ANDOVER — The first leg of the Northeast 7v7 passing tournament took place on Friday at Greater Lawrence Technical HS with the North regional.
It was a hot afternoon and night, and teams competed hard for the championship trophy. In the end, Methuen defeated Milton in the final, taking it with a 19-6 score.
We were on hand for most of it, and wrote an article for the Boston Herald that you can read here.
Methuen had a great day at the Northeast 7v7 North regional and won the championship.
Here are some things we picked up along the way from the teams:
— Let's start with Methuen. The Rangers started the day rotating quarterbacks, but by the end of the event, sophomore Drew Eason was handling the duties.
One of his favorite targets on the day was WR/DB Will McKinnon, who was making plays all over the field. Other standouts for Methuen included WR Jason Silverio, LB/TE Joey Pinto, and LB/RB Alex Borrelli.
Methuen has been a consistent competitor in the Merrimack Valley Conference, and should continue to be this fall.
— Milton always does well in the Northeast 7v7 and played well again Friday.
The Wildcats had two quarterbacks in Chase Vaughan and Owen McHugh. Both threw the ball well, and both play safety when not on offense.
RB/OLB Amari Marsman was the top target on the day for Milton. Two other receivers who did well were Luke Sammon and Michael Fulton.
One bit of information we got from Milton coach and Northeast 7v7 founder Steve Dembowski is that the Wildcats will play Scituate, Holliston, and Lynn Classical in nonleague play this fall.
— One team we expect to do well in the fall that had a nice day Friday was Andover.
Leading the way for the Golden Warriors was RB/LB Lincoln Beal. Going into his junior season, Beal is one of the top players in the area.
Quarterback Scotty Brown was not in attendance Friday, but sophomore Chris Dessin filled in admirably, and threw a great, accurate deep ball.
Some other names to watch for Andover in the fall include C Jason Osborne, G Eddie Smith, WR Brett Mondejar, S Tyler Acheson, and OT/DE Luke Newton.
Andover has an interesting nonleague slate that includes Naples (Fla.), Acton-Boxboro, and Shrewsbury.
— One team to watch in Div. 4 this fall is Wilmington. The Wildcats have a big, talented, and experienced senior class that should lead them to a strong season.
Some players to look out for there include OLB/RB Marcello Misuraca, WR/DB Gavin Erickson, WR/CB John Germano, QB Pedro Germano, and OL/DL Jake Chirichiello.
Opposing teams were impressed all day with Wilmington, and it will be interesting to see how Craig Turner's group progresses.
— One of the smaller schools that did well was Div. 8 entry Lowell Catholic. The Crusaders made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Andover.
Lowell Catholic was led by one of the top quarterbacks at the event in Jacob Flores. WR Nick Sawyer, WR Riley Nichols, TE Ryan Penrose, and WR Danny McConologue all did well.
The Crusaders went 6-1 in Fall II and expect around 40 players in the fall.
— Westford Academy made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Milton. In Fall II, the Grey Ghosts went 4-3, and expect to have good numbers with 80-90 kids coming out in the fall.
Some names to keep an eye out for are LB/G James Decelles, LB/G Cole Stickel, TE/DE Damien DiGiovani, WR/S Kyle Doney, and QB Jake Cullen.
— Another team that usually does well at events like these is Lynn Classical. The Rams made it to the knockout stage and will compete in Div. 1 this fall.
The player to watch on this young Rams team is sophomore Marquese Avery (6-1, 185), who plays WR/RB/LB/S.
— Billerica should once again be competitive in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Junior QB JT Green leads this bunch, and has a big target to throw to in 6-4 junior WR Jacob Metivier.
— Watertown will again compete in the Middlesex League and then in Div. 5.
RB Mason Andrade is a four-year starter. The Red Raiders have two strong WR in Nate Master and Billy McHugh. DB Patrick Rourke, QB John Cacace, WR/DB Jesse Cavaretta, and Zach Paquette should all contribute.
— Haverhill will be junior and sophomore-laden as it competes in Div. 1. The Hillies play interesting schedule that includes nonleague games with Beverly, Danvers, and St. John's Prep.
The player to watch for Haverhill is FS/WR Joey Spero.