2012 Football All-Stars (Offense)
Name School Yr. Position
C.J. Scarpa Andover Sr. QB
Tommy Morgan Haverhill Sr. QB
Cristian Rivera Greater Lawrence Sr. RB
Chance Brady Haverhill Sr. RB
Carl Lipani North Reading Sr. RB
Manny Latimore Pinkerton Jr. RB
Ryan Barry Central Catholic Sr. OL
Angel Abreu Greater Lawrence Sr. OL
Dan Burrows Haverhill Sr. OL
John Fortes North Reading Sr. OL
Jake Bernaiche Pinkerton Sr. OL
Will Heikkinen Andover Sr. WR
Cam Farnham Andover Sr. WR
George Urena Lawrence Sr. WR
* Eagle-Tribune offensive MVP
TOMMY MORGAN, Haverhill, Senior, Quarterback
Threw for 1,839 yards, most for a Haverhill QB since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping complete records in 1994, and 20 touchdowns, most for the school since at least 1982. All-MVC Division 2. Three-year starter. Led Hillies to 8-3 record, their most wins since 2001 season (also 8-3), and more than in the past five years combined (6 wins). Being recruited by Division 3 schools. Forward in basketball.
CRISTIAN RIVERA, Greater Lawrence, Senior, Running Back
Ran for 2,008 yards this year on 275 carries, becoming sixth 2,000-yard rusher in modern area history. Scored 25 TDs. Ran for over 200 yards in five games, including Thanksgiving win over Whittier, and had five games of three or more TD runs. CAC Large co-MVP. Career marks of 4,047 rushing yards and 47 TDs. Lawrence resident known for shoulder-length hair. Powerful at 6-0, 220 pounds. Hearing from Merrimack and Bentley.
CHANCE BRADY, Haverhill, Senior, Running Back
All-Scholastic. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. MVC Division 2 MVP. Rushed for 2,063 yards, the third most in the region since 1994, and scored 32 TDs. Rushed for over 200 yards in five straight games, including season-high 258 against Somerville. Finished career with 3,709 yards and 56 touchdowns. Played lineman as a freshman and linebacker as a sophomore. Heavily recruited by Division 3 schools including Tufts.
CARL LIPANI, North Reading, Senior, Running Back
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Rushed for 2,178 yards, good for second most in area history, and scored 31 TDs. Smashed his own school records from junior year of 1,768 and 23 TDs. Ran for 231 yards and two TDs in win over CAL/NEC Division 3 champ Amesbury and season-high 247 and six scores in win over Hamilton-Wenham. Led Hornets to impressive 8-2 record. Starting linebacker. 5-10, 185 pounds. Quad-captain.
MANNY LATIMORE, Pinkerton, Junior, Running Back
Rushed for 1,504 yards and scored 29 TDs. At his best in the big games, rushing for 204 yards and five TDs in Division 1 semifinals and 178 yards in state title loss. Dynamic kick returner returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns and led team in receiving (227 yards, 4 TDs). 5-10, 190 pounds. 1-AA college prospect. Sprinter ran on 4x100 relay that won Meet of Champions in 43.49. Has run an 11.24 100 meters.
RYAN BARRY, Central Catholic, Senior, Offensive Line
Four-year starter from West Newbury. Overcame broken foot suffered at college showcase to serve as punishing blocker for 9-2 Raiders. Finished with 48 tackles, nine for a loss, and three sacks. Eagle-Tribune All-Star defensive lineman in 2011. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds being recruited by Division 1-AA and Division 2 schools. Also member of basketball team. Twin brother Michael is a standout receiver.
ANGEL ABREU, Greater Lawrence, Senior, Offensive Line
Burly 5-foot-10, 220-pound guard used impressive athleticism to pull and open holes for 2,000-yard rusher Cristian Rivera. Defensive end also led Reggies with 79 tackles and a stellar 10 sacks. Picked off a pass and finished with two defensive TDs. Lawrence resident. “He could handle anyone at defensive end, and when we ran right he was the one we ran behind,” said coach Tony Sarkis. Hit .411 last spring in baseball.
DAN BURROWS, Haverhill, Senior, Offensive Line
Repeat All-MVC Division 2 selection. MVC All-Star as a sophomore. Four-year letterman. “Chance (Brady) rushed for over 2,000 yards, and I’ll say 1,700 was running behind Danny,” said coach Tim O’Connor. “And he played against the best opposing linemen.” Hulking 6-4, 290-pounder with an impressive beard. Made 65 tackles. Being recruited by Division 2 schools. Pitcher in baseball, shotputter in track.
JOHN FORTES, NORTH READING, Senior, Offensive Line
Four-year starter. At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds opened holes for star Carl Lipani in single-wing offense. Also a starting defensive lineman, with six tackles in win over Pentucket. Helped Hornets to 8-2 record, the most wins for the school in modern era (1982-present). Quad-captain. “He was the apex of our line. He led the way when we ran our wedge, and brought a lot of power to our defense,” said coach Jeff Wall.
JAKE BERNAICHE, Pinkerton, Senior, Offensive Line
All-Division 1 pick. Two-year starter at guard, a key position in Pinkerton’s Wing-T attack. Just 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds. Also a starting defensive end, finished season with 30 tackles, five for loss. Three-year letterman bounced back from patellar tendon injury as a sophomore. Father is Astros offensive line coach Dave Bernaiche. “He brought a lot of toughness to this team,” said Astros coach Brian O’Reilly.
WILL HEIKKINEN, Andover, Senior, Wide Receiver
All-Scholastic. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. All-MVC Division 1. Led area with 1,126 receiving yards on 67 catches, both easily surpassing modern area records (1994-present) of 936 and 60, respectively. 6-foot-1, 193-pounder. Caught nine TD passes. Went for 194 receiving yards against Gloucester. Corner back intercepted five passes. Being recruited by Ivy and NESCAC schools. Moynihan Scholar-Athlete.
CAM FARNHAM, Andover, Senior, Wide Receiver
Did the famed Farnham No. 46 jersey proud. Led area with 11 TD catches. Caught 35 passes for 548 yards. Caught game-changing 78-yard TD pass on Thanksgiving. Ran two kickoffs and a punt back for scores. Quad-captain. Caught 30 passes for 444 yards and 5 TDs in 2011. Amazing athlete at just 5-6, 141 pounds. Eagle-Tribune All-Star outfielder (.458 average). Finished third at indoor MVC Meet in 55-meter dash.
GEORGE URENA, Lawrence, Senior, Wide Receiver
Second in the area in receiving yards (966), most for Lawrence player in modern area history, and catches (52). Grabbed 9 TD catches. All-MVC Division 2. Caught five passes for 192 yards, two scores and game-winning two-point conversion with five second left in miracle comeback over Methuen. Had 141 receiving yards vs. Dracut. First-year starter. “He really came on strong this season,” said coach Mike Yameen.
Scarpa deliveries unprecedented season
As his stats grew, and the accolades began flowing in, Andover quarterback C.J. Scarpa was nicknamed “Golden Arm” by his teammates.
Sure, they popularized the moniker partially to embarrass the soft-spoken senior. But there is no questioning Scarpa was golden in 2012.
Simply said, the senior QB shredded the area’s modern passing records with 32 touchdown passes and 2,622 air yards.
The All-Scholastic’s scores shattered the previous record of 23 shared by North Andover’s Brandon Walsh in 2010 and Whittier’s Dillon Ryan and Lawrence’s Nick Elwell in 2009. The yards were well ahead of the 2,242 by Marc Hordon of Phillips in 1999.
“C.J. has a tremendous arm,” said receiver Cam Farnham. “But he is also so smart about the game. He sees defenses so well. And he is the hardest worker I have ever seen.”
Standing just 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds, Scarpa finished his two-year varsity career with 4,429 passing yards and 51 touchdowns. He tied Walsh’s area TD pass mark and trails only Walsh (5,238) in career passing yards.
Scarpa, who will play at Division 1-AA Elon in North Carolina, also rushed for eight scores and threw only seven interceptions in 2012. His father Carmen is in the Andover High athletic Hall of Fame.
“He is just such a special player and special person,” said Golden Warriors coach E.J. Perry.