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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Kyle Heath, Westbrook, senior, quarterback: Heath has plenty of experience at the position for the Blazes. He's a good runner and an improved passer.

Ross Hogan, York, senior, quarterback: Hogan ranks as one of the top quarterbacks in Class B in the state. He's a very accurate passer who has looked good in preseason.

Collin Joyce, Westbrook, senior, running back: Joyce accumulated 1,300 all-purpose yards last season. A hard-nosed player who gets the tough yardage.

Sean Kelly, York, senior, running back: Kelly is a dominating player on both sides of the ball. He gained 1,200 yards rushing last season.

Noah Nelson, Falmouth, junior, quarterback: Nelson has matured physically, and possesses a strong and accurate arm. He gained valuable experience last year.

Billy Rascoe, Fryeburg Academy, senior, quarterback: Rascoe led an impressive drive in the final regular-season game to get the Raiders into the playoffs. More of the same is expected.


1. York: The Wildcats advanced to the Western Class B final last season. With most of the team returning, York could get to the state final. Ross Hogan is one of the top QBs in Class B, running and throwing for more than 1,000 yards. Sean Kelly rushed for 1,200 yards and is also outstanding on defense. The offensive line has some new faces. If they develop as expected, York could be playing for a Gold Ball.

2. Kennebunk: The Rams have a good portion of the team back that lost to Thornton Academy in a shootout in the opening round of the Western Class A playoffs. Kennebunk should feel comfortable in Class B. Tyler Elkington rushed for 500 yards last year. He is a breakaway threat as a runner and also as a pass receiver. Nick Emmons brings experience at QB.

3. Marshwood: The Hawks could be in the running for the state title again this year with 12 starters returning. Brett Gerry gained more than 1,200 yards as a sophomore last season. Having advanced to the state final could give the players an extra boost of confidence. Coach Alex 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.

4. Brunswick: The Dragons return their entire line, which should open up some holes for Lucas McCue and Alex Bandouveres. Bandouveres, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound fullback, was a blocking back a year ago but will get a chance to run more this season. McCue has good size and speed. Brady Larson started at QB in the playoffs.

5. Westbrook: The Blue Blazes should have a good chance of returning to the playoffs with 10 starters back, including some good skill players. Kyle Heath is a running and passing threat at QB. Collin Joyce gained 1,300 all-purpose yards last season. The Blazes will be strong on both sides of the ball and are intent of reaching the regional final.

-- Tom Chard, Staff Writer


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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.

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