2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Cape Cod Tech

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Excitement brought on by a new coaching staff.
  • Concerns: Depth on both lines.
  • Coach: Chris Leonard (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Leonard takes over from longtime coach David Currid. Leonard was born on the Cape but moved to Florida where he graduated from Naples High School. His most recent job was a defensive coordinator at Cyprus Creek High School. Playing an independent schedule, Cape Cod Tech hopes for improvement on the offensive side, where the team scored just 11.5 ppg last fall.

Case

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Experience at almost all positions
  • Concerns: Size, depth.
  • Coach: Dave Morgado (2nd season, 3-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Fielding a strong team is a perennial uphill battle for Case, which at only 300 boys, has a much smaller pool to draw from than many of its competitors. Nonetheless, what the Cardinals do have this season could bring them success in their second year as an independent after leaving the South Coast Conference. The Cardinals are experienced at every position but fullback, having lost just two seniors to graduation. However, with just 35 on the varsity roster, even a few injuries could have a serious impact on the season. Among the key pieces of Case's season will be its four captains, center Kevin Wery, guard Charles Rowland, tackle Kory Denardo and running back Kyle Matias. Should those four perform, Case could manage what's evaded them for a number of years now, a winning record. "I don't remember the last time Case had a winning season," said Morgado. "That's our goal this year."

Dedham

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Senior leadership at skill positions and lines.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth on lines.
  • Coach: David Flynn (1st season, 21-34)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Kyle Downing, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 220
    • James Driscoll, TE/LB, Senior, 6-1, 190
    • Mikyle Hill, WR/LB, Senior, 6-0, 185
    • David Jenkins, OL/DL, Senior, 5-9, 245
    • Reggie LaRoche, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 270
    • Shane Lowe, RB/DB, Senior, 5-11, 190
    • Matt McIsaac, OL/DE, Senior, 5-10, 210
    • Mike Reda, OL/DL, Senior, 5-9, 230
    • Mike Ryan, WR/DB, Senior, 6-2, 180
    • Mike Wigmore, WR/DB, Senior, 5-9, 165

New coach David Flynn returns home to take over a Marauders squad that has seen better days. Flynn, who was the head coach at Braintree the past four seasons, played for Dedham from 1985 to 1989 and was their offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2006. The decision to help turn around his beloved program was an easy one. "We want to create a football family here," said Flynn. "We want to be competitive and generate some excitement." The Marauders will be installing a pro-style offense to go alongside a 4-3 defense, which will benefit from the return of four linemen. Senior running back Shane Lowe heads a strong core of skill players that also includes receivers Mikyle Hill, Mike Ryan and Mike Wigmore. Nine returning seniors will account for 18 starting positions, which should help Flynn establish Dedham within the tough Bay State League. "We have a tough group of kids who want to win," said Flynn. "They work hard at it."

Minuteman

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Attitude, experience on the defensive line.
  • Concerns: Replacing all-conference LB/RB Tony Altimirano
  • Coach: Brian Tildsley (4th season, 12-18)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Tony Carreon, RB, Senior, 6-0, 195
    • Sean Foley, CB, Senior, 5-6, 130
    • Joe Haddock, QB, Junior, 6-2, 180
    • Bradaen Kerrins, RB, Sophomore, 5-9, 165
    • P.J Morin, G, Senior, 5-8, 180
    • Jeremy Perez, RB, Junior, 5-4, 175
    • Spike Peterson, T, Senior, 5-9, 290
    • Zahir Ramsey, RB, Sophomore, 5-10, 175

The Mustangs look to improve from last year's four-win campaign. The defense will be solid again, lead by returning standout linebacker Tony Carreon. Coach Tildsley (fourth season) will rely on junior Joe Haddock to lead the way at the quarterback position, with sophomores Zahir Ramsey and Bradean Kerrins taking most of the carries. "We scheduled some schools our size this season, so we should be in the mix each and every week. The kids are excited to get going Friday night in up in Westford. They (Nashoba Tech) nipped us last year in 2 overtimes, so it should be a fun game," said Tildsley who also coaches the Mustang wrestling and lacrosse teams.

Randolph

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Offensive line, running game.
  • Concerns: Experience on defense.
  • Coach: Joseph Cotton (4th season, 7-25 career record.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After a disappointing 2009 campaign, Randolph made plenty of strides in 2010 and look to carry that momentum into the 2011 season. The Blue Devil offense will be its strength, particularly the running game. An offensive line anchored by Pudge Pena-Diaz, David Frye, and Bryan White will be opening the holes for agile captain running back Armani Reed. Expect the Blue Devils to continually improve this upcoming season as they once again compete as an independent.

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