Friday, October 27, 2017

SuiteSports' MIAA Football Player of the Year Watch List: 10/27

Photo by Brendan C. Hall
By SuiteSports Staff

Last week we brought you our initial candidates for our 2017 MIAA Football Player of the Year Award, featuring five of the best players in Massachusetts.

Now, as we head into the playoffs in Eastern Mass, and the final weekend of the regular season in the rest of the Bay State, we have a pair of additions to add. Note that list will be updated weekly through state championship Saturday on December 2nd, so your favorite player still has plenty of time.

The winner will be announced alongside SuiteSports’ All-State teams in the second week of December.

Here are the current candidates for the 2017 MIAA Football SuiteSports Player of the Year Award.

Chad Peterson, Sr., Quarterback, North Attleboro

After not being on our initial watch list, North Attleboro quarterback Chad Peterson is one of two new additions to this week’s list.

Peterson, who will continue his playing career at Amherst, is one of the more valuable players in Massachusetts. Since falling in week one to King Philip, Peterson and the Red Rocketeers have rebounded, winning six consecutive games en route to the number one overall seed in Division 3 South.

On the year, Peterson has accumulated 1,214 total yards (74-for-117, 987 passing yards) and 14 total touchdowns (10 passing, 4 rushing).

Against Canton last week, Peterson had a first half to remember, going 15-of-19 for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

North Attleboro is in one of the tougher sections in Massachusetts, with No. 2 Duxbury and No. 3 Scituate both capable of emerging with the title. If Peterson’s play in the regular season is a sign of things to come, however, the Red Rocketeers deserve the label of “favorite.”

Devaun Ford, Sr., Running Back, Mashpee

The second addition to our list is widely acclaimed running back Devaun Ford.

Ford, a two-time state champion, is back at it again this year, helping to lead the Falcons to a perfect regular season.

A threat in the open field, Ford finished his season off in style, totaling four touchdowns, including three on the ground. Ford has also proven to be a threat in the passing game, corralling a pair of touchdowns in Masphee’s biggest game to date against Nantucket (a 25-0 win).

Despite missing time earlier this regular season, the dynamic back still has put up impressive numbers.

Heading into the postseason, Ford has 395 rushing yards on just 39 carries, and eight touchdowns. Ford has also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, emerging as one of the state's better defensive backs.

While the overall numbers may not be there quite yet, Ford has been simply dominant every time he's been on the field. If his production continues into the playoffs, the Mashpee star just might carry home our award, and another state title for his team.

Repeating From Last Week (5):

Sal Frelick, Sr., Quarterback, Lexington HS

Shane Frommer, Sr., RB/OLB, King Philip

Jake Willcox, Jr., Quarterback, Everett

Steve Bucciaglia, Sr., Quarterback, St. John’s (S)

Danny Abraham, Sr., RB, BC High

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