2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 4A Boston North

Boston English

  • Last year's record: 0-11
  • Strength: Work ethic, passion to improve.
  • Concerns: Depth at all postitons.
  • Coach: Chris Boswell (2nd season, 0-11)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 1 lettermen
    • Jordan Carter, C, Junior, 5-10, 195

Coach Boswell inherited a team of players last year that for the most part had never played organized football. So it was no surprise the team had a long season. Boswell expressed the need to build English's football program one game at a time rather than fluster his inexperienced players, so expect the Blue and Blue to improve gradually throughout the course of the year. Boswell's certain every player on the roster has gotten better. One very bright light for English has to be the return of senior Richard Monteiro, who was the only player on the roster last season to score an offensive touchdown and scored two of the three touchdowns put up by the team all season. Wins won't come easy in the stout Boston North but wins won't be the indicator of how much this team has improved. Shut out in 8 of 9 games last year, it's how much fight the team will put up that will gage just how much they've improved. With the infusion of New Mission students through the school coop program, which includes Monteiro, the Blue and Blue can only go up. There's a major upside with this team, a win or more is inevitable.

Charlestown

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Talent at skill positions, coaching, experience on both sides of the line, team defense.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth across the board.
  • Coach: Darrell Ramsey (4th season, 13-17)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 3 lettermen
    • Marc Accino, DE/TE, Senior, 6-0, 190
    • Bobby Leslie, RB/LB, Senior, 5-8, 180
    • Yuri Rodrigues, DT/OL, Junior, 5-7, 175

Once a winless squad(0-10 in 2009), the Townies underwent a major facelift behind coach Ramsey, transforming themselves from a pushover to a team to worry about in the tough Boston North, winning four games and losing three by six points or less last season. That means a team winless a season prior was a touchdown and a PAT kick away from winning seven games, much in part to the teams surprisingly stellar defense(12.6 ppg, second in Boston North) with only a 14-man roster. Ramsey's key to winning this season will again be an emphasis on defense, but a senior by the name of Izer Barnes(6-foot 180 pound) seems to be just what the offense has been missing at QB. Although last year's starter Matt Cunningham was good, the athletic ability of Barnes will enhance the offense and according to coach Ramsey, help open up the playbook a bit. If the offense can gel, and the defense can remain at a high level, this looks to be a breakout year for the Townies.

East Boston

  • Last year's record: 7-3
  • Strength: Good tradition, work ethic, tackling, and pass coverage.
  • Concerns: Depth and youth of the offensive line.
  • Coach: John Parziale (2nd season, 7-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 18 lettermen
    • , C, Senior, 5-10, 220
    • Dan Auch, TE/LB, Senior, 5-9, 170
    • Ishanel Branch, OL, Senior
    • Juan Donilla, LB, Junior
    • Marvin Dpeaz, DE, Senior, 5-9, 185
    • Stan Harris, SE, Junior, 5-10, 150
    • Connor Henry, CB, Sophomore, 5-11, 170
    • Davonte Holloway, RB/DB, Junior, 6-1, 180
    • Kyle Jimenez-Fox, Senior, 5-10, 165
    • James Libby, LB, Senior
    • Christian Marinez, C, Senior, 5-10, 220
    • Ghandi Murat, LB, Senior
    • Leo Parnell, OL, Senior, 5-9, 230
    • Ganaliel Regalazo, OL, Junior, 5-8, 220
    • Andre Rickerson, FB/LB, Senior, 5-8, 180
    • Matt Robinson, CB, Junior, 5-10, 170
    • Anthony Whitney, QB/S, Senior, 5-6, 150
    • Xavier Wootan, OL, Sophomore

In his first season, Parziale kept Eastie relevant and in the picture in the Boston North, winning seven games in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, after losing 18 seniors a year prior. Historically, since 2000, the Jets are 90-23 so expect them to win. Parziale has conceded his team is a bit greener this year on the offensive line, and the departure of the team's leading rusher Brandon Campbell doesn't help. It will be interesting to see if the powerhouse that is Eastie will still bring the power on the ground as they've done for so many years in the past. The team will look to senior back Kyle Jimenez-Fox to fill the void at the positon along side returning starter Andre Rickerson. Rickerson has had more playing time of the duo, finishing second on the team behind Campbell with 11 touchdowns last season. The return of starting quarterback Anthony Whitney should make for a smoother transition offensively as the team will try and push MP this fall. If the offensive line can find its form and the run game can play at a high level, expect the Jets to be contending for the league title again.

Madison Park

  • Last year's record: 8-2
  • Strength: Recievers and backfield, veteran leadership.
  • Concerns: Youth on both sides of the line.
  • Coach: Roosevelt Robinson (17th season, 94-63-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Richard Beato, OL/DT, Senior, 5-11, 220
    • Spencer Graham, OL/LB, Senior, 5-11, 190
    • Jamal Leary, QB/DB, Senior, 6-3, 180
    • Gregory Miles, RB/DB, Senior, 5-8, 180
    • Claudel Rosembert, OL/LB, Junior, 5-11, 190
    • David Steward, TE/DE, Junior, 6-3, 210
    • Isaibrier White, RB/DB, Senior, 5-7, 175
    • Yovanni Zapata, RB/LB, Senior, 5-8, 170

Were trying to retain our status as champs, said Cardinals coach Roosevelt Robinson, who led his Cardinals to the Boston North title and a berth in the Division 4 playoffs last year. The loss of leading rusher Christopher Philyaw could hurt the running game but Robinson disagrees, stating Isaiabrier White is just one name to watch in a stable of speedy, elusive rushers in the backfield. The MP game plan has no secrets or tricks, just hard-nosed, smashmouth football. And Roosevelt will dare every team in the league this season to try and stop it. "We don't run any tricks we just play ball," he said. "Teams know what we do - but can you stop it?"

South Boston

  • Last year's record: 4-5
  • Strength: Veteran leadership.
  • Concerns: Depth at all positions, especially offensive line.
  • Coach: Sean Guthrie (4th season, 21-20)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Joshua Boisvert, Junior, 5-11, 178
    • Joseph Francois, OL/DT, Senior, 6-1, 220
    • Paul Gregario, Sophomore, 5-10, 245
    • Blaire Roberts, LB/FB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Euclabis Semebo, TE/LB, Senior, 6-2, 212
    • James Toles, RB/LB, Senior, 5-10, 185
    • Hakine Walcott, DB, Junior, 5-9, 160

The return of nearly all last year's starters will help Southie move forward. Bringing back experience and leadership as opposed to starting from scratch is definetly a plus. Coach Guthrie likes to refer to it as players self-coaching. The return of senior back James Toles will undoubtedly boost the teams' offensive production. According to Guthrie, Toles is poised for a breakout year. Southie is known for having big, strong guys on the line, so if the team can harvest its young lineman, more than four wins may be in the cards this season.

West Roxbury

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Key returns on defense.
  • Concerns: Experience on both sides of the line, depth at all positions, size of the lineman.
  • Coach: Leo Sybertz (33rd season, 208-107-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Henry Berthony, DE, Junior, 6-4, 240
    • David Bertucci, OL/DT, Sophomore, 5-11, 195
    • Ralph Corgain, RB/LB, Senior, 5-8, 165
    • Alex Francois, RB/DB, Senior, 5-11, 175
    • Aaron Higginbottom, DB, Senior, 5-11, 175
    • Jovan Johnson, DB, Junior, 5-11, 165
    • Luke MacInnis, C/LB, Senior, 5-7, 155
    • Michael Obianigwe, RB/LB, Sophomore, 6-0, 235
    • Steven Ware, DL, Senior, 6-2, 195
    • Jerome Weir, TE/DB, Senior, 5-10, 160

Longtime coach Leo Sybertz is back for another year at West Roxbury, and that alone is a positive prospect. His return meant more wins last season and should mean the same this season. Sybert's status goes a long way in terms of respect with his players and because of that alone the team will remain in contention in their respective division. The team's defense from last season is still intact, which could equate to a stifling defense for a team that let up 12 points or more only three times last year. That's not to mention three of the four losses came by one touchdown or less. A negative? Not one lineman on the Raiders roster is over 200 pounds and leading rusher Laquane Bradham is gone this season.

3 games to watch

Sept
24

The Crimson Tide visit the Eagles in Week 3 for a rematch of last season’s Division 1 Super Bowl.

Oct
14

Marshfeld handed the Atlantic Coast League champs their only loss last season and this one could decide the league title again.

Nov
11
North Attleborough at Mansfield

Coaches Don Johnson and Mike Redding — former teammates at North Attleboro and Holy Cross — face off after each led their teams to impressive 10-1 seasons last fall.

Preseason Top 20

Rank Team Last year
1 Everett 12-0
2 Duxbury 13-0
3 BC High 6-4
4 Catholic Memorial 5-5
5 Brockton 8-3
6 Xaverian 8-3
7 Mansfield 12-1
8 St. John's Prep 8-5
9 Bridgewater-Raynham 10-3
10 Andover 8-4
11 Dracut 8-4
12 Weymouth 11-1
13 Concord-Carlisle 10-3
14 Dennis-Yarmouth 10-2
15 Lincoln-Sudbury 8-4
16 Reading 12-1
17 Gloucester 13-0
18 North Andover 10-2
19 Billerica 5-6
20 Chelmsford 7-4