Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tucked away in a quiet corner in the state, Hebron Academy tends to get a little less publicity than many of the other schools in the area, as it plays a lot of out of state schools and isn't a typical high-school. Still, it has a pretty good program that has produced NFL players (including current Arizona Cardinals Pro-Bowler Sean Morey). After a couple of rough years, they are looking to get back on track this season, thanks to the return of some experienced players to the team.
“We hope to turn things around this fall. We only had one senior starter last fall, so we are returning boys with more experience than we have had in recent years,” says head coach Moose Curtis. “We'll be deeper than we have been as well. We open against last year's league champion - the Proctor School of Andover (New Hampshire). This game should give us a good indication of how much we have improved.”
The players that are back will be leaned on heavily to ensure this season is a successful one for the Lumberjacks. Luckily, this season is going to be a little different for both players and coaches.
“Last fall the coaching staff did a great deal of teaching football. This fall we should be able to coach the sport,” said Curtis. “We are hoping for a good year from our quarterback Brian McDonald (Westwood, MA). He kept maturing as the season progressed last fall. Our line will be lead by our center Kyle Black. Kyle is from Ontario and last fall was his first year playing football. He's a quick learner. Nick Stuer (Norway,ME) is returning after a year off due to injury. He'll add strength to our line. Our go to player last year was Levi Lincoln (S.Paris, ME) He was just a sophomore. With another year of maturity, he should even be better. Our three PG's running back Jean Baptiste (Needham, MA); wide receiver Rummeal Williamson ( E.Elmhurst,NY) and WR/back Griffin Piper (Walnut Creek, CA) are defensive backs as well.”
The biggest difference this year, though? Communication.
“The communication with and from our players has been good this summer,” said Curtis. “More boys than usual went to camps. There is a group of players that is dedicated to giving the Lumberjacks a fine season. We are counting on strong leadership from our seniors and PG's.”
Hebron's season starts on September 26th @ Proctor. Their first home game is October 3rd at 2:30 PM.