September 5, 2013

Class B High School Football Preview

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Kyle Heath is a threat as both a runner and a passer as the Westbrook High quarterback. The Blue Blazes figure to be strong in the skill positions as they hope for a return to the Western Class B playoffs. Westbrook fell in the regional semifinals last season.

2012 Press Herald File/Gordon Chibroski

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Brett Gerry returns for Marshwood after gaining more than 1,200 yards last season as a sophomore. The Hawks will face strong challenges but hope to repeat as regional champions.

2012 Press Herald File/Gordon Chibroski

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Fryeburg Academy

Coach: David Turner, sixth year

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

Returning starters: 6

Impact players: Sulo Burbank, sr., OL/DL; Billy Rascoe, sr,. QB/LB; Ryan Buzzell, sr, RB/DB; Andrew Lyman, sr., OL/DL; Cody Loewe, sr. RB./DB

Outlook: The Raiders graduated seven starters. The team doesn't have a lot of depth, so reaching the Western Class B playoffs again could be a challenge. Rascoe showed poise and toughness at QB last year and the team will look to him for leadership. Burbank had a strong season as a two-way tackle.


Coach: Dave Higgins, fifth year

Last year: 7-2, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 7

Impact players: William Peck, sr., RB/DB; Sam Peck, so., RB/LB; Connor Hanley, sr., WR/DB; Matt Pisini, so. WR/DB; Nick Dubois, jr., RB/DB; James Ferrar sr., FB/MG; Dylan Rasch, sr., OL/DL; Jonny Burton, sr, QB; Hal Baston, sr., OL/DL; Ryan Pomeroy, jr., OL/DL;

Outlook: The Rangers looked good in the opening scrimmage and hope to continue the progress during the season. Ferrar is a hard-running FB. The team is young so it could take a few games to settle down. Greely will learn quickly where it stands because it faces Marshwood, the regional champion, in the opening game.


Coach: Alex Rotsko, second year

Last year: 10-2, Western Maine champion

Returning starters: 12

Impact players: Brett Gerry, jr., RB/LB; Jackson Howarth, jr., RB/LB; Noah Kreider, sr., SE/DB; Lucas Blanchette, jr., QB/LB; Beau Blanchette, sr., TE/DL; Tyler Gagnon, sr., OL/DL; Ethan Joy, sr., C/DE; Dylan Gagner, jr., OT/LB; Nick Dalecki, jr., OL/DB; Zach Mitchell, so., OL/LB

Outlook: The Hawks could be in the running for the state title again this year with 12 starters back. Gerry gained more than 1,200 yards as a sophomore. Advancing to last year's state championship game and losing to Mt. Blue 44-42 in a back-and-forth game could give the players the resolve to return and win. Rotsko feels the Hawks are ahead of where they were last year and will look again to have a balance between the run and the pass.


Coach: Jason Darling, fourth year

Last year: 2-6

Returning starters: 10

Impact players: Liam McDonough, sr., FB/LB; Trenton Moore, sr., WR/DB; Colby Wadleigh, sr., RB/LB; Cameron Malcolm, sr., OT/DT; Josh McDougal, jr., QB/DB; James Laser, jr. RB/DE; Casey Watson, jr., TE/DE; Juwan Moore, so., OG/MG

Outlook: The Shipbuilders are young with only five seniors. The team is working in a lot of skill players. Morse has one of its largest squads in several years with 54 players. The team has good size up front, led by two-way tackle Malcolm, and will look to play more power football than in the past.

Mt. Ararat

Coach: Frank True, third year

Last year: 0-9

Returning starters: 7

Impact players: Jordan Castonguay, sr., TB/DB; Jack Mickels, sr., RB/LB; Devin Monteiro, sr., RB/DB; James Stemp, sr.,/OT/DT; Dominic Burich, sr., OL/DL; Connor Read, sr., OL/DL; Michael Tran, jr., OL/LB; Brendan Dion, sr. WR/DB; Dylan Johnson, jr., QB/DB; Brandon Jusseaume, sr., OL/LB

Outlook: The Eagles move from Eastern Class A to Western Class B, which should give them a better chance to be competitive. The team is still young, with several first-year varsity players. If things come together, Mt. Ararat could surprise a few teams.


Coach: Wes Drinkwater, first year

Last year: 3-5

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Garrett Burns, sr., FB/LB; Hunter Grindle, sr., QB/DB; Dylan McLean, jr., OT/DT; Preston Spear, jr., TB/LB; Damien Ball, jr., RB/DB; Tommy Smalley, sr., OG/DT

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Ross Hogan, one of the top quarterbacks in the state, will look to help York go at least one step more this season and slip past Marshwood for the Western Class B championship.

2012 Press Herald File/Gordon Chibroski

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Collin Joyce of Westbrook is one of those can-do players. Run? Can do. Receive? Can do. Provide leadership? Can do. Win a title? The Blazes are hoping to add that to the list.

2012 Press Herald File/Derek Davis


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