Prep School Football: Hamden Hall selected for bowl game

T.J. Linta throws a pass for Hamden Hall in its victory over Hopkins. The Hornets were selected to paly in their first bowl game. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

T.J. Linta throws a pass for Hamden Hall in its victory over Hopkins. The Hornets were selected to paly in their first bowl game. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

The Hamden Hall football team has been selected to represent the Fairchester League in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Fleming Bowl on Saturday.

Hamden Hall (6-2) will play Governor’s Academy (7-1)  at 1 p.m. in Marion, Mass. It is the Hornets’ first bowl appearance.

Hamden Hall clinched the invite and the Fairchester co-championship with a 42-23 win over rival Hopkins on Saturday.


  1. Boss Man says

    Is this what they consider a BCS bowl game or the Stop Shop Fruit Cup Bowl?? I’m just curious. How come they won’t play Salisbuy or Suffield academy?

    • Bud says

      Are you at all familiar with New England prep football? First, Hamden Hall and nearby rival Hopkins are members of the Fairchester League. Suffield is in the Colonial League and Salisbury in the Erikson League. Each league has its own schedule with very few open dates. Even when there are openings, it is difficult to fill spots because of the distance for travel, unlike the greater New Haven and Shoreline leagues. In addition, with Hamden Hall being a Class D size school, virtually the smallest school in CT to play football, teams like Suffield and Salisbury, who are in the higher Class B division, would not likely schedule a smaller school (especially if it lost and thus lost power ranking points.) But as it is, Governor’s Academy is from the same Class B as Suffield and Salisbury – two class levels ahead of HH, yet the tournament committee felt it would be a great match up. Regardless of outcome, questioning whether this game is a fruit cup sounds like sour grapes.

      • Boss Man says

        So wat your saying is they will play with teams in that same class of D. I’m not familiar with the preps that’s why I asked if this was a big bowl game or a game just to be played. Would they ever play those teams? I know they play regular high school teams but why not the other CT prep schools?

        • Bud says

          The fruit cup comment sounded like a diss, hence the ‘sour grapes’. So yes, HH tries to play other Class D schools but there aren’t enough nearby, so our league is a mix of D, C, & B. Hamden Hall has been able to schedule a few public schools but it is rare because private preps aren’t members of CIAC. Hope that helps clear it up. Final notes day schools don;t use post grads like boarding schools, and really don’t fit the stereotyped profile of being elitist rich kids. Some real good ball played in all sports.

    • says

      Boss Man,

      Because Hamden Hall is in the C division, and those are A division teams. Also, if I’m not mistaken those schools play in leagues that include post graduates…. Hamden Hall and the Fairchester League do not.

  2. Football King says

    This game will be a blowout! Hamden Hall was losing 34-6 at halftime to Rye Country Day, and continued to get romped in the second half! If Rye Country Day’s best player hadn’t gone down with an injury against hamden, followed shortly after with their best lineman going down, they’d be playing Governors. Rye would still probably lose to a team of Governors caliber, but Hamden will get blown out badly.

    • Bud says

      Rye was blown out themselves last week by Kingswood, who only had one loss, a blowout by…wait for it… Hamden Hall. So it just shows that on “any given day”…

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