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September 5, 2013

Valles, Danvers hoping to hit the ground running

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Seniors Brian Daly and Tom Quinn bring back some stability to the offensive line, and Andy Curtin is a returning linebacker for the Falcons.

A lot of empty holes that need filling remain, but the returning players plus the enthusiasm and work ethic of the younger players have Danvers’ optimism high.

“Practice is good. The kids are enthused and focused, which is everything you’re hoping for going into the season,” Rogers said. “Offensively, we’re making a few different changes ... and it’s starting to catch on a little.”

Junior Chris Behen missed most of last year due to an injury, but he has had a strong camp as a running back and defensive back. Evan Haynes (Sr., TE/DL), Danny Lynch (So., WR) and Sam Vitale (So., LB) are also pushing for playing time while a pair of talented freshmen — Matt Andreas and Quinn Holland — could also see time.

Matt Andreas, Nick’s brother, is what Rogers calls an “athlete”, but he’ll primarily play receiver and defensive back for Danvers. Holland, meanwhile, is trying to earn time in the defensive secondary.

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