We've been able to communicate with several coaches since the start of Fall II to get a sense of where things stand.
On Tuesday, we spoke on the phone at length with Mashpee coach Matt Triveri. Every year, Triveri has a great handle on what is going on in that part of the state. We asked him about those squads and his as practice gets going.
Starting with Triveri's Falcons, he said numbers right now are in the high 20s to around 30 kids. Most of that is in the junior and senior classes.
"It's a really good senior class," Triveri said.
Leading the way is tight end/defensive end Matt Bowen (6-3, 220). Bowen will continue his career at Southern Conn. Along the lines, Triveri likes what he has with players like Daneil Stewart, Erich Menke, Chris Dostilio, and Hunter Bohnenberger.
There is talent at the skill spots, too, in quarterback Ryan Hendricks (rushed for 600 yards in 2019), running back/linebacker Nick Santos, and running back/safety Jared Barr. . . .
As for the rest of the Cape, Triveri spoke highly of the linemen and sheer size of the front Barnstable will trot out. One of the best big men in the area will be Brenden Dowling (Bentley), and Triveri also thinks Dennis-Yarmouth transfer Pat O'Neill will make a big impact at linebacker. Returner Eugene Jordan is another player there who should have a strong year at fullback and linebacker.
Triveri also said that Falmouth has a good sophomore class, and that Nauset could surprise some people. Over at Sandwich, Triveri thinks sophomore quarterback Tim Bengston will build off an impressive freshman season. . . .
For the South Coast Conference, Seekonk in the Gold and Somerset-Berkley in the Blue could be the favorites, although perennial contenders like Old Rochester will be heard from, too. . . .
Another player Triveri spoke highly of was Nantucket athlete Malique Bodden. The Whalers have had some impressive talent go through the hallways of late, and Bodden is one of the latest to raise eyebrows. . . .
As far as Mashpee's South Shore League is concerned, there are good teams both in the larger, Sullivan, division, and smaller, Tobin, division. Although Abington and Cohasset both lost good players to graduation, they will each compete for the Tobin title. In the Sullivan, even with the loss of running back Dante Vazquez (Springfield College), Rockland returns plenty of experience and should reload. Middleboro, East Bridegwater, and Norwell round out a strong group.