Can Reggie 5 go one more step?
Greater Lawrence Tech coach Tony Sarkis has laid it out for his team plain and simple the last two weeks. “I don’t know if a win gets us into the state Vocational Bowl, but I know a loss (to Whittier tomorrow) and we’re out.”
It’s a point his five seniors, who’ve played together since fifth grade with the Junior Maulers, have been rallying around as the team preps for the Wildcats.
“Sophomore through senior year, they’ve kept us competitive all the way through,” said Sarkis of his hardened vets. The leaders are probably Marcus Ortiz and Cristian Rivera, with Jake Barchard and Victor Gonzalez.
“We’re a tailback high school and Cristian has been amazing, carrying on the tradition here. We’ve got a lot of personalities here, but if I had to pick a true leader, it might be J.J. Montero. The kid broke his leg, a bad break, at a 7 on 7 tournament this summer. They put a rod in it. The kid stuck right through the season. He’s there at every practice. And it was pretty amazing. He got cleared to play in the last game against Blue Hills. What a huge achievement to come back. And what a huge lift for the kids. It was an inspiration.”
Robart stands tall for Hillies
Haverhill coach Tim O’Connor wasn’t quite sure where Curtis Robart fit on the football field, but when he saw him work he was sure that he belonged somewhere.
“We never knew what position he should play,” said O’Connor of the 5-foot-9, 210-pounder. “We tried him at tailback, fullback, linebacker, guard, defensive end. And he gave it his all at all of them.”
The Hillies finally decided to let Robart loose as a hybrid linebacker-defensive end, and O’Connor is thrilled with the results.