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Tom Ryan, Methuen High football gear up for toughest challenge, Tewksbury

First-year coach Tom Ryan has instilled a stronger work ethic in Methuen football and focused on bringing more direction and discipline to the team.
First-year coach Tom Ryan has instilled a stronger work ethic in Methuen football and focused on bringing more direction and discipline to the team.Photos by Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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In a 4-0 start, the Methuen High football team played with great discipline, committing just one turnover while averaging only two to three penalties per game.

But when the discipline, and execution ia lacking, the result is not pretty.

Quarterback Austin George-Williams was picked off twice in a 17-0 loss to Haverhill on Friday night, including one at the goal line.

Methuen also fumbled a punt return and committed eight penalties, including a few costly flags in the fourth, when the Hillies scored 14 points.

But now Tom Ryan and his Rangers face their toughest challenge, taking on unbeaten Tewksbury Friday night, a program with which the first-year head coach is quite familiar. He was a Tewksbury assistant for 12 seasons.

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