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September 5, 2013

Salem excited to build on last season with defense

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“It’ll be our home away from home,” said Austin Connolly. “We all love going into other stadiums when the atmosphere is great and the crowd is big. That gets us going. We’re looking forward to seeing the new Bertram, but we’ll turn this into a positive.”

After scrimmages with St. John’s Prep, Pingree and Hamilton-Wenham, the Withces are preparing for next week’s season opener at Gloucester. In the newly formed Division 3 Northeast, Salem wants to compete with rivals from the NEC and beyond.

Salem has improved every year that these seniors have been on varsity. They got their feet wet with a 1-10 season as sophomores and improved to 4-7 a year ago, with six of those losses coming by less than two touchdowns. Taking another step forward is the ultimate goal.

“Our main goal it to try to win every game on the schedule as it comes, take the one in front of us one at a time,” said Connolly. “Overall, we’d love to try to do something that hasn’t been done in Salem since 1999, and that’s make the playoffs.

“The seniors all feel that way. We’d love to do that and it’d be a great way to end our careers.”

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