The boys varsity football team defeated Kent 43-26 on Saturday, November 13, to cap off the return of Kent Day and bring the storied “spoon” back to the Island for the first time since 2002.
The game, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., was pushed back to 4:30 p.m. due to thunder and lightning. The wind and rain, however, continued throughout the game, and the Pelican fanbase, almost 100 students who arrived on three buses, as well as students from the volleyball and field hockey game, braved the weather to cheer on the team. Their impact was felt immediately.
On the opening drive of the game, the Pelican defense got a stop right away and forced Kent to punt the ball away. Sophomore Jacob Smith blocked the punt, and Loomis Chaffee recovered the ball on the two-yard line. On the next play, junior David Egbe scampered into the endzone and gave the Pelicans the lead. Senior Zach Henderson then converted a two-point attempt to give Loomis an 8-0 lead.
After forcing another Kent punt, Loomis orchestrated a six-play, 82-yard drive that included a 46-yard run by Egbe. On the goal line, senior Timmy Sullivan recorded his first touchdown as a Pelican on a two-yard carry, and Henderson ran in another two-point conversion, making the score 16-0.
The following kickoff was fumbled by Kent and recovered by the Pelicans. Sophomore quarterback Dante Reno found senior Chase Collyer on a 15-yard completion, and for the second time of the game, Egbe found the endzone on a short run.
Kent put together a solid offensive drive that threatened to score, but Loomis freshman Elijah Darity broke up a fade to the sideline to stop Kent. On the next play Reno connected with Egbe for a 64-yard screen pass, with the offensive line, which consisted of sophomore Jerod Smith, junior Nino Francavilla, and junior Thad Crump, paving the way into the endzone, to make the score 29-0.
The Pelicans got the ball back one more time before the end of the half, and Reno passed to senior Denzel Mountali for a 35-yard completion that set up another Egbe highlight-reel run, evading multiple defenders for a 20-yard touchdown run. As the half expired, the visitors were up 36-0.
In the second half, Egbe had four runs totaling 77 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run, to give the Pelicans a 43-0 lead.
Kent mounted a comeback and put up some points late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome. The Pelicans won their first Spoon Game in 19 years, earning the silver spoon that has served for decades as the trophy for the winner of the Loomis-Kent football game.
For the game, Egbe had 16 carries for 256 yards and four touchdowns, along with a reception for a 64-yard touchdown. Darity also ran well with six carries for 51 yards. On defense, senior Liam Barbee led the way with 12 tackles and five tackles for loss. Sophomore Jacob Smith had seven tackles and four tackles for loss, and junior Mahamadou Touray had a career day with four tackles and three tackles for loss.
The Pelicans cap one of their best seasons in the history of the program when they host Milton Academy on Saturday, November 20, in the New England championship Todd Marble Bowl. It is the first time in the school’s history that the team has earned a bowl game berth. The game will take place on Pratt Field at 2:30 p.m.