2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Old Colony

Barnstable

  • Last year's record: 11-1
  • Strength: Offensive line.
  • Concerns: Finding/determining roles; lack of experience.
  • Coach: Chris Whidden (3rd season, 18-5)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Red Raiders fell one game short of perfection last season, losing to Everett in the Division 1A Super Bowl. They will try to return to the big game this season, but with just eight returning lettermen, coach Chris Whidden has a lot of work to do. The biggest hole to fill is at quarterback, where Whidden must replace last year's Division 1A player of the year, Nick Peabody. In camp, seniors Hayden Murphy and Kristian Lucashensky have been working at QB. Murphy, who also plays safety, could be the star of the team; last year he was one of the team's running backs and rushed for 10 touchdowns. Whidden also has an eye on senior running back Justus Chaffee and senior WR/CB Colby Blaze as possible impact players. "We have to maximize our potential," said Whidden about what it will take to return to the Super Bowl with such an inexperienced roster. "The young guys saw where the program can go. It's a belief that we have the ability. We have to be all in."

Bridgewater-Raynham

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Offensive/defensive line; running back.
  • Concerns: New secondary; lack of experience at skill positions.
  • Coach: Dan Buron (21st season, 155-60-3)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Trojans had a bit of a down year last season, winning just five games and finishing second behind Barnstable in the Old Colony. Coach Dan Buron expects improvement this season. "We want to improve on our record, we lost a lot of close games last year," said Buron. "We want to win the league and make the playoffs." The team will rely on its experience at running back and on both the offensive and defensive lines. Senior Arcel Armstead and junior Brandon Gallagher provide a powerful duo at the running back position. Seniors Nick Falconeiri, Shawn Whitaker, and Evan Shockley anchor the offensive line. The Trojans will have someone new behind center, though. Junior Matt Clement (no game experience) replaces Jordan Cohen at quarterback. B-R's wide receivers and defensive backs are both talented groups, but also lack experience.

Dartmouth

  • Last year's record: 3-7
  • Strength: Good senior leadership; experienced; skill positions.
  • Concerns: Injuries.
  • Coach: Richard White (10th season)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Dartmouth head coach Richard White said his team hit the ground running at camp, and with 25 returning lettermen he expects the team's experience and senior leadership to be a recipe for success. Senior running back Tim Smith is close to full strength after knee surgery on his ACL last season. White said junior Blaine Almeida is a candidate to replace Dalton Soares at quarterback. Soares injured his ACL playing lacrosse last spring and is out for the season. Senior wide receiver Nick Simonetti and defensive linemen Joel Sodeinde and Eddie Cadorette are players to watch.

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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