Also, the 2013 season was North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie’s final season as the Bulldogs, with the team now owning a new moniker: the Hawks.
Bulldog football meanwhile will forever be linked with the name Paul Worth.
“Honestly, he pretty much is North Shore Tech football,” said former running back Jessie Wilkins, who rushed for over 2,000 yards as a senior in 2010. “He was always telling us ‘do your job’. He was teaching life lessons and doing it as football coach. He was a huge influence in my life in a very positive way. The best time of my life was playing football for him.”
The irony is Worth would argue it was more the Wilkinses, Ray Morneaus and Dan Baileys that made the program so successful.
Anyone who had the pleasure of watching the Bulldogs over the past two decades knows Worth can be feisty. Every moment is a teaching moment and Worth never let up on his players. But he always wanted the best for them.
Wilkins specifically recalls the week leading up to his final game as a senior. North Shore Tech didn’t make the playoffs but did have one game left in the Small School Vocational Bowl. The team was disappointed, but Worth knew his team could still finish the season strong and get Wilkins to the 2,000-yard rushing benchmark — an honor that the entire offensive line would be proud of.
“He gave me no less than 30 carries so I got (2,000 yards). I remember that as great moment in my life and probably the greatest of my high school career,” said Wilkins. “And I give all my thanks to him.”
Bailey, a senior linebacker and fullback on the Bulldogs this past season, believes one of Worth’s biggest strengths was his ability to inspire his players to never give up the fight in any situation.