2013 EMASS Football Preview

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South Coast - Small

Bourne

  • Last year's record: 5-6
  • Strength: Experienced backfield.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at linebacker and offensive line.
  • Coach: John McIntyre (4th season, 24-11)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After an undefeated, Super Bowl winning 2011 season, the Canalmen fell back in 2012 with a 5-6 record. In his fourth season at the helm John McIntyre will be looking at senior running back Chad Marsh, who found himself in the endzone 17 times last season, to carry much of the offensive burden. Alongside Marsh will be another senior, Marquesse Rhodes. Rhodes was a major asset in Bourne's Super Bowl season and is looking for a repeat performance in the SCC Small.

Case

  • Last year's record: 1-9
  • Strength: Team speed.
  • Concerns: Physical size and depth.
  • Coach: Dave Morgado (4th season, 8-22)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After making headway in their 2011 campaign the Cardinals took a step back and are attempting to improve from a tough 2012. Coach Dave Morgado is looking for quarterback Felipe Pires and halfback Nick Denardo to improve an offense that was last in the SCC in points scored. "We have some pretty good speed on our roster," said Morgado. "With Denardo and Pires we're going to be ok with the way we run."

Fairhaven

  • Last year's record: 7-3
  • Strength: Overall program momentum.
  • Concerns: Inexperience. Replacing key players from graduation.
  • Coach: Rudy Bulgar (4th season, 10-20)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After making giant strides over the last two seasons coach Rudy Bulgar may be in for a transition year in 2013. Replacing 13 of 53 players due to graduation doesn't seem to be a daunting task, but when those players accounted for 94 percent your points scored from a year ago it very well might be. A continued trend in the right direction for the defense should keep the Blue Devils competitive.

Greater New Bedford

  • Last year's record: 6-6
  • Strength: Depth and speed.
  • Concerns: Special teams.
  • Coach: Chuck Allaire (7th season, 27-42)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

"We're going to try and make a run to the conference championship," said coach Chuck Allaire about his team's chances of winning the new SCC Small. Allaire has a lot of experience on his roster with 25 seniors. The man under center is a junior, Nick Richard. He will be helped by running back Sean Aldrich and fullback Jacob Tavares, who also should make an impact up front defensively. "It's going to be different with the new format," said Allaire. "But we're going for it."

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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