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CATHEDRAL

Coach: Mike Pittman (second season, 10-12).

Last year's record: 3-8.

Playing surface: Artificial turf.

Football website: cathedralhighschool.net.

Returning starters (7): Mike Adolf, WR-CB, 5-7,160, Sr.; William Bizcaino, RB, 5-11, 195, Sr.; Ralph Figuroa, CB, 5-8, 180, Sr.; Kevin Marcia, WR, 6-2, 160, Jr.; Phi Nygun, OT, 6-2, 265, Sr.; Buvi Sturveraint, OT, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Robert Williams, QB, 6-3, 215, Sr.

Strength: Skill positions.

Concerns: Depth, youth.

Outlook: Cathedral hopes to have a big season from senior quarterback Robert Williams in 2007. The skill positions are by far the team's biggest strengths, and according to second-year coach Mike Pittman, Williams is going to be tremendous if he can get his young offensive line to work for him. Pittman thinks so highly of Williams, he believes he has the ability to be CCS Player of the Year when it's all said and done. After the skill positions, Cathedral drops off dramatically. The other big key to success is senior running back William Bizcaino. The quarterback and tailback positions are vital to a Cathedral team that lost two of its top rushers and its top wide receiver to graduation.

LOWELL CATHOLIC

Coach: Tim Walsh (seventh season, 25-42).

Last year's record: 2-8.

Playing surface: Artificial turf.

Football website: lowellcatholic.org.

Returning starters (5): Nick Loiselle, QB, 6-1, 175, Jr.; Cornelius Moore, RB-DB, 5-10, 165, Jr.; John Harris, WR-S, 6-2, 175, Jr.; Joe McCarthy, OT-DT, 5-10, 240, Jr.; Christian Rosado, RB-CB, 5-8, 155, Jr.

Returning letter winners (3): Casey Marchand, RB-LB, Sr.; Sean McCann, OT-DT, Jr.; Hector Alejandro, WR-S, Sr.

Strengths: Skill positions.

Concerns: Depth, youth.

Outlook: Lowell Catholic comes into the 2007 season as one of the younger teams in the league. Only four seniors are on the roster, none of which are returning starters. As one of the smaller schools in the league, the Lowell Catholic football program looks to be in the middle of a rebuilding year. The exciting play of running back Jerome Watson will be missed by coach Tim Walsh, and will be replaced by a trio players. Cornelius Moore, Christian Rosado and Casey Marchand will take over where Watson left off. "We're really young and it's still so early, we're just trying to mesh things together right now," Walsh said. Quarterback Nick Loiselle brings some experience to the offense. The junior started the second half of last season, and saw some playing time his freshman year. Lowell Catholic will need his leadership to elevate the play of the skilled positions in order to make up for the team's lack of depth and experience.

MARIAN

Coach: Phil Marchegiani (20th season, 125-76-3).

Last year's record: 9-3.

Playing surface: Grass.

Football website: marianhigh.net.

Returning starters (9): Tim Gazard, QB-DB, 5-9, 155, Sr.; Chris McKenzie, DE, 6-2, 175, Sr.; Chris Leblanc, OL-DL, 5-11, 250, Sr.; Colin Garvey, WR-DB, 5-10, 155, Sr.; Tom Ducey, WR-DB, 6-2, 165, Sr.; C.J. Oquendo, RB-LB, 5-10, 165, Sr.; Sean Monahan, OL-DL, 5-11, 230, Sr.; John Frazza, OL-DL, 5-11, 200, Sr.; Zach Zipse, OL-DL, 5-10, 220, Jr.

Returning letter winners: Too many to list.

Strengths: Linebackers, offensive line.

Concerns: Depth.

Outlook: The defending league champions have big shoes to fill after the loss of MVP Rich Brandt, and All-Star running back Andrew Supple. Marchegiani returns for his 20th season, and he hopes to find serviceable replacements for his graduated linebacker and running back. Senior quarterback Tim Gazard returns for his third season under center, and will be looked upon as what Marchegiani calls the "leader of the ship." Nobody in the league could beat Marian last year, but Marchegiani believes it's wide open this fall, and his team has to move on from 2006. "This is a team that knows what winning is about," Marchegiani said. "They are very much aware of the fact that they cannot go ahead and rest on what they did last year. Nobody in our league cares one bit about the past, and neither do we."

MATIGNON

Coach: Dave Mosca (fifth year, 11-31).

Last year's record: 5-6.

Playing surface: Artificial turf.

Football website: matignon-hs.org.

Returning starters (6): Arsen Avakian, OL-DL, 5-6, 240, Sr.; Neal Grasso, OL-DL, 6-4, 290, Sr.; Davidson Peguero, TE-LB, 6-4, 220, Jr.; Joey Moritz, RB-LB, 5-7, 160, Sr.; Cameron Ortiz, RB-S, 6-0, 180, Jr.; Nico Gobbi, OL-DL, 5-6, 240, Jr.

Returning letter winners (9): Eric Collins, TE-DB, Sr.; Kenny Lanza, OL-DL, Sr.; Scott Babineau, QB-DB, Jr.; Tom Tracy, FB-LB, Brendan McCaffrey, C-DL, Jr.; Dan Sullivan, TE-DE, Soph.; Matt Fothergill, RB-DB, Soph.; Ray Dunn, FB-LB, Soph.; Gerard Bergin, RB-DB, Soph.

Strengths: Team speed.

Concerns: Experience on both lines.

Outlook: Junior running back Cameron Ortiz returns after leading Division 4 in scoring last fall. Ortiz's 1,800 yards on the ground last season certainly turned some heads. Add his 20-plus touchdowns to senior Alex DeShields' progression at the quarterback position, and Matignon could be an interesting team to watch. With DeShields' improved footwork, and his capability to execute Matignon's play-action filled game plan, coach Dave Mosca believes his 2007 team is going to be "very dangerous offensively." Matignon has made progress each year under Mosca's four-year reign, and he's challenging his players once again this season. "My first season, we just wanted to survive because there was talk that the school was closing," Mosca said. "But now we want to be competitive, and stay competitive." Matignon proved to be that competitive team last year, suffering three of its six losses on the last play of the game, with no time left on the clock. "We were competitive last year," Mosca said. "But this year we want to be competitive to the point where we want to win the league."

POPE JOHN

Coach: Chris Buckley (second season).

Last year's record: 6-4.

Playing surface: Artificial turf.

Football website: MIAA.net.

Returning starters (12): Brett Mayo, QB, 5-8, 170, Sr.; Frank Poste, FB, 5-7, 175, Jr.; Romairo Bernash, RB, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Corey McGrath, TE, 5-11, 195, Sr.; Nick Suppa, T, 6-1, 230, Sr.; B.J. Cardello, G, 6-1, 195, Jr.; Garvens Flores, C, 6-0, 260, Sr.; Chris Osorio, G, 5-11, 210, Jr.; P.J. Robinson, S, 6-1, 190, Jr.; Rob Kelly, DB, 5-10, 170, Sr.; Ray Torres, S, 6-4, 225, Sr.; Sean Nalen, DB, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Returning letter winners (8): Nick Donovan, DB, Sr.; Sal Guarino, OL-DL, Jr.; Andrew Fang, OL-DL, Jr.; Cody Dasilva, OL-DL, Sr.; Charlie Saldi, TE-LB, Sr.; Jack Gardner, OL-DL, Sr.; Pat Doherty, OL-DL, Jr.; Charlie Aponte, DB, Sr.

Strengths: Work ethic, experience.

Concerns: Depth.

Outlook: Savio Prep's departure from the high school football scene has landed Pope John seven new players from the old division rival, including two starters. Coach Chris Buckley has high expectations for former Savio running back Brian Alessandro, who he said has been "a big lift for the program." Alessandro will start in the backfield for his new team this season, even though he made a late decision to go to Pope John. Alessandro has made a big impact on the team since his first day on the field. Alessandro joins a very experienced offensive core, with a majority of the starters returning.

ST. CLEMENT

Coach: Colin Walsh (fifth year, 4-39).

Last year's record: 1-9.

Playing surface: Grass.

Football website: www.saintclementschools.org.

Returning starters (6): Bill Williams, TE, 6-5, 310, Sr.; Danny Barbosa, RB, 5-7, 160, Sr.; Joe Twomey, OT, 6-1, 270, Sr.; Jonathan Lopes, LB, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Matthew McCarthy, TE-LB, 5-11, 170, Jr.; Mark Soares, G-T, 5-9, 280; Sr.

Returning letter winners (4): Patrick Derosa, OT-DT, Jr.; Robert Ofedou, RB-CB, Soph.; Chris Elyesse, S-RB, Jr.; Bart Katheis, WR-DB, Sr.

Strengths: Running game.

Concerns: Lack of depth.

Outlook: St. Clement looks to improve upon last year's 1-9 record with its experienced running game and a new defensive system. Coach Colin Walsh has put a lot of work into the team's offense and has focused on putting a lot more points on the board this season, after averaging just 7.6 ppg last fall. Walsh is hoping that sophomore quarterback Tom Simas can progress at the position and step up at a young age while senior Danny Barbosa and sophomore Robert Ofedou carry the load in the backfield. St. Clement didn't suffer any huge losses from last season, so even more pressure will be put on Simas to develop as a leader in the early stages of his development under center.

TRINITY CATHOLIC

Coach: Steve McGonigle (fifth year, 21-23).

Last year's record: 9-2.

Playing surface: Artificial turf.

Football website: www.trinitycatholic.com.

Returning starters (9): Nick Kontos, LB, 5-8, 165, Sr.; Nnamdi Nosike, RB-S, 5-9, 165, Jr.; Domenic DellaPace, FB-LB, 5-9, 215, Sr.; Jeremy Davis, OG-DT, 5-10, 230, Sr.; Bryan Fleurjuste, OT-DT, 5-10, 187, Sr.; Jim Bullwinkle, OT-DT, 5-7, 190, Sr.; Steve Burckardt, G-LB, 5-11, 200; Sr.; Anthoney Joyce, OT-DT, 6-0, 290, Sr.; Andre Medina, TE-LB, 6-0, 185, Soph.

Returning letter winners (2): Bobby Greenwood, TE-LB, Jr.; Greg Raye, FB-TE-DE, Sr.

Strengths: Experience on offensive line.

Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions.

Outlook: A loss to Marian ended Trinity Catholic's shot of winning the league title last season. Improving on its second-place finish isn't going to be easy with the loss of its top quarterback, running back, fullback, and wide receiver. Trinity Catholic knows those losses allow for less big-play capability in 2007, but with every offensive lineman returning, the team's game plan will call for more ball control. "It's going to be a battle," coach Steve McGonigle said. "You don't graduate 16 seniors and not have it affect your team. We fought to the top last year, and it will be a battle to stay there." First-year quarterback Chaz Walker leads a Trinity Catholic team that has far less offensive weapons than last year. McGonigle believes Walker can be a top-ranked quarterback if his offensive line stays healthy.

Compiled by Danny Picard

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