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August 23, 2013

Steady as he goes

Hayden, Perry look to guide Pentucket to another winning season

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Perry and Hayden, who will also serve as the defensive coordinator this season, have been together since 1985, when Perry joined the staff as an assistant. The one staple of their collaboration together has been the Wing-T offense. Despite the recent trend in high school football to switch to the spread or pro-set offenses, Hayden and Perry continue to implement the spread.

Last year, Cody Rothwell received the bulk of the carries for Pentucket, churning out almost 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. As of last night, Hayden was unsure of who would take over the bulk of the rushing load.

“That’s something that will have to be decided as we go,” Hayden said. “Cody had a remarkable season last year. He did a lot of the rushing for us, so we’ll have to see if one of our younger players is ready to take on a bigger load.”

Quarterback Ryan Kuchar returns at quarterback after a season in which his primary role was to hand the ball to Rothwell. Hayden sees his senior captain taking on a bigger role this season.

“Ryan’s a leader by title,” Hayden said. “He’s a leader by position. He’s a three-sport captain, so he’s well respected by the other kids. We’ll see how everything comes together in a couple of weeks.”

Pentucket Football Schedule

Date Time Opponent

Saturday. Sept. 14 1 p.m. WHITTIER TECH

Friday, Sept. 20 7 p.m. Amesbury

Saturday, Sept. 28 1 p.m. TRITON

Friday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. Newburyport

Friday, Oct. 11 7 p.m. Masconomet

Saturday, Oct. 19 2 p.m. SAUGUS

Friday, Oct. 25 7 p.m. North Reading

Thursday, Nov. 28 10 a.m. Triton

* Home games in caps

** MIAA playoffs from Nov. 1 to 15

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