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Division 1 high school football team previews

Theluxon Pierre is in his first year as head coach for defending champion Everett.
Theluxon Pierre is in his first year as head coach for defending champion Everett.(Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)

Here is a look at each EMass football team in Division 1 heading into the 2018 season.

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DIVISION 1 NORTH

Acton-Boxborough

Coach: Tim Bassett (2nd season). Career: 5-6.

Last year’s record: 5-6

Strengths: Depth at skill positions.

Concerns: Inexperienced offensive line.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Colonials once again will be led by Finn Murray, a three-year starter at quarterback and three-sport captain. The 6-foot-2 Murray, also a starting safety since his sophomore year, will have five returnees at receiver as targets. Victor Otero is the most consistent, according to second-year coach Tim Bassett. Stanley Bernard is a downfield burner capable of taking the top off the defense. Senior Patrick Kronenwett and sophomore Alex Berrouet are expected to share reps in the backfield. Acton-Boxborough doesn’t bring back as much experience defensively, but Bassett hopes for a big season from sophomore Hollis Dirstine, a two-way tackle.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Chelmsford

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Andover

Coach: EJ Perry (9th season). Career: 54-32.

Last year’s record: 4-7

Strengths: Experience on defensive front.

Concerns: Inexperience at quarterback.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: For the first time in several years, there is a battle for the starting quarterback position at Andover. Junior Mark Bentley, sophomore Jolfy Frias and freshman Victor Harrington all were competing for reps and shared time during a scrimmage with Lexington Aug 25. A week before the season though, it looks like the 6-foot-4 Bentley has edged out Harrington for the position. Overall, Andover returns 15 starters and 26 lettermen. Senior Brendon Moody will be asked to step up at receiver following the graduation of Cedric Gillette, while Tommy Duncan and Joshua Ramos return to share reps at running back. Defense has not been the Golden Warriors’ strong suit in the past, but Bryant University commit Vincent Bono leads a talented defensive line along with MVC all-star Dan Blatman. Senior captain Nick Zalanskas leads the linebackers. Junior Shamus Florio performed well at the Kohl’s National Kicking Showcase in Wisconsin this summer and will give Andover an edge on special teams.

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Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Franklin

Central Catholic

Coach: Chuck Adamopoulos (22nd season). Career: 160-69.

Last year’s record: 10-1

Strengths: Team speed.

Concerns: Inexperience on offensive and defensive line.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: Last fall, a loaded Raiders team ran into an unstoppable juggernaut in Everett, ending their quest for a Division 1 state title in a 10-1 season. Now Central Catholic returns just three starters and features a new starting quarterback, senior Jared Silverio. He took reps when Merrimack Valley D1 MVP Bret Edwards (now a freshman at New Hampshire) was injured last year and he has the inside track for the starting job under center. Standout corner Joe Howshan is expected to be the leader on defense. Linebacker Shawn Morgan is the sole returner in the defensive front seven. Central coach Chuck Adamapoulos expects Cam Boes to make an impact at defensive end and will look for other young athletes to step up in a rebuilding year.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Dartmouth

Everett

Coach: Theluxon Pierre (1st season).

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Last year’s record: 11-0

Strengths: Experience on offensive and defensive lines.

Concerns: Adjusting to a new system.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: Legendary coach John DiBiaso stepped down after leading a dominant Everett team to yet another Super Bowl championship. Now one of his former players, and longtime assistant, Theluxon Pierre, takes the helm. Pierre plans to run a spread offense with either sophomore Duke Doherty or freshman Ishmael Zamore working as quarterback under Reynaldi Audate, another former Crimson Tide player who is the team’s offensive coordinator. ‘‘When it’s a new system, everyone has to adjust and it takes time to trust each other,’’ said Pierre. ‘‘We have athletes, we’re just trying to find ways to get them the ball.’’ Everett welcomes transfer Isaac Seide, the Globe’s D4 Player of the Year last fall for Melrose in its march to an unbeaten season and Super Bowl win. The Crimson Tide will also continue to feature Virginia Tech commit Mike Sainristil, arguably the most dynamic player in the MIAA and a scoring threat in all three phases of the game.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Xaverian

Haverhill

Coach: Tim O’Connor (9th season). Career: 45-43.

Last year’s record: 3-8

Strengths: Experience at offensive line and at quarterback.

Concerns: Defensive depth.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: In the words of nine-year coach Tim O’Connor, the Hillies ‘‘Took [their] lumps last season. But the outlook is positive this year,’’ he said. ‘‘Schematically and physically, we can cause a lot of problems and we have experience. I wouldn’t want to play us.’’ Haverhill returns 17 starters, including its entire offensive line to protect junior QB Brady Skafas, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound dual threat under center. Speedy tailbacks David Carrero and Aiden Alvarado will lead the double wing attack. The Hillies are also implementing a 3-4 defensive scheme with juniors Jay Levy and Brandon Grundy setting the edge. Returners Joe Santoro and Carlton Campbell will have to play key leadership roles at inside linebacker.

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Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at St. John’s Prep

Lawrence

Coach: Rhandy Audate (1st season).

Last year’s record: 2-9

Strengths: Experience at linebacker.

Concerns: Adjusting to new coaching staff.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: As a two-time Super Bowl champion at Everett High and assistant coach for the national champion 2012 Everett Pop Warner team, Rhandy Audate is no stranger to success. As a player, a standout linebacker, Audate was part of a Crimson Tide program that was 47-2. He played collegiately at Merrimack College. Hired as offensive coordinator at Lawrence fall, he was named to replace 13-year coach Mike Yameen in April. ‘‘We’re rebuilding,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re focusing on changing the culture and preparing these kids to be student athletes. I see a lot of young energy and a lot of guys that are coming into their own.’’ When he took charge of the offense last season, sophomore Jacob Tamayo stepped in a QB. He returns as the starter this season. Track standout Gianni Vargas is the lead back, with Brandon Santell providing a change of pace as a power runner in addition to his role as the team’s leading linebacker. There are a lot of new faces on the offensive and defensive line for Lawrence, but playmaking wide receiver Manuel Lara is a force on the outside.

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Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Tewksbury

Lexington

Coach: George Peterson (8th season). Career: 41-36.

Last year’s record: 9-2

Strengths: Depth at skill positions.

Concerns: Size on offensive line.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Grass

Outlook: Replacing the dynamic Sal Frelick, the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, along with back Ben Quint is a tall task. But the Minutemen are equipped to reload on offense and continue running their spread attack. After leading Division 1 in receiving yards last year, Anthony Bianchi is slotted to move to starting quarterback. Mason Hatfield, a sophomore receiver, will be the backup. Seniors Duncan Hewitt and Jack Marcin complete the receiving corps while there are six seniors competing for touches at running back during training camp. Lexington returns five starters on defense and the leader, senior Luke Butler moves from defensive end to linebacker. Having just two returning starters on the offensive line for major concern for eight-year coach George Peterson. But he remains optimistic that younger players will step in and solidify that unit.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Brockton

Lowell

Coach: John Florence (8th season). Career: 40-36.

Last year’s record: 5-6

Strengths: Depth on offensive line.

Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: Junior receiver Brendan Tighe is the only returning starter at any of the skill positions for eighth-year coach John Florence from a 5-6 squad. He totaled nearly 1,000 yards with nine touchdown receptions last fall; In 2018, he and the Red Raiders will welcome back senior quarterback Aidan Foyle, sidelined his junior season with an injury. Foyle will be handing off to a dynamic duo of Justin Villanueva and Rashawn Settles, both of whom starred at linebacker last year but will be asked to play both ways this season. The only returning starter on the offensive line, Brian Callery, is shifting from guard to center. On defense, Lowell has a pair of 6-foot-4 linemen in Ty Chan and Lewis Cadime. The Red Raiders also have a difference-making kicker in Mike Menezes, who nailed game-winners against Cambridge Rindge & Latin and Haverhill last season.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Billerica

Malden

Coach: Steve Freker (1st season).

Last year’s record: 1-10

Strengths: Senior leadership.

Concerns: Depth at skill positions.

Offense: Wing T

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: After lengthy stints as an assistant at Malden Catholic and Malden, Steve Freker is back on the sideline as head coach at his alma mater. The Golden Tornadoes will run the wing-T attack with experienced interior linemen Matt Figueiredo and Evan Heon leading the charge up front. Sophomore Justin Nortelus and senior Stevenson Lucien are expected to share time under center and Rashaud Moore returns as a wing option on offense and a strong safety on D. Two-way tackle Tyler Martineau joins Moore as a returning three-year starter and Freker hopes to develop more defensive starters from a strong sophomore class. ‘‘The loyalty and commitment of the returning upperclassmen have gotten us off to a great start,’’ said Freker. ‘‘We will really be leaning on them during a tough schedule.’’

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Melrose

Methuen

Coach: Tom Ryan (6th season). Career: 28-27.

Last year’s record: 7-4

Strengths: Speed at skill positions.

Concerns: Depth on offensive and defensive line.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Red Raiders were loaded in 2017, so it’s only natural to expect a step back minus 30 graduating seniors. Junior Connor Bryant steps in at QB after playing behind Jordan Perdomo. He is an athlete capable of thriving in the Rangers’ multiple offense. Fellow junior Ricky Brutus should see most of the touches out of the backfield, while Wes Correa becomes the top receiving option for Bryant. Head coach Tom Ryan said, ‘‘We have a lot of guys at the skill position that are going to be good, they just need experience. Last year we had such a strong senior class that those kids didn’t get a lot of touches, but they’re good athletes.’’ At defensive tackle, 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior Ian McKinnon is a force, and coupled with a speedy linebacking corps, Methuen aims to stop the run.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Malden Catholic

St. John’s Prep

Coach: Brian St. Pierre (5th season). Career: 28-16.

Last year’s record: 5-6

Strengths: Talent at skill positions.

Concerns: Defensive depth.

Offense: Pro set

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: When starting quarterback Mike Yarin suffered a shoulder injury last fall, it opened the door for sophomore Matt Crowley to gain some valuable experience for Prep. Now Crowley is back under center with a host of weapons and a respected offensive mind in Brian St. Pierre. Wes Rockett, an electric receiver, has recovered from an injury-plagued sophomore campaign. And 6-foot-2 senior Max Freedman should keep defenses honest on the other side of the field. After gaining well over 1,000 yards last year, lighting-quick back Aise Pream returns to create havoc behind a talented offensive front led by captain Kevin Dewing. Senior linebacker Coltan Tangney and defensive tackle James Taylor lead a relatively young defense, but the Eagles have proven capable of winning shootouts in years’ past.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Haverhill

DIVISION 1 SOUTH

Attleboro

Coach: Michael Strachan (6th season). Career: 26-29.

Last year’s record: 5-6

Strengths: Size on defensive line.

Concerns: Experience at skill positions.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Bombardiers are not lacking for size up front with 6-foot-4 senior Nick Evans leading a stout defensive line and 6-foot-6 junior Qualeem Charles plugging up the middle at defensive tackle. Jason Weir, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior, will move from defensive end to quarterback, with sixth-year coach Michael Strachan describing Ware as a ‘‘Tim Tebow-type runner.’’ Ware will work in tandem with 5-foot-8 senior back Justin Cote, who will also play outside linebacker. Michael Strachan Jr., the coach’s on, starts at inside linebacker and tight end as a sophomore. Defense has been an issue for the Bombardiers in years past, but Attleboro may have the right personnel to stop the run and compete against a tough schedule this season.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Milford

BC High

Coach: Jonathan Brillo (1st season).

Last year’s record: 10-1

Strengths: Defensive depth.

Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The 2017 season ended in heartbreak for BC High -- with archrival Catholic Memorial stunning the Eagles with a last-second Hail Mary in a Division 1 South semifinal. Longtime assistant Jonathan Brillo steps in at head coach for Jon Bartlett, who remains the school’s athletic director. Brillo can expect some growing pains with the graduation of three All-Scholastics, quarterback Will Bowen (North Carolina/lacrosse), tailback Danny Abraham (Harvard) and offensive lineman Tommy Aicardi (Harvard). Junior Joe Brink is slated to start at quarterback and he will be handing off to a backfield by committee. Sophomore Carter Rice is one to watch at wide receiver, while senior captain Kaleb Moody could be ask to contribute offensively in addition to his role at safety. Defensive tackle Keith Henderson and linebacker John Destefanis are key components of a strong defensive unit and fellow captain John Freeman is the leader of a relatively inexperienced offensive line. BC High has 17 seniors on the roster, but roughly half of those did not start or see significant time last season.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Mansfield

Brockton

Coach: Peter Colombo (16th season). Career: 106-55.

Last year’s record: 3-8

Strengths: Experience on offensive line.

Concerns: All-around depth.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: After a rare non-winning season, the Boxers returns 10 starters and brings back five experienced players on the O line. Junior back Eddie Ferreira has reportedly put on some 25 pounds of muscle as he prepares carve out chunks of yardage behind that sizable front. Head coach Peter Colombo enters his 16th season, but he will do so minus 15-year defensive coordinator Robert O’Neil, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Longtime assistant Matt Campbell and former Brockton star Carlito Weaver (‘08) will share duties at defensive coordinator and lean on a physical defense line anchored by 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior Segun Okunlola. Senior Mike Norman, a pocket passer piloting Brockton’s spread attack, takes over at quarterback for graduate Jose Monteiro Jr. He’ll have ample weapons on the outside including 6-6 senior Taisaun Glenn-Doherty and 6-4 sophomore Nayvon Reid. But the tradition of Brockton football remains its ground game. ‘‘We want to run the football,’’ said Colombo. ‘‘We pride ourselves on being a good running team. If we can do that, we can find balance .. and try to be better in all three phases.’’

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Lexington

Brookline

Coach: Chad Hunte (1st season).

Last year’s record: 3-8

Strengths: Team speed, skill positions.

Concerns: Adjusting to new system.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Warriors should excite under first-year coach Chad Hunte, who takes the helm of his alma mater with a number of dynamic athletes working around new quarterback Mark Barrett. A 6-foot-4 basketball standout at Brookline, Barrett returns to the gridiron for the first time since his Pop Warner days at the behest of Hunte and the senior is reportedly having a terrific training camp. Barrett will look to seniors Chris Lopez and Amari Withers as his primary targets. As a junior, Withers was outstanding at safety, picking off five passes and scoring two touchdowns. Middle linebacker John Fisher is the leader on defense. Hunte is happy to welcome back defensive tackle Kobe Yossef after the junior missed most of last year due to injury.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., vs.

Catholic Memorial

Coach: John DiBiaso (1st season). Career 304-75-1 at St. Patrick’s, Weston, and Everett.

Last year’s record: 6-5

Strengths: All three levels on defense.

Concerns: Inexperience at skill positions.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: Moving over to Catholic Memorial after a legendary 26-year-run at Everett, John DiBiaso inherits a roster that is loaded with talent on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end Lucas Folan and defensive backs Khari Johnson and Hunter Tully are all-scholastic candidates and 6-foot-4, 325-pound senior Hunter Salmon is a force at offensive guard and defensive tackle. Junior Barrett Pratt is the favorite to start at quarterback with Johnson and Tully serving as his primary receivers. Junior Jamall Griffin leads the competition at running back and sophomore Owen McGowan is expected to lead the linebackers and potentially see some reps on offense. ‘‘I was very excited all summer and couldn’t wait to get started,’’ said DiBiaso, who won 12 Super Bowls with Everett. ‘‘There are going to be bumps in the road, but hopefully the kids will buy in, work hard and we’ll get better every week.’’

Season opener: Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., at St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

Framingham

Coach: Ed Mantie (2nd season). Career: 3-8.

Last year’s record: 3-8

Strengths: Experience on offensive line and at quarterback.

Concerns: Depth in defensive secondary.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Grass

Outlook: Under the direction of second-year coach Ed Mantie, the Flyers will air it out, capable of putting points on the board with a solid spread attack. Junior Jack Beverly, who started six games in 2017, returns at quarterback, but reportedly, with 15 to 20 more pounds of muscle. Mantie has been impressed by Beverly’s leadership and command of the offense -- he watched his signal caller complete eight straight passes in the team’s first scrimmage. Junior Andrew Keane will work as a slot receiver opposite senior Jon Lonzo, who is also a returning starter at linebacker. Framingham returns three starters on the offensive line and six starters in the defensive front seven. But with only one starter returning in the defensive secondary, Mantie is concerned about his team’s pass defense.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., vs. Stoughton

Franklin

Coach: Eian Bain (3rd season). Career: 4-18.

Last year’s record: 2-9

Strengths: Offensive line and skill positions.

Concerns: Inexperience at quarterback.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: With senior stalwart Jake Noviello at the controls, the Panthers threw for over 2,500 yards last fall. Franklin may take a more conservative approach this season with senior Nick Gordon and junior Tom Gasbarro competing for the starting position under third-year coach Eian Bain. The starting QB will have a great target with 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout Sean Leonard, who led the Hockomock League with eight receiving scores last season. Speedster Ryan Driscoll is another outside threat and junior Jack Nally rounds out a talented receiving corps. Nally was leading the Hock in receptions before suffering a collarbone injury halfway through the 2017 season. ‘‘If Nally is healthy and we have those other guys we can be pretty tough to match up with,’’ said Bain. Junior Evan Wertz returns at middle linebacker after recording just under 100 tackles last year and three-year starter Nolan McLaney, second on the team in tackles last fall, is back at safety.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Andover

Needham

Coach: Doug Kopcso (1st season).

Last year’s record: 5-6

Strengths: Talent at skill positions.

Concerns: Inexperience on defense.

Offense: Spread

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: While Needham brings plenty of talent and experience on offense, new head coach Doug Kopsco is concerned about a defensive unit that has just two returning starters. But end Jonah Kurker, a senior captain, is one physically strongest players to come through the program, according to Kopsco. Senior receiver Matt Smith is also a specimen at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. The Duke commit is a force on the outside and should be a reliable target for returning quarterback Charlie Ogletree. Jack Murmes is a tight end with a good all-around game and junior Odahri Hibberts, the ‘‘home run hitter’’ according to Kopsco, should line up all over the formation with the Rockets. After spending eight years as defensive coordinator and 15 years as an assistant under longtime coach David Duffy, Kopsco said, ‘‘We plan on continuing with the philosophy that’s been laid down over the last 35 years of Needham football. We’re not looking for a revolution, we’re trying to stay true to those values.’’

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Natick

Newton North

Coach: Mike Coppola (4th season). Career: 20-13.

Last year’s record: 7-4

Strengths: Depth at running back and on offensive line.

Concerns: Inexperience at wide receiver and in defensive secondary.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Tigers are flush with athleticism, but fourth-year coach Mike Coppola is concerned about the inexperience of his new starters. Coppola has been pleased with the progress of junior Andrew Landry, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound quarterback with a live arm. Landry’s primary targets will be a trio of juniors, Alessio Calcagni, Dante Atwood and Wes Silver. Evan Thompson, the younger brother of graduated quarterback Will Thompson, is expected to start at tight end. North welcomes back four of its five starters on the offensive line, led by center Joe Torcasio, a three-year starter. Nick Busa, Adam Zhou and senior Christian Hahm are expected to lead the running game; all three are capable of chipping in as receivers. Hahm and Busa spearhead the defense from the linebacker position, and junior Jack Fitzgerald anchors the D line. Senior Kyle Ray-Canada is the sole returning starter in the secondary.

Season opener: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m., vs. Waltham

Taunton

Coach: Brad Sidwell (3rd season). Career: 11-11; 118-104-3 at Franklin.

Last year’s record: 6-5

Strengths: Size and experience on offensive line.

Concerns: Urgency.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: In a word, third-year coach Brad Sidwell wants to see more urgency from his players. If the Tigers are going to make a run in the Hockomock League, they will do so with seven returning starters on offense, including senior quarterback Noah Leonard. Taunton returns four sizable starters on the O line in Ryan Williams, Mason Frank, Cam Correiro and Christian Tourinho. Seniors Prince Brown and Sebastien Celestin, a transfer from Florida, anchor the defensive secondary. According to Sidwell, the players are showing more urgency than in years past. ‘‘It is a learning process, but it has been positive,’’ said Sidwell. ‘‘We just want to keep pushing them to get better and better and to understand how a real good practice looks and runs.’’

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at New Bedford

Weymouth

Coach: T.J. Byrne (1st season). Career: 10-19 at Sacred Heart.

Last year’s record: 3-8

Strengths: Offensive line and wide receiver.

Concerns: Adjusting to new coaching staff.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: In his first year as head coach at Weymouth, T.J. Byrne has just three starters returning on offense. But he is no stranger to a challenge. He led Sacred Heart to its first playoff win last fall. He has high hopes for wide receivers Diondre Ellis and Kyle Hoeft, two seniors that played sparingly last season but have reportedly had great summers. Juniors Tyler Campbell and Dan Picard are competing for the starting quarterback job while senior Tim Keeley is set to handle the bulk of carries out of the backfield. Keeley and senior Nate Mackin will make the calls on defense as starting linebackers. Byrne has three former Sacred Heart assistants, as well as three from Weymouth on what is otherwise a new staff.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Plymouth North

Xaverian

Coach: Al Fornaro (2nd season). Career: 7-5.

Last year’s record: 7-5

Strengths: Size and experience on offensive line.

Concerns: Inexperience at quarterback and in defensive secondary.

Offense: Multiple

Playing surface: Artificial turf

Outlook: The Hawks came on strong during the second half of Al Fornaro’s first year as head coach to earn a fifth consecutive Super Bowl berth. Xaverian welcomes back 13 starters and has 18 seniors on the roster. But sophomore Michael Berluti will start under center after winning the preseason quarterback competition. He’ll be throwing to two-way standout Cooper DeVeau and safety Justin Wenstrom, who will be asked to play more wide receiver as a senior. As always, the Hawks are big up front with Brown commit Lucas Ferraro and Trevor Carroll poised to lead the defensive line. Senior Grant Laws shifts from offensive tackle to guard and senior Michael Masse returns as a two-way player at linebacker and fullback. He’ll clear the running lanes for senior Michael Saliba, who is poised to start at running back after logging 31 carries his junior year.

Season opener: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., vs. Everett