Hudson Hawks head to playoffs after win against Groton-Dunstable

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Hudson Hawks head to playoffs after win against Groton-Dunstable
Hudson faced off against Groton-Dunstable on Friday. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

HUDSON – The Hudson High School football team vanquished Groton-Dunstable Regional High School 42-0 during the Hawks senior night game on Oct. 28. 

The Hawks are now 8-0 on the season and will be advancing to the MIAA playoffs. 

“The kids played really well. We are excited for our kids and for the next part of the season,” said Hudson Head Coach Dan McAnespie. 

Hudson is seeded number one in MIAA Division Five and is scheduled to play Swampscott in the first round.

Captain Will Jackson called the win against Groton-Dunstable “perfect.” 

“I am a senior captain, and this is the first season we have gone 8-0. I am just really glad we could turn it around and take the win tonight,” he said. 

Leading up to the win, McAnespie said the team has been consistently practicing.

“We’ve got some great kids who have worked real hard and who have put a lot of time in during the summer,” McAnespie said. 

He said that each week the team has faced off against “great teams” and his players have “stood up” to the challenges with their “solid” attitudes. 

McAnespie added, “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” 

Since the beginning of practices over the summer, the Hudson Hawks have been forming a brotherhood, McAnespie said. 

“Camaraderie starts in the summer. We have summer workouts that the kids go to three days a week,” McAnespie said. “They were all really good about showing up and that starts to build the chemistry of the team.” 

He added, “These fifteen kids [the seniors] have known each other since they were in the first grade. They grew up in Hudson, they played middle school football together and now they are playing varsity football together.” 

After the game, parents of the senior players flooded the field to congratulate the Hawks on their big win. 

Brent Adams and Elizabeth Spencer, who are the parents of Sam Spencer, said they are “so proud of him.” 

“It’s just a great night for football,” Adams added.

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