BEVERLY -- The 1988 Beverly High football team provided a lot of magic on the gridiron 25 years ago. Perhaps those Panthers passed on a little of that magic Saturday afternoon.
The 1988 Beverly team was honored for their 25th anniversary this weekend with pre- and postgame gatherings, plus a brief halftime ceremony on the field for any former players who were able to attend.
This year’s Panthers may have gained a little inspiration from this Beverly team of yesteryear, picking up their best win of the season -- a 17-14 victory over previously undefeated Marblehead.
The 1988 team was Beverly’s first Super Bowl team.
The Panthers went 10-0 during the regular season and captured the Northeastern Conference title. Beverly’s bid for a Super Bowl title fell short against Dracut at Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough.
In addition to the halftime ceremony, which included introducing the players and coaches from the 1988 team who were in attendance, the Beverly captains served as honorary captains for Saturday’s game. Many of the former players wore either their game shirts or team jackets.
Steve Costa, Winston Trefry and Lou Hamor -- the captains from 1988 -- joined current Beverly captains Jack Morency, Joey Kozlowski, Zach Duguid and Sean Winston for the pregame coin toss.