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January 19, 2013

Beverly football celebrated at banquet

BEVERLY — It was the perfect ending to an even more perfect, undefeated season as the Beverly football team celebrated the team’s banquet at Danversport Yacht Club on Thursday night.

The evening was filled with cheer, reminiscing about the Division 2A Super Bowl championship game at Gillette Stadium. Though the Super Bowl win over Natick was more than a month ago, the memories came flooding back as the team relived many moments of its 13-0 season.

“Once the season’s done you kind of start to prepare for next year,” said head coach Dan Bauer. “At some point you have to face the fact that this season is truly coming to an end. Fortunately, we’re raising money for rings and hopefully that will happen in March — so we’ll get to relive it one more time.

“This season was certainly one of the top for me as a coach. The only other time I went undefeated was when I played in college at Penn. So, this is my second undefeated season in my career and I’d say it’s the top.”

The players echoed similar sentiments as most of the seniors played on the 2010 Super Bowl team as sophomores and now have a second championship title to cap off their high school careers.

“It’s really awesome to just be back with the whole team, that’s why we look forward to the night,” said senior captain Marc Babcock. “It was really was too much fun, this entire season was unreal and just amazing.

“One of the craziest things was playing at Gillette. We’d be playing and I’d go down to get into my stance, I’d look down and my hand is on the Patriots symbol. Then you look down and see that your pants are covered with the same paint that the Patriots get covered in.”

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