Suffield Football Wins New England Title
The Suffield Academy football team won its fourth New England championship in five years with a 34–16 victory over Proctor Academy. The 9–0 Tigers used a stout defensive effort and an explosive offense to capture the Norm Walker Bowl in Belmont, Massachusetts.
After forcing a Proctor punt on the opening possession, the Suffield attack started with a bang. Captain Brice McAllister ’14 took a pass from captain Jake Lazarus ’13 and dashed 90 yards untouched to the end zone on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage. Another Proctor possession gave way to another quick Suffield score as McAllister ran to paydirt through a huge hole from 45 yards out two plays into the drive. Proctor showed the resiliency that made them Evergreen League champions, though, blocking a Suffield punt through the end zone for a safety, then driving for a touchdown to make the score 13–9 going into the half.
Operating behind the all-senior offensive line of Harry Farr, captain Stephen Leo, captain Paul Metscher, Dave Brzozowski, and Chad Woodfine, Suffield began the second half with a methodical drive capped by McAllister’s two yard TD run. When Proctor got the ball back, captain Christian Wilkins ’15 forced a fumble that Farr jumped on. Suffield soon took advantage, as CJ Moore ’14 beat a defender to haul in Lazarus’ bomb for a 66 yard score on another two play drive. McAllister had the Tigers’ final touchdown with a seven yard run midway through the fourth quarter, while Proctor added a TD on the game’s last play.
McAllister had 163 yards rushing to go with his long receiving score, while Lazarus totaled 204 yards and two touchdowns in the air. Wilkins, Farr, and Woodfine led the way defensively, as a Proctor offense averaging over 350 yards rushing and 47 points per game was consistently stymied. Alton Sioussat ’13 added four extra points.
Suffield football bids goodbye and thanks to an excellent senior class: Paul Metscher, Stephen Leo, Cole Hills, Harry Farr, Alton Sioussat, Dave Brzozowski, Mickey Keating, Jake Lazarus, and Chad Woodfine. Over the last four years, the Tigers have compiled a 32–2 record, three Colonial League titles, and three New England crowns.
Article and photo from the Suffield Academy website.