2022 8 a side football preview capsules

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DIRIGO COUGARS
Coach: Craig Collins (third year)
To classify: Small 8 men; Region: South
Last year’s results: 7-3, reached the regional final.
Returning athletes: Seniors — Charlie Houghton (QB), Bode Gray (FB/LB), Trenton Hutchinson (SB/FS), Trent Holman (WR/CB), Dakota Tompkins (WR/CB); Juniors – Isaiah Bradeen (G/LB), Logan Timberlake (C); Sophomores – Nathaniel Wainwright (TE/DE), Andrew Wisecup (G/N).
Promising novelties: Seniors – Dylen Packard (FB/LB), Otilio Cepeda (TE/CB), Joe Conron (G); Juniors – Wyatt Hamner (C/TE), Trevor Swett (DE); Freshmen – Tanner Bradeen (FB/LB), Caiden Skidgel (QB), Brady Philbrick (QB/SB/CB), Trevor Crosby (WR/SB).
Season outlook: There’s a lot of excitement heading into the season for the Cougars. Dirigo has a strong senior class and hopes his leadership can take the team to the next level.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER PATRIOTS
Coach: Brian Jahna (fifth year)
To classify: Large 8-seater: Region: South
Last year’s results: 2-6, lost in regional quarter-finals.
Returning athletes: Seniors – Mikey Ryan (QB/DB), Miles Post (RB/LB), David Black (C/DL), Dillon Young (RB/LB); Juniors – Nick Geer (TE/DE), Brady Castrucci (RB/DB); Sophomores – Kobi Conant (RB/QB/DB), Jameson Hart (OL/DE).
Promising novelties: Senior – Jeff McAlister (TE/DB); Freshman – Brody Tracy (RB/TE/LB).
Season outlook: This year’s team has great chemistry, a positive team culture and strong leadership. Several players will play back and forth due to the low number of players, but the excitement of the team is high. Success will depend on the health of the upper classes.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY FALCON
Coach: Pat Mooney (first year, second stint)
To classify: Small 8 men; Region: South
Last year’s results: 3-4, reached the Small School South semi-finals.
Returning athletes: Seniors – Robert Léveillée (HB/LB), Jesse Vining (G/DT); Juniors – Kaden Paaso (HB/LB), Lucas Libby (HB/LB), Jyrrmal Yates (HB/S); Second year – Owen Gaudette (C/DT), Rilan Farnum (TE/S).
Promising novelties: Elders — Zackary Putnam (TE); Junior – Seneca Jones (G/LB); Second year — Julien Byam (T/DT).
Season outlook: A veteran backfield returns behind a young offensive line. Expectations are high after a playoff run last year. Mooney, a Mountain Valley alum, returns for his second stint as Falcons coach (he previously coached the team from 2016-18) after three years as Mt. Blue’s assistant.

PHOENIX MOUNTAIN SPRUCE
Coach:
David Frey (seventh year)
To classify: Big 8 men; Region: South
Last year’s results: 6-3 on aggregate, reached the Grande École Sud semi-finals.
Returning players: Seniors – Reece Davis (RB/LB), Eli Timler (QB/CB), Garret Hunt (G/DE), Xzander Reichenback (C/DE), Jakobee Herrer (RB/CB); Junior – Brandon Wilson (G/DT).
Promising novelties: Juniors – Brody Souther (RB/LB), Leaton Ready (C/LB); Sophomores – Eli Moffett (DT/TE), Max Lebonte (RB/CB); Freshmen – Austin Armandi (QB/CB), Kolby Contton (G/DE).
Season outlook: With several key veterans back in the fold, the Phoenix appear to be in great shape for the season. Avoiding injuries will be key as there are only 22 players on the roster.

TELSTAR REBELS
Coach:
Tim O’Connor (15th year)
To classify: 8 men-small; Region: South
Last year’s results: 7-1, reached the semi-finals of Small School South.
Returning athletes: Seniors – Will Doyle (QB/LB), Cameron Palmer (TE/DE), Jakob Hooper (C/LB); Juniors: Cruze Kimball (G/DE), Wyatt Lilly (WR/CB), Gavinn Martin (RB/CB).
Promising novelties: Juniors – Myles James (C/DT), Holden Monzo (G/DE); Freshmen – Gage Berry (G/DT), Ben Corriveau (TE/DE).
Season outlook: The Rebels have 26 players on board and eight returning seniors after graduating six seniors from last year’s team that went undefeated in the regular season. Nine freshmen have joined the team, and several are looking to compete for a starting position. With strong and superior leadership, Telstar aims to improve every week of the season and then make the playoffs.


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