Erickson Football Kickoff: ‘Wick holds off AOF, Kent edges Taft, and more

Although one Erickson League team did start last week (Brunswick beat Iona Prep), League play kicked off Saturday. With the season in now in full swing, let’s take a look back to the action last weekend.

Brunswick (2-0) 27 – 21 AOF (0-1)

A rivalry has formed between these two schools in many sports, and football is no exception. It seems that they are starting to take turns winning close match-ups. Last Saturday followed suit.

Avon’s secondary struggled to contain Brunswick’s air attack. The Bruins’ quarterback, Nicky Henkel ’18, had a great day that starting on their first drive. He connected with his receiver corps for four total touchdown passes, two to Sean Morris ’17, one to Sean Amill ’18, and another to his running back, Jason Kennedy ’16. Henkel threw for a total of 191 yards on the day.


Avon PG running back Nick Orekoya (left) attempting to break a tackle by John Fox ’16 (right). Photo Credit:

The main offensive story for Avon was their PG wideout Mark “Juice” Michaud. On the very last play of the first half he leaped in the end-zone to make an incredible catch to complete a 47-yard Hail Mary bomb from the Winged Beavers’ QB, Jesse Walsh ’18. Michaud would receive another Walsh TD pass in the second half.

The result was basically final after a controversial call on an onside kick, a play which had to be repeated twice. To Avon’s dismay after recovering it the first time (giving them a chance at tying the game up with a couple minutes left in regulation), Brunswick ended up with the ball. They managed the clock well at that point, and pinned the Winged Beavers deep in their own territory, rendering them unable to make a shot at the end-zone to keep the game going.

Next week Avon travels to Cheshire Academy to take on a tough out-of-conference opponent. Brunswick looks to continue a successful start to their season against Taft

Kent (1-0) 21 – 20 Taft (0-1)

Under the lights in a hostile environment, Kent started off their season with a nail-biter win over their in-league rivals, Taft. It was a sloppy game defensively for both teams, as there were 529 total offensive yards combined.

Offense for both teams was dominated by the run game, Taft decided to handoff to their backs a total of 32 times, and Kent did the same 35 times, while both only passed 23 and 22 times respectively. Four of the six touchdowns scored in this game were on run plays.

The game was close statistically and in scoring throughout. The only difference between the two teams was a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter that kept the score at 20-14 Taft. Kent responded by pounding in a two yard go-ahead TD.

Next week the Rhinos host another Erickson League opponent, Brunswick, and Kent hosts Freelance League opponent Andover.

Salisbury (1-0) 21 – 0 Hotchkiss (0-1)

Salisbury’s defense stood tall against the Bearcats of Hotchkiss. Both teams are coming off of tough seasons last year, looking to rebound and return as forces in the Erickson League this year.

Salisbury has been a perennial powerhouse in the Erickson League for a long time, and they want to prove that last year was an anomaly, which won’t repeat itself. They look to continue this good start to their season against out-of-conference opponent Cushing on Saturday.

Hotchkiss will also play a non-Erickson League opponent next week, as they’ll take on an 0-1 Deerfield Academy.

Blair (1-0) 40 – 19 Trinity Pawling (0-1)

T-P started off their season against a non-conference opponent in Blair Academy. These teams traded blows throughout the game until the fourth quarter, where Blair scored 20 unanswered points.

T-P struggled to stop the run-game on defense. They lost a physical battle, and started to get sloppy late in the game, with turnovers on back to back drives (INT and fumble).

The Pride will look to rebound against a 1-1 Loomis team.


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