2013 EMASS Football Preview

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South Coast - Large

Apponequet

  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Strength: Running attack. Experience.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on the line.
  • Coach: Robert Lomp (13th season, 96-35)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Lakers may be destined for a giant leap forward and compete for the SCC Large crown as many key players return. Among those returning for the 2013 campaign are quarterback Cam Costa and the backfield of Matt Michael and Wes Cohen. The duo of Michael and Cohen combined for 24 touchdowns a year ago and are arguably the most formidable half back pairings in the SCC. Senior linebackers Andrew Frigault and Kyle Swainner will be key cogs to the success of the Laker defense. If there was a roster that could take Apponequet back to their old winning ways, this would be it.

Dighton-Rehoboth

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Offensive backfield.
  • Concerns: Lack of depth and experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
  • Coach: Dave Driscoll (33rd season, 213-120-6)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In a newly designed South Coast Conference, the Falcons will be defending their championship from a year ago in the SCC Large. After losing a number of players through graduation coach Dave Driscoll will look to junior, and 2012 SCC All-Star, quarterback Nathan Kowalski to lead the way. Led by Chris Duffy, an inexperienced offensive line will be asked to protect and block for the likes of Norman Manchester, Kyle Rose, and Jacob Juncker. The offensive explosiveness out of the backfield should be enough for the Falcons to compete for a repeat.

Old Rochester

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Experience.
  • Concerns: Line play.
  • Coach: Henry Quinlan (10th season, 46-53)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

It's all about the experienced gained in 2012 that will propel the Bulldogs toward competing for the conference title in 2013. A roster of 14 seniors is optimistic that their experience will change the fortune of a program that lost five games a year ago by 6 points or less. Two of those games needed overtime. The Bulldogs will look to twin brothers Hayden and Nolan Bergeron to lead them. Nolan will be the man under center leading the offense onto the field while Hayden's primary responsibility will be guiding the defense as a middle linebacker. With an adopted motto of "Team First" the Bulldogs are ready to make a push toward the postseason in 2013.

Seekonk

  • Last year's record: 2-8
  • Strength: Offensive back field experience.
  • Concerns: Overall experience.
  • Coach: Vernon Crawford (2nd season, 7-24)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

It was a transition year in 2012 for coach Vernon Crawford, who was in his first season for the Warriors. With one year experience under his belt at Seekonk, Crawford is looking forward to turning the Warrior program into a winner. Much of the offense will be based around senior half back Mike Luti who was the Warriors leading scorer a year ago. With a year's worth of knowledge under their belt, look for the Warriors to improve from their 2012 finish.

Wareham

  • Last year's record: 9-2
  • Strength: Size on the offensive line and a dedicated group of players.
  • Concerns: Inexperience.
  • Coach: Dan Nault (15th season, 90-65)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Dan Nault has more to worry about than replacing Division 3A's leading scorer Darien Fernandez. Nault is being asked to remake a roster that only has one player with varsity experience. With new systems in place on both sides of the ball the Vikings will turn to Nate Moore, Richard Austin, Owen Braley, Jordan Andrews, and Josh Onujiogu to step up in a big way. Any type of sustained success will likely be through the play of this particular group. "We have to improve daily," said Nault. "We hope to surprise the SCC competition."

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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