2012 EMASS Football Preview

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Div 4A Commonwealth (Small)


  • Last year's record: 6-5
  • Strength: Senior leadership, team attitude.
  • Concerns: Game experience, depth on both lines.
  • Coach: Michael Stellato (14th season, 86-71)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The Red Devils will take the field with a young team that lacks game experience, but coach Stellato said that hasn't dampened the excitement level for the season. "They are working hard each and every day at practice to keep bettering themselves," he said. As the season progresses, and the younger players get into the game, Stellato expects the team to improve every week.

Greater Lowell

  • Last year's record: 0-10
  • Strength: Senior class, linebackers.
  • Concerns: Depth.
  • Coach: Shane Abrams (1st season)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 5 lettermen
    • Justin Ashley, S, 2013, 5-8, 145
    • Joe Bernadini, DL, 2013, 5-9, 190
    • Nick Bridge, T, 2014, 6-1, 230
    • Mike Gauthier, C, 2013, 6-1, 215
    • Josh Wiitala, QB/LB, 2013, 5-8, 175

Coming off a winless season, Abrams, a former Gryphon assistant, knows that each week is going to be a fight. "If we stay healthy, we're going to compete," he said. But as a first-year head coach, he's excited to see the team develop throughout the season and beyond. A strong senior class is responsible for the high enthusiasm level, while the linebackers should be a strength. One of Abram's additional concerns is experience at quarterback.

Mystic Valley

  • Last year's record: 0-10
  • Strength: Senior group enthusiasm.
  • Concerns: Inexperience, depth.
  • Coach: Rollie Hinckley (21st season, 77-120-1)
  • Playing surface: Artificial turf
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: lettermen
    • Jethro Charles, OL/DE, 2015, 5-8, 155
    • Dom Ciampa, E/DE, 2013, 5-7, 145
    • Mike Hooley, OL/DL, 2014, 5-10, 160

After the Eagles failed to pick up a win in 2011, coach Hinckley and his team are ready to come back strong and fight for conference wins. The most important games are at the end of the season, giving his young team time to develop. The numbers tell the story of the 2011 season, including 8.4 ppg on offense while giving up 30.8.

North Shore

  • Last year's record: 2-9
  • Strength: Senior's attitude, team speed, and returning starters.
  • Concerns: Depth on the offensive line.
  • Coach: Paul Worth (17th season, 92-83)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games
  • showReturning: 1 lettermen
    • Jacob Ward, WR/DB, 2013, 6-1, 170

The senior class is carrying the Bulldogs as they hope to rebound from last year's 2-9 season. Coach Worth said their drive to work hard has kept the team moving through camp this summer. "Our motto this year when we started camp was to get better each day," he said. "As long as we do that, we'll be fine for the year." Worth said he is looking forward to seeing who steps up in games, but that the speed at all positions is good and will be a plus this fall.

3 games to watch

Everett at Leominster

The Crimson Tide take a 25-game winning streak into this game against the reigning CMass Division 1 Super Bowl champs.


With Troy Flutie and company on one side and Ozzy Colarusso on the other side, all signs point to a great, high-scoring game.

Cathedral at Pope John

A rematch of the game that decided the Central Catholic Small winner in 2011. Cathedral won, 16-12, and went on to the Super Bowl.

Preseason Top 20

Rank Team Last year
1 Everett 13-0
2 BC High 10-3
3 Xaverian 6-5
4 St. John's Prep 4-6
5 Barnstable 7-5
6 Bridgewater-Raynham 9-2
7 Duxbury 13-0
8 King Philip 9-2
9 Natick 9-2
10 Walpole 9-3
11 Weymouth 9-2
12 Brockton 5-6
13 Mashpee 13-0
14 Reading 8-4
15 Andover 7-4
16 Needham 9-4
17 Mansfield 9-2
18 Central Catholic 6-5
19 Westford 6-5
20 Beverly 7-4