2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Brockton

  • Last year's record: 9-4
  • Strength: Running back
  • Concerns: 18 new starters
  • Coach: Peter Colombo (11th season, 79-27)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Brockton advanced to the Division 1 Super Bowl last season, but in 2013, the Boxers success will be dependent on how they replace a large senior class. Their biggest loss from last season is quarterback Austin Roberts, who seemed to do it all for Brockton. But they do have a strong returning running back in senior Aaron LeClair, who will have some help from Taunton transfer Lamar Williams. Together, the two can do some damage. Pat Burke will take over at quarterback, and has the ability to be efficient with both the pass and run game. Kervin Jean-Claude anchors the defense at linebacker - standing at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. With Jean-Claude and returner John Flaherty, the Boxers defense should be solid.

Durfee

  • Last year's record: 0-10
  • Strength: Quarterback, large junior class, receivers
  • Concerns: Depth
  • Coach: LaJhon Jones (3rd season, 1-19, 55-9 at Moses Brown (R.I.))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Hilltoppers can only improve after last year's winless season, and Jones has every intention of turning the program around. Now in his third season at the helm, Jones finally has a the program in order from a numbers standpoint, and has a roster that is filled with players he has developed since his first season. That's left him with a strong junior class, and a core of returning seniors. Trevelis Oliver returns at quarterback, and has a strong line in front of him, with four returning starters. Jones is confident Oliver has the skills to lead Durfee to an improved 2013 campaign.

New Bedford

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Experience at skill positions
  • Concerns: Tightening up defense.
  • Coach: Dennis Golden (10th season, 59-76)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Senior receiver Kevin Nunes returns to the Whalers offense which means New Bedford will again be able to put points on the board. But the Whalers also gave up a lot last fall and the focus will be on tightening up the defensive side of the ball.

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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