Doherty High School is the only WPS football team to have a winning record in the last five years, and hasn’t lost to another Worcester team during that time. Why is that?
I used to hate Doherty High School football because they always won and we could never beat them. I went to one of the other public high schools and beating Doherty was almost out of the question…in any sport. It was an extreme case of Inter-High butthurt. If you did beat them it was like winning the Super Bowl. Year after year the best athletes in the city all seem to live within the boundaries of the west side. Didn’t make any sense in high school and it doesn’t make any sense now.
I understand why teams like St. John’s, SPM, and Holy Name win. If I was a helicopter parent with a kid who I thought could play in college, I wouldn’t want him to get his ass beat week after week on some 1-10 team, when I could send him to a school with a tradition of winning. I also understand why Worcester Tech isn’t as good traditionally, because it’s a Voke school, and kids don’t go there to play sports. But the fact of the matter is, here are the final records for the last four seasons in the Inter-High:
This is all the Telegram and Gazette has for archives. I’m sure if you keep going back you’ll see similar numbers. South had a couple good years around 2005-07, and North and Burncoat have had scattered periods of success as well.
But as you can see, Doherty hasn’t lost to another WPS team in the last four years. None of the games were close either. They’re basically playing them out of tradition. During that time Doherty has won a state championship, sent multiple athletes to Division 1 colleges (UConn, BC, Memphis), and even had a NFL draft pick (Yawin Smallwood).
On top of that, the schedules these schools play couldn’t possibly be more different. South won five games in 2012 – Worcester Tech, North, Burncoat, North, Oxford, and St. Bernard’s. That’s two wins against schools not located in Worcester. Because someone has to win the game when two Worcester teams play. The other schools on their schedule – Bay Path, West Boylston, Bartlett – all have less than half the population that every WPS has.
Meanwhile who is Doherty playing? In 2013 they beat North Middlesex, Tantasqua, Marlboro, Holy Name, St. Peter Marian, and Shepherd Hill. All traditional Division 1 teams. Their three losses (Shrewsbury, Nashoba, Shepherd Hill) all came to Division 1 teams as well. The most astounding number from that season was the combined point total Doherty had vs. the other three Worcester teams – 115-28!!!
I don’t coach high school football so I have no idea why this is the case. I’m sure local coaches could provide us with more insight. But I know that Worcester has a good Pop Warner program, so where are these kids going when they’re in high school? And do they all live in one concentrated area of the city?
Sorry, I just don’t believe that schools like Burncoat, North, and South can’t win football games. But I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this is heavily influenced by an exodus of student athletes to catholic schools, and school choice to districts like Auburn, West Boylston, and Wachusett. Last year the WPS lost 465 kids to school choice. And who pays for that? You do. We have to send our tax dollars to other towns so that they can educate our kids and put winning teams on the field.
The fact of the matter is that kids who grow up in the North, Burncoat, and South quadrants aren’t magically fatter, slower, and shorter. They’re just like any other kids. The difference is that they have the misfortune of living in a city where taxpayer resources are funneled to fake non-profits like Mosaic Cultural Complex, instead of being invested in the needy high schools. It’s the reason why South High School had to beg for money for their football team with a GoFundMe this summer. And when given the choice, it’s not surprising at all when parents of WPS students look at these misplaced priorities and underfunded programs and decide to send their kids elsewhere.
As a Worcester taxpayer, I’d much rather see my property taxes help improve the Worcester Public Schools than continue to pay diversity training pimps who seek to divide us.
The bottom line is, whatever Doherty is doing is working. Despite the fact that their practice field and facilities are a joke, they consistently put teams on the field that can play with anyone. It would be cool to see the rest of the city schools enjoy that type of success.