2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Boston City - North

Brighton

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Experience, speed, and talent.
  • Concerns: New playoff format and how it will effect city teams.
  • Coach: Randolph Abraham (2nd season, 5-5.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Brighton returns an experienced offensive and defensive line led by Brendan Alford, Petroy Thompson, Sr. Gavin Sheehan, Jorman Ortiz, and Richard Marrero. The Bengals have gone 5-5 in the past two seasons as this young line took its lumps playing varsity since ninth grade. Brighton graduated most of its line in 2011 and as a result needed to throw young players into the fire. The class of 2014 is a very talented class and coach Abraham will look to them to lead up front. "My skill players Jalen Apperwhite, Dexter Andrews, Michael Dereus, Andy Gomez are strong leaders who work very hard and have set high goals. Entering my second season as head coach I will look to getting back to being one of the most physical teams in EMass D5 and a run at the state championship," said Abraham. And if you want to look even further into the future, Abraham said his freshman class is already competing for starting roles this fall.

Charlestown

  • Last year's record: 0-10
  • Strength: Senior quarterback, development of youth, returning players.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: George Munroe (2nd season, 0-10.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Going without a win last season might look bad on paper for the Townies, but the rough year allowed for first-year head coach George Munroe and the players to get familiar. "A lot of the kids are starting to get to know me, and a lot of teachers are starting to get to know me now," said Munroe, who believes that will really help the team develop better together this season. "We still have to take care of the little things, you know ball security ... before learning about the big things we have to take care of the little things". With an average of just 2.2 points scored per game last year, it's safe to say ball security has got to be a focus for the Townies. If they can get the little things down pat, expect the team to help Munroe get his first big win as coach and possibly even more.

East Boston

  • Last year's record: 5-5
  • Strength: Offensive line, core of returning starters.
  • Concerns: Depth, preseason injuries to lineman and running backs.
  • Coach: John Parziale (4th season, 19-12)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Jets, one year removed from sitting atop the Boston North standings, just might be in position this year to make another strong run. Last season was a bit of a disappointment, who were green on the line and in the backfield, especially at quarterback. With a year's worth of experience under them, the line should be stronger and in better position to help do what Eastie loves to do most and that's pound the football on the ground. Be on the lookout for Eastie's Connor Henry. If the team can block for Henry, he has the speed to hit each and every hole.

Madison Park

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Defensive awareness, team speed.
  • Concerns: Depth. New playoff format.
  • Coach: Roosevelt Robinson (19th season, (107-71-1 overall record))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

You can never count out the Cardinals as long as Roosevelt Robinson is at the helm, no matter what division they're in, no matter what playoff format is in place. Madison Park surprised a few by taking it all the way to Gillete last season before losing to Cathedral in the Division 4A Super Bowl. Robinson again wants to run the ball led by what he hopes is a strong line. The Cardinals will be super young as a team (returning only 4 starters total), but if they approach last year's defensive effort (7.6 pa/g), MP could be in the hunt again.

South Boston

  • Last year's record: 3-8.
  • Strength: Team work ethic, attitude.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Ray Butler (1st season, First season.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Knights are in the midst of a transition. The team will no longer be under the guidance of Sean Guthrie, who coached the team for five seasons, and will hand the torch to newcomer Ray Butler. Aside from a change in players and coach, the team will also now be going through a change in philosophy. Averaging only 12.2 points per game last season, the Knights will need to revamp their offense if their going to have a chance. And coach Butler doesn't want to look too far ahead. "I'm not looking to the end just yet. I'm looking to that first game. My outlook is positive."

West Roxbury

  • Last year's record: 4-6.
  • Strength: The running game and team defense.
  • Concerns: The offensive line could pose some trouble, having lost four starters from last year.
  • Coach: Derek Wright (2nd season, 4-6.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In his first year as head coach, Derek Wright, former assistant to longtime Raiders coach Leo Sybertz, didn't have his season go as planned. But out of a four-win season came a few postives, including the development of quarterback David Bertucci and 250-pound rusher Michael Obiangiwe (13 touchdowns in 2012). "Both have improved over the past year," said Wright. "Having a seasoned runner and quarterback combo usually really works out well," he said. If the green lineman can open some lanes early, the dynamic Obiangiwe will be able to do some damage.

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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