For a football team to have success, members of the team must work as a cohesive unit.
In the age of fantasy football where players are applauded for individual statistics, it may be easy to overlook the concept of a team and the sacrifice players must make to win.
At least three players throughout Berkshire County have put the needs of the team ahead of their own.
Seniors Robby Buffis of Mount Greylock, Dylan Moody of Taconic and Aaron Weeks of Pittsfield are examples of players who have learned new positions this fall.
Greylock coach Shawn Flaherty said versatility is a must for his football players. He lets his players know early on that they can try out for whatever position they choose. Ultimately, the coaching staff will choose where that player fits best.
Buffis has played on every level of the offense. He started his career at fullback, before moving to the offensive line. Now, in his final year as a Mountie, Buffis is learning the tight end position.
"I don't think I would have [changed his position] if I didn't think he could handle it," Flaherty said. "We've done that type of switching and put skill players on the line. I think we've had some great success with doing that."
Flaherty said he appreciates the sacrifices of Buffis and players before him for moving away from their natural positions.
"You definitely feel for the kid when you make those choices because they're in a position where everybody wants to get their name in the paper or score a touchdown," Flaherty said.
"You only get four years to play high school ball. To sit a kid down a say we can win championships, but we need you to play tackle or guard is a tough thing to do."
Buffis credits his coaches for making the transition as smooth as possible.
"I've had great coaches the whole way. They've really helped me understand how to play the position the right way and become the best that I can," he said.
At Taconic, Dylan Moody is following in the footsteps of his father, current Taconic offensive line coach Russell Moody, by becoming a fullback for the Braves.
Dylan Moody, a former center, had not carried the ball since he was in eighth grade. When asked by head coach Jim Ziter to switch from center to fullback he jumped at the opportunity.
Dylan said he's gotten a lot of helpful advice from his father about the position. He said he tries to play the position with the same physicality as his dad.
"He used to tell me stories about how he used to run and I wanted to have a running style like him," Moody said. "I don't run to avoid contact, I initiate it. That's something I've really taken from him."
Moody said that his background as a offensive lineman helps with his vision and understanding of running the ball as well.
Ziter said Moody's willingness to play fullback has taken the burden off some of the younger players in the Braves backfield.
"He understood it was best for the team and I knew there weren't going to be any issues. He's a great kid," Ziter said.
At the end of last season Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said he was looking to add more athleticism to his offensive line. Unsolicited by the coaching staff Aaron Weeks, a former wide receiver, offered to move to the line.
Now the 6-foot-3 Weeks is playing with his hand on the ground at offensive tackle.
"One of the reasons we're doing what we're doing is because of the unselfishness of the guys in the program," Jezewski said.
He added that several players have switched to linemen from skill positions, including sophomore Shane Cronin and junior Anthony Jones, in order to help the team.
Quarterback Chad Shade said Weeks and the rest of the offensive line are working together very well. He said he trusts Weeks to protect his blind side.
"I knew Weeks was athletic and he's done a fine job of learning the position," Shade said.
"I don't have to worry about him. He's a leader on the field and just does his job."
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