By the time you’ve read this Aiden North will have taken his last snap as the Falmouth High School quarterback. The senior, who led the team to a playoff berth and league championship this year, has been a mainstay in the Clippers’ system the past few years and a big reason that the team had its best season in several years.
Aiden is the son of Allison and Michael North, and he has two younger brothers, Jeffery and Collin. He’s a solid student and member of the National Honor Society, who said that Peer Leadership is his favorite subject in school. His most-prized possession is a yellow soccer ball that he received as a baby.
Aiden’s favorite movie is “Revenge of the Sith.” His favorite TV show is “Breaking Bad.” His go-to meal is steak and mashed potatoes, with a Shirley Temple to drink. When he’s not playing football he can be found at the Sandwich Road fields refereeing youth football on the weekend.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
The way I got involved in football is probably similar to a lot of other kids, and that was having fun playing the game at recess with all my classmates. Some of those classmates also happen to be some of my closest friends and teammates. Cooper Young and John Alves are the two kids who really pushed me to be involved with football. In 5th grade we would play backyard football every day, and every day they would try to convince me to get my mom to let me play tackle football. It took a long time and a lot of convincing, but by the time I hit junior high I was playing tackle football. I love the sport of football, ever since I started playing I always found a way to have fun with it and enjoy it, even in the offseason getting ready for the upcoming season. My role on the team is playing quarterback and getting my team in the end zone as much as we can. I also play a backup role at defensive end, being ready to help my team at any time.
By the time this runs in the newspaper, you will have already played your final high school game. What is your mindset heading into the final one, and how important is it to you to come out on top?
My mindset coming into my final high school game is confident. I’ve learned that you can’t excel and perform in any sport without having confidence in your teammates, coaches, and yourself. I’m going into this game with years of preparation with my teammates. We all trust each other immensely and will use this to give us an edge on Thanksgiving. My teammates and I have worked so hard over the years, so getting this win on Thanksgiving in front of all our friends and family is so important for us.
You are close friends with Barnstable’s starting quarterback. What is that dynamic like come this time of year?
Jake and I have been friends ever since we started playing baseball with each other back in 7th grade. But, even though we’re friends doesn’t mean we don’t love to compete, so when we get onto the game field we’ll be rivals until that final whistle blows. He definitely has given me some extra motivation for this game, especially since he came into my house for Thanksgiving with his Cape and Islands championship shirt last year.
You play quarterback in a very interesting scheme that is based on the triple option. How do you go about making your decisions on each play, and how much has the offense evolved since you started running it?
Unlike other quarterbacks, I have to make several reads on every single play run or pass. This can be challenging, but since I’ve been getting drilled on the triple option ever since 8th grade, it has definitely gotten easier for me. Even though the offense we run may still seem simple, it has evolved a lot compared to when I was a freshman. When I was given the starting job at quarterback, we started to add in several spread formations from the gun to give us an air attack to pair with our run game.
As a senior you have grown through the ranks of the program. How important is it for you to leave behind some sort of legacy? What do you think that will be?
My teammates and I came into this year wanting to change the culture of Falmouth football. We came in wanting to include and befriend the underclassmen and make their time on field enjoyable. It is important to me that the legacy I leave behind isn’t for my highlights on the field, but instead for the example my teammates and I set for the underclassmen to be a better person, student, and player.
Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about playing football that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?
One thing about football that most people don’t think of is the weeklong preparation between each game, and the film study needed to be successful on the field by game time. Another difficult aspect of football is the year-long preparation you need in the off-season to become better, and the importance of every game we play, since we only play around 10 games a season.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
For my physical attributes, a scouting report would explain how I’m not the fastest guy, but will always finish my runs downhill falling forward. And, if a scouting report talked about my throwing ability, it would explain that I excel with the intermediate and deep ball, but can struggle completing a slant.
Of all the games that you have ever played in, is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
One game that stands out to me the most is homecoming my junior year. At this point in the year the team was struggling with injuries and COVID issues, and I was coming back from a concussion. In the home game before, I fumbled the ball on the goal line with the game on the line in front of the whole school, so coming into this game I still had to prove myself to my coaches, teammates, and classmates. We played New Bedord before our homecoming dance, and I played the best game of my career at that point. I threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in front of all my friends and family to get our first win of the season. This game gave us the momentum we needed to start winning again, and gave me the confidence I needed to play quarterback.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career came this year winning the Cape and Islands League championship. Winning the league made the four years of hard work in the gym and on the field worth it. Especially since we haven’t won our league since 2018.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I’ve played with is definitely Cooper Young. Cooper and I have been playing together since freshman year and have a really good chemistry on the field. On most run plays it has always been my decision on whether Cooper gets the ball or not, and it’s nice to know that he trusts me to make the right decision. And even if I make a mistake, he has never turned on me or has gotten angry, making him stand out more than others. Another reason he stands out is his ability to catch the ball even though he plays fullback. Cooper’s attitude and talent are what make him the best teammate I’ve played with.
Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?
I have two main mentors who have made the biggest difference in my growth as a player, and those are my parents. I consider myself insanely lucky to have such kind, patient, and understanding parents. They have been my rock for my whole life in everything, but in sports they have always put me in the best position to be successful on the field. Their endless motivation and tough love are what drives me to be the best version of myself on and off the field.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I’m not sure if this counts as a superstition, but before every game I always take a moment to sit down and pray for the safety of my teammates and myself because football is a very violent sport.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I have learned mental toughness, leadership skills, quality work ethic, and time management. All of these qualities I’ve learned from sports will follow me for the rest of my life, no matter what career or situation I may find myself in.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?
If I could have one superpower it would definitely be super speed, so I can get more than just 10
yards on a rushing attempt.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents for always being by my side and supporting me through everything in my life, not just sports, and making me the young man I am today. I would also like to thank all of my friends and family alongside every coach who has been a part of my development as a player and human being.
The world seems to be getting crazier and more complicated all of the time. What is something you’d like to see change to make it a better place?
If I could change one thing in the world or in our country, it would definitely be the division we have. I’ve seen too many relationships and friendships altered because of certain beliefs and radicalism found inside our country. I think we could benefit from taking a step back and actually listening to everyone’s stories, instead of jumping to conclusions.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something people would be suprised to learn about me is that I’m kind of a nerd. Ever since I was a small child I have been obsessed with “Star Wars” and anything superhero-related.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with one person for a week, it would be my favorite NFL player Taysom Hill, so I could play every position on the football field. I would definitely enjoy being an elite athlete making a lot of money.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect idea of a day is going to the gym early morning and then hanging out with all my friends at the beach till sunset. Or going to the Sandwich Road field to go play basketball, football, or wiffle ball.
What are your post high school plans?
My post high school plans are to go to college and study criminal justice in hope of becoming an FBI special agent. As of right now I’m still debating playing college football, but being a regular student earning a degree doesn’t sound bad.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working a good job that I love doing and getting engaged or married around that time. I also see myself betting on a lot of sports and winning fantasy football championships.