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August 30, 2010

MVC Football Preview: Team capsules

With dynamic playmakers Nick LaSpada and Cal Carroll behind center, Billerica and Methuen stand as the favorites in the Merrimack Valley Conference large and small, respectively.

All reports are that Billerica’s LaSpada has fully recovered from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered in a Division 1 playoff loss to Everett.

Just a sophomore last season, LaSpada won the Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year, throwing for 1,633 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 1,039 yards and eight more scores.

Chelmsford, which was 6-5 last season, may be the next best contender led by running back Joe Gennaro (21 touchdowns, 1,321 yards rushing).

Paced by Eagle-Tribune All-Stars Carroll and wide receiver Raudy Minaya, Methuen seems poised to take the crown in the MVC small.

Reigning champ Dracut returns Matt Silva, (22 passing touchdowns, 14 rushing scores).

 

Andover

2009 record: 6-5

Offense: Spread; Defense: 4-3

Returning starters (8): Brian Miller, Sr., TE/DE, 6-4, 235; Ned Deane, Sr., TE/LB, 6-2, 205; Lyle Baker, Sr., OL/DE, 6-2, 240; Connor Clancy, Sr., C/NG, 6-0 242; Chris Newton, Sr., LB, 5-9, 205; Will Keller, Sr., LB, 6-0, 202; Kevin Sharrio, Sr., CB, 5-10, 165; Will Clark, Jr., LB, 6-0 200

Returning lettermen: Matt Barnes, Sr., WR, 5-7, 145; Nathan Bonilla, Sr., OL, 6-2, 236; Ben Cook, Sr., CB, 5-10, 172; Cody Cunningham, Sr., OL, 6-4, 292; Tom Dempsey, Sr., QB, 6-2, 181; Ian Doherty, Sr., CB, 6-0, 156; Pat Farnham, Sr., S, 5-7, 145; Alex Ferreira, Sr., OL, 6-2, 268; Mark Fitzgerald, Sr., RB, 6-0, 165; Michael Galietti, Sr., RB, 5-10, 167; Michael McGovern, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 154; Ben McQuaide, Sr., WR/CB, 6-2, 179; John Prawdzik, Sr., WR/S, 6-0, 168; Connor Sullivan, Sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 239; Greg Brown, Jr., DL, 6-1, 220; Gregory Calabro, Jr., S, 6-0, 158; Thomas Cooper, Jr., WR, 6-0, 149; Matt Crush, Jr., OL/DE, 6-2, 231; Jason Dong, Jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 205; Connor Fortune, Jr., WR/DB, 5-11, 186; Jeffrey Hanson, Jr., WR/LB, 6-2, 192; James Kelly, Jr., OL, 5-11, 224; Alex Lahood, Jr., OL, 6-1, 222; Tim Leeman, Jr., OL, 6-2, 243; Nick Marcotte, Jr., OL, 6-0, 196; Brad Miller, Jr., RB/LB, 5-10, 205; Brendan Paquette, Jr., QB/LB, 6-1, 165; Derek Peterson Jr., TE, 6-1, 196; Giovanni Rosano, Jr., LB, 6-0, 173; Jake Sacco, Jr., RB, 6-1, 174; Abel Tavarez, Jr., RB, 5-10, 162; Jimmy Walsh, Jr., QB, 6-0, 167; Jake Watson, Jr., OL, 6-1, 258

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