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Bucs Finish Season on Hot Streak

Kaleb Nelson puts a stop to Wyoming’s rush. Photo by J. Phalon, Oct. 2022

The Blair Academy Buccaneers finished their season on a four-game winning streak, with their 34-0 defeat of the Peddie School Oct. 29.

The road win comes on the heels of their 46-7 drubbing the previous week of Wyoming
Seminary. After winning their home opener against Kiski 9-6, the Bucs struggled for four games culminating in a 48-7 defeat by the Hun School, an admittedly high bar for Blair, said Head Coach Greg Bowman.

“They knew Hun would be tough, but they never stopped for a minute,” Bowman said after the game against Hun.

Their tenacity paid off, as the Bucs came back to beat Capital Prep Harbor School 39-2 the
following week, as well as coming out on top of the next three games to close out the season.

Bowman said the team made no major adjustments during the season, rather, they learned to better execute what they planned.

“We haven’t changed anything. We’re just working hard,” he said after the Wyoming win. “The kids are working hard every week and we’re executing, and our confidence is building.” Blair will be losing 11 seniors to graduation, Bowman said, but he is confident the juniors and sophomores will be ready for leadership roles.

“It’s those are the challenges every football program goes through every year.” Bowman said. “The next group has to step up and get ready to go. It’s always hard to replace that leadership experience but the young guys will step up and we’ll keep working and grinding away.”

Richard Hosein breaks up a reception in Blair’s 46-7 win over Wyoming. Photo by J. Phalon, Oct. 2022

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.