Players to Watch
Alex Alexandre, Quincy: The senior captain leads a three-way battle at tailback to replace graduate Jalen Green that also includes Jahvae Handsome-Fields and Kenny Garcia.
Rory Donovan , Cardinal Spellman: The senior end/safety hauled in 10 touchdown catches while snaring five interceptions. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound captain has already received offers from the University of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but he is also a standout on the basketball court.
Brendan Hill , Mansfield: As a sophomore, the 6-5, 205-pound end led the Hornets with 48 catches for 849 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shayne Kaminski , Xaverian Brothers: The 5-11, 198-pound senior captain is a force on both sides of the ball for the Hawks at linebacker and running back. He delivered clutch TD runs against Duxbury and Bridgewater-Raynham last fall and was also a member of the Division 1 East state champion lacrosse team last spring.
Grant Kramer , Duxbury: His older brother, 6-foot-7, 300-pound Aaron, is on the two-deep as a junior guard at Boston College and the 6-4, 260-pound senior guard is following in his footsteps. He led the Dragons in pancake blocks a year ago, along with fewest sacks allowed.
Jay Maxwell, Dedham: A stress fracture in his foot limited production last season, but the rising senior back still racked up 1,000 yards in nine games with six starts. His goal this fall: 1,300 yards.
Connor Moriarty , Walpole: The senior back/safety rushed for 500-plus yards while backing up then-seniors Mike Rando and Cam Hanley for most of the season.
Dylan Oxsen , Plymouth South: What can the dynamic senior back do for an encore after a junior season in which he racked up 40 touchdowns — including five in a 38-33 Division 2A loss to Natick — while rushing for 2,000-plus yards.
Kylan Philbert-Richardson , Archbishop Williams: After rushing for 1,750 yards in nine games last year, the senior back says he is in better shape physically for his final season.
Luc Valenza , Foxborough: The four-year starter, a captain, churned out 730 yards rushing last year while leading the team in tackles with 95.
Cappiello’s Top 10 teams
(Listed with 2012 final record)
1. Mansfield (8-5); Hockomock (Kelley-Rex)/Division 2
2. Duxbury (11-1); Patriot (Keenan)/Division 2
3. Brockton (9-4); Big Three/Division 1
4. Walpole (10-1); Bay State (Herget)/Division 3
5. Abington (13-0); South Shore/Division 5
6. Bridgewater-Raynham (5-6); Old Colony/Division 1
7. Xaverian (4-7); Catholic Conference/Division 1
8. Hingham (8-3); Patriot (Keenan)/Division 3
9. Cardinal Spellman (6-5); Catholic Central (Large)/
10. Stoughton (9-2); Hockomock (Davenport)/
Game of the week
Abington at Duxbury, Friday, 7: Undefeated defending Division 4 Super Bowl Champions Abington visit Duxbury, which has won the Patriot (Keenan) League (Division 2) every year since 2008.
Week 1 slate
(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise)
Friday: Abington at Duxbury; Apponequet at Fairhaven; East Bridgewater at Plymouth South; Hingham at Sandwich; Malden Catholic at Quincy; Mansfield at Dunbar (Md.); North Quincy at Medford; Norton at Scituate; Norwell at Cohasset; Silver Lake at Hanover; Walpole at Foxborough; Wareham at Bishop Stang.
Saturday: King Philip at Middleborough, 1 p.m.; Lee at Old Rochester, 1 p.m.; Southeastern at Coyle & Cassidy, 1 p.m.; Weston at Randolph, 1 p.m.; Bridgewater-Raynham at St. John’s Prep, 1:30 p.m.; Plymouth North at Whitman-Hanson, 1:30 p.m.; Needham at Westwood, 7 p.m.
Peter Cappiello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.