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Westwood kids are flag football champs

Front row, left to right: Sean Hickey, Connor Murphy, Braden Briller, Jackson Kelleher, Fin O’Neil, James Pallotta, Jack Harrington, Nick Button, Drew McGowan, and Jack Shevory. Back row, left to right: Kenji French and Anthony Moses. Coaches: John Hickey (left) and Jim Moses (right).

The Cowboys of Westwood captured the Bay State Flag Football Super Bowl (Grade 2-3) at Xaverian Brothers High on Sunday, Nov. 8, doubling up the Colts, 12-6.

With the hard-earned victory, the Cowboys (6-1-1) avenged a Super Bowl loss two years ago, finally breaking through with a core group of players who’ve been playing together since Kindergarten under the tutelage of coaches John Hickey and Jim Moses.

“Our team played hard, practiced hard and cheered each other on throughout the entire season,” said Moses. “The Super Bowl was a culmination of how the boys played all year. Every player contributed and they should be proud of themselves. It was such a pleasure to coach this group of boys.”

With just minutes left in the game, the Cowboys took the lead on a touchdown pass from Anthony Moses to Kenji French, who juked some Colts defenders for some critical yards after the catch, plunging into the end zone to break the tie. French was named game MVP. Jack Shevory scored the other touchdown for the ‘Boys. 

Other contributions on both offense and defense came from Braden Briller, Nick Button, Jack Harrington, Sean Hickey, Jackson Kelleher, Drew McGowan, Connor Murphy, Finn O’Neil, and James Pallotta.

“Coach Moses and I were incredibly fortunate to coach a group of such talented players with amazingly positive attitudes,” said John Hickey. “Most of these kids have played together for 3-4 years, so to see them win the Super Bowl is especially sweet.”

Coach Moses and Coach Hickey also thanked Bay State Flag Football League Commissioner George Nedder, who recently announced that he will be turning over the program reins to a new commissioner. 

“I want to truly thank George and his wife Debbie for making this season happen,” Moses said. “We know how difficult it was to pull this off with all the new restrictions. We’re all extremely grateful for their extraordinary effort and dedication. We’ll miss them both; the league won’t be the same without their leadership.”

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