Sanborn Bowl: Can Stingy ‘Wick D Stop Cat’s Offense?

The Bruins of Brunswick School travel to Cheshire Academy this Saturday to face off in the 2016 Wayne Sanborn Bowl. The Bruins are taking part in their fourth straight bowl game appearance, while Cheshire has rebounded into a bowl game after a tough 2015 season. Neither of these powerhouse programs are strangers to bowl games as the Bruins have participated in twelve while the Cats have seen six of their own.  With 18 appearances between the two programs, only one can come away with the title this Saturday. Let’s preview the action:

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The Bruins have been a force in the Erickson League, racking up impressive wins over boys school rivals Avon Old Farms (47-14) and Salisbury (40-7). Brunsiwck is led by stud quarterback Nick Henkel ’18, who has thrown for 2000 yards and is currently ranked as Connecticut’s best pro-style quarterback by 247Sports. Thanks to the backing of Brunswick’s powerful offensive-line, Henkel’s pocket poise and accurate arm have produced 31 touchdowns. Henkel has attracted offers from several DI schools, including Yale, Rutgers, and University of Connecticut. By Henkel’s side is senior running back Jaydin Knight. Knight balances out the Bruins’ hot offense with his impressive running ability having scored 7 touchdowns thanks to his impressive speed and gritty mentality. Knight’s performance will play a key factor in Brunswick’s success on Saturday. 

At Cheshire (7-2)

The Cats, who are considered an independent team and don’t belong to a specific league,screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-47-34-pm bested the majority of the Central New England League, topping Suffield Academy (44-21) but falling (30-33) to league champions Choate Rosemary Hall. Similar to their opponent, Cheshire has a balanced offensive front with CJ Lewis at quarterback and Notre Dame commit CJ Holmes at running back. In their last two appearances, the combo has produced nearly 800 yards of offense and a staggering 13 touchdowns. Lewis, a three-star recruit and Connecticut’s sixth-ranked senior, committed to Tennessee in September. Cheshire’s offensive success this year can also be attributed to WR Tarik Black, who is the state’s top recruit with 31 offers in front of him, including all the heavy hitters like Alabama, Michigan, Stanford, Auburn and plenty more.  With an offense that averages 41.1 points per game, the Cheshire Cats will be hard to stop this Saturday. 

Photo credit:

Brunswick photo: Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal

Cheshire: Bob Luckey / Green Time