2009 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 1A Bay State (Carey)

Braintree

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Experience in the skill positions, linebackers and defensive ends.
  • Concerns: Team youth and inexperience on the line.
  • Coach: David Flynn (4th season, 15-18)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 25 lettermen
    • Matt Anson, WR
    • Cody Boyle, DB/RB, Junior, 5-9, 170
    • Zach Burns, RB/LB, Junior
    • Matt Columbus, DB, Senior, 5-8, 170
    • Kyle DaRosa, DB, Junior
    • John Donahue, LB, Junior
    • Bill Feeney, OL/DL, Junior, 5-9, 225
    • Christian Fox, TE/DE, Senior, 6-1, 185
    • Jake Harris, OL/DL, Junior
    • Joe Hock, DB, Senior
    • Cameron Hooper, QB, Junior, 6-2, 180
    • Bob Laing, FB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Steven Laing, RB/LB, Junior
    • Paul Lyons, LB, Senior
    • Josh Mahoney, DB/QB, Senior, 6-0, 180
    • Matt Mahoney, DB, Senior, 5-8, 155
    • Conor McDonough, WR, Senior
    • John McGee, TE/DE, Junior
    • Mike Mullaney, DL, Junior
    • Kevin Murphy, OL/DL, Junior
    • Bill Murphy, OL/LB, Senior, 6-0, 190
    • John Rowell, OL/DE, Senior, 6-3, 225
    • Nick Sardelli, OL, Junior
    • Fred Sarofeen, WR/LB, Junior
    • Dan Smith, OL/DL, Senior

Team leadership will take a big role in the success or failure of the Braintree Wamps this season according to coach David Flynn. Joe Donovan is back at running back and defensive back for his senior season, taking on a leadership role. Donovan had over 1,000 yards last year and led the team in touchdowns (9). He's coming off of a Thanksgiving game where he tallied 135 yards rushing and two TD's. Flynn is excited to start the season. "We don't measure success by points on the scoreboard, we measure it by having an opportunity to be competitive," Flynn said.

Brookline

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Strong linebackers.
  • Concerns: Overall depth. Small roster.
  • Coach: Laz Mitjans (4th season, 6-27)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The majority of Brookline's returning starters are lineman, and coach Laz Mitjans thinks that's where most of his team's strength will lie. The offense will be led by quarterback Irving Scott who Mitjans calls an impact player. Scott has been on varsity since sophomore year and is being recruited by several Div. 1 college programs. "We move him around a lot," Mitjans said. "He excels at quarterback, in the backfield, as receiver -- he does a little bit of everything for us." Mitjans is counting on his team to stay healthy in order to have a successful year.

Framingham

  • Last year's record: 9-3
  • Strength: Both lines
  • Concerns: Inexperienced at quarterback after the graduation of Danny Guadagnoli.
  • Coach: Gary Doherty (12th season, 69-75-1)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Flyers will find out quick what kind of team they have when defending Super Bowl champion Walpole comes to town Friday. Biggest question comes under center where Doherty must replace one of the top athletes in school history in Danny Guadagnoli.

Needham

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Veteran receivers.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced offensive line.
  • Coach: David Duffy (14th season, 65-49-2)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Rockets hope that this will be the season to propel them to the top of the Bay State (Carey) conference. "We think we have a good defensive scheme," coach David Duffy said. "I think our receiver core is very good, maybe the best I've ever seen." Duffy thinks that if junior quarterback Kevin Brennan can find the receievers on the opposite end of the ball that they'll have a dominant season. Duffy is working on finding players to help block for the skill positions. "We need guys to step up, and definitely on the offensive line," Duffy said. The Rockets will be running a 3-4 defense and working on some other new techniques to give them a leg up on the opponents.

Newton North

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Quick, talented wide receivers.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced offensive line.
  • Coach: Peter Capodilupo (26th season, 141-133-2)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Wide receivers Ben Kiley and Kortney Wornum-Parker's overall speed will be vital in the success of the Tigers this season according to coach Peter Capodilupo. Newton North has "no real returning starters," Capodilupo said, but he thinks that they can run and pass the ball with some real authority. "The key both offensively and defensively will be the line," Capodilupo said. "You can't throw the ball if the quarterback is on his back." Besides Wornum-Parker and Kiley, Newton North has 3-year returning starter Troy Peterson at running back. "We hope he'll continue to grow and get better this year," Capodilupo said. Newton North opens against Natick, who was 9-2 in the Bay State (Herget) conference last year.

Weymouth

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Experienced, healthy players.
  • Concerns: Depth in certain positions.
  • Coach: Kevin Mackin (5th season, 26-20)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Rob Barrus, LB, Junior, 6-1, 200
    • P.J. Bonarrigo, RB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 160
    • Sam Calley, OL/DL, Senior, 5-10, 250
    • Mike Casper, OT, Senior, 6-4, 340
    • Dylan Colarusso, RB/LB, Junior, 6-0, 215
    • Dylan Garvey, FB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 210
    • Dan Murphy, DT/OT, Senior, 6-3, 260
    • Derek Newcomb, SE/DB, Junior, 5-11, 170
    • John Sartucci, QB, Senior, 6-1, 180
    • Jay Serafini, OL/DT, Junior, 6-1, 270

It's a throwback year for Kevin Mackin who says this team, much like the first he ever coached, "Is willing to do anything to get to the top of the Bay State (Carey) conference." Mackin is excited to get the season underway and thinks the "renewed intensity is nice to be around." The Wildcats were 4-2 halfway through the season, but the team was bitten "badly by the injury bug" according to Mackin. The Wildcats may have opened strong, but they failed to earn a victory in the final five games. The Wildcats doubled the amount of returning starters they had compared to last year, with 10 experienced leaders taking the field. Quarterback John Sartucci will be protected by classmates Sam Calley and Jay Serafini on the line. Running backs P.J. Bonariggo and Dylan Colarusso will play on both sides of the ball, doubling as linebackers.

10 games to watch

Sep
11

BC High has won both times they met in the past year, including last season's nail-biting Super Bowl.

Sep
11

Walpole hopes to put a tumultuous off-season in the rearview mirror as they start their 2009 campaign.

Sep
17

In an interesting non-league match-up, Hurd Stadium in Beverly will host its first-ever night football game.