Louie DiBacco was a true Blue Bombardier. His intelligence, work ethic and leadership
enabled him to play three varsity seasons for AHS. The physical DiBacco played three seasons at
center for Cliff Sherman’s Big Blue and numerous positions on defense. DiBacco “was an exceptional run blocker with
his footwork and ability to drive back defensive tackles” the Sun Chronicle
noted. Louie was consistently in the
right position to make the big block on offense, while defensively DiBacco
routinely came up with the big stop.
During DiBacco three contributing seasons the Bombardiers
always excelled at running and passing. Louie
could often be found opening holes for Hall of Fame runners Jason Baker, Tim
Slowey & Seth Lopes and protecting Hall of Famer Nick McNamee to make the
big plays downfield. Louie’s tenure at
Attleboro was a success as the Blue and White participated in two Super Bowls
while achieving a 13-2 EAC record.
During Louie’s senior season the experienced
218 pound DiBacco was selected co-captain for an AHS
team that averaged close to 30 points and nearly 200 yards of rushing per
game. In trouncing Bishop Feehan, 26-7,
“the Bombardiers’ gained 253 yards on the ground with interior linemen Lou
DiBacco and Hall of Famer Mike Haynes working wonders with their blocking, enabling
Slowey to scoot free”, the Sun Chronicle reported.
Defensively, the powerful and versatile DiBacco was a
handful playing nose tackle, tackle, defensive end and linebacker. Louie is credited with 121 tackles, including
two quarterback sacks. Big Blue’s
defense allowed 13 points per game along with three shut outs. In beating Dartmouth, 32-0, Louie was credited with a
multiple tackles in the backfield, while opening holes for three AHS touchdowns with help from fullback Mark Owens
and his line-mates. DiBacco is known for
his steady aggressive play on both sides of the ball, but his demeanor and
knowledge to guide his line-mates from his center position separated him from
other area lineman.
Louie DiBacco received All EAC,
Evening Times and Sun Chronicle honors for his outstanding play. Currently
Louie is employed by the Massacusetts Department of Development Services, and he
resides in Attleboro.