2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3 Dual County (Small)

Bedford

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Off-season training, winning tradition.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced kicker.
  • Coach: Jack Belcher (9th season, 47-40)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Olan Abner, TB/LB, 2014, 5-8, 170
    • Christian Boivin, QB, 2013, 6-0, 190
    • Josh Bryson, G/LB, 2013, 5-9, 180
    • Ryan Clasby, OL/DL, 2014, 6-2, 225
    • Connor Lavery, TB/NG, 2013, 5-10, 210
    • Bobby McDonald, FB/LB, 2014, 5-9, 180
    • Tom Sands, SE/C, 2014, 5-11, 175
    • Tyler Skurka, G/DT, 2013, 6-0, 220
    • Alex Summers, C/NG, 2014, 6-2, 240

After finishing second in the Dual County League Small three out of the past four years, Bedford has its eyes on the crown. With 10 returning lettermen, they'll have a good shot at it. Senior quarterback Christian Boivan is back to lead the offense, along with senior receivers Tom Sands and Mike Hayes. Connor Lavery and Alex Summers anchor the defensive line. "I expect us to contend for the title," said Belcher. "We expect to be there at the end again this year."

Boston Latin

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Enthusiasm, running backs.
  • Concerns: Depth after graduation losses.
  • Coach: John McDonough (12th season, 31-84)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 17 lettermen
    • Elvis Antigua
    • Roy Barnham
    • Jhalen Bien-Aime, RB/DB, 2013, 5-9, 165
    • Mike Cronin
    • Sebastien D'Amico
    • Devin Dougherty
    • Admir Fehric
    • Connor Kopp
    • Rich Moussignac
    • Pat O' Grady
    • Mike Parham
    • Connor Pease
    • Josh Pierre Jean
    • Chris Remmis
    • Ed Sullivan
    • Mike Surdek, RB/DB, 2013, 5-8, 170
    • Pat Yetman

John McDonough enters the season with the hope getting better each week. Despite their lack of depth, the Wolfpack have several young players willing to step up. "We graduated a very good senior class," said McDonough. "But we have a lot of young players who are eager to learn and will have the opportunity to make their mark on the field." Three-year letterman Jhalen Bien-Aime and senior captain Mike Surdek will lead the way.

Concord-Carlisle

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Offensive line.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: Mike Robichaud (4th season, 33-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The defending Division 3 Super Bowl champs will have to reload after losing 18 seniors. The Patriots return four starters, seniors Tom Crowley, Evan Boynton, Evan Armanetti and sophomore Will Blumenberg. Crowley and Amanetti bring experience to the offensive line, while Blumenberg, who played cornerback and led the team in interceptions last year, will take the starting role as quarterback. "Every year it's a little bit different," said Robichaud. "This year it's going to be an exciting mix. It's not a senior laden team like last year. It's a lot of work but the guys are willing to learn."

Wayland

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Offensive line size.
  • Coach: Scott Parseghian (12th season, 73-51)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Mark Bonner, WR, 2013, 6-4, 190
    • Matt Cramer, C, 2014, 5-8, 180
    • Matt Devlin, OL/LB, 2013, 5-10, 20
    • Brian Garcia, RB, 2013, 6-0, 180
    • Matt Goddard, QB, 2013, 6-0, 185
    • Will Gunshenan, LB, 2013, 5-10, 190
    • Kevin Kelley, OL/DL, 2013, 5-11, 205
    • Dayleon McKenzie, WR, 2013, 5-9, 150
    • Eric McLean, K, 2014, 5-10, 160
    • Brian Murtagh, LB, 2013, 5-10, 190
    • Roby Williams, WR/S, 2014, 6-0, 170
    • Robert Williams, CB, 2014, 5-8, 150

With 20 seniors returning, its obvious Wayland will not lack in experience this season. It's Matt Goddard's time to shine as quarterback, returning to play his senior year after breaking his collar bone three games into last season. "We're looking forward to seeing him come back and lead the team," said Parseghian. The Warriors also welcome back seniors Matt Devlin and Brian Murtagh who will steer the defense.

Weston

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Team chemistry, leadership.
  • Concerns: Experience and winning on the road.
  • Coach: Sean Mchugh (2nd season, 2-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Blake Asis, C/DT, 5-11, 245
    • Jeffrey Mallard, S/RB, 5-10, 165
    • Deondre Molyneaux, TE/LB, 6-0, 197
    • Rajah Nagarajah, OT/DE, 2013, 6-1, 227
    • Brett Rowe, QB/CB, 5-11, 170
    • Noah Tocci, LB/FB, 2013

Weston returns six starters and two seniors. Despite the inexperience, coach Sean McHugh is excited for this season. "Although we only have two returning seniors, three in total, the leadership by the two senior captains has been outstanding," said McHugh, who's entering his second season at Weston. "We're very excited to coach this group of young, talented, and coachable players." Rajah Nagarajah, a 6-foot-1 227-pound senior offensive tackle and defensive end returns to power the Wildcats both sides of the ball. Weston was 0-6 on the road last fall.

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