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November 20, 2012

Senior Superlatives!

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“But he really stepped up. He was the one that really led our offseason workout program, and he has been a rock for this team.

By any standards, Nick Oswald’s 402-yard, four-touchdown performance in a win over Dracut was spectacular. But it was a little extra special for those that knew his humble football beginings.

“This is a guy that has gotten every ounce out of his abilities,” said Rafferty. “He wasn’t a kid everyone was jumping at the chance to have on the field as a sophomore. But he kept working so hard, and he has taken the position by storm this season.”

Sachems surge for Hayden

Perhaps it’s the gnarled red beard that matches his 5-foot-10, 210-pound muscular frame. Or maybe it’s that Tim Freiermuth’s jersey and face seem to always be covered in mud from Pentucket’s perennially chopped up football field. But there something about the senior tight end/linebacker that screams football player.

“He has played through a lot of pain over the years,” said Sachems coach Steve Hayden. “He has done all we have asked of him and more.”

What more can be said about his leadership than that Freiermuth was the only player selected a captain for Pentucket this season, the first time the Sachems have had a single captain since 1998.

A four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Freiermuth moved to fullback for the first time this season, rushing for over 100 yards in an upset of Hamilton-Wenham.

But when the call came to move back to tight end, “Fry” did so without a peep.

While Freiermuth entered with plenty of hype, few would have expected Franco Pizzarella would become a key player three years ago when he barely tipped the scale at 120 pounds and struggled to find the field for the Pentucket freshman team.

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