Now in his second high school year, and a starter for the Londonderry football team, Bishop receives curious inquires far less often, but questions still arise from time to time.
“Some people still ask,” he said. “Incoming freshmen mostly. They look at me and say, ‘What happened to your ear?’ I either tell them the story or tell them to ask someone else, because mostly everyone knows. It’s not as hard this year.”
And when someone does have a sarcastic remark, intentionally or not, Bishop deals with it in the way that’s become his style. He makes people laugh.
“He is so quick with a joke and an explanation,” said Rich. “He is a confident kid who has learned to cope with what he has, and he is a very special guy.”
On the field
In his first varsity season, Bishop has also had a few shining moments for the Lancers. Heading into tonight’s matchup at Concord, Bishop has rushed for 341 yards and five touchdowns on 70 carries.
“Dennis is a heck of a player,” said Rich. “He worked so hard in the offseason and has continued to work hard to get better. He got the season off to a good start, and hopefully he continues that.”
In Game 2 of the season, Bishop he had a game for the ages, rushing for a whopping 182 yards on 21 carries (8.7 yards a carry) and four touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Alvirne.
“That was a pretty good game for me,” Bishop said with a smile. “I was OK last year, and this is my first season on varsity, so I wasn’t really expecting that. It was really exciting. Hopefully I can keep getting better and so will the team.”
1. Andover 4-0
2. Central Catholic 3-1
3. Pinkerton 4-1
4. Haverhill 3-1
5. Pentucket 3-1
Honorable mention: Greater Lawrence (3-1), North Reading (3-1), Whittier (3-1)
In his words
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David Willis is a sportswriter/videographer for The Eagle-Tribune. You can see his video profiles at eagletribunetribune.com/sports