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November 20, 2012

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Special group hits field on Turkey Day for final time

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“We could only ask him to do that because he is so smart,” said the coach. “We ask him to do four or five different things a game. We are running different defenses and blitzing more or less. But he is always up to it.”

At 6-foot-4 and 290, lineman Dan Burrows has earned the label of a “Gentle Giant.” But one fact is for sure.

“I wouldn’t want to make him mad,” said O’Connor.

Once he is on the football field, the four-year varsity starter flips the switch, and has been a key reason why Chance Brady is set to surpass 2,000 rushing yards for the season on Thanksgiving.

Rangers rely on Langford

Methuen coach Tom Tone wasn’t going to break out the stop watch and test it, but he swears something is different when watching Colin Langford run.

“I don’t know if he is actually getting any faster,” said Tone. “But his game speed is sure faster than it was. He was always good, but that breakout game was amazing.”

Langford had the game of his life against Lawrence, catching nine passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.

Any football coach would be thrilled to welcome a player the size of 6-foot-2, 310 pound George DeLeon. Once the former Florida resident, then Lawrence High student, got the hang of the offense, he broke into the starting lineup on Week 3, and has been a mainstay throughout the season.

Rugged Hitchcock steps up

North Andover entered the season with the toughest co-captains around in 220-pound lineman Nate Hitchcock and 215-pound linebacker Glen Hartford. But, in the third game of the season, Hartford was lost for the year with a knee injury.

Asked to take on more of a leadership role, Hitchcock was ready to shoulder the load.

“When, all of a sudden, you are the only captain there is a lot of pressure,” said Scarlet Knights coach John Rafferty.

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