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December 1, 2012

Unbeaten champions never let go of the rope all season

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FOXBOROUGH —

"That's the thing that sets this team apart. We make big plays on defense, but then turn around and capitalize on them."

In a season full of them, those two game-changing turnovers were the biggest of the entire Beverly season.

"Those two plays came out of nowhere by Shippy and McGee," said Bauer. "That wasn't coaching; that was all heart and desire."

Thirteen games. Thirteen victories. Nary a loss.

And 55-odd pieces of torn and frayed rope.

It all adds up to one perfect season for the history books.

Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at pstacey@salemnews.com or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.

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