Editor’s Note: Periodically, The Andover Townsman takes a look back at Andover High stars from the past 20 years through pictures. This week, we look at football receivers: 

For years, Andover football has fielded some of the most dynamic receivers in the state of Massachusetts.

Near the start of the decade, the Golden Warriors were led by Buddy Farnham (AHS, ‘06), one of the greatest receivers in state history. He went on to become an All-New England selection for Brown University, then played for the New England Patriots’ practice squad for two seasons. He even filled in at defensive back and intercepted a pass against the Atlanta Falcons.

Soon after came the likes of Matt Rayner (AHS, ‘08), who formed a dynamic duo with QB Mike Pierce, Rayner went on to play lacrosse at Middlebury.

Christopher McConnell (AHS, ‘10) was a record-setting track athlete, but also a major deep threat in football. As a junior he had 150 receiving yards in a Thanksgiving win over Central Catholic.

At 6-foot-4 and 232-pounds, Brian Miller (AHS, ‘11) was a force at tight end. He went on to play football at Boston College. Cam Farnham (AHS, ‘12) was just 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, but was dangerous both as a receiver and kick returner. He played football and baseball at Endicott College.

 More recently, Cedric Gillette (AHS, ‘18) and Dan Gemmell (AHS, ‘17) were each favorite targets of E.J. Perry IV. Gemmell is now catching passes for Perry at Brown University, and Gillette plays baseball at Merrimack College.


Contact David Willis at @DWillisET or DWillis@eagletribune.com.


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