2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3A South Coast

Apponequet

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Depth at running back, offensive line.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at receiver, youth.
  • Coach: Robert Lomp (12th season, 89-31)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 15 lettermen
    • Weston Cohen, FB/LB, 2014, 5-8, 145
    • Cameron Costa, QB/DB, 2014, 5-9, 140
    • Tom Delano, OL/DE, 2013, 6-0, 160
    • Timothy Dwyer, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 230
    • Edward Eloma, WR/DE, 2013, 5-11, 155
    • Andrew Frigault, OL/LB, 2014, 6-0, 185
    • Derren Levesque, RB/DB, 2013, 5-5, 140
    • Jeffrey Lopes, RB/DB, 2013, 5-6, 165
    • Nathan Nogueira, OL/DL, 2013, 5-9, 165
    • Alex Pimentel, WR/DB, 2013, 5-11, 145
    • Wade Pinto/DE, 2013, 6-1, 180
    • Greg Robert, OL/DE, 2013, 6-1, 155
    • Nick Scripter, RB/DB, 2013, 5-9, 150
    • Russell Sousa, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 210
    • Kyle Swainner, OL/LB, 2014, 5-8, 180

Apponequet is known for its uptempo, two-wing offense that often operates without a huddle to wear down foes. Coach Lomp believes he has a stable of efficient backs to keep opponents off-balance this fall. "I really think we have five varsity-caliber backs and wings," Lomp said. "I think we'll be an exciting team to watch." The leader in the backfield will be sophomore Matt Michael, who saw time as a freshman last year. His older sibling, Nate, was a four-year starter for the Lakers and the all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns in Apponequet history. "It's nearly impossible to replace Nate's production, but Matt has shown ability at an early age like his brother," Lomp said. Junior Wes Cohen will provide blocking and power from the fullback position. Junior Cam Costa will operate the attack from the quarterback position. "Cam is a dual threat QB with great speed and super athleticism. We are expecting big things from him," Lomp said. Defensively, senior captain Wade Pinto will anchor the defense from the end position with junior linebackers Andrew Frigault and Kyle Swainner patrolling the middle of the field. Lomp is hoping his young team can mature quickly before South Coast play begins. "I made a point to schedule non-league games the first two weeks to get us ready before our conference games."

Bourne

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Offensive line, running backs, team speed.
  • Concerns: Defensive line, depth.
  • Coach: John McIntyre (3rd season, 19-5)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 12 lettermen
    • Cody Black, 2013
    • Justin Bretton, OL/DL, 2013
    • Tommy Davis, OL/DL, 2013
    • Don Dimonda, OL/DL, 2013
    • Colin Lanoie, OL/LB, 2013
    • Chad Marsh, RB, 2014
    • Jovier Nivar, 2013
    • Nick Periera, WR/DB, 2013
    • Mike Raftery, 2013
    • Marquesse Rhodes, FB, 2014
    • Connor Schmitt, OL/LB, 2013
    • Zach Songer, QB/DB, 2013

McIntyre has made it clear to his players that 2011 success is a thing of the past. "I told them the first day we met, it's over," he said. "Looking back on last year doesn't do anything for us." Last season was undoubtedly the best season ever at Bourne, with the Canalmen wrapping up a 13-0 season after a victory over Hamilton-Wenham in the 3A Super Bowl, the first title in school history. For the squad to repeat it must find a way to replace Joe Epps, an All-Scholastic who led Division 3A in scoring with 23 touchdowns. "You don't replace Joe, really," McIntyre said. "He is a unique back blessed with skills you can't teach." The team will look to juniors Chad Marsh and Marquesse Rhodes to split carries, with senior Josh Curry offering a third option in the wing-T offense. Bourne will also have to withstand a change at quarterback with senior Zach Songer replacing league all-star Jason Moriarty, who tossed 10 touchdowns last season. Songer will have a weapon in senior receiver Nick Pereira, an all-league pick last season with 7 touchdowns. On defense, the Canalmen will rely on their veteran linebacking core, led by seniors Connor Schmidt and Colin Lanoie, a SCC All-Star a year ago. If Bourne is to recapture the league crown, it must prove it can again win close games like it did in 2011 when it won four games by a combined 10 points. "I think those close wins are a character builder for us," McIntyre said. "It's going to be a wide open league and we need to make plays in key moments."

Case

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Athleticism.
  • Concerns: Transition from independent back to Soutch Coast Conference.
  • Coach: Dave Morgado (3rd season, 7-13)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Cole Boothman, WR, 2013, 5-10, 160
    • Jack Cyr, RB, 2013, 5-8, 180
    • Taylor Furtado, QB, 2013, 6-1
    • Cody Furtado, G, 2013, 5-9, 170
    • Alex Gibeau, OL, 2013, 5-10, 180
    • Felipe Pires, TE, 2014, 6-2, 180

Case played its final game as an Independent last season as they return to the South Coast Conference. Three years ago, the Cardinals left league play in hopes of building their football program. After a three-year hiatus, the Cardinals feel as though they have made plenty of strides in the past two seasons and are prepared to compete in the SCC. Coming into the season the Cardinals will rely on senior starting quarterback Taylor Furtado, who has led the offense for three years, to help the team contend and show that they belong in the league.

Dighton-Rehoboth

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Strong work ethic, positive attitude.
  • Concerns: Lack of experience.
  • Coach: Dave Driscoll (32nd season, 204-118-6)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Paul Costa, WR/DB, 2013, 5-7, 155
    • Liam Hoye, OT/DT, 2013, 6-2, 235
    • Tyler Lehane, TE/DE, 2013, 6-3, 215
    • Riley MacDonald, G/NG, 2013, 5-10, 195
    • Mike Mello, RB/CB, 2013, 5-7, 145
    • Chuddy Nwachukwu, T, 2013, 6-6, 315
    • Jacob Teixeira, G/LB, 2013, 5-8, 185

The Falcons enjoyed a nine-win season in 2011, but a loss to Bourne in late October dashed their playoff hopes. Now coach Driscoll must move on with a roster that has little playing experience and withstand the loss of five graduated league all-stars. "It is definitely going to be a learning experience," said Driscoll, who picked up his 200th career win last season. "We'll be looking for improvement each day, and hopefully a light goes on in these kids' heads." Driscoll will turn to a sophomore at quarterback in Nathan Kowalski to run the wing-T attack. His top back is senior Mike Mello, who has the difficult task of replacing last year's duo of Adam Benvie and Bryan Rocha (22 touchdowns combined in 2011). Kowalski will look to senior tight end Tyler Lehane as one of his targets, a backup to league all-star Joe Alexander last year. The offensive line should be a strong point with 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior tackle Chuddy Nwachukwu providing the blocking. "He is definitely the leader of the line and a veteran presence we'll need," Driscoll said. At center is another experienced senior, Liam Hoye. Defensively, the Falcons will again go with a 5-2/3-4 look, with senior Riley MacDonald occupying blockers at noseguard. Two other seniors, Jake Teixeira and Paul Costa, are the leaders at linebacker and defensive back respectively.

Fairhaven

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Work ethic and kicking game.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Rudy Bulgar (3rd season, 3-17.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Jared Antil, QB/DB, 2013
    • Ryan Baldwin, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 240
    • Christian Braga, QB/DB, 2013
    • Connor Flynn, TE, 2013
    • Billy Pires, RB, 2013
    • Kaleb Stupalski, TE, 2013

Coach Rudy Bulgar's second season with the Blue Devils was undoubtedly an improvement. Despite a limited roster, Fairhaven won three games and snapped a 12-game losing streak by defeating Greater New Bedford in September. In order to improvement, the squad must find a way to replace Tanner Kisla, a graduated league all-star who played both fullback and linebacker and found the end zone four times. The team will rely on seniors Christian Braga and Jared Antil, both who saw time at quarterback last season and started in the defensive secondary. Classmate Billy Pires is a returning league all-star who scored 10 touchdowns last season and also handled kicking duties. Senior Ryan Baldwin will be the leader on the offensive and defensive lines. The Blue Devils continue to improve, but finding wins in the competitive South Coast Conference will be difficult.

Greater New Bedford

  • Last year's record: 7-5
  • Strength: Offensive line.
  • Concerns: Secondary.
  • Coach: Chuck Allaire (6th season, 21-36.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 7 lettermen
    • Sean Aldrich, RB/DB, 2014
    • Jason Lefevre, C/LB, 2013
    • Trevor Mena, RB/DB, 2013
    • Bryan Pasquarello, OL/DL, 2013
    • Cory Ponte, RB/DB, 2013
    • Tyler Sylvia, QB/DB, 2013
    • Dakota Whoriskey, OL/DL, 2014

Momentum is on the side of the Bears after a four-game winning streak to end last season, including a victory in the Large Division Vocational Bowl. Greater New Bedford's 7-5 mark was the school's best record since 1987, and a revitalized weight and conditioning program has coach Chuck Allaire calling this the, "best offseason we've ever had." To improve further this fall, the squad must find a way to replace the production of back Tristen Clark, who was a league all-star after scoring nine touchdowns in his senior season. Senior back Cory Ponte will shoulder the load in the backfield this season, with classmate Trevor Mena also expected to garner carries. Senior Tyler Sylvia, who took over at quarterback midway through last season, will run the team's flex/wishbone offense. Defensively, senior Jason Lefevre will lead the Bears' 4-4 defense from linebacker, with junior Dakota Whoriskey and senior Bryan Pasquarello anchoring the defensive line. In order for GNB to move up in the SCC standings, Allaire is stressing a quick start to his team. "We need to play better in September and October. If we do, we see ourselves moving into the upper third of the league."

Old Rochester

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Team speed and athleticism.
  • Concerns: Lack of experience (only three seniors).
  • Coach: Henry Quinlan (9th season, 41-47)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 6 lettermen
    • Nolan Bergeron, QB/FS, 2014, 6-0, 185
    • Aaron Holick, C/DL, 2013, 6-3, 260
    • Colin Knapton, RB/FS, 2014, 6-0, 180
    • Ben Mattson, LT/DE, 2013, 6-1, 200
    • Jesse Noonan, RT/LB, 2014, 6-0, 200
    • Ryan Plunkett, TE/LB, 2014, 6-0, 190

There is a youth movement afoot for the Bulldogs this fall, with twice as many sophomores (six) on the roster as seniors (three). With such a big discrepancy between veterans and newcomers, the play of the junior class (14 players) will likely dictate if Old Rochester can make a move up the South Coast standings. Junior captain Nolan Bergeron will utilize the triple option in coach Henry Quinlan's split back veer offense. Joining Bergeron in the backfield will be junior back Richie Phillips. Junior receiver Chris Demers and junior tight end Haydon Bergeron will pose threats for opponents in the passing game. Defensively, Quinlan hopes to take advantage of his team's athletes by using a 3-3 stack. Senior captains Aaron Holick and Ben Mattson hope to wreak havoc on the defensive line, while Haydon Bergeron, junior Steve Clements and sophomore Ethan Lizotte will make stops at linebacker. If the Bulldogs can pick up some wins away from home (0-4 on the road last season) they should be able to move out of the league basement.

Seekonk

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Team speed.
  • Concerns: Offensive and defensive lines.
  • Coach: Vernon Crawford (1st season, 5-16 (coached previously for two years at Randolph))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

It is a season of transition for the Warriors with Vernon Crawford, a former linebacker for the New England Patriots, taking over. Crawford was also the head coach at Randolph for two seasons and was an assistant at Curry College. Crawford inherits a team that lost five league all-stars to graduation from a team that finished 5-5. The most difficult task will be finding replacements up front after league all-stars Mike Braunsdorf, Ari Kappatos, and Tyler Viera graduated. The Warriors defense should again be tough, after posting three shutouts and holding foes to an average of only 12.2 points-per-game.

Wareham

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Skill positions.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on offensive and defensive lines, depth.
  • Coach: Dan Nault (14th season, 81-63)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 16 lettermen
    • Anthony Abbott, QB/DB, 2013, 6-0, 185
    • Tyler Ancahas, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 250
    • Josh Bartlett, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 275
    • Owen Braley, FB/LB, 2014, 5-11, 210
    • Cole Contois, HB/DB, 2013, 5-10, 155
    • Darien Fernandez, RB/DB, 2013, 5-8, 185
    • Jeff Houde, TE/DE, 2013, 6-5, 210
    • Brett Labonte, OL/DE, 2013, 6-0, 230
    • Nicholas Lorizio, TE/DL, 2013, 5-9, 190
    • Giovanni Perrone, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 240
    • Angel Rodriguez, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 220
    • Chris Savary, FB/CB, 2013, 5-4, 150
    • Quintin Silveira, OL/DE, 2013, 6-7, 220
    • Cody Stahmer, WR/DB, 2013, 6-4, 185
    • Elias Tobia, FB/MLB, 2013, 6-0, 210
    • Charles Tranfaglia, RB/LB, 2013, 5-11, 195

It was a bounce back year for the Vikings in 2011, who won six games after a 1-10 campaign in 2010. Coach Dan Nault hopes his team will make further strides this fall, led by senior back Darien Fernandez, a returning league all-star. Nault considers Rodriguez the squad's best athlete (he was named a All-Scholastic last winter in basketball) and a "legitimate Division 1 prospect." Fernandez headlines a talented group of skill players, which also includes senior quarterback Anthony Abbott, a three-year starter. Senior Charles Tranfaglia will also see carries in the backfield as a power runner in Wareham's double wing and wing-T system. The team is relatively inexperienced up front, which is why 6-foot, 7-inch senior Quinton Silveira will move from receiver to center this season to provide depth for the 42-man roster. Defensively, the Vikings will employ multiple looks, with junior linebacker Owen Braley and senior lineman Angel Rodriguez leading the way. Despite three shutout losses to Dighton-Rehoboth, Apponequet, and Bourne last year, Nault likes his team's chances in the South Coast. "We can compete with anybody on our schedule."

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