2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 5 Boston North

Brighton

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Brighton has built a winning tradition and will be anchored by four-year starter Prince Unaegbu (6-6, 240 pounds).
  • Concerns: After graduating 20 seniors and returning only four starters, depth is a concern for Brighton. Most of the squad's junior class attends Boston Community Leadership Academy, which will play for the first year New Mission program this year instead of the Be
  • Coach: Randolph Abraham (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 4 lettermen
    • Chris Desanero, WR, 2013, 5-6, 165
    • Damian Robinson, FS/WR, 2013, 5-10, 180
    • Petroy Thompson, G/DT, 2015, 6-2, 315
    • Prince Unaegbu, DE/TE, 2013, 6-6, 240

The Bengels will have gone through a complete makeover at the start of this season. Losing long-time coach James Philips, three-year starter at quarterback Jonathan Marrero, and All-Scholastic runner Andrew Maestre is a lot for any team to lose in one season. But first-year coach Randolph Abraham, who's been with the team since 2004 as an offensive coordinator, offers experience as the team moves up a division from the Boston South to the larger Boston North. Playing for a league title against teams like Madison Park and Eastie in the North is tough, but coach Abraham is steadfast the team's goal of a championship is unchanged.

Charlestown

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Team youth. Positive team attitude.
  • Concerns: Inexperince at skill positions.
  • Coach: George Munroe (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

A few years ago the Townies were a winless team and at the bottom of the Boston North. Then coach Darrell Ramsey took over as coach and the program was turned around quickly. After a disappointing season last year, and the departure of Ramsey, first-year coach George Munroe is hoping to get the Townies back on track. With a thin roster that usually requires players to go both ways, the youthful Townies will need to be up to speed and in shape to keep pace in the stout Boston North. Defense is usually their forte. Don't expect it to change.

East Boston

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Winning tradition and hard work ethic.
  • Concerns: The Jets, always built from the ground game up, lost the entire offensive backfield, including two-year starter Anthony Whitney at qurterback and the team's leading rushers, Kyle Jimenez-Fox and Andre Rickerason.
  • Coach: John Parziale (3rd season, 14-7)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 16 lettermen
    • David Arango, RB/LB, 2013
    • Sharaad Chase, DT/OT, 2013
    • Lyndry Green, DE/LB, 2013, 5-11, 215
    • Stan Harris, DB/QB, 2013, 5-10, 150
    • Conner Henry, CB/SE, 2014, 5-11, 175
    • Vincent Lepore, QB/LB, 2014
    • LeRoy Mcpherson, CB, 2013, 5-8, 175
    • Michael Regalado, DT, 2014, 5-8, 210
    • Gamaliel Regalado, OG, 2013, 5-10, 250
    • Mark Robinson, RB/CB, 2013
    • Matt Robinson, CB/RB, 2013, 5-10, 170
    • Kevin Sinatra, SE, 2015
    • Steven Tauro, OL, 2015
    • Tyler Venezia, OL, 2014
    • Thomas Wilson, OL/DL, 2015
    • Xavier Wooten, OT, 2014, 6-3, 240

Parziale has done a stellar job, taking over a young team two seasons ago and turning them into Boston North champions last year. Dealing with a young offense and some inexperience should not hinder Eastie's shot at defending its title. One player to look for is Stan Harris, who will be splitting starts at quarterback with first-year varsity player Vincent Lepore. Parziale believes the duo can be a difference maker if they can pick up the offense. Harris is more of the athletic quarterback versus Lepore, who is more of a pocket passer.

Madison Park

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Skill positions. Team speed. Defensive awareness.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Roosevelt Robinson (18th season, 100-67-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Michael Alexander, C/DT, 2013
    • Kevin Regis, WR/CB, 2013
    • Winston Salters, OG/DT, 2013
    • Alexis Santiago, RB/LB, 2013
    • Elmer Silva, RB/CB, 2013
    • David Steward, TE/DE, 2013, 6-3, 200
    • Hector Villar, FB/LB, 2013

One season removed from winning the North title, the Cardinals are still a top tier team in their league, even with a younger roster. Robinson's tough love approach helps turn "non-traditional athletes into football players." The Cardinals run the wing-T offense, so if you see them pounding the ball on the ground don't be surprised. Robinson loves to boast that his team doesn't do anything special or tricky on offense but play hard-nosed, ground-and-pound football. And it works. First-year starters Hector Villar and Alexis Santiago will lead the charge in the backfield and Robinson thinks that's just what the doctor ordered to get the Cardinals off and running early.

South Boston

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: The Knights have a good core of returning skill players that will have to fill in for the six graduated seniors.
  • Concerns: With all-star running back James Toles and all-star defensive lineman Joseph Francois graduating last year, the Knights have several huge holes to fill.
  • Coach: Sean Guthrie (5th season, 28-25)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Bless Anedoadzi, RB, 2013
    • Pannell Davis, RB/WR, 2013, 6-0, 170
    • Sean Hunter, QB/RB, 2013, 5-11, 175
    • Malique Jospeh, OG/DL, 2013, 6-1, 230
    • Kingsley Okoye, C, 2013, 6-0, 260
    • Adrian Shelton, SS/FB, 2013, 5-9, 175
    • Derron Stone, TE/DE, 2013, 6-2, 190
    • Kenneil Toney, FB/DB, 5-10, 165
    • Troy Williams, OT/DL, 2015, 6-3, 250

Toles made up about 70 percent of the Knights offense last year. Toles' replacements (Sean Hunter, Pannel Davis, and Bless Anedoadzi) are upperclassmen but they don't have a tone of experience carrying the football. "That's a big gap to fill up," Guthrie said of Toles' offensive production last year. "But I think Sean Hunter, Pannel Davis and Bless are capable of doing it. Overall we have weapons, it's just a matter of guys stepping up to the plate and being the go to guy."

West Roxbury

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: The team's No. 1 strength is in its backfield, where 250-pound junior running back Michael Obianigwe resides. Obianigwe also plays linebacker on a notoriously stout Raider defense.
  • Concerns: With a couple key offensive linemen graduating, the Raiders are struggling to plug holes. The Raiders have strong numbers in the preseason but keeping players engaged, academically eligible, and on the field will be a challenge.
  • Coach: Derek Wright (1st season, first season replacing Leo Sybertz.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Marc Alphonse-Simon, CB/WR, 2013, 6-1, 165
    • Eric Ansley, TE/LB, 2014, 6-1, 175
    • Berthony Henri, OT/DE, 2013, 6-3, 250
    • Jovan Johnson, WR/QB, 2013, 5-11, 165
    • Michael Obianigwe, RB/LB, 2014, 6-0, 250
    • George Parker, OT/DT, 2013, 5-9, 285
    • Sedeeq Rheddick, TE/LB, 2013, 6-0, 240
    • David Soto, OG/DT, 2015, 5-11, 285
    • Raymond Tejeda, WR/DB, 2014, 5-8, 165

Even though the Raiders were 3-7 last year they competed in every game, never losing by more than two touchdowns. New coach Derek Wright, who was an assistant the last two years under longtime coach Leo Sybertz, will open up the offense a little more by passing the ball. "My philosophy is a a little different from [Sybertz]," Wright said. "I like a balanced offensive attack. Sy liked running the ball down your throat and the kids kind of took what I brought to the table [the last few years] as far as changing of the plays." West Roxbury will still run the ball plenty behind Obianigwe. "With a 250-pound running back I'm going to run the ball, don't get me wrong, but I have faith in my quarterback to make some throws," Wright said. "If I could get David Bertucci] to throw 10 touchdown passes I'd be happy."

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