Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looking Ahead to the 2010 Football Season

11/26/09
Now that the 2009 season is in the books, who are the favorites for next year? That conversation MUST begin with Salem. It's amazing that the Blue Devils had the kind of season they did considering how many of their key players were not seniors. QB Matt Cannone, and RB's Max Jacques and Jerickson Fedrick all return. That's 3 of the top players in the state, who will all be back next year, and all should be even better. Add in other key players in Joe Dipalma and Mike Lorenz, who will both be seniors and returning starters and you have the makings of a squad which will likely be favored to repeat as D-I champs. Coach Gati's team will miss seniors like Darren Brown, Jake Matthews and Kyle Henrick, but they have very strong junior and sophomore classes returning.

How about a team that will have a tougher time next year? The first one that comes to my mind is Exeter. The Blue Hawks had very good depth in their backfield this season, with Zach Kelleher, Jason Monroe, Ben Callahan, Bryan Dunn and Colton Schricker all getting plenty of carries. The quarterback was Carson Cross, and when he threw the ball it was either to Callahan, Donny Denman Tyler Mason or Andrew Grillo. Top lineman and defensive players were Kelleher, Dylan Ryan, Fred Seeger, Cross, Monroe, Schricker, Mason and Jake Peterson, Jacob Moser, Dylan Lufkin, Brett Schrempf and Kyle Fitzsimmons. The kicker was James Holler and the punter was Callahan. Those were the 18 players who carried the majority of the load this year for Exeter. And guess what, folks? Not one of them will be returning to the team next year, they're all seniors. Ouch. The good news is that the Blue Hawks once again had a good JV team, and the freshman team was not only good, but they had about 60 kids. The pipeline is strong for Coach Ball, but next season might be a difficult one, especially if they do indeed play in Division I.

Two kids who will help out are Jamie Tymann and Brad Tiernan, who will both be juniors next year. Tymann filled in for Cross for a few games while he was out with mono. He did a solid job as the backup, and that experience will be invaluable next season when he takes over as the starting QB. Tiernan broke into the starting lineup on the Blue Hawk defensive line a few weeks into the season. Once he got on the field, he never got off of it. He was very effective as a pass rusher as well as stopping the run. He's a very big kid, and played about as well as an sophomore in the state this season not named Fedrick. Both Tymann and Tiernan are players to watch over the next couple years.

Another team that loses a lot is Pinkerton. They will have to replace QB Ryan Simpson, a two-way player, as well as Ben Proulx, a DE/TE who was arguably the best defensive player in the state this year. They also lose the explosive Eric Guinto, lineman C.J. Trieb and Jeff Guilherme. The Astro's cupboard isn't bare, however. They'll have strong returning players in Mike Mazzola, Luke Somers, Emmitt Smith and Zach Tulley. Pinkerton loses A LOT of talent, but they will still be a good football team.
I suppose the big question is how good is BG going to be. And it's been well documented that they graduate over 30 seniors this spring. They will especially miss Nick Solano, Brett Kana, Walter Kell, Nick Phillips, Adam Hall, Scott St. Lawrence, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Barrille, Pat Rhodes, Ryan Turner, Elias Kassis, Nick Carluccio and Mike Flynn. While the Cardinals return QB Steve Cuipa and RB/WR/return man Mike Kelly, the majority of the playmakers, especially on defense are gone. Kyle Karaska, who will be a junior next season will help out but will have to step up. BG will not be as dominant as they were this past season, but they have a good pipeline of talent, with many of the players who were on this year's strong JV squad moving up to varsity.

Besides Guertin, the other team that will have mucho attention on them will be Plymouth. Can they have yet ANOTHER undefeated season, and keep the streak alive? Almost as importantly, will they remain in Division IV? If they move up to D-III, and Souhegan stays in D-III, the Sabres will have a good chance at ending the streak.

Speaking of Souhegan, it will not be easy replacing Petropulos and Jellison. They were two of the top players in the state each of the last two years. The Sabers also lose strong players in Tyler Wing, Matt Comstock, Sean Cultera and Stephen Daigneau. The good news is that this season they had arguably the best backup QB in the state in Michael Luks (Kujawski from BG can also make a case, I don't consider Brodeur or Karkhanis a backup for North since both played so much). Luks is 6'3", 220 and has a good arm. He should be next year's breakout quaterback. And he'll have some good weapons to use in wideouts Brendan McKenna and Matt Schagrin and tailback Nick Calvetti. Coack Believeau's squad won't be as dominat as they were the last two years, but they will still be a very good football team next season.

There's a good chance that Winnacunnet will be the favorites in Division II next year, especially if BG moves up to D-I. They had A TON of players on this year's D-II All-State team. Like Winnacunnet, they lose a lot of talent, but also return some key players as well. That list includes QB Steve Cronan, defensive standout Matt Trainor, and halfback Bret Taylor. Coach Auffant should probably win the D-II coach of the year award. He does a very good job with his team, and he brought excitement back to the program this year. The Warriors end this season with a lot of confiedence, and that will carry over to 2010.

Who are the top individual players to wath for next season? Three of the top four, and four of the top seven players in my Mr. Football Award rankings return. All three of these kids should have HUGE senior years. They would be Mike Kelly of BG, Max Jacques and Jerickson Fedrick of Salem, and Nashua North's Andre Williams. The other four players on my Mr. Football list who are coming back are all quarterbacks. These were four of the top six QB's this past season in Cannone, Cuipa, Cronan and Farkas. All four should be in for big senior years.

Keep and eye on Cronan. The two receivers he threw to this year were Harry Knowles and Jesse Gould, and they're both graduating. And Jason Busfield ws the team's top rusher, and also caught passes out of the backfield and he's also leaving. We'll really see what Cronan is made of next year. We know he's an exceptional athlete, and has toughness to burn, but now we'll see if he can make his teammates better.

I like Farkas to have a big year next year. South loses Nick Haskell, but they return Armond McRae and Nilsson Basora, two very good weapons for Farkas to utilize.

There wasn't much that Cuipa did wrong this year. He made very good decisions with the ball, and made good throws downfield. He'll need to become more of a vocal leader with all of the seniors leaving. And if he can get bigger and stronger, he'll be as good as any QB in the state next season.

Other signal callers to watch out for next season will be Jared Chandler from Central, Hanover's Sam Carney and North's Brandon Karkhanis. Chandler has fellow classmate Junior Brown coming back to throw the ball to. Those two wil be scary to defend when they're seniors in 2011. And Karkhanis will no longer have to share quaterback duties with Brodeur. He returns, along with Williams and Jamar Gathright for the Titans to give them a running game that will be second in the entire state only to Salem.

60 comments:

  1. Don't mind the illiteracy displayed in the above comment, Jeremy.

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  2. enough with football. the season is done. lets get to basketball. a month left. i would like to see some articles on the top teams!!!!!!!

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  3. Trust me, in another month, it'll be all basketball on here.

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  4. Football is not a seasonal thing, it's a way of life.

    Besides, there are still Turkey Bowl games to be played, dissected, analyzed and pontificated on ; >)

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  5. BG dominates football next year and dominates hoops this year.

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  6. steve cronan will be the best player in the state next year no one will stop him

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  7. there are some sick juniors returning next year it should be fun to watch. Kelly, Cuipa, Cronin, Jacques, Fredrikson, Andre Williams. should be a great year of football

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  8. I am going to have to go with Farkas and Cannone next year. Two Qb's who both started at Sophomores, they return with a lot more responsibility and will be able to do things they have been holding back.

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  9. cuipa would have put up sick numbers if they let him play a full game.BG was up by so much at halftime that most games he was done by half.

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  10. 6:57 learn to read. it is in there

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  11. I added in info on Souhegan and Winnacunnet after people requested it. I still might add more to the post, too.

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  12. It should be noted that Souhegan will sorely miss senior center and defensive lineman Colin Cray. Sabers fans have watched Colin become a dominant presence on the Sabers defensive line over the past few years and though it has never been mentioned (for the life of me I can not figure why), he may in fact be the only Saber to receive and accept either a Div. 1 or Div. 2 football scholarship next year. Great job and Good luck, Colin!

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  13. His line-mate Culterra or however you spell it too will be missed. From what I've heard, BOTH have been getting plenty of 1AA/D2 recruiting interest. The only game the Sabers lost was the game in which Cray missed the first half and Cultrera the game due to injuries. Will be tough to fill the holes they create on that line with their departure next season. They should definitely be mentioned more than have been, but sometimes the lineman just don't get the credit they deserve. Good luck to both in the future, they were fun to watch.

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  14. Just looked it up and I spelled it right the second time and wrong the first: Cultrera, not Culterra

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  15. Just looked it up and I spelled Cultrera's name right the second time, but Culterra isn't right.

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  16. hey jeremy when you were talking about exeter you forgot to mention tim mccain the one returning starter who will be a senior next year

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  17. jeremy what do you think about souths returning players next year

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  18. I think he already talked about souths returning players.. Armond..

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  19. hey jeremy, on the subject of exeter, Brad Tiernan wasn't only a DE but he was also honerable mention OL this year.

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  20. what do you think about central, losing half their O-line and Cavanaugh.

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  21. They'll do what they always do....reload. Good coach, big school, no problem.

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  22. What's up with all the All State Selections? How do they justify the number of selections? I just took a look at the Div 6 and they selected 2 fullbacks and 4 running backs. That with the 2 qb's selected kind of makes a crowded backfield. Looking on the defensive side of the list there were 8 Linebackers picked. Hope they can all play line too! This is incredible. Come on coaches, man up. Pick 11 players on each side of the ball. I know it'll be hard and some feelings will get hurt, but what you did just waters down the title. How many waterboys made the list?

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  23. Oh my god, Div 5 is worse!!!!! 11 running backs!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. when is the union leader all state team, dont they just pick 1 at each position? jeremy?

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  25. I don't know about the Union Leader, but one at each position makes sense to me.

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  26. jeremy who is your list of one at each position?

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  27. Just one team of 22 for the whole state

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  28. hey anyone excited about watching trinity snap plymouth's 55 game unbeaten streak when they take over d 4 next year?

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  29. Trinity won't beat Plymouth. 3rd, maybe 4th place. Still respectable, but they won't take it over.

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  30. Don't make me giggle, Trinity won't come close, in DIV, lol

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  31. Why is Trinity In D IV?? They petitioned up to D III. Did the NHIAA dump them in IV?

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  32. QB - Petropulos
    RB - Jellison
    FB - Phillips
    WR - Montville
    WR - Kelly
    TE - Finnegan
    OL - Kana
    OL - Ryan
    OL - Cohen
    OL - Cultera
    OL - Gratiano

    DB - Montville
    DB - Kelleher
    DB - Gathright
    DB - Sweeney
    LB - Kell
    LB - Phillips
    LB - Fatello
    DL - Proulx
    DL - Ryan
    DL - Solano
    DL - Cultera

    Some tough calls in there.

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  33. Only one I might argue with is that you should have Cray at center on the offense. I know he and Cultera have been getting a lot of that 1AA/D2 interest lately.

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  34. If all they're getting now is looks and no offers, they're probably not going to get one. They should think about possibly doing a PG year. I know Tabor is looking for PG lineman.

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  35. Not true about D1aa and D2. They have to wait to see who falls from d1 and proceed from there

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  36. Let's not get too into this recruiting heresay. None of us know the exact sitution since none of us are the actual players or coaches involved. That guy coud have under or overstated their situation, though honestly I think that's the right ball park as well where they fit after watchin them a couple times this year.

    Also, while I haven't heard of any offers yet, generally most 1AA offers come out in late December and January, and D2 offers on signing day or later in February, so the lack of offers at this point shouldn't be too much of a concern. Zocco didn't get his until February, so while 1A is likely out, I could see a UNH or somebody swooping in last minute.

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  37. 10:22 I believe you are correct. Most coaches are out in full force now visiting schools and staying in touch. because their is no offer today does not mean much. The 1aa and d2 work differently than 1a

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  38. Jeremy, now that the combines are running, you should start a topic on combine results. Let's see the studs and the duds.

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  39. You should start a thread for the combine results. Good way to really judge speed and strength....

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  40. Anyone going to comment on the Division changes? How did Fall Mountain get moved up do DV after going 0 for, while the two teams that played for the championship (Interlakes and Winnisquam stayed down? And will someone please tell Plymouth that they are losing credibility by hiding where they are? Like they didn't know it? or just ignoring what everyone outside of exit's 24 to 32 think of them?

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  41. and it is worth mentioning why exeter is going to division 1 while BG who has dominated division 2 and arguably the best team in the state year in and year out is staying in divsion 2. Not only is this wrong but the exeter vs winnacunnet rivalry will be gone. A meaningless game between 2 teams in 2 different divisions. it has no meaning in the standings and its taking away from the excitment of that game.

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  42. I know it's real early, but any predictions for next season?

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  43. Div 5-St. Thomas defeats Bow for the championship
    Div 6- Newport defeats Gilford....

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  44. Jeremy, just wanted to shoot you some information.. salem's big 3 (9-QB....5-RB ..32-RB) are all getting some serious big time looks. WIll naem the schools in the spring

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  45. Newport defeats gilford for next year...no way, True these 2 will be in the playoffs but add franklin and newfound...i see newport vs newfound in the finals

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  46. Franklin will not be in the finals next year. Come on, you lost the only two lineman you had. You'll be struggling to break 500.

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  47. 4:20...Tend to disagree with you....Franklin will be in the playoffs...who else would be there.
    Epping-Back in DIV, not going to make much noise,

    Raymond - they had impressive 1st year,but they had many starters that were seniors.

    Farmington- Their best overall player was McKenna, he will be lost to graduation.

    Mascoma- They were considering going back to jv status, enough said.

    Inter-Lakes- Losing 14-15 seniors players, will have a couple of standouts, but a repeat to the championship is unlikely.

    Winnisquam-Same as Inter-lakes....how do you replace players like Sanborn and IL Brady.

    Franklin- Losing a handful of seniors, still have a soild core of kids, plus tradition.

    Gilford- Same as Franklin, still a good group of players left,but to make it to the finals, not in 2010.

    Newfound- Losing half dozen senior players, still have an explosive player in Tucker. 3rd in rushing behind Brady and Sanborn.

    Newport- losing a talented QB and RB, but have players that will step up very nicely. Newport should take the division.

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  48. Meant to type DVI for Epping

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  49. raymond didnt have many seniors.. they had all juniors

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  50. cam blewitt zach fitzherbert best rbs in d5 this year, and whoever saying that trinity will beat plymouth.... i dont see that happening plymouth souhegan and portsmouth should go uo to d2 give bg a little competition

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  51. 11:03, Raymond had 6-7 seniors all were starters and in key positions. True they will have a boat load of seniors next year. Still impressed with their first season.

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  52. They had 2 starting rbs as seniors, one tackle, an outside linebacker.. But they return a couple decent backs, qb, all 3 interior linebackers and there secondary

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  53. farkas is getting recruited by rutgers and bc.
    cannone is getting recruited by uconn unh and bc
    cronan is gettin looked at by unh and marist
    max jacques is gettin recruited heavily by bc

    did my research
    should be one hell of a year

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  54. Good for those young men. They are all outstanding football players. Im a UNH football fan and I would love for the best players in the state to go Durham to continue their football careers. It will be tough to get some of those guys, but I think it would be great for the Wildcats to keep those guys in state.

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  55. Anyone know what the alignments are for the upcoming season? Where can this info be found.

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