By Jason Mazzilli
The Malden High School football team received a big honor following the season when the Tornados squad received the Northeastern Conference (NEC) North Division 2018 Sportsmanship Award for the first time in school history.
Two Malden High football standouts have been named to the NEC All-Conference First Team. Senior captain Raushad Moore and junior captain Jerry Mervil were both honored by a recent vote of the NEC coaches by being named to the North Division All-Conference squad. In addition, three other Tornados were named to the NEC All-Star Team: Senior captain Tyler Martineau, senior Sean Stout and freshman Davenche Sydney.
“We were honored to receive the Sportsmanship Award,” Malden head coach Steve Freker said. “We were one of the least penalized teams in the NEC, and that’s just a basic part of high school sports – displaying good sportsmanship. I know that Superintendent Oteri, our Principal Mr. Mastrangelo and Director of Athletics Charlie Conefrey were very pleased our team was honored in this manner.”
“Our biggest fan, Mayor [Gary] Christenson, was also very happy to hear this news,” the Malden coach added.
Moore is a three-year starter for Malden who played split end and strong safety this season. “Raushad was our leading tackler on defense and one of our top playmakers among with Jerry [Mervil],” coach Freker said.
“Rashaud was also a terrific leader for our team, which was probably the youngest team in school history,” the coach added. “We will never forget the strong loyalty Raushad showed to our team, our school and our community. He stayed the course through his senior year and led by example.”
Coach Freker said Mervil was also an All-Conference First-Teamer and one of the best players in the NEC. “Jerry led us in every offensive category and also has a bright future ahead of him. He has the speed, agility and toughness they are looking for at the next level. He will be our leader in the offseason and next fall.”
Martineau is a two-year, two-way starter and a captain for the second year. “Tyler did a great job for us on both sides of the ball and really worked to get himself in condition so he could do all that great work for us,” coach Freker said. “He’s another player that was loyal to our team and the city of Malden all these years and set a tremendous example for our younger players. He will really be missed.”