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July 11, 2013

Andover football producing impressive resume of college players in recent seasons

AHS football producing impressive roster of college recruits

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“I have always loved football, but I didn’t really know about playing in college at first,” the 5-foot-7, 145-pound Farnham said. “But when I met (Endicott offensive coordinator) Tony Volpone, he showed me that was the right place for me. I had a lot of help from the coaches on recruiting. There were college coaches at the school every morning meeting with us. We got to meet a lot of people.”

But it isn’t just on the field where Golden Warriors feel like they can have success after high school.

“The coaches really check up on our grades,” Farnham said. “Coach Perry emails all the teachers to make sure we are doing our work and not acting up in class. They check our progress reports and let us be late for practice if we need extra work.

“You can only go as far as your smarts will take you. And I don’t think we had one person go academically ineligible this season.”

With former Warriors playing at elite academic colleges including Amherst (linebacker Ned Deane), Brown, Boston College, Ithaca (QB Tom Dempsey), Trinity College (lineman Lyle Baker) and Colby (Connor Clancy and Brendan Paquette), Perry said that success inspires others to be successful.

“A lot of guys have combined their football and academic success to go to very successful academic schools,” said Perry, who is heading into his fourth year as Warriors coach. “One class passes that dedication on to the next class. They see the best way to give yourself the best opportunity is to have the academics.”

One player still working through the recruiting process is linebacker/kicker Mark Zavrl, who will play a post-grad year at elite Phillips Exeter after a knee injury ended his senior season at Andover High.

“Andover has a great reputation in football and in the classroom,” Zavrl said. “The recruiting process is difficult and scary, but it makes it easier because we have seen people do it before.

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