Amesbury quarterback Mac Short has a good thing going on right now. Not many quarterbacks get to lead a drive and tack on their own extra point.
“I just like being involved in every play,” Short said of being his own kicker. “It means a lot to me when I get to go and lead the team down the field and just finish it off after. I just like that feeling.”
Not only is it a good feeling for Short, but at the moment, he is the closest thing to a guarantee in high school football. Short hasn’t missed a field goal or a PAT since the beginning of last season, setting a school record along the way.
“He could kick the air out of the ball, he always could,” said Indians coach Thom Connors. “But now, he’s developed a real consistency in his approach. There’s not much more you could ask for.”
Rated the No. 2 kicker in the state over the summer, Short is also in the middle of a rebirth of sorts at QB. His Indians started the season 0-3, scoring only seven points a game against Triton (40-7), Pentucket (42-7) and Lynnfield (41-7). Things were looking bad for the Indians, but then something happened.
“After that Lynnfield game, we sat down and started to pick it up more in the locker room and became a little bit more serious,” said Short. “I think it was an attitude adjustment that we had to make. We started to come together as team. We’re more of a family (now) like last year when we started to be successful. Because, remember last year, we didn’t start off too hot either. Then, all of a sudden, it just kind of clicked, and we became more of a family and that’s when we started to be as productive as we are.”