Last Season: Head Coach Pat Foley and the Brooks School football team had a very good 2016 season going 7-2 with their only blemishes being a 34-19 road loss at Milton Academy and a 38-13 playoff loss to undefeated Connecticut powerhouse Hamden Hall Country Day School. In ISL play the Bishops had very impressive victories over Lawrence Academy and Governor’s Academy and in those two wins the Brooks defense gave up a grand total of only nine points. Look for another strong year for Brooks in 2017 with a less difficult league schedule than last season.
Last Season Record: 7-2
ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 2
2017 Schedule – Key Games: (7) Governor’s Academy (9/23/17) – An early ISL test for Brooks as they only beat Governor’s by a score of 13-9 late last season. @ (6) St. Sebastian’s School (10/28/17) – A road test against what should be a solid St. Sebastian’s team led by Bryce Gallagher on defense. (8) BB&N (11/11/17) – A November game against a BB&N team that should have their offense playing at a high level by the end of the season as they transition to a new quarterback this year.
2017 – Full Schedule – @ Roxbury Latin (9/16/17), (7) Governor’s Academy (9/23/17), @ (9) St. George’s (10/7/17), Thayer Academy (10/14/17), Middlesex (10/21/17), @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (10/28/17), Rivers (11/4/17), (8) BB&N (11/11/17)
Key Returning Players – Offense: Patrick Freiermuth (TE), Seamus Lambert (QB), Preston Santos (WR), Terrell Brown (WR), Justin Connolly (WR), Jaylen Cromwell (RB)
Key Returning Players – Defense: Patrick Freiermuth (OLB), Jaylen Cromwell (DB), Terrell Brown (SS), Preston Santos (FS), Connor Breen (CB)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Jaylen Cromwell (KR/Gunner)
Breakout Player To Watch – Look for senior quarterback Seamus Lambert to have a big year throwing to very talented playmakers including 6’6″ Patrick Freiermuth, 6’5″ Preston Santos and 6’2″ Terrell Brown. The 6’0″ and 185 pound Lambert should help lead Brooks to a very successful 2017 season.
Biggest Team Strength – A talented senior class led by Penn St. bound tight end Pat Freiermuth and quarterback Seamus Lambert should provide the necessary leadership for this team and a manageable schedule should set them up very nicely for the playoffs come November. The Bishops defensive backfield should be a strength on defense.
Biggest Team Weakness – The Brooks offense had trouble scoring points against the top ISL teams last year as they lost to Milton Academy and won low scoring games over Lawrence Academy and Governor’s Academy. Key two way lineman Owen Rosenberger has also graduated and will be playing football at Colgate this fall.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: The Brooks School football team is loaded up with a lot of senior playmakers and they have a favorable schedule that misses many of the top ranked ISL teams heading into this season. Look for the early September 23rd game against Governor’s Academy to be a good test as to how far this Brooks team can go in 2017 and it is very likely they will find themselves back in the playoffs once again this November.