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When Will The Grey Ghosts Reach The Super Bowl?

Tomorrow's Super Bowl Saturday for Massachusetts High Schools.... when will Westford Academy get there?

 

It's been said that being a Grey Ghosts football fan is much like being a Red Sox fan, pre-2004: they'll build up your hopes, only to fall just short of greatness.

This year in particular was hearbreaking against Westford's perennial foes: Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough.

So today, we ask you.... when will Westford Academy make it back to the Super Bowl? Will they have to leave the Dual County League? Will it be next year?

Tell us in the comments!

Oh, and one more thing.... Patch will be reporting live on several of the Super Bowls, here's the schedules with links to the Patches carrying them.

  • 1:30 p.m., Eastern Mass. Division 1A: Barnstable vs. Everett





katie November 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Possibly when WA starts accepting kids for school choice? The new playoff structure will help but the DCL schools that are beating WA have the huge advantage of students from outside the borders of their town. And I don't mean because AB and LS are two town schools. They both have plenty of students from towns not in their school name.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Katie, Westford Academy does accept kids for school choice. We've done a few stories on that.
katie November 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
WPS admits kids at primarily elementary levels. http://www.westfordk12.us/pages/registration/choice AB admits kids through Boxborough middle school choice. I have personally known student athletes who used this approach in order to attend AB and have the chance to compete on AB teams. http://finance1.doe.mass.edu/schoice/choice_status.pdf And LS is a METCO school. http://www.lsrhs.net/sites/metco/ Both of the approaches that are available from the competing schools are not readily available in Westford. It's far less likely that a middle school aged student athlete will be admitted into WPS with the intention of competing at WA. In addition to this "problem" many athletes are choosing prep school options to have a better athletic opportunity. So, unless the system changes to allow families to choose WA as an athletic option, I have a hard time seeing WA getting past the likes of LS and AB and I say this as a big fan of WA Football and athletics in general.
Tom Kane November 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
WA football has made a TON of progress over the last several years. They snapped the Thanksgiving losing streak and have had some incredible Thanksgiving games since. They are consistently matching up well with the top DCL teams and a tough non league schedule (Chelmsford, Marshfield and Catholic Memorial). With great coaching and support from the students and fans - WA will be back in the Superbowl in no time!
katie November 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I will say, the student and fan support in recent years has been huge compared to what it was not all that long ago. WA Football games were not something that many students attended when I was there. While they have been a much better team recently, in the current format, you ultimately can't lose a league game and that's why I'm hopeful that the new format works out and WA can find their way into the playoffs.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Thanks Katie, Excuse me on that, it's been awhile since we did those stories.
D.B. December 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
As an avid fan of WA football and former player i must say that i am against the idea of having players from other towns choose to come here for athletic reasons. The reason i like high school football so much is that you know (for the most part, more so in Westford) that the team is made up of residents in that town. This is what i think sets this level of play apart from others. An obvious example would be pro teams like the New England Patriots. Pretty much all of them are not from New England for obvious reasons. But when you go to a high school game you are seeing kids that are representing their town with pride. It is a very authentic battle between communities. This is highlighted the most on the thanksgiving games. My point is this: When you start to bring in kids from other communities on your team you begin to slowly diminish that authenticity especially if those kids are very productive on the field. Don't get me wrong its nothing against them. I understand METCO has given kids opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. Just an opinion from a grey ghost fan. I think the football program is doing great right now. They are known around the DCL as a perennial power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxxsyEAVy9Q
Thinking Aloud December 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Westford's team this year was every bit as good as both L.S. and A.B. The AB game was lost to a bad call - an illegal pass receipt on the final play. WA should have won that game. If you were at the L.S. game, you would never say that Westford was a lesser team. Show up and watch. The team was great - it just wasn't everything they had hoped and worked for. That's all. No excuses. WA has several exceptional players and nothing to feel bad about.

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