Loomis Chaffee will once again play football against all of its Founders League opponents under a new conference arrangement that will begin in fall 2020.
In the league, Loomis will play against Avon Old Farms, Choate, Hotchkiss, Kent, Taft, and Trinity-Pawling. The Pelicans also will play three out-of-conference games against Deerfield Academy, Phillips Andover Academy, and Phillips Exeter Academy.
This new league arrangement heralds the return of the Loomis-Kent football rivalry, a competitive tradition with a storied history. The two schools have not faced off on the gridiron for the last seven years while they were in separate football leagues, but the reconfiguration brings back the spirited rivalry.
“I am excited that football will be added as a Founders League sport this fall. As a league we compete in a manner consistent with our schools’ shared commitment to academic excellence, integrity, and the personal growth of student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Sue Cabot.
The new schedule also means that Pelicans will play the Kent Lions in the final game of the season, a tradition that was suspended when new conference alignments took place in 2013. “Traditions and rivalries are inherent in competitive athletics and it is exciting for our teams and important for our collective communities to bring back Kent Day,” Sue said. “I am hopeful that the Kent Day rivalry will exemplify a tradition of healthy competition, mutual respect, camaraderie, and unparalleled good sportsmanship between our two schools.”
The Founders League, in existence for more than 30 years, is a multi-sport conference with 11 member schools that contend for league titles in a number of sports although not all member schools field teams in all of the same sports. In the case of football, most member schools field teams, but in recent years those teams have not all played against each other during a season.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to compete for a league championship moving forward,” said Loomis head coach Jeff Moore. “It is great to be able to play a group of schools that share a rich tradition in football.”