Oh what a night, the energy was incredible! Everyone brought it - the players, the coaches, the fans - even Mother Nature with a beautiful harvest moon. A big crowd was on hand as the King Philip Warriors shut out the Foxboro Warriors 21 - 0 in the home opener.
The boys dominated the game with 17 first downs compared to Foxboro's three. Thanks to a strong running game by Garrity (102 yards), Frommer (66 yards) & Olsen (46 yards), combined with Dittrich's 42-yard punt return, QB Lydon was able to perfect his quarterback sneak scoring three times.
It was a beautiful night at Community Field in North Attleboro to kickoff the 2016 season! The Warriors proved yet again that hard work pays off with a 19 - 7 win over the North Red Rocketeers. The 6 am Gut camps all summer, the weight-lifting and the long practices clearly prepared these boys for battle, because they came out STRONG! The defense was relentless, the offense spectacular. It was only game one and it's a long, tough season, BUT I am pretty sure you'll be hearing these words again - "Lydon to Mello", "Garrity breaks thru for a TD", "Franz kick is good", "Lydon to Frommer", "Rice sacks the QB", "the Defense held them", and "DeLuca, DeLuca, DeLuca"...
SCRIMMAGE: KING PHILIP WARRIORS vs. WALPOLE REBELS
The KP Warriors worked hard all summer preparing for the season. It started with early morning Gut Camp back in June, Bay State Camp, and then it was off to Camp Mataponi. On Saturday, they faced the Walpole Rebels in the annual KP vs. Walpole preseason scrimmage. In addition to getting game pace practice and some things to work on, they also got a win.
We had a great crowd on hand to cheer them on, but in case you missed it here are the highlights:
Senior Captains - L to R - Dan Loewen, Brett Mazur, John DeLuca, Paul Macrina
What is a captain? A captain is a leader who represents the program in a positive way at all times and believes in the team concept. They lead by example. They can make difficult decisions in the best interest of the team, they put the team first. It really comes down to accountability.
Coach Lee recently announced KP Football Captains for the 2016 season. Captains are selected by the players in a secret ballot vote. Each player is asked to think back to last season and vote for up to three teammates. Who worked hard every practice? Who embraced their role and followed the coach's lead? Who encouraged others? Who works hard in the weight room and at Gut Camp? Who makes good decisions away from school? Who represents WARRIOR PRIDE? It is not a popularity contest, it is not about ability, it's about leadership.
Here are your 2016 KP Football Captains:
John DeLuca #6 - Quarterback, Linebacker - To say he is a hard worker is an understatement, and he will not get much rest in 2016. John plays both sides of the ball and in addition to being the team's quarterback, he will help the offense as slot receiver and running back. On defense he plays outside linebacker and you'll likely see him on the field for special teams. Last year John was the team's Offensive Player of the Year, plus a Sun Chronicle All-Star and Hockomock League Honorable Mention. He is an outstanding student, member of the National Honor Society, and member of the KP Lacrosse Team. When not playing football he enjoys skiing, volunteers with the Special Olympics, is a member of the Peer Mentoring Program at KP, and helps with the after school programs at the elementary school.
Dan Loewen #52 - Offensive Line, Defensive End- Dan may be a man of few words, but is big, strong, and leads the Offensive Line at center or possibly tackle. On defense you'll see him back out there in the defensive end position. For a kid his size he runs very well and plays special teams for kick-off return and point after attempts (PATs). He loves to help out in the community, is a member of KP Cares, enjoys word searches, and is an animal lover. Dan is a good student who works hard in the weight room and even harder in the classroom.
Paul Macrina #63 - Offensive Line, Defensive Line - Paul has great leadership experience as a two-year captain of the KP Lacrosse Team. On the football field he is a returning starter on the offensive line and will be part of the rotation on the defensive line. If that's not exhausting enough, he will play special teams on point after attempts (PATs). He is an officer in the DECA organization, involved in student council, and is a member of KP Cares. This spring he will be an assistant coach for Cumberland, RI's youth lacrosse team.
Brett Mazur #34 - Defensive End, Tight End - As a member of the KP Track Team, it's no wonder Brett plays special teams for kick-off, kick return, punt return, and point after attempts (PATs). On offense, he is a returning starter at tight end and will be in the defensive end rotation on defense. Brett is an outstanding student and member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and History National Honor Society. He is very active in the community in and outside of school as the VP of Operations for KP Cares, a member of the MIAA Student Advisory Committee, and is a LEO Club Wrentham Town Representative.
Congratulations to the new captains and we are looking forward to WARRIOR PRIDE in 2016!