2017 Winthrop/Monmouth football

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Coach: Dave St. Hilaire (fourth year)

Region: D South

Last year’s record: 8-1, lost in D South final

Returning athletes: Seniors — Cam Gaghan (HB/CB), Luke St. Hilaire (OT/DT), Josh Kenney (OT/DT), Abram Sirois (RB/LB), Greg Fay (SE/S), Morgan Bellemare (G/LB), Zach Wallace (G/DE); Trenton Wood (TE/DT), Jack Caprara (FB/LB); Juniors — Dylan Boynton (FB/LB), Kane Gould (HB/C), Noah Elegbede (FB/DE), Dylan Lajoie Keegan Gruver (G/LB), Evan Burnell (TE/DL); Sophomores — Keegan Choate (QB/LB), Jevin Smith (TE/DL), Ryan Baird (SE/S/K).

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Key losses: Alec Brown (FB/LB), Matt Ingram (QB/LB), Nate Scott (HB/CB), Andrew Pazdziorko (WB/LB), Bennett Brooks (SE/DB), Ryan Hafford (OT/DT), Avery Amero (TE/DL), Tyler Cote (RB/S), Bradley Arsenault (SE/DB), Mike Brown (G/DT), Jack Vickerson (G/LB), Antonio Meucci (RB/LB), Jarrid Avery (OT/DT), Jared Gosselin (G/DT), Hunter Hamlin (OT/DT),  Henry Nuce (FB/LB).

Promising newcomers: Senior — Carson Camick (RB/LB-S); Junior — Tyler Mangin (G/LB); Sophomores — Beau Schmelzer (RB/CB), Cam Tweedie (WB/DB), Shane Tweedie (C/DL), Jake Meunier (C/DT), Harland Frake (OT/DT), Nick Deblois (FB/LB); Freshman — Ian Steele (RB/LB).

What to expect: The Ramblers graduated enough talent to fill most other rosters in D, but the cupboard is hardly bare. Choate highlights nine new starters on offense, seucring the QB job with a strong preseason. Gould and Gaghan saw some varsity action last year and lead a versatile rotation of skill players. Luke St. Hilaire anchors the rebuilt line. The defensive line and linebackers should be the team’s strength. Spurred by last year’s bitter ending, the Ramblers could be a dangerous playoff matchup for anyone if playmakers emerge.

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