2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 3 Tri-Valley (Large)

Holliston

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: The Panthers will be strong on both lines and will have good team speed.
  • Concerns: Holliston lacks experience at some positions and depth may also be a problem.
  • Coach: Todd Kiley (10th season, 77-25)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 14 lettermen
    • Max Athy, RB/LB, 2013, 5-7, 170
    • Joe Bellomo, RB/LB, 2015, 5-11, 185
    • Thomas Chipman, OL/DL, 2013, 5-10, 185
    • Nick Edwards, WR/DB, 2013, 6-0, 150
    • Matt Jarvis, WR/DB, 2013, 5-7, 149
    • Matt Jeye, CB/DB, 2014, 5-11, 168
    • Bobby Kiley, WR/DB, 2013, 5-6, 130
    • James Kokidko, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 240
    • Jake McLinden, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 185
    • Chris Miller, OL/DL, 2013, 6-3, 235
    • Charlie Moore, TE/DE, 2014, 6-4, 195
    • Donny Murphy, OL/DL, 2013, 5-11, 270
    • Alex Parnell, WR/DB, 2013, 5-10, 144
    • Chris Schmidt, TE/LB, 2013, 6-0, 165

The Panthers had an excellent run last season, winning the Tri-Valley (Large) before losing to Concord-Carlisle in the playoffs. This year they will be replacing the 2011 Division 3 Player of the Year, quarterback Dan Barone. The competition to replace him is between Matt Jeye and Nick Athy. Returning will be senior running back/linebacker Max Athy, who was named a TVL All-Star last season. Seniors Chris Miller and Thomas Chipman will bring experience to the offensive line. Kiley has been happy with the team's progress in practice. "We are very pleased with where the team stands right now. They are an extremely hard-working group," he said. "The kids that are stepping into new roles are playing with a lot of confidence."

Hopkinton

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: The Hillers will have a strong offensive line as they return three starters with experience and size to protect first-year QB Hank Rudden.
  • Concerns: The entire secondary from last season graduated, leaving this year's team with inexperience at those positions. Depth could also be a problem as there is a significant drop off in talent behind the starters.
  • Coach: Jim Girard (3rd season, 16-6 at Hopkinton, 27-17 overall)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 10 lettermen
    • Tom Aitken, OL/DL, 2013, 6-4, 200
    • Ryan Bohlin, RB/LB, 2013, 6-3, 200
    • Mitch Campbell, RB/LB, 2013, 5-10, 175
    • Nolan Cornu, RB/LB, 2014, 5-9, 165
    • Jack Lampert, WR/DB, 2013, 5-9, 160
    • Jake Lehman, C/DL, 2013, 6-2, 240
    • Shaun Palmer, WR/DB, 2013, 6-4, 195
    • Hank Rudden, QB/DB, 2013, 6-2, 165
    • Erik Strout, WR/LB, 2013, 5-8, 165
    • Connor Sullivan, OL/DL, 2013, 6-0, 215

Last year the Hillers finished 10-1 but their lone loss, a 20-0 defeat to Tri-Valley (Large) rival Holliston, cost them a spot in the playoffs. This year senior Hank Rudden will take over as starting quarterback for Hopkinton. Rudden was the backup last season and when starter Mike Decina got injured, he was forced into action and did well giving coach Jim Girard high expectations for Rudden in 2012. Jake Lehman, a three-year starter at center, will be in the middle of an experienced offensive line and Ryan Bohlin, also a three-year starter at linebacker, will lead the defense. Girard said the Hillers will be a different looking team this year. "We don't have as many of the explosive players that we had last year, we have a lot of grind it out type kids," he said.

Medfield

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: The Warriors have 18 seniors and Ormberg believes the leadership of these players will be key.
  • Concerns: Although Medfield got more players to come out for the team, depth could still be a problem as injuries could hurt the team's chances in the TVL large.
  • Coach: Erik Ormberg (2nd season, 2-9)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 15 lettermen
    • Paul Adams, WR/DB, 2013, 5-11, 150
    • Connor Barrett, WR/DL, 2013, 6-0, 170
    • Matt Casieri, WR/DB, 2013, 6-0, 165
    • Aaron Cohen, RB/LB, 2013, 5-9, 190
    • Brian D'Amore, RB/DB, 2013, 5-11, 185
    • Arthur D'Angelo, RB/LB, 2013, 5-6, 170
    • Brian Gerson, RB/LB, 2013, 5-7, 170
    • Will Giggi, OL/DL, 2013, 6-7, 275
    • DJ Holman, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 205
    • Joe Marie, WR/DB, 2013, 5-11, 165
    • Caleb Minsky, OL/DL, 2013, 5-9, 205
    • Jack Papadinoff, RB/DB, 2013, 5-11, 180
    • John Pendergast, DB/WR, 2013, 6-3, 185
    • Connor Quinn, OL/DL, 2013, 6-2, 190
    • Ryan Spillane, RB/LB, 2013, 5-8, 175

In Ormberg's first season, the Warriors struggled, going 2-9 in a schedule that included four teams that made the playoffs. It doesn't get any easier this season as Medfield opens 2012 against a pair of 2011 playoff teams, Oliver Ames and King Philip. The Medfield offense will hope to get a boost from junior quarterback Tom Sears. Sears was slated to play a key role last season as a sophomore but he broke his leg early in the season. The Medfield seniors came into the season in excellent shape and Ormberg thinks this has had a ripple effect. "We are very hopeful that the seniors' leadership is going to model what the expectations for Medfield football are moving forward," he said. "A lot of the kids that played last year have some invaluable experience at the varsity level that we think is going to pay off."

Medway

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: McSweeney was impressed with the team's work ethic in the off-season. He also hopes to rely on the leadership of his 20 seniors.
  • Concerns: The Mustangs will be inexperienced at the defensive back positions and at quarterback while other positions also lack game experience.
  • Coach: Dave McSweeney (5th season, 35-9)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 11 lettermen
    • Tyler Cummings, TE, 2013, 6-3, 205
    • Jason Dunston, WR, 2013, 6-2, 185
    • Jeff Greenburg, LB, 2014, 5-10, 170
    • Brandon Greene, DE, 2013, 6-1, 205
    • Tim King, DE, 2013, 6-1, 200
    • Pat Monaghan, OL, 2013, 5-11, 205
    • Fahad Saifullah, OL, 2013, 5-10, 205
    • Kyle Sansone, RB, 2013, 5-10, 175
    • Kevin Sheehan, OL, 2014, 6-4, 265
    • Eric Steffens, LB, 2014, 5-8, 165
    • Chris Walsh, DE, 2013, 6-2, 185

After having only four losses during his first three years as head coach, McSweeney's squad took a step back last season going 6-5. Medway will have some experience this year with six returning starters on offense and five on defense although the secondary will be completely new and junior Andrew Henry will start his first season at quarterback. If off-season workouts translate to wins on the field, than expect Medway to have a bounce-back year. McSweeney said 50-60 players regularly attended the weight room and conditioning sessions throughout the summer. "You can't work these guys hard enough," he said. "They showed up for the first day of practice already in shape which puts us ahead of the game."

Westwood

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Strong at the skill positions with great conditioning from summer work outs.
  • Concerns: Westwood graduated 15 seniors leaving inexperience, especially at offensive and defensive lines.
  • Coach: Ed Mantie (2nd season, 8-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 8 lettermen
    • Nicky Antonellis, TE/OLB, 2013, 6-2, 210
    • Alex Berluti, QB/DB, 2013, 6-0, 185
    • Bo Berluti, WR, 2014, 5-9, 170
    • Ryan DeMarinis, OL/DL, 2014, 6-2, 275
    • Connor DiVincenzo, WR/CB, 2014, 5-9, 160
    • Scott McManus, OL/LB, 2014, 6-0, 185
    • Brandon Rodenbush, RB/DB, 2013, 6-0, 180
    • Michael Venti, OL/DL, 2013, 6-1, 195

Although the team finished third in the Tri-Valley (Large), Mantie's first season as head coach the Wolverines was a good one as Westwood ended the year 8-3. They will return some key starters on offense from that team including quarterback Alex Berluti, running back Brandon Rodenbush, tight end Nicky Antonellis, and wide receivers Connor DiVincenzo and Bo Berluti. In his second season, Mantie has high expectations for the team and believes they will be in the mix for the TVL title. "The first year we had everybody on the bus we just didn't know what seats to put them in. Now we kind of know what seats to put them in. We are familiar with their talents and what the weakness is and what they can do and can't do, so it is easier to plan ahead," said Mantie. "Instead of trying to marry the system to the kids you can marry the kids to the system."

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