2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Dual County - Large

Acton-Boxborough

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Experienced QB and backfield.
  • Concerns: Depth; filling holes in secondary.
  • Coach: Bill Maver (28th season, 223-81-5)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Acton-Boxborough went 8-3 a year ago, but finished third in the league. With 13 returning lettermen this fall and experience on offense, coach Bill Maver said the team's goal is to make the playoffs. Senior quarterback Hunter Arnold has been starting since he was a sophomore and was third in Division 1A with 12 touchdown passes last season. Senior running back Will Tejeda is another returning star on offense. Tejeda scored 17 touchdowns and 104 points a year ago, good for fourth in the division. Senior running back Thomas Saponaro is also expected to contribute significantly on offense.

Lincoln-Sudbury

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: Good core.
  • Concerns: Secondary; filling holes.
  • Coach: Tom Lopez (36th season, 256-104-4)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Lincoln-Sudbury enters as three-time defending Dual County (Large) champs. To win a fourth, the Warriors will have to overcome "a ton" of lost starters. Coach Tom Lopez says the team is rebuilding a bit and "experimenting by trial and error" trying to find players to fill the holes left by last year's seniors. Quarterback Henry Guile and linebacker Chris Georgio have graduated. Senior Ben Collello will step into the quarterback position. With all the losses, Lopez still believes the team has a good enough core to have another successful campaign.

Newton South

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Athleticism; skill positions.
  • Concerns: Offensive and defensive line depth.
  • Coach: Ted Dalicandro (8th season, 16-61)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Newton South won three games last season, an improvement over their winless season of 2011. This season, with 27 returning lettermen and 12 starters back, the hope is to up the win total a little more. "Our expectation is to be competitive in every game we play," said head coach Ted Dalicandro. "Our goal is to get better every week and win games." Junior quarterback Nick Heras and senior receivers Drew Levine and Tyrone Thornton will anchor the offense, while seniors Kevin Dober (OLB) and Jake Alexander (SS) are players to watch for on defense.

Waltham

  • Last year's record: 7-3
  • Strength: Strong, experienced defense.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced offensive line.
  • Coach: John Bourque (3rd season, 11-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After a 1-3 start a year ago, the Hawks finished 6-0, good for second place in the DCL Large. Head coach John Bourque's hope is to continue that momentum. "We're looking forward to improving on last year," said Bourque. "Our goal is to build off of last year." Waltham has roughly 10 starters returning, with only a few holes to fill on the offensive line. Bourque believes his team's defense, led by the linebacking corps, will be its strongest asset. Senior linebackers Kens Morantus, Erik Goguen, and Dylan Lombardi anchor that group. Bourque also pointed to senior lineman Sean Reynolds - a three-year starter on both offense and defense - as one of the team's most important players.

Westford

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Making up for losses.
  • Coach: Adam Gagne (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After finishing fourth in the league last season, the Grey Ghosts return just seven lettermen. And according to new coach Adam Gagne, "all spots are open." Gagne was the head man at Salem (N.H.) last season and prior to that was the offensive coordinator at Westford. His familiarity with the program should help in identifying players to take over roles, such as the one left by last season's quarterback, Justin Mount, who has moved on to Merrimack College. "Everyone is doing a good job of competing," said Gagne. "We take it day by day and work hard to get better." Gagne pointed to seniors Alex Antes (LB), Ben Rodman (RB), and Will Puduski (DB/WR) as the team's impact players.

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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