Friday, December 7, 2018

My Season in Review, and Some Final Thoughts From My Time at SuiteSports

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

The MIAA High School Football season ended in style last weekend, with Friday night and Saturday serving as a celebration for the 16 teams who had earned the right to take the field at Gillette Stadium.

It was a fall filled with extraordinary storylines. John DiBiaso took over as Catholic Memorial's head coach and immediately led the Knights to their first super Bowl appearance in 40 years. Despite losing stars all over the field, King Philip managed to return to Gillette for a third consecutive season only for John Dubzinksi's buzz-saw of a North Andover team to finish off a perfect season.

Scituate's senior captains Aidan Sullivan, Daniel May, Josh McKeever, and Josh Comeau completed their rise to the top in Division 5, as the Sailors grabbed their first Super Bowl in program history, while Cohasset stunned most when it halted Mashpee's quest for a four-peat. Paul Sobolewski's efforts to put Pope John back on the map showed that they are paying dividends, as the Tigers reached the Division 8 Super Bowl mere years after not having a program to speak of.

The final days of the football season, however, also signaled the end of SuiteSports' coverage of high school sports on a consistent basis, and my time with the blog. I will let my lead editor Joe Parello divulge more information on that matter in the coming days, and I'll continue to write for the Boston Herald's High School Sports section. 

NFL Week 14 Primer (With Picks): One Final Power Poll

Todd Gurley doesn't care about covering the spread or your fantasy team, but he's got the Rams in pole position in the NFC.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

As we enter the final quarter of the NFL season, with all teams having played 75 percent of their schedule, we unleash our final regular season power poll. We've included movement since the last power poll, which came in Week 9, and we'll break down all the ins and outs and the end.

Quite Simply Not Good At Anything

32. Oakland Raiders (-1)
31. San Francisco 49ers (-2)
30. Arizona Cardinals (0)

The Nicest Truck Stop Port-o-John In All Of Rural Indiana

29. Buffalo Bills (+3)

The Generically Bad Teams

28. New York Jets (-7)
27. Detroit Lions (-4)
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0)
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (-3)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (-8)

The Good Bad Teams

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2018 MIAA High School Football All-State Team

Christos Argyropoulos guided Stoneham to its first Super Bowl, cementing his placement on our All-State team. 

By SuiteSports Staff 

On Wednesday, SuiteSports unveiled its full list of award winners beginning with announcing Everett's Mike Sainristil as its 'Show-Time' winner. We then followed by unveiling Scituate quarterback Aidan Sullivan as the 2018 MIAA High School Football Player of the Year.

In the afternoon, SuiteSports announced the rest of its award recipients including offensive, defensive, and breakout player of the year, underclassmen of the year, lineman of the year, and coach of the year.

Now, SuiteSports and its panel of writers, correspondents, and editors are ready to release its 2018 MIAA High School Football All-State Teams. Check back in tomorrow when editor Matt Feld finishes our fall content by providing his final thoughts on the season, and the overall high school sports landscape in Massachusetts. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

MIAA Football: The Complete List of Our 2018 Award Winners

North Andover's Jake McElroy was the centerpiece of the Scarlet Knights vaunted offensive attack (Photo Courtesy: Brendan Hall/@BHaullUFA)

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612

Earlier today, SuiteSports announced its first two award winners.

Sctiaute quarterback Aidan Sullivan took home our third annual MIAA High School Football Player of the Year Award as his overall value and impact on the Sailors helped lead them to their first Super Bowl in school history.

Additionally, Everett's Mike Sainristil was the recipient of our 'Show-Time' Award. Previously only given to the most exciting player in Central Mass., we elected to open it up to the rest of Massachusetts this season and there was no one who fit that label better than the Michigan commit in Sainristil.

Now, SuiteSports and its panel of writers, correspondents, and editors, is ready to unveil the rest of its award winners. The list includes our Offensive, Defensive, Linemen, Breakout, Underclassmen, and Coach of The Year of the year recipients.

Check back in tomorrow when SuiteSports continues with its end of season coverage by releasing its MIAA Football All-State Team.

Aidan Sullivan is SuiteSports' 2018 MIAA High School Football Player of the Year

Scituate's Aidan Sullivan proved by season's end that he was the Most Valuable Player in Massachusetts in 2018 (Photo Courtesy: Andrew Bowman/@Andrew_Bowman5). 

SuiteSports Staff

SuiteSports and its panel of writers, correspondents, and editors is proud to announce Scituate quarterback Aidan Sullivan as its 2018 MIAA High School Football Player of the Year Award recipient.

Sullivan joins Duxbury quarterback Bobby Maimaron and King Philip running back Shane Frommer as the three players to home the annual honor.

The award not only recognizes a player's talent, but also their value to their team on and off the field, their impact on team performance and their overall performance for the season's entirety. It is, in its truest definition, the most valuable player of the season.

What makes Sullivan's ascension to the top of the list so unique is that he was not even on our initial watchlist to begin the season, becoming one of the final players to add there name into consideration before locking up the honor Super Bowl weekend.

In the fall of 2018, there was no one who was a greater catalyst for his team's success than Sullivan. The five-foot-10 inch senior captain of the Sailors offense was a dynamic playmaker from opening kickoff to season's end. He made clutch plays with both his arms and his legs to lead Scituate to their first Super Bowl in program history.

Most impressive about his performance, Sullivan always carried the aura of being in command making sure every facet of the Sailors offense was in check.

Sullivan's knack for coming up big when it mattered most was on full display all season long. It was never more evident than in Scituate's opening round victory over defending Super Bowl champion Dennis-Yarmouth when for a moment it looked as though a Super Bowl would never come the Sailors way.

Trailing 27-20, however, Sullivan brought Scituate back from the dead embarking the Sailors on 97-yard drive in the span of just under two minutes. Sullivan capped off the drive by firing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jack Ruble before icing the game with a dramatic, game-winning two-point run.

From there, Sullivan's postseason performances only got stronger. Over the Sailors final four postseason games, Sullivan threw for a combined 745 yards and 11 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Sullivan capped off his season with a big afternoon in the Scituate's' Super Bowl win over Nipmuc going 11-of-15 for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

For the season, Sullivan went 141-of-211 for an efficient 67-percent completion rate. He amassed 2,300 passing yards and 24 touchdowns through the air to go with just seven interceptions. Additionally, Sullivan also added 146 rushing yards and six more scores on the ground to finish with 2,416 total yards and 30 touchdowns.

Sullivan ended his tenure with a pristine record of 20-3 and as the all-time program record holder for career touchdowns with 50.

Also Scituate's starting point guard in the winter, Sullivan will play basketball at Suffolk University.