Two of the most prolific football players in area history received top honors from the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Division 1 MVP C.J. Scarpa enjoyed a record-breaking junior season then far exceeded it this fall. The Andover High senior signal-caller threw a whopping 32 passes to lead all of Eastern Mass. and shatter the previous area record by nine.
Scarpa, who led Andover to the MVC 1 title, will be playing next fall at Elon University in North Carolina.
Haverhill senior running back Chance Brady exceeded 2,000 yards this fall and stamped himself as easily the most prolific runner ever to wear the Brown and Gold.
He has a long list of suitors including some NESCAC schools like Tufts.
Only three sophomore made the first team: Central Catholic linebacker Markus Edmunds, Haverhill wide receiver Jordan Javier and Billerica defensive back Nick Orekoya.
In all, 25 players made the MVC Division 1 first team and 23 the first team in Division 2.
Repeat first-team honorees included Brady, Andover receiver Will Heikkinen, Central Catholic offensive lineman Ryan Barry and Haverhill offensive lineman Dan Burrows.
Central defensive back D’andre Drummond Mayire and North Andover linebacker Tyler Salois were the only juniors named to the first team.
The conference added a team and eliminated 10 most valuable players. North Andover joined the loop this fall. Last year a mind-boggling 12 players, including Haverhill’s Brady, received some sort of MVP honors. This year it was just Scarpa and Brady.
ANDOVER: Nathaniel Altman, DL, Sr., 6-1, 274; C.J. Scarpa, QB, Sr., 5-8, 160; Will Heikkinen, WR., Sr., 6-1, 196; Jake Flaherty, LB, Sr., 6-0, 190; Andreas Christopulos, OL, Sr., 6-0, 235; Cam Farnham, WR, Sr., 5-6, 146; Andrew Deloury, DB, Sr., 6-1, 182
CENTRAL CATHOLIC: D’andre Drummond Mayire, DB, Jr., 6-0, 200; Ben Tavitian, DL, Sr., 5-11, 225; Matt Halaby, DL, Sr., 6-1, 245; Markus Edmunds, LB, Soph., 5-9, 190; Ryan Doherty, LB, Sr., 6-2, 200; Ryan Barry, OL, Sr., 6-4, 260; Sean Kirchner, OL, Sr., 6-1, 285; Santino Brancato, RB, Sr., 5-10, 181
BILLERICA: Chad Dellaporta, OL, Sr., 6-1, 280; Matt Clifford, WR, Sr.; 6-0, 175; Nick Orekoya, DB, Soph., 5-11, 180
CHELMSFORD: Matt Rabbito, LB, Sr., 6-0, 200; Jeff D’Auria, RB, Jr, 5-10, 175;
LOWELL: Alex Kasirye, DB, Sr., 5-9, 170; Alex Quintero, DL, Jr., 5-11, 210; Callen Vail, OL, Sr., 6-4, 300; Cam Latta, QB, Sr., 5-10, 180; Jack Galvin, WR, Jr., 6-0, 170
LOCAL SECOND TEAMERS
ANDOVER: Bryan Sutherland, Sr., OL; Jack Sylvester, Jr., RB; Ommel Bonilla, Soph., DL; Adam Ladd, Sr., LB; Cole Organisciak, Jr., LB; Chas Heseltine, Sr., DB; Mark Zavrl, Sr., P
CENTRAL CATHOLIC: Cam Leary, Sr., OL; David Veilleux, Sr., OL; Cody Demers, Jr., WR; Michael Barry, Sr., WR; Michael Milano, Soph., QB; Joe Brown, Jr., DL; Michael Balsamo, Soph., DB
HAVERHILL: Chance Brady, RB, Sr., 5-9, 190; Tommy Morgan, QB, Sr., 6-3, 170; Jordan Javier, WR, Soph., 6-4, 190; Dan Burrows, Sr., OL, 6-2, 290; Tommy Maguire, DB, Jr., 5-10, 175
LAWRENCE: Chris Pena, LB, Sr., 5-8, 200; Jaddiel Polanco, DB, Sr., 5-6, 155; George Urena, WR, Sr., 6-1, 180
METHUEN: Colin Langford, WR, Sr., 6-1, 175; Sam Weeks, DL, Sr., 6-0, 195
NORTH ANDOVER: Nick Oswald, RB, Sr., 5-9, 185; Collin Couillard, OL, Sr., 6-0, 218; Tyler Salois, LB, Jr., 5-11, 170; Nate Hitchcock, DL, Sr., 6-1, 225
DRACUT: Bryant Tuff, WR, 5-7, 175; Andrew Richard, OL, 5-10, 235; Pat Noonan, LB, 5-10, 180; Zach Bassett, DB, 5-6, 185; Jeff Breen, DL, Sr., 6-4, 230
TEWKSBURY: James Sullivan, RB, 6-0, 200; Kevin Dick, WR, 6-2, 185; Alex Hamilton, OL, 6-0, 235; Kyle Randolph, LB, 5-11, 180; Eddie Matovo, LB, 6-1, 205
LOCAL SECOND TEAMERS
HAVERHILL: Shain Roche, WR, Sr.; John Ramsdell, WR, Jr.; Phil Panici, OL, Soph.; Jonah Atkins, DL, Sr.; Stephane Bristol, DL, Jr.; Josh Noel, DL, Sr.; Patrick Yale, DB, Soph.
LAWRENCE: Nelson Valerio, QB, Soph.; Franger Baez, WR, Sr.; Yariel Velez, DL, Sr.
METHUEN: Dicky Aziz, OL, Sr.; Anthony Giorgio, OL, Sr.; Willy Weinhold, DB, Jr.
NORTH ANDOVER: Bubba Shkliew, WR, Soph.
MVPs: C.J. Scarpa, Andover (Division 1); Chance Brady, Haverhill (Division 2)
COACHES OF THE YEAR: John Florence, Lowell (Division 1); Brian Aylward, Tewksbury (Division 2)