November 22, 2013

Steve Solloway: Kennebunk buzzes over its perfect football team

The community returns to its roots in preparation for a championship game

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Elementary school students will line the Eastern Trail footbridge over the Maine Turnpike, just north of the Kennebunk rest stops, and wave at the team buses when they pass beneath. This is timeless stuff not always seen in today’s more sophisticated or discouraged world, depending on your viewpoint.

“This is good for the community,” said Boothby, a soft-spoken man who voiced his respect for Friday night’s opponent, Cony High of Augusta, and was everything but boastful. “It’s good for the older folk.”

He’s watched more of his parents’ generation reconnect with the town’s high school, its football team and the head coach everyone knows.

Zub has a daughter, Rebecca, in high school. When Rebecca discovered her adviser for her high school years would be Rafferty, she asked her mom how could she relate to a football coach? That was three years ago.

“She loves him,” said Zub. “He understands kids.”

He has coached football for more than 30 years. He has been overshadowed by men like John Wolfgram at Cheverus High and Kevin Cooper at Bonny Eagle High.

After so many years there are always rumors that the current season will be his last. There seems to be more credence to the talk this year. Win or lose, what a season to remember.

“I hear the rumors and that’s what they are,” said Boothby. “Coach Raff is too young. He can’t retire.”

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