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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Outlook: Drinkwater will have the luxury of working with a big, deep line. Grindle makes the offense go at QB. Burns was the top rusher last year. Burns, Ball and Spear are a nice complement to Grindle.

Westbrook

Coach: Jeff Guerette, sixth year

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

Returning starters: 10

Impact players: Trey Arsenault, sr., C/LB; Noah Collins, sr., G/LB; Alex Gauvin, sr., OT/NG; Kyle Heath, sr., QB/DB; Collin Joyce, sr., HB/DE

Outlook: The Blue Blazes should have a good chance of returning to the playoffs with 10 starters returning, including some good skill players. Heath is a running and passing threat at QB. Joyce gained 1,300 all-purpose yards last season. Arsenault, Gauvin and Collins look to anchor the offensive line while playing strong at linebacker.

York

Coach: Randy Small, 17th year

Last year: 8-3, lost in Western Maine final

Returning starters: 15

Impact players: Ross Hogan. sr., QB; Sean Kelly, sr., TB/DE; Kyle Miller, sr., OT/DT; Ryan Miller, sr., FB/LB; Ethan McDonough, sr., OT/DT; Mitchell Lee, sr., TE/DE; Grant Mahoney, sr., LB; Dalton Gamache, sr, C; Jordan Pigeon, jr., WR/DB; Jack Neary, jr., FB/LB; Brandon Carney, jr., WB/LB; Jimmy Orso. jr., WB/LB; Zach Hanley, jr., OT/DE; Dan Boch, jr., TE/DE; Mark McGlashing, jr., WB/DB.

Outlook: The Wildcats are a favorite in Western Class B. With 76 players, the program has its largest turnout. Hogan is one of the top QBs in Class B; he ran and threw for more than 1,000 yards last year. Kelly rushed for 1,200 yards and is also outstanding on defense. The offensive line has three new starters. How that unit develops will go a long way in deciding if York plays for the Gold Ball.

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Alex Bandouveres, Brunswick, junior, fullback: At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Bandouveres will be tough to stop in short-yardage situations and even tougher with a head of steam. He's also a strong blocker.

Beau Blanchette, Marshwood, senior, defensive end: Blanchette was a defensive standout for the Hawks in their march to the state title game. He's also an effective blocker and pass receiver at tight end.

Larson Coppinger, Kennebunk, senior, wide receiver: Coppinger will be the go-to receiver for the Rams in a strong offense. He has outstanding speed and a great pair of hands.

Nicco Delorenzo, Kennebunk, senior, fullback: He is a big, strong runner who should get the tough yardage for Kennebunk. He complements the team's balanced offense.

Tyler Elkington, Kennebunk, senior, running back: Elkington will be the go-to player for what is expected to be a strong Kennebunk running game. He has breakaway speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

James Ferrar, Greely, senior, running back: Ferrar is a hard runner for the Rangers who gained good experience last season.

Brett Gerry, Marshwood, junior, running back: Gerry was the top runner for the Western Maine champs as a sophomore with 1,200 yards.

Joe Goodrich, Falmouth, senior, kicker: Goodrich is one of the top schoolboy kickers in the state. Whenever the Yachtsmen cross the 40-yard line, they have a chance to score because of Goodrich's leg.

Hunter Grindle, Oceanside, senior, quarterback: Grindle is a strong runner and passer, and the player who will key Oceanside's offense this season.

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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.

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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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