2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Boston City - South

Boston English

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Great athleticism, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
  • Concerns: With a lot of young players, English will struggle with their overall football IQ as a team because their inexperience with the sport and a new coach.
  • Coach: Brian Vaughan (1st season, 0-0.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Entering their first season under former Pope John coach Brian Vaughan, English looks to keep improving as they implement a new offensive and defensive scheme. After a solid preseason,Vaughan is confident in his new team. "We just want to compete. I think we can do that; guys have been working hard all summer in the weight room and on various 7 on 7 passing leagues. It's a work in progress but the kids are working hard, they're having a good time and learning football," said Vaughan. The Eagles have been on the rise and three wins last fall proves things are getting better at English.

Burke

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: A dedicated staff of coaches and players who strive to improve every day. Returning starters on the offensive line.
  • Concerns: Depth and academic concerns.
  • Coach: Byron Beaman (3rd season, 3-17.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After a rough first season under Beamon where Burke failed to capture a victory, they improved last season with three wins. This year Beamon looks forward to having a solid defense and returning players on the offensive side of the ball. "We're just looking to improve on what we did last year. Beamon said. "From year one to year two we were definitely a different program, not only in terms of look but also in attitude and focus. Most of our games last year we lost by a touchdown or two so we're looking to keep getting better."

Dorchester

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: Dorchester is bringing back much of the leadership that led them to the Division 5 Super Bowl last season. They'll look to their strong defense to once again keep them competitive.
  • Concerns: Offensive line needs to be tightened up. They also lack some of the speed they had last season.
  • Coach: Richard Moran (8th season, 38-38)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After losing to Upper Cape in the Division 5 Super Bowl, Dorchester hopes to win the South again and get another shot at a Super Bowl title. But that will be much more difficult this year because of the new state-wide playoff system that will require them to win two playoff games before qualifying for the Super Bowl. The team is also going to be playing their first home games of the school's history with the installment of artificial turf to Roberts Field. Under eighth-year head coach Richard Moran, the Bears have a lot to look forward to. "I always expect to do well," Moran said. "We're trying to build a program here that's about improving each year. I tell the kid's that each year anyone can win and it definitely keeps them motivated and excited."

Latin Academy

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Quarterback Kyle Dance an experienced offensive line.
  • Concerns: Staying healthy, staying eligible with good grades.
  • Coach: Rocco Zizza (6th season, 30-23)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After leading Boston South in points per game last year with 23.1, Latin Academy looks to continue its dominance as it eyes a South Division championship. Along with senior leadership from Dance the Dragons expect to excel once again in coach Rocco Zizza's sixth season. "Our outlook is to show up every day, and finish the year," Zizza said. "As long as we work hard everyday and play hard, and improve we can accept the record at the end of the year. Our goal is not necessarily to win games, but to play as well as we can. And we can live with that."

New Mission

  • Last year's record: 0-8
  • Strength: Skill positions, especially at quarterback and linebacker.
  • Concerns: Offensive and defensive line, overall team size.
  • Coach: Michael Pittman Forman (2nd season, 0-8)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After New Mission's first season with a football team, Forman looks to build a program on dedication and commitment. New Mission has some returning skill players on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, so Forman hopes to build off of that and win his first game as head coach. "This year I expect to be more competitive, to win some games," Forman said. "We didn't win any last year, and the overall goal of any city team is to win that city championship."

O'Bryant

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: With a solid slate of returning seniors, O'Bryant will rely on their experience to provide leadership.
  • Concerns: Blending the more experienced players with the new guys. Also the continuance of building their system to keep attracting players in the years to come.
  • Coach: Kevin Gadson (6th season, 37-15)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After an average season during which they went 3-3 at home, O'Bryant will lean on senior leadership during their run for a South championship in 2013. The Tigers expect to rely on a stout defense that allowed an average less than two touchdowns a game last season and a work ethic echoed by head coach Gadson. "If we stay disciplined, stay hungry and if we stay academically eligible I think they'll do well for themselves." Gadson said.

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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