2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Bishop Feehan

  • Last year's record: 10-2
  • Strength: Tradition and new talent from undefeated JV team.
  • Concerns: Experience.
  • Coach: Curt Smith (4th season, 33-14)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Shamrocks graduated some top talent, including All-Scholastic Matt Allen, but will be bringing up plenty of players from last year's undefeated junior varsity team. The Feehan 2012 JV team surrendered just one touchdown all season long defensively. Coach Curt Smith believes that what his 2013 squad lacks in experience, it makes up in the potential of his new varsity players. "We expect to be competitive but the learning curve may be a bit steep initially. There may be some bumps in the road but we're very optimistic that if healthy, we'll be a competitive team," said Smith.

Bishop Stang

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Offensive line, senior running backs.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at quarterback.
  • Coach: Ryan Sylvia (2nd season, 1-10.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Ryan Sylvia is hoping his sophomore season at Bishop Stang will show an improved team on both sides of the ball. In order to do so, Sylvia and his staff will have to rely on their offensive line and develop quarterback Matt Golden. Like his coach, Golden is also entering his sophomore season with the Spartans. Sylvia is confident that his quarterback has a stout line up front to help. "We've got a mix of juniors and seniors in there who have a lot of experience between them," Sylvia noted. The coach is also hoping to take advantage of his four senior running backs in Zaniewski, Landry, Tucker and Budria. "They will all see time in the spread option," said Sylvia.

Coyle & Cassidy

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Returning offensive players.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth on both sides of the ball.
  • Coach: Thomas Pileski (8th season, 25-51)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Warriors may not have a ton of returning players from their 2012 team but veteran coach Tom Pileski is expecting big things from his seniors. Running back Josh Cobb rushed for 10 touchdowns last season while wide receiver John Monohan grabbed six through the air. "If we can get them the ball, we expect to have some balance offensively," said Pileski. The coach and athletic director is expecting a solid season from his team but only if it can avoid the injury bug. "We think we have some quality kids but we cannot afford any injuries, especially on offensive and defensive line. We're very thin there."

Martha's Vineyard

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Speed and athleticism.
  • Concerns: Size and experience, along with a challenging schedule.
  • Coach: Donald Herman (26th season, 214-90 overall, 202-72 at the Vineyard.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Vineyarders have 10 returning players from last year's squad and the longest-tenured head coach in the Eastern Athletic Conference. MV is trying to equal or best its 7-4 record from a year ago but coach Herman admits it won't be an easy road. "We have a very challenging schedule," said Herman. "Of our first seven games, only Brighton is in our division. All other [opponents] are either one or two divisions above us." Herman is hoping his team's speed and having more depth on the roster this year will power the Vineyarders through a tough schedule in 2013.

Somerset Berkley

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: Strong at skill positions, decent size.
  • Concerns: Varsity experience.
  • Coach: Nick Freitas (5th season, 34-12)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Blue Raiders enter 2013 with just three returning players from last year's 10-1 squad which admittedly has coach Nick Freitas worried. This is not a new problem for Freitas' coaching staff however, as their 2012 team was made up almost entirely of sophomores and juniors. In order to keep pace in the EAC, Somerset Berkley will have to rely on the few returning players and take advantage of the size advantage some players bring to the table.

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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