2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 2A Atlantic Coast

Dennis-Yarmouth

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Team speed.
  • Concerns: Very young team.
  • Coach: Paul Funk (11th season, 79-39-1)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 2 lettermen
    • Justin Haley, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 270
    • Spencer Tyler, QB/DB, 2014, 6-2, 165

After going undefeated last year en route to the Division 2A championship, Dennis-Yarmouth might not enjoy the same results this season. The Dolphins' graduated 20 seniors including quarterback Matt Montalto and will have to defend their title with many young players. But regardless of the new faces, Funk remains optimistic about his squad. "A lot of young guys are going to have to step," said Funk. "They are a very hard-working team. I like how hard the guys have been working this preseason." Dennis-Yarmouth will use running backs Spencer McCaffrey, Liam Mathesone and Matt Petterson to continue running their fast spread option attack.

Falmouth

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Enthusiasm and off-season work.
  • Concerns: Improving offensive production
  • Coach: Steve Femino (3rd season, 7-13)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The number jumps out at you, 9.7 ppg. Falmouth was the lowest scoring team in Division 2A and if the record is to improve, it starts with the offense. As usual, the competitive ACL will make any improvement a challenge.

Marshfield

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Offensive line.
  • Concerns: Very young team.
  • Coach: Lou Silva (32nd season, 200-122-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Rams had four starters returning this year, two on defense and two on offense, but defensive back Jeffie Whitaker is out for the season due to a broken ankle suffered during a scrimmage against BC High. With just three returning starters on the roster, Silva hopes his young team can adapt and be a force in the Atlantic Coast League. "We're playing a lot of young kids with limited playing time," said Silva. "We're looking to compete and get better every week."

Nauset

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Confidence in overall depth.
  • Concerns: Many of their scoring contributors graduated.
  • Coach: Keith Kenyon (3rd season, 13-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

It must be a brotherly love in Nauset. Despite losing the Holmes twins, who did much of the Warriors' scoring last season, they now have two other brothers, Colby Frodel and Cade Frodel, that will drive their single-wing offense. Coach Keith Kenyon spoke highly about the Frodels, saying they're both great runners with a lot of experience. Nauset also has other backs such as Jimmy Sullivan, Frank DeStefano and Jamie Law which will also assist the single-wing. The Warriors' stacked backfield has Kenyon satisfied with his teams depth, but he assures that they won't be one dimensional and will throw the ball more this year than they have in the past.

Plymouth North

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Experience with new system.
  • Coach: Kevin Cobban (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Dwayne Follette's resignation as head coach left the Eagles' with a short offseason to prepare for the upcoming season. However, coach Kevin Cobban sees no reason why his team won't be able to win more than three games this season. "It's a new system for all the kids to learn in a short time frame, but I'm not making excuses," Cobban said. "My goal is to be competitive and get better in every game."

Plymouth South

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Experience of returning starters.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth.
  • Coach: Scott Fry (9th season, 32-52-1)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Panthers' are looking to bounce back from a couple of down seasons in which they've won a combined six games. Plymouth South does have nine returning starters this year, but they also have a bevy of young players who will learn a lot from the older guys. Coach Scott Fry emphasized the importance of his quarterback Jason Lamb, who is starting his third consecutive year. "How he goes depends how we go," Fry said. Playing in the same division as Dennis-Yarmouth, the reigning Division 2A Super Bowl champs, is a huge challenge for Plymouth South but Fry's goal is to have a healthy team up to Thanksgiving Day and hopefully beyond.

Sandwich

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Good mix of experience.
  • Concerns: Overall depth.
  • Coach: Bill Luette (7th season, 30-44)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Indians are looking to turn the page and bounce back from a tough season last year in which they won only two games. Sandwich had a few injuries last year so they had to play a lot of sophomores and juniors that didn't have much in-game experience. Coach Bill Luette is hoping that those players will benefit him now with a season under their belt. Luette also put a lot of emphasis on trying to win close games, something that the Warriors struggled with last year. "We lost three games by three points or less last year. Our goal is to turn those games around," Luette said. "If we can turn those games around we're going to have a very successful season."

3 games to watch

Sept
7
Everett at Leominster

The Crimson Tide take a 25-game winning streak into this game against the reigning CMass Division 1 Super Bowl champs.

Oct
12

With Troy Flutie and company on one side and Ozzy Colarusso on the other side, all signs point to a great, high-scoring game.

Nov
10
Cathedral at Pope John

A rematch of the game that decided the Central Catholic Small winner in 2011. Cathedral won, 16-12, and went on to the Super Bowl.

Preseason Top 20

Rank Team Last year
1 Everett 13-0
2 BC High 10-3
3 Xaverian 6-5
4 St. John's Prep 4-6
5 Barnstable 7-5
6 Bridgewater-Raynham 9-2
7 Duxbury 13-0
8 King Philip 9-2
9 Natick 9-2
10 Walpole 9-3
11 Weymouth 9-2
12 Brockton 5-6
13 Mashpee 13-0
14 Reading 8-4
15 Andover 7-4
16 Needham 9-4
17 Mansfield 9-2
18 Central Catholic 6-5
19 Westford 6-5
20 Beverly 7-4