Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 26, 2012

We, not me: Group effort at AHS, on field

Undefeated AHS football seniors say focus is on team

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”We celebrate all of our kids,” Lord said, “and, yes, we’re celebrating our football team.”

It’s a good feeling to be noticed and the football team is quietly appreciating that.

”Fans came out in the rain, all the way to Somerville to watch us play. It’s been great to see people in the stands cheering,” Ladd said.

So these six senior football players said they are focused on playing football. And, they want to win a Super Bowl championship - period. Nobody wants to bring up the past eight years of losing seasons and past references in the AHS yearbooks that basically said the football squad was an afterthought.

Of course they’ve noticed banners hanging proudly at school for other sports, including the state champion girls field hockey, girls swim and dive and girls basketball teams, but the strategy is one team, tackling one football game at a time.

And, just maybe, that will mean making room for a football banner at AHS.

The six, who have been playing football together since fourth grade, visited the Townsman this week to talk about school support and how very cool it is to have an undefeated record. The AHS varsity football program has about 60 kids on the roster. The school also has a junior varsity team and a freshman team. These six made it clear - they are just a sliver representing an entire team that is very good.

”We have depth,” Ladd said, “some really great guys.”

Before each game, Coach E.J. Perry, now in his third year as head coach, will remind players that individual statistics simply don’t matter.

”It’s all about ‘we’ with our coach. He doesn’t care who scores. He just wants our team to score and win the game,” Ladd said.

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