football Bruins earn NEPSAC, Erickson League honors
Sparked by a sensational group of six players, the Brunswick School football team shared the Erickson League title and played in their first NEPSAC Class A champioship bowl game since 2014.
Recently, those six standout players received NEPSAC and Erickson League honors. Senior co-captain Cornelius Johnson, earned the Erickson League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors and was also an All-New England Team selection.
Fellow senior and co-captain Nick Villis joins Johnson on the All-Erickson League team, along with senior David MacGillivray and juniors Howard Powell, Jalen Madison and Aengus Rosato.
Additionally, Johnson, Villis and Powell each earned spots on the NEPSAC’s All-New England Class A First Team, while MacGillivray was an honorable mention All-New England pick.
Johnson, a three-time all-league selection as a receiver, is the Erickson League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with career-highs in receptions (50), receiving yards (826) and matched his season-best total in touchdown receptions (12). Johnson finished the year with 1,080 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 32-yard rushing touchdown this season. Over his four-year varsity career, Johnson amassed 129 receptions, 33 touchdown catches and 2,167 receiving yards.
It is the third-straight season a Brunswick player earned the Erickson League’s Offensive Player of the Year Award. Nick Henkel, a 2018 graduate, who is playing at Yale University, earned the award in 2016 and 2017.
Villis, also an all-league linebacker for the Bruins a year ago, led the team with 106 tackles, while adding 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and an interception. He registered a season-high 16 tackles during a physical win over Cheshire Academy and totaled 10 or more tackles in seven of the squad’s 10 games. Over three seasons, Villis posted 284 career tackles, 25 tackles of which resulted in lost yardage.
Powell, a defensive lineman, totaled 60 total tackles, three sacks and a safety. In the NEPSAC Championship against Choate Rosemary Hall, Powell registered 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Additionally, Powell was a two-way player for the Bruins, playing offensive guard.
MacGillivray collected 63 tackles from his linebacker spot this past season. The senior posted a team-high 12.5 tackles for a loss and grabbed three interceptions.
Madison rushed for a team-high 774 yards on 111 carries (6.97 yards per carry) in eight games. The running back posted a season-best 215 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns in a 33-26 win over Taft School. He ranked third on the team in receiving yards with 112.
Rosato recorded a career-best 52 tackles and a team-high four sacks from his defensive end position. He collected a personal-best 11 tackles in a victory against Cheshire Academy.