Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 12, 2013

Athlete of the Week


The Andover Townsman

---- — SENIOR RYAN PAYNE

After taking last year off to concentrate on his school work, Ryan Payne has returned to the football team his senior year and it didn’t take long for him to make his mark. The kicker calmly went into last Friday’s season-opener during overtime and booted an extra point, breaking a 32-32 tie. Better yet, Payne was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra point attempts, giving him nine points in the game. Coach E.J. Perry was impressed not only with Payne’s stats, but his timing: “The first field goal allowed us to take our first lead (3-0). His second field goal came at the end of the half and it gave us a 13-12 lead and his second extra point tied the game and sent it into OT at 26-26. And his final extra point won us the game 33-32. That is pretty clutch for a player who took a year off and had never played in a varsity football game.”