’99 Football Team to be Inducted into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame

May 13th, 2014 by wwcpresident

Wakefield, MA — The 1999 Wakefield High School football team will be inducted into the Wakefield Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:00pm, at the Crystal Community Club, 77 Preston Street, Wakefield, MA.  The team is the school’s only Superbowl champion and it finished that amazing fall with a 10-0-1 record.

Head coach Mike Boyages-’76, who is the current head coach of the program, led the ‘99 Superbowl champions. His offensive coordinator was current St. John’s Prep quarterback coach, Paul Uva and his defensive coordinator was Al Lisitano-’86, who most recently coached at Bentley University. Other assistants included those currently on the staff in Perry Verge, and Tom Crusco-’73, as well as Ron Wood, who passed away in 2002 after a lengthy battle with cancer, and Jim Coger.

Wayne Ulwick, who is currently Deputy Chief with the Chelsea Fire Department, and Justin Chapman, who is currently attending medical school at UMass, led the team as captains. Ulwick was named the team’s offensive MVP and Chapman was named the team’s defensive MVP.

The Warriors rumbled through the Middlesex League schedule with a perfect 9-0 record before entering the annual Thanksgiving Day matchup with Melrose. The Red Raiders came into the game sporting their own 9-0 record. The game was played in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 spectators with the winner going on to represent the Middlesex League in the Division II Superbowl. The game ended in a 14-14 tie and has been called one of the greatest high school football games played in Massachusetts History.

The game earned local and national media attention, as a coin flip the following day would decide the League Champion. The Warrior’s were truly a “team of destiny” as they won the contest, went onto represent the league, and eventually brought home the school’s state title in football by beating Acton-Boxboro 13-7 at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

The team was led by a solid core of seniors and complemented well by the underclassmen.

Senior FB/LB, Bill Morrision was named a Boston Herald and Boston Globe All Scholastic. He was also named to the All State team and was recognized by the Daily Times Chronicle as Middlesex League Defensive MVP. Bill went onto play college football at Curry College. The team also featured three more future All-Scholastics in underclassmen Mark Sullivan, Nick Fiore, and Brett Keough.

Offensively, the team was led by the Junior class as Mark Sullivan (15 TD’s, 800+ yds) led the ground game, and Kirk Irons (8TD, 800+ yds) led the passing attack from his QB position. Key contributors on offense were Bob Caira, Dan Relihan, and Mike Spivey. The defense was led by Morrison from his LB position, and he received key contributions from Chapman, Jerry Sancinito, and Nathan Wood.

Ticket information will be available soon.

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