NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The annual football awards ceremony at Northbridge High School always ends with a much-anticipated announcement: the names of the captains who will lead the varsity team next season.
Captains are selected by teammates and the coaching staff. The names kept secret until the ceremony, varsity football coach Ken LaChapelle said.
After the presentation of awards, the 2012 varsity team captains unrolled football jerseys containing the names of the 2013 captains – Nos. 50, 8 and 79 — belonging Tom Tabur, Devin Stevens and Robie Sabourin.
That announcement was the highlight of the annual football awards ceremony during which everyone involved in the football program was recognized.
Parents were thanked for the support they give their children, coaches were thanked for their dedication to the school and the game, and the young water boys and girls who always work the sidelines at games received certificates.
Football players from eighth grade and up were praised for their hard work, skill and dedication to the game and given certificates.
The varsity team in 2012 won 10 games and made it to the Super Bowl, which they lost to Grafton. The freshmen team was undefeated and one of the best coach John Demagian said he has seen in 20 years.
The eighth-grade team was made of a mix of playing ability, with some team members who had never played before. “We teach them the Northbridge way to play,’’ assistant coach Steve Falconer said.
In addition to certificates presented to all players, special awards were given to varsity players, a few of whom graduate this year.
- Most outstanding player – Matt Phelan
- Most outstanding offensive player – Ben O’Donnell
- Most outstanding defensive player – Jason Hanna
- Top offensive back – Dan Clasby
- Top receiver – Daiton LaChapelle
- Top offensive lineman – Tom Tabur
- Top linebacker – Jason Hanna
- Top defensive lineman – Josh Schiappucci
- Top defensive back – Nick Clark
- Ram tough – Jake Ryan
- Ron Safer Award – Tanner Ropiak