ESPNBoston.com Lists Warriors As A Preseason Top 25

August 19th, 2010 by admin

Boston, MA-ESPNBoston.com recently announced their Preseason Top 25 Massachusetts High School Football Poll.  The poll has the Warriors as the #12 team in the state after coming off their 6-5 campaign last fall.

Topping this year’s preseason rankings are the Boxers from Brockton.  Rounding out the top five are Xaverian, Everett, BC High and St. John’s Shrewsbury. The Reading Rockets are the only other Middlesex League school represented in the poll and come in at #18.

“Preseason polls do not mean much in terms of where everything will play out during the course of the season,” said Coach Mike Boyages. He added, “it is nice to be recognized by a national publication such as ESPN and is a tribute to the athletes we have returning this fall.” Boyages continued, “our goal has always been and will continue to be, one game at a time.”

Click here to read the full article on ESPNBoston.com

2010 Massachusetts Preseason Top 25 (ESPNBoston.com)

Team Name 2009 Record Notes
1. Brockton (9-2) Miami-bound Albert Louis-Jean leads a talented senior class in the Boxers’ quest for their first Division 1 state title since 2005.
2. Xaverian (13-0) The defending Division 1 state champs have reloaded in a Catholic Conference that figures to be a dog fight each week.
3. Everett (8-3) The Crimson Tide hit some bumps last year in transitioning to a spread offense, but quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso Jr. will continue to air it out to seniors Matt Costello and Manny Asprilla.
4. BC High (6-4) Led by defensive end Obum Obukwelu, this is another program that always manages to reload every season.
5. St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (10-2) Senior wideout Richard Rodgers is the one everyone will be talking about, but quarterback Dan Light should lead the Pioneers with his brutish running style.
6. Mansfield (9-2) Led by running back Jamel Marshall, the experienced Hornets are once again the favorites in a Hockomock that took a turn for the wild in 2009.
7. Wachusett Regional (13-0) For all of the talk of St. John’s, some coaches feel the Mountaineers might be the most talented team in Central Mass.
8. Gloucester (13-0) This won’t be a finesse team, what with the graduation of Conor Ressel, but the defense led by Chris Unis and Andrew Mizzoni will be rock-solid.
9. Catholic Memorial (5-5) The Knights feature a talented junior class in the backfield, led by quarterback A.J. Doyle and athletes Armani Reeves and Camren Williams.
10. Billerica (10-2) Putting the Indians at No. 10 hinges on the health of all-everything junior quarterback Nick LaSpada, who’s recovering from a torn ACL.
11. Methuen (8-3) Rangers are the favorite in the MVC Small, as they seek their first Super Bowl berth since 1992.
12. Wakefield (6-5) Tight end Anthony Fabiano might be the most talented player in a Middlesex League that is expected to be a little more open.
13. Westford (8-4) Quarterback Patrick Dugan is one of the state’s finest, and the Grey Ghosts return a good amount of experience.
14. Barnstable (7-3) The Red Raiders made a breakthrough last season, capped with a thumping of Thanksgiving rival Falmouth. Junior quarterback Doug Crook Jr., in his third season under center, should be more polished.
15. Chelmsford (6-5) The Lions have a strong senior class, while junior linebacker Tim Joy should be a familiar name by the end of the season.
16. Falmouth (9-2) After a surprise upset of BC High last October, the Clippers won’t be sneaking up on anyone.
17. Longmeadow (10-3) Even in down years, the Lancers don’t encounter many bumps in the road in Western Mass.
18. Reading (13-0) The Rockets lost a share of talent from their Div. 2 Super Bowl winning season a year ago, but are still considered one of the favorites in the Middlesex.
19. St. John’s Prep (4-6) The Eagles will be thin at quarterback. But like everyone else in the Catholic Conference, there are too many talented bodies to brush them off just yet.
20. Bridgewater-Raynham (10-3) As usual, the Trojans should have success on the ground behind a well-coached offensive line.
21. King Philip (8-3) Warriors are hoping this is the year they end their postseason drought, led by thunder-and-lightning duo of tailbacks Chris Cacciola and Charles Ruffin.
22. Central Catholic (8-3) Linebackers Trae Musumarra and Jaycob Morales are stalwarts in the front seven for a Raiders squad that will be navigating a loaded MVC Large.
23. North Attleborough (8-3) Red Rocketeers are another Hockomock favorite, led by defensive tackle Bob Richman, split end Ryan Flannery and running back Dan Johnson.
24. Holliston (12-1) In terms of speed, it’s an embarrassment of riches for the Panthers, who return nearly everyone from last year’s Div. 3A Super Bowl runner-up. That includes running back Jake Frechette, quarterback Sean Mayo and tight end Ryan Barrett.
25. Lynn English (8-3) Tyllor MacDonald and Travonne Berry-Rogers lead a Bulldogs squad that is stacked at the skill positions.

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