Ask Kevin Curry how many touchdowns he's had called back this year and he knows the exact number.
Curry has had an amazing year for the Holliston Panthers. He was named the Tri-Valley League most valuable player for his outstanding defense and play-making skills, he's a part of a group of Holliston players that literally fly around the ball on defense and then, when they get the on the other side of the line of scrimmage, show what I call ECOD -- Escapability and change of direction. He's racked up 16 touchdowns to help put the Panthers in a position to bring home a Super Bowl title after finishing last season as the Division 3A runnerup. The team still feels the sting of losing to Austin Prep 38-15 at Gillette Stadium.
Curry and the Panthers have a tall task ahead of them. Holliston (11-1) has to beat a Cardinal Spellman (12-0) team that features one of the most elusive running backs in the state in Blaise Branch (Division 3A leading 36 touchdowns). None of which is lost on Curry.
What's the best part about playing at Gillette in your second year coming?
Second year in a row is even better than the first time around. It's just the atmosphere here. You got a stadium all the way around you, you got your fans. You got your whole community behind you. You've got great teams playing here all day. So you've just got the best competition, the best environment and the best sport.
What's the No. 1 thing you have to do for your team to win the game?
I just have to play into the scheme we're gonna have for the game. Play my best every single play. Make sure the kids are doing as best they can. Encourage the team that way. Lead by example and motivate.
What was the best moment of your season prior to making it to the Super Bowl?
Would definitely have to be beating Medway at our home. The revenge game. That's what it's kinda known for. It was definitely sweet. It was perfect. It was definitely necessary for us to get to the playoffs.
Thoughts on Cardinal Spellman? How hard is it going to be chasing around Blaise Branch?
Blaise Branch, he seems like a great running back. He's got great stats. His team's got great stats. They've put up big numbers. They've played a lot of good teams in their division. It's gonna be a challenge that way. But I feel like our team speed is exceptional. The way our defense runs from sideline to sideline, 10 of our 11 kids run sub-5 40's. Everybody's getting after it. So I feel like we can contain the speed.
It's Round 2 for you guys in the Super Bowl. What's the mentality after not getting the title last year?
My first thought goes right to the kids last year, the seniors. (We're) getting it done for our team this year. But definitely for the kids last year. All those seniors that worked so hard to get us there, that taught us a lot of things, and brought us here. We want to get it done for those guys. Because they didn't have the opportunity to complete the task.
Holliston allegedly has the most touchdowns called back this year. Any proof in that?
Well, me, personally, I have seven touchdowns called back. I'm trying to make things happen and that's just how it happens sometimes.
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