2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Northeastern - North

Beverly

  • Last year's record: 13-0
  • Strength: Key returners with game experience, work ethic.
  • Concerns: Offensive/defensive line experience, depth in secondary
  • Coach: Dan Bauer (11th season, 69-47)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Panthers capped a 13-0 season with the Division 2A Super Bowl crown, their second Super Bowl title in three years. Coach Dan Bauer brings back some key members from last year's unbeaten champions, including running back Isaiah White, OL/LB Sean Winston, DE Zach Duguid and WR Sam Mulumba. They should make the Panthers the team to beat again in the Cape Ann/Northeastern (Div. 2) Conference. Bauer has high expectations for his team and anticipates strong work ethic.

Gloucester

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Returning seniors.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Tony Zerilli (3rd season)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Zerilli says that with mostly seniors starting on his squad, the Fishermen should be better this season. Both the defensive and offensive lines return. Look for strong play from David DiMaio and Drew Shairs on the D-line and Jordan Pallazola at middle linebacker. Pallazola (FB), Connor Harris (WB), and John Curcuru (RB) will lead the offense.

Lynn English

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Skill positions.
  • Concerns: Offensive line.
  • Coach: Peter Holey (6th season, 37-18.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Peter Holey is confident in his skill positions, highlighted by a battle at quarterback between Haverhill transfer Jordan Javier and Lucas Harris. The question mark for the Bulldogs is the offensive line. Defensive Player of the Year in the CAL/NEC Division 1 Chris Tinkham anchors the offensive line, but Holey says others are "untested at the varsity level." Regardless, Holey says the team will be able to score points and be aggressive on defense.

Marblehead

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Receivers.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at key positions.
  • Coach: Jim Rudloff (5th season, 32-15)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Jim Rudloff returns league All-Star seniors Brian Daley and Jeremy Gillis leading the pack. Rudloff said, "how and when this team comes together and plays to their potential will determine our success." The Magicians kick off the season against rival Danvers and don't face their first league opponent until September 28 against Swampscott.

Swampscott

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Depth on the lines, running back, and receiver.
  • Concerns: Kicking game.
  • Coach: Steve Dembowski (15th season, 106-53)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

With over 40 players in the junior and senior classes, the Big Blue should be able to play with everyone their schedule. Captain Brendan McDonald is ready to assume the quarterback duties, and he'll be surrounded by experienced lineman. The overall depth of the team should allow flexibility in the schemes and the ability to overcome adversity. The Big Blue will need to start putting the puzzle pieces together quickly after being moved up to the NEC North. Leading the way are captains Ben Faulkner, Toby Hale, McDonald and Justin Nestor. Coach Steve Dembowski said the team has shown tremendous dedication in the conditioning program.

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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