2009 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 2A Patriot (Keenan)

Duxbury

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Speed, skill positions.
  • Concerns: Both lines and a much younger team than last fall. Loss of Shane DiBona to Iowa will be tough to replace.
  • Coach: Dave Maimaron (5th season, 41-17)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • C.J. Cote, DE, Senior, 6-4, 225
    • Bob Kates, DB, Senior, 5-8, 175
    • Aaron Kramer, OG, Senior, 6-7, 275
    • Pat McWilliams, WR, Senior, 6-1, 185
    • Bob Murphy, RB, Senior, 6-0, 190
    • Matt Savard, WR/SS, Senior, 6-0, 185
    • Ben Startzell, K, Junior, 6-1, 160

In order to repeat a perfect season, which ended with a 2A Super Bowl win, Duxbury needs senior leadership to guide a younger, inexperienced team. Coach Maimaron knows his Dragons are young this year but is optimistic his seniors can help the team "gel" together. "Well, we want to make the playoffs, but first we've got to make the league. We have a long way to go right now because we're so young." Be sure to keep an eye out for senior lineman Aaron Kramer. Scouting rumors surround his 6-7, 270-pound frame, but Maimaron said nothing specific had been decided yet. Overall Maimaron wants all of his guys to stay healthy so they can succeed in their first two tests of the season: Bridgewater-Raynham and Plymouth North.

Hingham

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Veterans back on offense, and skill positions.
  • Concerns: Replacing five offensive linemen.
  • Coach: Paul Killinger (13th season, 47-28)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Phil Barr, T/DE, Senior, 6-0, 210
    • Max Beal, C/DT, Senior, 5-8, 210
    • Brendan Butler, T/DE, Senior, 6-2, 230
    • Anthony Cappella, RB/DB, Senior, 5-8, 160
    • Keith Caruso, WR/DB, Senior, 5-9, 160
    • Stephen Fallon, WR/DB, Senior, 5-8, 150
    • Jake Golden, G/DT, Junior, 6-1, 288
    • Robert Maguire, RB/DB, Senior, 5-8, 180
    • Jake Quinn, QB/DB, Senior, 5-8, 160

Hingham is hoping to improve upon last season's record and return to the tough mix of competition in the Keenan Division. With just one returning starter on the line, Killinger has his concerns but also believes his Harbormen will be contenders in the Keenan. "The league has been tough the last five or six years or so but hopefully we'll get back in the mix again after not being in it last year." Looking ahead, Hingham is expecting good matchups against defending league champion Duxbury and second-place finisher Silver Lake.

North Quincy

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Strong in the skills positions.
  • Concerns: Offensive and defensive line depth.
  • Coach: Jim Connor (4th season, 13-20)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Mike Benoit, OT/DT, Senior, 6-0, 165
    • Brian Donaghey, TE/LB, Senior, 5-11, 175
    • Colin Hayes, LB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Owen Kilcullen, G/NT, Senior, 5-11, 225
    • AJ Morfe, OT/DT, Senior, 6-1, 270
    • Tommy Petitti, LB, Senior, 6-0, 195
    • Paul Reamer, FS/SE, Senior, 5-11, 160
    • Trevor Richardson, TE, Senior, 6-2, 210
    • Terrance Staley, FB/LB, Senior, 5-11, 185
    • Mike Stanton, QB, Senior, 6-4, 200

Once again North Quincy has made a divisional switch. Now playing in Patriot (Keenan) League, Jim Connor is still confident his players have what it takes to compete. "We're anxious to get started," he said of the new division. "We haven't really played a lot of the teams [in our division] in a while." Connor is looking to his big 6-4, 200-pound quarterback, Mike Stanton, to take control of the field. With his tall frame and strong arm, Connor expects greatness if he continues to progress the way he's been going. Along with fellow captains AJ Morfe, Mike Benoit, Terrance Staley and Brian Donaghey, North Quincy is looking to contend. "You've got to take it one game at a time and not look too far ahead," Connor said.

Scituate

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Athleticism and team speed.
  • Concerns: Inexperience
  • Coach: Herb Devine (2nd season, 7-4)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Morgan Billings, RB, Senior, 6-1, 175
    • Wes Hawkins, RB/DB, Junior, 5-6, 170
    • Patrick Ivens, OL/DL, Senior, 6-2, 210
    • Pat Johnson, DL, Senior, 6-0, 200
    • Ryan McCarthy, OL, Junior, 6-2, 200
    • Brendan Perkins, LB/FB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Matt Stewart, RB/DB, Senior, 6-1, 185

While time was an issue last year with Herb Devine as a late edition to the Scituate squad, this year there has been plenty of time to focus on what needs to be done for Scituate to once again contend within a tough Keenan Division. After a third place finish last season, Devine knows his team needs to focus on week one versus Carver. "We don't start league play until the middle of October," he said. "I'm hoping by then we've grown up and are ready for the Patriot League." Specifically, Devine will look to junior quarterback Tyler Park. Devine wants him to utilize his ability to throw the ball and his overall poise as a QB. Combined with overall team speed and athleticism, Devine believes the Sailors can win some games.

Silver Lake

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: QB, Athleticism & Jaryd Rudolph
  • Concerns: Inexperience
  • Coach: Dana Battista (9th season, 55-32-2)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Toby Bouchard, RB, Junior, 5-10, 185
    • Roger Dillingham, RB/DB, Senior, 6-0, 180
    • Gavin Doherty, TE/DE, Junior, 6-3, 215
    • Colin Dywer, FL/DB, Junior, 5-10, 180
    • Steven Gay, Senior, 5-8, 215
    • Mitch Graziano, QB, Junior, 5-11, 180
    • Jackie Hurley, RB/K, Sophomore, 5-9, 165
    • Kurt Marble, DE, Senior, 5-10, 200
    • Jaryd Rudolph, T/T, Senior, 6-4, 285
    • Tyler Sullivan, RB/LB, Junior

Battista was quick to praise his team this year as "by far the most athletic team I have ever had." Junior Mitch Graziano takes the helm once again at quarterback. After Graziano's debut last season, Battista is confident he will be even stronger this year. The offensive and defensive lines will be anchored by the 6-4, 285-pound frame of Jaryd Rudolph, a Division I scholarship worthy player according to Battista. "[Rudolph] is the best player I have had in all my years at Silver Lake," said Battista. Overall Battista hopes his Lakers grow and improve with each game. He knows they're raw but are always ready to learn. Battista is looking ahead to Duxbury and Hingham as the teams to beat this year.

Whitman-Hanson

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Offensive and defensive backfields.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on the interior offensive and defensive line.
  • Coach: Sean Clifford (8th season, 43-40)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Brian Baiardi, OL, Senior, 6-2, 305
    • Adam Bellmore, DE, Senior, 6-2, 216
    • Josh Brunett, DB/WR, Senior, 6-0, 170
    • Matt Colclough, RB/LB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Tom Condon, OL, Junior, 5-11, 235
    • Kyle Daigneault, RB/DB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Brian Glennon, TE, Senior, 6-3, 200
    • Henry Harvey, OL, Junior, 5-11, 180
    • John Leone, OL, Senior, 6-0, 215
    • Tyler Munn, RB/LB, Junior, 5-9, 185
    • Matt Warren, RB/DB, Senior, 5-8, 175
    • Joe White, QB, Senior, 6-2, 170

Sean Clifford knows his team has what it takes to have a winning season this year. With senior linemen Nick MacSwain, "one of the strongest players on the team," and John Leone, Clifford is confident. Senior Joe White is the new quarterback this year for W-H. Replacing a solid quarterback is never an easy feat but White had experience as a sophomore and junior. "He'll handle it with maturity and poise," Clifford said of his new quarterback. "Joe's an honor student, a very bright kid off the field and that translates onto the field. We need that to continue." Looking down the road Clifford is focused on W-H's opening game against Sandwich but admitted the Thanksgiving Day matchup against Abington was another treat. "Every [game] in the Patriot League is a big [game] you're facing. We found that out last year. Week to week it's a battle. It's a very competitive league."

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.