Shawsheen Tech's 'Saturday Night Lights' Experiment Is A Winner
Oct 09, 2015 12:13PM
By Bill Gilman
Senior quarterback Alex Tate (14) talks to some of his coaches during Saturday night’s win over Whittier under the lights at Shawsheen Tech. COURTESY PHOTO
(Editor's note: The following story was submitted by the PR department of Shawsheen Tech.)
BILLERICA – Saturday, Oct. 3 was quite a day at Shawsheen Tech.
While celebrating the school’s homecoming weekend, the Ram football team won for the second straight week, defeating Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Whittier Tech, 28-14, under the lights at Cassidy Field.
In the first-ever night game in program history.
“It was a great night for Shawsheen Tech,” said Tim Broadrick, Shawsheen’s superintendent. “Our students and other members of the community showed that night football can bring big crowds and great school spirit to this campus.”
“It was a lot of fun and a great atmosphere,” said Shawsheen Athletic Director and head football coach Al Costabile. “It’s a night that the boys will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Shawsheen played under lights that stood 26 feet in the air were rented and brought to the school on Friday.
A large crowd saw the Rams lead from start to finish, scoring the game-sealing touchdown with just 2:11 remaining when junior Craig Rich busted loose for a 59-yard scoring run and then booted the extra point.
It was the second straight win for Shawsheen.
“We got some great feedback,” said Costabile. “We’d love to try to do it again next year. Hopefully, we’ll have [permanent] lights soon.”
Broadrick said that hope could become a reality in the future.
“Our school committee recently endorsed a master plan to enhance our athletic facilities in the coming years,” Broadrick added. “Tonight’s game highlights what a great addition a new, lighted football field will be for our athletic programs, our student body, and our communities.”