2002 Football Team
2002 Football Team
Coming off a 2001 Super-bowl win over Wakefield at BU, the 2002 version of the AB Football Colonials, knew they were good and proved it. The 2002 gridders were talented, fearless, mean, and prideful. The combination of these attributes led to an historic undefeated season which stretched to a then state longest winning streak of 24 games. This win streak would ultimately end at 52 games, the current Massachusetts benchmark. These Super-bowl champs outscored their opposition 466-61. These 466 points currently makes the 2002 team the 5th highest scoring team in Massachusetts high school football history.
Twenty seniors led by Brian Crowely, Tyler DiPace, Kevin Gallant and Barry Jeanson(ab) provided the leadership on a team that was also loaded with underclassmen talent. They could beat you on the ground with a bruising cloud of dust attack or a 90 yard lightning strike. If opponents tried to stop the ground game, they were equally efficient with an aerial assault. Perhaps the best attributes of this team, were that they truly cared about each other, they loved each other and they loved the game of football. T heir fierce pride and loyalty ultimately lifted them above and beyond their many individual talents. Their physical and mental toughness was never more evident than in their last three games of the season. The entire team and community, the night before the Thanksgiving day game, gathered to shovel then Colonial Field for them to play.
On this icy rink Thanksgiving morning, they showed their metal capping off the regular season. In the playoff game against Woburn, in the bitter, bitter cold they roared off to a 14-0 start in the first quarter in spanking a very good Tanner team. These games led to a highly emotionally charged super-bowl clash with the cocky Chelmsford Lions. The Lions were stripped of their dignity in a 44-6 display of grid iron supremacy. There was no team in the state that could have beaten the Colonials on that day and in this year. This might have been one of the finest teams in Eastern Massachusetts history.
2002 AB Colonial Football Team Schedule