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September 16, 2013

Phillips, Brooks stepping up

Brooks

2012 record: 1-7

Offense: Two-back; Defense: 3-4

Returning starters (8): Andrew Konovalchik, Sr., QB/DB, 5-10, 180, North Andover; Andrew Hulshult, Jr., RB/LB, Salem; Geoff Fulgione, Sr., RB/LB, 5-11, 200, North Andover; Coy Candelario, Jr., RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Lawrence; Chris Cervizzi, Jr., RB/DB, 5-8, 165, North Reading; Will Collins, Jr., OL/DL, 6-2, 240; Luke Hajdukiewicz, Jr., TE/LB, 6-2, 185; Jalen Martinez, Soph., RB/LB, 5-9, 190, Lawrence

Returning lettermen: Jake Gottfried, Soph., OL/DL, 6-1, 205, North Andover; Michael Walsh, Sr., OL/LB, 5-10, 210; Nick Demsher, Jr., TE/LB, 5-10, 190

Promising newcomers: David Crosby, Soph., RB/DB, 5-5, 130; Will Gibeley, Frosh., FB/LB, 5-10, 195, Boxford; Jack Hughes, Soph., WR/DB, 6-1, 170, Andover; Nick Konovalchik, Frosh., WR/DB, 5-9, 155, North Andover; Nolan LeBlanc, Soph., OL/DL, 6-2, 255, Andover; Owen Rosenberger, Frosh., OL/DL, 6-3, 215, North Andover

Returning Leaders: Chris Cervizzi 100 carries, 570 yards, 16 catches, 68 yards; Coy Candelario 86 carries, 541 yards; Geoff Fulgione 33 carries, 156 yards; Luke Hadjukiewicz 6 catches, 50 yards

Candidates: 35

Captains: Andrew Konovalchik, Chris Cervizzi, Geoff Fulgione

Assistants: Randy Hesse, defensive coordinator; Kevin Corkery, tight ends/linebackers; Eddie Carson, receivers/secondary; Jason Pena, running backs/secondary

Odds and ends: New coach Pat Foley, who was a captain at Newburyport High and Bates, was hired in March at age 30. He’d been an assistant at Colgate for four years. He now works in admissions at Brooks. His father, Mike, is an assistant at UConn. ... Brooks has won just one of its last 25 games. ... Former coach Alex Konovalchik, who went 11-30 in five years, remains as the wrestling coach. ... Tommy Connelly, a two-way returning starter on the line, will sit out the season to focus on lacrosse, where he is commited to play at Boston University. ... Tough break for Brooks as junior returner Andrew Hulshult tore his ACL and will miss the upcoming season.

Coach Pat Foley (1st year): “They’ve worked hard and bought into it. We’re not very deep, but we definitely have the potential to do well with players that we have.”

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