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Loaded backfield emphasis of Spartan ‘O’

GREAT BARRINGTON— In Greek mythology, the creature Cerberus is a three-headed dog that lived in Hades, devouring anything in its path. This season, the Monument Mountain football team has its own three-headed monster that lives in the offensive backfield.

Senior Jack O’Brien and sophomores Ashton Aloisi and Reece Mullen make up the starting running back group for the Spartans this season, sharing carries for interim coach Dennis Martin. Freshman tight end Nick Henderson is able to flex into the backfield if one or more of the starting backs are tired or hurt, giving Martin additional flexibility if needed.

Last season, O’Brien was the main ball carrier for the Spartans, scoring four touchdowns on the ground during the 2018 regular season, the most on the team. His physical style of running typically forces multiple defenders to have to combine on tackles, wearing them down in the process.

This is a style he has adopted since his early days playing football one that has served him well to this point in his high school career.

“I’ve always been a bigger kid and I’ve got big thighs, so they tell me, ‘Just keep on running,’” O’Brien said. “That’s all you have to do.”

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