2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Tri-Valley - Small

Ashland

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on both sides of the ball.
  • Coach: Andrew MacKay (3rd season, 7-15)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coming into the season coach Andrew McKay is hopeful. He says this is a big year for his team and the coaching staff that has been together for three years. McKay has a lot of goals for the Clockers, having a winning season is one of them. There's a lot of buzz and excitement going around the community about the Clockers with participation growing from 26 to 87 kids. "We are cautiously optimistic going into the season," he said. "This is a special year for us and we have worked very hard."

Bellingham

  • Last year's record: 3-8
  • Strength: Improved defense
  • Concerns: Depth and injuries
  • Coach: Dan MacLean (4th season, 8-25)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Blackhawks defense improved almost 10 points a game last fall, holding TVL foes to 24.6 ppg. Now the offense must improve, after scoring just 15.5 ppg in 2013. Progress on both sides of the ball, combined with good health, and Bellingham could be an improved team in 2013.

Dover-Sherborn

  • Last year's record: 1-10
  • Strength: Many returning starters, experience.
  • Concerns: Injuries and staying healthy.
  • Coach: Joe Schotland (3rd season, 5-17.)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After injuries contributed to an 0-4 start last fall, the Raiders main focus in the 2013-14 season is to stay healthy. Coach Joe Schotland says the key to success is his team's health. Last season quarterback Will Scatchard and his backup were injured and the Raiders turned to then sophomore Mark Czeisler and fourth backup freshman Nick Tupanjanin to run offense.

Millis

  • Last year's record: 10-2
  • Strength: Offensive and defensive lines.
  • Concerns: Young team.
  • Coach: Dale Olmsted (8th season, 37-45)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

After back-to-back successful seasons, coach Dale Olmsted's biggest concern coming into the season is having a young team. The Mohawks graduated 18 seniors last spring. Boston College-bound senior John Baker is anchoring the offensive and defensive lines which is one of the Mohawks strongest points coming into the season. The lack of experience is one the primary concerns for Olmsted, with sophomores in the starting line and most likely will have to call up some freshman. "If they are not competitive its gonna be a long season," he said.

Norton

  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Veteran experience
  • Concerns: Depth on both lines
  • Coach: Ted Currle (5th season, 26-18)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Norton finished second in the TVL Small for a second straight year and there are signs the Lancers could be competitive again in the new Division 4 South. Norton played more than its share of low-scoring, close games. The matchup with Millis on Oct. 25 could have playoff implications.

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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