Friday, December 21, 2012

Despite Loss in Super Bowl, Freshman Hawk Gridders Have Successful Season

by Bobby Bordieri

November 19, 2012

On Saturday November 17, 2012 the Bishop Hendricken Freshman football team were scheduled to play the Lasalle Freshman team at 1:00 pm at Cranston Stadium for the Freshmen Super Bowl. The morning didn't start off well for the Hawks, as the buses were supposed to pick up the Hawks at 11:30; however, due to some communication errors, the bus thought the pick-up was at 1:30. After a few calls had been made, the buses arrived and brought the Hawks to the stadium.

The miscommunication with the bus may have actually been a harbinger of the day ahead for the young Hawks.

When the Hawks walked on to the field, the crowd erupted with excitement. After that there was very little time until the game started. At the beginning it was a very close battle, with one big touchdown run being the difference at halftime. Lasalle started off the third quarter by scoring an early touchdown capped off by a two-point conversion to make the score 14-0. The Hawks still believed that they could pull out the victory, regardless of their deficit.

Things started to get out of hand at the end of the third quarter. On a run by Hawks' quarterback Billy Mueller, a Lasalle player fell on and broke his ankle. Coach Manning ("Junior") then tried to rally the team and told them that they needed to stick together and not to quit. After a Hendricken fumble which was later followed by a Rams' touchdown, the game was out of reach. The final score was 30-0, with the Rams' taking home the Freshmen State Championship.

The Hawks fought hard throughout the game and left it all on the field. The Hawks had an incredible season, finishing with only two losses. More important than anything else, the Hawks created an incredible bond together and became a family. They played their hardest to represent their school, which is more important than any State Championship.
Enjoy the highlights.

Film work by David Sarazen.