2013 EMASS Football Preview

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South Shore - Small

Carver

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Running backs.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Michael Fraccalossi (16th season, 64-90-3)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After a disappointing 2012 season the Crusaders look forward to a new schedule against schools similar in size to Carver. Quarterback Ryan Feeley returns along with all-league linebacker and strong safety Chris McGrath. Coach Mike Fraccalossi expects improvement from both along with senior lineman Chris Zamora.

Cohasset

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Athleticism.
  • Concerns: Size, depth.
  • Coach: Peter Afanasiw (8th season, 46-25-2)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

As one of the smaller schools in its division, Cohasset will need its key players to stay healthy this fall. "Overall the senior leadership that has been displayed in offseason and in preseason this far has been phenomenal. We have 19 seniors, the largest number in my eight years at Cohasset and all of them are really quality student athletes," said coach Peter Afanasiw. Captains Chris Haggerty, Mickey Barry and Jack McElgunn's competitive spirit and work ethic will make all the difference this season.

Hull

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Team speed, coachability.
  • Concerns: Depth, lack of experience.
  • Coach: Jake McGrath (11th season, 44-61.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Pirates are counting on this season's new playoff format to give them an opportunity to improve from last year. "We have a positive outlook on the new schedule. Our school only has 140 boys so they don't have to play schools with 400 to 500 boys. It obviously gives a lot more chances for everybody to get postseason play," said coach Jake McGrath. Sophomore Joe Dubovy will take over as quarterback this season after a promising performance in preseason.

Mashpee

  • Last year's record: 8-3
  • Strength: Athleticism, toughness.
  • Concerns: Depth, lack of experience.
  • Coach: Matt Triveri (9th season, 70-19.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After losing the majority of its starters, including the entire backfield, Mashpee will look to the few returning to step up as leaders. Freshman Nick Carpenter will take on the role of quarterback and Triveri says he's shown great potential, but the challenge will be his lack of experience. Junior linebacker Ethan West returns after making 54 tackles as a sophomore last season. Another asset will be sophomore DeShaun Dias who scored 5 touchdowns as a freshman.

Monomoy

  • Last year's record: 1-1
  • Strength: Quarterback and wide receiver.
  • Concerns: Depth, size,and rejoining the South Shore League.
  • Coach: Terrence Roche (1st season, 0-0)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Entering his first year as head coach after two years as assistant at Monomoy, Terrence Roche has to build from the ground up. His first priority is developing younger players and then focusing on one game at a time. After only playing two varsity games as an independent school last season the Sharks will face schools with much more experience. With a new turf field and new head coach, the Sharks are starting off on a clean slate.

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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