By William Tauro
Last week, Former Somerville Alderman Bruce Desmond was inducted into the Lowell High School Hall of Fame.
Desmond was the 4th all time for tackles in a game with 20 in one game during the class of 1972.
According to an article in the Lowell Sun:Desmond was a two-way standout, starring as a running back/linebacker, for legendary Red Raiders’ football coach Ray Riddick. He played a key role on the 1970 Red and Gray, which posted a 9-0 record while being named the Eastern Mass. Class A co-champions. In 1971, Desmond’s stellar all-around play helped lead Lowell to a 7-2 season.
Desmond had many memorable games. Desmond recorded 20 tackles against Weymouth, the second highest total in school history to that point. He scored three TDs and rushed for 120 yards in a win over Haverhill, and capped his illustrious LHS career by scoring a TD and earning the James Scondras Memorial Award as the outstanding player in the Red Raiders’ 19-0 win over Lawrence. Desmond, who also competed in track, played football at Northeastern University.
“Being honored like this means an awful lot,” said Desmond. “My father was a big sports fan for Lowell High. So he was always talking about Lowell High sports with his friends. I grew up watching the great 1967 (LHS football) team. That’s the team that really lit my fire when it came to Lowell High football. So to even be mentioned with great players like Timmy Green and Rod Redmen, and all the athletes in the Hall of Fame, is a tremendous honor in my eye.”