By Caroline Chaves
Stonehill senior football players met a bittersweet end to their careers with a historic win on their backs, taking AIC for the first time ever, 38-27, on Saturday.
Defensive Back senior Donovan Phanor, who had an interception that covered 25 yards and led to a touchdown, reflected on the conclusion of his football career and the team that was there with him through it.
“When I look back at my four years of playing football here at Stonehill, what stands out to me isn’t the wins or losses. More importantly, the relationships with the people that I’ve come to know because of our commitment to this sport is what is most memorable. Throughout my life I’ve had two constants that I could lean on when times got tough: Family and Football. This game has truly been a blessing for me and a privilege to be a part of,” he said.
The football team will be graduating 19 seniors this Spring, including two of the three captains, Nick Bona and quarterback Matt Foltz.
Quarterback Matt Foltz finished the game 29 for 40 for 278 yards, as well as adding his 14th career rushing TD for his final game.
Foltz, a pivotal part of the football team who has broken numerous records over his career at Stonehill, has high hopes for the team that will continue the game without him.
“Thank you to all the coaches and players that have made it a special four years. The football program is in a good place, and is moving in the right direction. Keep working to take the next step,” he said.
Senior Jermel Wright said his four years playing football for Stonehill has been a wild ride.
“This game wears you out, but it’s all worth it in the end. I’ve given so much to this game in the last 11 years. To put it plain and simple, football changed my life. The lessons I’ve learned from this game will last a lifetime. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out with a win and becoming the first Stonehill football team to beat AIC. That was the icing on the cake,” Wright said.
The graduating seniors include, #2 Donovan Phanor , #5 Nick Bona, #11 Noma Okundaye, #12 Matt Foltz, #15 Kevin Dick, #20 Andy Steck, #23 Chris Traore, #28 Malachi Baugh, #29 Charlie Calenda, #35 Dylan Brown, #40 Ian Hill, #48 Chris Rosinski, #56 Jermel Wright, #68 Will Greenlish, #79 Tim Carbonneau, #92 Nick Dessalines, #97 Tom Pilat, #98 Ryan Bajjaly, and #99 Tomas Bernotas. They have won 22 games over their careers together, 17 of which were NE-10 play.