North Reading’s Darren Hartwell is catching on at Williams
A three-sport North Reading standout from 2007-2009, Hartwell (above) hauled in five passes — three for touchdowns, something he said he had never done before, “not in Pop Warner, not in high school, never.’’
The TD receptions — all from senior quarterback Pat Moffit — covered 83, 89, and 25 yards and tied Hartwell with four other Ephs for most touchdowns in a game. It was the 83- and 89 yarders in the second quarter that generated the most buzz. They were carbon copies on back-to-back passes.
“The first was planned,’’ said Hartwell. “I was on the left sideline in a go route and beat the Trinity corner. The next time we got the ball, coach [Aaron Kelton] said, ‘Let’s try it again.’ [Moffit] hit me in stride. I was surprised the same play worked again. I didn’t figure I’d get open like that again. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.’’
By game’s end, Hartwell had piled up 294 yards of offense: five catches for 208 yards, three punt returns for 20 more, and three kickoffs for another 66 yards.
“It’s great to be out there and I love returning kickoffs and punts,’’ said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hartwell, who has 331 all-purpose yards in the first two games. “Getting in as a receiver is an extra bonus. I want to be on the field. I haven’t returned any punts or kickoffs for touchdowns, but hopefully there’s one in the future. I’ve been getting some great blocking.’’
Williams loves to run the football, but the Ephs have a potent passing attack.
“We don’t sugarcoat that we’re going to run the football,’’ said Kelton, a former standout quarterback at Wellesley High and Springfield College who is in his first season as head coach. “Teams know that’s what they’re going to get when they face us. Trinity did a great job against the run, but we have a lot of guys who can make big plays on offense. . . . It’s hard to cover [Hartwell] because he is so dynamic with his movements. He and our other receivers have the kind of talent where [Moffit] can kind of just throw it up there and trust that his guy can go up and get it.’’
They include former athletes Phillip Robishaw (class of 1940, football); Edward Mackey (1941, baseball and basketball); Ruben Britt (1970, basketball); John Galanis (1972, football); Jayne Benirowski-Canty (1979, basketball); and Brett Budzinski (1993, football, basketball and track). Two former coaches will be honored: C. Elliott Roundy, who coached football, basketball, and baseball from 1951-1983, and Ann Papagiotas, girls’ basketball coach from 1970-84, who led her teams to 10 Cape Ann League, six Division 2 and 3 North, and two state championships. John Thomas, Ipswich sports historian and statistician, will also be inducted. Mackey, Robishaw and Roundy will be inducted posthumously. Buy tickets by calling Hall of Fame committee members Doug Woodworth (978-356-9359) or Dan Follansbee (978-356-4634).
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