For many years, North Andover played in the Cape Ann League. Last season the Scarlet Knights moved up to the Merrimack Valley Conference, in which large schools play. They compiled a respectable 4-6 record.
Longley also declined to talk about why Rafferty was dismissed, saying he could not talk to the media about a personnel matter, but he did say he intends to work with the coach to build a solid team.
“I will look forward to having Coach Rafferty back. We are all committed to building the most successful football program possible,” he said.