LYNN – Tonight’s 52nd annual Harry Agganis All-Star football game promises to be a memorable experience for all involved – no more so than for three Vikings of Triton Regional High School.
Triton head coach Patrick Sheehan will be coaching the north team that includes two of his former athletes Bradley Whitman and Justin Spillane.
“It’s actually really cool,” Sheehan said. “Last year was my fourth season as the head coach at Triton and this is the first time since I’ve started that any Vikings have played in the Agganis All-Star game. (Whitman) was a fantastic student-athlete at Triton and a three-sport captain. (Spillane) finished off a great senior season this year and I’m proud they both decided to play this game.”
For Whitman, the game represents the opportunity to freshen skills before attempting to walk on to the Cheshire Academy football team this fall. For Spillane, it presents the chance to embrace in what was something largely doubted for a while: Ever playing football again.
“It’s huge,” Spillane said. “I never thought I’d be able to play again, so to get back on the football field is a great feeling.”
Tonight’s game will be the conclusion to a senior high school football season that was cut short last fall due to a broken shoulder that left Spillane sidelined for the vast majority of his Thanksgiving Day game.
For both athletes, the All-Star game allows them to, for one final time, play with each other and for Coach Sheehan.
“Coach Sheehan has been a great mentor for me and taught me a lot, both inside and outside of football, so to play for him one last time is just awesome,” Spillane said. “To play with Bradley one last time will be a lot of fun.”