MA Football Preview
by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 16th, 2011
Differing from past years, this year’s squad is lead A a small senior group featuring co-captains James Wang (I) and Devaughn Holliday (I) playing alongside Harry Pearce, Otis Handy, Greg Blaize, and Jackson Walsh. Despite having a small senior class, the team took the field on Labor Day with sky-high expectations: the New England Championship.
Along with these talented seniors, the team returns with a strong junior class. Returning juniors include Nick Bland (II), Ryan Rizzo (II), Ryan Heath (II), Justin Lamere (II), Jeff Bortman (II), Adam Basri (II), John Oda-Gallagher (II), Ikemefuna Ngwudo (II), Henry Hays (II), James Oliver (II), and Bobby Shepard (II).
With this stacked cast of juniors, a group of young guns have joined the Orange and Blue. These include Matt Morin (III), Jack Urquhart (III), Anthony Scurto (III), and freshman kicker Justin Yoon (IV).
The combination of the returning seniors and juniors and the new talents has seemed to create a championship-bound team. However, as we all know, talent does not win championships. The team has bonded since way back at the BC Football Camp back in June. Captain Devaughn Holliday says, “I feel like we are bonding more and more everyday, becoming brothers and making each other better.”
Sophomore lineman Austin Johnson shares his thoughts about rising to the varsity team: “It’s pretty cool. It feels like I’ve been on the team for awhile.” Hopefully the combination of talent and brotherhood can carry the Mustangs to yet another New England Championship.
Additionally, the ISL appears to be a much weaker league. With the loss of their head coach, Lawrence Academy battles to return as a superpower. Also, the Rivers School has lost many of their superstars and the majority of their coaching staff. However, Belmont Hill and BB&N have returned with the majority of their offensive and defensive weapons.
Although some teams have sunk into mediocrity, the schedule will undoubtedly put the Mustang squad to the test. The season opener will be against Lawrence Academy up in Groton, MA. Be sure to support the team throughout the season. Mustang pride all the way!
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