There have been thousands and thousands of young men who have suited up for Beverly High on the gridiron since 1891, but only five can stand atop the school’s football equivalent of Mount Everest. After careful deliberation and research, here is that quintet:


Flavio Tosi

Flavio Tosi, Beverly High football star of the 1920s

Offensive end/Defensive end


* Six-foot-1, 190-pounder could run, catch, run back punts and kickoffs

* Hard-nosed player was terrific blocker for head coach Hubber Collins’ squads

* Went on to Boston College and became the team’s leading receiver and a bone crunching defender

* Nicknamed ‘Bull’, he had an unfathomable 10 sacks in one game vs. Holy Cross

* Was All-America and All-East as a BC senior

* Became first BC player to play in the NFL as a two-way end with Boston Redskins (17 catches, 265 yards, 2 career TDs in 28 games)

* Honored with ‘Flavio Tosi Day’ at Fenway Park after injuries ended his pro career

* Member of Beverly High’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class (2003), as well as BC’s Varsity Hall of Fame


Brendan Flaherty

Beverly football star Brendan Flaherty

Running back/Defensive back


* Had 1,496 rushing yards as a senior, averaging 9.35 yards per carry, with school record 18 rushing TDs

* School record 160 points as a senior while winning Northeastern Conference MVP honors

* All-State selection had touchdowns five difference ways as a senior (rushing, passing, receiving, punt return and interception return)

* Led Beverly to Super Bowl titles in 2010 and 2012, including unbeaten 13-0 season as a senior

* Had 3,503 rushing yards and 41 TDs, caught 38 passes for 719 yards and 14 TDs, and had 4,349 yards of total offense in career

* Three-time All-NEC pick is school’s all-time touchdown (61) and points (380) leader

* Currently a sophomore on the Holy Cross football team


Billy Ransom

Beverly High all-time football great Billy Ransom

Running back


* Played junior and senior years after coming to Beverly from Danvers in spring of his sophomore year

* Speedy back was leading rusher on 1948 unbeaten Beverly High squad as a junior

* Began 50th Beverly/Salem Game with an 88-yard touchdown run in his team’s 38-0 romp

* Tri-captain of 1949 team was All-Scholastic for a second straight season and earned 14 varsity letters in high school

* Finished career with over 4,000 yards on the ground between Danvers and Beverly

* Played at University of Rhode Island for two seasons before transferring to Boston University


Robbie Robinson

Beverly High football great Robbie Robinson

Quarterback/Defensive back/Kicker


* Member of All-North Shore football team as a junior

* Was 10-for-21 for 143 yards passing in Thanksgiving game vs. Salem in 1944

* Team captain and an All-Scholastic as a BHS senior, leading team to a 7-2 mark

* Quarterbacked the first Beverly team to score 20 or more points five times in a season (1945)

* Earned five varsity letters as a senior and 13 total in three years of high school

* Played for Missouri in the 1949 Gator Bowl and, after transferring, Georgia Tech in the 1952 Orange Bowl


David Tomeo

Dave Tomeo, Beverly High football

Fullback/Defensive back


* Tri-captain of unbeaten 1964 team (9-0-0) was First Team All-Scholastic who led Class A in scoring (122 points) as a senior

* Three second half touchdowns vs. Brookline snapped tie game and sent Beverly to eighth straight win in 1964

* Teams went 22-5 during his varsity career

* Scored four touchdowns and rushed for 202 yards on 17 carries as a senior vs. Salem on Thanksgiving Day

* Went to Western JC in Arizona; started both ways as a freshman and became All-American defensive back on country’s No. 1 Junior College team

* University of Tampa Hall of Famer led squad in tackles as a sophomore as team (10-1) went to 1972 Tangerine Bowl


Al Turner, Fullback/Halfback/Linebacker (1924-26)

Sandy Kessaris, Running back/Linebacker (1947-48)

Bill Hamor, Offensive/Defensive lineman (1956-58)

David ‘Bippy’ Manuel, Running back (1960-62)

Pat Bailey, Running back/Defensive back (2004-06)

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