Paul Worth started the Bulldogs’ football program 20 years ago and, for the last two decades, a number of exceptional student-athletes helped establish its hard-nosed culture. Now, as the program moves into its next chapter as the Essex Tech Hawks, let’s look at some of the best players to play for North Shore Tech:

NO. 1: JOSEPH MEDEIROS

Running back

1994-97

* Put the program on the map in 1997 by leading the Bulldogs to a 12-0 undefeated record, including a win in the Division 6B Super Bowl

* Rushed for over 1,000 yards three consecutive seasons

* Was the top rusher on the North Shore Tech teams that won 20 straight games spanning two seasons

* The ultimate under-pressure back and the best big-game back in program history, according to Paul Worth

* Had a monster fourth quarter in the ‘97 Super Bowl win including the game-winning rushing touchdown

* Earned every yard he ever rushed for with a punishing, relentless style

BRIAN POOR

Two-way lineman

1994-97

* Was the top lineman on the ‘97 squad that went 12-0 and won the Division 6B Super Bowl

* A mammoth on the gridiron who could play any position along both the offensive and defensive fronts

* Stayed with blocks, had great leverage and knew how to play with brawn and brains

* Recruited heavily by UConn before ultimately deciding not to pursue college

* Was also an extremely agile basketball player for his size with incredible technique and footwork

KYNAN MELLO

Quarterback/Running back

2002-04

* Named Commonwealth Conference MVP as a senior QB while helping his team to a 10-3 record, including a Super Bowl appearance

* Led the area in scoring (169 points) and combined touchdowns (38) as a senior while finishing with 59 career TDs

* Rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards each his senior season

* Was instrumental in one of the biggest wins in program history, a 38-13 drubbing of Salem High

* Went on to play cornerback at Plymouth State

* One of the best athletes and smartest players Worth had in the program’s 20-year existence

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