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November 26, 2012

North Shore Tech seniors ready for D4A semis against Cathedral

This year’s North Shore Tech football team is a special bunch.

People weren’t exactly expecting big things for the Bulldogs after the team went 2-9 last season but this year’s squad has done its best to prove detractors wrong, going 8-3 to capture the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small championship.

There are a number of special teams each year in Division 4A football, but only one Super Bowl champion.

Tuesday night in Burlington, coach Paul Worth’s boys look to take the next step in their journey to a 4A Super Bowl when the Bulldogs face 9-2 Cathedral in the Eastern Mass. semifinals. The team will look to its 12 seniors in what will be its biggest game to date.

“It’s a great group of seniors. Their freshman year they won one game. They know what work is all about. I don’t know if we have any All-Scholastics or any great players, but we have a great team and that’s what’s carried us all year,” said Worth, who coached the Bulldogs to a Super Bowl title in 1997 and another appearance in 2004.

“Hopefully the team will have a great game and come out on top (Tuesday) but it won’t be an individual effort, it will take a team effort to beat Cathedral. I’m very proud of this group they’ve worked extremely hard for four years. Everything that’s come is to their credit because they deserve it through their hard work.”

Looking at the numbers, Cathedral is 9-2 on the season, averaging 26.6 points per game while surrendering 15.5 points per game. After starting the season 2-2 however, the Panthers rattled off seven straight wins.

One of the two losses came at the hands of Ashland, in which Cathedral blew a 28-0 lead thanks to five passing touchdowns from the Ashland quarterback. The Panthers also lost huge to Triton as the Vikings saw Justin Spillane rush for 111 yards and four touchdowns in the 34-6 win. It was Triton’s only victory of the season.

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