Football Recap: Game 2
By: Patrick Dallahan '23
On Saturday night, the Winged Beavers took on the talented Loomis Chaffee Pelican squad. Over thirty Division I prospects and players took the field in what was labeled “The Biggest Game in New England History.” Players with power five conference offers littered the gridiron, with thousands onlooking—both in person and on livestream.
The Avon Army packed the stands with white out garb and exuberant energy. Baby power was in the air from kickoff to the final whistle, made visible by the new lights at Ryan Field.
The game looked like it was going to be a defensive slugfest, with both teams going three-and-out on their first drives. Avon went three-and-out again on their second drive, while Loomis Chaffee was able to find the endzone by way of a quarterback rushing touchdown by Dante Reno.
Later on in the first, Loomis found the endzone again from a rushing touchdown, putting Loomis up 14–0. That would be all the scoring Loomis would do for the first half.
After a good defensive stand at the end of the second quarter, Avon Old Farms found themselves deep in Pelican territory with a few seconds to spare. AOF elected to kick the field goal, with Michigan lacrosse commit and kicker Ryan Hornyak putting Avon on the board, 14–3 heading into the half.
After a fumble on the opening third quarter kickoff by Loomis, Avon had the ball deep in enemy waters once again, with Ryan Puglisi finding the endzone on a QB sneak, putting Avon Old Farms within a touchdown, 14–10, early in the third. It would be the last points AOF would score all game.
Loomis needed a response to halt the Avon momentum, and respond they did, taking a deep shot to an open receiver to put LC up by two scores, 21–10. The Pelicans found themselves in the endzone again in the fourth quarter scoring 28–10. That would be the final tally of Saturday’s game.
“Remember this feeling. Remember how it feels; how it feels to lose,” said defensive back KeShawn Adams ’24 to the team following the loss. “Remember this when we play next week. How badly it feels to lose. Let it fuel you to win; to work harder, and prepare for Choate.”
This Saturday presents an excellent opportunity for the Winged Beavers to show what they are made of. Coach Jon Wholley often speaks about champions treating adversity and success the same. Both are equally important in forming winners. After all, it’s not about how hard you get hit, it’s about how you get up and hit back. Most teams would lay down and quit after a loss like this, but not our Men of Avon: a resilient, hard working, and tough group of boys. This Winged Beavers team has the chance to bounce back and remind everyone that the game against Loomis does not reflect who they are whatsoever.
The Winged Beavers hit the road to take on the talented Choate squad this Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Let’s give them ALL the support they need!
- Football Recap