Thursday, April 17, 2014
Morning Sentinel Staff
FAIRFIELD -- The Lawrence High School football team is back in the Class A state title game for a second consecutive season. The Bulldogs (11-0) will play Thornton Academy at 11:06 a.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Staff photo by David Leaming Anthony Semetelli.
Staff photo by David Leaming Spencer Carey
On Monday afternoon, captains Spencer Carey, Luke Lawrence and Anthony Sementelli took a moment to answer a few questions from staff writer Bill Stewart.
Q: When did you think the team had a chance to reach the Class A state game?
Carey: "Definitely this offseason. We definitely had the goal to get back there and we worked for it every day."
Sementelli: "Honestly, after last year we all knew we'd come back this year. We knew we had a huge senior group and a lot of the same starters coming back. Everybody was ready to get back to state game."
Lawrence: "The end of the offseason. We definitely wanted to get back to where we were."
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Carey: "We have a team prayer that we do in the in locker room before we come out. We also have another team saying right before we get on the field."
Sementelli: "I put my equipment on the same way every time."
Lawrence: "Nothing really, just come in focused."
Q: What is your favorite football memory?
Carey: "Definitely just being with the guys every day. Probably the last (PTC A) game we just won. That was special for us."
Sementelli: "This year's Eastern Maine game and last year's Eastern Maine game."
Lawrence: "Friday night under the lights."
Q: Who has influenced you the most on the football field?
Carey: Definitely my brothers pushed me every day. Whether beating me up in the backyard or getting after me when I didn't do something right."
Sementelli: "Probably my dad. He's pushed me not only in football but in general."
Lawrence: "My dad and my brother."
Q: What did you learn from playing in the Class A state game last year that will help you this year?
Carey: "Not to be satisfied. It's nice to win Eastern Maine championship but it doesn't pay off until you win the gold ball."
Sementelli: "Just having that sense of you've been there before. You know the routine. It definitely helps you."
Lawrence: "We know what to expect now with the big crowd. We have to get the job done now."
What music do you listen to before a game?
Carey: "Whatever the guys throw on the radio. The pump-up speeches we have in the locker room."
Sementelli: "Rap or hard rock. I like the rapper Juicy J."
Lawrence: "The pump-up speeches."
What is the toughest day of the football week?
Carey: "Tuesday or Wednesday. Usually those are our work days. Usually we get beat up the most then."
Sementelli: "I think Saturday morning. Playing Friday nights you are sore Saturday morning."
Lawrence: "Definitely Tuesday and Wednesday. It's full pads and all we do is hit."
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Staff photo by David Leaming Luke Lawrence