O’Leary told his team the friendships they make now will last forever. He also said he loved all his players regardless of their ability. He reminded people that a year ago, the team only won four games but worked very hard and liked each other, so he considered it a success.
“This season we got to the pinnacle of high school football in Massachusetts,” O’Leary said of his star-studded squad, which lost only to Everett while playing arguably the toughest schedule in the state. “You have to remember the bad stuff and that success is something you have to work for.”
Captains Lucas Bavaro, Alex Moore, James Fagan and Jack Sharrio were each given a football signed by all the players. “This is the best group of captains I’ve ever had,” O’Leary said.
Junior running back Johnathan Thomas, who gained over 1,800 yards last fall and turned a lot of heads recently at a Pro Day in Florida with his incredibly fast time in the 40-yard dash, said the Eagles are already looking ahead.
“Now it’s really about 2013, and the time to focus on repeating is now,” Thomas said. “This was an amazing night, and our rings are so huge and shiny; it’s a great way to wrap up the season. But we have a big group of players, including a lot of young guys, working hard in the weight room. It’s all about getting bigger and stronger to be ready.”
One very special award given out was the Tank Crowley Award, which went to longtime supporter of Prep athletes Terry Blier. A photographer for the school, Blier received a SJP helmet signed by all of the Super Bowl champs.