Ready for Takeoff: Freshman Football Flyers Hitting Their Stride

SBy Jackson Heil ’17

Starting the football season with a winning streak can provide a team with immediate confidence; initial losses could spell disaster to team morale and subsequent performance.

The Chaminade freshman football team fell into the latter category but recovered quickly after losing a nail-biter to rival St. Anthony’s on the road, 37-31.  Head Coach Kevin Carroll knew that his team had to respond with a victory the following week, especially with a tough game looming against Iona Prep at home and then a road contest against powerhouse Monsignor Farrell.

I am very proud of the way these guys played on Saturday. Monsignor Farrell is very talented and to go to their place and come back home with a victory is very impressive.

– Coach Carroll

The Flyers took care of business in their home opener, trouncing Iona Prep 40-15.  The Flyers bullied the Gaels at the line of scrimmage, as the Flyers’ offensive line paved the way for their running backs all afternoon. The Flyers also dominated on the defensive side of the ball.

However, the Flyers knew that they would have to perform even better on the road to improve to 2-1.  The team was up to the challenge.  Quarterback Michael O’Connell ’20 punched in two touchdowns in the first half to give the Flyers an early 13-point lead.  The offense stalled from there, but once again the defense remained rock solid. The Flyers held Farrell to just a single touchdown and came up with multiple big stops in the fourth quarter en route to a 13-6 victory.

Coach Carroll was impressed by how his team performed against a very strong Farrell squad. “I am very proud of the way these guys played on Saturday,” Carroll said at practice on Wednesday. “Monsignor Farrell is very talented and to go to their place and come back home with a victory is very impressive.”

The Flyers continued their winning streak by defeating Holy Cross 28-16 on October 8 in an exciting game on Ott Field.  After this auspicious beginning, fans expect much from the youngest members of Flyers Football.