Surrounded by fans, family, and friends, Shawsheen celebrated its first Super Bowl victory yesterday at Curry College. The Rams beat Blue Hills, 20-6, in the Division 4 title game.
Also in attendance in Milton were several players from the 1978 Shawsheen Super Bowl team, which lost to Concord-Carlisle, 34-0, in a game played at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. One of the former players to see the win at Curry was Glenn Bosteels.
“It was very fulfilling [to see them win it]. I’m very proud, it’s been 32 years. We’re the foundation, and they built the building,’’ said Bosteels.
With a different result yesterday, it was worth the wait for Shawsheen’s fans.
For fallen teammates Every time Holliston charged the field this season, the Panthers honored former teammate Joey Larracey with a red flag sporting Larracey’s number 73. Yesterday was no exception.
Larracey died during a Holliston scrimmage in September 2008 after sustaining a hit to the chest. He was one of two fallen Panthers remembered postgame by coach Todd Kiley, who also recognized Timothy O’Connell — a 10-year-old honorary team captain who died of leukemia two days after Larracey.
“It’s for all our brothers that have played before us,’’ Kiley said. “It’s for Joey Larracey, Timmy O’Connell, the kids who have passed away in the last couple of years — their families. They’ve been a huge part of what we do and an inspiration for what we do, too.’’
No chance to repeat Part of the thrill of winning a championship is having the ability to defend it. The Crimson Tide won the Division 1 Super Bowl last night, but are being unwillingly dragged down with the Greater Boston League to Division 1A thanks to a recent league realignment by the MIAA.
Not so fast, suggested coach John DiBiaso.
“It’s not over yet,’’ said DiBiaso, saying that Everett is not going down without a fight.
“No one else wants to be in Division 1, and we want to be here,’’ he said. “It’s definitely not over yet.’’
Wherever the Tide play, they will be favored to contend for another title.
Despite graduating receivers Matt Costello and Manny Asprilla and lineman Shaq Taylor, among others, Everett will return a plethora of strong, young talent.
Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, receivers Kenny Calaj and Jakarrie Washington, and linebacker Chris McCarthy will highlight a returning class.
Slow start, great finish When you start the year 0-5 you don’t expect to finish the season celebrating on the turf at Gillette Stadium. So forgive members of the Beverly football team for feeling a little stunned.
“This feels amazing, words can’t describe it,’’ said senior quarterback Joe Wioncek. “You grow up watching this field. To not only play on it, but also win a Super Bowl is amazing.’’
And it wasn’t any easier to explain for coach Dan Bauer.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,’’ said Bauer. “It feels like there’s another game to get ready for. But this is it. It’s unbelievable.’’
Down, 20-14, at the half, Beverly didn’t panic.
“There was no speech at halftime,’’ said Wioncek. “We just made our adjustments up front and they did an amazing job in the second half.’’
And when Somerset took a 14-0 first-quarter lead, nobody on the Panthers sideline was thinking about a celebration.
“I have no clue how we’re going to celebrate,’’ said linebacker Mark Giles. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.’’
Family affair Though his team ultimately fell short in its attempt at Super Bowl glory, Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud continued his family’s football legacy. Robichaud’s father, Al, was the head coach of the 1978 Patriots football team that won the Division 3 Super Bowl. Mike and his brother David played under dad in Concord-Carlisle’s only other Super Bowl appearance.
Decision time As the Super Bowl approached, there was talk that Gloucester coach Paul Ingram would retire following the game. But after his team disposed of Bridgewater-Raynham in Division 1A, Ingram would only say he wasn’t sure what his plans were. Ingram finished his seventh season at Gloucester with a 13-0 record and a 26-game win streak.