slides: The GoLocal High School Football All-Star Team
Friday, December 07, 2012
With the Super Bowls in the books, final rankings released, and top plays discussed, GoLocal closes the book on the 2012 high school football season in Central Mass with the region's best players. Click through our slideshow to see who made our All-Star team.
Drew Smiley, Junior, St. John's (pictured)
Dylan Kierman, Junior, Quabbin
Smiley became the first player in Central Mass history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Kierman was right behind him with on the Central Mass stat board with just short of 3,000 yards through the air.
Quron Wright, Senior, Holy Name
Tyler Desjardins, Sophomore, Auburn (pictured)
Frank Ansah, Senior, South
Quron Wright leaves Holy Name as the leading rusher in Central Mass history. He led the region in rushing in 2012, while Desjardins emerged as the go-to guy in a crowded Auburn backfield and Ansah fought through injuries for a 1,000 yard season.
Nick Thyden, Junior, Quabbin
Davon Jones, Sophomore, St. John's
Shawn Wilkins, Senior, Valley Tech (pictured)
Thyden was Kierman's favorite target, and led the region in receiving yardage. Jones was the break-out player of the talented St. John's receving corps, and Wilkins averaged nearly 20 yards a catch for the Beavers.
Noah Robinson, Senior, Doherty (pictured)
Nic Wojnar, Junior, Valley Tech
Robinson could probably be on this list for linebacker as well, but the two-way star gets the nod at tight end for his in-line blocking ability and excellent receiving skills in the red zone. Wojnar was more like a physical receiver for BVT, but he was also a tremendous blocker.
Center: Jordan Giampa, Senior, Auburn
Guard: Aaron Dyke, Senior, Auburn
Guard: Austin Jones, Sophomore, Shepherd Hill
Tackle: Ethan Benjamin, Senior, Nashoba
Tackle: Dave Ritchotte, Senior, Doherty
That Auburn offensive line (pictured) was as good as any in the state, and seniors Giampa and Dyke led the way. Jones stepped in and became a solid pulling guard for Shepherd Hill, while Benjamin and Ritchotte had stellar senior years for their DIvision 2 squads.
Dillon Agyei, Senior, South (pictured)
Will Greelish, Junior, Auburn
William Kammerer, Junior, Leominster
Agyei played nose tackle and still nearly led the region in sacks, something you certainly don't see every day. Greelish was a monster against the run for Auburn, and Kammerer anchored the middle of the Division 1 Super Bowl champion's defense.
Defensive End/Pass Rusher
Tom Rodrick, Senior, Leicester
Corey Charpentier, Senior, Grafton
Rob Nay, Senior, Doherty (pictured)
Rodrick played some linebacker this year, but made his mark coming after the quarterback. Charpentier was a huge reason why the Grafton defense grew into one of the region's best, and Nay was equally adept at stopping the run and rushing the passer.
Zack Hume, Senior, Nashoba (pictured)
Zach O'Connor, Senior, St. Peter-Marian
Kyle Roy, Senior, St. John's
Hume was the physical and emotional leader of a talented Chieftain defense, while O'Connor was a tackling machine for the Guardians. Roy was a bright spot for an otherwise inconsistent Pioneer defense.
Brady Schartner, Senior, Nashoba (pictured)
Ben O'Donnell, Senior, Northbridge
Schartner made the biggest play of Nashoba's season when he returned an interception for a touchdown in the Division 2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. O'Donnell, on the other hand, was one of the most feared pick artists in the region all year. He snagged six interceptions, good for 2nd place in Central Mass.
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