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September 6, 2012

Ipswich hopes veterans can lead the way

It’s not every year that Ipsiwch head coach Ted Flaherty gets to expound on the senior leadership of his football team. In seasons past, the Tigers have been a predominantly young squad ... but this year it’s different.

If Ipswich wants to get back to its winning ways, it’ll have to look to its elder classmen to steer the ship. With nearly a dozen key members returning from last season, the Tigers will put out a lineup that their opponents will have to be wary of.

”Senior leadership and experience are the strengths of our team,” said Flaherty, who is in his eighth year as head coach. “Our goal is to win the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 4 and make the playoffs.

”We have an experienced, aggressive team. With pretty good numbers in our sophomore, junior and senior classes, we’ll have a lot more competition for spots. That’s always a good thing.”

Though the numbers are looking good for the Tigers, Flaherty says that overall depth is one of the major weaknesses his team is faced with. Not having seen a league title in over six seasons, Ipswich is optimistic for a turnaround year.

The running back tandem of Peter Moutevelis at tailback and Derek Chamberlian at fullback return for the Tigers. Moutevelis powered the offense last year as a junior with 750 yards rushing on 143 carries. He also excelled on special teams with two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

On the offensive line, Ipswich returns Chris McCormack tight end, Brendan Sweeney and Ben O’Niel at tackle and captain John Elnagger at guard.

Then there’s the question of who’ll start at quarterback. Junior Kyle Blomster looks to be the top choice, although sophomore Eddie Flaherty is hot on his heels for the starting job.

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