GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 9, 2013

College Notebook: Gloucester's Shairs leads Curry in receiving

By Nick Curcuru
Sports Editor

---- — Gloucester football fans were able to witness running back Jordan Shairs weave his way around and through would-be tacklers en route to the 2010 Division 1A Super Bowl. Presently Shairs is off to a nice start running the ball as the starting fullback at Curry College this fall.

The junior fullback, whose brother Drew Shairs is one of five captains on the Fishermen football team this fall, has started all four games for the 1-3 Colonels compiling 155 yards rushing and one touchdown on 33 carries. He also made a name for himself as a pass catcher as he leads the team with 25 receptions for 225 yards and four touchdowns.

Shairs, who was a Commonwealth Coast Conference All Star as a sophomore in 2012 for his ability to both run the football, catch the football and block, had seven catches for 65 yards in the Colonels first win of the season on October 5, a 26-21 win over MIT.

His best game statistically came in a 20-19 loss to Fitchburg St. on September 14 where he hauled in seven passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns.

A pair of Gloucester natives have broken into the starting lineup at Bates College.

Gilbert Brown and Mike Tomaino, who were each captains on Gloucester’s 2010 Division 1A Super Bowl championship team, start at linebacker and wide receiver respectively for the 2-1 Bobcats.

At linebacker Brown has made 11 tackles on the season and had an interception in Bates’ 28-17 loss to Trinity on opening day.

Tomaino is second on the team with two receptions for 64 yards for a Bobcats team that throws the ball sparingly completing just 11 passes through three games this fall. Tomaino’s biggest reception was a 62 yard catch and run against Trinity.

Tomaino and Brown, both juniors, have helped Bates to two straight wins over Tufts and Williams on September 28 and October 5 respectively.

University of New Hampshire standout and former Manchester Essex star Brian Ciccone has shuffled from tight end to defensive end multiple times in his collegiate career. But this fall, the 6’4” 250 pound junior has found a home on the defensive side of the football.

The former Hornets captain and member of the 2008 Super Bowl championship team has appeared in all four games for the 1-3 Wildcats, his best game coming against Towson where he recorded five tackles in a 44-18 Wildcats loss.

Ciccone has been named to the Colonial Athletic Conference’s Academic All Conference team each of the last two seasons.

Manchester Essex grad Ben Kekeisen, a teammate of Ciccone on the 2008 Super Bowl team, has appeared in all three games in the defensive secondary for Bowdoin College this fall.

Kekeisen, a senior defensive back, has been strong in coverage for 1-2 Bowdoin and he has five tackles on the season.

Speaking of players from Gloucester’s 2010 Super Bowl championship team, Chris Unis, a captain on that team, continues to produce as a starting linebacker at Merrimack College.

The 6’2” 240 pound junior linebacker has compiled 14 tackles, seven solo tackles and five tackles for loss for the 2-2 Warriors. Unis also recorded a sack in a 60-14 Warriors win over Pace earlier this season. Unis is a two-year starter in the Merrimack linebacker core and has seen significant action since his freshman season.

The leaders of Manchester Essex’s high powered passing attack during the 2012 season, quarterback Cory Burnham and wide receiver John Beardsley, have taken their games to UMass Dartmouth this fall.

Both Burnham and Beardsley have seen action in two games this fall for the 1-3 Corsairs at quarterback and wide receiver respectively. As freshman the two former Manchester Essex standouts are waiting in the wings gaining valuable experience at the collegiate level.