FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a repeat of last year’s Division 1 Super Bowl, the returning champions Gloucester Fishermen won-out again, taking down the Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans 34-13, at Gillette Satdium on Super Bowl Saturday.
Gloucester took a 21-6 lead into halftime and didn’t let up, on its way to the Fishermen’s second-straight Super Bowl, and third Super Bowl in four years.
“You don’t win 26 games in a row -- in the league they’re in, and the playoffs -- for nothing.” Bridgewater-Raynham coach Dan Buron said of Gloucester. “That’s a great team.”
In what was likely Gloucester coach Paul Ingram’s last game with the Fishermen, the Fishermen had a balanced offensive attack that kept the Trojans puzzled.
“We just want to go out on a good note, he’s the best coach I’ve ever had, personally -- I think he’s the best coach in the state hands down,” co-captain Jordan Shairs said.
Like most of Gloucester’s opponents did this year, Bridgewater-Raynham paid close attention to the running backs Shairs and Gilbert Brown.
However coach Ingram countered that strategy by sucking in the defense with his tight-winged formations and play-action passes. Quarterback Joseph Avila had a solid game under center, completing 6 of 8 passes for 87 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
One of Avila’s passes was a 19-yard touchdown to running back Brandon Cusumano on a pass down the seam. Cusumano, who returned to Gloucester’s lineup Tuesday after missing time with a broken collarbone, had six rushes for 63 yards and one touchdown to along with two catches for 36 yards.
The senior running back also forced a key fumble on a sack in the second quarter. After Gloucester recovered the fumble, they punched in a score on a 5-yard Gilbert Brown touchdown run, making it 21-6 before the half.
“Brandon just makes big plays, whether its on the offensive side or the defensive side,” Ingram said of Cusumano.
“People can step in for him, but he just brings a whole other feeling to the game,” Avila said of the running back. “His field presence is ridiculous.”
Trojans’ quarterback Billy Zolga led the Bridgewater-Raynham offense. He was 8 of 20 for 74 yards with one touchdown, and also carried the ball four times for 40 yards with a score.
But that was the most productive player for Bridgewater-Raynham on the night. While Gloucester’s offense impressed, its defense did not slack either.
“They hit hard, they play hard, and the secondary played very well tonight along with the defensive line too,” Ingram said.
“Its really special, its like amazing...” Gloucester’s Chris Unis said about the back-to-back Super Bowls. “We’re all a bunch of guys that just want to work hard, we don’t care who gets the glory, we just come out and play hard for each other.”
Bridgewater-Raynham couldn’t play from behind, and did not have the offensive firepower to compete with Gloucester.
The Fishremen used their eperience to secure another Division 1 Championship.
“I know I’ve only lived for 18 years but it’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Avila said about the night.
G 7 14 6 7 G 34
B-R 6 0 7 0 B-R 13
G - Cusumano 30 pass from Avila (Santo Parisi kick)
B-R - Mike Chicoine 22 pass from Zolga (run failed)
G - Shairs 3 run (Parisi kick)
G - Brown 5 run (Parisi kick)
G - Cusumano 5 run (kick failed)
B-R - Chris Cream 3 run (Joseph Harmon kick)
G - Michael Tomaino 19 pass from Avila (Parisi kick)