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August 19, 2013

Best of Newell- No. 6, 2009: Unbeaten state champs rolled over competition

The 2009 Gloucester football team entered the season with a gigantic chip on its shoulder. The Fishermen heard the offseason chatter loud and clear; including talks that 2009 was the end of the program’s run of dominance, the team had too many all star players to replace from a 2008 team that went to the Super Bowl and that it was one of the weaker senior classes the school had seen in a while.

“We had been hearing it since we were freshman,” said Gus Margiotta, a senior captain on the 2009 team that started at center and defensive tackle. “We were told that our class was going to be the class that stopped the tradition, turned out we went the opposite way. I think it made it a little sweeter knowing that nobody thought we would be good and proving them wrong.”

The 2009 Fishermen were eager to prove the doubters wrong, and they did so in dramatic fashion running the table for the second time in three seasons while winning the Division 1A Super Bowl, which is the highest division a Gloucester team has won a Super Bowl title.

During that season, the second of head coach Paul Ingram’s three Super Bowl titles, Gloucester proved quickly that its unknown, first-year starters were in fact very good players waiting in the wings for their opportunity; and many of those first year starters played a huge role in bringing the team up to a championship level.

Records also fell during the 2009 season as Conor Ressel set the school’s single season and carrier rushing marks with 1,924 yards rushing on the season and 2,555 for his career. First year starting quarterback Brett Cahill also gave the Fishermen a passing game to be reckoned with as he did not throw a single interception on the year to go with 12 touchdowns.

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