, Newburyport, MA


January 6, 2014

What goes around comes around

High school football is all over, but there is still plenty of football in the air. We have the College Bowl game tonight. The professionals will go on far longer.

When a boy goes out for football in high school, he knows what to expect. It’s a tough game, not everyone is suited for it. The coaches do all they can to get a team ready. They must get into good physical condition. Not only must they be ready physically, but mentally as well. Coaches work on both aspects. In the locker rooms, they have posted signs with all kinds of messages, all done to inspire the players. Before each game is the usual pep talk to get the team to play extra hard.

I’ll always remember a game we had with Haverhill in 1941. It was my senior year, we had a pretty good team. Many of our earlier games were played on Friday nights. But this game with Haverhill was on a Saturday on our field. They had a good team as well, and being a larger school, they had a big squad. We knew beforehand it would be a tough game.

The first of the week our coach pulled a good one on us. Our quarterback, Don Zabriskie, quit the team because he got mad at the coach. We were really disappointed and were down in the dumps. We practiced the week without him.

On game day, both teams had gone out on the field for the usual warmups. After, we went into our locker rooms for final instructions. Haverhill’s room was pretty close to ours. They were very loud in singing “Roll Out the Barrel, We’ll Have a Barrel of Fun.” We were sitting in our room being very quiet, hearing them sing. We thought, “Wow, they are confident.”

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