2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 1A Old Colony

Barnstable

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Veteran leadership, experience, and team chemistry.
  • Concerns: Depth development.
  • Coach: Chris Whidden (2nd season, 7-4)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 4 lettermen
    • Allen Buckley, OL, 2013, 6-2, 245
    • James Burke, WR, 2013, 6-2, 200
    • Chris Kennedy, OL, 5-10, 195
    • Nick Peabody, QB, 2013, 6-4, 225

Second-year coach Whidden led his squad to the playoffs for the first time in eight years last season and is returning 13 of his starters to try for another post-season berth. The Red Raiders finished first in the OCL last year after defeating Bridgewater-Raynham in OT (26-20) in November. They were eliminated in the Div. 1A semifinals by Lincoln-Sudbury. Quarterback Nick Peabody was an integral part of the win over the Trojans, filling in at slot while starter D.J. Crook nursed a broken thumb. Peabody (6-foot 3-inches, 235 pounds) will continue to fill Crook's former role this season and along with four cocaptains (Ryan Litchman, Bryan Hardy, Tom Grimmer, Andrew Ellis) will be one of the major forces behind the Barnstable machine. Whidden chose five captains because he believes he has a "great group of hardworking and talented kids," that "will maximize their potential." Fans will see what type of talent Barnstable has Friday in the season opener at Durfee.

Bridgewater-Raynham

  • Last year's record: 8-2
  • Strength: Winning tradition, strong senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Replacing seniors Eric Wabrek and Nick Schlatz.
  • Coach: Dan Buron (20th season, 150-54-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Wabrek, along with All-Scholastic Schlatz will be hard to replace. Schlatz was especially strong on defense where B-R gave up just 13.9 ppg, fourth best in Division 1A. The Trojans were 5-0 at home, a streak they'd like to continue in 2012.

Dartmouth

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Strength in numbers, experience, depth.
  • Concerns: Small, competitive league schedule.
  • Coach: Richard White (9th season)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

With the ever-shrinking Old Colony League down to three teams, Dartmouth is going to have to step up in league play this year in hopes of a playoff berth. Last year the Indians finished 8-3, but lost two games Bridgewater-Raynham and Barnstable, the two other returning teams in the OCL this year. Dartmouth is returning 15 starters, including captains Mitch Loranger (RB) and Neil Toole (OT). Toole, who stands 6 feet 5 inches and 235 pounds will be a formidable force. Quarterback Dalton Soares (6-0, 185) has an array of options to choose from with a pair of wide receivers in Nick Simonetti (6-0, 170) and Jack Sylvia (6-4, 175), as well as running backs Loranger, Tim Smith (6-3, 190), Austin Williams (5-9, 165), and Connor Tavares (5-9, 165).

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