Caution: ReconstructionTuesday, October 25, 2011 By Joe Brennan
Rebuilding has been the theme over the past couple years for the NRHS football team. In 2010, Keith Kenyon, the new head coach, revamped the Warriors offensive playbook in an attempt to revitalize the team. Along with the new coach, many young and talented players were added to the roster, including Connor Martin, brothers Cade and Colby Frodel, and Dakota Girard showing that the 2010 roster wasn’t built on senior talent alone. The Warriors had the talent to fill the cleats of graduated seniors like former Warrior RB, Peter Hennigan.The Warriors had come off their best season in years at 6-5 which added an air of confidence to their game. Senior Captain Brendan Battles said that he envisioned the team doing very well for the 2011 season. When asked if the team had lived up to those expectations, he continued, “Yeah, we’ve handled some adversity and learned from our mistakes.” When asked about the team’s path for the rest of the year, Battles said, “Marshfield will be tough, but I think we can beat them and keep improving every day. That’s the biggest thing right now.” Battles added that Nauset Junior Connor Martin has had a big impact on the team. “He’s stepped up as a leader to the team. He loves to learn about the game. He’s like a QB to our defense. He really understands what’s going on at all levels.” After missing it last year, making the state tournament is a major goal for the 2011 season. “We were talking about a state title at the beginning of the season, so that’s still a big goal,” said Battles on the subject of making the playoffs this year. It appears that the rebuild of 2010 has payed off and will hopefully take the Warriors deep into the playoffs in their 2011 campaign.