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August 21, 2013

Best of Newell- No. 4, 2010: Capped off most successful run in program history

The 2010 Gloucester football team was supposed to run the table and win the Division 1A Super Bowl.

With several starters returning from the 2009 unbeaten Super Bowl team, the pressure was on the Fishermen in 2010, and they wouldn’t have had it any other way. The 2010 team was used to being the top dog, in fact being on top was the only role it had ever played as Gloucester won the NEC title and qualified for the playoffs each of the three previous seasons.

No Gloucester team entered the start of the season with more pressure on it than the 2010 team, it was supposed to keep the streak of Super Bowl berths going.

“The three years prior we were the team to beat so going into that season expectations were even higher,” said Joey Avila, Gloucester’s starting quarterback that season. “We definitely felt that pressure, we couldn’t lose or we would be considered a disappointment. But we played every game like it was our last and took it one game at a time which really helped us.”

By the time the 2010 season came to an end, Gloucester lived up to its expectations capping off the program’s second straight 13-0 season with its second straight win over Bridgewater-Raynham in the Division 1A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

It also capped off the most successful run in program history. Four straight trips to the Super Bowl, three Super Bowl titles and a 50-2 record make the seniors on the 2010 team the most successful senior class the school has seen.

Gloucester took home the 2010 Division 1A Super Bowl title with a blend of talent, experience and depth. A strong senior class of 22 players gave head coach Paul Ingram mature, experienced starters and backups on both sides of the ball. The Fishermen had seniors starting at 20 of the 22 positions, 14 of those spots were filled by returning starters.

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