Local Players Launch Proctor Football to New England Bowl Game

By Scott Allenby

Text:  For the fourth time in the last decade, Proctor’s varsity football team completed an undefeated season, following in the footsteps of the 2006, 2008, and 2012 teams who also ran the table in the Evergreen League. Proctor’s team was selected for its fourth New England Bowl berth in program history, earning a bid to the Wayne Sanborn Bowl where they played Hamden Hall School at Worcester Academy on November 17. Unfortunately, the Hornets fell to Hamden Hall in the Bowl Game, but the boys, including Andover’s Ronan Walsh ‘20 and Ezra Jenifer ‘19, should be proud of themselves!

Perhaps the most telling statistic for the regular season was the remarkable turnover differential, as the Hornets forced 25 turnovers and only coughed the ball up twice all season.  At the center of the team’s success were former Andover Eagles, Ezra Jenifer ‘19 and Ronan Walsh ‘20. Both Jenifer and Walsh played both ways all season, helping secure a stellar defensive line, and making impact plays on the offensive side of the ball. Jenifer led the team in rushing this season (884 yards on 122 carries, including 7 TDs during the regular season), while Walsh was a key to the blocking scheme at tight end, and made a few big catches throughout the season.

Other local talent on the team included starting quarterback Henry Bechok ‘19 (New London, NH), linebackers Kenny Fusco ‘19 (Wilmot, NH) and Dylan Oakes ‘18 (Enfield, NH), offensive and defensive lineman Lance Crate ‘18 (Enfield, NH), and offensive lineman Jack Walker ‘19 (Wilmot, NH). Congratulations to Proctor’s football team on a tremendous season!