Gould excels in middle school football
Jonathan Gould has been a football player his entire life. And he has excelled at every level.
Gould, a 5-foot-8-inch, 160-pound eight grader, is coming off an outstanding season as the starting middle linebacker and left guard for the Noble Middle School football team in the town of Berwick, Maine.
The son of Bill Gould Jr. and Dorothy Gould, Jonathan was one of the team’s leading tacklers and displayed his blocking skills in the running and passing games for Noble, who finished with winning record.
Jonathan can trace his football roots back to Chelsea where his father, Bill Gould Jr., was a solid performer for the Red Devils under coach Bob Fee. Gould, who grew up on Central Avenue, was a nose guard for the 1980 CHS team that rallied from a 20-0 deficit to defeat Everett 34-20 on Thanksgiving.
Bill Gould Sr., Jonathan’s grandfather, served as president of the Chelsea Pop Warner football and cheerleading organization.
Jonathan credits his father for teaching him the game and helping him develop as a player.
“My father taught me how to play football – how to block and how to tackle,” said Jonathan. “He also taught me to always respect the game, your coaches, your teammates, and your opponents.”
Jonathan began to show promise in football while playing Pee Wee football from third to fifth grade. He earned the Best Lineman and Most Improved Player awards for his stellar play and the steady progression of his skills. He is also an honor roll student.
As a two-way performer for the middle school football team, Gould has shown that he a bright future at the high school level. He recovered four fumbles this season and received the Dick’s Sporting Goods “100 for 100” Award which goes to top student-athletes in the state of Maine.
Gould will be continuing his football career at Noble High School next season.
Bill Gould Jr. is very proud of his son. He recalled an interesting story about when he was a youth football player, an event that coincidentally occurred this fall as well.
“I went to a scrimmage in Nahant,” recalled Gould whose youth football coaches were Monk Cole, Jimmy Wood, and Joe Gilmore. “My father and I were walking out of the field and the head coach of Nahant asked if I would consider moving there to play football. The same thing happened to my son this season. As we were leaving the Bonny Eagle game this season, a coach came up to Jonathan and asked him if he would consider moving so he could play for their team.”
Jonathan is the grandson of Bill Gould Sr. and the late Dorothy Gould and Jeanne Fernandes and the late John Fernandes.