The Northeast Regional football team won the first Super Bowl championship in the history of the Wakefield vocational school, defeating Brighton, 22-12, in the Division 4A contest Saturday at Bentley University.
Northeast earned the trip to the Bowl by winning the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small championship and then besting Marian, 24-14, in the semifinals.
Don Heres, head coach of the Golden Knights and a former assistant at Revere High, headed a contingent of Revere players who helped the Northeast Golden Knights rebound from an 0-4 start to capture the state title.
Revere’s Joey Ginepra, star running back, was a standout in the Knights’ two playoff victories. Ginepra scored the game-sealing 15-yard touchdown run in the win over Marian. He saved his best for the biggest game of his career, rushing for 76 yards and one touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Mike Cain and Bobby Novello also rushed for touchdowns for the Knights who led 14-6 at the half before Ginepra’s fourth-quarter touchdown and quarterback Donato Dipietrantonio’s run for the two-point conversion locked up the victory.
The Knights began its march to the Super Bowl at mid-season, ultimately winning a CAC championship showdown with Chelsea, 14-12, at Chelsea Memorial Stadium. By playoff time, the Knights were clearly one of the most well-balanced teams in the state, displaying a potent offense and stingy defense that produced four shutouts this season.
On Saturday before a large crowd that included students, parents, faculty, and alumni, Northeast Regional made it official that it was the best team in the division in 2009.