High School football preview – Lowell Sun

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Friday Night Lights have returned!

A traditional high school football season is now underway, including 14 local games tonight. On Saturday, Danvers caps opening weekend travelling to Tewksbury for an 11:30 matinee, at its beautiful new facility at Doucette Stadium.

Tewksbury, which has won eight MVC Division 2 titles in the past 10 years, lost a lot of talent off the Fall-2 season, but return a veteran offensive line which make them dangerous once again. League rivals, Billerica, Chelmsford and Dracut should be vastly improved. The Middies are one of two local teams with new coaches as Jermaine McKenzie takes over, as does Bruce Rich, Jr., over at Westford Academy.

In MVC D1, Lowell is coming off a terrific year led by then first-year head coach Robert Pike and will look to talented running back Aaron Morris to lead the way.

The Mid-Wach League is always competition and look for Littleton, Tyngsboro to contend, while Groton-Dunstable and North Middlesex continue to grow.

In the CAC, Lowell Catholic will have one of the better players around with QB Jakob Flores, while Shawsheen and Gr. Lowell should be in the mix of things.

Finally in the Middlesex League, Wilmington is coming off a 4-2 season competing in the Freedom Division and return almost the entire starting line-up and are expecting bigger things this fall.

 

BILLERICA

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2

Last season’s record: 1-5

Returning Letterwinners: Dom Gird, sr., RB/LB;  Shaan Ranan, sr., K/TE/FS; Cole Longuemare, sr., WR/DB; AJ Tassone, sr., TE/LB; Allan Takock, sr., OL/DL; Zak Pagnini, sr., OL/DL; Jacob Linton, sr., RB/LB; Aiden Colby, sr., TE/LB; Steven Lankowski, sr., WR/DB; Ryan Hornsby, sr., WR/FS; Ty Tedesco, sr., QB/DB; Chad Govoni, sr., WR/DB; Colin Gearin, sr., WR/FS; Scott Einarson, jr., DE/TE; Kyle Breitwieser, jr., WR/LB; Sebastian St. Pierre, jr., WR/DB; J.T. Green, jr., QB/DB; Jacob Metiver, jr., WR/FS; John Colby, jr., OL/DL; Nassar Atigo, jr., RB/LB; Yavanian, JR., QB/FS; Keith Johnson, jr., OL/DL; Anthony Damiano, jr., WR/DB; Jason Martin, jr., QB/DB; Jason Chaffee, jr., WR/LB/K; Mike Murnane, soph., QB/WR; Tyler Bornstein, soph., OL/DL; Cole Dillon, soph., TE/DL; Matt MacLeod, sr., OL/DL; Tom O’Gara, soph., RB/DB; Aidan Gibbons, soph., RB/LB; Logan Mueller, soph., OL/DL.

Promising Newcomers: Steven Gentile, fr., QB/LB; Aaron Trombly, fr., OL/LB; Djoodny Dorival, fr., RB/DB; Daiphny Dorival, jr., WR/DB.

Coach Duane Sigsbury (8th year): “The Indians look to get back to their winnings ways with a strong core of senior/junior leaders that have worked extremely hard in the off season on their strength and conditioning.  The offensive and defensive lines have size, but depth is a concern.”

 

CHELMSFORD

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2

Last season’s record: 2-5

Returning Letterwinners: Ryan Blagg, jr., WR/S, Mike Hennessey, sr., WR/S; Will Walsh, sr., RB/LB; Ben Hogan sr., OL/DL; Cooper Collins, jr., OL/DL; Dan Craig, jr. TE/DL; Shea Carbonneau, jr., OL/DL; Jared Beauregard sr., OL/DL; Tyler Kostka jr., OL/DL; Collin Ried sr., DE/TE; Manny

Marshall jr. WR/S; Troy Muldoon, sr., WR/S; Griffin Hart sr., DT/OL; Kai Linton soph., RB/LB.

Promising Newcomers: Thomas Brown fr., C/DL; Kyle Wilder, soph., QB/DB; Joe Tays jr., LB/RB; Jack McCarthy, jr., WR/S

Coach George Peterson (3rd season): “With 13 returning starters and promising newcomers, we look to take the next step as a program and be much more competitive in the MVC.”

 

DRACUT

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2

Last season’s record: 0-6

Returning Letterwinners: Zachary Collman, sr., OL/DE; Mitchell Cripps, sr., TE/LB; Joshua Gagnon, sr., RB/LB; Rocky Grasso, sr., OL/DE; Kai McDonald, sr., WR/DB; Jacob Pynn, sr., QB; Daniel Smart, sr., WR/DB; Jacob Truong, sr., WR/DB; Alex Salois, sr., OL/DT; Ismael Zouaoui, jr., RB/LB.

Promising Newcomers: Collin Arsenault, jr., RB/LB; Manuel Farley, soph., OL/LB.

Coach Jermaine McKenzie (1st year): “We are looking to set a new foundation starting with the culture, pride and expectations within the program. No matter win lose or draw we want to be competitive every time we take the field. While growing our young men through various programs to be great leaders, husbands, fathers, and community members. We believe by doing things the right way many things will fall in place. We want our guys to come back year after year and see what they started and the growth of the program year by year.”

 

GR. LOWELL

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference Division 1

Last season’s record: 5-2

Returning Letterwinners: Steve Perrin, sr., TE/LB; Keiser Zayas, sr., OL/DE; Troy Brown, sr., OL/DB; Anthony Carroll, sr.; RB/LB; Anthony Morales, jr., OL/DL; Ron Allard, jr., OL/DL; Jayson Frasca, soph., WR/DB; Josh Mukindila, sr., TE/DL; Teewon Kruh, sr.; OL/DL; Andrew Kimuli, sr.; OL/DL; Ryan Bracetty, sr., QB; Aidan Mitchell, sr., WR/DB; Andrew Belanger , sr., RB/DB; Lloyd Butcher, sr., OL/DL; Joe Rhodes, sr., TE/LB; Damon Oeur, sr., TE/LB; Nesly Sainvil, sr., WR/DB; Izaiah Small-Lambert, sr., WR/DB; Lawrence Champoux, sr., WR/DB.

Promising Newcomers: Axel Diaz, jr., RB/DB; Brady Romano, jr., WR/DB; Mauser Sencion, sr., OL/DL; Davian Sovann, jr., OL/DL; Mike Hovey, jr., OL/DL; Kevin Diaz, jr., RB/LB.

Coach Shane Abrams (10th season): “We have had a great start to the season. This group has taken to the task of improving on a daily basis and growing our understanding and ability. Our group of players in the trenches have shown out well thus far and we will lean on them on both sides of the ball. Our schedule is challenging every week and we will need great focus and attention to detail to have sustained success. We are excited to coach this group this season, we have solid leadership and a strong program culture.”

 

GROTON-DUNSTABLE

League: Mid-Wach C

Last season’s record: 1-4

Returning Letterwinners: Ryan Smyth, sr., DB; Luke McKiel, jr., OL; Dylan Paradis, jr., OL; Jesse Hendershot, sr., OL; Finn Bernard, jr., QB; Tommy Raymond, sr., LB; Hunter Woolfrey, sr., DB.

Promising Newcomers:  John Madigan, soph., TE; Nate Bushnell, jr., LB; Will Vogel, jr., DL; Derek Leedberg, jr., DL; Sam Landry, jr., OL/DL; Colin Koyutis, jr., OL; Tyler McGuane, fr., OL; Tobias Wells, sr., LB; Sebastien Wells, soph., DL; Marlon Metellus, jr., DB; Matt Fuccione, soph., RB/LB; Harry Palmer, jr., WR.

Coach Tom Sousa (6th season): “We are very excited for a traditional season to return.  It is great to be practicing and playing on the school’s campus. Our numbers are very encouraging, and we are excited to welcome a middle school team for the first time in our district.  A challenging non-league schedule should help us be prepared when the league games start.”

 

LITTLETON

League: Mid-Wach C

Last season’s record: 4-2

Returning Letterwinners: Alex Delorenzo, jr., RB/LB; Captain Max Hannagan, sr., QB/DB; Thomas Kazanjian, jr., OL/DL;  Brian Marrese, jr., RB/LB; Evan Montgomery, jr., OL/DL; Conner Murphy, sr., OL/DL; Captain Richie Powderly, sr., OL/LB; Captain Cody Shearer, sr., RB/LB; Captain, Garrett Shimmel, sr., OL/LB; Brady DeCoste, jr., QB/DB; Justin Manno, jr., WR/DB.

Promising Newcomers: Greg DeChane, jr., QB/DB; Pat Ferreira, jr., TE/LB; Jordan Graham, jr., OL/DL; Mark Frisoli, jr., WR/DB; Jenna Kivlin, jr., OL/LB; Josh Manickam, sr., WR/LB; Andrew Milner, soph., TE/LB; Gabe Silks, sr., OL/DL; John Woodward, jr., WR/DB.

Coach Mike Lynn (20th season): “We have a good nucleus of returning players. We also have a solid group of players ready to step into varsity roles. Our team speed is definitely a plus. We are also very happy with the camaraderie this team has displayed thus far. Overall, camp has gone very well and we’re ready for the 2021 season.”

LOWELL

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1

Last Year’s Record: 5-2

Returning Letterwinners: Steve Thok, sr., OL/DL; Aaron Morris, sr., RB/DB; Blake Ramos sr., RB/LB; Jaedyn Sim, sr., RB/DB; Manny Cano, sr., OL/DL; Travis VanDinter, sr., WR/LB; Raffy Reyes, sr., OL/DL; Anthony Rivera, jr., RB/LB.

Promising Newcomers: Harley Phillipe, sr., OL/DL; Joe Auger, sr., TE/L; John Tobon, jr., TE/LB; Ayden Chabak, jr., OL/DL;

Aidan Millinazo, soph., RB/LB; Evan Seng, sr., QB/DB; Damian Pak, jr., RB/DB; Cam Durkin, soph., WR/DB; Jacob Smith, soph., OL/DL; Tylor Loyn, jr., RB/DB; Randy Valdez, soph., RB/DB; Aiden Mulligan, soph., OL/DL; Curtis Chanthaboun, jr., OL/DL; Daniel Decarvalho jr., WR/DB; Evan Finn, jr., QB/DB; Gustavo Ventura, sr., OL/DL; Jaden Sim, sr. WR/DB; Michael Gill, soph., RB/LB; Walter Palacio, soph., OL/DL; Izaviah Hong, jr., WR/DB; Nodensky Vincent, jr., WR/DB; Aidan Mendoza, soph RB/LB; Chris Dubey, soph., WR/DB; Cody Fitzpatrick, soph., WR/DB.

Coach Rob Pike (2nd season): “The team has a lot of promising players that will be competing for roles. The attitude on the team has been outstanding. The players have worked hard to improve. The Team returns some great skill position talent in both the offensive and defensive backfields.”

 

LOWELL CATHOLIC

League: Commonwealth Athletic League Division 1

Last season’s record: 6-1

Returning Letterwinners: Gianpaolo Dulac, sr., C/DT; Jakob Flores, sr., QB/SS; Danny McConologue, sr., WR/LB; Riley Nichols, jr., WR/CB; Ryan Penrose, sr., TE/DE;  Aidan Rogers, sr., OL/DL; Nicholas Sawyer, jr., RB/CB; Jonathan Travers, soph., OL/DL; Ebenezer Annan, soph., RB/LB;  Dylan Eld, soph., QB/LB; Andrew Kanakor, soph., RB/SS; Michael Kelleher, jr., WR/DB; Nicholas Lopez sr., OL/DL; Brady Prindle, soph., RB/LB: Drew Prindle, sr., OL/DE; Sean Scott, soph., WR/CB; Dimitri Sime, soph., DE/WR; Paul Storey, jr., OL/DE; Aidan Virella, soph., RB/LB.

Promising newcomers: Daniel Chasse, jr., OL/DL; Joseph Farina, jr., OL/DE; Zack Gosselin , fr., C/LB; Maddox Nguyen, fr., OL/DL; Tzar Powell-Aparicio, fr.;  Seamus Scott, fr., WR/LB; Nicholas VanDinter, fr., WR/SS.

Coach Paul Sobolewski: “We are looking to build on a successful first season in the CAC Large (6-1) while building on the numbers in our program. We will be replacing seven starters on each side of the ball and will need to lean on several talented sophomores to make up for the loss of some talented seniors.  his will be the youngest varsity football team I have fielded in my head coaching career, but this team worked very hard in the off season getting bigger, faster, and stronger. It will be a challenge, but we have had a great preseason and we look forward to the challenge ahead of us playing in a very talented conference.”

 

NORTH MIDDLESEX

League: Mid-Wach

Last season’s record: 0-5

Returning Letterwinners: Captain Aidan Gallagher, sr.; Captain AJ Marchese, sr.; Cedrick Phan, jr.; Dustin Fournier, jr.; Hunter Rixford, jr.; Mat Piper, soph.; Darien Ganas, soph.; Connor Burson, soph.; Ben Whittemore, sr.; Lucas Diekan, sr; Michael Reardon, soph.; Caden Kehoe, soph.; Mason Schultz, soph.

Promising Newcomers: Jon Atwood, sr.; Connor Andrews, jr.; Cade Callahan, soph.

Coach Ryan DeMar (4th season): “(We are going) one week at a time. Kids worked hard in the weight room all summer.”

 

SHAWSHEEN TECH

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference

Last season’s record: 3-4

Returning Letterwinners: Dylan Timmons, sr., RB/LB; Shane Costello, sr., LB; Aydan Churchill, sr., RB/LB; Xavier Santiago, sr., OL/DL; Mavrick Bourdeau, jr., DB; Kevin Ackerley, jr., LB; Richard Elliott III, soph., OL/DL; Austin Malandain, soph., OL/DL.

Promising Newcomers: Sidney Tildsley, fr., WR/QB; Damian Ortiz, soph., RB/LB; Caleb Caceres, soph., RB; Evan Galanis, soph., WR; Zachary Rogers, soph., WR/DE; Ryan Copson, soph., WR/DB; Mason Morneau, soph., RB/LB.

Coach Al Costabile (24th season): We have a great blend of experience and talented underclassman, so this is a great opportunity for competition.  How the inexperienced players respond will determine the first half of the season.  Solid leadership and great enthusiasm thus far.”

 

TEWKSBURY

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2

Last season’s record: 5-2

Returning Letterwinners: Captain Cole Kimtis, sr., OG/DT; Captain Aaron Connelly, sr., OG/DE; Captain Nick Wilson, sr., OT/NG; Davenche Sydney, sr., C/DT; Michael Sullivan, jr., Dan Fleming, sr., RB/SS.

Promising Newcomers: Alex Arbogast, jr., RB/CB; Sean Hirtle, jr., RB/LB; Aiden Trulli, sr., WR/DB; Blake Ryder, jr., TE/DE; Isaias Pena, sr., TE/DE; Paxson Green, soph., TE/DE; James Carroll, jr., OT/DT.

Coach Brian Aylward (25th season): “We have only a few returning starters from our successful team last year. We have many new starters that have worked very hard to put themselves into a position to contribute this year. Our senior linemen are the backbone of our team and will provide much needed leadership from Kimtis, Connelly, Wilson and Sydney. Michael Sullivan and Dan Fleming will share the QB duties as well as their positions at WR and RB. Arbogast and Hirtle will be in the backfield. The defensive line is experienced. Our success will be based on how quickly our players in the skilled positions develop.”

 

TYNGSBORO

League: Mid-Wach C

Last season’s record: 4-2

Returning Letterwinners: Bryan DeSouza, sr., OL/DL; Ryan Guilmette, sr., QB/LB; Ryan Menaker, sr. OL/DL; Thomas Michaud, sr., RB/LB; Kevin Tessier, sr. WR/DB; Hampus Jansson, sr. WR/DB; Jamie Mulligan, sr., WR/DB; Nick Ausiello, jr., RB/DB; Adam Dorant, jr., WR/DB; Jimmy O’Keefe, jr., QB/DB; Gavin Hehir, jr., RB/LB; Matt Lemay, jr., OL/ DL; Luke McHugh, jr., OL/LB; Matt Wagner, jr. RB/LB; Trevor Croce, soph., OL/ DL; Gavin Familia, soph.; WR/LB; Bryce Goulet, soph., QB/DB; Tim Guilmette, soph., TE/DE; Christos Panagakis, soph., OL/DL; Alex Panneton, soph., OL/OL; Ryan Wall, soph., OL/DL; Owen Wheeler, soph., WR/DB; Patrick Casey, soph., WR/DB; Anthony Nicosia, soph., WR/DB; Joe Nicosia, soph., WR/DB; Nick Nicosia, soph., WR/DB; Jake Hannes, fr., TE/DB; Brian Villecco, fr., OL/DL.

Promising Newcomers: Andrew Duarte, soph., WR/DB; Caden Langenfeld, soph., RB/LB; Michael Devou, fr., OL/DL; Simon Ebersman, fr., WR/LB; Carter Johnson, fr., RB/DB; Matt Sousa, fr., OL/DL; Brian Abreu, 8th, OL/DL; TJ Bradford, 8th, RB/LB;  Jacob Dorant, 8th, OL/DL; Nico Faretra, 8th, WR/DB; Cole Latour, 8th, OL/DL; Jaden Merwin, 8th, OL/DL; Hunter Mosher, 8th, WR/DB; Shamus Mulligan, 8th, OL/DL; Nicholas Palumbo, 8th, TE/LB; Chase Provencher, 8th, QB/LB; Jake Riley, 8th, WR/DB; Nick Smith, 8th, WR/DB; Dawson Vosburg, 8th, OL/DL; Colby Wall, 8th, OL/DL.

Coach Rob Beaudette (4th year): “This year is one that brings excitement with a full schedule of competitive games. I am excited to see this group of seniors play to their fullest potential. We have a lot of players that are first year starters but have some on field experience. The players have worked hard in the preseason and ready to show off their own personal growth.”

 

WESTFORD ACADEMY

League: Dual County League:

Last season’s record: 4-3

Returning Letterwinners: Joey Bella, sr., LB; Mark Blanc, sr., TE; Ben Borselli, sr., OL/DL; Mikael Daluz, sr,. DB; Damien DiGiovine, sr., TE/DL; Kyle Doney, sr., WR/DB; Tadgh Murray, sr., RB/LB; Mike McDonald, sr., OL/DL; Malcom Mujuzi, sr., OL; Matt Valcourt, sr., OL; Anthony Rudiman, jr., RB; Drew Wilson, jr., LB; Matt Haggan, jr., WR/DB; Ryan Jacobsmeir, sr., DB/LS; Jack Gould, sr., punter.

Promising Newcomers (with name, class year and position) Anthony Rudiman, jr., RB; Ethan Ewing, sr., DB; Rohun Vorugant, sr., DL; Jake Cullen-, soph., QB.

Coach Bruce Rich, Jr (1st season): “Our numbers are good, and energy is high! We have a good senior class, their competitors, and great leaders. We are looking to compete for a DCL Large Championship.”

 

WILMINGTON

League: Middlesex Freedom

Last season’s record: 4-2

Returning Letterwinners: Marcello Misuraca, sr., RB/LB; Gavin Erickson, sr., WR/DB; Pedro Germano, sr., QB; John Germano, sr., WR/DB; John Rhind, sr., TE/LB; Jack Malloy, sr., OL/DL; Jake Chirichiello, sr., OL/DL; Luke Murphy, sr., WR/DE; Nate Rebinskas, sr., RB/DB; Michael Ings, jr., OL/DL; Alfonso Gambale, sr., WR/DB; Jack Rooney, sr., OL/DL; Nick Doyle, sr., RB/DB; Brady Robbins, sr., OL/DL; John Spencer,  sr., OL/DL; Adam Sulick, sr., OL/DL.

Promising Newcomers: Yvenson Jeanty, sr., RB/DE; Joey Cornish, sr., TE/DB; Brett DeAmbrose, sr., OL/DL; Brett Ebert, jr., RB/DB; Lucas Gorham, jr., OL/DL; Peter LeBlanc, jr., RB/LB; Joey Kullman, jr., WR/LB; Owen Cushing, jr., RB/LB; Ali Aboukal, soph.,  OL/DL; Michael Lawler, soph., RB/DB;  Dempsey Murphy, soph.,  OL/LB; Hunter Sands, soph., WR/DB; Julien Cella, soph., RB/DB; Nick Iascone, soph.,  RB/LB; Antonio Smolinsky, soph., TE/DE; Clyde Lambert, soph., OL/DL; Nojus Giniotas, soph., OL/DL; Noah Spencer, soph.,  TE/LB; Ryan Weinstein, soph.,  OL/DL; Shane Maguire, fr., QB; Kenny Branley, fr., WR/DB.

Coach Craig Turner (5th season): “We have a strong senior class returning that is being supplemented and pushed by a very good sophomore class. It’ll be important for us to have some of these sophomores get up to speed as quickly as possible because most of these seniors are back from the spring season and ready to really hit the ground running. We have a very difficult schedule with Woburn and Billerica early in the season and the league will be very strong as well with Melrose, Stoneham and Burlington all expected to be tough. Our goal as always will be to be in the thick of the league title race and to find ourselves in the tournament come November.”

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Billerica: Dom Gird, sr., RB; Scott Einarson, jr., RB; Chelmsford: Ryan Blagg, jr., DB; Mike Hennessey, sr., OL/DL; Jared Beauregard, sr., OL/DL; Dracut: Mitchell Cripps, sr., WR; Zachary Collman, sr., OL/DE; Gr. Lowell: Ron Allard, jr., OL/DL; Groton-Dunstable: Ryan Smyth, sr., DB; Luke McKiel, jr., OL; Littleton: Alex Dilorenzo, jr., RB/LB; Max Hannagan, sr., QB/DB; Lowell: Aaron Morris, sr., RB; Steve Thok, sr., OL/DL; Blake Ramos, sr., RB/LB; Lowell Catholic: Jakob Flores, sr., QB; Gianpaolo, sr., OL; Nick Sawyer, jr., RB; Danny McConologue, sr., WR/LB: Shawsheen: Dylan Timmons, sr., RB/LB: Mavrick Bourdeau, jr., QB/DB; Shane Costello, sr., LB; Tewksbury: Cole Kimtis, sr., G/DT; Danny Fleming, sr., RB/SS; Davenche Sydney, sr., OL/DL; Aaron Connelly, sr., OL/DE; Tyngsboro: Bryan DeSouza, sr., OL/DL; Ryan Guilmette, sr., QB/LB; Westford Academy: Cole Stickel, sr., LB; Wilmington: Jake Chirichiello, sr., OL/DL; Gavin Erickson, sr., WR/DB; John Germano, sr., WR; John Rhind, sr., TE/LB; Marcello Misuraca, sr., RB/LB.

 

STATEWIDE DIVISION ALIGNMENTS

Division 1: Lowell

Division 2: Chelmsford and Westford Academy

Division 3: Billerica
Division 4: Dracut, Tewksbury, Wilmington and North Middlesex

Division 5: Gr. Lowell, Groton-Dunstable and Shawsheen Tech

Division 6: None

Division 7: Littleton and Tyngsboro

Division 8: Lowell Catholic, Nashoba Tech

 

Week 1 Schedule

Friday, Sept. 10

Lowell Catholic at Arlington Catholic, 6:30

Wilmington at Woburn, 7

Shawsheen at Bedford, 7

Billerica at Lowell, 7

Act-Boxboro at Chelmsford, 7

Dracut at Westford, 7

Groton-Dunstable at St. Bernard’s 7

Littleton at North Middlesex, 7

Gr. Lowell at Ashland, 7

Pelham at Laconia, 7

Windham at Alvirne, 7

Maynard at Tyngsboro, 7

Nashoba Tech at South Shore Tech, 7

Sutton at Ayer-Shirley, 7

 

Saturday, Sept. 11

Danver at Teskwbury 11:30 a.m.



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