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Big Blue Beat: Varsity Football
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By Dean Koenig '21


Head Coach: Chris Shilts P '17, '19, '21, '24

Highlights from last season: Big Blue Football was led last season by a talented group of seniors who were true football players. Three of these seniors, Joe Shilts '19, Jack Baulig '19, and Peter Nicoletti '19, all decided to continue playing football in college. In addition to these three seniors, running back Nate Hefner '19 also showed his passion for the sport. In a game against Pennington, Hefner set the single game yards record, putting up a whopping 255 yards on top of two touchdowns. Although they were not able to achieve a winning record last fall, Pingry defeated Fieldston in a consolation matchup to claim third place in the Metropolitan Independent Football League, despite a number of injuries sustained by important players. 

What to watch for this season:

  • Captains Lance Perlow '20 and James Wang '20 along with co-captains Pat Birotte '20 and Sam Williams '20 look to lead the team with a similar morale as their former captains did. They hope to improve upon the team's 4-6 record last year.

  • Players returning from an injury they suffered last season include Wang, linebacker James Draper '20, and center Oliver Haik '21. Coach Shilts hopes they remain healthy throughout this season, as they are all important assets to the team.

  • Vital to the team's success this season will be the improvement of role players such as Charlie Malone '20, Niles Luke '22, Christian Colella '21, Noah Morris '21, Jordan Mandel '21, and Sandy Friedman '21. 

  • Two years ago, the team's record was 7-3. This year, Big Blue hopes to reach that record again, and maybe even surpass it. 

  • Preseason practices start on August 15, with the team's season opener scheduled for September 7 against Lawrenceville. 
     

Full-court press:
"Football is hard and physical and sometimes not very fun... This team sticks it out with no reward promised. And this team expects to win." ––Head Coach Chris Shilts


Contact: 
Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org