We arrived on a beautiful Friday afternoon to the gigantic field at Milton a few minutes before kickoff. The Milton Squad was warmed up, dialed in, and big. Our 6th Gray team boys: 9 of them at least, were excited to compete. On the adjacent football field the Belmont Hill Varsity Football Team was taking on the Milton Mustangs. The crowd was large and the collisions were echoing around the place.
In the first half, we executed our offense and came up with some great stops on defense. We took a lead into the break: 13 - 7. On the first drive of the second half, we managed to advance the ball into the red zone, but failed to convert the drive into points. Teddy got horizontal on one attempted reception, which was impressive, nevertheless, he wasn't quite able to make contact with the football - but certainly contacted the ground, (I could hear it and I was pretty far away) - nice try.
Milton managed to incrementally push the ball down the field and convert on two fourth down attempts (1 to achieve a first down, the other to score a touchdown). They scored on the PAT and we were down: Mustangs 14 - Bears 13.
Our offense stagnated a bit, we attempted many mid range routes into the middle of the field, a tough place to make plays. Defensively, we changed our scheme from a 3-1-3 Zone into a man-to-man strategy. The Mustangs capitalized, "Mossed" was said a lot of times. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were able to convert two more drives into touchdowns and the Bears struggled on both sides of the ball. We showed good effort and enthusiasm, showed sportsmanship and acknowledged the good play by our competition. Collectively we knew that had we managed to score on the opening drive of the second half, we would have had a high probability of winning this one.
Many of us walked over to the Belmont Hill vs Milton tackle football game. BH was able to make the most of their opportunities. The Fessy boys were able to recognize that our game could have taken a very similar trajectory. Fessy Alums were playing for both teams in the game and someday our current players will be represented on these teams and others around New England.
A final Red v Gray contest will be played at Fessy on 11/10 at 2:15pm. The last battle for flag football glory in the 2022 season.
The highlight on this day was the team picture. The full squad of 49 players and 4 coaches showed up in all their glory. Amazingly all members of the squad managed to say, "CHEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSEEEE" in beautiful harmony. The picture will hang for eternity (or at least until next season) in the halls of the Athletic Center.
Both games were lopsided victories by the Gray teams. Nevertheless, encouraging words echoed around the field. No clipboards were splintered, but a few tears were shed, which "shows we care."
We have two weeks together and will make every moment on the gridiron count.
On a brisk afternoon the Fessy boys chanted their way off the bus and took to the field at DCD. We looked glorious in our warm-up routines out in front of the school as the cars filed in to pick up the masses of students. We were promptly told we would not be playing on the pristine pitch, and were told to head to the far reaches of the campus to play in the long shadows of the woods lined field.
You may ask yourself: "Was the Red team nervous?" Yes, they certainly were acting nervous.
You may also be wondering: "Were the coaches concerned?" Decidedly so.
Nonetheless, the Red team took to the field and promptly got scored on by DCD in the opening drive. Despite our nerves and dismay at being scored on so quickly, we managed to stop the extra point attempt.
Adrian W rushed for a long touchdown to tie the score. It was back and forth for the first half, but with interceptions by Elliot K and Rohin G, we were able to capitalize for one touchdown more than DCD by the end of the first half. The slickest play of the first half was a beautifully executed streak pattern run by Ben F, Mason hit him in stride deep down the field. After much celebrating by the Fessy boys (too much really), the referee headed to the booth to review the replay. There was no booth. Therefore, he consulted with a few players on the DCD squad. "The QBs flags had been pulled," they pleaded. The touchdown was waved off: -6 for the Fessy Bears. There were no other noteworthy moments in the final seconds of the first half. The imaginary scoreboard read: 18 - 12 at the intermission.
The second half started out bleak for the Red team, we failed to advance the ball even a yard on our opening drive, so we elected to punt - basing this decision on Mr. Deedy's new football analytics chart. DCD scored on their first possession of the second half but was unsuccessful on their PAT: 18 - 18. Again, we failed to advance the ball even an inch on downs 1,2, and 3. So we again went to the chart and punted. DCD scored again, and for the first time in the game a PAT was scored: 18 - 25 in DCD's favor. After several (rough estimate ~20) possessions that amounted to 0 yards gained and ended in punts, we were really panicked - at least I was.
The defense held strong and continued to give us opportunities. With 2 minutes to play we finally got the ball off our own 5 yard line and miraculously achieved a touchdown from Zeke T. Mason T was: 1) being chased around by the blitzer on every play; 2) so cold he thought he had frostbite; 3) thrilled to finally find a target whose hands weren't functioning as frozen bricks.
Mr. Deedy wisely called our timeout. Mr. Deedy said, "Timeout, sir." It was allowed. Nice one, Mr. Deedy.
He entered the huddle and offered to the team that analytics said: Go for the 2 points and win the game! The boys agreed. They were cold, wanted to win, and also wanted to go home.
The pass was successfully caught...by a DCD defender. As the defensive back weaved through the first few would be tacklers, the referee sounded his whistle - tweet. Most players stopped, the ball carrier continued...eventually passing the midfield line. Everyone looked at everyone. DCD was awarded the 2 points. 24 - 27.
DCD took over with just over a minute to play. Our defense held them. It was our ball with 25 seconds in the game. We were backed up to our own 5 yard line. All hope was being lost after 3 failed passes. We were looking at a final attempt. Mr. Sanborn was looking around for his belongings for the sad trip home.
The ball was snapped to Mason, the blitzer was in a full sprint. Amazingly, Mason evaded the rush and was shocked to see that he still had his flags on. He heaved the ball from our goal line straight over the head of Zeke who was deep in DCD territory. At this point, Mr. Deedy was also looking for his keys. As the ball re-entered it's orbit, Griffin R epically re-spawned beneath the toppling pass. Griffin clutched at the ball, he held on...stretched his arms across the goal line as his flags were snatched away. The game clock ticked down 8...7...6. We won. Instantly, the entire team of 14 boys was partying in the end zone. The referee was caught in an endless loop of motioning "first down / move the chains." The party went on, a few patches of Griffin's frozen hair were tossed in the air. The final seconds of the game were deleted from existence so we never needed to attempt the PAT or play defense. This was a relief to everyone rooting for Fessy.
This was a game for the record books. DCD had a great team and they were pretty bummed to have lost on the final play of their season. Our boys understood the feeling, gave them a cheer and shook their hands.
We have all now thawed out and calmed down. The memories of grid iron glory will live on. We also have zero film footage of the game, so you will need to trust us...It was awesome!
6th Grade Game: This was a true battle of the titans. Ben F accepted the trade deal moments before the trade deadline on Halloween night. The Gray team went into the game with a season full of momentum, but this game was a new tale for the season's story. It was a back and forth game with many touchdowns 12 in all! The edge went to Red as a result of more successful PATs.
5th Grade Game:
One final match of the Red and Gray teams will be played on Thursday, 11/10. Who will be holding the Championship trophy is totally up in the air as game day looms!
On a beautiful fall afternoon, the 5th-grade Red team took on Tenacre. It was a back and forth first-half with both teams playing tremendous defense. Fessy was able to get on the board first, leading 7-0, but Tenacre quickly answered with a touchdown of their own. With both teams scoring again late in the first-half, the score was tied at halftime 14-14.
To open the second-half, the Red team did an excellent job playing in their Zone Defense. This was something that we recently introduced in practice, and the boys did wonderful! It was a defensive battle all second half, until Tenacre was able to get a touchdown late. Fessy was driving with a chance to tie the game, but an unfortunate turnover to touchdown gave Tenacre the 28-14 lead and eventual victory. This was a Big-10 style football game - lots of defense and low scoring. But the 5th-grade Red team has lots to be proud of and we are excited to get back on the field for our next game.
The coaches were impressed with the play of our 5th Grade Gray team this afternoon. It was a cool October day and the boys were excited to get another chance for interscholastic competition. DCD arrived with an undefeated team that had a bit more experience than our young squad, but our boys competed from the start to the finish. We spoke to the team about facing adversity and doing your best and while it is tough to be losing on the scoreboard, it is most important to stay positive and compete to the end. A few plays can change the tide of a game and there were moments in this one when we had DCD on their heels. We made some great plays on offense and defense.
Fessy came away with the win when Carroll came to play. Fessy Gray got out to a quick start when Buster found Josiah in the end zone after connecting with him for two big gains on the same drive. Two plays later, Walker intercepted a pass high pass from the Carroll QB. Fessy Gray made a total of 5 interceptions and the offense managed to get a lot of receivers and ball carriers involved in the offense. This allowed us to open the field and progress down the field on nearly every drive. We only failed to convert on 4th down on one occasion and only elected to punt once in the game. We will continue to emphasize "team first" and sportsmanship will always be at the forefront at the beginning of every practice and game.
Red started both halves in all-star fashion. The team way flying around on offense and defense from the opening drive until they had a 12 - 0 lead halfway through the first half. Nevertheless, the Gray team managed to put together two successful drives in a row to take a 13 - 12 lead into the halftime break. The momentum in the second half was the same. Red denied Gray from scoring on the opening drive of the second half and managed to score another touchdown of their own. Unfortunately for Red, they were denied for the third time on their PAT. This ultimately would be the deciding factor of the game. Red scored a fourth and final time to go up by two touchdowns once again, this time they went for 1 and were successful. Nevertheless, a pick 6 and a final scoring drive with the final seconds ticking off the clock put Gray in position to win with an extra point. Buster found Henry in the front of the end zone on a clutch final play which sealed the win for Gray. This was a great battle of 6th grade R v G and we are excited to see how the final two games go between the squads.
The sixth grade red team came back down 18 - 0 in the first half to win 20 - 18 against a strong Belmont day school team, and rainy weather conditions. Lead by the speedy running back Adrian and a strong defensive stand.
In the first half the Fessy boys were rolling. We scored all of our touchdowns in the first half, including a "pick 6" from Kevin C. Ryder scored on a long touchdown run, slashing through the Fay defense. The Fay squad however was undeterred and fought their way back into the game. In the final minutes, Fay had a chance to tie the game at 28, but Jack Hend came up with a big interception in the end zone to seal the win for Fessy. Sam B came up with big catches on the fade routes to give Fessy the advantage all day.
In our first interscholastic contest of the season, the Raiders (6th grade Gray team) were flying around as a unit. The boys were excited to run their plays on offense and swarm as a defense against some new competition. The Shady Hill squad had some size, speed, and talent. The Stingers, as they are called, came out with some impressive offense and slashed through our first half defense for some big yardage when they needed it. However, our offense was quite sharp and Buster did a nice job at QB of using our many options. We had 5 different players score for us (led by Zeke T) and we made three interceptions on the defensive end. An offensive highlight was when Ben F had a great touchdown grab and threw the ball to Will A for the two points after the TD. Trey F made a tremendous interception early in the game to help set the tone and build our confidence. Walker was tough all day despite a jammed finger on his dominant hand during warm-ups. Henry, Josiah (holding down Center), Tuck, Teddy, Johnny, Jim, and Harper all were sharp on the offensive end, opening channels for one another and they also made big "tackles" despite the challenge of playing against a different version of flags. Altogether, this was a great first outing for the Fessy squad and we look forward to other great moments together this season.
Fessy Scores in the first drive after Jack Y catches a pivotal ball to get the Gray team in the red zone and the touchdown was made by John B for the first score of the game. 5th Grade Gray started off with a great first drive scoring in just two plays. Their opponents were a Dexter team consisting of 5th, 6th, & 7th graders and by the first half the score was 14-6 with the lead going to Dexter. Alvin M ended the first half with a big interception and almost took it back for a touchdown but had his flag pulled on the one yard line. Dexter started to pull away in the second half with several touchdowns coming from both their offensive and defensive units. The 5th Grade Gray team finished the game strong with some courageous defensive stops which included an interception by Avery S. The team showed great effort and sportsmanship. They hope to learn from the experience and grow as they look forward to the rest of the season.
Grade 6 6th Gray was flying around from the start. They started with a 15 yard completion from Buster to Walker, and a few plays later they had already found the end zone. On Red's first play from scrimmage, Tuck (Gray) slipped in front of a pass and scored to make it 12 - 0. Playing from behind so early in the game can be tough, Red felt the pressure and receivers demonstrated some desperation particularly in the first half. Each time Red took possession they had some deep threats but the Gray team had good coverage. In the second half, Red was able to put together a solid drive and scored a touchdown and succeeded on the following 2 point conversion.
Nevertheless, Gray finished the game with a final score from Zeke to end the game. The final score was 34 - 8. We have several upcoming R v G battles and Red will be looking to iron out some of the kinks and get some momentum going.
It was a great opening match-up to the 5th grade flag football season. The Red team jumped out to an early lead, thanks to some great passes and catches from Jack H and Kevin C. However, the Gray team was quick to answer with some HUGE running plays by Alvin and Bobby B. At the half, the Red team was leading 25-13.
The second half was a defensive battle, with both teams playing excellent defense and forcing turnovers on downs. The Gray team scored a late touchdown, but Red team was able to run out the clock and hold onto the victory. Both teams showed tremendous grit and hustle throughout the entire game. We look forward to a great season together!