Doherty will board the buses bound for Foxborough early Saturday morning. The game will be the last for some, but not Isaac Yiadom. He knows he is blessed to play on.
The senior defensive back, who has committed to Boston College, has several years of football ahead of him, if only one high school game left.
“It really hasn’t hit me that it’s my last high school game,” said Yiadom. “With this being my senior year, it’s a dream that we’re going to states. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
The Highlander maroon and gold wasn’t the first varsity jersey Yiadom donned, but the color combination will be his at least for another four years. Yiadom’s high school career began at Robert E. Lee High in Fairfax County, Va. Standing 6 feet tall, Yiadom made that varsity as a freshman, earning a starting nod in the secondary.
But he and his father moved to Worcester the following year. The scenery changed, but Yiadom quickly proved that he was the same old Isaac. Now 6-2 and 175 pounds, Yiadom has helped turn around the Highlander program, from 4-7 his sophomore year to 11-1 and on the verge of the school’s second state title.
It is intensity — not necessarily athleticism — that has allowed him to thrive.
“He brings the thunder for us,” said Doherty coach Sean Mulcahy. “He’s a tackler. He’s an aggressive kid, and that’s what is going to make him a special kid at BC.”
The move to BC will start early. With enough credits to graduate, Yiadom will join the Eagles for spring workouts.
But Yiadom and his Doherty teammates have a date with Dennis-Yarmouth first, and Yiadom is hoping to make a quick detour Saturday, if the opportunity arises.
“I want to take one back to the house,” he said. “I want to see myself on the big screen.”