2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Patriot - Keenan

Duxbury

  • Last year's record: 11-1
  • Strength: Offensive line and quarterback play.
  • Concerns: Defensive line.
  • Coach: Dave Maimaron (9th season, Coach's career record: 87-11)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Duxbury has been the Patriot League's top team for the past four years, and coach Dave Maimaron wants to make it five. With 26 heavy graduation losses, he says it will be a challenge, but doable. "We have good new kids, and great kids coming back that have been working hard in off season," he said. "There's plenty of competition this year but I'm looking forward to getting them on the field." Maimaron said the Dragons' yearly challenge is the Harbormen, and expects them to be better than ever. "Hingham has always been right with us, but we've always been able to make a play when we needed one," he said. "They've improved, so we just have to keep getting better."

Hingham

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Returning players, Spaziani, Brodie, Benger.
  • Concerns: Size.
  • Coach: Paul Killinger (17th season, Paul Killinger (17th season, 73-45.))
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Harbormen's goal is the same every year - beat Duxbury. With a new turf stadium that should be ready for the Harbormen's October 4th home opener, Killinger thinks 2013 will be their year to take home the league title. "Everyone's excited about it," he said about the stadium," We're hoping to get Duxbury that night to christen the field." Not only is the field working in the Harbormen's favor, but three returning senior captains and one talented recruit. Joe Spaziani, son of former Boston College coach Frank Spaziani, Sammy Benger, and Caleb Brodie will lead as captains, and Hingham baseball phenom Austin Irvin will start at wide receiver. Killinger said his approach is to take it one game at a time, but has a feeling that this might be the year of the Harbormen.

Quincy

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Offensive line, junior quarterback James Lam
  • Concerns: Depth on both sides of the ball, experience
  • Coach: Bill Reardon (6th season, 20-34)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In his eighth year, Reardon and the Presidents had a strong 2012 season, finishing second in the Patriot Keenan behind powerhouse Duxbury. The 7-4 record was a dramatic improvement from 2-8 the previous season. The challenge will be to continue that improvement despite the graduation of a strong senior class. Reardon graduated many key players, including Jalen Green (17 TDs). The Presidents only have 4 returning starters and 7 players total with any varsity experience. Luckily, Reardon has junior quarterback James Lam who threw for 15 touchdowns last year and ran for 5. Reardon is taking each game at a time, but is hopeful the Presidents will make it to the play offs this year. "We are hoping to be competitive this season in every game we play," he said. "Hopefully there's a spot for us in the Division 2 playoffs in November."

Silver Lake

  • Last year's record: 0-10
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Underclassmen stepping up on offense and defense.
  • Coach: Mike Aveni (3rd season, Mike Aveni (3rd season, 1-20.))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Lakers didn't secure a victory in 2012, but Aveni is confident that 2013 will be a success. His starting line consists of many returning players due to small senior classes in past years. To get ready to take on the rest of the league, the Lakers have been working hard in preseason. He said seniors have been stepping up to help underclassmen fill "some holes" on offense and defense. "The seniors have been playing since sophomore year now," Aveni said. "They dedicated offseason to making sure they won't have another rough year. We have a whole different attitude this year.

Whitman-Hanson

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Leadership, running backs, and defensive backs.
  • Concerns: Inexperienced defensive line and young quarterbacks.
  • Coach: Mike Driscoll (3rd season, Career record: 14-8)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Panthers are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Patriot (Keenan) League, and third-year coach Mike Driscoll is striving for a better season. Although he lost six starters on offense and five on defense, he isn't worried. He said leadership will be the Panthers' greatest strength with many returning running backs and defensive leaders, singling out DB Torrey Champignie as a prime example. "Our seniors are a great group of leaders," he said. "We expect to have a winning season and to compete for the league championship."

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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