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Oxford 22, New Fairfield 21 (10/27/12)

October 28, 2012

The Oxford Wolverines and the New Fairfield Rebels both had records of 4-2 coming into this game. While the expected next-day arrival of Hurricane Sandy prompted nearby evacuations, these two teams had more on their mind than the weather on this overcast Saturday afternoon. The Great American Rivalry Series was in town and kicked off the game with the United States Marines honoring Scholar Athletes Bucky Gumberwicz from Oxford and Liam Moriarty from New Fairfield.

The home team was first on the board with 7:45 left in the half. Oxford quarterback, Brennan Diaz, pitched the ball to #7, Chris Vankamerik for the touchdown. This proved to be a magical combination for the Wolverines as Diaz found his target again for another score going into the half. At half time, The United States Marines honored hall of Fame Inductees; Oxford alum Nick Donfrio and Ryan Howley from New Fairfield.

New Fairfield answered with 6 seconds left in the third quarter as Joe Pacheco ran it in for the Rebels. It seemed the Rebels had found their own magic giving the ball to Pacheco for another touchdown, tying the game at 14 all. With 2:15 left in the game, New Fairfield QB, Michael McCourt, passed to number 22 Collin Cioffi who took the ball 85 yards for the tie-breaking touch down.

But the Wolverines were not finished yet. With 1:35 left on the clock, Diaz finds Vanamerik once again for a 55 yard touch down bringing the game within one point. Oxford scored on the two point conversion and received the Great American Rivalry Championship trophy presented by the Marines. Senior Quarterback Brennan Diaz was honored as game MVP for his leadership and accurate passing ability. His never-quit attitude led his team to a 22-21 victory in this exciting Rivalry match-up.


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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.