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TEWKSBURY — It took just four plays for the first crushing hit.
Tewksbury quarterback Johnny Aylward found room along the Wilmington sideline near his opponent’s 40-yard line before being hit as he went out of bounds.
It was one of many plays that has raised the question of what Super Bowl-bound coaches would do with their starters on Thanksgiving.
For Johnny Aylward and coach Brian Aylward, whose team emerged victorious in the longstanding rivalry Thursday at Doucette Stadium, 21-7, the question was immediately answered.
“You expect to get hit,” the quarterback said. “I feel fine, it’s a football game. If you don’t want to get hit, you shouldn’t play.”