|Duxbury quarterback Bobby Maimaron|
SuiteSports is proud to unveil its first ever MIAA All-State football team, compiled with the input of our many contributors who hustled across the state all season long. Please keep in mind that we do have an "athlete" category, so be sure to check there before you freak out that your favorite player didn't make the team, and continue all the way down for our annual award winners.
One rule we're going to lay out here: We encourage debate and discussion, and we'd love to hear who we "snubbed." However, we ask that you avoid personal attacks on players. It's not a good look, and personal attack comments will be deleted.
Also note that we have listed, in parenthesis (), where a player has committed to play college football. Obviously, not everyone on our team has picked a school, or chosen to play college football at all, but if we missed a commitment, Tweet editor Joe Parello and let him know.
Bobby Maimaron, Sr. Duxbury (Williams)
E.J. Perry IV, Sr. Andover (Boston College)
Jordan McAfee, Sr. Everett (UConn)
Jack Barrett, Sr. Holliston (Trinity)
Ryan Malkowski, Jr. Quabbin
Tank Walker, Sr. Springfield Central
Devon Piccinin, Sr. Xaverian
Kevin Mensah, Sr. Shepherd Hill
Mike Pedrini, Sr. Melrose
Danny Abraham, Jr. BC High
Devin DeMeritt, Sr. Duxbury
Devaun Ford, So. Mashpee
Ryan Reagan, Sr. Duxbury (Harvard)
Brian Espanet, Sr. Millis-Hopedale (New Hampshire)
Cedric Gillette, Jr. Andover
Coreese Everett, Sr. Springfield Central
Hayden Rockett, Sr. St. John's Prep
Hunter Ferreira, Jr. Mansfield
Keith Lynch, Sr. Lowell
Greg Plunkett, Sr. East Bridgewater
Nick Pallota, Sr. St. John's of Shrewsbury
Dean Brooks, Sr. Billerica
Colin Robinson, Sr. Algonquin
Eric Kiley, Sr. Maynard
Sasha Hoban, Sr. Newton South (Yale)
Declan Burt, Sr. St. John's Prep
Brendan McKeon, Jr. Shepherd Hill
Patrick Flynn, Sr. Hanover (New Hampshire)
Cory Ryder, Sr. Nantucket (Holy Cross)
Alec Lindstrom, Sr. Shepherd Hill (Boston College)
Mark Mulvaney, Sr. Holliston
Greg Wood, Sr. Braintree (Bryant)
Max Beati, Sr. Andover
Carl Sanuth, Sr. King Phillip
Riley Burns, Sr. Milford (New Hampshire)
Jake Guidone, Sr. Xaverian (Dartmouth)
Federico Ernst, Jr. St. John's of Shrewsbury
Pat Watson, Sr. BC High
Quinn Murphy, So. Duxbury
Henri Behaegel, Sr. Billerica
A.J. Gibbs, Sr. Mansfield
Thomas Reynolds, Sr. North Attleboro
Ifeatu Melifonwu, Sr. Grafton (Syracuse)
Nick Couhig, Sr. Falmouth
Cole McCubrey, Sr. West Boylston (UMass)
Mike Sainristil, So. Everett
Noah Gray, Sr. Leominster (Duke)
Jean-Charles LaGuerre, Sr. Haverhill
Brandon Winn, Jr. Tewksbury
Chris Campbell, Jr. Shrewsbury
Gates Kelliher, Jr. Falmouth
Cal Flanders, Sr. Xaverian (Brown)
Scott Murphy, Sr. Billerica
Duval Paul, Sr. Everett
Elijah Miranda, Jr. BC High
Hunter Brown, Sr. St. John's Prep
Jeff Wolff, Sr. BC High
Xavier Gonsalves, So. Mashpee
Ethan Amorello, Sr. St. Peter-Marian
Gerell Boyce, Sr. Everett
Mike Mahoney, Sr. Doherty
Sam LeSavage, Sr. Xaverian
Sean Deely, Sr. Grafton
A.J. Ryan, Sr. Xaverian
Jack McGowan, Sr. Catholic Memorial (Harvard)
T.J. Rothmann, Sr. BC High
Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike, Sr. Brockton (Brown)
Anthony Dandini, Sr. Leominster
Alex Olsen, Sr. King Phillip
Nick Gearin, Sr. Duxbury
Bryce Shaw, Jr. Bridgewater-Raynham
Duane Bennitt Binns, Jr. Everett
Jack Fontana, Sr. Grafton
Matt Gastaldo, Jr. Natick
Travis Sjoberg, Sr. Mansfield
Mekhi Henderson, Sr. Xaverian
Keshaun Brown, Sr. Brockton
Bobby DeMeo, Jr. BC High
Matt Andreas, Sr. Danvers
Peter Ryan, Jr. Natick
Carlins Platel, Sr. Everett
Ryan Trocki, Sr. Shrewsbury
Mathias Villafane, Jr. Central Catholic
Collin Sweeney, Sr. Quabbin
Will Matovu, Jr. Tewksbury
P.J. Falzone, Sr. Maynard
Tionne Brown, Sr. Turners Falls
Diogo DeSousa, Sr. Mansfield
P.J. Barry, Sr. St. Peter-Marian
Jake Tondel, Sr. Shepherd Hill
Offensive Player of the Year: E.J. Perry IV, Andover
The senior quarterback helped his team overcome a slow start to make a deep tournament run. Perry's Golden Warriors averaged nearly 42 points per game, as he threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 47 touchdowns on the year.
Thanks to Perry's brilliance, the Warriors could never be counted out, including in the postseason, where he led Andover to upset wins over Lexington and St. John's Prep.
Perry will graduate as one of the Bay State's most prolific passers ever, and continue his football career at Boston College.
Defensive Player of the Year: A.J. Ryan, Xaverian
The senior continued the tradition of outstanding linebacker play at the X with a fantastic senior season, culminating in yet another Super Bowl appearance.
"Football IQ" and "instincts" are phrases thrown out a lot when discussing linebackers, but they definitely apply to Ryan, who consistently showed the ability to diagnose plays and find the football, no matter what the opposing offense was doing.
Ryan was previously committed to Brown, but has since re-opened his recruitment, and we're sure he will excel wherever he ends up. (And with schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Colgate and Boston College all recruiting him, you know he's no dummy)
Lineman of the Year: Pat Flynn, Hanover
Pat Flynn is old-school football personified. A 6-foot-4, 275 lb two-way lineman who produced stacks of pancakes on offense, and proved to be a one-man avalanche on defense, the Hanover OG/DT helped his team capture the Division 3 state championship.
In the title game at Gillette, Flynn pushed Grafton's front seven around, then came back on the field and clogged things up so that Syracuse-bound running back Ifeatu Melifonwu couldn't find any room to work.
Despite utilizing spread principles, Hanover was built on toughness and physicality, and they couldn't have found a stronger cornerstone. Flynn will continue his football career at FCS power New Hampshire next fall.
Player of the Year: Bobby Maimaron, Duxbury
Yeah, whenever you break the state's all-time passing touchdowns record, you know you've had a legendary career. But it wasn't just individual greatness, as Maimaron's quick release and pinpoint accuracy led Duxbury to the Division 2 state title, with scoreboards breaking and records falling along the way.
All that, and Maimaron was without his most lethal weapon, Harvard-bound receiver Ryan Reagan, for a good portion of the year. Duxbury has its fair share of haters, but there's no denying what this team, and this quarterback, accomplished this season.
Also a gifted lacrosse player, Maimaron will continue his career as a dual-sport athlete at Williams College.
Coach of the Year: Brian Lee, King Phillip
Nobody was talking about the Warriors coming into the season but, thanks to Brian Lee and his talented staff, King Phillip's incredible turnaround will be the topic of many off-season conversations. After bowing out in the first round of the playoffs and finishing 5-6 a season ago, KP suffered a rash of injuries during the early goings of 2016.
No matter, as Lee leaned on his offensive line and defense, and the Warriors grinded their way to a perfect regular season and Hockomock Kelley/Rex crown.
Still, there were doubts. After all, this is King Phillip, a program that has never appeared in a Super Bowl, let alone won a state championship. Those doubts were erased in the playoffs, as the Warriors defeated established powers Marshfield and Bridgewater-Raynham on their way to Gillette Stadium.
Then, in the biggest game in program history, Lee's team opened it up. With Reading stacking the box again KP's vaunted ground game, the Warriors threw the ball a season-high 18 times, and quarterback Brendan Lydon responded with 255 yards and three scores to deliver a thrilling 21-18 D1A championship win.
For putting his program on the map and pressing all the right buttons this season, Lee is our pick for Coach of the Year.