Field hockey, football night games unite KO community under the lights

Sports

By Conor Caneday ’20, Teddy Crowther ’22, Nick Traver ’20. 

On Friday, Nov. 8, Kingswood Oxford hosted their second series of night games, featuring the field hockey and football teams. Field hockey faced off against Suffield Academy and the football team played host to Hamden Hall. These games were a spectacle because these were the second set of night games in most students’ time at KO. But it was extra special for the seniors of both competing teams, as they celebrated Senior Days with not only their families and close friends, but the entire KO community.

Varsity field hockey Head Coach Nicole Blake believed the atmosphere motivated the team to perform better during that game. “This team has worked hard all season to end with a good record, and they deserve to have fans cheering their hard work on,” she said. The field hockey team started off the game strong, not giving their opponent a chance to score. The defense locked down Suffield for the first quarter. Coupled with the hard work by the offense, the Wyverns looked like they were going to dominate. Sadly, the Wyverns let in a goal, making it 1-0.

The Wyverns continued to play their hearts out, trying to get something going. During a strong offensive drive, sophomore right wing Katherine Doar hit a powerful shot that the opponent couldn’t stop. Doar tied up the game at 1-1. The second half started out similar to the first, with both teams in a stalemate. The Wyverns were taking shots left and right, trying to take the lead. However, Suffield quickly scored, making it 2-1. This didn’t stop the Wyverns, as they continued to play their hearts out. Sadly, the Wyverns couldn’t come back. “Even though we were down for most of the game, we continued to work” junior center back and Co-captain Keegan McMahon said.

Although the team came up short, Doar believed that the team did many things right. “We played well. We had really good shots on goal, but their defense was really good so it was hard to get past them,” she said. The field hockey team ended their season with a record of 12-4.

Following field hockey, football came out to play a long awaited matchup against Hamden Hall. The game started off with a hard drive by their opponent. The Wyverns went down 8-0. As the game continued, the Wyverns put together some amazing drives. Junior running back Justin Edwards did an amazing job running as well as blocking. Senior quarterback and Co-captain Sam Capodice threw a stellar game, with multiple passing touchdowns as well as many nice runs out of the pocket. Many of these touchdowns were to junior wide receiver Nate Capodice, who has multiple receptions as well as some hard runs. N. Capodice finished off the game with four touchdowns.

As for the defense, N. Capodice was also a solid contributor. With many outstanding tackles as well as a pick, N. Capodice played one of his best games of the season. Junior linebacker Sam Smith also had an amazing game, with a sack and many tackles for a loss. Finally, junior cornerback Mike Demio locked down his opponent in the passing game put pressure on the quarterback. Sadly, this was not enough for KO to pull out the win, losing 42-27. The Wyverns ended their season at 3-5.

“It was a different atmosphere,” varsity football Head Coach James Wells said. “The guys definitely play hard when all these things come into play.”

These night games are mainly about bringing the KO community together. From throwing baby powder in the air to senior Ben Iozzo and junior Kyle Frankel flirting with hypothermia, these games allow all of us to see our classmates outside of the classroom.