Football Fundamentals Lead to Undefeated Season


Ella Spuria

Jacob Rudd (25) post-touchdown |by Ella Spuria

Daniel Rodrigues and Treson Meuse

It’s been almost three decades since the Hawks had an undefeated season. Tonight’s playoff game has them taking on Swampscott at home.

The Hawks go into tonight’s game after last week’s 42-0 shutout against Groton Dunstable, making the Senior Night a memorable one. Reflecting on their season, players and coaches think about what went into their success, a combination of strong coaching, captains and collaboration.

“Last week was the first shutout that this year’s seniors have ever had in their high school career,” said senior and captain Ryan Yates. He continued, “We knew what we were capable of and got it done week by week.”

Head Coach and assistant principal Dan McAnespie agreed that the shut out was a great win on Senior Night.

“We kept them out of the endzone,” McAnespie said

Leading up to the game was a week of poor weather, but that did not leave room for excuses as the Hawks defended their undefeated ranking.

“The coaches push us. The win was deserved. “It rained most of the week [during practice] but we came out and made it happen,” said senior wide receiver and corner Brendan O’Brien.

Last week’s shutout comes after an 8-0 season. As a team, the Hawks reflected on how they got this far.

“We practice hard and play hard and that’s what wins us games. It all starts at practice. When we practice well, we play well,” said sophomore quarterback Jake Attaway.

Many on the team are not surprised by the wins after the hard work the team put in.

“One game at a time,” said McAnespie.

“We’ve been working for this ever since freshman year. We never stopped trying to be the best in the league,” said senior right guard Sam Spencer.

The Hawks, who are number one in the state in Division 5, take on Swampscott tonight in the Morgan Bowl. Tickets cannot be purchased at the game, and are only available for purchase online at this link: