Friday, August 7, 2009

RBs to watch in 2009: Peabody’s Mark D’Addario

Aug 5th, 2009 by Matt Williams

There may not be a better home run hitter in the area than Peabody’s Mark D’Addario, the next running back we think is worth a look in 2009.

Consider that D’Addario scored 7 TDs last fall, and besides 3 short bursts, they were on runs of 69, 54, 62 and 57 yards. Like a locomotive, once D’Addario built up enough steam there was no stopping him.

What impressed us most about this senior, who recently committed to Division 1 Siena for lacrosse, was a particularly violent and punishing running style. Never mind shying away from contact, D’Addario, at times, seemed to look for it - and relish in running over a defender.

His 742 yards last year were the most by an underclassman save for Masco’s Batman-and-Robin duo of Chris Splinter (780 yards) and Evan Bunker (1200). Peabody’s hard-hitting runner has 1,120 career yards, also among the area leaders, and already ranks fourth among all Tanner runners this decade.

He’s also been a horse, carrying the ball over 100 times in each of the last two seasons. That kind of proven mettle is hard to come by.

Peabody lost more than 1600 yards with the graduation of Nick Hiou, Jon Balcacer and Kevin Bettencourt, so having D’Addario back should help smooth out that transition.

A bruiser like this playing in a single wing attack ought to be a recipe for success.

Note: This is the third in a month-long series leading up to the kick-off of the 2009 high school football season. The week of Aug. 3-7 features five running backs to watch in ‘09, the week of Aug. 10-14 features five QBs to watch and the weeks of Aug. 17-31 will examine the biggest question facing each of our local teams.

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