They were among the reasons the Haverhill High football team ended its losing streak and is now regarded as a worth opponent by some of the best teams around.
Because of their leadership, which translated to success on the gridiron, these three players have been named captain for next year's team.
Football coach Tim O'Connor named the captains for 2012 football season at the team's annual banquet on Dec. 15 at DiBurro's function hall. Running back Chance Brady, quarterback Tommy Morgan and offensive/defensive lineman Dan Burrows will serve as the team's captains as they look to improve on their 4-6 season last fall.
O'Connor said the captains will have big shoes to fill. Taylor Sullivan and Nick DeFusco served as the captains this year, and Connor Tufts filled in as captain when Sullivan went down with a season-ending injury. Each of the captains was credited heavily with the change of culture that has come to the Hillies football program.
Brady ran for 1,641 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, his first year as a full-time running back, winning the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 co-offensive most valuable player. Brady primarily played linebacker during this freshman and sophomore years. His 2011 season was highlighted by a 301-yard rushing game against Triton.
Morgan played well in his first full season as the Hillies' quarterback. He was named a conference all-star and was a big part of the Hillies' success. Morgan threw for 1,503 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for at least one touchdown in each of the last eight games of the season.
Burrows was named an all-conference offensive lineman and also filled in capably at defensive lineman when the team was without Sean Cronin due to a season-ending injury.
The Hillies lost 32 straight games before last season's turnaround.