“Steve was an unbelievable runner. I’d be blocking and I’d hear his breathing change and he’d take off like a rocket,” said Ray. “He didn’t need much of a hole, although we did provide him with some big ones.
“A lot of people don’t realize how good Tommy Skinner was. He’d do really well when defenses stacked up against Steve, and we had a good fullback that could blast his way through when he had to.”
Masco had 28 players on the roster and had five Eagle-Tribune and coaches’ CAL all-stars: Chew, Doughty, Dave Gangi, QB Paul Richardson and Skinner. They were also named to the Greater Lawrence-Lowell all-star football game, as was Ray. Most of the players played three sports, with basketball and baseball being the most popular besides football.
The Chieftains outscored their nine opponents 300-84.
“Westford had beaten Framingham North, which was a Class B team, and that was worth eight points. It was like winning two games in Class D and that cost us the state title,” said Doughty, who went on to play at Bowdoin College.
Masco had the last five games of 1962 and then took the first five of 1964 to wind up with an impressive 19-game winning streak.
As they come together to be honored tonight, the 1963 squad will remember that magical time in the middle, and that incredible and emotional win against Pentucket.
“Just to be able to renew the camraderie with old teammates, guys we haven’t seen in 25 or 30 years is some cases, is great,” said Ray. “On top of all the exciement of fall football, we’re reliving those glory days all rolled into one packge.”
This year’s Chieftains (3-1) are renewing acquaintances with the Sachems (3-0), who didn’t meet Masco in a non-league game during the NEC/CAL experiment. Pentucket took the last meeting back in 2010, 23-7, and Masco won the two prior to that. The last ten meetings in the series are dead even at 5-5.