2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 1A Old Colony

Barnstable

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Experienced offensive and defensive lines; four-year starting quarterback.
  • Concerns: Lack of experienced running backs.
  • Coach: Chris Whidden (1st season, 0-0.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Cam Crocker, OL, Senior, 6-2, 230
    • D.J. Crook, QB, Senior, 6-2, 186
    • Aurelio DeMuzio, DL, Senior
    • Josiah Dulak, DL, Senior
    • Andrew Ellis, LB, Junior, 5-11, 210
    • Theo France, RB, Senior
    • Tom Grimmer, OL, Senior
    • Sam Holway, LB, Senior
    • Cam Lariviere, OL, Senior
    • Terrence Mudie, LB, Junior
    • Nick Peabody, WR, Junior
    • Bob Silva, DL, Senior

Although the Red Raiders will be led by someone new this season, first-year coach Chris Whidden is sure that the transition is going to be seamless. Whidden was an assistant to former coach Doug Crook. "It's going to be a very similar situation to what we had last year. A very similar coaching staff that was there last year," Whidden said. "It'll be very similar philosophically as we were last year. We have several returning starters on both sides of the ball." Another thing that will be the same is senior D.J. Crook rocketing the ball down the field in an attempt to break the state record for touchdown passes. He threw 38 last year and needs to throw another 20 before he reaches the milestone. He'll be relying heavily on junior wide receiver Nick Peabody to make that happen. Barnstable opens up with Durfee on Friday.

Bridgewater-Raynham

  • Last year's record: 10-3
  • Strength: Senior leadership, eight returning starters.
  • Concerns: Lack of experience on the offensive line.
  • Coach: Dan Buron (19th season, 142-52-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 17 lettermen
    • Brad DeIuliis, QB/CB, Senior, 5-9, 175
    • Eric DeMoura, OL, Senior, 5-11, 190
    • Nick Goodhue, DB, Senior, 5-11, 185
    • Mark Guarino, OL, Senior, 5-11, 215
    • Kevin Johnston, DE, Junior, 6-0, 220
    • Matt Livingston, DB, Senior
    • Joe Macinnes, OL
    • Branden Morin, RB/LB, Senior, 5-11, 190
    • Ryan Murphy, RB/LB
    • Dan Noviello, TE/DE, Junior
    • Brian Pope, DE, Senior
    • Nick Schlatz, RB/LB, Senior, 6-2, 195
    • Ryan Scripter, DB, Junior
    • Seamus Sullivan, WR, Junior
    • Cain Vanderbrink, DL, Senior, 5-11, 220
    • Eric Wabrek, LB, Senior
    • Steve Wentworth/LB, Senior

The Trojans are looking for their third straight berth in the Division 1A Super Bowl this year anchored by what coach Dan Buron calls ''a good little nucleus" of returning seniors. Most of the team was present for both Super Bowl rides. "I'm going to rely heavily on [the seniors] early on in the season," Buron said. B-R returns eight starters, including senior quarterback Brad DeIuliis (5 feet 9 inches, 175-pounds) who stepped in to fill the hole left by graduated QB Billy Zolga. Along with DeIuliis, there are six other senior returning starters, a junior returning starter and a slew of returning lettermen on the squad. "Our senior leadership is excellent," Buron said. "They worked hard in the offseason. Hopefully that will carry over to get in football mind and football shape." Nick Schlatz (6-2, 195) is back in the lineup at running back after a season-ending shoulder injury against Brockton on Thanksgiving last year. B-R opens against Duxbury.

Taunton

  • Last year's record: 1-9
  • Strength: On-field intelligence.
  • Concerns: Tough league schedule.
  • Coach: Mark Hannon (5th season, 17-17)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After a less than satisfying 2010 season, coach Mark Hannon and the Tigers are back to prove their worth in their final season as a member of the Old Colony League. Hannon believes that his team's intelligence will make the difference this year. "This team may set it self apart because right across the board it's a very academic team," Hannon said. "Top to bottom, they have very good academic standing." Hannon also noted that there aren't any individual stars on the squad, rather a group of ''kids built in the same mold." As usual, Taunton will play five non-league games to start the season before facing its three OCL opponents. Hannon's roster is made up of 55 students this year, rather than the larger teams he has coached in the past, and he is comfortable with the lesser size. "We're trying to coach these kids that want to play," Hannon said. "Top to bottom, this could be the most exciting team I've had. They're young - s sophomores and juniors - and they're talented. Their future is very bright."

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