This is the third season for the Ashland High football program under the direction of coach Andrew MacKay and his pass-happy spread offense. Last season both quarterback David Morrison and receiver Joe Byrnes earned first team Tri-Valley League honors thanks in part to their mastery of the scheme. Morrison finished with 22 touchdowns and almost 2,300 yards passing, while Byrnes reeled in 61 passes for 1,156 yards and 13 scores.
Offensively, they are the fuel for a senior-laden team that is looking for its first winning season since 2006 and just its third such campaign since 1999.
In MacKay’s first year, the team went 3-8. Last year, they were 4-7. Both seasons were a significant improvement from the 25-game losing streak that MacKay inherited in 2011. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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