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September 1, 2013

Don't let the surfer look fool you, Maguire loves to hit

Don't let the surfer look fool you, Maguire loves to hit

HAVERHILL — Feel free to call Haverhill senior Tommy Maguire “Abercrombie.”

The Hillie coaches do, because of his shoulder-length, perfectly coiffed blonde hair, which they say makes him look like a fashion model.

He’s also picked up the nickname “Sunshine” — a reference to the surfer/quarterback from the classic football flick “Remember the Titans”. Or even Goldilocks.

Call Maguire any of those names .... if you dare.

“They call me Sunshine until I lay them out on a slant over the middle,” said the defensive back with a chuckle. “Then see if they do it again.”

Make no mistake, on the football field, no one messes with Maguire.

A hard-hitting safety on defense and a versatile weapon on offense and special teams, the four-year varsity player has been at the forefront of Haverhill football’s transformation. His freshman year the Hillies were winless and last year they were 8-3, their most wins since 2001.

“That means so much to us,” said Maguire. “We wanted to reestablish the pride of Haverhill High football. We believe we can continue that success this season.”

He also was a co-captain and MVC-DCL All-Star for the Haverhill hockey team, hit leadoff for the baseball team, and is ranked 55th in his class of 435 students.

“Tommy is the last of a dying breed,” said Hillies coach Tim O’Connor. “He is a true student-athlete and a talented overall football player. In a given game, we may ask him to play safety, cornerback, outside linebacker, running back, receiver, slot receiver and return kicks. Just that he keeps all the wristbands straight proves he’s smarter than me!”

After playing primarily special teams as a freshman, Maguire broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore by earning a spot at cornerback. Defense quickly became his love, and last fall he made 48 tackles and picked off a pair of passes. He hopes to mix it up even more this season now that the 5-11, 185-pounder has moved from corner to safety.

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