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August 24, 2013

Best of Newell- No. 1, 2000: Wealth of talent, experience brought Gloucester its first unbeaten season

It took more than a century for the Gloucester football program to turn in its first unbeaten season, and it took a special team, possibly its most special team, to do it.

After countless near misses and close calls, the Fishermen finally ran the table in 2000 under head coach Terry Silva, a feat that has been accomplished three times since, with a devastating blend of top of the line talent and invaluable experience.

The 2000 Fishermen capped off their season with an 11-0 record and a Division 3 Super Bowl crown.

“We had a lot of big, strong guys who practiced so much together and made each other work every day,” said captain Christian Maki, the team’s starting tight end. “Everything was second nature to us, we communicated well at the line of scrimmage and if you had a bad play, the guy next to you would save you.”

The groundwork for the 2000 championship season was laid two years prior, during the Super Bowl run in 1998. As sophomores, most of the key contributors on the 2000 team played significant minutes on one of the program’s top 12 teams. While they were young and inexperienced up and coming sophomores during the 1998 season, they grew into experienced, all star players by the time the 2000 season rolled around.

“Those guys kind of laid the foundation for us and taught us how to win,” Maki said. “We had a bunch of guys starting on that team and a bunch more that got a lot of playing time, so by the time we were seniors we knew what it took to win big games.”

During the 2000 season, the Fishermen won several big games both in Northeastern Conference and non-league play, and the dominance in which they won puts them at No. 1 on the list as the best team to ever play football at Newell Stadium.

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