In the four years Nick Antenucci played football at Pingree, the Highlanders boasted a 31-5 record, won two New England Prep School Athletic Conference Bowl Championships and had a 20-game winning streak that spanned into three different seasons.
And Antenucci would be the first to tell you one of the biggest reasons for the sustained success was the closeness and cohesion among players and coaches.
So, when Antenucci began searching for colleges to continue his football career, it was that same sense of unity that he maintained as a
top-priority and is a big reason why Antenucci signed his letter of intent with Division 2 Merrimack last Tuesday.
“I think the biggest part of the success (at Pingree) was because it’s a small school. Most freshman feel left out, but at Pingree all four
years the teams were so close and playing to win and doing what we had to do. It’s not about ‘I’, it’s about the team every single day,”
said Antenucci. “I really did feel that way about Merrimack. It was the biggest part of my decision.”
Antenucci will play for first year head coach Dan Curran, who is taking over for John Perry after he resigned this winter. Curran was the offensive coordinator at Merrimack the past three seasons and the team was a combined 16-14.
His position will be either safety or linebacker as he played both extremely well in his time at Pingree. At just over 200 pounds, he is on the small-side for linebacker but considering he is used to going up against bigger guys it’s a hurdle he is capable of overcoming.
Pingree doesn’t take post-graduates, but many teams in its division do and many of the Highlanders opponents had lineman upwards of
300 pounds. Sometimes, the opposing line averaged right around that mark.