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Football – Varsity

In order to be successful the knights will fall back on their core principles: Accountability: We will be accountable to our school, our community, and most importantly to each other. Tough: Knight football players will be mentally and physically tough. Hardworking: We will always work hard, there is absolutely no substitute for putting in the work!

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6x NEPSAC Bowl Champions (6 out of the last 7 years)
  • All ISL Honors: Bo MacCormack ’25, Brett Elliot ’24, Brian Brennan ’24, Isaiah Kacyvenski ’23, Leo Sarzana ’23
  • 3x ISL Champions
  • ISL Honorable Mentions: Isaiah Ohuabunwa ’23, Jake Berglund ’23, Henry Machnik ’24
  • Over 100 alumni in college programs
  • Results
  • Coaches
Date Opponent Location Result Score
9/2/23 @ Waltham High School Waltham High School
9/9/23 vs. Phillips Exeter Academy Home
9/15/23 @ Choate Rosemary Hall Choate Rosemary Hall
9/22/23 vs. Milton Academy Home Win 35-21
9/30/23 @ Thayer Academy Thayer Academy Win 34-6
10/7/23 @ Governor’s Academy Governor's Academy Win 43-27
10/14/23 vs. Williston Northampton School Home Loss 49-64
10/21/23 vs. Noble & Greenough School Home Win 35-12
10/28/23 @ Belmont Hill School Belmont Hill School Loss 28-42
11/3/23 vs. St. Sebastian’s School Home Win 38-7
11/18/23 @ Tournament Tabor Academy Win 63-43

Mike Willey

Coach Willey (@Coach_Willey_FB) has coached at BB&N since 2008. His coaching career began in 2002 at his alma mater Dover-Sherborn HS. In 2008 Willey joined the BB&N staff, coaching OLine for the undefeated ISL/New England Championship Knights. Willey held various roles including OLine, Linebackers, Run Game Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, and Associate Head Coach before being promoted to Head Coach in 2013-14. Willey’s Knights have a 57-23 record and secured the second and third ISL titles (2016, 2018) in school history, plus 6 Bowl appearances between 2016 and 2023. He was head coach of the North Team in the Mass Shriners game in 2017. Hailed for his track record of developing players and readying them for college programs, he has coached players who have gone on to thrive at programs such as Stanford, Michigan, Harvard, Clemson, Northwestern, Penn, Columbia, Cornell, and every NESCAC school. Willey teaches Physics and Engineering at BB&N. His coaching style is fast paced, enthusiastic, and fun, and adheres to the principles of Accountability, Mental & Physical Toughness, and the Will to Work Hard. Willey was a 4-year offensive-line starter for Tufts and captained the 2001 team that set the overall individuals rushing record. He captained Team USA (Division 3), which won the 2001 Aztec Bowl. Willey also played professionally in the arena league. Student-athletes seeking a high level of academics and athletics can contact Coach Willey at mwilley@bbns.org or 508-740-4505.

Tim Fledderjohn

Coach
Tim Fledderjohn will serve as the defensive coordinator as well as working with the defensive secondary for the 2019 season. He has spent the last five seasons working with the Offensive Line. He has also served as the Run Game Coordinator for the Knights in the past. Coach Fledderjohn has coached with BB&N since 2013 after stints at Springfield College, Maine Maritime, and Dover-Sherborn High School. Coach Fledderjohn played Tight End for Springfield College, where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees.

Alan Paquette

Coach
Coach Paquette is entering his 7th season as an Assistant Football Coach at BB&N. He is current duties include coaching Defensive Ends, Tight Ends, Punters, Holders and Kickers. Paquette coached college football for 18 years. University of Maine: Running Backs; State University of New York at Albany: Tight Ends/Receivers; Edinboro University: Outside Linebackers; Colby College: Tight Ends/Receivers William Paterson College: Defensive Coordinator Boston College: Defensive Backs, Tight Ends, Special Teams Coordinator; Harvard Universit: Linebackers; Northeastern University: Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator. Coach Paquette graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Business Administration. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Boston College.

Howie Rock

Coach
Howie Rock is the Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receiver’s Coach for the BB&N Varsity Football team and has been with the team since 2014. He is also an Assistant Coach for the BB&N 3rd’s Basketball team and an Assistant Coach for Waltham High School’s JV baseball team. Coach Rock received his Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University, where he played cornerback and also handled the kicking and punting duties. Coach Rock obtained his law degree from Suffolk University.

Eric Olson

Davidson Barthelmy

Bill Samko

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PJ Bandini

Coach

Mamadou Bah

Augie Lin

Brett Holmes

Program Overview

BB&N’s football program has been one of the most successful football programs in New England in recent years. Since 2007, the Knights have gone to 9 and won 6 NEPSAC Bowl Championships (including 6 in the last 7 years) and 3 ISL Championship in 2009, 2016. and 2018. Over that time, the Knights have sent over 100 players on to college programs, ranging from D1 to D3. Colleges such as Stanford, Boston College, Wake Forest, Columbia, Duke, Northwestern, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Penn, Brown, Harvard, Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, Tufts and Bentley have welcomed former Knights to their programs. The combination of an outstanding education and high level athletics has made BB&N one of the top IVY, NESCAC, and High Academic D1 FBS feeder schools in the country.   

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If you are a student-athlete who has interest in attending BB&N and playing football, please feel free to contact Head Football Coach, Mike Willey, at mwilley@bbns.org.

2023 Season Preview
The Knights are fired up to attack their very challenging 2023 schedule. Once again the Knights will be tested every week competing against the very best in New England week in and week out. In order to be successful, the Knights will fall back on their core principles: Accountability: We will be accountable to our school, our community, and most importantly to each other. Tough: Knight football players will be mentally and physically tough. Hardworking: We will always work hard, there is absolutely no substitute for putting in the work! 2023’s team will be led by the Seniors, as always with the Knights Football Program. The Defense will look to DOMINATE and will be led by 2 captains and linebackers Jack Kelley and Tyler Blum. It will be tough sledding with these two running sideline to sideline. The Dline is Deep and experienced and features 3 tough as nails seniors: >Kastriot Panariti (KP), Max Van Tassell, and Nic Matosic. In the secondary Kevin Winschel and Baron Langston look to step into starting roles. On offense, Captain Henry Machnik will direct the team from his QB position, a true duel threat. Captain Brian Brennan will anchor and lead the offensive line that will feature classmate Jimmy Marini. One of Henry’s favorite targets will certainly be Captain Brett Elliott. This versatile tight end will look to make big plays in the run and pass game! David Driscoll and Henry Rome look to become reliable receiving options from the wide receiver position.

The Junior Class is small in number but big on talent! All everything running back Bo MacCormack with certainly draw the attention of all opponents’ defenses. He will look to follow up his sensational sophomore year and has the added responsibility of being a Captain. Safety AJ Azuakolam looks to become one of the best around and Nate Bodden will return as a starter on the offensive line. Linebackers Carter Shaw and Alex Levitt look to break into the starting line up and lineman Phil Ellis will also push to get on the field consistently.

Returning starters and Sophomores, Sam Kelley and Vince Snoonian look to bring their play to the all-league level and will both be offensive weapons at the full back and wide receiver positions respectively. Snoonian will also handle the kicking and punting duties. Classmate Timmy Church will return as a starter on the Offensive line and has had a great offseason. Speaking of great offseasons, Ellis Barnes is looking to have a breakout season at DB. Newcomer Ethan Ortega looks to be a shutdown corner and tough dude Leo Albee will certainly contribute. New QB Damon Taylor can really throw the football and certainly has made noise in the offseason.

Freshman Liam Cunningham will return to start at center, a spot he locked down last year. Classmates Colin Hoffman, Dante Snoonian, Drini Panariti, and Andrew Knapp look varsity ready. Eighth Graders Owen Desalvo, Xzavier Chafin, and Colton Fischer will all be up with the Varsity.

2022 Season Recap

The 2022 football season is one to be remembered. Our Varsity Program posted a winning record, the 18th straight without a losing record. The Knights competed in the very tough group of 7 within the ISL in which they posted a 4-2 record. The Knights also squared off against out of league NEPSAC opponents. The Knights were led by the seniors: Jay, Isaiah, Jake, Ronan, Tommy, Finlay, Leo, Jake, Tyler, Isaiah and Christian. Highlights included beating a strong Nobles team where Tommy really stepped up, shutting out a Belmont Hill team on our new turf. Then facing St. Sebs and LA, both of which were sitting at the top of the league. The Knights beat Sebs by a point in a wild game on a Friday afternoon where the special teams really stepped up. Then running over the top ranked LA team where the passion for knights football was on full display. This resume was strong enough to qualify them for a Bowl game, the 9th in the last 17 years and 5th in the last 6 seasons. This group gave it everything they had and should be proud of their efforts, they are knights for life!

2021 Season Recap

The 2021 Football season was a very successful one. Our Varsity Program posted a 7-1 record, the 17th straight without a losing record while competing in the very tough group of 6 within the ISL. This is good enough for 2nd place. These Knights had plenty of success highlighted by a huge win over Governors in our opener, a decisive win over rival Belmont Hill on our home turf and a come from behind win over St. Sebs under their lights! But I thought the real highlight was at practice the Monday after Milton when our team, led by our seniors reacted so strongly in the face of adversity. Those seniors really displayed our core values of Accountability, Hard work and certainly mental and physical toughness. How they reacted propelled us to a dominating win over a 6-1 at the time LA team and earned us a Bowl game, our 8th in the last 16 years. We are proud of this group and they have certainly left their mark. Our seniors will graduate but never stop being a part of the BB&N Football Family! We are so proud of this group and know they will go on to great things in the future!

2019 recap:

The 2019 Football season was a very successful one. Earning a record of 6-3 in the very competitive ISL group of 6 is solid, and good enough for 3rd place in the ISL. This marks the 16th straight season without a losing record. Including a nice season ending win over Avalon (Maryland).  More important than the wins and losses, this team grew. They played their very best football in the last game and demonstrated our core values throughout that game and the events leading up to the game. They showed great mental and physical toughness, they held each other accountable, and they certainly worked hard. I am proud of this group and they have certainly left their mark. Our seniors will graduate but never stop being a part of the BB&N Football Family! We Wish them the very best. 

2018 Recap

2018 was a historic year for the Knights football team, for the third time in history, and the second time in three years, the Knights have won both the ISL championship and the New England Championship. The Knights finished with an impressive 8-1 record which was capped off with and definitive 21-0 shutout win in the class A Kevin Driscoll Bowl against a very strong Avon Old Farms team. The knights have been to back to back to back New England championship games, the 7th in the last 14 years This year also marked the 15th straight season without a losing record, no easy task in the ISL group of 7. More important than the win loss records and the championships, this group of young men lived by our core principles. Accountable, Hard-Working, and Mentally and Physically Tough is what defined this group of young men. Led by the group of 12 seniors these student athletes are prepared for life well beyond the playing fields and our community is nothing but proud of them. The seniors will once again matriculate to some of the very best colleges and universities in the world and many will continue to play the game they love.

The Knightly News 2023

Bo MacCormack turns in a performance for the ages

BB&N’s Bo MacCormack runs for 441 yards, 8 TDs to power Players of the Week

Henry Machnik: Herald Star of Week 9

Bo MacCormack, BB&N roll over host Lawrence Academy

Bo MacCormack, BB&N bowl over Lawrence Academy in ISL regular season finale

MacCormack Nabs Globe Star Player of the Week Honor for St. Sebastian’s Win

Bo named Herald Star of the Week for a 4th Time

Machnik Earns Herald Star of the Week vs. Nobles

MacCormack Earns 2nd Consecutive Herald Star of the Week

Bo MacCormack Earns Globe Star of the Week for Week 3

Bo MacCormack Racks Up Herald Star of the Week

BB&N runs past Governor’s

College Football: North Andover’s Zak Zinter (’20) leads No. 2 Michigan up front while flying up NFL draft boards

Bo MacCormack leads BB&N to decisive victory with three touchdowns and 182 rushing yards

Bo MacCormack’s running erases penalty problems, hands BB&N big ISL win over Thayer

2023 William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalists (incl. Justin Albee ’19 and Zak Zinter ’20)

“Next In Line”: Patriot Matt Judon visits Grove Street to watch BB&N play Milton Academy

MacCormack’s 196 yards leads BB&N past Milton Academy

BB&N’s Bo MacCormack had the right stuff to spoil Milton Academy coach Mike Mason’s debut

BB&N back MacCormack ‘obviously special’

The Knightly News 2022

Bo and Kaz earn stars of the week

BB&N turns it around

Leo Sarzana Herald star of the week

Jack Kelley leads BB&N to victory over Nobles

BB&N hold of Nobles to Victory

Tommy Berentes Star of the Week

Bo Maccormack earns star of the week

Bo Maccormack star of the week

Bo leads BB&N Win over Thayer

Maccormack, BB&N run over Thayer

BB&N senior Ronan Hanafin catching on

The Knightly News 2021

4 knights earn Herald All Scholastics

Martin and Ciaffoni are honored with all state “Super 26” selection

Herald piece on Martin

Martin earns globe all- scholastic

Bo Maccormack earns star of the week status for 3rd time

Tom Porell wins star of the week

BB&N Special Teams Fuel Rout of Nobles

Freshman RB lifts BB&N past Governor’s Academy

BBN lifts powerful performance over Governors

Bo Maccormack star of the week

The Knightly News 2019

Michael Diplacido Earns Star of the Week!

The Knightly News 2018

Symonds signs with Stanford

Zack McLeod and Inspirational Knight

BB&N 2019 ISL and NEW ENGLAND CHAMPS

Herald Player of the Week

BB&N Takes Down Milton

Globe Player of the Week

Zachary Cyr helps Buckingham Browne and Nichols ground out Belmont Hill

Buckingham Browne & Nichols grinds out win over Belmont Hill

Stars of the Week

BB&N Rolls Over LA

BB&N Runs Wild Against LA

Star of week, Zack Cyr

Big Time Colleges look to ISL for Football Talent

How the Eastern Mass. Prep Football teams stack up for 2018

ISL Players to Watch

ISL Preview

8 Named To The Preseason All ISL First Team

Michigan Offers BB&N 8th Grade Football Player

Zinter Piles up Offers