Erickson Recap: Salisbury Clinches Title, Brunswick Battles On, and More

The Erickson League was wrapped up this past weekend by the Knights who are one game away from an undefeated regular season. Obviously,they have much higher aspirations than that as they look strive for a New England Championship. Here was how they won and other action around the league:

Trinity Pawling 0-34 Salisbury 

As the Erickson league race continues, a 7-0 team Salisbury School journeyed across state lines to Pawling, NY. To face Trinity Pawling School (4-3). In last years, meeting TP served served the Knights a harsh lose at home. Salisbury filled with scenes of revenge blasted the Pride with a 34-0 win, maining their perfect season.   

Trinity Pawling sits with a (4-3) record. As they look to improve as they travel to Kent School for a Housatonic matchup this Friday. Kent comes off a big road win over rival Hotchkiss School.  A 15-12 defensive battle.

While, Salisbury now (7-0) face their traditional rival Avon Old Farms, in a game dubbed by fans as the “Boys School Bowl”. AOF, the defending Erickson league champions had struggled to defend their title with a (1-6) record. Last year, Salisbury saw a bitter end to their season in away lose under the Avon lights last year.

Brunswick 28 – 14 Westminster

Brunswick School (7-1)  football played host to non-league foe Westminster School (4-3) at Crosby Field, in Greenwich,CT. The Bruins shined on Senior Night in after, a rough start that saw two turnovers, but lead by quarterback Nick Henkel, who passed for 172 yards with three touchdowns, the Bruins regained control of their opponent. As Brunswick’s Defence Stood strong through all four quarters.

On Saturday Bruins face the Cheshire Academy as they hope to keep themselves tight in the discussion for a possible bid the New England Championship, if rival Salisbury School falters against Avon Old Farms this weekend. Cheshire holds down a (4-3) record after a blowout over Canterbury School.

Now (4-3) Westy now prepares for a final game against Pomfret School who has put together a   (0-7) season. Westminster will likely end the season on a high note with a win over the Griffins.

Suffield 35 – 6 Taft

A winless Rhinos (0-7)  squad made the drive up to the Suffield Academy (6-1) this past saturday. The Rhinos played well to start holding the game scoreless through the first quarter. Taft’s defensive stand did not last long, as the Tiger put up 28 point in the second quarter. The Rhinos could not respond, being down 28-0 at half. Suffield Senior Colin Thorne, lead the Tigers with two resections for 50 yards and two touchdown.

This Saturday is Taft’s “Hotchkiss Day” and Hotchkiss’s “Taft Day” in which the schools face off in every sport, following the age old tradition.  Taft (0-7) looks on to Hotchkiss (2-5), both teams have had this matchup highlighted on the schedule since the start of season. Win for either team will mark the season a success.

As for (6-1) Suffield, they look to close their season with a win over (2-6) Loomis Chaffee, at home. As their Championship hopes begin to fade, if there is any chance a win this weekend will be necessary.

Avon Old Farms 27-29 Exeter 

In Saturday’s non-league matchup, Phillips Exeter Academy, (Exeter, NH) traveled south to Avon, CT, to face against Avon Old Farms School under the lights. The visitors took started off hot and lead the Winged Beavers for the majority of the game. In the final five minutes Exeter lead by two scores, though AOF was able to score with little time left to make a one score game. Yet, the Exeter held on to win 29-27.

The Winged Beavers now (1-6) look on to Salisbury School (7-0) in the final game of season. Salisbury is looking on to possibly be playing in the New England Championship, AOF hopes to spoil their goal. As last season Avon served the Knights a hold road lose under the lights.  

The Lions of Phillips Exeter prepare for Phillips Andover in a NEPSAC Freelance battle, on Saturday. Exeter Academy will attempt to improve on its 3-4 season record in this rivalry matchup.

Featured Image Credit: Salisbury School

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