Straight from our high school football preview section, we've compiled 10 changes for EMass football this season.
1. After playing as an Independent, Nauset will rejoin the Atlantic Coast League.
2. Hyde Park no longer has a football team, leaving Boston South with five teams.
3. Wilmington (from Cape Ann) and Arlington (from Dual County) move to the Middlesex League with Arlington joining the Large Division, Wilmington the Small.
4. Hockomock, Middlesex, and Tri-Valley Leagues get two playoff berths, one for the Large Division, one for the Small.
5. MIAA adds Division 5 which includes Boston South and Mayflower Small. League winners advance to the Super Bowl.
6. Central and Western Mass Division 1 Super Bowls will be played at Gillette Stadium for the first time. This means five EMass Super Bowls won't be played at Gillette.
7. The Cape Ann League and Northeastern Conference merge to form four leagues, the CAL/NEC Div. 1, CAL/NEC Div. 2, CAL/NEC Div. 3, and CAL/NEC Div. 4.
8. Pope John Paul of Hyannis begins play as a varsity program in the Catholic Central Small. Yes, that means the league will have two schools named Pope John. And Upper Cape does the same, but as a member of the Mayflower Small. Upper Cape will face Pope John Paul in the opener for both schools Friday night.
9. Boston Latin moves from the Dual County Large to the DCL Small. Latin has gone 1-29 over the last five years in the DCL Large.
10. For the first time since 1974, Bill Tighe will not be on the Lexington sideline. George Peterson takes over as head coach of the Minutemen.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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