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October 10, 2013

Little man, big dreams

Ivy League football the goal for tenacious Brooks junior Cervizzi

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks School has turned out some amazing athletes in countless sports.

Providence hoops star Harold Starks, crew Olympian Peter Sharis, BYU footballer Jordan Johnson and Charlie Davies and Jaime Gilbert in soccer all leap to memory.

You probably wouldn’t figure that the quiet, little prep school on the shores of Lake Cochichewick has produced its share of “cage fighters,” though.

Until now.

“Yes, I am thinking about it, but you can’t fight in the cage until you’re 18,” said Brooks junior Chris Cervizzi. “You have to be a little crazy, but sure it might happen. We’ll have to see.”

Before Cervizzi, a second-degree black belt in Kempo Ju Jitsu, hits the cage, he’ll continue the pursuit of greatness in yet another of his passions, football.

“Football is kind of my thing, here on campus,” said the three-year starter from North Reading. “Before I got here, they had one of those special teams, going 7-1 and making a bowl game. Since then, we’ve really struggled. I think it’s kind of my responsibility to help rebuild it and bring it back. My thing is to bring the excitement about football back to campus. I’m looking to win games and get people talking about us again.”

For the 5-foot-6, 165-pound ball of muscle and his teammates, there are small steps at first. Brooks took its opener against Thayer, and Cervizzi’s 224-yard, 5-TD performance in the loss to St. George’s have been early jolts to help energize the club.

But there’s still work to do.

“We’re looking to go .500 this year, and next year hopefully go back to a bowl,” said Cervizzi, unafraid to challenge himself and his teammates.

The little, big man

At some point the defenders stop with the cracks and the “Woodhead” remarks.

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