2011 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3 Tri-Valley (Large)

Holliston

  • Last year's record: 12-1
  • Strength: Holliston returns a lot of speed at the skill positions, and should be good on both sides of the line.
  • Concerns: The Panthers are thin at some positions, and a few injuries could leave the team counting on inexperienced players.
  • Coach: Todd Kiley (9th season, Career record: 68-23)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 13 lettermen
    • Max Athy, RB/LB, Junior, 5-7, 170
    • Dan Barone, WR/DB, Senior, 5-9, 170
    • Jake Battersby, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 210
    • Thomas Chipman, OL/LB, Junior, 5-10, 185
    • Brody Ciarcello, WR/DB, Senior, 6-0, 170
    • Robby Donovan, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 245
    • Dave Dubin, TE/DE, Senior, 6-1, 195
    • Jake Frechette, RB/DB, Senior, 5-9, 170
    • Atticus Grinder, RB/LB, Junior, 5-9, 165
    • Steve Hennessy, QB/DE, Junior, 5-9, 165
    • James Kokidko, OL/DL, Junior, 6-1, 240
    • Chris Miller, OL/DL, Junior, 6-3, 235
    • Keith Raum, OL/DL, Senior, 5-10, 210

Last year, Holliston rolled to a Division 3A Super Bowl title behind one of the area's most lethal offenses. With Globe All-Scholastic Sean Mayo quarterbacking their spread offense, the Panthers piled an average of 38.5 points per game on opponents. The offseason brought Mayo's graduation, though, and now the job falls to Dan Barone. Barone was one of Mayo's favorite targets at receiver last year, but moved to quarterback in the offseason. Barone will be helped by the return of Jake Frechette, who missed much of last season due to injury. When he played, Frechette, a running back, was arguably the toughest to tackle in all the TVL. Frechette and Barone will also play key roles on defense, where the pair brings five combined seasons of starting experience. Those two, paired with a strong line, should help fill the gap left by graduated Globe All-Scholastic Kevin Curry.

Hopkinton

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Hopkinton brings back a slew of key players at the skill positions, headlined by Mike Decina at quarterback.
  • Concerns: The Hillers are small up front. Center Jake Lehman weighs in at 215, but no other Hopkinton lineman surpass the 200-pound mark.
  • Coach: Jim Girard (2nd season, Career record: 17-16)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Ryan Bohlin, RB/LB, Junior, 6-3, 200
    • Mike Decina, QB, Senior, 5-10, 175
    • Tyler DeWolfe, WR/LB, Senior, 5-9, 150
    • James Goncalves, FB/LB, Senior, 5-10, 200
    • Barrett Hanlon, WR/DB, Senior, 5-10, 160
    • Alex Hulme, WR/DB, Senior, 5-11, 160
    • Jake Lehman, C, Junior, 6-1, 215
    • Mark Lockett, TE/DE, Senior, 6-1, 195
    • Shaun Palmer, WR/DB, Junior, 6-3, 180

It's no secret – the Hiller offense revolves around quarterback Mike Decina. Coach Jim Girard plans to utilize Decina's flexibility as a passer and an athlete to the fullest. Decina will have a pair of returning starters at receiver in Barrett Hanlon and Alex Hulme. Girard also plans to lean on running back Ryan Bohlin to take some weight of Decina's shoulders. Defensively, the Hillers will use multiple looks and try to take advantage of their plethora or athleticism. The linebacking core is a young one, but there's experience in the secondary in the defensive line to make up for it.

Medfield

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: The Warriors pack a strong mix of experience and athleticism.
  • Concerns: Like many of its competitors, Medfield is weak in the depth department. A few injuries to key players could squash the Warriors hopes to compete in the TVL Large.
  • Coach: Erik Ormberg (1st season, Career record: 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 17 lettermen
    • Ife Abedayo, OL/DL, Senior, 5-10, 220
    • Tim Bernard, WR/DB, Senior, 6-2, 190
    • Matt Casieri, RB/DB, Junior, 5-11, 160
    • Aaron Cohen, RB/LB, Junior, 5-8, 185
    • Brian D'Amore, RB/DB, Junior, 5-10, 165
    • Arthur D'Angelo, OL/LB, Junior, 5-6, 170
    • Conor Davis, RB/LB, Senior, 5-9, 180
    • Will Giggi, OL/DL, Junior, 6-7, 275
    • David Landy, OL/DL, Senior, 6-0, 240
    • Jake Mintz, Wr/DB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Alex Opiela, QB/DB, Senior, 6-0, 200
    • Jack Papadinoff, RB/LB, Junior, 5-10, 170
    • Greg Rose, OL/DL, Senior, 6-4, 220
    • Joe Shebertes, RB/LB, Senior, 6-3, 240
    • Ryan Spillane, RB/LB, Junior, 5-8, 165
    • Sam Tawa, RB/LB, Senior, 6-2, 190
    • Thomas Valente, WR/DL, Senior, 6-3, 215

Medfield returns a conference-best 17 lettermen from last year across a variety of positions. Many of this year's seniors began starting as sophomores, making Medfield among the most veteran-heavy squads in the league. Sam Tawa figures to be among the biggest contributors. As a running back, his north-south running style makes him one of the offense's top weapons, and on the defensive end, coach Erik Ormberg considers him and Ife Adebayo among his most valuable leaders. At quarterback, Alex Opiela has developed into one of the area's brightest beneath center. This fall, he started running the scout team offense from the sidelines to further improve his understanding of the offense.

Medway

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Medway has been hard at work this offseason. The kids have impressed coach Dave McSweeney with their work ethic and attitude.
  • Concerns: The Mustangs graduated 18 seniors and have just three returning starters on offense and four on defense.
  • Coach: Dave McSweeney (4th season, Career record: 29-4)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Greg Amato, RB/LB, Senior, 5-10, 180
    • Ryan Bukis, LB, Senior, 5-10, 185
    • Derek Dumouchel, OL, Senior, 6-2, 225
    • Connor Flanagan, OL, Senior, 6-2, 210
    • Jimmy Lambert, LB, Senior, 6-0, 175
    • Pat Sheehan, LB, Senior, 6-0, 160

The 2011 Mustangs will look quite a bit different than the version that finished second in the TVL to Holliston last year. Coach Dave McSweeney has a slew of new players jumping to the varsity level, and is excited by the talents they're bringing. The feel around camp has been similar to each of he last three years, and the team has done pretty well in those seasons. "With hard work, dedication, and a little luck, we hope to be in the mix come the end of the season," McSweeney said.

Westwood

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Mantie's seniors are easing the transition for the first-year coach with their work ethic and leadership. A core of nearly 20 seniors bolstered a group of about 35 kids who were hitting the weight room at 6:30 a.m. every day all summer.
  • Concerns: The Wolverines lost five contributing linemen from last year's squad, creating quite a few holes to fill in the trenches.
  • Coach: Ed Mantie (1st season, Career record: 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Andrew Fiumedora, LB/OL, Senior, 5-8, 200
    • Greg Keane, DL, Senior, 6-4, 210
    • Ryan Neville, LB/RB, Senior, 5-11, 185
    • Glenn Parsons, DE/TE/QB, Senior, 6-2, 190
    • Mike Phillips, LB/FB, Senior, 5-8, 190
    • Derek St. Hill, LB/RB, Senior, 5-9, 210
    • Morgan Walker, DE/OL, Senior, 6-0, 205

The Sean Amaru era is officially over in Westwood, and under first-year coach Ed Mantie, the squad could look quite a bit different than folks around the TVL had become accustomed to. Whether Glenn Parsons and Alex Berluti starts the year under center, Westwood will be quicker to throw the ball than in past years. On the other side of the ball, Mantie is changing the team from a 4-4 scheme to a 3-4 look. The hope is to generate more pressure with some varied looks. The Wolverines graduated three contributing linemen and lost two more to transfer, meaning there are holes to plug up front. Sophomore Ryan Demarinis and his 6-foot-1, 250-pound frame will serve as a good start.

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