Assumption football wins again
It all started on October 21, 1967. Assumption College football held their first game against the University of New Haven,
Now, 50 years later, October 21, 2017, Assumption College held their football game just like every other Saturday during the season. The game, 50 years later, again was played against the University of New Haven.
Old men, who looked to have been tough football players back then, wore shirts with printing on the back that read, “The Original ’67.” The amount of cheer and rivalry present during Saturday’s game was incredible. Men, not just from the original team but from past teams, all gathered to celebrate and cheer on the undefeated Assumption Football Team.
The game opened, as it has in previous weeks, with the national anthem along with the announcer asking everyone to place a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them, “to show a sign of unity and peace.” The young children, middle aged, and old folks, all stood and placed a hand on the shoulder of someone in front of them to show their togetherness.
The battle was on, after an Assumption alumni football player belted out the national anthem.
The nationally ranked, No. 14, Assumption got off to a good start. About four minutes into the game, Senior Mark Monks threw a touchdown pass to classmate, Ashton Grant.
Taking a punt back from New Haven, Junior Deonte Harris, charged down the field dodging players with the help of his teammates. Seeming not nearly out of breath, Deonte Harris ran it into the end zone for a 78-yard punt return touchdown. Now the hounds were up 14-0 with 8:28 left in the 1st quarter.
First-year, Carlins Platel, made a diving interception for the Hounds, who received the ball back at midfield. From one yard out, again Oxsen, charged the ball into the end zone, giving Assumption a 21-0 advantage.
Adding to Assumptions points, Senior Cole Tracy extends the lead to 24-0, with a 29-yard field goal. Then, the Chargers responded with 37-yard field goal, to finally put them on the board, 24-3 at the end of the half.
During half time, “The Original ’67,” made an entrance onto the field, with the rest of the alumni to follow. “The Original ’67,” were the first athletes to start the Assumption Football program. These men along with the other alumni, were all recognized for their outstanding performances over the years, as Assumption College Football athletes.
To start the second half, the Chargers punted the ball down the field. Harris, again, dodged and weaved through defenders. This led him back into the end zone, for a 76-yard touchdown. Assumption led 31-3 and again, Oxsen rushed 14 yards into the end zone making it 38-3.
Tracy, sent the ball down the field 51 yards though the posts giving him his second longest career field goal. Tracy talked about this moment saying, “It felt good to see the ref’s hands go in the air, signaling that the field goal was made.” But, Tracy wasted no time giving credit to his teammates for making his job happen saying, “Each field goal is a team effort. Without the protection, snap, and hold, my job would be a lot more challenging. The snap was a little behind Tobey [holder], but once I saw him bring the ball down I knew we were a go.”
So, the Assumption Football team wiped out yet another team and they now hold the top spot in the NE10. Their 41-6 victory this weekend, puts the Greyhounds first in their division, second in the region and 12th overall in the AFC conference.
It was an emotional and exciting day to be a former or existing Assumption Football player. Along with the victory, recognizing how far the program has come was also an important aspect to the students, players, and coaches. Scott Simonson, former Assumption Football star and current NFL tight end, made an appearance on the field at the end of the game. Simonson said, “Being around all that history and to have the honor to meet so many former players, was amazing. But, [more importantly] being able to laugh and get to know each other made [the experience] twice as amazing.” Saturday was Scott’s first time watching Assumption Football “live,” after leaving to go to the NFL at the end of his first semester of senior year in 2014. Watching the hounds continue to make history is an experience no one at this school is going to forget.