Hendricken football success is legendary in Rhode Island and includes more Super Bowl appearances than any other team and thirteen state championships since 1968. Since the Rhode Island Interscholastic League adopted its modern super bowl era in 1972, the Hawks have claimed 12 state titles and appeared in the championship game a record 21 times. Bishop Hendricken also claimed the RI state championship in 1968 led by future Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle Steve Furness ’69. Other notable Hawk alumni include Washington Redskins defensive back Will Blackmon who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants, and Matt Sherry who spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hendricken also won a Class C Co-Championship in 1959 when the school was only two months old.
Hendricken graduate Keith Croft ’95 enters his tenth season as head coach with a career record of 90-17, and his 2010-2015 teams are the only squads in Rhode Island history to win six consecutive Division I Super Bowls. During this six year championship run the Hawks have amassed a 65-6 won-loss record. Hendricken enters the 2016 campaign with great optimism as the second ranked team in New England via Maxpreps.com. Senior quarterback and captain Chris Hindle will head a dynamic offense that includes running backs Matt DiTondo and fellow captain and Boston College commit Kwity Paye. Senior and fellow captain, Andrew Hopgood will lead a talented receiver corps. Senior linebacker and fellow captain Sam Hill will direct a stingy defense that includes Paye at defensive end, as well as Hopgood and Anthony Witherstone at defensive back.
Coach Croft is ably assisted by Mike Green ‘85, Frank Pantaleo, David Haddeland, Mike Sackett, Antonio Almanda, Xavier Caruthers, Jason Hogan, Doug Jamiel, Darius Riccio, Patrick Gill and Joe Bucci. The freshman staff includes head coach Jon Stringfellow, Mike Quigley, John Manning ‘06, Bob Rakovic, Rondie Almeida, Sean Carroll, and Eric Stringfellow. The freshmen last won a state championship in 2014.
With a challenging schedule, including home games against Connecticut power Notre Dame and a homecoming tilt against St. Raphael, as well as a big test at Portsmouth and a late season trip to LaSalle Academy, the pieces are all in place for another exciting season at historic Brother Feerick Field.
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Note: Check back in late summer for schedules and team rosters.
For more information on the football program, please contact athletic director Paul Alianiello at firstname.lastname@example.org.