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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.

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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.

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Running Back

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.

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Robert Sivret Jr., Senior, Auburn

Sivret was a key blocker for the Rockets ground game, but also served as Auburn's short-yardage specialist. The big guy also showed good hands coming out of the backfield.

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Wide Receiver

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.

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Tight End

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.

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Offensive Line

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.

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Defensive Tackle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Anthony Baez, Senior, Bay Path

Isaac Yiadom, Junior, Doherty (pictured)

Oh, and as for the guy that led Central Mass in interceptions, that would be Baez. The Bay Path star grabbed an amazing nine picks this season, though Doherty's Yiadom tied O'Donnell with six.

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Jon Beaudry, Senior, Tantasqua

Not too many kickers in the region made multiple field goals, so that put Beaudry in a class of his own with four. The senior also chipped in over 30 extra points this season.


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