Reading Football vs. Duxbury Football
FOR THE NORTH SHORE:
John Fiore, head coach of the sixth-ranked Reading Memorial Rockets.
FOR THE SOUTH SHORE:
Dave Maimaron, head coach of the 16th-ranked Duxbury Dragons.
Is there a prototypical North Shore or South Shore player?
JF: You look at the great teams from the North Shore over the years, like Gloucester, and they certainly had big, physical defensive linemen and tight ends and D-ends. But we’ve had a nice run of offensive linemen and quarterbacks, too. Real competitive kids come out of the North Shore.
DM: Oh, our kids aren’t competitive. [Laughs.] You might have a few more linemen on the North Shore, but we have a couple more skilled kids. I think one difference between the North Shore and South Shore is that on the North Shore, it’s highly likely the player’s last name is going to end in a vowel. On the South Shore, it might start with an O.
What are your respective team identities?
JF: We really like to be a great defensive team. That’s where we start from.
DM: We want to be athletic. We’re more of an offensive team.
Did you ever have an “aha!” moment when you realized how intense the North Shore/South Shore rivalry is?
JF: In terms of rivalries, you get more cranked up about your league. But the way the playoff system is now, the teams in the south—it’s a loaded bracket. Once the season starts, you don’t think about them until they’re right in front of you.
Who’s on your football Mount Rushmores?
JF: On the North Shore, it starts with Harry Agganis, from Lynn.
DM: Ken MacAfee, Jim Rourke, Steve Trapilo, and Marc Colombo.
Have you guys ever met in the playoffs?
What would happen if you did?
DM: Hopefully it’d be a great game.
JF: Because if it’s down south, it would be a long ride home.
—As told to Kyle Scott Clauss
*** WINNER ***
North Shore. Ken MacAfee now practices dentistry in Waltham.