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August 21, 20132012 In Review: The Braves were 12-0, winning the South Jersey Group 5 title by beating Southern Regional, after beating Atlantic City and Millville. They scored 430 points for a 35.83 average, while allowing 133 points for an 11.08 average, including two shutouts. Wins included Timber Creek, Cherokee, Shawnee, Kingsway, Washington Township, and Eastern.
Departures: LB Shawn Brown - Temple, DE Julian Taylor - Temple, RB/FS Kalil Boyce - Albright, OLB Marcus Riley - Albright, MLB Derek Lauria - Wesley, TE Chris Leary - Wesley, OLB Kenny Okereke - Wagner, DB Arkeem Graves - Morgan State, WR John Wright - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, T/NG Jim Deschler - Charleston University (West Virginia)
Offense: Williamstown runs the Wing-T and returns four starters. Quarterback has senior Doug Banks (5-foot-10, 195) returning, a three year starter in the fact he started on defense as a sophomore. The running backs have a lot of experience with senior halfback Marquis Little (5-foot-9, 180), a four year starter, and senior fullback Frank Chamberlin (5-foot-9, 205), a three year starter. The other halfback will be senior Eric Coney (5-foot-11, 180) and he started on defense. One who may get carries is sophomore Joe Early (5-foot-9, 180).
The split end has juniors Paul Uffen (5-foot-11, 175) and Quamir Chambers (6-foot-1, 170) in contention and both may play. The tight end will be either junior Alex Russell (5-foot-11, 185) or junior Devin Bradham (6-foot-2, 190).
The lone returning starter to the line is senior left guard Austin Odd (6-foot-0, 215), a three year starter. The right tackle will be senior Ricky Benson (6-foot-3, 320) and the right guard will be junior Danny Ambroskiewicz (5-foot-11, 205). The center will be junior Paul Flagg (5-foot-11, 230), while left tackle is between senior Pete Halloran (6-foot-3, 255) and sophomore Nick Chamberlin (6-foot-1, 220).
Defense: The Braves run a 3-3 stack and return four starters. Halloran returns as the nose guard. The frontrunners at end are Odd, who played, and junior David Sanchez (6-foot-1, 205), with junior Alin Muscan (6-foot-3, 215) and sophomore DeAndre Dobson (6-foot-3, 255) in the running. Junior Jacoby Brown (5-foot-10, 210) will be in the mix at nose guard.
At inside linebacker, Coney returns and he will have Chamberlin opposite him. Playing the middle will be senior Dylan Hammond (6-foot-0, 180). Two who may get time are sophomore Tyrik Glenn (6-foot-1, 190) and junior Mike Battaglini (5-foot-9, 180).
At the outside linebackers, Little returns and Banks will play opposite him after starting two years ago.
Returning in the secondary is senior PJ Booth (6-foot-3, 180) at cornerback and senior Mark Ellis (5-foot-10, 180) will play the other side. Ellis would have started last year, but he tore his ACL in the pre-season. The safety will be junior Isaiah Perkins (5-foot-11, 180). Competing for time is Early.
Special Teams: The kicker will be sophomore Kevin Gilmore, a big surprise. The punter has not been decided. The return men will be Little, Chamberlain, and Cory.
Thursday, 9/12, at Cherry Hill East, 3:45
Friday, 9/20, at Shawnee, 7PM
Friday, 9/27, Cherokee at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/4, Timber Creek at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/11, Eastern at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/18, at Triton, 7PM
Friday, 10/25, at Lenape, 7PM
Week off 11/1-2, bye week
Friday, 11/8, Kingsway at home, 7PM
Thursday, 11/28, Washington Township at home, 10AM
Question Marks: How quickly the offensive line develops and replacing five linebackers. This year's defense will be very athletic - not as big, but very quick.
Recruiting: Little committed to Old Dominion. Chamberlin has interest from Albany and Wagner. Banks has interest from Stony Brook, Southern Connecticut, and New Haven. Halloran has interest from Old Dominion, while Odd has interest from New Haven, among others. Others need a big year, with Benson being the sleeper.
It's too early to tell with the juniors, but the sophomores have some interesting prospects in Early, Glenn, and Dobson.
Coach's Comments: "It looks bright for our team. We lost a lot, but we had a good off-season. Our younger kids and our backups from last year are looking good. The returning starters are looking better and we're excited." - Head Coach Frank Fucetola
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