2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 4A Catholic Central (Small)

Cathedral

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Team speed and athleticism.
  • Concerns: Depth on the offensive and defensive line.
  • Coach: Duane Sigsbury (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Derrick Blackwell, OL/DL, Junior, 6-4, 285
    • Mohammed Braimah, OL/DL, Junior, 6-3, 215
    • Niko Daughtry, WR/DB, Sophomore, 6-1, 180
    • Kadeem Edge, WR/DB, 6-4, 185
    • Sean Elad, RB/LB, Junior, 5-10, 220
    • Rajdel Francois, RB/LB, Junior, 5-10, 195
    • Gio Griffith, RB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 165
    • Hakim Hinton, RB/DB, Sophomore, 6-1, 175
    • Sage Philippe, FB/LB, Junior, 6-2, 205
    • Malik Smith, WR/DB, Sophomore, 6-4, 180
    • Antonio Thomas, QB, Senior
    • Derrick Welcome, OL/DL, Junior, 6-3, 220

Sigsbury takes over at Cathedral after being the offensive coordinator at Middlesex League titan Reading. He will bring elements of Reading's offense to Cathedral. Running back/linebacker Gio Griffith and quarterback Antonio Thomas will provide the offensive firepower for the Panthers. According to Sigsbury, Griffith and Thomas bring, "toughness, athleticism, and an understanding of the game." The team has good size, with five returning starters standing 6-3 or taller. The Panthers will have to overcome some inexperience and small numbers (35 kids on the team) to contend for a CCL Small title.

Lowell Catholic

  • Last year's record: 8-2
  • Strength: Skill players.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Rick Sampson (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Bryan Doughty, OL/DL, Junior, 5-10, 230
    • MacKenzie Flynn, WR, Senior, 5-11, 165
    • Joe Francis, RB/DB, Junior, 5-9, 170
    • Alex Larmand, RB/DB, Junior, 5-10, 160
    • Kendrick Lo, OL/DL, Senior, 6-1, 235
    • Andrew Metropolis, TE/DL, Senior, 6-1, 195
    • Jake Rafferty, TE/DL, Senior, 6-4, 180
    • Billy Suprenant, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 225
    • Adam Wentzel, QB, Junior

Rick Sampson enters his first season as coach at Lowell Catholic and is excited about his team's skill players. Sampson is implementing a spread, no-huddle attack. Leading the offense will be junior quarterback Adam Wentzel. "Adam is a leader and is very athletic," said Sampson. A player who Sampson thinks will turn heads is MacKenzie Flynn. Last year, Flynn played quarterback. This year, Flynn will move to wide receiver. "Mac is an outstanding leader and has all the tools." After graduating 16 starters from last year's team and installing the new offense, Sampson believes that how quick the players adapt to everything will define how well the team does.

Marian

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Gene Robinson (2nd season, 2-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Chris Brecken, OL/DL, Senior, 5-10, 220
    • Andre Criever, WR/DB, Senior, 5-8, 160
    • Joe Garbarino, QB/DB, Junior, 6-1, 160
    • Aaron Giroux, OL/DL, Junior, 6-5, 215
    • Kevin Hays, OL/DL, Junior, 5-8, 180
    • Kidame Hypolite, WR/DB, Junior, 6-0, 180
    • Steve Marsland, RB/LB, Senior, 6-1, 200
    • Trevor Rabidou, RB/LB, Senior, 6-2, 200
    • Gabriel Torres, TE/DL, Senior, 6-1, 180
    • John Walsh, WR/LB, Junior, 6-2, 180

The Mustangs have a talented pool of skill players returning on offense, a group that Robinson hopes will carry the team this season. Joe Garbarino returns at quarterback, two-time all-league selection Trebor Rabidou returns at running back and Gabriel Torres and John Walsh return at receiver. Each player is a captain and brings something to the table. According to Robinson, Rabidou is a quiet leader, Garbarino is enthusiastic and pushes the limit, Walsh keeps the team loose, and Torres is the vocal leader. To succeed this season, Robinson needs offensive lineman and captain Chris Brecken to help coach up an inexperienced offensive line.

Matignon

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Work ethic and attitude
  • Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions
  • Coach: Neil Valeriani (4th season, 12-19)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Although the Warriors were under .500 overall, they won four out of six games in league play last season. This year, the Warriors will try and build off last year's momentum. In order to do that, they will have to find a way to get the ball into the end zone. Matignon managed only 15 points per game last season while giving up 19. Increasing their points per game could be difficult as the Warriors graduated a talented stable of running backs. If Matignon can find a reliable back to carry the load, it could surprise some teams in the CCL Small.

Pope John

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Speed and senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Brian Vaughn (3rd season, 14-8)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Malcolm Brown, WR/DB, Senior, 6-2, 185
    • Nate Budwah, DB/WR, Sophomore, 5-8, 150
    • Narvel Caze, WR, Senior, 6-2, 180
    • Matt Feetham, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 230
    • Robert Kamanzi, OL/DL, Junior, 6-2, 225
    • James McCormack, TE/LB, Senior, 6-1, 220
    • Robert McMaster, QB, Senior, 5-7, 170
    • Andy Pham, Junior, 6-0, 180
    • Chris Rogers, TE/LB, Senior, 6-1, 220
    • Cameron Selfridge, WR/DB, Senior, 5-7, 160

Coach Vaughn is looking for a repeat of last season, as Pope John won the league and advanced to the Division 4 playoffs. The two leading the charge toward a repeat are Malcolm Brown and Robert McMaster. Brown, the reigning Division 4A player of the year looks to improve on a stellar 2010 season (1,300 yards receiving, 16 touchdowns). Getting him the ball will be McMaster, who filled in at quarterback last year for a couple of games due to injury. Pope John does have to deal with the loss of brothers Malcolm and Jevon Brown-Simpson, who both transferred to Lynn English.

Pope John Paul II

  • Last year's record: 8-1 (1-0 in varsity games)
  • Strength: Senior leadership, depth at the skill positions, athleticism.
  • Concerns: Playing a full varsity schedule.
  • Coach: John Muldoon (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 17 lettermen
    • Sean Banks, TE/LB, Senior
    • Jeffrey Born, WR/DB, Senior
    • Tyler Burke, WR/DB, Senior
    • Ben Crago, RB/DB, Sophomore
    • Robert Dombrowski, QB/DB, Senior
    • Andrew Eddy, OL/DL, Senior
    • Steve Grogan, OL/DL, Sophomore
    • Joe Grogan, TE/LB, Junior
    • Chris Jordan, WR/DB, Sophomore
    • Nate Lynch, OL/DL, Junior
    • Andrew McCabe, WR/LB, Senior
    • John Milligan, OL/DL, Junior
    • Rich Naoum, OL/DL, Senior
    • John Neal, OL/LB, Junior
    • Billy Satkevich, WR/DB, Sophomore
    • Kenny Stanley, RB/DB, Senior
    • Jack Zeghibe, OL/LB, Junior

Muldoon and the rest of his Lions are extremely excited to play their first full varsity schedule. Muldoon is looking to build an atmosphere of success at the school as well as one that can help send players to college. Two of the main leaders on the team are seniors Sean Banks and Andrew McCabe. Both have been on the team since its inception and both will be looked at as role models. The Lions run the spread offense with Robbie Dombrowski under center. He and Jeff Bourne are expected to bring some "juice" to the team.

St. Clement

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Returning starters.
  • Concerns: New players; youth.
  • Coach: Colin Walsh (9th season, 18-65)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The goal for Walsh and St. Clement is to break the .500 mark. For the past two season, the Anchormen have been .500. This season, Walsh is relying on seniors Matt Pereira and Michael Julce to help get over the hump. Julce is a running back and has incredible speed and intelligence and is durable. Pereira is starting for the fourth year at linebacker and brings toughness and leadership. The Anchormen hope to use their speed to their advantage by running a spread zone offense.

Trinity Catholic

  • Last year's record: 1-9
  • Strength: Experience on the offensive line.
  • Concerns: Overall team experience and depth.
  • Coach: Craig Genualdo (2nd season, 1-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Mike Antonelli, QB/OLB, Junior
    • Ryan Fullam, OL/LB, Junior
    • Dan Logan, OL/DL, Senior
    • Jarred Madeira, TE/DE, Senior
    • Jan-Michael Ponti, OL/DL, Junior
    • Ryan Wainwright, OL/DL, Junior
    • George Wells, OL/DL, Junior

With most teams opting for the spread offense, the Falcons are going against the grain and will use a more run-heavy attack. "We want to keep it simple," said Genualdo. "We want to control the clock, be methodical and wear teams down." Having experience on the offensive line will help Trinity Catholic accomplish its offensive philosophy. George Rowe will anchor the line. Rowe is in just his second year of organized football, but the junior has size and athleticism and an uncanny football sense. Fullback Mike Antonelli will run behind Rowe. With only 20 players on the team, depth is a major concern.

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