All-Eagle Football Capsules: Defense


Ian Hill

Senior DE, Hoosac Valley

Hill, who played on both sides of the ball, finished with 42 tackles on the season. He had five tackles for losses and forced four fumbles.

The coach's take: Ian was an important part of our team's success through his work ethic and his leadership on and off the field for us. Ian moved up from linebacker to the defensive line to help our team out and excelled there.

-- Poirot 

Anthony Jones

Junior DE, Pittsfield

A first-year football player, Jones had 62 tackles, three sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles for the Generals. At 6-1, 220 pounds, Jones is going to anchor the PHS defensive line next year.

The coach's take: He is a great athlete for a big man with great feet and hands. He was a great get for us and we can't wait to see what he'll be like after a year in the weight room. His ceiling is real high.

-- Jezewski

Billy Lincoln

Senior DE, McCann Tech

Lincoln was a four-time All-Tri-County team member. The 6-foot-4, 268-pound end was a four-year, two-way starter for the Hornets. Defensively, he had 88 tackles, 44 solo stops, six for loss, two forced fumbles and two sacks.

The coach's take: He was our team MVP this year. He shut down anyone running to his side. He had great pursuit, playing sideline-to-sideline. He was a dominant player.

-- McCann coach Bob LeClair

Matt Malloy

Senior DT, Mount Greylock

Of the three defensive linemen on the All-Eagle team, one was 220 pounds, one was 215 and one was 160. Malloy earned his way on the team despite being listed at 5-8, 160. He wasn't a player that jumps off the film, but he more than did his job.

The coach's take: He's quick and he plays with a great passion. He would be the guy I was hoping would get his just due.

-- Flaherty

David Jones

Junior DT, Taconic

Jones helped anchor the Taconic front line. A big (220 pounds) lineman, Jones had 32 tackles for the Braves and four tackles for loss.

The coach's take: He played a little bit of linebacker [also] and he was versatile. He was a junior captain for us. He was never out of the game.

-- Taconic coach Jim Ziter

Colin Blume

Junior DT, Monument Mountain

The 6-3, 215-pound junior lined up as Monument's strong-side tackle, and put together an outstanding statistical season. He had 67 tackles, 11 for loss, and six sacks.

The coach's take: "The Immovable Object" helped to control the line of scrimmage and force teams to try and run outside.


Dominic Traversa

Senior LB, Pittsfield

Traversa's 144 tackles led Pittsfield by a large margin. He forced five fumbles and recovered three of them. He also picked off a pass from his middle linebacker position. A three-year starter, Traversa is looking to play college football.

The coach's take: Dominic may be the best player that has gone through our program. His work ethic on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom is unparalleled. He is the benchmark of what we look for in a Pittsfield High School football player.

-- Jezewski

Pat Latini

Senior LB, St. Joseph

Latini was a busy middle linebacker for the Crusaders. He averaged 15.9 tackles per game, had five sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered four. He is a repeat All-Eagle pick, making the team as a center last year.

The coach's take: Pat was one of our captains and the only returning starter from the 2012 playoff team. In my opinion, he was the best player in the county. Every team we played had to account for him, and he was almost impossible to block with one man.

-- St. Joseph coach Ben Kline

Peter Oggiani

Senior LB, Monument Mountain

Like most two-way standouts, Oggiani put up good numbers on both sides of the ball. But it was on defense where his numbers shine. He had 117 tackles and had 12 tackles for loss.

The coach's take: We had a major rebuilding project this season and I sought out players that I could build around. Peter Oggiani impressed me with his attitude, work ethic and determination. We designed our defense around his determination and athleticism.

-- LaGrant

Marco Anastasio

Junior LB, Wahconah

Anastasio led the Warriors with 65 tackles. The 5-11, 220-pound middle backer also had two sacks and an interception. As the middle linebacker, he also called the defensive signals.

The coach's take: Marco was our unquestioned leader on defense. His size and athleticism allowed him to make plays from sideline to sideline.

-- Campbell

Chad Shade

Junior DB, Pittsfield

Quite often in high school football, good quarterbacks make excellent defensive backs. So it is with Shade, who had 47 tackles, recovered three fumbles and picked off three passes.

The coach's take: Chad is a tremendous athlete and leader. His growth and maturity on the field and in the weight room has made him into a player to watch for next year.

-- Jezewski

Brandon Tworig

Senior DB, Hoosac Valley

Tworig was a turnover machine in the Hoosac secondary. The senior intercepted four passes and recovered three fumbles. He had 42 tackles, six for losses. He also had 11 catches as a wide receiver.

The coach's take: "Scooter" was a player that really developed coming into his senior year for us. As a defensive back, he really helped to solidify our defense. He was tested time and again and came up making big plays for us throughout the year.

-- Poirot

Matt Braman

Senior DB, Hoosac Valley

Braman was a do-it-all athlete on both sides of the ball. He had 809 rushing and receiving yards on offense and was one of the top tacklers in the secondary for Hoosac. He made 47 tackles, 4 1/2 for loss, had five picks and two fumble recoveries.

The coach's take: Matt is an incredibly talented athlete. He overcame an early-season injury [to] his hand and finished up the season extremely strong for us. In games where we were struggling later on in the season, you saw Matt step up and make a big play somewhere on the field.

-- Poirot

Matty Kelley

Senior DB, Lee

Kelley was a team captain who started his year at corner but moved to free safety after starter Deaglan Giarolo was hurt. Kelley had five interceptions and was second on the Wildcats in tackles.

The coach's take: Matty was the best open-field tackler I've seen for some time. He single-handedly prevented three touchdowns against PHS and secured a 6-0 shutout victory in that game. He was also our leading rusher on offense.

-- Thomson

Jordan Williamson

Senior utility, Lee

Playing safety, Williamson was fourth on the Wildcats in tackles and had three picks, good for second on the team. Williamson was somewhat undersized, but is praised for his run support.

The coach's take: Jordan was as hard a hitting defensive back as there was in Berkshire County in 2013.

-- Thomson

Colby Gage

Senior utility, Hoosac Valley

Gage was a solid two-way player for the ‘Canes, anchoring the offensive line and having a good season at linebacker. Gave had 100 tackles, nine for losses, and averaged 9.1 tackles per game.

The coach's take: In my opinion, Colby is easily one of the top defensive players in Berkshire County. He had 100 tackles on the year, 22 more than any other player on our team. He was all over the field for us defensively.

-- Poirot

All-Eagle capsules by Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle Staff


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