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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FOOTBALL LIVE STREAMING

At www.pressherald.com/sports, 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

Outlook: The Red Storm have some talented athletes and football players who should keep the team in playoff contention. Greenberg was the backup QB last year but has all the tools -- size, speed and arm -- to have an outstanding season. Cyr has size and speed and should be a top receiver. LeClair and Raybine give Scarborough two top runners to complement the passing game. The key to the season will be how well the line performs. If everything comes together, the Red Storm could be a top-four team in the region.

South Portland

Coach: Steve Stinson, ninth year

Last year: 2-6

Returning starters: 16

Impact players: Duncan Preston, sr., QB/DB; Josh Allen, sr., OL/LB; Jordan Susi, sr., WR/DB; Marcus Mainit, sr., OL/LB; Joey DiBiase, sr., RB/DB; Matt Hammond, jr., RB/LB; Matt Stearns, jr., WR/DB; Hayden Owen, jr., WR/DB; Jaren Muller, jr., TE/DL; Ismail Baez, jr., OL/DL

Outlook: The Red Riots were impressive in the summer passing league with Preston at QB, and receivers Susi, Owen, Stearns and Muller. Preston is a dual threat as a passer and runner. The Riots return most of their team from last season, including tailback DiBiase, and are looking to be one of the six playoff teams in Western Class A. The line will need to keep improving to enhance South Portland's playoff chances.

Thornton Academy

Coach: Kevin Kezal, 14th year

Last year: 11-1, state champion

Returning starters: 7

Impact players: Andrew Libby, sr., RB/DB; Cody Lynn, sr., TE/DB; Jack Grondin, sr., OG/LB; Jordan Matthews, sr., C/LB; Jesse Meikle, sr., FB/LB; Robert Runnells, sr., TE/DB; Carter Davis, sr., WR/DB; Kevin Barrett, jr., WR/LB; Ashton Lloyd, jr., OT/DT; D'Andre Morgan, Jr., OG/DT; Tyler Fleurant, jr., C/LB; Jimmy Remmes, jr., C/LB; Ben Zuke, jr., OT/DT; Owen Elliott, so., FB/LB; Austin McCrum, so., QB/DB.

Outlook: The Golden Trojans will be led by Libby, the 2012 Maine Sunday Telegram player of the year. Like last year, the offense will give the ball to Libby as much as possible. Thornton graduated several starters from last year's championship team, so filling those positions could go a long way in determining its chances of repeating. That's true in the offensive line, where only two starters are back. Thornton was dealing with injuries during the preseason. When healthy, this team should be one of the best.

Windham

Coach: Matt Perkins, 12th year

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

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Liam Sullivan, sr., RB/DB; Ethan Petty, sr., OL/LB; Sam Pattee, sr., FB/LB; Cody Hill, sr. OL/DL; Josh Bockus, sr., WR/DB

Outlook: The Eagles have moved to Eastern Class A. How the underclassmen develop could determine the success of the season. Sullivan saw time at running back and started at defensive back a year ago. Petty is also a returning starter and a good one. Perkins liked the players' work ethic in preseason and looks for it to carry over to the season. The Eagles have talent in the sophomore and junior classes. The key is for them to mature every week. Windham would be disappointed if if doesn't make the playoffs.

• 15 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joe Bissonnette, Bonny Eagle, senior, wide receiver: Bissonnette is a returning all-conference receiver for the Scots. He gives the team an outside threat in the spread offense.

Chris Cyr, Scarborough, senior, wide receiver: Cyr will provide a big, strong and speedy target for Ben Greenberg.

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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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