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November 20, 2012

Senior Superlatives!

Special group hits field on Turkey Day for final time

For high school football coaches, this is an absolutely emotion-filled week as you prepare to say goodbye to seniors, some of whom have been together four years for every step on the field.

So we went out and talked to the coaches about the special kids, the ones that keep them coming back. Here’s what we found.

“I’ve noticed the camaraderie from this group,” said Central Catholic coach Chuck Adamopoulos, whose Raiders face Andover for the title tomorrow in the MVC large.”One of my parents reminded me recently that I predicted all this back at our banquet four years ago. They told me I said there was something special in that freshmen group, who knew?”

Coach A on a couple notables in that “special” class.

Ryan Doherty, captain: “If you told me, his sophomore year, that he’d be a captain, I would have gone and run into traffic. He drove me crazy. I remember I went down to St. John’s for a freshmen-JV doubleheader one Saturday. I was in jeans, work boots, with a hoodie on, as inconspicuous as I can be. I was standing at the goal line, away from our bench on the opposite, side and here comes Ryan on a long TD run. He gets to about the 10 and slows down to salute the St. John’s kid (mockingly). I proceed to go on the field to read him the riot act. I’m screaming at him, screaming to our coaches, ‘He’s all done, get him out!’ and nobody knows who I am. They think I’m some looney fan. He had no idea I was there at the pylon. He went pale when he saw me. To come from that point, to be the leader he is now speaks volumes about the kid. He’s been unbelievable.”

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