Despite the sea of purple and gold in the stands and the excitement of Thanksgiving Day in the air, the Westhill football team’s season, unfortunately, did not end on a high note.
The battle between rivals Westhill and Stamford High took place on November 24, Thanksgiving morning, at 10 a.m. This game was not only between rivals, but it also determined who would take home the Frank Robotti Trophy, which is given to the City of Stamford football champions. The Stamford High Black Knights proudly took home this trophy with a 34-6 win over the Westhill Vikings.
“We made little mistakes,” Westhill Coach Bob Hellmeister said. “Things just didn’t go in our favor.”
Stamford High set the tone early in the game, advancing 40 yards in five plays after Stamford High senior Steven Samela intercepted the ball. This gave Stamford High a 6-0 lead just four minutes into the game.
Senior quarterback Bryan Boderick led his team with successful passes to seniors Shawn Padilla, Chandler Foster, and Barry Boderick, his twin brother. At halftime the score was 21-0.
In the third quarter, Stamford High stayed solid and continued to move the ball up the field. Senior Chris Huiban overcame Westhill’s defense and pushed through into the end zone to make the score 28-0.
Stamford High’s team again moved forward 40 yards in five plays and scored its final touchdown with less than two minutes left in the quarter.
With the score posted at 34-0, Westhill was not going down without a fight. Senior James Irvine made a tackle that caused Stamford High to fumble and junior Chris Soule recovered the ball. Junior Davell Cotterell then made a successful 40-yard run, setting up the Vikings for a fourth quarter touchdown. With less than four minutes left, junior quarterback R.J. Cooper passed to junior Yvesson Cassamajor, leading to a Westhill touchdown. However, in the end the Black Knights won with a score of 34-6.
“Throughout the difficult season, the kids didn’t quit,” Hellmeister said. Despite the team’s loss, it is evident that the spirit of the Vikings cannot be broken. The team walked off the field knowing it had a good run and never let up. “Having had one of the toughest schedules, we fared better on both sides of the ball and overall bonded as a team,” senior captain Seamus Ronan said.