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Athletics Team

Overview

Football- Varsity

Philosophy

Tradition is entrenched in St. Sebastian’s football, as the football program fielded the original athletic team in St. Sebastian’s School history, kicking off its first season with the opening of school in 1941. The program fields five teams: varsity, junior varsity, third, fourth and fifth. Cuts are not made on any level, and the program encourages inclusion and participation from the student body. St. Sebastian’s is a member of the Independent School League (I.S.L.), which is a part of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

Players who come through the football program will leave with an appreciation of diligence, with a respect for players and coaches from St. Sebastian’s and its opponents, and with an education on how to play football with both the mental and physical capacities necessary to succeed.

History

The first era of St. Sebastian’s football began with head coach Vin Murphy leading the Arrows to a 5-3 record. From 1943-1976, excellent head coaches guided the program, including Henry O’Brien, Joe Guden, and Ed Sweeney. In 1977, Coach Sweeney led St. Sebastian’s to a 7-0 record in the School’s inaugural season in the Independent School League (I.S.L.). Since that impressive first season, the Arrows have earned a stellar 60% winning percentage in the I.S.L., including seven League championships. Head coach Bob Souza took over the program in 1978, and he has been the face, backbone, and leader of the Arrows football team through the present day. Under Coach Souza, St. Sebastian’s has won six I.S.L. championships and has been to four NEPSAC super bowls (1994, 1999, 2012, 2014). The Arrow football program has also produced nine national football foundation scholar athletes during Coach Souza’s time as coach.

Alumni

In the Coach Souza era, 103 players have gone on from St. Sebastian’s to play in college, including seven who have captained their collegiate squads. The levels of competition for the alumni include:
6 - Division IA
5 - IVY League
10 - Patriot League
5 - Atlantic 10 Conference
8 - Division II
1 - NAIA
32 - NESCAC
19 -Division III

Great Moments in St. Sebastian’s Football History

1941: The first interscholastic contest was against Shady Hill School of Cambridge that resulted in a 12-12 tie in 1941 with each team fielding six players.

1961: Under the leadership of Coach Tom Green and Captain Kevin Daley '61, the Arrows went undefeated for the season with a record of 8-0.

1967 & 1969: Head coach Henry O’Brien guides the Arrows to their first two championships, completing each season with an undefeated 7-0 record.

1977: St. Sebastian’s football enters the Independent School League (I.S.L.) and wins the I.S.L. championship with a 7-0 record under head coach Ed Sweeney.

1982: Head coach Bob Souza wins his first of six I.S.L. championships with a 6-1 record.

1982: In the last football game played on the old Newton campus, St. Sebastian's prevailed over an undefeated St. George's with a 7-6 win, leading to a share of the I.S.L. Title.

1994: The Arrows finish the season undefeated at 8-0. They lost in the New England Champsionship game to Holderness. Coach Souza was named "Coach of the Year" by the Dedham Transcript, and Chris Washington was named I.S.L. MVP.

1998: Running back David Greer ’99 rushes for a then state-record 433 yards on 23 carries with 5 touchdowns in a 41-22 victory over Milton Academy.

1999: Arrows finish the season at 8-1 and are undefeated in league play to win another league championship. They lose to Tabor Academy 12-7 in NEPSAC Class B Bowl.

2001: Head coach Bob Souza wins his 100th game.

2001: Behind Sedale Threatt's 18-yard touchdown pass to Matt Borders on the final play of the game, the Arrows defeated Belmont Hill, ending Belmont's two year unbeaten streak. The Arrows went on to claim a share of the I.S.L. Title.

2010: Head Coach Bob Souza is inducted into the Massachusetts High School Footbal Coaches Hall of Fame.

2012: Led by Captains Pat Healy and Brian Mullin, the Arrows capture their seventh I.S.L. Championship. Brian O'Malley is voted league MVP and receives the Darrin Gallup Award from I.S.L. coaches. The Arrows go on to win the Aurthur Valencenti Cup against the King School from Conneticut to claim the School's first NEPSAC Championship and a 9-0 season, the first in School history.

2012: Head Coach Bob Souza is honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as the Massachusetts High School Football Coach of the Year, the first I.S.L. coach to win that award.

2013: St. Sebastian's Co-Captain Connor Strachan '14 is awarded the Darren Gallaup Award as I.S.L. MVP and is selected to play in the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Anaheim, California — the first player from the I.S.L. to ever be selected. He is elected by his team as one of the Co-Captains.

2015: Brian Strachan ’11 was awarded the Swede Nelson Award by the Gridiron Club of Boston. He is the only ISL player ever to receive the award.

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Roster

Athletics Roster

  • Joseph Fiore
    2
    WR/DB
    0
    2019
    Westwood, MA
  • Matthew Joyce
    3
    RB/DB
    0
    2020
    Braintree, MA
  • Samuel Frisoli
    4
    RB/WR/S
    0
    2021
    Westwood, MA
  • Peter Blake
    5
    RB/LB
    6'
    185
    2019
    Needham, MA
  • James Freehill
    6
    K
    0
    2021
    Chestnut Hill, MA
  • William Hentschel
    7
    K
    0
    2019
    Needham, MA
  • William Ford
    8
    RB/OLB
    0
    2020
    Hopkinton, MA
  • Connor Bertsch
    9
    K
    0
    2019
    West Roxbury, MA
  • Timothy Noone
    10
    WR/DB
    5'10"
    150
    2019
    Needham, MA
  • Michael Phelps
    12
    QB/S
    0
    2021
    Natick, MA
  • Joseph Sylvester
    14
    QB/WR/S
    0
    2022
    Hingham, MA
  • Edward Daniel
    15
    WR/DB
    0
    2020
    Wellesley, MA
  • William Seidl (captain)
    18
    QB/DB
    5'11"
    180
    2019
    Wellesley, MA
  • Joseph Lawler
    19
    WR/DB
    0
    2020
    Winchester, MA
  • Seamus Foley
    21
    TE/OLB
    0
    2021
    Braintree, MA
  • William Frisoli
    22
    RB/DB
    5'10"
    165
    2019
    Westwood, MA
  • Luke McKenzie
    24
    RB/OLB
    0
    2020
    Medfield, MA
  • Kristian Rosario
    25
    WR/DB
    0
    2020
    Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Jared Arevian
    29
    WR/OLB
    0
    2020
    Scituate, MA
  • Stepan Kapreilian
    31
    RB/DB
    0
    2019
    Boston, MA
  • Miguel Vega (captain)
    33
    TE/OLB
    0
    2019
    Newton, MA
  • Martin Morris
    34
    RB/LB
    0
    2020
    Norwell, MA
  • Michael Fotiades
    36
    RB/LB
    6'
    190
    2019
  • Zachary Salvatore
    37
    WR/DB
    5'10"
    160
    2019
    Westwood, MA
  • Nicholas Vallace
    38
    RB/LB
    0
    2021
    Wellesley, MA
  • Dylan Crandall
    40
    TE/DE
    0
    2020
    Raynham, MA
  • Andy-Tinh Duong
    42
    RB/LB
    0
    2020
    Dorchester, MA
  • Bryce Gallagher (captain)
    43
    RB/LB
    0
    '19
    Raynham, MA
  • John Farley
    44
    RB/LB
    5'11"
    170
    2019
    Walpole, MA
  • Matthew Behman
    48
    RB/LB
    6'
    190
    2019
    Wellesley, MA
  • Steven McCool
    50
    OL/DE
    0
    2019
    West Roxbury, MA
  • Stephen Jessup
    51
    OL/LB
    6'2"
    205
    2019
    Westwood, MA
  • Trevor Martin
    52
    OL/LB
    0
    2019
    Canton, MA
  • Scott Behman
    54
    OL/LB
    0
    2021
    Wellesley, MA
  • Matthew Connelly
    55
    OL/LB
    6'
    190
    2019
  • John Hodgson
    56
    OL/DE
    0
    2020
  • Ryan Mullen
    57
    OL/DL
    5'11"
    165
    2019
    Weston, MA
  • Cole Hanifin
    58
    OL/DE
    0
    2020
    Norwood, MA
  • Evan Nordby
    59
    OL/DL
    0
    '20
    Dover, MA
  • Aaron Pace
    66
    OL/DL
    0
    2021
    Boston, MA
  • Jack Gallagher
    67
    OL/DL
    0
    2019
    Wellesley, MA
  • David Jones
    70
    OL/DL
    0
    2021
    Wellesley, MA
  • Ryan Donovan
    71
    OL/DL
    0
    2022
    Westwood, MA
  • William McGovern
    72
    OL/DL
    0
    2020
    Holliston, MA
  • Thomas DeMatteo
    73
    OL/DL
    0
    2021
    Milton, MA
  • Christopher Mullen
    74
    OL/DL
    0
    2021
    Weston, MA
  • Mark Rice
    75
    OL/DL
    0
    2021
    Walpole, MA
  • Nathaniel Kocho
    78
    TE/DE
    0
    2019
    Needham, MA
  • Michael Van Flandern
    79
    OL/DL
    0
    2020
    Wellesley, MA
  • Louis Hansen
    81
    WR/OLB
    0
    '21
    Dover, MA
  • Thomas McCarthy
    83
    WR/DB
    0
    2020
    West Newton, MA
  • Alex Cherry
    84
    WR/DB
    6'3"
    200
    2019
    Norwood, MA
  • Emmanuel Messele
    85
    WR/DB
    0
    2019
    Boston, MA

Coach Info

Coaches

  • Head Football Coach

Scores

Scores and Recap

vs.
Milton Academy
Away
Milton Academy
Win 21-0
vs.
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols
Home
St. Sebastian's
Win 23-3

vs.
Governor's Academy
Away
Governor's Academy
Win 35-14
vs.
Lawrence Academy
Away
Lawrence Academy
Win 42-13

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vs.
Brooks
Away
Brooks
Win 37-6

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vs.
Belmont Hill
Home
St. Sebastian's
Loss 17-21
Taft, Todd Marble Bowl
Home
St. Sebastian's
Loss 34-35