An Outstanding Season for SHS Football
The Seekonk High School football team had an outstanding year in 2016. With an (8-3) record, the warriors produced their best record in more than 6 years. Led by Head coach and offensive coordinator, Vernon Crawford, the Warriors averaged over 27 points per game and 400 yards of offense. While the defense, led by Assistand Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Matt Brown, forced 48 turnovers in 11 games. An opportunistic and aggressive defense, along with the prolific offense led by senior captains Matt Heaney, Dan Loiselle, and Ryan Lamoureux looked to turn the corner for the Seekonk program.
The very first game of the year, the Warriors quickly put away Greater New Bedford Voke up 35-0 at halftime and eventually finishing the game with a 41-6 victory behind Terry Smith’s 80% completion day and over 350 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. Brian Dias set the tone with 3 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries. With great individual efforts from all the seniors, including, Scott Cinq Mars, Brian Silva, Devynn Slaughter, Nate Ferrick, Isaac Elkhoury, and Isaac Fernandes, the warriors kept marching ahead and eventually into the MIAA playoffs.
On a forced fumble by Sophomore Adam Horowitzc on the first play of over time in the opening round of the MIAA playoffs, the Warriors needed just 3 plays to find their way to the endzone in a victory of South Coast Conference foe Case. The second round of the playoffs, the Warriors shipped off to Nantucket, where they would take down the number 1 overall seed again in overtime, behind a Shane Smith Interception in overtime. This came after a 10 yard TD pass from Terry Smith to Heaney to open the overtime period. The Warriors then would head to Mashpee where they fell to the eventual super bowl champions.
The season came to an end when Seekonk defeated longtime rival Dighton-Rehoboth in overtime for the first time in 6 years. Justin Coelho led all defenders with 16 tackles and (4) tackles for loss. The team came back twice from two 14 point deficits to tie the game with only 40 seconds remaining. From there the warriors would score once again on the opening play of overtime with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Smith to Elkhoury. It was then DR’s turn to try to punch the ball in, with a huge first down tackle for loss by senior captains Dan Loiselle and Ryan Lamoureux, the falcons went to the air on second and goal from the 12 yard line. Senior Nate Ferrick would end DR’s thanksgiving streak at 6, with an interception to complete the Warriors stellar season.