ARLINGTON — Senior linebacker Zach Thomas notices it while he’s working his shift at the Chilly Cow, a local ice cream shop on Massachusetts Avenue. He notices it when he spots his neighbors at away games. He notices it when the stands at Arlington High School have been filled for the first time in his three seasons on the varsity.
The town is excited about its football team, and with good reason.
The Spy Ponders (6-1) are in the playoffs for the first time since 1995, when they lost to Xaverian in the Super Bowl. They host Wayland (4-3) tomorrow night in the first round of the Division 3 Northwest bracket. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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