House Football Concludes 126th Season
Sports / / November 11, 2017
Last Thursday marked the end of House Football’s 126th season. This year brought a lot of excitement in a shortened season, with teams battling for the pride of their respective houses. In the end, Cleve House prevailed as champions, followed by Woodhull, Dickinson/Griswold, Kennedy, and Hamill.
Cleve was one of the stronger teams in the league from the start of the year, and it utilized a talented group of players and strong coaching to finish 4-0. This season was Cleve’s first house championship since 2012 and first undefeated season since 2011. Cleve dominated the competition on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, winning each game by at least three touchdowns. Quarterback Kaleb Mucius ’19 was forthright in his remarks about the season. “The boys took care of business,” he said.
Woodhull, returning to Green Field as defending house champion, had another impressive season this year, something that seems almost normal nowadays. Aside from the sole loss to Cleve, Woodhull overpowered its opponents. Led by a big-play offense and stifling defense, the House finished 3-1 and cruised past Dickinson/Griswold to win the Muffler for the second straight year.
The combined team of Dickinson and Griswold packed a devastating combination of the talented Griswold players and great Dickinson coach. After starting off the season 2-0 with dominating wins over Hamill and Kennedy, injuries limited the team’s success, and the House lost its next two games, including a heartbreaker against Woodhull in the Muffler game. However, III Formers were a big part of this team, so there are good signs for both Dickinson and Griswold next year.
Kennedy experienced a slow start, losing badly to Cleve in week one. Although the team improved vastly over the course of the season, it was unable to make it to the win column. Finally putting all of the pieces together, Kennedy was able to shut out Hamill 31-0 to win the Crutch for the second straight year, finishing with a record of 1-3.
Hamill struck a rebuilding phase after going undefeated two years ago, and was unable to pull out a win for the second straight season. However, Hamill played hard throughout the season and has set itself up for success next year.
Commissioner of House Football Regan Kerney H'49 '95 '98 '03 '11 was impressed with how the season unfolded this year.
“The season was characterized by an abundance of house spirit and friendly competition,” Kerney said, “Cleve House emerged as the dominant power under rookie Coach Etienne Bilodeau, who guided his players into a perfect season. The merger of Dickinson and Griswold into a single unit went smoothly, thanks to the good work of Coaches Kane and Von Wachenfeldt. All the players did a magnificent job of working hard and playing harder, and as usual, there really were no losers. The tradition continues.”