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August 21, 2013

Same goal, different players

Amesbury looks to repeat as league champion

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The promising turnout gave Connors confidence that he made the right decision in returning for his 12th season. Last fall, he mentioned that he’d always envisioned retiring after coaching his son’s final high school game. The plan was for coach Connors to potentially retire from teaching and coaching in order to follow his son’s college football career.

As it turns out, Tommy is starting his freshman season at Endicott College, just a 35-minute drive from Amesbury, and Coach Connors isn’t ready to retire.

“When I first said it, I was kind of referring to a thought I had when I was younger,” Connors said. “We’d all go out together. I used to think that. Well, I’m really not old enough to retire, and second, I didn’t realize it would get here so fast. I’m still a few years away from retiring, and it worked out pretty well with Tommy going to Endicott. As a freshman, he’s probably a year or two away from being a contributor anyway. So that made the decision about coming back pretty easy.

“On top of that, I’m excited about the prospects we have,” Connors said. “We have a pretty good team, and our future is pretty bright as well.”

Amesbury Football Schedule

Date Time Opponent

Friday, Sept. 13 7 p.m. TRITON

Friday, Sept. 20 7 p.m. PENTUCKET

Saturday, Sept. 28 1 p.m. Lynnfield

Friday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. HAMILTON-WENHAM

Friday. Oct. 11 7 p.m. IPSWICH

Saturday, Oct. 19 1 p.m. Georgetown

Friday, Oct. 25 7 p.m. Manchester Essex

Thursday, Nov. 28 10 a.m. Newburyport

* Home games in bold

** MIAA playoffs will run Nov. 1 to 15

Football Preview Schedule

Yesterday: Newburyport

Today: Amesbury

Tomorrow: Triton

Friday: Pentucket

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