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Nick Heras (left) and Mason Spence (right), Photos courtesy of Alex Jones, Wicked Local
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September 2013

Newton South Football's 2013 Season is in full swing lead  by senior captains Ethan Meyer, Kevin Dober, Jake Alexander, Eric Manditch and Drew Levine along with Tyrone Thorton and juniors Nick Heras and Mason Spence.  South is off to a strong start with wins over Brookline 41-16 and Boston Latin 42-12.  South's offense is powered by Heras' passing and running, and the run game of Meyers, Thorton, and Spence.  Newton South has a modified schedule this year because of the new play-off format and will play Lincoln-Sudbury twice this year. 

Conference: Dual County (Large)

Date Opponent Time/result

Sun., Sept. 15 Brookline W, 41-16

Fri., Sept. 20 at Boston Latin W, 42-12

Fri., Sept. 27 at Lincoln-Sudbury 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 4 at Acton-Boxborough 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 11 at Westford 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 19 Waltham 1 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 25 at Wachusett 7 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 28 Lincoln-Sudbury 10 a.m

February 2013

The Newton South Lions finished the season with a 3 and 8 record, improving their record over the last two years. Congratulations to the seniors who finished their career at South, and to Patrick Fabrizio, Sam Houston-Read, Brian Spink, and Ethan Meyer who were named to the 2012 Dual County League All-star team. 

In May 2013, Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation presented one of its thirty-four Scholar-Athlete awards to Patrick Fabrizio.

In other news, congrats to recent Newton South graduates playing football in college Patrick Fabrizio -Bowdoin College, Sam Russell (Class of 2012 and Cheshire Academy PG) - Brown University, and Ja Ja Foster - American International College. They join the long list of South graduates who played or are playing at "the next level." 

Shout outs to Chris Kim who just concluded four years playing football at Texas Christian University, where he earned 3 bowl rings including a Rose Bowl ring for TCU's win in 2011 over Wisconsin University; Jelani Blandin (Class of 2010) who has been playing for the University of New Haven Chargers who finished this year ranked 8th in the Country and won their third straight Northeast-10 Conference and second-straight NCCA Division II playoffs; and to Derek Russell (Class of 2009) who was the starting quarterback for Yale University in "The Game" against Harvard University. 

Newton South football grads are continuing the tradition of playing college football at elite academic institutions.  In the past 4 years over 14 Newton South grads went on the play college football.
The 2013 Seniors.   Co-captains Patrick Fabrizio (a four year starter), Lucian Casino (three year starter), Sam Houston-Reed, Michael Sugrue, and Brian Spink, and Matt Roberts, Justin Brooks, JaJa Foster, Eric Allegro, Jack Blatchford, and Robert Dixon.

Co-Captains Lucian Casino and Michael Sugrue  along with Patrick Fabrizio will anchor South's line

Ethan Meyers Above

2012 Graduates
The 2011 South season closed and the former players are now off to college and prep school:  Andrew Chen (Mass Bay Community College), Michael Forman (Gray Military Academy), Sam Russell (Cheshire Academy), Aaron Weinstein (Cornell University) Mike Berman (gap year), Paul Park, Lionel Walker (Mass Bay Community College), John Jennings (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Jake Gusman (Rochester Institute for Technology), Jimmy Li (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), Muhamad Honca (Pace University), Aren Bailey (U.S. Air Force), Georgios Emmanouilidis (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Stephen Okren (gap year) and Aaron Zheng (University of Connecticut).  Good luck in college and see you at the Thanksgiving Day game against LS.

Newton South Alum Playing Football in College:  Chris Kim - Texas Christian University (No. 18 AP poll BCS); Jelani Blandin - University of New Haven (No.7 Nation D2); Chris Lewis - Gettysburg University; Lucas Walker - Washington University, St. Louis;  Ty McGarry - University of Connecticut; Jerrett Atkinson - Central Connecticut State University;
 and Derek Russell - Yale University.

The 2011 Season:     Varsity and Junior Varsity Schedules, click "
Varsity" and for the Freshman schedule, click "Frosh."  For just the Varsity, click "Seniors."

  • General Information

    Football Camps and Combines:  Your son maybe expressing an interest in attending a camp or combine this spring/summer.  Combines, like football camps, are designed to test players for agility, speed, and strength going into their sophomore, junior, and senior years, and are used by colleges and universities to identify players. Some combines also pitch services to players such as website services and "contacts" with college coaches. Before engaging the services of these vendors, please contact Coach D for more information.  Please visit the Football Camp page on the website for more information.

    Letters from Colleges:    In the Spring, some players will begin to receive letters from colleges inviting them to attend camps or to fill out a form.  Colleges obtain names of players from various sources. College coaches want additional information on your son to see if there is a potential match. Colleges will tend to follow the player in the fall and will see if the player has the both the football and academic qualifications that match the colleges' needs.  There are several factors that go into the recruiting process from what positions need to be filled in the college program, whether your son qualifies academically to play Division 1 football, and how your son may be slotted by the college (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th tier - a combination of board scores and gpa with 1st being the highest).  If your son qualifies academically for a 4th tier spot, then your son will likely need to be an exceptional player to be recruited and admitted to that college. Colleges tend to only receive 3 or 4 spots for 4th tier players.  The take away is that South players getting notice and exposure, and are being recruited.  Again, please contact Coach D if you have any questions about the process.

    Summer Camps and Football CombinesIf you are interested in attending summer camp for football and need financial assistance, please notify Coach D.  Also, please check the page on summer camps.  We highly recommend the Northeast Clinics for quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, linebackers and linemen.  We have sent players to this camp for the last six years.  The camp is run by coaches from NESCAC, Patriot League and Ivy League schools.  It is designed to help players from 6th to 12th grade.  Coach Papas at BB&N also runs a camp that provides great exposure to college coaches.

 The team page contains action photos of the 2010 Co-Captains: Jerrett Atkinson, Luke Shanahan, Jeff Alkins, Tyler McGarry and Brandon Caldwell.    According to statistics maintained by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association which tracks football participation, Newton South has 58 participants in the program whereas: Acton- Boxborough - 105, Concord Carlisle - 94, Lincoln-Sudbury - 159, Newton North - 96, Waltham - 127, Wayland - 95, and Westford Academy 106.  One way to improve Newton South's program right away is to (i) increase the number of players on the team and (ii) getting or staying in shape.

South Defense in action against Newton North on September 4, 2011 led by Jake Gusman, No.34 and JaJa Foster No. 32

Head Coach Ted Dalicandro

Opening Day against Concord Carlisle High School
September 26, 2009
Newton South's New Turf Field
George Winkler Field
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