Its not easy to make history for a program that’s over 110 years old, but that’s exactly what Dan Bauer did in his 10th year in charge of the Beverly High football team.
Bauer guided the Panthers to the first 13-0 season in school history, culminating with the program’s second Super Bowl in three years, with both championships coming under his stewardship.
An assistant principal at Beverly High, Bauer inspired his team to take one game at a time and hold a relentless focus all season long. The Panthers laid waste to most of the Northeastern Conference, outscoring their opponents 471-137. Beverly set a school record for points scored, rushing yardage and total offense in a single season as well.
Bauer and his staff were blessed with considerable depth and, to their credit, they made sure they used it. Beverly utilized a bevy of ballcarriers over the course of the season, and the coaches made certain to reward every kid on the roster with some playing time when warranted.
The Panthers were at their most focused at the end of the season, beating two very good teams in the Division 2A playoffs. First was a road win over once-beaten Burlington, followed up by a seven-point Super Bowl victory over an 11-win team in Natick. The Panthers made several key plays in that Super Bowl game, a testament to how prepared they were by the staff.
Bauer is 69-42 in a decade as Beverly’s head coach, including a perfect 4-0 mark in the playoffs. That includes an 8-2 mark against Salem on Thanksgiving and an overall winning percentage of .622. He is fourth on the Panthers’ all-time wins list.
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