“He really is a rare breed of kid,” said Ryan. “How many people are willing, or could play corner and offensive guard? Or safety then defensive tackle? I could see him playing defensive back in college, but he is willing to play line for us. One of the big things that allows Johnny to do this is that he is very smart. He comes off as a goofball sometimes, but he is an excellent student. I don’t know what would be going on in most kids’ heads.”
Maginnis — who is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement physics, environmental science, calculus and literature — needed that brains again this week as he moved from guard to tight end. He even squeezed some study time into practice, reading the playbook as he warmed up.
“I study my plays like I do my homework,” he said. “Hours of practice make perfect. But I am willing to do anything as long as it helps the team win. I want to leave Methuen with a good takes in my mouth. And maybe I will get another shot to catch a pass.”
Maginnis isn’t relaxing when football is over.
He is heading into his third season as a starting defender for the lacrosse team.
He also went out for winter track last year after playing JV hoops for two seasons and scored a personal best 5-10 in the high jump and finished a team-high 38th overall, and fifth best in the area, in the state pentathlon in his first time competing.
“They just kind of threw me in and I liked it,” he said. “I tired the high jump because I am a pretty good leaper. I want to dunk. I can’t quite do it yet, but I will.”
Thanksgiving in September?
For lovers of Thanksgiving Day football — such as myself — this weekend’s football slate just doesn’t feel right, with many local teams taking on their Turkey Day foe in a late September matchup.