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

Joe Fitzpatrick, Cheverus, junior, running back: Fitzpatrick got limited carries last season but when he did carry, he showed an explosive style that should help the Stags.

Ben Greenberg, Scarborough, senior, quarterback: Greenberg has waited his turn to start. He has a strong arm and will add a dimension to the offense as a runner.

Ethan Jordan, Cheverus, senior, quarterback: Jordan has a strong and accurate arm, and looks to follow in the footsteps of recent standouts at QB for the Stags.

Capen Macomber, Biddeford, junior, fullback: Macomber played in Florida last year and returned to Biddeford, where his father is the line coach of the Tigers. He's the fullback for the team's wishbone.

Andrew Libby, Thornton Academy, senior, running back: Libby sparked the Golden Trojans to the Class A state title. He was named the Maine Sunday Telegram's Player of the Year.

Cody Lynn, Thornton Academy, senior, tight end: Lynn was a key player for Thornton in its drive to the state title a year ago and he figures to be just as important, if not more, this season.

Cody O'Brien, Cheverus, senior, fullback: O'Brien saw a lot of action running the ball and playing linebacker. He should get more carries this season.

Jayvon Pitts-Young, Portland, senior, running back: He gives Portland another top runner. Pitts-Young, who can also play QB, rushed for more than 500 yards.

Duncan Preston. South Portland, senior, quarterback: Preston is one of the top quarterbacks in Western Class A as a passer and runner. He has some good receivers as targets.

Josh Schroder, Sanford, senior, running back: Schroder rushed for 627 yards as the Spartans' second-leading rusher last year. He should be the team's top runner.

Liam Sullivan, Windham, senior, running back: A two-year starter at defensive back, Sullivan gets to showcase his running ability at halfback.

Jon Woods, Bonny Eagle, senior, running back: Woods is a transfer from Gorham, where he was the team's top runner. He fits into Bonny Eagle's plans nicely.

Joe Zukowski, Portland, senior, running back: Zukowski gained more than 1,000 yards for the Bulldogs. He will be one of the team's offensive stalwarts.

• FIVE TEAMS TO WATCH

1. Thornton Academy: The Golden Trojans lost 15 seniors, but there's enough talent left to make a run at a second consecutive Class A title. Thornton again will be led by RB Andrew Libby, who was named All-State and the Maine Sunday Telegram's Player of the Year last season. Like then, the offense will give the ball to Libby as much as possible. Cody Lynn is one of the state's top players as a tight end and defensive back.

2. Cheverus: The Stags move to Eastern Maine, and those teams will soon find out what the SMAA has known for the last few years -- Cheverus is that good. Despite some graduation losses, the Stags should be a contender in their new division. Cheverus has size and speed with talent at the skill positions. The line has two starters back and a lot of potential.

3. Bonny Eagle: The Scots are bent on returning to the playoffs after missing them last season for the first time in 10 years. The team has been strengthened by the transfer of running back Jon Woods from Gorham. Also, Ben Malloy, a top basketball player for the Scots, is playing football for the first time since middle school. His size will be welcome at split end. Zach Dubiel is the starting QB and has experience running the spread offense.

4. South Portland: The Red Riots were impressive in the summer passing league with QB Duncan Preston throwing to a fleet group of receivers. TB Joey DiBiase will be a key to the running game. South Portland could be ready to move up in the rankings. A tough opening schedule will be a test.

5. Portland: 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 Joe Zukowski, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, and Jayvon Pitts-Young, who gained 500 yards.

-- Tom Chard, Staff Writer

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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.

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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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