September 9, 2013

Class A High School Football Preview

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Justin Zukowski is part of a deep and talented backfield for Portland, which, like Cheverus and Deering, will be adjusting to new – and not so traditional – opposition by switching to Eastern Class A.

2012 Press Herald File/Gordon Chibroski

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Windham will be disappointed if it fails to reach the Eastern Class A playoffs, and Liam Sullivam will be doing his darndest to make sure the Eagles make a good run.

2012 Press Herald File/Gordon Chibroski

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At, we'll be providing live broadcasts of up to 16 regular-season football games, plus playoffs. Here are the first five games scheduled to be streamed:

Friday: Cheverus at Portland

Saturday: York at Westbrook

Sept. 12: Portland at Deering

Sept. 13: Bangor at Scarborough

Sept. 14: Lewiston at Cheverus


Coach: Jon Gallant, first year

Last year: 2-6

Returning starters: 8

Impact players: Trevor Mack, sr., LB/RB; Noah Gerry, sr., WR/DB; Jordan Drain, jr., OL/DL; Mike Risti, RB/LB, jr., Tyler Bear, sr., TE/DE; Cale Thornton, sr., TE

Outlook: The Mustangs have a new head coach in Gallant, a former player at Massabesic. Gallant was the head coach at Deering the past two years. He'll run a spread offense like he did at Deering. The Mustangs have 55 players, which Gallant finds encouraging. He also likes the attitude the players showed in preseason. The Mustangs hope to capitalize on their team speed.


Coach: Andrew Elwell, first year

Last year: 4-4

Returning starters: 10

Impact players: Otto Keisker, so., QB/DB; John Mann, so., RB/DB; Collin Harrigan, sr., WR/DB; John Hamme, jr., C/LB; Cam Guimond, jr., OT/DT; Robert Worell, jr., OG/DT; Jacob Zenga, jr., OT/DT; Joe Grenier, sr., RB/DE

Outlook: The Knights have a new coach in Elwell and a young team with a great deal of potential. They hope to keep the momentum gained from last season. "We are looking to get better every day and play our best football in November," said Elwell.


Coach: Jim Hartman, second year

Last year: 6-5, lost in Western Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 14

Impact players: Justin Zukowski, sr., RB/DB; Jayvon Pitts-Young, sr., RB/LB; Jake Dunton, sr., OT/DT; Dominic DiMillo, jr., OT/DT; Dominic Fagone, jr., WR/DB; Luigi Grimaldi, sr., OG/LB; Anthony Green, sr., TE/LB; Jordan Talbot, jr., QB/DB; Ryan Ruhlin, jr., QB/LB; Jake Fogel, sr., RB/LB; Ronald Hargrove, sr., RB/DB; Brett Howell, sr., WR/DB; Matt Talbot, sr., TE/LB

Outlook: The Bulldogs look to build on last year's playoff season. They will do it in Eastern Class A, where they have moved to help balance the two regions. Portland has talent in the backfield with Zukowski, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Pitts-Young gained 500 yards. Hargrove, a transfer from Massachusetts, has outstanding speed and should add backfield depth. The team has depth at QB with Talbot and Ruhlin. If the Bulldogs can fill both guard slots, they could be a contender.


Coach: Mike Fallon, 19th year

Last year: 5-4, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 14

Impact players: Jed Scott, sr., OT/DT; Chase Smith-Roberts, sr., OG/LB; Dakota Chapman, jr., OT/DT; Nich Veino, sr., TE/DE; Josh Schroder, sr., RB/DB; Slade Watson, sr., RB/LB; Colby Perigo, sr., FB/LB; Jon Morgan, sr., SE/DB; Tyler Flayhan, sr., SE/DB; Dan Anatra, sr., C; Chase Eldredge, jr., QB; Justin Roberge, sr. RB/LB; Nick Love, jr., TE/DE

Outlook: The Spartans will look to be more balanced and should be able to run the ball behind a big line. The team has plenty of experience with 14 returning starters. Schroder will be a go-to player as the team will also look to spread the ball around more than last year, when Alex Shain was the workhorse. Replacing his 28 touchdowns will be a challenge. Schroder rushed for 627 yards last season. The running game will set up the passing game. Eldredge has shown potential at QB.


Coach: Lance Johnson, fourth year

Last year: 7-3, lost in Western Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 11

Impact players: Ben Greenberg, sr., QB; Chris Cyr, sr., WR/DB; Dan LeClair, sr., RB/LB; Charlie Raybine, sr., RB/LB; Brendan Smith, sr., TE/DE; Mike Pino, sr., OT/DT; Ken Adams, sr., RB/DB; Jake MacDonald, sr., C/LB

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Zach Dubiel has experience avoiding tacklers while running the spread offense, and at quarterback is looking to direct Bonny Eagle back to the playoffs it missed last season.

2012 Press Herald File/Gregory Rec

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Last season Jon Woods was breaking away from Bonny Eagle players while running the ball for Gorham. This year, after transferring, he’ll be one of the Scots.

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