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December 8, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: Coppola thrilled to congratulate Eagles at Super Bowl

Coppola thrilled for Eagles after Super Bowl triumph

One of the first people to congratulate the St. John’s Prep football players after they beat Brockton to win the Division 1 Super Bowl last Saturday night was Tyler Coppola.

Coppola led St. John’s to an upset win on Thanksgiving at Xaverian two years ago and into the playoffs, where they defeated New Bedford but fell to powerful Everett in the Division 1 Super Bowl. The Prep’s all-time leading rusher and single-season leader was there at Bentley last weekend along with several of his former teammates.

“It was a good feeling to be there to support the team and share in the experience. We didn’t get to do it, but Lucas Bavaro, Alex Moore, Gerry Kahari and Johnny Thomas were with us along with so many others,” said Coppola. “It was basically the same defense as when I was a senior.

“They’ve been in contention the last couple of years, and it was awesome to see them finally do it. A lot of my friends from that 2010 team came to see the game; we’d like to think we had a little something to do with it.”

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Coppola transferred from Marist College to Bentley after his freshman year and played in a backup role for the Falcons this past season. He is majoring in finance and accounting.

Watching his alma mater win the Super Bowl on his current college home turf made it even more special for Coppola.

“The first time we went to the Super Bowl it was such a nerve-wracking experience. Being at Gillette Stadium was awesome, but I think we were very nervous,” he said. “Everett had been there before and that was a big help for them. This time (the Eagles) were ready and not just happy to get there.

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