Season Recap: Varsity Football


Hannah Bernstein, Contributing Writer

Varsity Football (VFB) lives by three core principles, according to Head VFB Coach Mike Willey: accountability, hard work, and mental and physical toughness. VFB carried these goals through their 2021 season to a 7-1 record and second place in the Independent School League (ISL).

Coach Willey said the team’s response to their only loss against Milton Academy on November 5 proved more than their season highlights, like winning their home opener against Governor’s and shutting out Belmont Hill.

“The Monday after the loss, our team came out and attacked practice with great enthusiasm and stuck together. I was most proud of them at that moment,” Coach Willey said.

The team practiced every day of the school week, with early morning practices on Wednesdays. They played the top teams in the Northeast, traveling to Connecticut and Rhode Island for regular-season games.

“Competition was tough this year, and ultimately every game required us to play the best football we possibly could,” Fin Crafter ’23 said.

Post-season, VFB qualified for the Kevin Driscoll Bowl against Avon Old Farms. Ty Harding, Thomas Porell, Nick Ciaffoni (all ’22), Ronan Hanafin ’23, and Bo MacCormack ’25 achieved First Team All-League ISL status. Thaddeus Foote, Declan Pflaumer (both ’22), and Isaiah Kacyvenski ’23 achieved Second Team All-League ISL status. Tyler Martin ’22 achieved First Team All ISL status and earned the Darren Gallup Award as the ISL Most Valuable Player.