Thursday, November 16, 2017

SuiteSports' MIAA Football Player of the Year Watch List: 11/16

Everett quarterback Jake Willcox, like his team as a whole, keeps delivering big performances.
By SuiteSports Staff

SuiteSports is proud to unveil its updated list of candidates for its 2017 MIAA Football Player of the Year Award. This list will be updated weekly through state championship Saturday on December 2nd.

The winner will be announced in accordance with 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. Players can make their way onto this list as the final weeks of the playoffs unfold.

This week brings only one new addition to our list, but he comes from out west.

Vaunell Hill, Sr., RB, West Springfield

Our addition to the list this week is West Springfield running back Vaunell Hill. The physical senior has had a tremendous season for West Side, pacing the Terrier offense en route to a spot in the Division 5 State Semifinals versus Nipmuc.

Perhaps Hill’s most notable performance of the season came this past weekend versus Longmeadow, where he ran for 280 yards and four scores in a 42-18 win. Of course, it was the fourth time this season that Hill totaled over 270 yards on the ground, so who can say which is his best game yet.

On the season Hill has 1,756 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns, and will look to add to that as his team continues its quest for Gillette this Saturday.

Jake Willcox, Jr., QB, Everett

Willcox came out firing in the opening half versus Central Catholic in the Division 1 North Sectional Final on Saturday night. The junior quarterback threw for over 250 yards and four touchdowns in just the game's first two quarters.

He finished 17-of-26 for 308 yards and those four touchdowns, and now has 1,961 total passing yards and 25 touchdowns to just two interceptions. The Tide have already punched their ticket to Gillette, and a big performance against Xaverian in the Division 1 state championship game would make Willcox hard to pass up as our Player of the Year.

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

Once again, the Warriors leaned on Frommer to guide them past Bridgewater-Raynham in the Sectional Final and into the Super Bowl.

Frommer added to his already impressive resume, running for 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 29-19 win over the Trojans. Now the senior running back and linebacker will look to finish his career with consecutive state titles.

Through three playoff games, Frommer has 506 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, increasing his season total for touchdowns up to 16.

Chad Peterson, Sr., QB, North Attleboro

Despite playing only the first two and a half quarters in North Attleboro’s rout of Duxbury in the Division 3 South Sectional Final, Peterson still managed to put up solid numbers.

Peterson finished six-of-seven with 101 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 40 yards on the ground.

Heading into the Red Rocketeers state semifinal matchup with Tewksbury, Peterson has 22 total touchdowns.

Steven Bucciaglia, Sr., QB, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) claimed its first sectional title since 2013 with a win over Shrewsbury this past Saturday and, while Bucciaglia did not put up his sual eye-popping numbers, he turned in another solid overall performance.

The Pioneers’ quarterback finished an efficient 18-for-23 for 203 yards, to go with a pair of touchdowns. Bucciaglia will head into the Pioneers’ Division 3 State Semifinal showdown with Springfield Central with 2,868 passing yards and 34 touchdowns.

Devaun Ford, Jr., RB/DB, Mashpee

Ford is the final member of our list still in competition for a state championship. The explosive junior helped steer Mashpee to its third consecutive sectional championship, as the Falcons knocked off Abington, 40-20 in the Division 7 South final.

Ford totaled three touchdowns in the game, including a 59-yard reception in the third quarter.

Over the course of seven games, Ford has 14 total touchdowns, but is sure to face his toughest test when the Falcons take on St. Mary’s (Lynn) in the Division 7 State Semifinal.

Danny Abraham, Sr., RB, BC High

Despite the fact that the Eagles were knocked out of the postseason, Abraham showed little signs of letting up in what has been an impressive season for the Harvard bound running back.

Abraham ran for two touchdowns in BC High’s 44-10 win over Needham and will look to finish his senior campaign strong with a matchup against Catholic Memorial, as part of the Gridiron Series at Fenway Park on Thanksgiving.

Bryce Shaw, Sr., RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham

Shaw was largely taken out of the Trojan’s sectional final contest with King Philip due to a leg injury sustained early in the game.

His value to the Bridgewater-Raynham offense certainly showed after that, with the Trojans able to get little momentum going as the contest wore on.

A dominating force on both sides of the ball, Shaw will enter the Trojan’s Thanksgiving Day matchup with Brockton with 10 touchdowns on the season.

Sal Frelick, Sr., Quarterback, Lexington

Lexington fell for the second consecutive time this past weekend, but that did not preclude Frelick from putting up monster numbers once again.

The Minuteman quarterback totaled three touchdowns while rushing for 147 yards.

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