Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SuiteSports' MIAA Football Player of the Year Watch List: 11/8

Can we keep this guy off the list for another week? Nah.   Photo from @bryce_shaw44
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 regular season and playoffs unfold.

This week brings only one new addition to our list, but he's an impact player on both sides of the ball.

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

This week’s lone addition is Bridgewater-Raynham’s Bryce Shaw. The Navy commit has been one of the most impactful players on both sides of the football in Massachusetts this season.

While serving as the thunder to Devante Graves' lightning in the Trojan backfield, Shaw makes perhaps an even bigger impact on the defensive side of the ball. A force as a pass rusher and in coverage, Shaw makes opposing offenses fear of his presence.

Those defensive capabilities were on full display in the Trojans' matchup with Barnstable in early October when, on consecutive plays, Shaw came through with a sack and then followed it up with a 69-yard pick six.

Shaw’s season high for tackles in a contest is 13.

His offensive talents are also well documented, as Shaw has 10 touchdowns on the season. Though he is a late addition to our list, don't sleep on Shaw, who has a marquee matchup this weekend against King Philip and...

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

Frommer was the entire Warriors’ offense on Friday night. His two touchdowns totaled the entirety of King Philip’s scoring in their 13-11 win over Mansfield, as the Warriors’ advanced to their second consecutive sectional final.

Over the course of the Warriors’ first two playoff games, Frommer has 303 yards rushing and four scores boosting his season total to 13. Along with Shaw, Frommer is making his case as the best two-way player in the MIAA, and their showdown in the Division 2 South final should be nothing short of spectacular.

Jake Willcox, Jr., Quarterback, Everett

After being tied with Lexington through a quarter of play, the Tide offense exploded in the second stanza, scoring 28 unanswered en route to a 42-21 win.

Willcox finished the game going 14-of-17 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The junior quarterback is now 76-for-100 through the air with 21 touchdowns and 1,632 passing yards.

Chad Peterson, Sr., Quarterback, North Attleboro

Peterson did not put up a jaw-dropping amount of yardage in the Red Rocketeers sectional semifinal win over Stoughton, but more often than not he found the end zone.

The North Attleboro quarterback finished the Red Rocketeers’ 35-12 win with four total touchdowns, three of which came on the ground.

Peterson enters North Attleboro’s Division 3 South Sectional Final showdown with No. 2 Duxbury with 21 touchdowns to his name.

Devaun Ford, Jr., Running Back, Mashpee

Ford impressed on both sides of the ball in the Falcons’ sectional semifinal victory over Archbishop Williams.

The senior ran for a touchdown while also corralling an interception to lead Mashpee to a 22-6 win, and a berth in the Division 7 South Sectional Final against Abington.

Through just six games played, Ford now has 11 touchdowns.

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

The Pioneers began their postseason this past weekend with a 33-21 win over Doherty, despite an initial scare from the Highlanders.

While he is mostly known for his talents through the air, Bucciaglia proved to be a bigger threat with his legs on Saturday. The senior ran for three touchdowns, to go with his 256 passing yards to send the Pioneers to the Division 3 Central Sectional Final.

Danny Abraham, Sr., RB, Boston College High

After starting off to a blazing 8-0 start the Eagles postseason run came to a sudden end when Catholic Memorial came back from a 20-0 deficit to beat BC High by a point.

Still, Abraham racked up his 21st touchdown of the season, while totaling over 100 yards on the ground once again this past Friday night. The Harvard commit will now try to lead BC High to a win over Needham on Friday before taking on the Knights once again at Fenway Park in the team’s annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry game.

Sal Frelick, Sr., Quarterback, Lexington

If it were not for a juggernaut of an Everett Crimson Tide squad, one wonders how far Frelick could have taken Lexington in its pursuit for a Division 1 North title.

Despite the fact that the Minutemen fell on Friday night, Frelick still impressed. He scored three touchdowns, including an electric 80-yard touchdown run on Lexington’s first play from scrimmage in its 49-21 loss.

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