Though the defense has been anything but iron-clad, Flynn has made some adjustments to shore up his stoppers.
LaSpada and receiver Ryan Donahoe have been moved into the cornerback positions and defensive tackle Martin Owen was called up from junior varsity to beef up the run defense, which was severely abused during a 36-26 setback to Methuen.
Formerly a safety, LaSpada has played sparingly on defense to protect what seems to be the most famous knee in New England sports (sorry Tom and Kevin.) The move to cornerback has him playing every down, which Flynn says he has been ready to do for a few games now.
Since defense typically takes longer to learn than offense, the inexperience has hit Billerica hard. The Indians start three sophomores and six juniors on the defensive side of the ball.
‘‘I could see our kids getting better, but they weren’t at that level of consistency yet,’’ said Flynn. ‘‘We can see them getting better daily now.’’
The stalwarts have been linebacker Brandon Coelho and defensive end Justin Hood. Flynn hopes the others catch up in order to compete in the conference that is more loaded now as it has been in recent memory, with Chelmsford, Andover, Central Catholic, and Lowell.
The defense showed some improvement in Saturday's 20-15 win over Tewksbury, but that is just a small step in the right direction.
‘‘When the season started, I knew it was going to be one of those years (in the MVC),’’ said Flynn. ‘‘It’s so much fun.’’
Fun as it may be, the party won’t last long for the Indians if the defense doesn’t step up soon.
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