2013 EMASS Football Preview

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Cape Cod Tech

  • Last year's record: 0-9
  • Strength: Opportunities from an indpendent Division 6 schedule
  • Concerns: Depth and injuries.
  • Coach: Chris Leonard (3rd season, 1-17)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Playing an independent schedule last fall Cape Cod struggled to an 0-9 season. A five-game regular season schedule should help coach Leonard build his program.


  • Last year's record: 6-2
  • Strength: Enthusiasm from a new coach
  • Concerns: Injuries and depth
  • Coach: Luke Riso (1st season, (0-0 overall record))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Riso takes over from longtime coach Fran Cass. Riso was an assistant coach at Holbrook so the transition shouldn't be difficult. And with back-to-back 6-2 seasons there's obviously talent, even with the absence of strong feeder programs in town. The new playoff sysytem could be a plus for Holbrook.


  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Team size, versatility, and athleticism.
  • Concerns: Inexperience at the varsity level. Depth.
  • Coach: Bill Manchester (3rd season, 14-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

In 2011 the Whalers took home the Division 5 championship in coach Manchester's first year. After struggling in 2012, Nantucket should be able to regroup this season with younger players who gained some experience during game time last fall. Manchester is excited, though, claiming his team is the "the biggest they've been in a long time". If the younger players can latch on to the team's plans quickly enough, Nantucket's mixture of size and athleticism could make them a dangerous opponent.

Old Colony

  • Last year's record: 3-7.
  • Strength: Skill at wide receiver, experience on the line and senior leadership.
  • Concerns: Depth, staying healthy, inexperience.
  • Coach: Bryce Guilbeault (2nd season, 3-7.)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Coach Guilbeault, in his second year with the program, has been a realist. He's aware that the program hasn't had a winning record in ages. But that hasn't stopped him from being optimistic. He believes that running the same offense that's been in place since before he arrived is key for the team's success this year. But before vying for a championship this year, the Cougars will need to find a way first to get to .500.

South Shore Voc-Tech

  • Last year's record: 4-7
  • Strength: Ability to win on the road.
  • Concerns: Depth on both lines
  • Coach: Derek Mariani (15th season, 88-70-2)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

Veteran coach Mariani is coming off his second straight 4-7 season. Despite the struggle his team did well on the road, finishing 3-2. A little home cooking and South Shhore could be looking at a playoff spt in Division 6 South this fall. South Shore gave up 24.5 ppg last fall, a number it hopes to improve on.

Upper Cape

  • Last year's record: 10-1
  • Strength: Returning skill players.
  • Concerns: Inexperience on the offensive line.
  • Coach: Mike Hernon (3rd season, 12-9)
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

The formidable trio of Dylan Derby, Liam Kanaley, and speedster Jon Dumont (4.4 40-yard dash) in the backfield all helped lead the Rams to a spectacular 2012 campaign and a Super Bowl championship. With all three returning to take the reigns in the ground game in 2013, expect the Rams to be one of the teams leading the pack in division 6.

West Bridgewater

  • Last year's record: 4-6
  • Strength: Depth, returning starters, overall athleticism.
  • Concerns: Newcomers learning the playbook.
  • Coach: Bill Panos (28th season, (Unavailable))
  • Playing surface: Grass
  • Schedule: Complete list of games

This offseason coach Panos has preached that the "competitive spirit and eagerness to learn" from the younger players joining the team will add a lot of potential on both sides of the ball. Senior backs Jordan Ames and Aaron Pearson (15 TDs last season) will bolster a young but athletic Wildcats i 2013.

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3 games to watch


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.


This is Dorchester's first home game ever on the newly renovated Roberts Field. LA brings All-Scholastic QB Kyle Dance.

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