, but will still be one to watch in Rhode Island, as the team will be led by junior QB Jayden Falcone, junior RB/S Oscar Weah, junior DL Rushaune Vilane, who already holds a URI offer, and junior CB/SB Joel Felix.
— Revere is coming off a strong year and will compete in the Greater Boston League again, and the Patriots will be led by WR/CB Dom Boudreau, WR/S Sam Elasari, TB/OLB Davi Baritto, and QB Carlos Rizo.
— Brockton will be a factor out of the Southeastern Conference, led by junior WR Cam Monteiro, who holds a handful of D1 offers but was not in attendance Saturday. The Boxers will be led by senior OL Makhi Boston and Tsunami Resende, senior TE/DE Donovan Munroe, junior RB Kensley Rock, who was also not there Saturday, and senior RB/LB Zaquaan Barnes.
— Swampscott has won the last two D5 state titles, and will battle for it again this year behind CB/WR Jason Codispodi, WR Elijah Burns, and CB/WR Chris Ferragamo.
— Host Bishop Fenwick will be a factor out of the Catholic Central Large. Leading the way for the Crusaders are junior QB Bryce Leaman, junior OL/DL Mike DeFelice, RB/DE Troy Irizarry, junior RB/DB Luke Connolly, WR/DB Costa Brechin, and TE/LB Aidan Barnes.
— Essex Tech has the chance to do some big things this fall behind senior QB Devin Lebron, senior WR Jayce Dooley, senior WR/S PJ Norton, junior LB/RB Shane Field, and senior TE/LB Colin Holden.
— Greater Lowell was led by junior WR/CB Jason Frasca, sophomore QB/S Brendan Arsenault, and senior WR/CB Nathan Belleas.
— Hamilton-Wenham will be led by senior captain and QB John Ertel, junior MLB/FB/TE Chris Collins, junior WR/LB Cooper Soolman, and senior WR/DB Thomas Ring.
— Needham will be led by QB Ben Chapman, WR Jace Hannigan, and DB Josh Melin.
— Wakefield will be led this fall by QB Javian Willis, TE Ian Dixon, WR/DB Chris Delgado, DB/WR Nathan Delgado, and LB Mark Letchford.
— Northeast had a good group on Saturday and will be led by senior QB CJ Moriconi, senior OLB/WR Steven Day, senior OT/DT Tyler Trumpler, senior LB Abe Molina, and senior OL/DE Santino Perullo.
— Danvers is looking for a big year behind junior QB Travis Voisine, senior LB/TE Aris Xerras, and junior WR/S y
— Lynn Classical will be young, and junior QB Brian Vaughan is injured. The Rams have junior WR/DB John Nasky, junior QB/WR/DB RJ Feasseler, and senior LB/RB Nick Costa.
— Winthrop is always a factor in the Northeastern Conference, and will be again behind senior QB Robert Noonan, junior WR George Galuris, junior TE/LB Evan Rockefeller, sophomore RB/DB Nick Cappuccio, and senior RB/LB Welvis Acosta.
— Arlington Catholic played well and will be led this fall by senior QB Isaiah Osgood, LB/RB Brendan Bertolini, senior TE/DB Thomas Driscoll, senior WR/LB Nick Gallagher, and junior RB/LB Luca Zottola.
— Austin Prep will be competing in the NEPSAC this year behind junior G Phil D’Alla, senior G Hunter Weldon, senior WR Lee Poulin, and sophomore QB Dylan Sigsbury.
— KIPP was one of several teams from Lynn at the event, and the Panthers will be led by junior WR/S Jovan Machado, senior WR Victor Mafo, junior WR Morenel Castro, 8th grade QB Elai Machado, and junior WR/DB Andrew Gonzalez.
— Speaking of Lynn, Lynn Tech should be strong again behind QB Tyler David, LB Michael Monbleau, G Joseph Amaro, WR Ethan Prum, and WR Caesar Reyes.
— Gloucester looks to have a strong year behind RB/OLB/S Frank Desisto, QB/S Nick Carey, QB/RB Caleb Decoste, OL/DL Bryan Swain, and OL/DL Christian Howell.
— Bedford will compete behind QB Eric Miles, LB Jamie Buchanan, TE Rich Fadele, CB Jayvon Williams, and WR Nick Tatarcuk.
— Belmont will be led by senior WR Chris Cogliano, junior CB Jayden Arno, and LB/RB Jake Cornelius.