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Changes abound in class AA

Key newcomers: Mark Seager (quarterback/defensive back), Shane LaChance (running back/defensive back/kicker), Nick Gallo (offensive line/defensive line), Matt Clark (tight end/linebacker), Cam Staulters (running back/defensive back)

Outlook: The Scotties will have to overcome the graduation of several key offensive players including Dom Monaco and Anthony Scarpetti if they have any hopes of making the playoffs again. "Obviously, the loss of Monaco and Scarpetti hurts us offensively, but we've got a lot coming back," said Bowen.

Bowen anticipates that the Empire Division will not have a dominant team. "I think you'll see a tremendous amount of parity. The team that wins this division will have at least one or two losses," he said.

Bethlehem Eagles

Head coach: Ron Smith

Key veterans: Mike Winn (tight end/defensive end), Dylan Eder (running back/linebacker), Mike Agneta (wide receiver/defensive back), Peter Berquist (running back/linebacker), Randy Flavin (offensive line/defensive line)

Key newcomers: Randy Bowers (quarterback/defensive back), Sean Murphy (running back/linebacker)

Outlook: The Eagles received a gift with the addition of Bowers, who transferred from Bishop Maginn. "He's a bit taller and a stronger thrower," Smith said of the junior. "You'll see our offense expand a little bit. We'll throw the ball a bit more (than last year)."

Smith said he believes his team will be in the mix for a playoff spot. "Week in and week out, it's going to be tough, but I think our kids are up to it," he said.

CBA Brothers

Head coach: Matt Gormley

Key veterans: Jordan Sherman (wide receiver/defensive back), Anthony Camuglia (running back/linebacker), Chris Mackey (offensive tackle/defensive tackle), Justin Marini (tight end/defensive end)

Key newcomers: Nick Signore (running back/linebacker), Mike O'Brien (offensive guard/defensive tackle)

Outlook: First-year varsity coach Gormley will be relying on a group of newcomers to help the Brothers in their quest for a second straight class AA title. "We had a real good team last year, but at the same time we had some real good juniors (on junior varsity) that played against some other good juniors," said Gormley. "We'll see how they do as seniors this year."

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