Super Bowl Champion Football Team
One of the great football teams in the long and proud history of the program, the 1978 CCHS football team captured the first Massachusetts Super Bowl in school history with a dominant 34-0 win over Shawsheen Tech. Along the way, the Patriots earned the first DCL title in school history (since joining the league in 1973), and won 10 games for the first time since 1954.
Coached by Hall of Famer Al Robichaud, the team went 10-0-1, with the lone blemish a 6-6 tie in the rain against Newton South. The Patriots were dominant, outscoring opponents by a whopping 206-66, registering three shutouts with just one team reaching double digits against the stout Patriot D. The team featured five future Hall of Famers, including captains Scott Angell and Billy Barrett in addition to Carl Hume, John Daniel and Billy Moszka.
“With regards to the talent that we had on that team…it was almost like the perfect storm,” said Barrett. “We had this freakish group of athletes that were big, fast and a little bit nuts. Most importantly…we had fun. We were always laughing and joking around…but not on the field. I would have hated to play against us because we played Hungry…hungry for contact, hungry for the adrenaline rush of physically punishing the other team. Our scores were not lopsided but our opponents always knew who the dominant team was.”
The team entered the ’78 with the sting of a 26-0 Thanksgiving Day loss to rival Bedford in the 1977 season still ringing in their ears. That loss denied CCHS a DCL title, and provided motivation as the squad prepared for the season.
That all changed in ’78, as CCHS roared out of the gates with wins over Lexington, Lincoln-Sudbury, Acton-Boxboro and Wayland. The lone hiccup occurred in week five with a 6-6 tie in muddy and wet conditions vs. Newton South. The Patriots rebounded off that scare with a close win at Weston before pulling out wins over feisty Maynard and a very good Lowell team. Following a 21-3 drubbing of Xaverian, the 8-0-1 Patriots faced off against 8-1 Bedford on Thanksgiving for the DCL title and Super Bowl berth.
The Shawsheen game was in a way anticlimactic, as CC had their way with the outgunned Rams, winning 34-0. Moszka threw two touchdowns, Barrett ran for a pair and Hume was everywhere on defense, making 14 tackles in the victory.
“That team really stands out as one of the great highlights of my two decades of coaching football at CCHS,” said Robichaud, who was honored as Coach of the Year by the Middlesex News and Lowell Sun that year. “It was a hard working group that loved to compete and play for each other and their school. I look back with pride on what they accomplished individually and collectively as a unit.”
CCHS 12, Lexington 0
CCHS 16, Lincoln-Sudbury 7
CCHS 19, Acton-Boxboro 8
CCHS 20, Wayland 8
CCHS 6, Newton South 6
CCHS 21, Weston 7
CCHS 12, Maynard 7
CCHS 27, Lowell 20
CCHS 21, Xaverian 3
CCHS 18, Bedford 0
CCHS 34, Shawsheen Tech 0