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September 15, 2013

Around the Horn with Evan Lacroix, Methuen football

Eric Lacroix set the bar pretty high, but younger brother Evan is doing quite well in his own right.

Like Eric, a sophomore football player at WPI, Evan is a top student and three-sport athlete at Methuen High.

Evan, a senior quad-captain, caught four passes for 77 yards including a 40-yard touchdown in Methuen’s season-opening win. Last year he caught 36 passes for 456 yards.

“He’s as hardnosed a kid as we have. He’s like a coach on the field,” said first-year Ranger coach Tom Ryan.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Lacroix talks about his injury marred sophomore season, his involvement in JROTC and his infatuation with fantasy football.

It had to be a nice opener with the win and you scoring a touchdown? “It was great to battle back after a dismal first drive, their 65-yard run. We drove 95 yards.”

What happened on the touchdown? “Austin George-Williams just put it right in my belly. It was great. There was no safety help over the top.”

Coach said you hurt your ankle? “It’s getting better. I’m doing what I can. I was just at physical therapy.”

Compare Tom Ryan to Tom Tone, your current and former coaches? “Both are similar. Both are every dedicated. Things didn’t work out with Coach Tone but he’s doing great (as offensive coordinator for Billerica). They both do whatever it takes to help the program.”

What are your personal goals for this fall? “I just want to get better each year with the record. We were 3-8 the last couple years. That’s not where we want to be. Personally, I’d like to have more catches.”

You’re known for playing bigger than you are. Where does that come from? “Just watching my brother (Eric, MHS ‘12) play safety at a buck 55 like I am. We both can toss our weight around.”

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