Blackhawks Teamwork Results in TVL Small Division Championship WinApr 29, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Bellingham quarterback Gavin Elder (14) threw two touchdown passes and shredded Medway’s defense. Photo by LeighAnne Pendlebury
written by Ken Hamwey, Contributing Writer
As reported in the May print edition, Coach Dan Haddad’s Blackhawks finished their season undefeated and clinched the Tri Valley League’s Small Division title by dominating Medway, 36-0. Following are abbreviated bios of the players who helped the Blackhawks roll to an undefeated 5-0 record and the TVL Small Division championship. (The comments are from head coach Dan Haddad.)
GAVIN ELDER (quarterback/safety) — The junior signal-caller displayed determination and passion, and his prime assets are accuracy as a passer and outstanding field awareness. Defensively, Elder, who’s a captain, is our QB in the secondary. He’s an intelligent safety who’s a good hitter and tackler.
BLAKE SIMPSON (running back/linebacker) — A senior, he’s a punishing runner. After one move, he goes downhill and dares opponents to tackle him. He’s in Zach Levy’s class. On defense, he’s a great downhill linebacker whose lateral movement is good. A solid tackler who has great field vision, he’ll meet you at the line.
TYLER WARREN (receiver/rover back) — A senior wideout, he’s a tremendous athlete and one of the team’s hardest workers. He has good hands, has deceptive speed and runs good routes. On defense, he plays the rover back position very effectively. He’s great on pass coverage, getting into the backfield quickly.
CHRIS DOMERCANT (receiver/safety) — A captain and a great leader, he’s an unselfish player who possesses incredible speed. Often drawing double and triple teams, his hands are strong and his vertical jump is excellent. At safety, he helps the defense click. A senior, he’s outstanding on pass coverage and one of our leading tacklers.
AKEEM WYNN (receiver/cornerback) — A senior, who’s a superb high jumper in track, he has deceptive speed and his leaping ability is off the charts. An excellent cover corner, he’s athletic and fast and uses his hands effectively on defense.
BRADY FEOLA (tight end/linebacker) — A senior captain who’s a punishing blocker, he’s physical, has strong hands and is able to gain yardage after a catch. A bruising linebacker, he strives to tackle his opponent in the backfield. He’s our hardest hitter on defense.
ANDREW COCHRANE — (receiver/linebacker) — A solid route runner, the senior has an incredible work ethic. What sets him apart is his willingness to do the dirty work.
DAVID ROY (two-way tackle) — A senior captain who covered the QB’s blindside, he’s physical and well-skilled. Effective as a run and pass blocker, he’s also outstanding on defense, relying on technical skills when applying pressure on opposing offensive linemen.
ANDREW KEELER (two-way tackle) — A 6-foot-2 massive offensive lineman, he moves opposing defenders with ease. A consistent run-and-pass blocker, he’s physical and skilled. On defense, his size makes it difficult for opponents to move him.
MARK IMPARATO (guard/defensive end) — A junior, he’s quick and his physical style makes him incredibly tough at guard. At defensive end, he’s fast off the edge, hits hard and is physically and mentally tough.
NATE IRELAND (guard) — A senior, he’s a bit undersized for an offensive lineman, but his quickness and physical style enable him to handle hard-rushing defensive linemen.
JORDAN LaVALLEY (center) — A senior, he’s the commander of the offensive line. Extremely smart, he’s very physical, driving his opponent until the whistle blows.
IAN DUTREMBLE (defensive end) — A senior who’s utilized mostly on defense, he can also play tackle on offense. Fast off the edge on defense, he’s a hard-hitter who relies on physical and mental toughness.
TOM HAMMANN (linebacker) — A senior, he’s fast, usually turning in plays in our opponents’ backfield. He plays a key role on blitzing schemes.
MICHAEL SPERA (quarterback/cornerback) — Only a sophomore, he starts at cornerback and is the reserve QB. A smart and dependable competitor, he works hard and is effective on one-on-one coverage.
SEAN EDWARDS (special teams) — A junior, he works hard on field-goals and kickoffs. He’s accurate and usually stays after practice to work on his craft.
STEVEN CRUMMETT (special teams) — A sophomore punter, he loves to kick. His work ethic is strong, and he’s often the last to leave practice. He’s the back-up field-goal kicker.
ANTHONY GALINDO (running back/cornerback) — A captain and capable two-way player, he unfortunately was injured on the first day of practice. A torn Achilles tendon ended his season, but he provided lots of support during the season.
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Blake Simpson (20) gets excellent blocking from Mark Imparato, left, and Jordan LaValley, right, and is off and running. He scored two touchdowns and had a pair of two-point conversions. Photo by LeighAnne Pendlebury
The trio, (L-R) Tyler Warren, Gavin Elder and Blake Simpson, combined for 37 of the 43 points scored against Dover-Sherborn, giving Bellingham plenty of momentum enroute to the TVL Small Division championship. In the clinching game against Medway, the trio scored 30 of the Blackhawks’ 36 points.
Bellingham High football coaches (L-R): Dan Haddad Jr., Chris Haddad, head coach Dan Haddad, Patrick McGovern, and Derek Fernandes. Missing are John Imparato and Jamie Dutremble. Photo by LeighAnne Pendlebury
Bellingham High’s football team celebrates victory over Medway that led to the Tri Valley League Small Division championship. Photo by LeighAnne Pendlebury