When you picture an offensive lineman in your head, you probably don’t come away with a mental picture of Tighe Ferzoco. He isn’t the most intimidating looking young man, nor does he look like he’d rip you apart for looking the wrong way at him.
Know this, though: Tighe Ferzoco is a very good lineman for the Mashpee High School football team. The affable left tackle and defensive end for the MHS Falcons makes plays and is a big reason that the team is playing for a spot in the Division 7 Super Bowl tonight. Whether the team wins or loses tonight, they would not have gotten this far if it wasn’t for superior line play, and Ferzoco has been a key element in the team’s attack, even if he rarely gets much credit for what he does.
Tighe is the son of Tracy and Paul Ferzoco, the only boy of their four children. His sisters are Tori, Lauren and Andrea. He said that chemistry is his favorite subject in school and his most-prized possession is a collection of Patriots beanies that he said that he cannot lose.
“The Other Guys” is Tighe’s favorite movie. He said his go-to meal is anything Mexican.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
Back in middle school, in eighth grade, I got a call from the middle school coach and he was trying to get me to play, so I decided to give it a chance and play. Here I am five years later loving every second of it. I currently play left offensive tackle and defensive end.
You just played a huge playoff game against Amesbury. Describe how tough it is to have to travel that far and go play the biggest game of the season? How do you feel about how things went?
Away games are tougher in general. The atmosphere in those games are much more intense, the fan sections are usually roaring and the other team is fired up, which only gets our guys amped and ready to go. After our matchup against Amesbury I think we played well. I think our team is peaking at the right time and everything is starting to come together. Mistakes will smooth out over time, but overall our guys played their tails off and battled every second. Even when we were down everyone kept their heads up and continued to fight. There was no quit in us for sure and I’m proud of how our guys handled that adversity.
How do you think your game as a football player has evolved over the years?
Over the last few years my game has definitely gotten better as far as technique and knowledge of the game. I really have my coaches to thank for that and my teammates because they were there to help get me whenever I was struggling and help me be in the best position to succeed. I couldn’t have done it without them.
Linemen are said to have a brotherhood of sorts. What is the chemistry like between the linemen at Mashpee, and what does that bond mean to you?
The offensive line in Mashpee is very close. I’ve been playing side by side with these guys for nearly five years now, so we all know each other very well. Our line works together on and off the field throughout the year. This line means a lot to me because we have this strong bond between us and they’re like family. The entire line works extremely hard, and I can’t give enough credit to them; Hunter Bohnenberger, Jesse Hickey, Chris Dostilio, Mason Zylinski, Erich Menke, Brett Hickey, and Bailey Hewson are a part of the lines. They do a great job every week, and don’t get enough credit for it.
Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about football that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?
I think that most people underestimate the amount of quick thinking that goes on, especially up front with blitzes, and then everyone adjusting mid-play offensively to whatever the defense shows. Then on the defensive side of the football it’s all about trusting your reads and reading formations and such, especially our linebackers and secondary. They have to make a lot of reads and recognize certain plays, which can be tough.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I’m not to sure what my report would say, I’m not the biggest or strongest player but I try and do my job and help out the team anyway I can.
Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
Last season we faced off against Rockland, who has a very good football program. That was my favorite game of the season last year, and even now it was one of those tough matchups that you knew going into it’d be a battle. I had a lot of fun playing them, I love those games where you have to fight for every yard and fight until the fourth quarter ends, and that was the case with that game.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
A highlight of my athletic career would have to be this year making the playoffs. Ever since middle school, watching our former teams make it to Gillette, I’ve always wanted to make it myself and so being in a position where we have the chance to make it has been awesome, it’s been a fun experience and I’ve loved every second of it.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I don’t think I have just one teammate that is the best I’ve ever played with. I’ve been lucky to play with such great people that have made the game that much more fun and I’ve made some great memories with all of them it’s impossible to pick just one.
Is there a coach or mentor that has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?
Erich Menke and Chris Dostilio both helped me a lot when it came to getting better as a player. They introduced me to the weight room and taught me a lot about being a lineman and how to do it well. I spent a lot of hours with them after school working with them learning the sport and perfecting my skills at my position. They helped me tremendously and I don’t think I’d be here without there help.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I have to wear the same shirt on game day. It’s this sleeveless beat-up Mashpee football shirt, and I’ve worn it for the past two seasons, so I always make sure I have it on game day.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I have learned from playing sports is how to properly face adversity or any sort of setback. It’s so easy to put your head down and call it a day, but football has taught me to continue to fight even when you’re down, and to continue to fight until the very end and to push through it.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?
If I could have one superpower I would have to go with time travel, there have been some great moments in my life that I want to relive so I think that’d be pretty cool.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I want to thank my family first, they have always been there for me and supported me throughout these last few years and I can’t thank them enough. I also want to thank my coaches, they have all put in a lot of time for this program, and have spent hours helping us out prepare week in and week out. I especially want to thank my offensive line coaches, Coach Doucette and Coach Rendigs, who took the time to help me every day in practice and help me grow as a player and a person. Lastly, I want to thank my teammates, especially the senior class, for having my back in every game and helping me out throughout these last few years. They’ve made this game so much fun for me and I’ve made so many great memories with them. I’m lucky to play with all of them.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
A difference that I notice from freshman year to senior year would be confidence in my games. I feel a lot better about my play style now more than ever, and going into each game my pregame jitters keep getting less and less each game so my confidence has definitely improved over the years.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something about me that most people would be surprised about is I can jump rope pretty well, and I know how do some tricks.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
Besides offensive and defensive lineman my favorite position in football is running back, so I think it’d be cool to switch places with someone like Derrick Henry, or going back to guys like Barry Sanders. I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to play in an NFL game, so I think it’d be a fun experience.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would honestly be playing football with my friends for an entire day.
What are your post high school plans?
My post high school plans are to attend a four-year college a pursue a major in mechanical engineering.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully in ten years I’ve become a mechanical engineer, and will be living somewhere nice.