abc40′s Friday Football Fever opens the 2012 season on Friday, September 7th, at 11:15. As we lead up to the 2012 High School football season, abc40′s Mike Leslie will make the rounds to some of the top High School teams in all of Western Mass, as defending Western Mass champs, top challengers to the throne, and other top-level teams prepare for the season.
Longmeadow, MA (WGGB) — Longmeadow’s Alex Rotsko is no longer the head coach of the Lancers, as former assistant Nick St. George has taken over the storied football program. Longmeadow started football practice Monday afternoon, along with the rest of Western Mass. And they’re focused on continuing the legacy already in place.
Springfield, MA (WGGB) — Central’s Valdamar Brower has some big shoes to fill as well. But for Brower, the shoes are those of graduated All-State running back Sacoy Malone. This year, the Golden Eagles will turn to Aaron Owens to take most of the carries. Owens and junior quarterback Cody Williams will be the focal points of a Central offense groomed to take down perennial top dogs, Longmeadow.
Springfield, MA (WGGB) — Putnam is the defending Division II Western Mass champion. But they won their title last year largely on the back of All-State tailback Melquawn Pinkney. This year, new head coach Bill Watson has a stable of running backs ready to take up the chore of following in Pinkney’s shoes. Also, the Beavers have senior Kayjuan Bynum at quarterback. The tall, strong QB will be another cog in the wheel, as the Beavers look to replace production that graduated with Pinkney.
Springfield, MA (WGGB) — Commerce may not have Dayvon Williams or Tevin Jones this season, but the defensive side of the ball should be very strong. Sha’ki Holines and Hassan Graham are both Division I prospects, and they will wreak havoc for the Red Raiders defense. Holines says he’s no longer committed to UMass, and is instead destined for UConn. Graham is still evaluating several options at both the FBS and FCS levels. Head coach Tyrone Mathis has to get his offense up to speed, but the Red Raiders appear to again be among the favorites in Division II.