2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 1A Greater Boston

Cambridge

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Skill positions.
  • Concerns: Line depth, injuries.
  • Coach: John Shea (2nd season, 2-8)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 1 lettermen
    • Elijah Scott, WR, 2013

The Falcons are coming off a tough 2011 season in which they finished the season with just two wins. Coach John Shea, though, said he's looking forward to the start of the upcoming season. "We're excited," he said. "We don't have any hard goals, we just want to improve each week and each year." According to Shea, the strength of his team will be at the skill positions. Senior receiver Elijah Scott, quarterback David Maaghul, and running back Shaquille Anderson will be the focus on offense. Shea said that while his underclassmen are small, the juniors and seniors are coming together at the right time. "We want to the kids stay with it and hope to get it rolling."

Everett

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Offensive line, skill positions.
  • Concerns: Replacing seniors.
  • Coach: John DiBiaso (31st season, 248-66)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 9 lettermen
    • Kenny Calaj, S/WR, 2013, 5-10, 185
    • Gilly DeSouza, K/CB
    • Jalen Felix, WR/DB, 2013
    • Marc Fils-Aime, G, 2013, 6-0, 270
    • Omar Graziano, DL
    • John Montelus, OL, 2013, 6-5, 290
    • Michael Ottersburg, G, 2013, 6-1, 310
    • Jakarrie Washington, WR, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Joey White, RB/S, 2013

The Crimson Tide will be going for their third straight undefeated season and Super Bowl championship. However, coach John DiBiaso, says he is "cautiously optimistic" about the upcoming season. "Our goal is to win a third Super Bowl," DiBiaso said. "But we just don't want to have a letdown. Taking it one game at a time is our main concern." DiBiaso points to the departures of linebackers Buck McCarthy and Vondell Langston and defensive end Ralph Jonathas as reason for concern. Not to mention the Tide also lost the state's all-time touchdown passes leader and reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, Jonathan DiBiaso. However, the Tide always seems to have a quarterback waiting in the wings and this year they have two. Junior Patrick Long and sophomore Lukas Denis are battling to take over the starting role. The offensive line will be a strength for the Tide with Notre Dame-bound John Montelus as the anchor. Coach DiBiaso is also looking for big contributions from returning lettermen WR/S Kenny Calaj (WR/S), Jakarrie Washington (WR), and Gilly DeSouza (K/CB).

Malden

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Offensive line, speed, physicality.
  • Concerns: Getting past Everett.
  • Coach: Joe Pappagallo (4th season, 16-14)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Rodney Blaise, RB, 2013
    • Cruz Desrochers, OL, 2013, 6-2, 215
    • Franklin Huynh, WR
    • Paul Kiernan, OLB
    • Terrance Maisaneauve, LB
    • Jake Martino, QB, 2013
    • Darrian Monohan-DaSilva, OL, 2013, 6-4, 265
    • Raymond Sainristil, RB, 2014
    • Jean Sylvain, DB
    • Tyler Williams, WR

The Golden Tornadoes have finished in second place behind Everett for five staight seasons and are looking to put a stop to that. Coach Joe Pappagallo said the team's No. 1 is trying to get to the playoffs for the first time in over 30 years. Pappagallo said senior captain and quarterback Jake Martino will lead the way on offense with seniors Tyler Williams and Franklin Huynh providing the targets at receiver. The offensive line will be a strength with four returning starters, including seniors Darrian Monohan-DaSilva and Cruz Desrochers. On defense, linebackers Terrance Maisaneauve and Paul Kiernan are players to watch for. Pappagallo said he is depending on the team's size and speed to lead them to the top of the Greater Boston League.

Medford

  • Last year's record: 1-9
  • Strength: Senior leadership, skill positions.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Rico Dello Iaconno (4th season, 6-24)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Nate Clement, RG/DT, 2013, 5-10, 265
    • Jeff Fargo, FS/HB, 2013, 5-10, 165
    • Gene Goncalves, QB, 2014, 5-9, 160
    • Guilherame Guerra, G/LB
    • Nick Patten, DB, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Jesus Ramos, DT, 2013, 5-10, 245

The Mustangs won just one game over the past two seasons, but coach Rico Dello Iaconno has faith in this year's team. "Our goal is to get better every week," Dello Iaconno said. "We have a lot of seniors and we should be competitive." He is looking for senior and team MVP, Nathan Clement, to be the anchor of both the offensive and defensive lines. Dello Iaconno called senior safety Jeff Fargo his "defensive general" and expects him to also contribute on offense at halfback.

Somerville

  • Last year's record: 1-9
  • Strength: Senior leadership, offensive line.
  • Concerns: Inexperience, depth.
  • Coach: Tony Gulla (1st season, 35-37)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 3 lettermen
    • Ryan Conte, OT/DT, 2013, 6-4, 265
    • Phoenix Huertas, QB
    • James Marin, WR, 2014

Coach Tony Gulla returns to the sidelines this season after nearly a 10-year hiatus. While the Highlanders have had some tough seasons in recent years, Gulla is impressed with some of the changes since he last manned the sidelines in 2003. "We have a new stadium now and great support from the city," he said. "There's some new department upgrades, so we want to be competitive." Gulla is leaning on a group of 14 seniors to lead an otherwise young team. "It helps being a coach [when you have that many seniors]," Gulla said. He also expects his 6-foot-4-inch, 265-pound senior OT Ryan Conte and starting QB Phoenix Huertas to be the standouts.

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