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.”
The boys were greeted by a standing ovation as they walked into the Harborview Ballroom for one final time as an undefeated team.
“This is tight group, we all clicked this year,” said senior Brian Perry. “We made a lot of memories on and off the field without a doubt. Undefeated certainly came as a surprise to everyone. It’s something we talked about and wanted to do, but some professional teams can’t go undefeated for an entire season.”
Each player received a mini Super Bowl trophy, commemorating the 28-21 victory over Natick in early December, along with several other items of memorabilia to remember the season by.
Awards were also handed out to certain players, including team MVP which was given to Brendan Flaherty for a superb season. Flaherty rushed for 1,496 yards and led the North Shore in scoring with 160 points.
“It’s such an amazing night,” said Annie Flaherty, Brendan’s mother. “This is a such a special night for a great group of kids to end the season this way.”
Other awards went to: Luke McDonald (Unsung Hero as voted by coaches and players), Ryan Shipp (Al Harrington Memorial Award), Dom Abate (Mickey Abate Memorial Award), Kenny Pierce (John Carratu Award), Mike Dooling (Myles McPheron Award), Isaiah White and Zack Duguid (McMahon Award), Matt Madden (Freshman Carratu Award), Brian Perry (Coaches Award) and Kevin Kennedy (Jon Kleemota Award).
Kicker Harry Brown was honored as Special Teams Player of the Year, Brian Tripoli and Joe Marciano were Demo Players of the Year, Mrebden mcGee received the sportsmanship award and Dooling was named Fred Bucci Outstanding Lineman.