2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3 Dual County (Small)

Bedford

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Experience, especially on offense.
  • Concerns: Linebacking corps.
  • Coach: Jack Belcher (8th season, 40-35)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 14 lettermen
    • Olan Abner, TB/LB, Sophomore, 5-8, 170
    • Adam Appelbaum, OL/LB, Junior, 5-10, 190
    • Jonathan Banister, TB/CB, Senior, 5-9, 180
    • Cam Bochman, OT/DT, Senior, 6-5, 220
    • Christian Boivin, QB, Junior, 6-0, 190
    • Josh Bryson, G/LB, Junior, 5-9, 180
    • Ryan Clasby, OL/DL, Sophomore, 6-2, 225
    • Mike Falzone, LB/FB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Lawrence Gonzalez, FL/DB, Senior, 6-1, 190
    • Matt Hoben, C/LB, Junior, 5-10, 185
    • Justin McAfee, DT/TE, Senior, 6-3, 215
    • Jim McMahan, OL/DL, Senior, 6-1, 220
    • Brian Ricci, SE/CB, Sophomore, 5-10, 155
    • Nick Williamson, OL/NG, Senior, 6-4, 250

Bedford returns nine starters on the offensive end, and nearly as many on defense to a team that played .500 ball a year ago. Quarterback Christian Boivin comes into the year with 10 starts under his belt, and managed to add two inches and 20 pounds to his frame in the offseason. It's almost all muscle, too, as Boivin managed to add 95 pounds to his bench press, putting him up to 255 as a junior. In the trenches, seniors Cam Bochman and Sam Bigda-Peyton are both league all-star candidates, and fellow senior Nick Williamson's 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame isn't a bad one to plug in the middle, either. In total, Bedford returns six 200-plus-pound players with varsity experience.

Boston Latin

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Latin has experience and talent at the skill positions, highlighted by running backs Jhalen Bien-Amie, Tyler Hallinan, and James Bender.
  • Concerns: What experience Latin has at the skill positions could be held back by an inexperienced line.
  • Coach: John McDonough (11th season, 29-78)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • James Bender, RB/S, Senior, 5-8, 155
    • Jhalen Bien-Aime, RB/DB, Junior, 5-9, 165
    • Cal Cahill, P, Senior, 5-10, 170
    • Sean Curry, G/LB, Senior, 5-10, 175
    • Zack Grass, DE/OT, Senior, 6-1, 245
    • Tyler Hallinan, RB/S, Senior, 5-8, 160
    • David Hernandez, WR/DB, Senior, 5-11, 180
    • Rudolph Lewis, TE/DE, Senior, 6-1, 220
    • Mike McKie, C/LB, Senior, 5-9, 205
    • Seth Occeus, OL/DT, Senior, 5-10, 255
    • Mike Surdek, RB/DB, Junior, 5-8, 170
    • Miles Wright, QB/DB, Junior, 6-2, 190

Coach John McDonough says his team's success will be directly correlated to how quickly its line play can come along, especially on the offensive end. Returning running backs Jhalen Bien-Amie and Tyler Hallinan combined for 17 touchdowns a year ago, and in total, Latin returns seven lettermen at the skill positions. If the line comes together, Bien-Amie, Hallinan, and fellow running back James Bender could all be in for big seasons. Junior quarterback Miles Wright could be one to watch as well, as his combination of size, arm strength, and running ability are an ideal match for Latin's offensive style.

Concord-Carlisle

  • Last year's record: 10-3
  • Strength: Senior leadership and returning talent.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Mike Robichaud (3rd season, 18-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 14 lettermen
    • Tim Badgley, RB/DB, Junior, 5-9, 170
    • Evan Boynton, RB/LB, Junior, 6-1, 200
    • Henry Bumpus, TE/DE, Senior, 6-6, 220
    • Trevor Castrichini, OT/DT, Senior, 6-1, 190
    • George Craan, RB, Senior, 5-11, 200
    • Tyquan Culbreth, RB/DB, Senior, 5-7, 160
    • Jake Donovan, DT, Senior, 5-9, 205
    • Jackson Finnegan, SE/DB, Senior, 6-0, 175
    • Tom Gregory, OT/DT, Senior, 6-4, 220
    • Owen Guttaduaro, OG/LB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Thomas Kleyn, OG/LB, Senior, 5-10, 205
    • Tyler Koning, SE/DB, Senior, 5-11, 165
    • Andrew vanderWilden, C/DT, Senior, 6-2, 245
    • Anthony West, RB/DB, Senior, 5-9, 165

Concord-Carlisle lost in the Division 2A Super Bowl to Duxbury last season. With what the Patriots have coming back, it's not unreasonable to think they'll be back at Gillette Stadium again the first weekend in December. It all starts with returning Globe Athlete of the Year George Craan at running back. As a junior, Craan led all Division 2A players with 24 touchdowns, and backed that with nearly 2,000 yards rushing. The Patriots might have lost some key players, but with Craan returning, the offense should be fine. On defense, Concord-Carlisle returns three league All-Stars in Henry Bumpus, Thomas Kleyn, and Andrew vanderWilden.

Wayland

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Linebacking corps.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: Scott Parseghian (11th season, 69-44)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 3 lettermen
    • Matt Devlin, OL/LB, Junior, 5-10, 205
    • Kevin Kelley, OL/DL, Junior, 5-10, 205
    • Tyler Mordas, WR/DE, Senior, 6-3, 200

Last year, Wayland put nine players on the Dual-County League All-Star Team. This year, they return just one in Tyler Mordas. Mordas will move from defensive end to linebacker this year, where he and unit-mates Matt Devlin and Will Gunshannon will anchor an inexperienced group. Gunshannon could also find himself under center this year, though coach Scott Parseghian has yet to decide between him or senior Kamari Allen-Howard. That decision could have a big impact on how the Wayland offense looks, as Allen-Howard brings a stronger arm, but Gunshannon's bruising running style could make him a weapon in a run-heavy offense.

Weston

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: Quarterback; speed.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Sean Mchugh (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Matt Atkins, C/DL, Senior, 5-10, 200
    • Robert Bennett, OG/OLB, Senior, 5-11, 210
    • Jorge Castro, RB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Harrison Fontaine, RB/DB, Senior, 5-10, 170
    • Igwe Igwe-Kalu, OG/LB, Senior, 6-1, 240
    • Jarrett Rowe, QB/DB, Senior, 5-11, 180
    • Paul Scott, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 210
    • Jon Tamboro, WR/DB, Senior, 6-0, 175

Weston's only blemish last year was to a Concord-Carlisle team that eventually made it to the Division 2A Super Bowl. The Wildcats should challenge for the league title again, though, as they return a number of key players. Leading that pack is quarterback Jarett Rowe. The senior is an exceptional athlete with experience under center. Last year, Rowe ran for 11 scores and passed for seven more. Among his key blockers will be Igwe Igwe-Kalu, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound guard with exceptional athleticism. Igwe-Kalu is even better on the other side of the ball as a linebacker and defensive end, and will by one of the most dynamic defenders in the league.

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