2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 4 Independents

Cape Cod Tech

  • Last year's record: 1-8
  • Strength: Leadership, experience.
  • Concerns: Replacing starting QB/RB Malik Lee and OL Trevor Sayers.
  • Coach: Chris Leonard (2nd season, 1-8)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Leonard's first season started off a bit rocky but he expects quite a turnaround this season. The Crusaders will look to new players to step up after losing starters Malik Lee and Trevor Sayers. According to Leonard, the Crusaders will rely on senior quarterback Greg Horan who improved his speed and bulked up in the offseason to lead the team to a successful season. While competing as an independent, the Crusaders main goal is to improve and compete with their opposition. "If we can compete on every play and give everything we got, we're going to put ourselves in positions to win football games."

Dedham

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Athleticism.
  • Concerns: Few players with consistent game experience.
  • Coach: David Flynn (2nd season, 23-43 overall)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Dedham will play its final season as an independent before returning to the Bay State League. Two years ago, the plan was to step away from league play in hopes of building a stronger program. After gaining interest from many underclassmen, the Marauders feel that they are headed in the right direction. With only seven seniors on a 53-man roster, the Marauders will lean on senior captain David Jenkins, the team's only returning true starter. According to Flynn, Jenkins is the only player who started every game as an offensive and defensive tackle. Entering this season, the Marauders have one word in mind: T.O.U.G.H. (Teamwork, Optimism, Unity, Guts and Heart) which is the team's motto. "We may not be the biggest team in the league or the fastest but we certainly try to be the toughest."

Minuteman

  • Last year's record: 7-3
  • Strength: Attitudes, experience at skill positions.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on the offensive line.
  • Coach: Brian Tildsley (5th season, 19-21)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In 2012 the Mustang's finished with their best record in more than 10 years at 7-3. With an 18-8 victory on Thanksgiving, the Mustangs were in the running for a spot in the Vocational Bowl. This season they will look to keep the momentum going under fifth-year coach Tildsley. The defense will be solid again, lead by returning standout LB Jeremy Perez. The offense will rely on senior Joe Haddock to lead the way at the quarterback position, with juniors Zahir Ramsey and Bradean Kerrins taking most of the carries. "Last year was a real step forward for the program," said Tildsley. "We not only won seven games but our losses were very competitive." According to Tildsley, the Mustangs had 63 kids report on the first day because of their success in the previous season.

Monomoy

  • Last year's record: 1-6
  • Strength: Excitement brought on by the merging of Chatham and Harwich.
  • Concerns: Inexperience, lack of seniors.
  • Coach: Paul Demanche (44th season, 3-14 at Harwich/Cape Cod Tech)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 3 lettermen
    • Matt Cook, RB/DB, 2014
    • Dalton Nickerson, OL/DE, 2015
    • Josh Rosen, OT/DT, 2014

Coming into this season Harwich will now be known as the Monomoy Regional Sharks as they merge with Chatham High School because of declining enrollments at both schools. In the previous football season the Rough Riders and Blue Devils competed together as a co-op but only received participation from one Chatham player. Coach Demanche is hopeful that more players from Chatham will join. Last year the football team only had 24 players, of which 16 were seniors. According to Demanche, the former Barnstable head coach who is entering his third season at Harwich/Monomoy, the team is welcoming a handful of kids who are playing football for the first time. Because of little experience and young players the Sharks will continue to play as an independent, with just varsity two games (Mystic Valley and St. Joseph's Prep). "Our intent is to build the program," said Demanche. "[The South Shore Conference] is a very competitive league, we're just not at that point now."

Randolph

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Experienced quarterback, offensive line.
  • Concerns: Youth, inexperience on defense.
  • Coach: Joseph Cotton (5th season, 12-31)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Spencer Cabral, LT, 2013, 6-4, 260
    • Brandon Eaddy, LB, 2013, 5-10, 175
    • Nehemie Germain, S, 2013, 5-6, 122
    • Emmanuel Michel, RT, 2013, 5-11, 235
    • Emmanuel Neal, DT, 2014, 5-10, 175
    • Pudge Pena-Diaz, LG, 2013, 5-11, 235
    • David Reyes, RG, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Brent White, QB, 2015, 5-11, 225

After graduating 14 starters, Randolph looks to re-group and improve from last year's four-win season. The Blue Devils' main goal is to finish over .500. They will look to their returning sophomore quarterback Brent White to direct the offense. The Blue Devils strength will be their experienced offensive line, as they return a group of five seniors. Although they are entering this season with a young roster, Cotton believes that they have the ability to contribute and lead the team to a winning record, while playing as an independent. "If they continue to do what they are doing during practice, they could impact our season and make it better than we anticipate."

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