“Usually we have a play we call ‘Fire’ for that situation,” coach Bill Maver said. “Every team does. You yell ‘Fire!’ when you start to scramble, to let the eligible receivers know they should go out for a pass and let the lineman know that they shouldn’t. But I asked [Jackman] after the game and he said never said anything. It was one of those things, no one really knows what happened. It just came out good.”
Senior Denali Trimble came up with Acton-Boxborough’s next big play when he recovered the strategic onside kick by senior Jack Perry, and the Colonials offense ran out the clock to win the game.
“It’s a great Thanksgiving story,” Maver said. “Denali is a senior who has been in our program for four years, a special teams player, doesn’t get a lot of playing time, but he made the big recovery.”
For Concord-Carlisle seniors, a painful end
Concord-Carlisle senior captains Evan Boynton and Tommy Crowley weren’t used to the kind of season the Patriots had this fall. After back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, the inexperienced team, which sometimes featured 10 sophomore starters, finished 4-7 and out of the playoffs.
“You hope that every rep is a great investment in the younger guys,” coach Mike Robichaud said. “That’s no consolation for the seniors. That’s been the toughest thing, to watch [Boynton], who’s been such a great performer for us for three years, and [Crowley], another one of our captains who’s been a rock-solid player on both sides of the ball.
“It hurts to see the seniors not experience the kind of success we’ve had the last few years. But they’re good kids and they’ve done a great job leading the younger guys.”
For Boynton and Crowley, their Thanksgiving loss to Bedford, 35-34, will not be their final football game.
Boynton will play at Amherst College next year, while Crowley will suit up for conference rival Middlebury.
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