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June 19, 2013

Amesbury's Agganis regular

Connors will play in football, baseball classics

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Tommy Connors was one of the more versatile players on the Cape Ann League Division 3 champion Amesbury team last fall. He was used as a receiver out of the backfield and in the slot, and he also had his share of carries. He had more than 400 yards on the ground as well as 400-plus more through the air as a receiver. He will play football at Endicott College in the fall.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the Agganis games at all,” Tommy Connors said. “I heard about them, and I always wanted to do that. But I wasn’t really thinking about it during the year. I was just playing, not really playing for that.”

Connors played his best games late in the football season when Amesbury was vying for a postseason berth. In a pre-Thanksgiving victory over Pentucket, he forced a fumble and later scored on a 9-yard run that ended with his doing a backflip into the end zone. In Amesbury’s 35-14 loss to Lynnfield in the playoffs, Connors had an interception and a touchdown.

“He has a burning desire to win,” said Coach Connors. “He’s certainly been around and had experience playing on good teams. He never gives up in a contest, he never threw in the towel. He played until the final whistle because he’s been hearing that since he was a kid.”

This year, Connors seemed to provide a winning spark to an Amesbury team in each of the three seasons. The football team won its first CAL title since 2008, the basketball team made the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade, and the baseball team qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2010.

“Making the playoffs in football was the highlight of my senior year,” Connors said. “That, and beating Newburyport. Being an underdog for a lot of the season and proving everyone wrong — that’s what it’s all about.”

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