Abington HS football team win semi-final, then surprise coach who stayed home after contracting COVID – CBS Boston


ABINGTON (CBS) – The Abington High School football team beat St. Mary’s of Lynn 26-21 in the Division 6 semifinals on Friday. The celebration of the team’s victory began on the pitch and continued on the lawn at the home of head coach Steve Kelliher, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

“Thank you very much for being here. I really appreciate it, ”he shouted from his front steps.

The coach sat proudly outside his house, waving the Abington Green Wave pride flag at the students. He must have missed out on Friday night’s big win due to contracting the virus.

Coach Kelliher greeting his players outside his home. (Photo credit: Abington Cam)

The victory catapulted Abington into the state final, but it also meant Kelliher’s 300th career victory.

That’s why the players wanted to bring the celebration to the coach’s house. As the players cheered and danced, he was presented with a very special 300th won match ball.

Kelliher says he was really moved by the team’s visit.

“I was really surprised that the buses were able to pass my house here, and I was very grateful that this could happen,” he said.

The party may have woken up the neighborhood, but it all happened in a good mood at school.

“I have enjoyed all these years and feel very lucky to be here and to stay there for as long as I have,” he said..

They have two more games to play, including their Thanksgiving game and the state title game at Gillette Stadium. Kelliher is hoping to be back on the pitch for that one.

He says he cherishes every game and knows it won’t last forever.

“Whenever it comes, it will come,” said the coach of the end of his career. “And I will be happy.”


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