Hudson High football team sweeps into fall season

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Hudson High football team sweeps into fall season
Brendan O’Brien celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

HUDSON – As the summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to change, the Hudson High School varsity football team prepares to tackle another season. 

Head Varsity Coach Dan McAnespie said that so far this season seems to be “business as usual” as they gear up for their first game. 

The Hawks eye victory 

In preparation for the season, McAnespie said the team has held preseason practices and workouts to prepare for the real deal this fall. 

Like previous seasons, the Hawks are eyeing victory over their rivals, Clinton, who they faced Friday night and Marlborough, who they will face on Thanksgiving, according to McAnespie. 

“With the new playoff system that Massachusetts now has, another goal of ours is to make a run at the playoffs,” he said. 

Ultimately, the Hawks emerged victorious over the Clinton Gaels on Friday night 20-13. 

“WHAT. A. GAME!” tweeted Hudson Athletic Director Jessica Winders after the game. “Shout out to HHS Cheerleading, HHS Dance, HHS Band, and The Red Sea for creating an incredible atmosphere!”

Players to watch 

As part of the Hudson players to watch this season including the four captains – Caleb Luz, Will Jackson, Ty Mullahy and Ryan Yates – and starting quarterback Jake Attaway. 

“There’s a variety of good leadership on the team,” he said. 

McAnespie said the players always look to the captains for guidance both on and off the field, noting that the captains were elected by the team for their leadership skills. 

“I am proud of the captains,” he said. 

Luz, Jackson, and Mullahy said they are looking forward to getting back into their red uniforms and achieving success on the field with their team.

“The one thing I’m looking forward to is playing one last year with the boys. Same kids I’ve been playing football with since second grade,” said Yates.