2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Mayflower - Large

Bishop Connolly

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Experience at quarterback and in the backfield, strong sophomore class, depth and size of the defensive line.
  • Concerns: Young and inexperienced offensive line.
  • Coach: Justin Kogler (2nd season, 5-6)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Josh Kogler is confident that the size and power of his defense can take Bishop Connolly to new heights this season. The defensive line, led by Josh Ortiz, a 6-3, 275-pounder, features three players over 250 pounds. That, and the athleticism of his secondary, has Kogler believing his team can play with anyone in the league. "Connolly has never really been at the top of the league. We've always been at the bottom of our league but if we can stay healthy, I think we can creep up and surprise some people," Kogler said.

Blue Hills

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Speed among starters.
  • Concerns: Lack of experience and depth in skilled-positions.
  • Coach: Ed Catabia (6th season, 41-15)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The post-Vincent Burton era of Blue Hills football officially begins with the 2013 season. Burton led the Warriors with 36 touchdowns last season, including a rushing score in their Vocational Bowl win against Minuteman. While coach Ed Catabia is worried about the depth amongst his skill players and the overall experience of his young players (whose backgrounds represent 9 different towns), he did note that one senior, Dimitri Revolus, has showed signs in camp of filling the gap in the backfield left by Burton. "He's a great kid, he's very fast and he's got a shot and we're going to see what he can do," Catabia said. "That's how we found Vincent."

Bristol-Plymouth

  • Last year's record: 5-9
  • Strength: Experienced skill positions and enthusiastic coaching staff.
  • Concerns: Kicking game and young, undersized defensive backs.
  • Coach: John Parris (7th season, 25-29)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach John Parris says he has one of the premier running backs in the league in senior Elijah Jones. He also is comforted knowing senior quarterback Colin McGrath will be leading the offense. The Mayflower (Large) champions will be heavily relying on their sophomore class but the strength of that class still leaves Parris confident of a repeat. "We're shooting for the league but equity is the word to use for the Mayflower (Large) this year," Parris said. He added the biggest key for a successful season would be on the defensive side of the ball.

Diman

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Eager to learn and work ethic.
  • Concerns: Undersized players.
  • Coach: Richard Vickrey (8th season, 27-50)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Richard Vickrey and his Diman squad have put on their horse blinds in anticipation for their opening day game against Bishop Connolly. Vickrey said that while his players are excited, the team is not allowing themselves to look too far down the line and are taking the season game-by-game. "They have set some goals. They want to leave their legacy," Vickrey said. "They want to win the first game."

Southeastern

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Hard off-season training, senior leadership and a strong, experienced offensive line.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced backfield.
  • Coach: Dan Tripp (5th season, 25-20)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Dan Tripp believes it is a realistic goal for his team to win the league this year if someone is able to fill the gap in the backfield left by Demetrius Fontes-Semedo. Fontest-Semedo recorded 22 touchdowns for Southeastern last season however, it still wasn't enough to eclipse the .500 mark. If they can solve their problem in the backfield, the experience of the offensive line and quarterback positions may just allow them to get it done this season.

Tri-County

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Defensive line play, strong backfield, versatile quarterback.
  • Concerns: Youth in defensive backs and linebackers and overall depth.
  • Coach: Anthony Mazzola (4th season, 12-20)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

This season doesn't just bring a new playoff format for Massachusetts football. According to coach Anthony Mazzola, it brings a fresh start for Tri-County football. "I'm looking forward to us being a lot more competitive in our league and with that new playoff format, it gives everyone a little bit more of an opportunity to get in," Mazzola said. "We're going to go for it." Mazzola said his versatile three-year quarterback, Matt Donovan would help Tri-County bounce back after last year's tough season.

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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