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November 2, 2012

Windham's Breton fired up for semis

WINDHAM — An “A-B” student in the classroom, Zach Breton has picked up a couple lessons on the gridiron after 10 years in the game of football.

“A playoff win is one of the best feelings there is. And when you lose, it’s in the playoffs, it’s like you let your brothersdown,” said the senior, who with his Windham High mates will face Trinity of Manchester in the Division 4 state semifinals tomorrow (1 p.m.) at Gill Stadium.

He’s also figured it out that all those years of blood, sweat and tears comes to an abrupt halt very soon.

“One day or eight days, this most likely is it for me,” said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound offensive guard/defensive lineman.” As a senior, this is it. Go big or go home.”

Breton hopes to attend UNH next fall, where he’s looking at the communications field.

But he and the Jags, who went 7-2, have plenty of time to worry about the long term.

All thoughts right now are on Trinity, a team that throttled the Jags in the regular season finale Friday night.

Breton and his muscle-bound teammates in the trenches took the defeat personally.

“They’re a good team, and they played very well,” said Breton, who played volleyball last year and is looking to step up from JV to varsity in hoop this winter. “But that one was all on us. If we are going to turn it around, we need to have that extra push up front. We have to execute and do our jobs.”

Getting the job done was a consistent happening for Windham’s offense throughout the regular season. The Jaguars averaged 39.9 points a game in 2012.

“Again, we like to think it all starts with us,” said Breton, who starts up front with left tackle Danny Russo, center Pat Stap, right guard Colin Lagos and right tackle Connor Golden. “Our line has a lot of pride. We get that push, get the team rolling.”

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