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November 24, 2012

Never Short on a kick

Amesbury specialist key to team's playoff run

AMESBURY -- Some might say that the Amesbury football team made it to this year’s Cape Ann League Division 3A semifinal on the foot of junior Mac Short, and those people would be right.

Short, a junior, booted the two field goals that were the difference in the Thanksgiving Day game 13-10 victory against rival Newburyport Thursday that won the Indians the CAL Division 3 title, and guaranteed them at least one more game early next week.

“We haven’t kicked a field goal all year except for yesterday,” says Indians coach Thom Connors. “So he comes up perfect for the PATs, and we weren’t concerned about the (field goals). He made the difference.”

Indeed, Short has been perfect with extra-point attempts, going 34 for 34 this season. But that perfection didn’t come right away. Short had some difficulty dialing in during his sophomore year.

“Last year he struggled. He got inside his own head,” says Connors. “And this year he had a maturity level and (matched) the experience, that’s just gigantic.”

“Last year I let everything get to my head. I was a nut, pretty much.” laughs Short. “Now I just go out there with a clear mind, and just think of the ball going through the uprights.”

Short has found himself in the zone this year, with a clarity he has never had before. Normally this is a phenomena that strikes a player in his senior year, but Short has struck his concentration gold as a junior.

“Sophomore year, I was a little immature, so I was little more goofy,” says Short. “I didn’t get the importance of it just yet. And (at the end of) last year, seeing how important it was to the seniors, I think I finally got it.”

That jump in maturity has also translated into Short’s academic career as well, enrolling himself in his first honors class this school year.

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