Lynn Tech senior Ali Bdaiwi capped off his final season of high school football with an honor, as he was named Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small Lineman of the Year when the awards and all-stars were announced Thursday evening.
“Ali was our primary guy defensively,” said Tech coach James Runner. “He was one of the top defensive linemen since his freshman year. We started him against Austin Prep his freshman year and he made the most of the opportunity, and never looked back. We used him at tight end, nose guard, defensive end. He changed the Northeast game for us. He’s always been the product of our defensive plan. He’s a great kid.”
Joining Bdaiwi on the all-star team from Tech were senior quarterback David Barrios, senior linebacker Emerson Ramirez, senior receiver Elvin Gonzalez and senior cornerback Giuliani Daniells.
“Emerson was a great player for us,” said Runner. “David did his job for us this season. He did a great job against Northeast and Mystic Valley. On top of that, he’s at the top of his class academically. He’s a great kid. Elvin was a big playmaker for us, he always locked down the opposing team’s receiver. Noah (Thurston) was a consistent, durable kid. He never missed a snap offensively the entire year. He’s a kid we always believed in and the kids enjoyed him being on the team. Giuliani was our go-to guy. He had a big run against Mystic Valley and changed the entire game for us against Georgetown. He’s tough as nails and was always willing to sacrifice for the team.”
There were also five CAC Small all-stars from KIPP, led by senior lineman Luis Diaz. The other four all-stars were all sophomores, as receiver/defensive back Taj White-King, running back/linebacker Daniel Oluwasuyi, lineman Mike Brice and lineman Dave Filias all earning the honors.
“We lose some key players,” said KIPP coach Jim Rabbitt. “Luis Diaz was a force for us at nose tackle. Matthew Wagnac was a great leader. Tomi Oladunjoye was another great leader. The sophomore and freshman class we have can lead us to be very competitive in Division 8 moving forward.
“At the end of the year I think we made extremely positive strides toward the future,” Rabbitt added. “Of our losses, a few of them were by one score. We could’ve gone into Thanksgiving at 7-3 or 6-4. We had Lynn Tech tied at halftime. Last year that was a very lopsided game. Our goal at the start of the season was to compete in every game and we did.”
Greater Lowell tight end/defensive lineman Devon Prak was named MVP of the CCL Small, while Nashoba Tech’s James Creed was named Coach of the Year.
Other all-stars from the CCL Small were Greater Lowell’s Prak, Devin Farrell, Nathan Ripley, Benji Hach, Jaden Phommasinh, Jeremy Gray and Isaiah Carrasquillo; Nashoba Tech’s Eli Norton, Luke McKenna, Jose Soba, Tyler Alden and Alex Wilson; Mystic Valley’s Jonah Crain, Tyler Story, Ryamond Pho and Anastasia Bessler; and Minuteman Tech’s Ngor Manyang, Darien Cassius and Danny Johansen.
The honorable mention category included Tech’s Noah Thurston; KIPP’s Matthew Wagnac; Greater Lowell’s Dylan Bishop, Johnny Munoz and Ryan Hickey; Nashoba Tech’s Sean Thomas and Liam Shockley; and Chelsea’s Daps Olunsuon and Jesus Mateos.