After nearly a two-year hiatus, Kingswood Oxford varsity football played their first game of the 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 25. The Wyverns were on the road against the Pingree School, and unfortunately surrendered the win 40-6 to the Highlanders, with the sole touchdown of the day for the Wyverns coming from junior halfback Chase Fountain.
This year’s senior co-captains are quarterback Chase Aston and left tackle Jared Cotte. Despite a touch first loss, Aston strongly believes the team has high potential this season.
“A lot of our team is inexperienced at the varsity level, so it will take some time for us to adjust the tough competition we will see most weeks,” Aston said. “However, with that being said, I really believe we have the potential to be a great and competitive team this fall.”
Head Coach J.B. Wells also highlighted the team’s most important takeaways from their first loss. “Overall, we need to get more guys involved,” Coach Wells said. “We have some good young players who need to gain valuable experience that will pay off down the road this season and in the future.” Coach Wells also emphasized the importance of lining up correctly and consistently, and executing designed plays in a better fashion.
Some of the squad’s strengths this season include the talented skills players use, as well as having Aston at quarterback, who Coach Wells praised as a great player and an even better leader.
Cotte believes that one of the biggest keys to success this season on the team will be staying positive on and off the field as well as continuing to support each other every play.
“By staying positive each game no matter the opponent or circumstances, that will help open the door for success the rest of the season,” Cotte said. He also emphasized the importance of giving it their all every play and leaving everything on the field.
Coach Wells stressed that one of the weak points the team has is the offensive line, but he is confident that they will improve as the season progresses. “We are inexperienced in the offensive line which is something we need to really work on,” Coach Wells said. “However, they are enthusiastic and that is a good thing. Finding the right schemes for those guys to be successful in and build confidence is key.”
This coming Saturday, Oct. 9, the Wyverns head to Stamford to face off against the King School. Their next home game is on Hewett Day, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., against Dexter Southfield School.