2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 4A Catholic Central (Small)

Cathedral

  • Last year's record: 12-1
  • Strength: Offensive and defensive lines and team speed.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Duane Sigsbury (2nd season, 12-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 19 lettermen
    • Derrick Blackwell, OL/DL, 2013, 6-4, 285
    • Mohammed Braimah, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 215
    • Khalik Clearville, 2015
    • Marquez Correa, C/DL, 2014
    • Nikko Daughtry, WR/DB, 2014, 6-1, 180
    • Ibrahima Diallo
    • Kadeem Edge, WR/DB, 2013, 6-4, 185
    • Sean Elad, RB/LB, 2013, 5-10, 220
    • Rajdel Francois, RB/LB, 2013, 5-10, 195
    • Shayne Green, 2014
    • Trehme Haney, 2015
    • Kejonte Hickman, 2015
    • Jermal Jackson, 2015
    • Elijah Marcelo, 2015
    • Sage Philippe, FB/LB, 2013, 6-2, 205
    • Justice Turner, 2015
    • Malik Voyard, 2014
    • Derrick Welcome, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 220
    • Leshaun Wideman, 2016

The Panthers are looking to build on their great success of last season. Sigsbury enters his second year as coach with only one loss on his record, that in the Division 4A Super Bowl. With last season a thing of the past, the Panthers are looking to make another significant run. They're are going to rely on the strength of their offensive and defensive lines which are led by 2011 lineman league MVPs Derek Welcome and Mohammed Braimah. Senior wideout Kadeem Edge looks to lead the offense, and linebackers Sage Philippe and Sean Elad will lead an experienced and physical defense.

Lowell Catholic

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Experience and senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Lack of size and depth.
  • Coach: Rick Sampson (2nd season, 4-6)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 26 lettermen
    • Jonathon Asigri, RB/DB, 2013, 5-4, 130
    • Chris Benoit, OL/DL, 2014, 5-10, 230
    • Tom Cahalane, WR/DB, 2014, 5-10, 158
    • Nick Cervizzi, OL/DL, 2014, 6-2, 221
    • Justin Cote, WR/DB, 2013, 5-10, 175
    • Bryan Doughty, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 230
    • Joe Francis, RB/DB, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Dan Gillette, WR/DB, 2014, 5-7, 143
    • Tim Jarouche, WR/DB, 2014, 5-7, 152
    • Alex Larmand, RB/DB, 2013, 5-10, 160
    • Jose Manuel, TE/DL, 2014, 5-8, 183
    • Brent McCarthy, OL/DL, 2014, 5-9, 200
    • Aaron Monahan, WR/LB, 2014, 5-9, 163
    • Kevin Nguyen, WR/DB, 2014, 5-4, 113
    • Justin Oum, OL/DL, 2014, 6-1, 235
    • Kevin Paige, TE/LB, 2014, 5-9, 174
    • Matt Perrin, RB/LB, 2013, 5-9, 175
    • Chris Regan, PR/KR, 2013
    • Cameron Robbins, WR/DB, 2013, 6-1, 163
    • Andrew Rogers, OL/LB, 2014, 5-7, 201
    • Taylor Rourke, FB, 2013, 5-9, 185
    • Evan Sepulveda, OL/DL, 2014, 6-4, 304
    • Connor Sullivan, RB/LB, 2014, 5-8, 169
    • Chris Tamukedde, RB/LB, 2014, 5-8, 161
    • Chris Underwood, TE/DB, 2013, 6-1, 192
    • Adam Wentzel, QB, 2013, 6-1, 167

Sampson enters his second season as coach and he's looking forward to his team improving on last year's performance. Senior quarterback Adam Wentzel is back after missing half of last season with a leg injury. "Adam's looked strong and is picking up the offense very well" said Sampson. The Crusaders are returning four starters to the offensive line, Bryan Doughty, Nick Cervizzi, Taylor Roarke and Brent McCarthy, who are critical in the team's success. Coach Sampson is looking for senior Chris Regan to pick up where he left off last season as he was their special team player of the year. Senior middle linebacker Joey Francis missed his junior year due to a knee injury. "He's come back very strong," Sampson said. "He's a captain and provides great leadership, we expect him to have a great season."

Marian

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Returning starters.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Gene Robinson (3rd season, 3-19)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Mustangs have the most returning starters in the Catholic Central Small, and Robinson hopes this paves the way for a successful year. "The aim is to be .500," Robinson said, "restore the winning ways for Marian." Looking to lead the offense this year is senior wide receiver John Walsh, who was third in the league last season in yards.

Matignon

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Desire to improve.
  • Concerns: Inexperience and depth.
  • Coach: Chris Digiacomo (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Mike Azzalina, FB/LB, 2013, 5-9, 175
    • Mike Clark, RB/LB, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Matt Cummings, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 260
    • Mike Lydon, OL/LB, 2013, 5-9, 225
    • Ron Slager, QB/DB, 2013, 5-11, 160
    • Nick Tortora, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 210

Digiacomo is entering his first season as head coach and is looking to instill a foundation for success. "We are working toward rebuilding a program that has not had a winning record in several years," coach Digiacomo said. "Luckily, we have great kids who are determined to improve, and are working hard." On offense, the Warriors will be running a wing-T system that will play into the strengths of their players. The offense will be led by quarterback Ron Slager, and running back Akeem Anderson. On defense, they will be led by defensive lineman Matt Cummings, and linebacker Mike Lydon.

Pope John

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Offensive line and backfield. Overall team athleticism.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at quarterback and wide reciever.
  • Coach: Brian Vaughn (4th season, 22-11)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Nate Budwah, DB/WR, 2014, 5-7, 155
    • Joe D'Onofrio, RB/DB, 2014, 6-0, 180
    • Junemario Josephat, DE/OL, 2013, 6-0, 225
    • Jean Jospeh, DT/OL, 2013, 5-11, 240
    • Robert Kamanzi, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 245
    • Nick Mcleod, TE/LB, 2014, 5-11, 180
    • Robert Selfridge, OL/LB, 2013, 5-10, 190
    • John Young, OL/DT, 2013, 6-1, 260

Vaughn is entering his fourth season with Pope John, and is aiming for another successful year. Returning players include Joey D'Onofrio, a 1,100 yard rusher, as well as most of the offensive and defensive line, consisting of three or four-year starters. An area of concern for Vaughn is the lack of experience at quarterback and receiver. "We must get better every week to have a successful season," Vaughn said.

Pope John Paul II

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Depth with many returning lettermen.
  • Concerns: Young program; loss of important offensive players.
  • Coach: John Muldoon (2nd season, 8-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 16 lettermen
    • Ben Crago, RB/DB, 2014
    • Joseph Grogan, TE/LB, 2013
    • Dan Hoff, OL/LB, 2013
    • Chris Jordan, WR/DB, 2014
    • Shane Lawlor, OL/DL, 2014
    • Nathan Lynch, OL/DL, 2013
    • Diego Meritus, WR/DB, 2015
    • John Milligan, OL/DL, 2013
    • Patrick Ryan, RB/OLB, 2013
    • Jack Salters, WR/DB, 2015
    • Billy Satkavich, WR/DB, 2014
    • Graham Shopshire, WR/DB, 2014
    • Matthew Soucie, WR/DB, 2014
    • Michael Tenaglia, OL/DL, 2014
    • Matt Thacher, OLB/TE, 2014
    • Henry Tufts, WR/DB, 2015

With this being the third season in which his system has been in place (second varsity season), Muldoon is looking forward to even more growth. "We are a young program and we've lacked physicality in the past," said Muldoon, "but we're working hard on bringing more physicality to our game." The Lions are looking to make physical play an area of strength this season. With a different practice routine as well as a new strength and conditioning program, the Lions are poised to take the next step as the program continues to grow.

St. Clement

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Returning starters.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Colin Walsh (10th season, 24-69.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Being a small school, depth has always been a concern for coach Walsh. But with an abundance of returning starters, Walsh would like to capitalize on the momentum that was built last season. Last year was their first winning season after being stuck at .500 for several seasons prior. "We have young guys returning as starters," said Walsh, "and I think we'll be able to build on last season." Quarterback and captain Jamie Thompson is looking to have another strong year after his 10 touchdown campaign last season. "He's looking much improved this year," said his coach. Walsh hopes that certain starters step up to help fill the void that's left by key players moving on to college.

St. Joseph's Prep

  • Last year's record: Trinity Catholic was 0-11
  • Strength: Veteran players and enthusiasm for the program.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Mike DelGrosso
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

With the summer change, Trinity Catholic becomes St. Joseph's Prep, and with that, a chance to start fresh. Coach Mike Delgrosso's goal is to rejuvenate the program and get people excited about it. "Our weakness is our numbers," DelGrosso said. "We were plagued by injuries last year, and hope to have enough numbers this year to offset that and be more competitive." With five returning seniors and a handful of others from last year, DelGrosso hopes to build the program around their presence. "They're great kids and they have really taken the new kids under their wing," Delgrosso said. "I'm encouraged by that." He hopes to get more athletes involved and to build the program by setting a solid foundation. "The seniors will play a part in building this program," said DelGrosso. "No matter what the odds were last year they came back everyday. It's a new beginning, new school, new season, new excitement; hopefully we'll surprise people this year."

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