September 5, 2013

Class C Teams at a Glance

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Yarmouth’s Brady Neujahr starts his fourth season at quarterback. He played on championship teams his first two years and last season passed for close to 1,000 yards and scored six touchdowns.

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Spruce Mountain

Coach: Walter Polky, second year

Last year: 3-5

Returning starters: 8

Impact players: Peter Theriault, so., QB/DB; Matt Vigue, jr., TB/DB;

Outlook: The team is still young, but a move to Class C should help down the road.



Mountain Valley

Coach: Jim Aylward, 25th year

Last year: 3-6, lost in Western Class B quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Tom Thibeau, sr., Brandon Roberts, sr., Austin Varnum, sr., Anthony Boucher, sr., Dalton Milledge, jr., Caleb Gauvin, jr., Josh Mason, jr., Zac Gonzales, jr., Alan Carrier, so.,

Outlook: The Falcons are young and may struggle early in the season because of inexperience and academic eligibility issues. Aylward calls this his youngest and least experienced team. He's looking for the young players to develop so that Mountain Valley can be a factor once again.




Coach: Chris Pingitore, second year

Last year: 2-7

Returning starters: 10

Impact players: Brady Neujahr, sr., QB/DB; Tom Lord, sr., FB/DL; Matt Woodbury, sr., RB/LB; Matt Klepinger, sr., RB/DB; Rhys Eddy, sr., WR/LB; Nate Shields-Auble, sr., OT/DT

Outlook: The Clippers should bounce back from a losing season with the potential to be one of the better teams in Class C. Neujahr starts his fourth season at QB. He played on championship teams his first two seasons. Last season, he passed and ran for close to 1,000 yards and scored six touchdowns. Yarmouth expects to throw the ball more and look for Woodbury, Klepinger and Eddy to be prime targets. The line could be a question mark, but Shields-Auble, at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, is a proven player at tackle.



Coach: Tim Roche, 15th year

Last year: 7-3, lost in Western Class B semifinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Jake Moody, sr., RB/DB; Chris Carney, jr., RB/LB; Colin Sevigney, sr., FB/LB; Charlie Taylor, sr., OT/DE; Jake Godin, sr., DE; Nate Booth, jr., QB/DB; Ryan Marsh, jr., TE/LB; Mike Curtis, jr., OT/LB; Kyle Goodale, jr., OT/DT; Robbie Chaplin, jr., C/DT

Outlook: Wells has a good turnout of players, led by Moody, who can play any of the skill positions. He will be one of the team's go-to players. Another player in the same mold is Curtis, a physical presence in the line and at linebacker. The program is young with 26 freshmen. The program's goal is always the same - win a state title. Wells moves from Class B to Class C.

-- Tom Chard, Staff Writer


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