“Defensively, I love to play physical and get after the quarterback. As an outside linebacker, my main responsibility is to guard the edge.
“Overall, if I had to make a choice, my preference would be to play defense.”
— Braintree’s Justin Dutcher
The 38th edition of the Shriners All-Star Football Classic was held on June 18 at Cawley Stadium in Lowell and a couple of representatives from Braintree High School played instrumental roles in helping the South squad to a 30-20 win over the North.
Justin Dutcher, Braintree’s all-purpose Bay State Conference All-Star performer, helped setup one of the South’s four touchdowns when he picked off a pass attempt inside the South’s 20-yard line.
“Justin had a very nice interception that put the ball inside the 20-yard which setup a touchdown,” said Braintree’s Coach Brian Chamberlain, who served as an assistant on the South team under head coach Ken LaChapelle (Northbridge High School).
“One of our assistant coaches mentioned to me before the play that Justin felt he had a good read on the quarterback and could come up with an interception. “And he did so.”
Millis High School’s Josh Pierre-Charles was named Offensive MVP for the South for scoring two touchdowns
“Working with all the other head coaches, you get a feel for them and their programs,” Chamberlain noted.
“The players were awesome.
“Working with the offensive line I got to see how talented these young men are.”
Catholic Memorial’s Frank Costello picked up Defensive MVP honors in the win.
“Justin did a great job at linebacker,” said Chamberlain.
“I am very proud of what Justin has accomplished this past year and in this game.”
The game brought back some memories from the past for Chamberlain who played in the 1992 game.
“It was the fastest two weeks in my coaching career, and it was a blast,” said the Braintree coach.
“I really enjoyed the time back on the field.
“It also felt good for the win, seeing how when I played in 1992 we lost 14-7.
“This was one of the highlights in my career that I won’t forget.”