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Mike Lattof Jr.

Fishermen take the line of scrimmage in last year's battle against Lynn Classical

MIKE CODY and EDDIE MAHONEY

This year, the Gloucester High School football team is looking to put Gloucester football back on the map.  A team full of sixteen seniors and multiple returning starters is ready to put in the work to make this year’s season up to Gloucester football standards.

The team played in their first full scrimmage on Saturday against a strong division I Peabody team. The Fishermen lost to the Tanners 14-21, but showed many promising signs.

The offense, led by senior captains Alex Enes (running back), Thomas Donahue(guard), and Mike Cody(quarterback) maintained a balanced attack of running and passing. Enes, as well as seniors Andrew Latassa (fullback) and Pat Goss (wingback) ran the ball with authority behind a big and powerful offensive line.

Junior Christian “Brucie” Sanfilippo (running back) also performed at a high level carrying the ball. Cody also connected with John Philpott (tight end) several times through the air. Enes, speaking for all of the backfield, gave the offensive line a ton of credit by saying “It all starts with the guys up front in the trenches.”

The team’s defense – seniors Jake Emerson, Andrew Amaral, Alex Militello, and Jake Schrock – played well with a few big contributions on that side of the ball. Guilherme Spairani also had a key interception.

The Fishermen now shift their focus to a match-up that they have been working hard for all off-season. It will be a game of toughness and physical play, as it always is when the Fishermen and Lynn Classical Rams meet.

The Fishermen seek to avenge a 20-27 loss in last season’s opener against the Rams. They play Lynn Classical on Friday, September 11, under the lights at 7p.m. at Newell Stadium.