After a grueling 9-game schedule Avalon’s four houses are ready to play for the Lower School Flag Football Championship.
Carroll House finished the regular season in first place and looks like the strongest team heading into the double elimination playoffs. They completed an undefeated run (7-0-1) and will take on the fourth place team, Stewart House (1-6-1), in Game 1.
Star players for Carroll include a slew of 5th graders in receiver/linebacker Francesco Stohlman, offensive/defensive back Elann Hyde and Anton Parker.
“We’re an unstoppable team to beat, we work well together to complete one goal, winning,” said Parker.
Their biggest win of the season came against Washington House, when 5th grader Jacob Nerstheimer defended star receiver Trey Simmons and deflected a Hail Mary pass in the end zone from quarterback Dawson Whippen on the game’s final play.
“It was something I never saw coming,” claimed Hyde. “We almost lost.”
Stewart House will rely on 5th grade team captain Marcos DeRibeaux, and a pair of 4th graders with receiver Ethan Htay and quarterback/safety Greg Kolf.
Earlier in the season, Stewart’s toughest loss came against Carroll, a depressing 28-0 game.
“We came into the game with our mind prepared to win,” said Kolf. But the outcome was totally different, he exclaimed.
Game 2 is a very anticipated matchup as Calvert house (4-3-1) will take on a scrappy Washington House (2-4-2).
Calvert’s top 3 players consist of quarterback Alessandro DeMarchi, quarterback/tight end Ren Devereux and 5th grade receiver Francesco Contini.
“We have very fast teammates who are also very smart,” said Contini. We have to work on blocking and making the right moves to win in the playoffs, he added.
On the other hand, Washington House, who sits in the middle of standings with Calvert, need key players Simmons, Whippen, both 5th graders, and lineman/defensive back [Name Redacted] to step up. He is perhaps the scrappiest player on the team, and is only in 3rd grade.
“We have the best lower school players,” said the 3rd grader.
However, the team showed difficulties playing as a team during the regular season, and never seemed to find their stride.
“[We need to work] together and stop fighting as a team,” said Simmons.
With their talent level, Washington could be a sleeper and possibly knock off one of the top seeds if they can come together.