Jacob Codair was already regarded as one of the most dangerous defensive players in the Cape Ann League. Last fall the big Pentucket pass rusher earned CAL Kinney Defensive Player of the Year honors as an outside linebacker, but coming into this year his coaches came to him and asked if he would switch to the significantly less glamorous defensive tackle position.
Glamorous or no, Codair made the switch, and despite drawing significantly more attention from the big blockers up front, opposing quarterbacks were never safe.
Codair was an absolute monster up front, wrecking havoc on the line of scrimmage to help set the tone for Pentucket's defense all throughout the season. The 6-foot, 225-pound senior lineman recorded 12 sacks and was constantly in the backfield, helping the Sachems hold opponents to just 11.6 points per game, including two shutouts. Codair was also among the league's top offensive lineman as a guard, playing a key role in leading Pentucket to a 9-2 season, a share of the CAL Kinney Division title and an appearance in the Division 5 North semifinals.
After the season, Codair was honored as CAL Kinney Division MVP, and he is now a two-time All-CAL and two-time Daily News All-Star selection.
Newburyport, Sr., TE/LB/K
CAL Kinney Special Teams Player of the Year. All-CAL. Senior quad-captain dominated in all three phases of the game. Led area with 102 points, tied for eighth in program history for single season and first Clipper to reach 100 points in a decade. Scored 11 touchdowns and converted 22 extra-points, a two-point conversion and four field goals, including a program-record 47-yard field goal against Weston. Made 19 catches for 257 yards and five touchdowns, including two scores in 34-20 win over Amesbury on Thanksgiving. Rushed for 160 yards and six more touchdowns. Also had 61 tackles and two sacks at linebacker. Hopes to become kicker for Division 1 college program.
Newburyport, Jr., WR/CB
All-CAL. Electrifying junior quad-captain was team's breakout star on offense and defense. Scored five touchdowns for 30 points, making team-high 31 catches for 518 yards and two touchdowns as slot receiver along with 289 yards rushing and three more touchdowns out of backfield. Recorded season-high 177 yards from scrimmage in win over Somerville. Followed that with 109 yards rushing and a touchdown in 34-20 Thanksgiving win over Amesbury. Shutdown cornerback had 40 tackles and two interceptions. Also standout jumper for outdoor track team and plays guard for varsity basketball.
Newburyport, Soph., OLB
Sophomore linebacker burst onto scene as one of Cape Ann League's top defensive players. Recorded 83 tackles with one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. One recovery came on North Reading punt return to set Clippers up in Hornet red zone. Recorded pass break-up on last gasp throw to clinch 16-15 win over Ipswich. Came up big to help lead Clippers to three-game win streak to end season, including 34-20 win over Amesbury on Thanksgiving. Reserve quarterback on offense.
Amesbury, Sr., OL/DL
CAL Baker Lineman of the Year. All-CAL. Senior quad-captain described by coach Colin McQueen as "the face of Amesbury football." Three-year starter at tackle led Indians in the trenches. Helped power Amesbury running attack that totaled 2,533 yards rushing on the season. Recorded 41 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. Came up big in Amesbury's playoff run to Division 5 North final. Also plays varsity baseball.
Amesbury, Jr., RB/LB
All-CAL. Physical 6-foot-2 bruiser did it all for Amesbury, switching from tight end to running back midseason. Led team in scoring with 12 touchdowns and four two-point conversions. Rushed for 436 yards and 10 touchdowns on 67 carries while leading team in receiving with 12 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Had 120 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in first round upset of previously undefeated Bedford. Had 97 yards from scrimmage and 13-yard touchdown catch in Division 5 North semifinal upset of Lynnfield. Scored two touchdowns on Thanksgiving against Newburyport. Also had 53 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense.
Amesbury, Jr., RB/DB
All-CAL. Led Amesbury in rushing with 703 yards and four touchdowns on team-high 103 carries. Added three two-point conversions for 30 total points on season. Had season-high 149 yards and a touchdown against Hamilton-Wenham. Rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown in win over Triton and had 105 yards from scrimmage in Division 5 North semifinal upset of Lynnfield. Led team with 91 rushing yards on Thanksgiving against Newburyport. Recorded 20 tackles, six pass break-ups, an interception and a forced fumble on defense.
Pentucket, Sr., QB
All-CAL. Senior quad-captain re-wrote Pentucket passing record book with outstanding season out of team's new spread offense. Went 128 of 199 (64.3%) with 1,715 yards and 22 touchdown passes. Had three touchdown passes in season-opener against Ipswich, three more in key early-season win over Lynnfield and career-high 330 passing yards with two touchdowns in 28-0 win over North Reading. Went on to lead Pentucket to Division 5 North semifinals, threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns against Bedford and finished career with 228 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving against Triton. Also earned Daily News All-Star in baseball as a pitcher and is now a three-sport CAL champion, having won titles in football, basketball and baseball.
Pentucket, Sr., WR/S
CAL Kinney Offensive Player of the Year. All-CAL. Senior quad-captain turned in most prolific receiving season in Pentucket history. Led area with 66 catches for 925 yards and 12 touchdowns. Had three games with multiple touchdowns and four with 100-plus receiving yards. Highlights included 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown against North Reading, eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns against Lynnfield, nine catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Bedford and seven catches for 169 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving against Triton. Also made 10 catches for 92 yards against Swampscott in Division 5 North semifinal, including late touchdown that set up potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt. Dominant defensive back recorded six interceptions. Three-sport CAL champion and Daily News All-Star has also earned honors in basketball and baseball.
Triton, Sr., RB/LB
All-CAL. Senior tri-captain carried injury-plagued Triton football team on his back. Led team with 11 touchdowns for 66 total points. Rushed for 840 yards and nine touchdowns on 187 carries, by far highest workload in area. Also made 12 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Highlights included 166 yards rushing and a touchdown in win over Georgetown, 130 yards rushing and a touchdown against North Reading, 167 yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns against Ipswich and 119 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on Thanksgiving against Pentucket. Made 89 tackles at linebacker. Also a Daily News All-Star in wrestling.
Triton, Frosh., WR/CB
Daily News Coming Attractions selection more than lived up to hype. The 6-foot-3 freshman tied for third in area with 40 catches and fourth in receiving yards with 618. Scored 29 total points, including four touchdowns, three extra-point kicks and a two-point conversion. Had five catches for 139 yards in high school debut against Newburyport, including 82-yard touchdown catch. Followed that with seven catches for 140 yards against Amesbury, five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown against North Reading and four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against Ipswich. Also had 43 tackles and three interceptions at cornerback. Is also promising basketball prospect and a three-time middle school state champion in track.
Georgetown, Sr., QB
Two-time Daily News All-Star. Senior co-captain turned in most prolific passing season in area history. Completed 173 of 300 passes (57.7%) for 2,382 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. Had three or more touchdown passes in six games. Season highlights included 288 yards and three touchdowns against Tech Boston, 316 yards and three touchdowns against Lowell Catholic, 301 yards and five touchdowns against Brighton, 270 yards and four touchdowns against St. Mary's and 298 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton-Wenham. Finished career with 5,050 career passing yards and 47 touchdowns. Also converted 14 extra-point kicks and had 226 rushing yards this fall.
Georgetown, Sr., WR
Senior enjoyed breakout season as top receiver in high-powered Georgetown passing offense. Led team with 49 catches for 837 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which ranked second in the area. Highlights included 10 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns against Tech Boston, seven catches for 126 yards against Lowell Catholic, six catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns against Brighton and season-best 12 catches for 172 yards and four touchdowns against St. Mary's. Also had 75-yard kickoff return touchdown against Lynn Tech. Most likely would have topped 1,000 receiving yards if not for late-season injury.
Amesbury — Tucker Molin, Sr., RB/S, Ethan Catania, Sr., TE/CB; Jarrid Schwindt, Jr., OL/DL
Georgetown — Josh Kennedy, Sr., OL/DL; Matt Armata, Sr., RB/DB; Jack Lucido, Soph., WR
Newburyport — Trevor Foley, Sr., OL/DL; Jacob Buontempo, Jr., RB/DB
Pentucket — Andrew Joyce, Sr., RB/DB; Keegan O'Keefe, Sr., WR/DB; Andrew Melone, Jr., WR/DB
Triton — Steven Elliot, Sr., OL/DL; Barry Nangle, Sr., OL/DL; Ashton Wonson, Frosh., OL/DL