2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 1 Bay State

Braintree

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Skill positions, athleticism.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: Brian Chamberlain (2nd season, 4-7)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Brian Chamberlain starts his second year with the Wamps eager to make progress with the program. "As head coach your first year you're looking to see things moving forward," said Chamberlain. "Our goal is to keep improving from where we ended last year." It's not going to be easy for the Wamps, with only six returning seniors, including quarterback Anthony Luisi. "Anthony has been really good this preseason. He has a great concept of the offense and is making the adjustments," said Chamberlain. Some young prospects for the Wamps are sophomores JP Salisbury, Connor Columbus, and Derek Anson. Chamberlain said they were a "pleasant surprise at camp."

Brookline

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Experience in skill positions.
  • Concerns: Depth on the line.
  • Coach: Kevin Mahoney (3rd season, Kevin Mahoney (3rd season, 5-17 career record))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Ailson Carvallho, RB, 2013, 5-10, 175
    • Tyler Cole, LB, 2013, 5-11, 255
    • Scott Cordner, LB, 2013, 6-2, 210
    • Denzel David, CB/RB, 2013, 5-10, 170
    • Alex Jaynes, DL, 2014, 6-1, 250
    • Anthony Jennings, WR, 2014, 6-4, 190
    • Cooper Klein, RB, 2013, 5-9, 175
    • Ben Knops, S, 2014, 6-1, 180
    • Myles LaFrance, WR, 2013, 5-8, 160
    • Chris Suazo, OL, 2013, 6-0, 225

After finishing last season with their best record since 2003, the Warriors took a huge blow when rising junior quarterback Nick Scott moved to Virginia. "We're trying to rebuild and losing a kid like Nick hurts any program," said coach Kevin Mahoney. "It was a big blow but the kids are showing a lot of resiliency." Daniel Egan-Dittleman, a 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound sophomore will be the QB. "We'll look to Daniel and senior running backs Denzel David and Ailson Carvallho to do a lot for us."

Framingham

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Team attitude and character.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth and inexperience.
  • Coach: Gary Doherty (15th season, 88-87-1)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 4 lettermen
    • Matthew Cronin, WR/OLB, 2013, 5-10, 165
    • Rafael Lanzo, RB/DB, 2013, 5-6, 160
    • Enrique Miller, OL/DL, 2013, 5-9, 210
    • Mike Stearns, WR/DB, 2013, 6-0, 175

The Flyers will return 10 starters from last year's squad, but will have some work to do after losing Bay State Carey All-Stars Corey McGrath (LB), Donald Goff (WR), and Greg Finley (QB). Veteran coach Gary Doherty is making sure his team doesn't get distracted. "We're going to focus on now and not worry about tomorrow," said Doherty. "We're just trying to improve every day as a team." Greg Hicks returns to anchor the offensive line, as well as senior captain and wide receiver Mike Stearns. The defense will be led by senior linemen Alan Llamas, Atila Santos, and Josh Robles along with Stearns and Mike Adley in the backfield. As for team character, Doherty said, "this group stands out."

Needham

  • Last year's record: 9-4
  • Strength: Receivers
  • Concerns: Inexperienced
  • Coach: David Duffy (17th season, 93-65-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Ryan Charter, QB, 2014, 6-1, 180
    • Steve Cromp, DT, 2013, 6-1, 215
    • Mitch Hildibridge, G/DE, 2013, 6-2, 240
    • Tim McCarthy, TE/DE, 2013, 6-1, 210
    • Jake Murphy, S, 2013, 5-8, 180
    • Nico Panepinto, CB/WR, 2013, 5-10, 180
    • Mike Panepinto, RB/S, 2014, 5-10, 165
    • Dan Sheehan, LB/FB, 2013, 5-10, 200
    • John Wescott, FB, 2013, 5-9, 200

Needham plowed through the competition last season, capturing the Bay State Carey title en route to a Super Bowl appearance. The Rockets only return three offensive starters, but coach Dave Duffy is happy that one of them is junior quarterback Ryan Charter. Charter took over in the middle of last season when Drew Burnett was injured and never looked back. "Ryan's been working really hard. He had a great year after Burnett got hurt. We're looking forward to another great year from him." Also returning to the offensive line is 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pound senior Mitch Hildridge. If the Rockets can build a solid line around Hildridge, expect them to be a contender in the postseason again.

Newton North

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Team speed and experience.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Peter Capodilupo (29th season, 155-154-2)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Jack Boucher, QB/S, 2014, 5-11, 180
    • Axl Castaneda, C/DT, 2013, 5-10, 190
    • Chris D'Amore, TE/DE, 2013, 6-0, 205
    • Emory Holmes, G/LB, 2013, 6-1, 200
    • Andrew Kinsella, 2013, 5-5, 150
    • Joe Mariano, QB/S, 2013, 5-10, 170
    • Kyle Rich, T/T, 2014, 6-3, 220
    • Michael Sullivan, FB/LB, 2013, 6-0, 185
    • Jackson Wells, G/DT, 2013, 5-11, 190
    • Jermel Wright, DT/TE, 2014, 6-0, 250

With 10 returning starters leading the way, the Tigers put in the extra effort this offseason with high hopes for 2012. "We had a lot of kids work very hard since the last day of last season," said coach Peter Capodilupo, who enters his 29th season at Newton North. "I hope we can ride that energy into the season." With the departure of running back Nate Meninger, the Tigers will look to mix things up a bit with their running game. Capodilupo is confident quarterbacks Joe Mariano and Jack Boucher will be able to get the job done. "Joe has a lot of skill and smarts," he said. "He and Jack will be playing QB and other positions." Right now the Tigers are focusing on the offensive line. With only Emory Holmes, Axl Castaneda, and Chris D'Amore returning to the line, the offense has its work cut out for it. "We'll go as far as our line will take us," said Capodilupo. "We're a lot faster overall than last year. If we can reload the offensive line, we'll be alright."

Weymouth

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Defensive line
  • Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions and quarterback
  • Coach: Kevin Mackin (8th season, 53-27)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Weymouth's playoff hopes were snuffed out last season with Needham advancing from the Bay State Carey on a tiebreaker. The Wildcats are rebuilding this year, but still hungry to reach the postseason. Coach Kevin Mackin will have a lot of reconfiguring to do after losing All-Scholastic receiver Khary Bailey-Smith (14 touchdown receptions) and quarterback Cam McLevedge, who threw for a school-record 41 touchdown passes and 2,700 yards last season. "Like every coach in the state is doing, we're trying to move guys around and maximize our athleticism and depth," said Mackin. "I think if we are successful doing that as we have been in the last couple years, we'll compete." Weymouth does welcome back All-Scholastic running back/receiver/cornerback Ozzy Colarusso. A dominant force on both sides of the ball, Colarusso had 17 touchdowns, 70 tackles, and 4 interceptions last year. His repeating those numbers in his senior season should make the Wildcats a contender in the Carey.

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