The bonds between teammates run deep. Strengthened by 6 a.m. workouts, group meals, and long practices, high school football players learn to rely on the other members of their team like brothers.
For four local seniors, this brotherhood has nutured them through difficult times, both on and off the field. On Thanksgiving morning they will each play as part of their football family for the final time, grateful for the support their programs provided when they needed it most.
King Phillip football players are pictured at a practice session. Next
After a troubled, abusive childhood, Fabio Cherant found a foster father, and a home in Wrentham. He’s known as one of the funniest players of the King Philip Warriors and serves as the team’s kickoff specialist.
“I’m in a better place now,” Cherant said. Next
Last winter, Pat Lydon lost his father to lung cancer. His dad had attended every King Philip football game, even while he was sick. Lydon’s coach said he is a role model on the team, and never missed an event during his father’s illness.
“They showed up at everything just to be supportive,” Lydon said of his teammates. “It’s like a second family to me.”
Lydon, right, is pictured with teammate Fabio Cherant above. Next
Framingham High School football player Allan Lamas moved from Brazil to the United States when he was 14. While learning English, Lamas also tried out for the football team, having grown up on soccer. He made varsity his freshman year.
“I wanted to try something different,” he said. Next
Antila Santos came to America for the first time with his sister four years ago. Despite a rocky start, Santos found a place on the Framingham High School football team, alongside his Brazilian “brother,” Lamas.
“I found out football is my sport,” he said. “My thing. It's been amazing.” Back to the beginning
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