The overall record a year ago — two wins, nine losses — was disappointing.
But going 2-1 in Commonwealth Conference Small play, and thereby earning a share of the league title, was not. And with 17 seniors back this fall, most with considerable experience, the North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie football team feels good things will happen on the gridiron in 2012.
“I’m very pleased with the way we progressed (last year),” said veteran head coach Paul Worth. Even though our record wasn’t good, it had to be one of the most satisfying (seasons) for me as a coach because we improved so much.”
A big part of that comeback was quarterback Tim Anderson returning from a knee injury. A two-year captain and co-captain, Anderson is back at quarterback for the Bulldogs, who will count on his passing ability this fall. Lack of a true backup, however, means Anderson must do all he can to remain healthy.
Senior Jazmanny Sanchez has been moved from tailback to wide receiver, with his younger brother Yordany, at the other wideout. Sophomore Danny Ramirez and senior Jared Farese will also see action in NSTEA’s spread set with four receivers.
“For two years I’ve tried to make a tailback out of Jaz , but I think this move will be good for him,” said Worth. “He has real speed and is a jet once he gets going. All four wideouts are the fastest group of kids I’ve ever coached.
“Offensively we should score a lot of points. We’ll run out of a power set and throw the ball a lot.”
Senior Chris Sudak of Beverly will be the team’s tailback. Sudak had a monster game against Blue Hills in the third game of the season last fall before coming down with mono and missing the rest of the season.