Newburyport Daily News
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Head coach: Thom Connors (12th season, 58-64)
Last year’s record: 9-3 (CAL Div. 3 champion)
Key returning players: Ben Cullen, sr.; Zach Fitzgerald, sr.; Sam Springis, sr.; Matt Napoli, sr.; Mac Short, sr.; Pat Scanlon, jr.; Dan Norton, sr.; Matt Bell, sr.; Alex Mercier, sr.
Newcomers: Jack Fortin, sr.; Travis Motsis, jr.; Tabor Smith, jr.; Ryan Foley, so.
Strength: Experienced offensive/defensive lines.
Concern: Lack of depth.
Coach’s outlook: “We begin the season with two huge rivals with Triton and Pentucket before we start our league games. We must prepare for these two rival games as it could set the tone on the season in the CAL Large and Small as well as create points in the power ranking playoff system.”
Head coach: Paul Sobolewski (3rd year, 2-19)
Last year’s record: 1-10
Key returning players: Jack Denley, sr.; Ben Prescott, jr.; Zack Curtin, jr.; Colby Ingraham, sr.; Matt Prescott, sr.; Brandon Willis, sr.; Pat Bjork, sr.; Cooper Martens, jr.; Jordan Flynn, jr.; Jacob Meyers, jr.; Mason Dalley, sr.; Alex Baumann, jr.
Newcomers: Reno Sarge, sr.; Robert DiMento, jr.; Richard Gray, so.; Ryan Sherman, so.; Jim Sherman, fr.
Strength: Ingraham returns as the leading rusher from last year’s team.
Concern: The Royals have gone 5-36 in the last four years.
Coach’s outlook: “This is a good group with a great work ethic. We have so much varsity experience, but we have to stay healthy. Colby Ingraham has a strong arm and he can run. We’re excited to see what he can do. We have a stud tight end (Pat Bjork) who is tough to cover.”
Head coach: Ed Gaudiano (26th season, 160-108)
Last year’s record: 6-5Key returning players: Dillon Guthro, sr.; Drew Bourdeau, sr.; Drew Beaupre, sr.; Jake Timony, sr.; Trevor Bradbury, sr.; Ethan Northey, sr.; Brendan Trego, sr.Newcomers: Michael Shay, jr.; Ty Therrien, jr.; Chance Carpenter, jr.; Seamus Sullivan, jr.; Reid Nation, jr.; Kevin MacDougall, sr.; Jeff Martin, sr.Team strength: Defense. Concern: Getting up to speed on offense.Coach’s outlook: “The immediate goal is being able to start playing games that count right off the bat. The league schedule is in the front part of the season. We’ve gotten in pretty good shape. We open at Lynnfield, a Super Bowl team last year. A strong start will help us.”
Head coach: Steve Hayden (32nd year, 184-144-2)
Last year’s record: 6-5
Key returning athletes: Reid Garrant, sr.; Chad Legault, sr.; Ryan Kuchar, sr.; Sean Clohisy, sr.; D.J. Engelke, sr.; Chris Croteau, sr.; Jeff Porter, jr.; Luke Strangman, jr.; Nick Soter, sr.; Nick Zaia, sr.; Jack Richard, jr.; Andrew Noyes, jr.; Pat Beaton, jr.; Josh Wesolowski, jr.
Newcomers: Shane Ketola, sr.; Dylan Smith, sr.; Liam Corkery, sr.; Eric Hardway, sr.; Pat Freiermuth, fr.; Joe Boyan, fr.
Strengths: Pentucket returns quarterback Ryan Kuchar, who accounted for 434 total yards and five TDs last season.
Concern: Roster turnover.
Coach’s outlook: “It’s a new group, and they have a lot to learn. I see us getting better every week.”
Head coach: Pat Sheehan (4th season, 7-26)
Last year’s record: 1-10
Key returning players: Luke Boyle, jr.; Mark Boyle, sr.; Justin Cashman, jr.; Dan Cuddy, sr.; Nicholas Desrocher, sr.; James Ford, jr.; Jack Germinara, jr.; Jake Gilbert, jr.; Mark Landry, sr.; Max Luttenbacher, jr.; Max Madden, jr.; Patrick McManus, sr.; Patrick Moran, sr.; Ellsworth Rogers, jr.; Justin Spillane, sr.; Branden Tardugno, sr.; Bradley Whitman, sr.; James Wood, jr.
Newcomers: Kevin Clark, jr.; Brian Cox, jr.; James Driscoll, sr.; Jake Ironfield, jr.; Kallen O’Connor, sr.; Mike Sanchez, so.; Jared Stanley, jr.
Strength: Varsity experience along the defensive line and in the offensive backfield.
Concern: Consistency, depth, tackling.Coach’s outlook: “This is a very exciting year for Triton football. After a dissapointing season last year, everyone is hungry to show what the 2013 team is all about (tomorrow) at Swampscott. Our goal this season is to compete every game and have no regrets.”