2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3A Eastern Athletic

Bishop Feehan

  • Last year's record: 7-5
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth on offensive and defensive lines.
  • Coach: Curt Smith (3rd season, 23-12 career record (includes 2004 season with Bishop Feehan))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 11 lettermen
    • Mike Agnello, S, 2013
    • Matt Allen, RB, 2013
    • Drew Briggs, LB, 2013
    • Christian Cooke, WR, 2013
    • Desmond Cornetta, LB, 2013
    • Isaiah Douglas, RB/CB, 2014
    • Zach Forget, TE/DL, 2013
    • Matt Glebus, LB, 2013
    • Mitch Martin, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 270
    • Tom Salmon, LB, 2013
    • Matt Tiano, LB, 2013

The Shamrocks wrapped up the Eastern Athletic title last season with a 7-4 record before falling to eventual Super Bowl champion Bourne in the Division 3A semifinals. Despite losing eight league all-stars to graduation, coach Smith is not sensing any dropoff. "I'm feeling pretty good about our kids," Smith said. "They're way ahead of the learning curve than they were last year and they's playing with confidence in practice." Last fall the Bishop Feehan surrendered an average of 10.4 ppg and pitched four shutouts. This year's version could be even better thanks to the return of five senior linebackers - Matt Glebus, Tom Salmon, Desmond Cornetta, Matt Tiano, and Drew Briggs. Up front, senior captain Mitch Martin will add muscle to the Shamrocks four-man defensive front. "Mitch is the anchor of the offensive and defensive line and a player our kids look up to," Smith said. In the secondary, junior Isaiah Douglas and senior Mike Agnello return as starters at cornerback and safety respectively. On offense, Douglas and senior Matt Allen will get carries at halfback, while tight end Zach Forget and Christian Cooke will be targets in the passing game. "We can do anything on offense," Smith said. "We can run the spread, we can run the option, we can run the pro-I. We are very versatile on that side."

Bishop Stang

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Learning new offensive system.
  • Coach: Ryan Sylvia (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 19 lettermen
    • Nathan Andrade, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 210
    • Kyle Blanchard, WR/DB, 2013, 5-8, 150
    • Brendan Clougher, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 220
    • Trevor Collins, OL/DL, 2013, 6-6, 290
    • Alex Cournoyer, TE/DE, 2013, 6-1, 175
    • Brandon Ferreira, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 180
    • Nick Harland, TE/DE, 2013, 5-10, 200
    • Matthew Harris, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 180
    • Chris Irvine, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 200
    • Clayton Lemos-Martin, OL/DL, 2013, 5-9, 240
    • John Loughran, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 210
    • Nathan Maynard, OL/LB, 2013, 5-9, 200
    • Tim McGuire, TE/DE, 2013, 5-11, 175
    • Charlie McKeenum, FB/LB, 2013, 6-3, 195
    • Mike Montigny, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 160
    • Mike Pratt, QB/DB, 2013, 5-9, 150
    • Luc Sauve, RB/LB, 2014, 5-8, 160
    • Nathan Sobral, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 230
    • Jacob Steadman, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 260

First-year coach Sylvia is seeking to turn around the Spartans fortunes, and he hasn't been shy in his approach during preseason. "I've tried to make practices more rigorous and physical," he said. "I want us to attack the other team on every play." The Spartans are hoping to improve an offense that finished last in 3A in scoring last season (10.9 ppg) and was shut out three times. The squad is studying up on Sylvia's flexbone playbook, a triple-option deviation from the pistol offense which previous coach Bill Kavanaugh employed. Senior captain Charlie McKeenum, a league all-star last season, figures to be a key contributor on both sides of the ball at the fullback and linebacker positions. He will be joined on offense by junior back Luc Sauve, who found the end zone four times last season. Senior captains Nate Sobral and Clayton Lemos-Martin will provide the power at the line of scrimmage, anchoring both the offensive and defensive lines. In the passing game, senior Tim McGuire will be utilized at the tight end position as well as split out as a receiver.

Coyle & Cassidy

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Running game.
  • Concerns: Depth on both sides of the ball.
  • Coach: Thomas Pileski (7th season, 21-45)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 20 lettermen
    • Mark Burgess, QB/DB, 2014, 5-6, 130
    • Andrew Capobianco, OT/DT, 2014, 5-11, 215
    • Brendan Clarke, WR/LB, 2013, 5-7, 160
    • Joshua Cobb, RB/DB, 2014, 5-8, 175
    • Luca Dickerson, FB/LB, 2014, 5-11, 165
    • Peter Foley, C/DT, 2013, 6-2, 215
    • Ryan Grande, OG/LB, 2013, 6-0, 190
    • Dylan Greene, QB/DB, 2013, 5-11, 165
    • Jesse Jason, TE/LB, 2014, 6-2, 180
    • Myles Kincaid, OG/DE, 2013, 6-2, 200
    • James Lamb, OT/DT, 2014, 5-11, 215
    • Ryan Leitch, OT/DE, 2014, 5-11, 150
    • Carl Mallock, FB/LB, 2014, 5-11, 165
    • Jeffrey Montinard, OG/DT, 2013, 5-11, 230
    • Dwayne Nicholson, TE/LB, 2013, 5-10, 160
    • Devon Rossi, OG/DT, 2013, 6-2, 215
    • Cy Ryding, WR/DB, 2014, 5-9, 140
    • Mark Schneider, C/DT, 2013, 6-0, 230
    • William Taylor, TE/DE, 2014, 6-2, 170
    • Alec Turner, FB/LB, 2013, 5-9, 175

After an opening week victory over Southeastern that snapped a 13-game losing streak, the Warriors struggled the rest of the way last season, dropping their final 10. With a limited roster of only 34 players, the squad's toughness and conditioning will once again be tested. Coach Pileski will look for his players to force the issue and attack opponents. "We're not skilled enough to just sit there. We want to be more flexible and go after people." Expect the Warriors' to do plenty of stunting and blitzing out of its base 4-4 and 4-3 defenses, hoping to improve a unit that allowed more than 30 points five times in 2011. Offensively, the team will have to replace the production of all-league selection Andrew Rodriguez, who scored seven touchdowns and set the single-season school rushing record. Pileski expects junior back Josh Cobb to be the go-to guy in the team's pro-I offense. Senior Dylan Greene, an all-league pick last season at receiver and cornerback, will make the switch to starting quarterback and will get the chance to throw out of the shotgun. Up front, senior center Mark Schneider returns after being named a league all-star as a junior. With such a small roster the Warriors aren't expected to challenge for the EAC title, but a strong start to the season will position the Warriors well before facing conference foes. "The first half of the season will be very important to us. It will be a good barometer of where we'll be when the league [play] starts."

Martha's Vineyard

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Offensive and defensive lines.
  • Concerns: Depth, small senior class.
  • Coach: Donald Herman (25th season, 215-86 career record (207-68 at MV))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Doug Andrade, FB/LB, 2013, 5-10, 181
    • Adaaro Blackhawk, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 317
    • Nick Costello, RB/DB, 2013, 5-10, 155
    • Mike Cutrer, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 246
    • Diego de Freitas, TE/DE, 2013, 6-4, 223
    • Andrew Freitas, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 247
    • Stuart Hersh, TE/LB, 2013, 5-10, 166
    • Alec Tattersall, QB/DB, 2013, 6-1, 190
    • Jahmari Thomas, SE/DB, 2013, 6-6, 176
    • Joe Turney, RB/DB, 2014, 5-10, 160
    • Brandon Watkins, RB/DB, 2013, 5-8, 150
    • Harry West, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 221

The Vineyard went 5-6 last season, a rare losing mark under coach Herman. Improving won't be an easy task for the Vineyarders this season, as they must absorb the loss of league all-star cousins Delmont (10 rushing touchdowns, 3 passing TDs in 2011) and Tyler (6 rushing TDs) Araujo to graduation. "Those are two big weapons to lose," Herman said. "But we have to move forward." The offense will be run by Alec Tattersall, a senior who Herman said will be asked to throw the ball more as the team transitions from an option offense to more of a pistol/wing-T look. The top receiving weapon for Tattersall will be classmate Jahmari Thomas, a lanky target at 6-foot-6. A trio of senior backs - Doug Andrade, Nick Costello, Brandon Watkins - will garner carries in the backfield and are the only returning starters on defense. Senior Mike Cutrer will anchor the offensive line and will be joined by classmate Adaaro Blackhawk, who started as a sophomore but missed last season. Herman's club will have to be quick learners as this year's slate of games offers no breaks. "This is an extremely tough schedule for us," he said. "We were close to being 7-4 last season, so I know we can compete, but we have to be ready to play every week."

Somerset Berkley

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Playing with consistency, turnover margin.
  • Coach: Nick Freitas (4th season, 24-11)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 27 lettermen
    • Jack Amarantes, QB, 2013
    • Casey Bachli, RB, 2013
    • Ben Beaulieu, OL, 2013
    • Jon Belisle, RB, 2013
    • Austin Berube, RB, 2013
    • Garret Carlos, RB, 2013
    • Cam Christo, RB, 2013
    • Tom Clark, TE, 2013
    • Nic Cortes, OL, 2015
    • Nick Costa, TE, 2013
    • Zack Ferris, TE, 2013
    • Mikey Garrant, RB, 2013
    • Matt Klein, OL, 2013
    • Connor Leonard, OL, 2013
    • Josh Louro, OL, 2013
    • Cam Madden, TE, 2013
    • Trent McCarthy, RB, 2013
    • Jon Melchert, RB, 2013
    • Colin Michael, TE, 2013
    • Mitch Nunes, TE, 2013
    • Trevor Pan, OL, 2013
    • Jon Reed, RB, 2013
    • Coty Root, TE, 2013
    • Dan Rowland, OL, 2013
    • Cole Stafford, TE, 2013
    • Brett Swidey, OL, 2013
    • Matt Vinal, TE, 2013

Coach Freitas has no doubt his team will be successful this fall, so long as they take care of the football. "I'd say that is my number one concern right now, that we maintain ball control and be on the plus-side in turnovers," he said. "Last year, we lost games we shouldn't have due to turnovers." Freitas is hoping his veteran roster (27 seniors) leads to an improvement over the four-win campaign in 2011. A pair of seniors, Mikey Garrant and Jon Melchert, will head the Blue Raiders' double wing rushing attack. Garrant finished seventh in Division 3A in scoring with 12 touchdowns a year ago, and Melchert provides a "physical presence" to counter Garrant's speed. Both are returning league all-stars. A pair of junior backs, Danny Matanes and Sam McGowan, will also garner carries. Senior Jack Amarantes, whom Freitas said has "great leadership skills," will play quarterback. The signal caller will have a weapon at the tight end position in classmate Cole Stafford, a converted quarterback who scored six touchdowns last season and was a league all-star. Senior Ben Beaulieu is the "leader of the line" according to Freitas. The Blue Raiders went 3-1 in league play last season, but a blowout loss to Bishop Feehan in November dashed their postseason hopes. "The road to the playoffs usually goes through Feehan," Freitas said.

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