He’s slippery and he’s tough.
Newburyport football senior co-captain Tyler Cusack has exploded nicely onto the scene as running back in his senior year, and he’s looking to rush his Clippers (5-3 overall, 2-0 CAL) deep into the post season. The Clippers will meet Cape Ann League Division 3 foe Pentucket (5-3 overall, 2-0 CAL) in a battle of league front-runners tomorrow night (7 p.m.) at World War Memorial Stadium.
“The kid is relentless, nothing will stop him,” Cusack’s fellow co-captain and fullback Sam Francis says of his running back. “Absolutely nothing.”
That relentlessness has translated into some very nice numbers so far this season. With three games to go in the regular season, Cusack has racked up 826 yards, 134 carries and eight touchdowns, three of which came against rival Triton in a victory Saturday.
“We put up 21 before the half," Cusack says of the 35-15 victory over Triton. “I kind of wish we spread it around a bit more. But the running was working, clearly.”
The run has worked for Cusack for a long time. Playing football, often with Francis as his fullback since sixth grade, Cusack has made his way up the ranks in the varsity program. He prepared with last year’s go-to running back Tyler Martin and has hit his senior year with passion, averaging 103.25 yards per game. Voted co-captain for his leadership qualities, Cusack can often be heard loudly pumping his teammates up on the sidelines.
“He’s intense,” Clippers coach Ed Gaudiano says of Cusack. “So, there’s really no problem getting him up for the game. He’s into it, he loves football, and I think that intensity comes out in the way that he carries the ball.”
Playing the bull in the china shop has always come easily to this two-sport (football, hockey) athlete.