By Nick Curcuru
---- — Four Gloucester football players were recognized as the cream of the crop of their respective positions in the Tier 2 of the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League.
Seniors Santo Parisi and Devin Hemeon along with juniors Drew Shairs and Jason Lattof were named NEC/CAL Tier 2 All Stars. Seniors Mark Horgan and Austin Titus were named NEC/CAL honorable mention All Stars.
Senior captain Parisi has done a little bit of everything for the Fishermen this fall starting on both ends of the field and being named to the all star team for his work on the defensive side of the ball.
Parisi can play both outside linebacker and cornerback and that versatility has seen him make plays all over the field for Gloucester. On the offensive end Parisi has been the teams starting quarterback, he has also played a little running back throwing for 343 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
“He’s done everything for us this year,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said of Parisi after an October clash with Lynn Classical. “He plays every play, even on special teams. We couldn’t ask for more out of him as a player and a captain this season.”
Hemeon was named to the NEC/CAL All Star team for the second season in a row. While the 240 pound bruiser played just about everywhere on the field as a junior, he has settled into the tight end spot as a senior and been the team’s most consistent player.
The senior leads the team with 17 receptions, 204 yards and three scores through the air. But his biggest contribution may be as a blocker where he devastates defensive linemen with his strength opening up big holes for Gloucester on the strong side of the offensive line.
Junior defensive tackle Shairs showed off his potential as a sophomore, and as a junior he put it all together developing into a force in the middle of Gloucester’s defensive line.
The 300 plus pound Shairs demands a double team on every play and has good mobility for a player of his size. Shairs has anchored a defensive front that has turned into Gloucester’s biggest strength excelling against the run this fall.
Over the last few weeks Shairs has stepped in as the team’s strong side tackle playing next to Hemeon and helping the team establish a productive strong side rushing attack.
Lattof may be the smallest member of the Gloucester offensive line, weighing less than 150 pounds, but his production has been anything but small.
Despite the fact that he’s facing kids nearly twice his size week after week, Lattof had an all star season having his way with bigger players thanks to flawless technique and a tenacious attitude.
Lattof anchors an offensive line that is made up of four juniors.
A line that has been good this season and has the potential to be great in 2013.
Horgan earned honorable mention honors for his work on both sides of the ball, leading the team in all purpose yardage while playing multiple positions on offense and defense. Titus has also been a standout at both offensive guard and switching from defensive end and inside linebacker on the defensive end.