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Chelmsford High grad Boroyan preps for another football season
Kimberly Boroyan plans on playing football until she gets it out of her system.
That has not happened yet.
The 1990 graduate of Chelmsford High School is now preparing for her eighth football season and her first with the Manchester (N.H.) Freedom.
“I keep coming back because I love it,” Boroyan said.
Boroyan, 38, took last year off to recover from some injuries that she had sustained over the years. She began her career with the Bay State Warriors and most recently played for the Boston Militia in 2009, helping the team advance to the Eastern Conference finals and earning a spot in the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) all-star game.
“I’m not fully healed, but as healed as I can be at 38,” said Boroyan, who had to recover from a knee injury that required surgery, a broken tailbone and cracked ribs.
Since she last played for the Militia, that team moved to a different league and the Freedom’s coach offered her a chance to play quarterback.
“It was an opportunity to stay in the same league,” she said. “They needed a quarterback and the coach sought me out. It was an opportunity to take on a leadership role.”
Boroyan, who was a running back the last time she played, was most recently a quarterback in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s been a while,” said Boroyan, who is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. “I’m probably one of the smallest quarterbacks in the league, but I love it, being in the leadership role.”
The Freedom runs a wing-T offense, which plays to Boroyan’s strengths.
“We run more option,” she said. “We run the ball a lot of and when we pass, we do a lot of roll-outs. We use about six different formations and can run about 100 different plays.”
During her year away from football, Boroyan competed in triathlons. She’s been training for the upcoming season at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning in Woburn. The Freedom began practicing in January.
“It’s a little more travel,” said Boroyan, who lives in Melrose and runs her own accounting business. “We practice for three hours on Sundays and Wednesdays.”
When she played for the Warriors and the Militia, Boroyan played against the Freedom.
“It was a competitive team,” she said. “We were a little stronger, but it was always a rivalry. The teams were [geographically] close and in the same division.”
Not only does Boroyan have to get used to a new offense and a different position than the one she’s been playing for her last few seasons, she also has to get used to some new teammates.
“It’s a completely different organization and structure and I’m doing what I can to adapt to it,” she said. “You build relationships and friendships with people on a team and I look at this as an opportunity to build new friendships.”
The team’s roster includes another Chelmsford resident, lineman Deb Midgley.
The Freedom plays an eight-game regular season, with home games at Manchester West High School. They open the season at Montreal on April 9. For more visit: Chelmsford Independent Wicked Local
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