As it stands now, that trio has piled up a 30-5 record with two Evergreen League Championships and wins in two of the three playoff bowl games they played in. Pingree defeated Brooks in the Clark/Francis Bowl their freshman season, then topped Rivers in the Norm Walker Bowl to cap their sophomore year. Last season, the Highlanders fell to Rye Country Day by a point (27-26) in the Dan Rorke Bowl.
“As freshmen, they were fortunate to be underneath some upperclassmen that were talented and found some success,” Pingree (6-2) coach Chris Powers said. “They learned from them when they got on campus and bought into it. They became outstanding leaders themselves.”
Powers believes Cappadona, Antenucci and Martin will each be playing in college next year. Powers expects Antenucci, a hard-hitting linebacker, to be playing Division 1 somewhere, although he will likely be moving to strong safety.
Cappadona is an athlete who excels as Pingree’s quarterback and a corner back. He projects as a defensive back in college while Martin is an undersized center who relies on excellent technique.
Jake Gilbert (DL/OL) and Hossam Hamdan (LB) are Pingree’s other seniors. Gilbert and Hamdan didn’t contribute as freshmen, but they have made their own imprints in the program over the past couple seasons. They, too, could continue their careers at the next level.
One final Pingree note: the Highlanders’ single-season touchdown record could be reset tonight when Pingree hosts Dexter Southfield at Bishop Fenwick’s Donaldson Field. Kenny Adinkra recorded 17 touchdowns last year, but junior speedster Johnny Spears is currently sitting at 16.
Moving the Chains is a column on North Shore high school football that runs each Friday during the fall season in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, at 978-338-2648, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.