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September 15, 2013

Gridiron Memories: A look back in area football history

Gridiron Memories is a new column which will run throughout the fall. This high school football column will be a stroll down memory lane. We’d love to get reader input particularly old pictures and “where are they now?” updates on the interesting lives of former players after they hung up the cleats.

Thanks to Central Catholic’s Dave Defillippo for his contributions this week.

You can reach Gridiron Memories writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com or 978-946-2312.

10 years ago: Sachems beat the clock and the wildcats

Four-time defending CAL champ Pentucket eked past Wilmington, 7-0, on a Lisle Buckley 6-yard run with 35 seconds left. Drew Vetere picked off future All-Scholastic Joe Herra to set up the score. ... In their first meeting since 1999, Andover extended its winning streak over North Andover to 11 with a 34-7 romp. Geoff Stevens scored twice and threw a TD pass to Dennis Collins. Sophomore Buddy Farnham caught six passes for 92 yards and scored a TD. Freshman Andrew Foote scored for the Knights. ... When star Joey Fendone went down with a knee injury, Mike Loomis answered the call. He scored on a 46-yard run with 2:50 left and Scott Landers booted the PAT as Central rallied past Woburn, with future BC star linebacker Mike McLaughlin, 14-13.

Ryan Saunders scored on a 1-yard run and a 60-yard interception as Haverhill beat Salem (Mass.) 20-6. ... Josh Valerio rushed for two scores and fired TD passes to Garrett Webb and Kevin Lacroix and Steve Giarrusso booted five PATs as Methuen topped Greater Lawrence 35-8. ... Concord beat Salem 10-7 on a Mose Duchano 23-yard field goal with 2:15 left. Eric Boucher scored for the Devils. ... Shane Johnson ran and threw for a TD but Timberlane fell to Winnacunnet 28-23. ... Senior Andy Howard, a former cross country standout playing his first year of football, had quite a debut. He scored on passes of 83 and 30 yards and an 80-yard kickoff return but Whittier lost to South Shore 34-22.

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