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07 Dec 2012

Super Bowl Cinderellas

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me posting the last couple weekends about my alma mater, Sharon High School, winning the Massachusetts Division III High School Super Bowl. This article by Rich Levine (another SHS alum) does a good job of explaining just how ridiculous this was. Imagine if next year the Cleveland Browns went 19-0 and won the Super Bowl. Now triple your level of astonishment.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 07 Dec 2012

7 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2012, 12:39pm by WaylandParent


by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 1:09pm

Its great that they won, but I don't know about ridiculous. It sounds like they've got some great coaching now, which is about the most important thing you can have in HS football once you get out of D1. (its important in D1 too, but then you're dealing with 4000+ students at Brocton, or St John's Prep -1400 boys, etc).

Sharon HS has 1200 students, which is pretty large for a D3 school (They played Wayland, 850 students).

You want to see something ridiculous in MA HS football? Look at all the D1 state championships Walpole (right next door, 1000 students) won.

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 1:30pm

Reminiscent of the year the BU Terriers went 13-0.

by PatsFan :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 1:50pm


by BlueStarDude :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 2:28pm

Great story.

by Athelas :: Sat, 12/08/2012 - 3:35pm

I didn't know about the big lake.
For those interested in just how young the coach is, there's a picture in an article from him being named the NE Patriots high school coach of the week.

by JonFrum :: Sat, 12/08/2012 - 4:51pm

And now, Jewish boys will have role models in football, and won't be trapped in the sport media ghetto any more. ;-)

by WaylandParent (not verified) :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 12:39pm

Well, congrats to Sharon, they completely deserved it. However, as a Wayland parent who attended the game, let me record what the new vicar did (apologies to Mr. Russell).

As noted, Wayland is a small school even by D3 standards, and this season, while not unprecedented (Wayland won the SB in 2004) was nevertheless an unexpected pleasure, highlighted by Wayland's 14-13 overtime victory at Concord-Carlisle, which was essentially owned the division in the recent past.

As a completely biased observer, I would love to see a rematch since my sense of it was the conditions (cold, wet, slippery) perfectly negated Wayland's high-powered offensive advantage. This will never be, and Sharon was the better team that day.

I do take strong exception to one item in the article--the gratuitous comparison of the fan bases. Wayland was home team (coin toss days earlier) and had the home stands, which have a capacity of 3600. Sharon was in the much smaller visiting stands, capacity 1200. We can all do the math as to how half-full Wayland stands compare to full Sharon stands. 'Nuf said.