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October 25, 2013

Football: Fishermen taking bye week to rest, get healthy

Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli could not be more pleased with the placement of his team’s bye week.

The Fishermen will be off this weekend, the final weekend of the regular season, and can sit back and watch the playoff field take shape. Zerilli’s squad has made it through the rigors of the first seven weeks of the season in relatively good shape.

At 5-2 Gloucester will be playing in the postseason and while everybody on the team has their fair share of bumps and bruises, as all football players do at this time, the team has not been hit with any serious injuries.

As a result Gloucester has gone light on the physical contact this week.

“We’ve been doing a lot of mental things,” Zerilli said. “Watching film and trying to lay off the physical nature of football for a couple of days. We are a little banged up obviously with football injuries but nothing serious. We are really working on our fundamentals this week and we will be right back at it on Monday starting to game plan for our playoff opponent.”

The Fishermen got both Monday and Tuesday off to rest up any bumps and bruises acquired over the first seven weeks of the season. The team had a film session on Wednesday and was back out on the field in full pads on Thursday, although the practice was not physical in nature.

Gloucester has also seen first hand what a bye week can do for a football team, especially in the first week coming off of a bye. In Week 3 Gloucester ran into a buzz saw that was Masconomet, which was coming off of a Week 2 bye after dropping its opening game.

A one-win Swampscott team also gave the Fishermen quite a scare last weekend, after coming off a bye the previous week.

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