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Falling Forward:Football Season Preview

In 2014–15, the Avon Old Farms football team capped a second consecutive Erickson League title and championship season by their appearance in the NEPSAC Bill Glennon bowl game, pitting the best New England Prep schools in football against each other.

Head Coach Bill Mella, returning for his second season at the helm of the program, is hopeful that the experience will infuse a level of grit and determination for his returning players to strive for a “Three-peat” in the 2015 campaign.

“Last year we had a pretty successful season,” said Mella. “After losing our second game of the season to a very talented team, we bounced back and focused on accomplishing our goals. I believe that the players truly bought into our school’s core values, including Sportsmanship, Integrity, Scholarship and Brotherhood. We believe in our football family and this is why we were successful.”

While a number of veteran players graduated from that talented squad, Mella acknowledged this season will be a balance of experience and youth. A veteran group on the line including seniors, Luke O’Connor, Andrew Waltzer and Liam McCarthy will anchor the front for the offense, while seniors Gibby Preston, Jesse Bonner, Tommy Healy and Peter Jelenek, will lead the defense. Returning underclassmen like juniors Evan Carp, Kyle Anderson and Mike Giamalis will factor heavily in our success.

“We are all very hopeful for another championship season, said Mella. “But it will also depend on how well the “next man up” fills in and how sound we become as a family.”

The Winged Beavers kick off the 2015 quest when they face league opponent Brunswick on the road in the season opener on Saturday, September 26, at 3:00 p.m.

Erickson League Champions

1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2013, 2014

Football after Avon

The football coaches at Avon Old Farms not only prepare the athletes to compete at a high level, they also stress and promote the importance of success in the classroom and as good citizens within the school community. The coaches work closely with our college counseling office and this has ensured our players that they are able to pursue placement at top colleges and universities. Avon Old Farms football players have matriculated and have been strong contributors at the following schools:

Amherst Colin Rissolo UMass Dartmouth Manwon Brisbane
Assumption Khayri Hudee McGill University Dominic Bergeron
Univ. of Albany Matt Hamme Michigan Mike Cox
  Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks  Merrimack College Dan Righi
Bates  Matt Connetta Middlebury College Chris Lempa
  Mickoy Nichol   Greg Kraczkowsky
Bentley College Mike Nowiszewski   Flint Reilly
Boston College Bill Norcross Monterey Tech Dan Cerda
  Brent Gibbons Univ. of New Hampshire Kelly Craig
  Tim Frager   Jerome Wilkins
  Mike Della’Aquilla Univ. of New Haven Lavon Cuyler
  Justin Jarvis   Darius Pritchet
Boston University Tim Foley North Carolina State Lamart Barrett
Bowdoin College Nick Larocque Northeastern Geoff DeFrancesco
  Tony Minella Northwestern Kevin Lawrence
  Peter Deckers Ohio Wesleyan Kyle Malley
  Kevin Zikaras Pennsylvania Joe Biondo
  Bill Austin   Tom McGarrity
Bryant University Kevin Anderson   Peter Giannakoulis
  Ben Lyons   Doug Zinser
  Randall Angel   Mike Soyster
  Harrison Lyons   Bruce Rossignol
  Taylor Barthelette   Matt Michaelski
  Aaron Aryee   Nate Moffie
  Taylor Barthelette   Whit Doucette
Bucknell University Joe D’Amelio   Brian Levine
Cal Berkeley Nick Demopoulos Puget Sound Will Rosichan
Central Connecticut Garrett Fitzgerald R.P.I. Matt Lauro
  Blaise Rosati   Mike Hermann
  Justin Rose Rhode Island Jeyvi Maivivululu
Colgate University Brian Lemek   Andy Ferguson
Matt Brown Stephen Morse Rutgers Khaseem Greene
  Devin Dineen   Dre Boggs
  Tom Moran Sacred Heart Rolando Garcia
  Peter Davidson   Ahmad Covington
  Kevin Riley Saint Lawrence Ugo Njeze
Columbia University Jim Daine   Owen Grey
  Griffin Leahy   Skyler Williamson
  Peter Holst-Grubbe Salve Regina Ian Bomely
Univ. of Colorado Brandon Caesar Siena College Casey McCanta
  Scott Fernandez Southern Methodist Matt D’annolfo
Univ. of Connecticut Deon Anderson   Sam Cole
  Blake Feagles   Nick Pacque’
  Tyler King   Cory Cheyne
  Joe Burke Stonehill College Brandon Naraine
  Blaise Driscoll   Andrew Lyons
  Patrick Wilson Springfield College Andrew Valentine
  Sean McQuillan Syracuse Robert Johnson 
  Blake Feagles   Anthony Guidice
Cornell University Sam Patterson Trinity College Jaime Dorr
  Dempsey Quinn   Eric Shattenkirk
  Josh Heller   Rich Boudria
Dartmouth College Peter Sperger   Rob Dowling
  Matt Dratch   Ryan Hankard
Univ.of Delaware John Hodgkinson   Sean Hankard
Dickison Rick Green   Connor Wells
Endicott College Mike Recchia   Eric McGrath
Fairfield University Joe Montineri   Dave Menard
Fordham University Kevin McLaughlin   Doug Beyer
  Patrick Miller   Rob Diana
  Mark Nerich   Union College
  Jalen Ollie   Pat Sheridan
  Aidan Carraher   Pat Irwin
University of Florida David Jorgenson   Drew Dillon
  Nick Schirelli   Preston Thompson
Georgia Tech Kieran Delaney Valdosta Sean Garvey
Hamilton College Adam Bauer Vanderbilt Reggie Washington
  John Higginbotham Villanova University Tyree Hughey
  Josh Bruff Univ. of Virginia Colin McWeeny
  Matt Giamalis Washington & Jefferson Lee Huguley
Harvard James Livermore   Taj Lewis
  Brandt Leahy   Dave Maitland
  Bryan Sweeney Wesleyan University Dan Henderson
  Cheng Ho   Nate Taylor
  Derrick Barker   Patrick Leone
  John Van Allen   PJ Ryan
Holy Cross Noah McMillan Univ. of Wisconsin Angelo Paganafador
  Holy Cross West Point Jason Parker
  Lukas O'Connor   Tyler Bambrick
  James Madison Williams College Dan McNamara
  Lukas O'Connor   Elliot Moffie
Kentucky State Dan Hawkins W.P.I. Cody McGregor
  Kenyon Yale Pete Mazza
  James Spearman   Eamon Sheehan
Lafayette Zach Pratt   Chris Hetherington
  Pat Creahan   Nick Shoumatoff
  Parish Simmons   Tyler Wells
UCLA Chris Clark    
Univ. of Maine Arthur Huntington    
  Nick Cox    
  Bryan Grier    
Marist College Mike Wilson    
  Matt Millea    
Univ. of Massachusetts John Colton    
  Al Leneus    
  Mike Przbiliski    
  Brian Regan    
  Joe Colton    
  Alain Leneus    

Football Program Overview

Avon Old Farms School fields football teams at the varsity, junior varsity and third’s level. The teams compete in the most competitive football league in New England, the “Erickson League”, which is made up of the following schools: Avon Old Farms School, Brunswick School, Hotchkiss School, Kent School, Salisbury School, Taft School and Trinity Pawling School.

Avon Old Farms Football has built its reputation of instilling into our young men lifetime lessons based on character, leadership, and honor. Avon Old Farms believes that some of life’s most important lessons are learned on the playing fields. The ideals of teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship and overcoming adversity are lessons learned by all of our young men on the football field.

The football coaches at Avon Old Farms not only prepare the athletes to compete at a high level, they also stress and promote the importance of success in the classroom and as good citizens within the school community. The coaches work closely with our college counseling office and this has ensured our players that they are able to pursue placement at top colleges and universities.

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