Daily News All-Stars for football who graduated
Recently, we took a look at several of the area’s top players who are back for another bite of apple. If all goes according to plan, these players will be able to participate in Thanksgiving games, to enjoy a traditional final fall season with their teammates.
This group here has not been so lucky. While these players enjoyed the shortened Fall II version of their sport, a spring schedule of five or six games, they didn’t get the full farewell.
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Once again, we’re celebrating the Daily News All-Stars who graduated or transferred. They leave important footprints behind them.
JALYN APONTE (Natick): Three-time Bay State Conference All-Star and two-time Daily News All-Star, the bruised running back racked up 740 yards on 116 carries and scored nine touchdowns as a senior. He ended his career with Natick with 2,996 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns. He now plays at UMass Dartmouth.
ZACK ATHY (Holliston): The Tri-Valley League Co-Lineman of the Year who is his family’s fourth Daily News All-Star, Athy led the charge on both sides of the ball for the Panthers. He does a year of PG at Williston Northampton School and plays football.
DARIUS BANAITIS (Medway): Banaitis finished Fall Season II at Medway with 34 tackles (6 for loss), five sacks, two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. Banaitis transferred to Milton Academy, where he was upgraded to the class of 2023 and plays football.
TRISTAN BENSON (Holliston): In the cropped season, Benson made his way to 696 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season and was named the Tri-Valley League co-offensive player of the year. A triple TVL All-Star, Benson ended his career with 3,146 total rushing yards.
AKYE BOSTON (Framingham): Boston ran 74 times for 505 yards and seven touchdowns in Fall II. A two-year starting running back, Boston has eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards and finished with 13 touchdowns in 15 total games. He also ran for 10 2-point conversions.
CHRIS DOMERCANT (Bellingham): Domercant caught three passes on defense as a safety – including a 103-yard intercept return for a touchdown – while adding 4 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Domercant now plays wide receiver at Stonehill College.
JAKE DUNLAP (Natick): With 26 tackles (3.5 loss), two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception, Dunlap ended his career with 99 tackles and was named Bay State Conference All-Star for a second straight season. He plays football at RPI.
RIO FERGUSON (Algonquin): This running back ran for 526 yards and 8 touchdowns in Fall II, which gave him 2,431 career rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns. A gifted two-way player, Ferguson ended his career with 248 defensive tackles. Ferguson plays football at Saint Anselm College.
OLIVER FERRARI (Dover-Sherborn): This talented two-way lineman made sure opponents didn’t come close to QB Grady Russo and proved difficult to stop in defense for the Raiders 5-1. For his efforts, Ferrari was named the Tri-Valley League Small Lineman of the Year.
GRYFFIN FRINK (Ashland): On linebacker, Frink led Ashland in solo tackles and tackles for a second straight season in Fall II. On offense, he led the Clockers in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and touchdowns received. He will surely be missed by the Clockers.
GORDON GOZDECK (Lincoln-Sudbury): Senior captain, Gozdeck was a weapon for Jim Girard’s side on both sides of the ball and was named the Dual County League Grand Defensive Player of the Year. He led the team in tackles with 40 and added two forced fumbles, a sack and an interception. In attack, he collected nine touchdowns. He plays football and lacrosse at Bowdoin College.
JOEY KNIGHT (Wellesley): The 6-3, 230-pound two-way lineman won 32 tackles, seven sacks and an interception return for a touchdown during his junior season with the Raiders. He now plays football at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, his eyes on Division I.
WILL LEDERMAN (Natick): A true double threat at quarterback, Lederman led the Redhawks to an unbeaten 5-0 record this fall II, totaling 831 yards and 7 touchdowns while adding 374 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. The Bay State Conference MVP ended his career at Natick High with more than 3,330 passing yards and 56 total TDs. Lederman plays football at Bentley University.
KEVIN MCCARTHY (Westborough): This senior captain made the most of his time on the pitch. McCarthy, who played four and a quarter games, missed the last three quarters of his last game but still racked up 681 yards combined for rushing and passing. McCarthy had 3 touchdowns and 1 touchdown at quarterback and added 38 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a sack and an interception as an outside linebacker in defense.
MIKE MCEVOY (Algonquin): McEvoy had 55 tackles (8 for loss), 2 sacks and a forced fumble in Fall II. A three-year-old starter, McEvoy ended his high school career with 133 total tackles.
MATT MORRIS (Wayland): At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, this senior captain has managed to take on opposing offensive and defensive linemen. He racked up 37 tackles this season and recorded three sacks and was named Dual County League lineman of the year. He plays football at Endicott College.
CARL MUANYA (Blackstone Valley technique): The burgeoning running back and linebacker ran 66 times for 713 yards and 11 touchdowns, and set a new school record for rushing yards in a game with 307 in a win over rival Nipmuc in the fall. II.
CAM MULVANEY (Hopkinton): Mulvaney rushed for nine touchdowns and added a receiving score, and finished the shortened Fall II season with 720 rushing yards. He was named a star of the Tri-Valley League. He is doing a postgraduate year at Bridgton (Maine) Academy.
NICK OFODILE (Natick): A talented receiver, returner and defensive back, this senior has not left the field for the Redhawks. A two-time Bay State Conference star, Ofodile racked up 30 receptions for 388 yards and four touchdowns during Natick’s unbeaten season. Ofodile ended his career with 64 catches, 1,040 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Aspiring music artist, Ofodile can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud as an artist named Nick Tucker.
WILL OHLER (Lincoln-Sudbury): The captain and senior lineman had an “overwhelming presence on the line” according to Lincoln-Sudbury head coach Jim Girard. Ohler had 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles en route to being named DCL Large Most Valuable Player. He now plays defensive line at Division I at Bucknell University.
BRADY OLSON (Milford): A transfer student from Bishop Feehan, Olson also played for his uncle, Dale Olson, Milford’s head coach. Playing in one of the toughest leagues in the region, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound QB tallied 1,280 passing yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 3 rushing scores for the Scarlet Hawks. Olson now plays Division I football at UMass Amherst with his fellow Milford High teammates Carter Scudo and Dominic Schofield.
ANTHONY PEREZ (Wellesley): A two-time Bay State Conference star, Perez had 25 catches for 487 yards and eight offensive touchdowns while adding three interception returns for defensive touchdowns for the Raiders. Perez is doing a postgraduate year and playing football at Bridgton (Maine) Academy.
COLE SALYARDS (Hopkinton): A gifted two-way player, Salyards amassed plenty of yards for Hopkinton as a quarterback. The Tri-Valley League co-offensive player of the year totaled 15 touchdowns (9 rushing, 5 assists and 1 reception) while adding three interceptions to the defensive back. He plays football at St. Lawrence University.
DOMINIC SCHOFIELD (Milford): The 6-3, 240-pound two-way player had a flair for football, averaging eight tackles per game in defense for Milford and added two rushing touchdowns from running back. Schofield plays linebacker at UMass Amherst.
CARTER SCUDO (Milford): When Milford needed something to happen this Fall II, the Scarlet Hawks turned to this talented senior. Scudo had 1,000 total yards for the Scarlet Hawks as a wide receiver. In defense, he blocked the wide receivers of the opposing teams at the cornerback. Scudo plays the catcher role at UMass Amherst.
TJ SEDAM (Tri-County): This senior played receiver and cornerback for the Cougars while stepping in at quarterback when needed. Sedam scored 11 total touchdowns and averaged over 100 rushing yards per game while playing at quarterback. He also added five interceptions in defense. Sedam plays football and lacrosse at Curry College.
JASON SHORT (Marlborough): This senior captain and double threat QB has 327 passing yards and three touchdowns in the air and 227 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. In defense, he recorded 17 tackles, 5 assists, three fumbles and two interceptions.
JAISON TUCKER (Wayland): This running back had 168 carries for 1,125 yards and scored 17 times in Fall II. He even added a 4 TD performance in a season opener win over Boston Latin. Tucker averaged over 160 rushing yards per game during the shortened Fall II campaign.
ROBERT VIELE (Framingham): The Flyers’ top wide receiver over the past three seasons, Viele has 98 career receptions for 1,853 yards and 31 touchdowns in 25 total games. In Fall II, he had 16 passes for 410 yards and seven touchdowns, scoring in every game for the Flyers. Viele has also scored in his three games against his rival Natick.
TY WARREN (Bellingham): Gavin Elder had a few options around him last season, with this wide receiver proving to be his favorite deep threat. Warren caught 15 passes for 427 yards and seven touchdowns to help Bellingham win his first league title in 20 years.