For Keenan, a senior who is listed at (a generous) 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, the opportunity to play a key role is a dream come true.
“A lot of people joke about the PAT,” he said. “But being on the field for the last play to win the game was amazing. I took over the job from C.J. (Scarpa). Every day we practice together a lot.”
Payne could not be more confident in the duo he works with.
“No one compares to Cam as a holder,” he said. “He catches everything. And Ring is so consistent.”
Football video spotlight
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Deja vu all over
Andover’s come-from-behind victory over North Andover, won by an extra point, brought back quite a few memories for Andover special teams coach Peter Reilly, who kicked the PAT that won the 1974 Super Bowl for the Golden Warriors.
“It was eerily similar,’ said Reilly. “We were trailing Salem late in the fourth. We recovered a fumble and I made the extra point to tie the game with 11 seconds left to send it to overtime.
“Salem, like North Andover, scored first in overtime but didn’t even try to kick an extra point. They went for the two-point conversion and Brian Flannery made the tackle to stop it.
“We scored a touchdown on fourth down with our backup quarterback in. Glenn Verrette caught the touchdown pass. Then I kicked the PAT to win the game. But I didn’t kick two field goals in the game.”