By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
Months after their most successful campaign in more than a decade, Dedham High School football coach David Flynn is optimistic about his Marauders continuing the program’s recent success this fall, despite graduating 26 student-athletes from last year’s team.
“We will replace (our seniors from last season) with the hard-working juniors, who put forth great effort in making sure they were always ready to go if needed (last fall),” said Flynn.
The juniors, which Flynn referred to, are now seniors. And all 12 of them, including Patrick Glennon, Connor Freeman, Justin Kelley, Jack Flanagan, and Kevin O’Leary will be tasked with helping Dedham attempt to take another step forward in the program’s ultimate preseason goal of winning a Divison 6 Super Bowl.
Dedham returned to the postseason last fall but saw its bid toward the ultimate prize conclude in the semifinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D6 South playoffs to Old Rochester. Old Rochester advanced to the D6 state title but lost to Stoneham at Gillette Stadium.
The Marauders and Bulldogs are not scheduled to meet this fall in the regular season but did secure spots on the Boston Herald D6 Preseason Poll. Dedham secured the third position in the eight-team poll, while Old Rochester checked-in fifth. Ashland secured the top spot, while Cardinal Spellman placed second.
Dedham Marauders Football Team Capsule
Dedham’s 2018 Season: The Marauders enjoyed its best season in nearly a decade, capturing six of seven regular-season contests to secure the fourth seed in the MIAA D6 South playoffs.
Dedham defeated Apponequet, 34-14, in the MIAA D6 quarterfinals before falling to Old Rochester, 34-14, in the semifinals.
The Marauders concluded their 2018 campaign with ultimately eight wins, as well as a second-place finish in the Tri-Valley League (TVL) Small (Medway won the division with an 8-3 record).
Dedham’s 2019 Strengths: Team toughness, athleticism, and depth at the skill positions.
How many returners? Two on defense and one on offense.
Players to Watch this fall: Sean Glennon (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back), Chris Schmidt (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back), Joe Powers (Quarterback), Larry Lyman (Tight End/Defensive End), Matt DeVirgilio (Halfback/Defensive Back), Ryan Davis (Halfback/Linebacker), Elijah Brown (Offensive Line/Defensive Line), Matt Mammone (Halfback/Linebacker), and Zachary Spinello (Offensive Line/Defensive Line).
Dedham’s 2019 Schedule
- September 6th – at East Bridgewater, 7 p.m.
- September 13th vs. Medfield, 7 p.m.
- September 27th – at Medway, 6:30 p.m.
- October 4th – vs. Bellingham, 7 p.m.
- October 11th – vs. Millis, 7 p.m.
- October 18th – at Dover-Sherborn, 5 p.m.
- October 25th – at Norton, 7 p.m.
- November 28th – vs. Norwood, 10 a.m.
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