NEEDHAM — At St. Sebastian’s for Sunday’s A Shot For Life Bowl, the group’s first soccer occasion, it was chilly, and it was moist. But it was additionally enjoyable.
Lots, and many enjoyable.
That was the primary takeaway for each occasion organizers and gamers who took half within the four-team 7-on-7 match. Sure, the climate was wet, however the competitors was a blast, and the occasion was a hit.
All instructed, $47,000 was raised for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center.
“It’s super fun,” A Shot For Life CEO Mike Slonina mentioned. “All of our players are building off of what our players did before them. If basketball wasn’t successful, we can’t do baseball. If baseball wasn’t successful, we can’t do soccer. If that’s not successful, we can’t do football. These guys, what they’re doing here today is going to live on for a very long time. Half these guys will be back. All underclassmen are welcome back. So it’s a roster. So a number of these kids will be here the next year, as well. They’re doing a really powerful and special thing, and we love them.”
Barrett Pratt, a Catholic Memorial alum who’s now a quarterbacks scholar assistant at West Virginia, put that roster collectively, and it was a proficient one. It included standouts from each the MIAA and NEPSAC.
“It’s really nice to see,” Pratt mentioned. “It was a really long process, started almost a year ago. Started talking to guys last June. Started getting going in the summer. Then, over the past few months, got it all together. It’s really rewarding, nice to see. They’re all great kids, all doing it for a great cause. It’s been really nice to see, and great to see happen.”
The most heralded identify was Ryan Puglisi, a quarterback from Avon Old Farms who hails from Paxton. All gamers both stay in or go to highschool in Massachusetts. Puglisi is a University of Georgia commit.
“Despite the weather, it’s a great time,” Puglisi mentioned. “I was talking to Barrett. My team, we were losing, but I told him it was bigger than football. It’s just great to be out here for s great cause, and just happy to represent A Shot For Life.”
The climate worn out the quarterback problem portion, so every thing wrapped up with the 7-on-7 match. In that part, Team Fight beat Team Hope, and the star of the day’s festivities was Matt Childs, a working again and linebacker from Milton Academy.
In the ultimate, Childs caught a one-handed, 1-yard landing move from Catholic Memorial’s JC Petrongolo. Later, Childs caught one other from Petrongolo on a diving seize at the back of the tip zone. Finally, on the final play of the afternoon, Childs chucked a deep ball that was caught for a landing.
It was one to finish on.
“It’s fun playing football with all the boys right now,” Childs mentioned. “We all play against each other, but we’re boys out here. That’s all it’s about.”