The rivalry between Proctor and Rome Free Academy is one of the longest rivalries in the nation, dating back to 1891. To both sides, this is a passionate – and sometimes heated – rivalry. Residents from both Rome and Utica gather for this game every season, looking for bragging rights for the year.
Proctor is 3-2 so far this season while Rome Free Academy comes into the game at 0-5, but new head coach Jake DerCola hopes to lead the team to a victory after they lost to Proctor last year 48-7. Regardless of previous wins, new coaches, and national rankings, all who are familiar with this rivalry know that anything can happen under the lights.
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In addition to football James also plays on the baseball team and is a 4-year varsity letterman on the wrestling team. James is also president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Quentin is a 1st year player for Proctor. He transferred in January of 2018 from Atlanta, GA. Since Quentin has arrived, he has been a leader for us off the field, in the classroom and he’s a dedicated hard worker on the grid iron. He has been a great addition to the team and School community.
HALL OF FAME
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Kal Campbell was 3-year starter for RFA Football during the 2005-2007 seasons. He is the all-time leading tackler in RFA history with 250 tackles. As a senior Kal was the Captain and Recipient of the Black R Award and Senior Male Ahtlete and Academic Scholar Athlete 4 years. Kal was also a three year section 3 All –League player. During his 3 rivalry games against Proctor, Kal recorded 31 tackles and two forced fumbles. Kal went on to be a four year graduate and football player at Hamilton College. He now resides in Syracuse where he is a senior account executive with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
J’Von Evans was a 2 year starter at Running Back at Proctor HS under Head Coach Jerry Fiorini. His Sr year 2013, he rushed for over 2000 yards and 20+ tds. In the 2012 Rivalry game, he carried the ball 14 times for 105 yards. In the 2013 Rivalry game, he rushed for 189 yards, had 76 yards receiving, had 87 yards in punt returns, 94 yards in kickoff returns and scored 5 TD’s. He went on to play his at Utica College. His freshman year he led the nation in Division 3 Football in combined punt return and kickoff return yards.
Utica Proctor continued their recent dominance over Rome Free Academy on Friday night with a convincing 64-12 victory over the Black Knights. The win moves Utica Proctor to 4-2 on the season, while the loss pushes Rome Free Academy further down to 0-6 this season in a year that has proven a struggle for them.
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