Given the tradition of the Gloucester High School football program, dubbing a Fishermen team's success as once-in-a-generation is not a term that can be thrown around lightly.
But after the snow settled and there was a chance to reflect on Gloucester's 33-13 win over Bridgewater-Raynham in the Eastern Mass. Division 1A Super Bowl last Saturday night, the success of the program over the last three years is indeed once-in-a-generation. In fact, it's the best three-year run in the history of the program.
Not since the Fishermen won back-to-back Class B state titles in 1955 and 1956, have the Fishermen seen a run of this magnitude. Paul Ingram's team has put together a 37-2 record over the last three seasons, which includes two Super Bowl title, three trips to Gillette Stadium and two 13-0 seasons. Before 2007, no Gloucester team had made it to two straight Super Bowls (they did not have Super Bowls in the 1950s). The Fishermen's .949 winning percentage is the best three-year run in school history.
"It's been a dream come true," Fishermen senior quarterback Brett Cahill said. "We just won another state championship."
The Fishermen have gotten to this point through sheer dominance. They have been all but a guarantee to win the Northeastern Conference Large crown in each of the last three seasons, putting up a 15-0 record against NEC large foes in that span and a 27-1 record against all Northeastern Conference foes.
In each of the last three seasons the Fishermen have averaged more than 30 points per game while allowing fewer than 10. To top it all off, their postseason dominance has been just as impressive as their success in the regular season. Gloucester is 5-1 in the postseason over the last three years and in their five postseason wins the Fishermen have outscored their opponents 173-48.