The 2006 Whittier Tech football team enjoyed a season for the ages. The Wildcats won a school-record 12 games, made their first postseason appearance in school history and defeated Arlington Catholic in the EMass Division 3 semifinals to advance to the Division 3 Super Bowl.

Coach Kevin Bradley’s ‘Cats also captured their first Commonwealth Athletic Conference crown since 1979.

So where does one begin when discussing the 2007 edition of Whittier Tech football? A game program would be a good place to start.

While the team’s uniform colors have not changed since last year, still maroon and gold, this year’s Wildcat squad is most definitely a new-look team.

“We’re still trying to learn the kids’ names, we’re such a young team,” said Bradley, who enters his eighth season with a 49-20 record.

The Wildcats, who returned only three starters from last year’s squad, open their season on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at home against Charlestown High.

In preseason workouts, Bradley has been impressed with his talented sophomore class, but patience will indeed be a virtue as he shepherds a squad which lacks game-time experience and must replace its entire starting backfield from last year. That backfield included five of the top players in the area and conference — Jay Pena, Joel Penney, Clint Clay, Thane Sanford and James Fournier.

Cam Taylor, Matt Miles and Anthony Rivela are the team’s lone returning starters, though the Wildcats return about 20 letter winners, including Craig Eaton who scored eight touchdowns and gained over 300 yards rushing and receiving combined.

In preseason, John Tricomi has shined at linebacker and sophomores A.J. Brown and Don Leighton have also impressed, said Bradley.

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