But there was not quit in Pizzarella, who at 6-foot-1 and just 155 pounds has carved out a key role playing all over the field.
“He is one hard-nosed kid,” said Hayden.
“He has been our starting defensive end, and he has also played tight end and on the line.”
Many in Dan Thornton’s place would use his name to his advantage. After all, he shares that name with his father, Pentucket athletic director Dan Thornton. The younger Thornton, who is currently playing with a cast on his broken wrist, never made it an issue.
“It didn’t matter if his name was Dan Thornton or Dan Jones,” said Hayden. “One week he was playing split end, then tight end, then center and guard. He has done it all and he gives it everything.”
Lipani more than just speed, power
Much has been made of North Reading running back Carl Lipani’s amazing statistics over his two season as Hornets top running back.
But another side of Lipani most stands out to North Reading coach Jeff Wall.
“My 8-year-old daughter idolizes Carl,” said Wall. “After one game he was doing an interview with a reporter when my daughter ran over to him. He stopped the interview, got down on a knee and told her he scored a touchdown for her. Then he held her hand and they walked off the field together. He is a man of tremendous character and never lets his ego get in the way.”
Linebacker Mike Moscaritolo was on top of the world at the end of last season, after finishing with 123 tackles, 10 sacks and earning Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors.
But his enthusiasm turned to disappointment when, in a preseason scrimmage against Triton, he suffered a dislocated thumb, needed surgery and missed the first six games of the season.