2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Bay State - Carey

Braintree

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Experience, size and strength, interior line.
  • Concerns: Quarterback.
  • Coach: Brian Chamberlain (3rd season, 7-15)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Wamps are trying to bounce back from a difficult 3-8 record from last season as coach Brian Chamberlain enters his third year as coach. With 17 returning players, it's clear that one of the biggest things going for Braintree this year is experience. Chamberlain is also excited about his offensive and defensive linemen, saying "we're a lot bigger and stronger at every position on the line." The big issue surrounding the Wamps as the season approaches is the quarterback position. Former starting QB Anthony Luisi graduated last year.

Brookline

  • Last year's record: 0-11.
  • Strength: Experience at offensive skill positions.
  • Concerns: Inexperience, particularly on offensive line.
  • Coach: Keith Thomas (1st season, 1st season.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

New coach Keith Thomas enters his first year at Brookline after the team finished 0-11 last season. Thomas is hoping the Warriors can turn things around thanks to some returning starters at key offensive positions. The coach is excited about what quarterback Ben Knopf and wide receiver Dashawn Richardson bring to the table, saying "these players will serve as our leaders for our team and work together to build a community." This Brookline team will have to be quick learners however, as Thomas admits his team is rather young and inexperienced. "We have a lot of new players who came out for the team this year and I look forward to working with them and to see their growth and potential over the next few months."

Framingham

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Attitude.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: Gary Doherty (16th season, Gary Doherty (16th season, 93-93-1.))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Flyers are returning nine lettermen from last year's 5-6 squad, but only Josh Robles and Tristan Perez started in 2012. Coach Gary Doherty noted his team has "a lot of new people doing new things," but is hoping attitude makes up for inexperience. "They're doing a great job of bringing enthusiasm and positive attitude to practice. They're doing their very best to try to become a team," Doherty said.

Needham

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Strong running game.
  • Concerns: Depth on the line, injuries.
  • Coach: David Duffy (18th season, 101-68-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

When you start with Mike Panepinto you know the Rockets will be able to put points on the board. The senior back had an All-Scholastic season, finishing with 2,085 yards and 26 touchdowns. Ryan Charter returns at quarterback. The focus will again be on the running game and with Westwood and Walpole first up for Needham, the Rockets will find out quick if they have what it takes to return to the postseason.

Newton North

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Senior leadership, depth at skill positions.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at key positions.
  • Coach: Peter Capodilupo (30th season, 160-160-2)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Longtime Tigers coach Peter Capodilupo has plenty of returning players from last year's 5- 6 team, and he has confidence in his 2013 captains. Newton North is looking to make noise in the Carey Division on offense with its plethora of talent at the skill positions. In order to have success, Capodilupo believes his underclassmen will have to play a big role. "Our sophomores are as key for us as our senior class. We've got some kids who are very good if they can become accustomed to playing varsity football."

Weymouth

  • Last year's record: 8-4
  • Strength: Experience at quarterback
  • Concerns: Loss of talented senior class
  • Coach: Kevin Mackin (9th season, 61-31)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

With receiver Tyler O'Brien back along with talented quarterback David Harrison, Weymouth should once again be able to put points on the board. Harrison was the second-leading scorer in Division 1 last fall with 128 points. The opening game with Natick should be a great test for both Bay State Conference schools, each with postseason hopes.

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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