2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Atlantic Coast

Dennis-Yarmouth

  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • Strength: Team speed.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth.
  • Coach: Paul Funk (12th season, (85-43-1))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

With 16 returning starters, the Dolphins are looking to carry over the momemtum of a season-ending three-game win streak. "I think those last three games was a testament to the leadership that has emerged as the kids get older and as they play," coach Paul Funk said. "We're hoping to continue the success we had in the end of last year into this year."

Falmouth

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Size.
  • Concerns: Overall depth.
  • Coach: Steve Femino (4th season, (9-21))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

This season Steve Femino plans to put a lot of emphasis on playing better in the second half, an area the Clippers struggled with last season. "We need to be able to compete for four quarters," Femino said. "We've always competed for two. We need to take that next step now to be able to sustain in the second half." With seven returning starters, and a roster filled with 22 sophomores, Femino is confident that the Clippers will be able to compete for a league - and all four quarters.

Marshfield

  • Last year's record: 0-11
  • Strength: Experience.
  • Concerns: Very young team.
  • Coach: Lou Silva (33rd season, 200-133-7)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Rams are looking to overcome a tough season last year in which they struggled to win a single game. The young team's extra year of experience will hopefully help them record a win a game in the tough ACL.One plus is the return of 6-4, 250-pound lineman Aidan Beresford. Opening against defending champion Plymouth South won't help with a fast start but look for the Rams to be much-improved.

Nauset

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Team Speed.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth, inexperience.
  • Coach: Keith Kenyon (4th season, (22-11))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Warriors graduated 24 seniors and will have to try to make the playoffs with a young team. Coach Keith Kenyon is confident in his returning starter Jimmy Sullivan, who led the team in rushing and passing, to run the single-wing offense. Kenyon also emphasized the importance of his team's ability to remain healthy in order to compete for a playoff berth in the new system. "There's no room for error," Kenyon said. "You have to play hard every week, so you have to stay healthy if you're going to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs." While Kenyon voted for the new playoff format, he believes that it may need some improvement. "It's not perfect," Kenyon said. "But it's a step in the right direction and I think there's going to be some wrinkles to iron out of it as we go forward."

Plymouth North

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Running game.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth.
  • Coach: Kevin Cobban (2nd season, (3-7))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In his second season as head coach of the Eagles, Kevin Cobban is looking to bounce back from a three-win campaign. Junior Christian Carr, who ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last season, could be key. Cobban added that the Eagles are hoping to improve this season and build a competitive program to compete in the ACL for one final season, as they prepare to move to the Patriot League along with Plymouth South next year. Cobann hasn't put much thought into the move, but he does know that the ACL will be losing a lot of history. "It will be interesting because you're losing some great rivalries that you have right now," Cobban said.

Plymouth South

  • Last year's record: 8-4
  • Strength: Experience of returning starters.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth along the offensive line.
  • Coach: Scott Fry (10th season, (40-56-1))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After only winning two games in 2011, the Panthers went undefeated in the ACL to capture their first league title in school history. Coach Scott Fry's expectations for his team this season are simple: "Win another league championship and compete for a state title." While the Panthers enter this season with a new quarterback under center, they return 14 starters including senior running back Dylan Oxsen, who led the state in rushing touchdowns last season.

Sandwich

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Physicality.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth.
  • Coach: Bill Luette (8th season, (34-51))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Indians find themselves in the midst of a quarterback battle. When Dan Perry broke his foot in the offseason, coach Bill Luette asked senior wide reciever Jake Kangas to play out of position and has been pleased with his production. Perry, who returned late in the summer, Kangas, and sophomore Adam Billard are battling for the starting role. Luette also expressed his confidence in all three quarterbacks to step in and assist in the spread-option offense. "I've never had a situation where I had a senior, junior, sophomore at quarterback where I feel comfortable with any of them playing quarterback," Luette said. "And right now, I feel good about either one of them."

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3 games to watch

Sept
6

Duxbury comes in with a 42-game regular-season winning streak, while Abington went 13-0 and won a Div. 4 Super Bowl last year.

Sept
20

This is Dorchester's first home game ever on the newly renovated Roberts Field. LA brings All-Scholastic QB Kyle Dance.

Oct
25
Natick at Walpole

These two preseason Top 10 teams tied for first in the Bay State Herget last year. This game could well decide the title again.

Preseason Top 20

Rank Team Last year
1 St. John's Prep 11-1
2 Everett 11-1
3 Natick 11-2
4 Reading 13-0
5 Brockton 9-4
6 Lowell 9-2
7 Barnstable 11-1
8 Duxbury 11-1
9 Walpole 10-1
10 Mansfield 8-5
11 Bridgewater-Raynham 5-6
12 Central Catholic 9-2
13 Xaverian 4-7
14 Needham 8-3
15 Plymouth South 8-4
16 King Philip 10-1
17 BC High 4-6
18 Bishop Feehan 10-2
19 Weymouth 8-4
20 Andover 10-2