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November 23, 2013

Spillane's sad ending

Area's top back from Triton will be sidelined Thanksgiving

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Last year’s season was a rough first year in varsity football for Spillane. The team struggled, and capped off a losing season with a 40-12 loss on Thanksgiving at the hands of Pentucket. It was that season’s rough ride that created a lasting memory for Spillane this season.

“My favorite memory from my football career has to be how we came out this year after last year’s bad season,” Spillane said. “Coming out this year, we came out as a team. It was a great feeling knowing that we were all together.”

Triton began the season outscoring their first two opponents 77-14.

Though unable to suit up on Thursday, Spillane knows what the focus of his team should be heading into its matchup with Pentucket.

“Last year before Thanksgiving we had a bye week,” Spillane said. “We allowed ourselves to be unfocused. We have to stay focused this year. We have to keep our offense moving down the field and have our defense step up for us.”

The loss of Spillane will be tough to overcome for Triton, who was a large supplier of offensive production for the Vikings. Spillane could touch the ball upwards of 20 times per game, rushing and catching the football. On the season, Spillane had 160 carries for 921 yards, 15 catches for 211 yards and had 13 touchdowns as well as a two-point conversion.

“Its a huge blow,” said Sheehan. “Justin carried the ball 18 to 20 times per game and was one of our best players. It’s not going to be easy to replace him. It’s going to take a big team effort.”

After Spillane’s exit in last week’s game against Newburyport, Triton struggled to get out of its own way on offense. The Vikings were shut out 14-0 in a game where the Vikings never exceeded the opponents 20-yard-line and turned the ball over four times.

Spillane's season Carries 160 Rushing yards 921 Receptions 15 Receiving yards 221 Touchdowns 13 Points 80

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