Football brings passion and energy

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Football brings passion and energy

The front line faces Williston

The front line faces Williston

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The front line faces Williston

Tyson Phan

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The front line faces Williston

Bobby Mushkin

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Halfway through the season, the Lions remain positive and confident after impressive games against schools such as Suffield Academy and Avon Old Farms. In the previous season, the team fought long and hard, ending with a 2-5 final score. This year, they are a lot more hopeful, with many fresh faces. Kent ramped up their roster with the addition of Noah Bernardiner ’20, Evan De Buglio ’19, Philip Dawson ’20, Nicholas Clifton ’19, and Aaron Robertson ’19. In addition, they added the impressive six-foot-five fresh- man, Thomas McCluskey ’22. Captains Connor Garrahy ’19 and Chris Guttman ’19 have improved mightily each year. Williston had themselves a rough go-around as well, finishing at 2-5.

The Lions headed into their first game against Williston Northampton School with the absence of their star wide receiver and running back, Aaron Robertson, due to an ankle injury. The absence of their key player clearly had an effect on the team, as they lost 21-44. Quarterback Dawson threw a touchdown to senior wide receiver, Aaron Korik ’19, and running back Clifton ran for two touchdowns. The Lions had two touchdowns called back, and a play at the end of the half that was inches away from the goal line. However, their defense did take a large hit without Robertson at line- backer, and their secondary let up coverage over the top, having a bad pursuit.

Iain Macintyre ’21, commented that“the game seemed very physical, Aaron not play- ing definitely affected the offensive and defensive fluency.”

Coach of the Kent Lions, Connor Wells, states that “our team went into the game very prepared and ready. It was about execution and discipline. We missed assignments, and over pursued.” Only one of many games to come, the disappointing score does not deter the team’s enthusiasm and passion for football. Coach Wells mentions, “our heart and our effort are fantastic. They work their butts off.” He also added, the “crowd was great, and the fans were awesome.” Overall, with half the season to go, Kent School Varsity Football are ready to take on the field again with their powerful energy and determination.

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